Pierson/Bridgehampton/Shelter Island Defense Prevails In Suffolk Final

first_img Gordon M. Grant Katie Kneeland was frustrated. Her Pierson girls basketball team had topped Smithtown Christian 51-41 January 9, and blown the team out of the water in a 64-34 home win February 2. But going into the locker room at halftime in the Suffolk County Class C/D finals at Centereach High School February 15, the Whalers were up just 22-18.“We needed to play our game,” Kneeland said. “We were playing at around 70 percent and we needed to bring it up to 100.”And the senior forward came out of halftime guns blazing, scoring 13 of her team-high 17 points in the second half to go along with 10 rebounds in the Whalers’ 55-31 win. Kneeland is now five points away from a career milestone of 1,000 points.“I want her touching the ball as much as possible,” head coach Kevin Barron said. “She scored off some screens in the low post and off the fast break too, which was nice.”The Whalers, who started up 6-2 off threes from Chastin Giles (11 points, six assists, six steals) and Celia Barranco (5 points), who converted her chance off her own steal, played a dominant first quarter. After a Smithtown Christian free throw, Pierson went on another tear, with Giles feeding Kneeland before she sank two shots from the foul line. Aziza El added a bucket, and Kneeland hit two more free throws for a 14-3 advantage. But things deteriorated for Pierson in the second quarter, as the Whalers let Abigail Loiacono score seven of her 10 first-half points, three coming off fouls. What hurt more was Giles sitting out from the 4:57 mark after picking up her third foul. At halftime, the Whalers already had 10 fouls.“We needed to calm down,” said freshman point guard Sofia Mancino (six points). “We needed to move the ball around to find that chemistry we usually have. We wanted to make smart passes and decrease mistakes.”Mancino was the clamp to the team’s “clamp-down” defense in the second half, guarding Loiacono and forcing her to make several turnovers in the paint.“She’s a great athlete,” Barron said of Mancino. “She’s a great defender.”But it was the team’s bench players who were the unsung heroes. From the moment Giles walked off the court to the time she stepped back on it with 4:46 left in the third, Phoebe Arkinson and Aziza El (10 points) worked with Kneeland to re-extend the lead. “Every person on this team is a huge asset,” Mancino said. “Every person has an important role.” Kneeland racked up nine points in the third, her last two on a rebound with 5.4 seconds on the clock for a 20-point lead heading into the fourth, 43-23.The Whalers side-stepped and back-passed under the basket for easy, open layups. “That’s our thing,” Kneeland said. “We also started doing more picks, which got a lot of other girls open. We were driving to the basket much harder.”While Mancino said the team is on top of the world going 16-0 in League VI and moving on to face Mattituck with the hopes of beating the Tuckers a third time for the B/C/D title Wednesday, February 20, at Centereach at 4:30 PM, Kneeland is taking the win a little differently.“We’re pumped up,” she said. “But this is definitely a wakeup call. We need to be more powerful.”[email protected] Sharelast_img read more

Ilonggo Thirdy Ravena hailed as Ateneo’s Sportsman of the Year

first_imgThe 23-year-old Ilonggo’s 2019 was impressive as he was named part of the national basketball team for 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Hailed as Sportswoman of the Year, meanwhile, was swimmer Chloe Daos, who was also named as this year’s Ambrosio Padilla Athlete of the Year. MANILA – Ilonggo cager Ferdinand “Thirdy” Ravena III was among the recipients of the Ateneo de Manila University’s GUIDON-Moro Lorenzo award.Ravena became the first baller to be hailed as Sportsman of the Year after Bacolodnon center Siverino “Nonoy” Baclao copped the award in 2010 with judoka JR Reyes. The GUIDON-Moro Lorenzo and Ambrosio Padilla Athletes of the Year crownings are part of the Loyola Schools Awards for Leadership and Service./PN Ravena then ended his collegiate career by steering the Blue Eagles to an immaculate 16-0 sweep in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament.The Ilonggo also became the first-ever three-time Finals Most Valuable Player awardee in the league’s basketball competition.Other nominees for the Sportsman of the Year award were reigning two-time UAAP backstroke king Aki Cariño and UAAP Men’s Fencing Foil Individual event gold medalist Jaime Viceo. Daos continued her dominant run in the UAAP pool by winning all seven of her events during the four-day meet last October. She now has 21 gold medals. RAVENA. DAILY TRIBUNElast_img read more

Disney is Working on the Ultimate Star Wars Themed Hotel Experience

first_imgStay on target All meals during your stay: buffet breakfasts, lunches, & signature evening diningFeatured entertainment & dinner showsExclusive park admission to the Star Wars themed land at the Walt Disney World Resort (a new land opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2019)Star Wars starship amenities including pool area & water garden, fitness area, onboard cantina, and robotic droid ButlersSo far it is looking like it will run each guest about $900 to $1000 per day to stay aboard this experience of a lifetime. Here is the breakdown of what the amenities the package includes when coming aboard. This would be an all-inclusive, 2-night immersive resort experience at Walt Disney World bringing you: The opportunity to experience a 2-day story set in the Star Wars universeBe surrounded in a continuous, story-driven entertainment experience as it unfolds over the course of the 2-night stayHave personal interactions with Star Wars characters, live performers throughout the starship (experience the story or simply observe the action according to personal preference)Engage in the story with programs such as flight training, ship exploration, lightsaber training, and personalized secret missions (both on the starship and throughout the Star Wars themed planet) Two nights in an immersive luxury resort that looks and feels like a star wars spacecraft (set check-in and check-out dates so everyone is immersed on the same “story” timeline)Room(s) that accommodate(s) up to 4 people, with an interactive “view” (galaxy or pool/atrium)Every meal from checking-in on day 1 to check-out on day 3 (5 meals total, including two buffet breakfasts, one lunch, and two signature dinners with evening entertainment)One day of Walt Disney World theme park admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to visit Star Wars-themed land on day 2Story-driven entertainment that unfolds over the course of your stay (including live character chance encounters, and the opportunity to watch or engage in the story through things like personalized secret missions, flight training, starship exploration, and lightsaber training)last_img read more