Press doesn’t phase BadgersFor the first time this season, exhibition games included, the Badgers were faced with full court pressure as the Tigers attempted to make up for their lack of size with an on-and-off press.”We were calm, we were cool customers,” guard Trevon Hughes said of how UW responded. “We practiced [the press], we know that’s what [Savannah State] was going to do.”We handled it pretty well.”Though UW was ultimately able to break through with ease in the second half, the press did slow the team down initially, and even forced a couple of Badger turnovers. Still, Ryan didn’t seem too concerned.”We were fine,” Ryan said. “We had some guys at some spots simply because the way we were subbing that wasn’t the most normal positions.”We did okay.”Bench sees playing time in routWith the game in hand late in the second half and with two more on tap over the next couple of days, the Badgers were able to go deep down the bench to get players in.Freshman Tim Jarmusz saw his first action of the season and ended speculation that the newcomer would redshirt this year.”What Tim showed the last few days of practice determined for him and his family and also coach Ryan that a redshirt isn’t needed for him and that he is ready to play,” Krabbenhoft said. “He proved to all of us early on, even in the summer that he was ready to play. … He made some huge strides the last couple of weeks.”In three minutes of play the guard committed one foul and did not take any shots. Jarmusz’s lack of shots may likely have come from the late-game entrance of redshirt freshman J.P. Gavinksi. The 6-foot-11 center launched three shots in just four minutes of action, including a 3-pointer that could not find its way in.”That’s a record number of shots in the shortest period of time in the history of the University of Wisconsin,” Ryan joked after the game. “We had a good chuckle in the locker room.”J.P.’s got a good sense of humor.” Towering over its opponents, it is no surprise the Wisconsin men’s basketball team had little trouble dominating Savannah State Thursday night.The Tigers’ tallest starter, forward Lazarius Coleman, stands at just 6-foot-8. Compare that to Badger starters Greg Stiemsma and Brian Butch, who each measure 6-foot-10. Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft are also 6-foot-7. The Tigers’ leading rebounder from Thursday night, with six, Joel Davilla is just 6-foot-3.”Right out from the start, looking at the matchups, we had definite size advantage,” Stiemsma said.Over the next 40 minutes Wisconsin proceeded to exploit its decided size advantage, out-rebounding Savannah State 51-27 and notching nine blocks to one for its counterpart.”They were pretty athletic, they were quick, but I think overall our size and overall length over took their athleticism,” Stiemsma said.By attacking the basket with size, UW was able to pick up early fouls from its overmatched opponent, allowing the team to get to the line often. The Badgers shot 35 free throws over the course of the game.”That’s our first goal, to score inside and get free throws early,” Steimsma said.Really, the only surprise was the inside play of Butch, who struggled for the second-straight game in putting baskets in down low.”He’ll be fine,” Ryan said of Butch, showing little concern over his big man’s shooting.The senior shot just 4-of-12 from the field for the game with two of his missed shots coming from behind the 3-point line.
With the execution of the game against Heartland FC at the same venue behind closed doors, the Olukoya Boys are free to have their fans and supporters back at the Agege Stadium this weekend.The Olukoya Boys played their first match which was a local derby against Ikorodu United Football Club of Lagos on the 3rd of July with their fans in attendance.The second match against Heartland FC was played behind closed doors with fans and supporters cheering their darling team from outside of the stadium to a 2-0 victory, thus the club faithfuls will now be allowed to see the Olukoya Boys play their next league match and subsequent ones at the Agege Township Stadium, the home ground of the team.Meanwhile, MFM FC efficient defender, Austin Opara, became the first player of the NPFL debutant to win two awards in one month, namely; the Player of The Month (POTM) of June and the club’s Long Service Award.Opara’s virtuosic performances week in week out for MFM FC last month saw him displaying his defensive technical skills from his central back position as he helped his team to a remarkable outing.The award-winning defender was picked by his teammates on Tuesday ahead of defensive midfielder, Oladele Oshobe during the teams monthly birthday celebration event that witnessed the celebration of three club officials and two players who became a year older this month, they are ; Club Chairman, Godwin Enakhena, team’s Head Coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu, Team Manager, Sunday Ojieh, Under-23 invitee, Julius Emiloju and experienced goalkeeper James Aiyeyemi.The management of the Lagos-based team led by Enakhena in its usual style rewarded the central defender who is unarguably the longest serving player of the club with cash incentives and promised to do something remarkable for the player during the two-in-one event took place at the players camp in Shomolu, Lagos State also .Shortly after the award presentation, Austin appreciated his teammates and thanked the club management: “I’m speechless really, this is unbelievable. What more can I say than to say thank you to you all and most especially our management led by Enakhena for these historical awards.The players and officials of the club had more than enough to eat and drink alongside cakes for all well wishers who were present at the event.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Fans and supporters of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos will be returning to the Agege Township Stadium on Sunday for the Match Day 29 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) tie against Plateau United Football Club of Jos.The League Management Company (LMC) slammed a three-game behind closed doors order on MFM FC with two of these games suspended. This followed the crowd incidence that occurred during MFM FC Match Day 23 fixture against Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan at the Agege Stadium on the 19th of June, 2016.
Femi SolajaSuper Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has said that his target for the 2019 African Nations Cup is at least to reach the semi-final of the tournament.The Franco-German tactician, who has just qualified Nigeria for the Nations Cup with a match left just as he did for the Russia 2018 World Cup was the special guest at a Sports Editors’ Roundtable, tagged ‘Peak Breakfast with Rohr,’ held in Lagos on Friday. Gernot Rohr Organised by HS Media Group, owners of the HotSports brand and sponsored by Friesland Campina, makers of Peak Milk, the official Milk of Super Eagles, the event was an interactive session between Sports Editors of selected national dailies, broadcast and online media organisations on current issues in Nigerian football.While speaking on the programme streamed live from the HS Media’s Studio to a global audience via YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, Rohr avoided making a categorical statement of winning the 2019 AFCON in Cameroon.The Coach maintained, “…it is the dream of every team at the competition to win the title, but it will not make much a sense to make a promise because other teams are also in the tournament to win.“We have a good chance to get to the semi-final at the 2019 AFCON but we can’t be sure to win. It’s a young team, we should be realistic but once we reach the semi-final then winning the title is no longer far from us,” he continued.When asked the team he would like to avoid in Cameroon 2019, he said he was happy Zambia did not qualify for the tournament because they are one of the strongest team in the continent.The Franco-German is also praying to avoid Cameroon, the host nation when the draws of the continental tournament holds next year.Speaking on his team captain, John Mikel Obi who is yet to play for the team after the Russia 2018 World Cup, Rohr said: “Mikel told me after the World Cup that he wants to take a break and after then he also had an injury that was why he was not invited to the squad.“However, he is still the team’s captain and once he is ready to come back, he will still have a place in the team,” he added.Rohr also seized the opportunity of the interactive session to clear the air on his perceived apathy against players of the Nigerian Professional Football League, saying poor organization of the league and lack of adequate training facilities are reasons home based players find it difficult to break into his team.The well attended session is a regular feature in the series of the media event which has in the last ten years featured national team coaches such as the late Amodu Shuaibu, who qualified Nigeria for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Samson Siasia and late Stephen Keshi, who won the African Nations Cup in South Africa in 2013.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram