Saturday, December 31, 2011

News On The Horizon 12/31/2011

Where Boys Become Men, If Anyone Cares To Take Notice--The Mid-Majority

Utah Jazz edge Philadelphia 76ers 102-99 for first win--Deseret News

Fellow second-year player Gordon Hayward also made a big impact in this game, hitting a clutch jumper in the final minute and scoring 15 points.

Utah Jazz vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Instant analysis--Deseret News

Super sophomores: The future is not the just future; it is the now, and Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward proved it. This was capsulated by the big shots each made down the stretch and a unlikely tip in by Favors with 1:25 left followed by Hayward’s clutch 17-footer 45 seconds later.

With Jefferson sitting out, Favors got the start at the center spot and played extremely well. He managed to stay out of foul trouble for the first time this young season, which enabled his 20-point, 11-rebound outing in the middle.

Not to be outdone, Hayward turned in a very efficient evening: 15 points (5-of-9 FG, 1-of-2 3-pointers, 4-of-4 FT) along with three assists and two blocked shots. He played heady defense against Philadelphia’s impressive group of swingmen.

Utah Jazz report card vs. Philadelphia 76ers--Deseret News

FORWARDS: Paul Millsap had an off shooting night and is taking too many 3-pointers, but played hard like usual and finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Gordon Hayward hit a clutch jumper with 30.2 seconds left to give the Jazz a 101-97 lead, and also made some nice passes in crunch time. Howard played 24 minutes and did a decent job, although he shot just 2-for-6 from the field. Grade: B+

Utah Jazz fans can breathe sigh of relief--Deseret News

With four starters — Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Gordon Hayward and Paul Millsap — scoring in double figures, and two of them — Millsap and Favors — coming up with double-digit rebounds as well, this lineup looked much more focused and cohesive than the one that got slapped around in those lopsided losses at L.A. and Denver.
But Miles, Kanter, Watson, Favors, Howard, Hayward and Harris took turns coming up with huge plays down the stretch to put Utah back on top, feeding off the home-court crowd and refusing to let the Sixers regain the lead.

Utah Jazz give their fans big 'Favors' in a win--Deseret News

"We did a lot better," starting small forward Gordon Hayward said. "We weren't perfect and we made a lot of mistakes, and we still have a lot of work to do. (But) we definitely played with a lot more energy. We played like teammates, and it was a good start for us."
Hayward also had his best outing of his second season, scoring 15 points, including a clutch jumper in the final minute, and totaling three assists, two rebounds, two blocks and a steal.

NBA • Jazz show maturity by shaking off mistakes in closing moments--Salt Lake Tribune

“It was great to win, especially in front of our fans,” said Gordon Hayward. “They were great. … Obviously, we still have a lot of work to do. But this feels good to win.”
Hayward came off a screen by Derrick Favors and buried an open 18-footer to make it a two possession game with 30.2 seconds left.

“We had run that a lot during the night and had some success, so we stuck with it,” Hayward said. “D-Fav set a monster screen and got me open.”

Significantly, Hayward was ready and willing to take the shot.

“They had sagged off before,” he said. “I knew if they did the same thing I’d be ready to pull the trigger.”
Hayward shrugged and said, “I think we were just competing, playing hard, playing with more energy. When you do that you are going to make mistakes -- trying to be aggressive.

“We’re a young team. We’re going to make mistakes. We’re not going to be perfect. But it’s about how you respond to those and we did a much better job tonight.”

Live Analysis: Jazz defeat 76ers for first win of season--Salt Lake Tribune
Jazz get first win of the season over Philadelphia, 102-99--Salt Lake Tribune

When the battle was over, coach Tyrone Corbin breathed easier, laughed loudly and spoke with pride. Gordon Hayward, 21, talked of confidence — reacting instead of thinking, pulling the trigger instead of just passing. And Derrick Favors? The 20-year-old power forward who didn’t learn he was starting at center until he saw Al Jefferson’s name removed from a locker-room dry-erase board about 45 minutes before tipoff took the next step toward what he spent last summer striving for.
Forced to go young with Jefferson out, Corbin turned to Favors, Hayward and 19-year-old Enes Kanter during crucial stages of the game. Kanter responded with six big rebounds and two strong, quick moves in the paint. Hayward finished with 15 points on an efficient 5-of-9 shooting, and he drilled a key 18-foot jump shot with 30.2 seconds to go that made it 101-97 Jazz.

The basket put Philly away and was the first sign the No. 9 overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft could one day be a deadly late-game closer for a Utah team without a true No. 1.

“That’s one thing about becoming a pro: You’ve got to be able to take those shots,” Hayward said.

At a Glance: Milwaukee at Butler--The Indy Star
Dunham always draws a crowd--Indy Star Butler Insider
Know The Opponent: Milwaukee--Bark of Hinkle
Bulldogs Host League-Leading

LeBron James has a winning birthday--Miami Herald

GROWING PAINSRookie point guard Norris Cole struggled in the second game of his first home-away back-to-back. After exploding for 20 points against the Celtics on Tuesday, Cole was 2 of 8 from the field for five points on Wednesday against Charlotte. He then took the day off on Thursday, choosing to rest rather than attend an optional practice.“It was an adjustment; it was different,” Cole said. “But it’s something I can definitely get used to. I’m going to have to, obviously.”

Dwayne Wade wins it again for Miami Heat despite bad foot--Miami Herald

Heat rookie Norris Cole scored eight points in eight minutes midway through the second quarter. His running floater with gave the Heat 39-26 lead. Cole finished with 12 points 30 minutes, his most as a pro.

Wade, James hold off Timberwolves--Miami Herald

Norris Cole scored 12 for the Heat.
True to form, he scored 15 points in the first quarter, and the Heat flustered the young Wolves into six turnovers and 39 percent shooting. Cole then scored six of the Heat's first eight points in the second quarter for a 39-26 lead, and it looked like Miami was pulling away.
Then James turned the third quarter into a one-man dunk contest, soaring through the air for three straight that put the Heat back in control. He threw down a windmill, a baseline lob from Cole and a final one-handed hammer for a 78-72 lead.

Youngstown State Penguins at a Glance--Let's Go Vikes!
Carlos English Newest Members of the Harlem Globetrotters--Let's Go Vikes!
Norris Cole Scores 20 in Heat Win--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Resumes Horizon League play Saturday--Cleveland State Hoops

Today's UWGB vs. Loyola women's basketball preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Phoenix Closes the Year Hosting Loyola Saturday at 2

Today's UWGB vs. Valparaiso men's basketball preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay (6-7) Faces Valparaiso (8-6)--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay Plays New Year's Eve Affair at Valpo

Rivalry renewed at Hinkle #BeatButler #HLMBB--PantherU

VU women visit Detroit--The Post-Tribune

Broekhoff fights through the pain--The Post-Tribune
Horizon League leader UWM faces potential scheduling conflict--Off The Mark
Staying on the court is key for VU's Buggs--The NWI Times
Valparaiso (8-6) Takes On Green Bay (6-7)--Valpo Daily

Preview: Wright State vs. Illinois-Chicago--Dayton Daily News
WSU shooting well during winning streak--Dayton Daily News
Wright State student government hoping to spread “Raider Spark”--Wright State University Sports
Game 16 Preview: Wright State (7-8, 2-1) at Illinois-Chicago (5-8, 1-2)--Wright State University Sports

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