Cavaliers Continue Home Dominance

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the top team in the NBA at home with a record of 17-2, following last night. The Cleveland Cavaliers shattered the Boston Celtics in a nail-biter for the second time this season with a score of 124-118.

 

Kyrie Irving concluded his game with seconds left on the clock in the fourth, with an apparent hamstring injury but had a prolific game with 32 points, and 12 assists. Kevin Love was the highlight of the night with 30 points, 15 rebounds, and added six made three-pointers. LeBron did, LeBron things and had a solid 23 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists and did just enough to cap off the Celtics.

 

Following this win against the Celtics, the Cavaliers hold the top spot in the Eastern Conference with the number one seed and do not look to give that up. The Cavs currently grasp a record of 10-0 against the Atlantic Conference this season, and control the East.

 

This game marked LeBron’s 720th game played as a Cavalier, while passing Bingo Smith for the third most. This game was Kyrie’s fifth double-double in the past seven games, and he is continuing to get more stable with his shot, and with his passing game.

 

The Cavs next game will be on the road against the Charlotte Hornets this Saturday, December 31st at 7 PM. For more information on the Cavaliers, make sure that you stay updated with our website, and we will continue to bring all of the Cavs stats and info that you need.

Delly Gets Ring, Cavs Get W

Matthew Dellavedova got his long awaited 2016 Cavalier Championship Ring before Wednesday night’s game between the Bucks and the Cavs, and then he got reminded of two huge reasons why he received that hardware.

 

Those reasons were LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, and they were in full force in the Cavalier’s 113-102 win over the Milwaukee. Irving led the way with 31 points, 13 assists, and 6 rebounds, while James added 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists.

 

Irving and James both needed these performances, as the team was missing Kevin Love (knee contusion) and JR Smith (thumb). The team announced before the game that Smith will require surgery on his broken thumb and is expected to miss over a month.

 

Despite the loss, the Bucks young building blocks came to play. They were led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 28 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Jabari Parker added 27 points in what mostly was a two-man effort.

 

“Delly” couldn’t get much going in his return to The Q, as he finished with 2 points and 3 assists. The St. Mary’s product really struggled against his former mates.

 

Even though Kyrie and LeBron lit up the box score, they were not alone in the effort. The bench made many contributions the whole game. Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert led the bench with 10 points each. Jordan McRae, who saw an increased role due to Smith’s injury, had 8 points.

 

The Cavs will be back in action Friday as they take on the Brooklyn Nets at home. The game will tip off at 7:30.

 

For all of the latest information on the wine and gold, make sure to visit Cavs.com.

Akron Closes out Marshall 99-88

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The Akron Zips basketball team won yet again at home in a very close game Saturday night against Marshall 99-88.  Their win last night made it the teams 23rd straight win at James A Rhodes Arena. The Zips were led by Junior guard Noah Robotham who started off hot from the 3 point line, who was six for seven shooting from the arc, and finished with 27 points.  Senior forward Kwan Cheatham was huge in the final minutes of the game, making three clutch 3 pointers to seal the deal. Akron limited Marshall to 5 for 16 shooting (31.3%) from the 3 point line in the second half, after letting them shoot 7 for 11 (63.6%) in the first half.

Senior center Isaiah Johnson was perfect from the field and was 8 for 8 finishing with 16 points. Also scoring for Akron were Sophomore guard Josh Williams who played well knocking down 3 3-pointers, and pitched in 12 points, while Junior guard Jimond Ivey added 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists. The team as a whole shot excellent from the 3-point line making 11 3 pointers. Akron was able to go on a run late in the second half to seal the victory.

Akron will play next against UC-Irvine Wednesday night in the Sun Bowl Invitational in El Paso, Texas. UC-Irvine is led by Senior guard Jaron Martin who is shooting 76.9% from the field. The Zips will look to win their second straight game.

Below is the press conference with Coach Dambrot on his opinion of his teams effort, and Noah Robotham talks about his play as well as the team overall.

https://soundcloud.com/wzip/coach-dambrot-noah-robotham-press-conference-marshall-121716

 

 

 

 

Irving-less Cavaliers Capitalize

Slow and steady was the theme of last nights’ game, while the Cleveland Cavaliers grinded out their game against the Memphis Grizzlies with a score of 103-86. The Grizzlies played this game deprived of their star point guard, Mike Conley and Chandler Parsons as well. The Grizzlies arrived in this game with a record of 17-8 while coming off of a 6-game win streak. Kevin Love had another great game with 29 points, and 13 rebounds. J.R Smith was 6-10 from behind the arc, and put in a solid 23 points. LeBron had 23 points and played a nonchalant game with only 8 rebounds, and 6 assists.

 

The first half was one for the books for the Cavaliers Kevin Love and J.R Smith as they made their way into history. JR Smith struck 4 three-pointers in the first half, and passed Dale Ellis for the 14th all time three-point shooter with 1,720 3’s-pointers made. Kevin Love also joined very high company with being the 5th active player to make 800 three-pointers, and also have at least 6,000 rebounds in his career. The company that he joins with this achievement includes LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, and Carmelo Anthony.

 

The Cavaliers are breaking out of the brief slump that they were in, and look to win and continue to break records on the way. LeBron is 28 points from passing Moses Malone for the 8th place on the all-time scoring list and this is a very possible accomplishment within the next game.

 

The Cavaliers are now 18-5 while sitting alone at the top of the Eastern Conference. The closest team behind the Cavaliers is the Toronto Raptors with a record of 17-7, and they are the only real threat from the looks of it currently.

 

The Cavs next game will be on the road against the Memphis Grizzlies, December 14th, at 8 PM. For more information on the Cavaliers, make sure that you stay updated with our website, and we will continue to bring all of the Cavs stats and info that you need.

The University of Akron Club Sports Program

For many former high school athletes beginning their college lives, athletics are something that can tend to be overlooked due to the many different activities that college campuses offer. After all, who wants to run those conditioning sprints over and over anymore? But what about those who still have that drive and passion for the game they once played. What about those students who maybe couldn’t land that D1 offer and could not pay the $40,000 tuition of many D2 and D3 schools? Well, one answer is Club Sports.

Here at the University of Akron, the school currently offers 37 club sports for both men and women students. Not only is there a variety of sports, but there are also different levels at which students can participate in. There are instructional, recreational, and competitive sports to play, most which being competitive.

I had a chance to sit down with Chris Painter (see SoundCloud link below) who is the manager of Club Sports here at the University of Akron. Chris explained many of the basics of Club Sports and the variety of clubs we have at the school. Many of the teams are even able to travel around the country and participate in high level tournaments in their respective sport. The process is a lot of fun for many kids and the Club Sports program can fulfill their athletic competitive need.

So, even if a student wants to join the program, how would they know if the school has their sport and where can they go to sign up? Well, the University of Akron website lists all the current Club Sports it has to offer. Even if a student does not see their sport, a simple meeting with Mr. Painter could be enough to get it started! Students can go to https://orgsync.com/login to contact clubs and get in touch with them about joining.

The Club Sports Program at the University of Akron is one that is very well run from top to bottom. Many of the clubs have much success year after year and continue to compete at a national level. Club Sports are a great way for former athletes to get back into that competitive mode they once possessed, and they are a lot of fun as well!

https://soundcloud.com/wzip/chris-painter-interview