The Town Crier

Re: The Town Crier

Postby Wayne23 » Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:30 am

Isn't there a way to bring this over to DDS:CB 2019? Or did you already do that, but just keep posting here?
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Re: The Town Crier

Postby PointGuard » Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:33 pm

I've asked Gary twice to transfer the thread to CB19 Dynasty Reports...hopefully he can and will do it.
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Re: The Town Crier

Postby PointGuard » Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:43 pm

O’Neil Rises to Tower Over Horizon
By Steve Porter

Youngstown State’s C Will O’Neil won the Horizon Leagues Player of the Week for the first week of the season. In the Penguins two wins the past week, O’Neil scored a total of 47 points, pulled down 11 rebounds, dished out 5 assists, and had 5 steals and 2 blocks. O’Neil was particularly instrumental in leading YSU’s surge at the end of their game against Gardner-Webb that resulted in a solid victory.

Vic Morrissey, YSU’s Athletic Director, said, “Will’s putting together a really solid career here. As a freshman he averaged 19 ppg. In his sophomore year he wasn’t called upon to score as much, but still averaged 15.5 ppg and improved in nearly all other statistical categories including gathering in 7.3 rpg. And now he’s started off his junior season with a bang, both offensively and defensively. At 6’8” and 235 he often gives away size and bulk to opposing centers but never backs down. I’m always impressed by his finesse inside. About the only thing that occasionally limits him is if the refs call things too close and get him in early foul trouble.”
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Re: The Town Crier

Postby PointGuard » Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:56 pm

Penguins in Thrilling Comeback
By Steve Porter

In their 3rd of 4 straight away games to start their season, the Penguins took on the Massachusetts Minutemen. C Will O’Neil was called for 2 fouls in the first 3-1/2 minutes. YSU subsequently fell behind 23-6 midway through the half. The Penguins then continually fought back but were only able to narrow the score to 42-32 at the end of the half. SF Colin Chambliss was YSU’s leading scorer with 6 points. The Minutemen’s PF Ceedric Wilkes scored 12 and pulled down 7 rebounds.

In the first 4-1/2 minutes of the 2nd half the Penguins were able to cut the lead to 49-48. The refs then called the 4th foul against Will O’Neil, again sending him to the bench. UMass re-opened a 5 point lead within the next minute. Then 4 minutes later, the Minutemen were up 62-52. YSU scrapped back to close the deficit to 70-67 with 3:36 to go. Then Will O’Neil blocked a shot and on the ensuing possession received a pass and drove to the basket to make it 70-69. UMass’ Ceedric Wilkes then scored inside making it 72-69 with 2:52 remaining. O’Neil was fouled and hit 1 of 2 foul shots to bring the Penguins within 2 with 2:36 on the clock. SF James Asbury dropped in a 18 foot jumper to tie the game with 1:51 left. Then PG Pat White sank a 3 to put the Penguins on top 75-72 at the 1:24 mark. With 27 seconds to the Minutemen were forced to foul O’Neil and he sank both free throws to open a 5 point lead. UMass missed a 3 but got the rebound and scored inside with 7 seconds remaining and then fouled on the inbounds pass. Pat White calmly dropped in both foul shots to seal a thrilling come-from-behind 79-74 victory. Team stats were as close as the score. The win improved Youngstown State’s record to 3-0.

SF Colin Chambliss led the Penguins with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Although playing just 17 minutes, C Will O’Neil scored 14 points. PG Pat White dropped in 12 points and SF/SG James Asbury added 11 points to go along with his 8 boards. For Massachusetts PF Ceedric Wilkes scored 16, hauled down 10 rebounds, dished out 4 assists, and had 4 steals and 2 blocks.

“Will O’Neil got tagged with a couple questionable fouls and his absences from the court for most of the 1st half and the middle portion of the 2nd half put us in a real hole. But he came back to lead us in our comeback late in the game. Colin Chambliss played well throughout the game to keep us from falling too far behind. I don’t think we could have played better than we did in the final 5 minutes, so I’m really proud of how our guys fought back and pulled out the win. After trailing by so much as we did throughout the entire first half, then nearly catching up early in the 2nd half only to fall behind by double figures again, it would have been easy to get discouraged and give up, but they didn’t. Instead they regrouped, combining a stout defense with a potent offense to put on a final push to victory,” exalted Coach KD Durst. He added, “Wilkes played a heckuva game for the Minutemen, but we did do a better job of containing him in the 2nd half than we did in the first 20 minutes which was a key to our win.”

The Penguins complete their 2-week, 4-game road trip by taking on Kansas State two nights from now.
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Re: The Town Crier

Postby PointGuard » Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:28 pm

Penguins Defang Wildcats
By Steve Porter

Last night’s game against the Big 12’s Kansas State Wildcats matched two undefeated teams. Youngstown State jumped out on top of Kansas State 11-2 after 4 minutes of play with C Will O’Neil and SF/SG James Asbury accounting for all their scoring. With 9 minutes left in the half the Penguins had expanded their lead to 30-15 with Coach Durst substituting liberally. The half ended with YSU on top 49-26. The Penguins outshot the Wildcats 49% to 33%, held an 8-4 turnover advantage and controlled the boards 22-17. SF/SG James Asbury led the scoring with 12 points.

The Penguins held onto a solid lead throughout the 2nd half and pounded Kansas State 87-65.

C Will O’Neil scored 17, SF/SG James Asbury finished with 14, C Morris Phelan and PG Matt Stafford both hit for 11, and PF Donnie Williams scored 9, had 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. For Kansas State C Terrell Brown scored 18 and pulled down 11 boards.

“You know, before the season started, if someone had told me we’d be 4 and 0 after starting our season with 4 straight road games, I’d have been ecstatic. Well….we ARE and….I AM!” decried Coach KD Durst. “But it will be even nicer to finally play a game at home next week.”

C Andre Lilly jammed his finger that limited him to 2 minutes of play but is expected to be ready to play in the Penguins next game.
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Re: The Town Crier

Postby PointGuard » Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:30 pm

Youngstown State Dukes It Out
By Steve Porter

Last night the Youngstown Penguins made the first of their two visits during pre-conference play to their home court. And the visiting Duquesne Dukes were punished for invading the friendly confines of the Beeghly Center. After the Dukes took an early 13-10 lead, the Penguins scored 15 unanswered points. Even though Duquesne subsequently pulled within 3 points, YSU’s defense and offense then began clicking in overdrive. By the end of the half the plucky Penguins led 53-30 by outshooting the Dukes 49% to 37% and forcing 13 turnovers while making just two themselves. C Will O’Neil and PG Pat White formed a formidable inside-outside duo with O’Neil scoring 15 and White hitting for 13. SG Shawn Clark was Duquesne’s lone bright spot with 11 points.

There was no let-down by Youngstown State in the second half as they never let Duquesne made a serious threat and stormed to a resounding and lopsided 92-62 victory. The Penguins hit 48% of their shots while limiting the Dukes to 38% shooting. YSU’s defense forced Duquesne into 20 turnovers by the Penguins made just 7. Youngstown State controlled the boards to the tune of 43-33 and the team scored 40 points in the paint. The win improved YSU’s record to 5-0.

C Will O’Neil torched the Dukes for 27 points while hauling in 11 rebounds, dishing out 3 assists, and getting a steal and 3 blocks. PG Pat White knocked down 18 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, was credited with 5 assists, and had 3 steals and 2 blocks. SG Matt Angner scored 13 while PF Donnie Williams scored 9 points, pulled down 7 boards, and had 3 assists and a block. PF Brett Kennedy finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Duquesne.

Matt Angner bruised his knee late in the game and may miss the team’s next game.

“Our defense allowed us to develop a comfortable lead and then our offense caught fire to nail shut Duquesne’s coffin,” said PG Pat White.
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Re: The Town Crier

Postby PointGuard » Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:12 pm

Penguins Stats
By Steve Porter

Through the first five games the Penguins have played, C Will O’Neil is averaging 21.0 ppg which is 2nd best in the Horizon League. He also is averaging 2.0 bpg which is 2nd in the league. PG Pat White leads the league in assists with 6.4 apg and is tied for 2nd in steals with 1.8 spg. PF Donnie Williams is averaging 6.4 rpg which is 4th highest in the league.

Scoring averages (ppg) for players on the team other than O'Neil are as follows: SF Colin Chambliss-9.6; PG Pat White-9.2; SF/SG James Asbury-8.6; SG Matt Angner-7.8; PG Matt Stafford-7.8; PF Donnie Williams-6.6; PF/SF Lee Pauly-4.8; C/PF Morris Phelan-3.8; SG Noel Manley-3.8; C/PF Andre Lilly-3.6; PF LeRoy Delea-2.0.

The next best rebounders after Williams are Chambliss (5.6 rpg) and O’Neil (5.4 rpg) and assists leaders following White are Stafford (2.8 apg) and Williams (2.4 apg).
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Re: The Town Crier

Postby PointGuard » Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:38 am

Penguins Extend Win Streak
By Steve Porter

Travelling to Fairfax, Virginia the Youngstown State Penguins took on the George Mason Patriots last night.

The Penguins took an early 10-2 lead and then gradually increased the lead. With 6 minutes to go in the half, YSU was in solid control 38-17. By the end of the half the Penguins were on top 52-29 as they outshot the Patriots 57% to 39%, held an 8-5 turnover advantage, and were dominating the boards 23-12. SF Colin Chambliss had dropped in 13 points and C Will O’Neil had 12 points and 7 rebounds.

In the second half George Mason caught fire and closed to within 10 points at 63-53 with 13 minutes to play. But the Penguins got the wheels back on the track and gradually pulled away to record a convincing 97-80 victory that improved their record to 6-0. Although YSU outshot George Mason 52% to 46%, the main statistical difference in the game was a 40-30 rebounding advantage for the Penguins.

C Will O’Neil and C/PF Andre Lilly both scored 19 points with O’Neil grabbing 10 rebounds. SF Colin Chambliss hit for 17 points, SF/SG James Asbury scored 12, and PG Pat White chipped in 10 points plus dished out 12 assists. George Mason’s SG Walter Lawson scored 23 plus had 6 steals and 5 blocks.

“Our defense stunk in the 2nd half but our offense kept us on top,” said Coach KD Durst. “It was great to have Andre Lilly come up big. He’d struggled earlier this season so this was a major break out game for him.”
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Re: The Town Crier

Postby PointGuard » Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:56 am

O’Neil Receives Award
By Steve Porter

Youngstown State’s C Will O’Neil won his 2nd Horizon League Player of the Week Award after scoring 46 points, grabbing 21 rebounds, and getting 2 steals and 5 blocks in the team’s two wins this past week.

“Will has really been the team’s offensive and defensive catalyst this season. Sometimes it’s scary how much we rely upon him,” said Coach KD Durst. “When we were recruiting him we were impressed by his play at New Prairie High School in New Carlisle, Indiana. While his national recruit ranking was OK, it wasn’t all that high though. But then when we saw him play in the Chicago Prep Review and he was a Top 5 player there, we honed in on trying to convince him to play for the Penguins. Our only concerns were his low grades and SAT scores. But I’m extremely proud of how he’s developed into a scholar here at YSU. We got him hooked up with a tutor as soon as he began taking classes and he blossomed. He now has a 3.9 GPA here, so beyond being the Horizon League’s Player of the Year in both is freshman and sophomore seasons and playing ever better this year, he’s an academic all-star. Will came here to fill the hole left when the great Jamal Grady graduated and Will not only did that but he’s been erasing the records created by Jamal.”

The 6’8” 235-pound O’Neil has not only been the Penguins’ leading scorer who has hit over 60% of his shots the 2-1/2 seasons he’s played for Youngstown State, but also a prolific rebounder and a stalwart defender with high numbers of steals and blocks. He’s a two-time Horizon League Player of the Year and member of the All-Conference 1st Team as well as the winner of the League Freshman Player of the Year award.

PG Pat White said, “I love working the ball into Will because he’s a guy who knows what to do with it inside. He drives to the hoop better than anyone I know.”
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Re: The Town Crier

Postby PointGuard » Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:49 am

Buzzer Beater?
By Steve Porter

The Penguins turned the ball over on their first 3 possessions in their game against visiting Texas-El Paso. Coach KD Durst was up and visibly agitated. During the first time out, he could be heard yelling at his team. The team soon after began to gel and gradually began pulling away from the Miners, opening an 11 point lead with about 5 minutes left in the half. But the Miners came back when the refs sent them to the line repeatedly and closed the gap to 35-32 when time expired for the first half. YSU held Texas-El Paso’s shooting to 32%, but were outscored by 10 points at the line in the half by the Miners. C Will O’Neil scored 9 and SF/SG James Asbury added 8.

Coach Durst obviously lit a fire under his team during the intermission and they responded by building a 12 point lead at 50-38 after just 5 minutes of play in the 2nd half. As the refs continued to parade UTEP players to the line, Coach Durst was called for a technical. The Miners stubbornly fought their way back into the game and with 1:30 to play tied the game at 69-69. On YSU’s subsequent possession, PG Pat White worked the ball inside to C Will O’Neil who took his man to the basket and muscled a shot up and in to make it 71-69. With 40 seconds to go, UTEP dropped in two free throws to again tie the game at 71-71. The Miners then stole the ball and scored to go ahead by 2 with 9 seconds on the clock. Pat White quickly brought the ball up across center court, shot the ball over to Asbury who fired it to Colin Chambliss. Chambliss pumped up a desperation shot from 30 feet a tenth of a second before the buzzer sounded. The ball settled through the net to give the Penguins a stunning 74-73 win. The Penguins bench and home crowd surged onto the court to celebrate. George Towns, UTEP’s coach, contended the shot was put up too late, but the officials reviewed the video and upheld their decision. After the game, Town’s said, “I still think the ball was on Chambliss’ fingertips when the buzzer sounded, but the hometown crowd’s reaction flooding the court prevented the officials from overturning their call.” UTEP scored 17 more points than YSU at the line which was nearly enough to torpedo the Penguins.

C Will O’Neil scored 18, SF/SG James Asbury finished with 16, and SF Colin Chambliss added 10. PG Pat White didn’t score but had 10 assists.

Coach KD Durst said, “You gotta give the Miners a lot of credit for never giving up. We were exceptionally lucky to win this game. Colin’s shot will be the highlight of the week on ESPN.” When asked about his team’s success this season, Durst replied, “Its great to still be undefeated, but we’re going to have to play a heckuva lot better than we did tonight if we want to win either of our two remaining pre-conference games. We came real close to letting this game get away from us. We sent the Miners to the line 41 times tonight…that’s normally a recipe for disaster.”

The 7-0 Penguins have two road games at Ball State and UNLV before Horizon League play begins after Christmas. Youngstown State is unranked in the polls but now has the 30th best RPI in the nation.
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