St. Louis-1 defeated All Saints-1 51-32. St. Louis-1 would jump out to a 16-6 first quarter lead and would extended the lead to 15 at halftime 31-16. St. Louis-1 would keep up the good play in the second half to come away with the win. We played very well as a team. This was a good win for us. Bruins Scoring. George Ritter 17, Lane Oesterling 14, Alex Westerfeld 6, Calvin Sherwood 4, Cooper Williams 3, Sam Giesting 3.Courtesy of Bruins Coach Roger Dietz.St. Louis-2 lost to All Saints-2 44-40. This was very close game throughout but All Saints-2 was able hold on for the win. Bruins Scoring. John Thompson 10, Kurt Siefert 8, Gus Cooper 6, Evan Vogelsang 5, Adam Cox 4, Brayden Worthington 3, Adam Vogelsang 2.Courtesy of Bruins Coach: Fuzz Springmeyer.St. Louis-3 fell to St. Mary’s-1’s 69-22. Dylan Fledderman led St. Louis-3 with 7 points.Courtesy of Bruins Coach Chris Lanning.
It takes a lot to turn a bad team into a good one. It takes time, patience and — most importantly — the right strategy. Using a top draft pick on a quarterback who turns out to be a bust or hiring a head coach who doesn’t pan out can set a franchise back five years — or more.That’s why USC basketball fans can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that head coach Andy Enfield is a keeper. The 47-year-old inked another contract extension with the Trojans on Wednesday through the 2023 season, piled on top of the first two-year extension that he signed just a year ago that added on to his original six-year deal in 2013.When it’s all said and done, Enfield could last a decade — or more — at USC, an impressive mark that is a testament to both Enfield and the school’s hiring decision.Both extensions coincidentally came after Enfield’s name was linked to other jobs on the market. Pittsburgh reportedly had Enfield on its radar last year, and this year — following the Trojans’ deepest run in the NCAA Tournament in eight years — he was listed as one of Georgetown’s candidates for its coaching vacancy in a Sports Illustrated report. Neither job went to Enfield, and each time, it was followed with the reward of more padding on his USC contract.There are two takeaways from this. The first is that USC is not the only program that sees Enfield as a commodity. That’s the kind of coach you want leading your program: one that other programs — and established programs at that — respect enough to consider hiring themselves.The second is USC’s belief in Enfield — and vice versa — that gave him the time and space to turn the program around.Enfield rose to public attention in 2013 when he led a Cinderella team in tiny Florida Gulf Coast (AKA “Dunk City”) to the Sweet Sixteen, a run that landed him the USC job. But he’s proven to be much more than a flash in the pan, turning his 15 minutes of fame and moving them to Southern California, where he has methodically built a basketball program on the rise.His first year, the Trojans won two conference games and finished last in the Pac-12. His second year, they won three and finished last again. “Dunk City” seemed a thing of the past, the 15 minutes of fame to have run past their course and basketball at USC stayed an afterthought.But Enfield remained and his blueprint for the program finally started to blossom in his third year. Guards Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart, key players from Enfield’s first recruiting class (now both juniors) developed into leaders. Now-sophomore forwards Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu, lanky big men that highlighted recruiting class number two, provided the raw size and NBA-caliber talent that the Trojans had been lacking for years.That quartet — combined with the since-departed Nikola Jovanovic and Julian Jacobs and strong bench depth — gave USC its first berth in the NCAA Tournament in five years.That was significant, but perhaps even more significant was seeing Enfield’s vision translate into wins. Even in the losing seasons, you could see spots of Enfield’s high-octane offense here and there — the fast pace, the run-and-gun style. “Play fast, play hard, play unselfish” was the motto. Problem was, the players, leftovers from before Enfield’s tenure, didn’t necessarily fit the vision. It took a few years — and some fortunate patience from then-Athletic Director Pat Haden — to swallow the losses and allow Enfield’s recruits to filter in, to learn the system and to thrive in it.Now, it appears Enfield has it: the players, the system, the reputation. McLaughlin, Stewart, Metu and Boatwright are the backbone, and if Metu and Boatwright don’t enter the NBA Draft, those are four quality upperclassmen that any good program needs.This year’s freshman class picked up on the system well and should transition nicely into sophomores. Guards De’Anthony Melton and Jonah Matthews both played like seniors at certain points last season, forward Nick Rakocevic sparked USC to an impressive comeback win over Providence in the “Four Four” matchup in the NCAA Tournament and guard Harrison Henderson has been singled out by McLaughlin, a team captain, as someone who has “gotten better each day he’s stepped on campus.”Throw in prized recruit Charles O’Bannon Jr. and Duke transfer Derryck Thornton, and that is a loaded roster. But beyond that, it’s a roster filled with Enfield’s players, fit to his vision of “play fast, play hard, play unselfish.”“If this team stays together with our recruits coming in next year,” Enfield told me last month before the Pac-12 tournament. “We think it’s a special team now, but with another year of experience, I think this program’s headed in the right direction.”Next season will be Enfield’s fifth at USC, and it’s safe to say that instead of being set back five years from his hiring date in 2013, the basketball program has found the right man and is leaping forward to new heights. Eric He is a sophomore studying print and digital journalism. He is also the associate managing editor for the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs on Fridays.
In the rest there was no news, since the other two players who were not with the group were Asensio and Mariano. The Balearic continues to make progress in recovering from the serious knee injury he suffered last summer. It is already in the final stretch. The striker, meanwhile, has been dragging an injury for several weeks but has preferred not to issue a medical report. In any case, he is a footballer who does not enter into Zidane’s plans (he is still in the club because he refused to leave). Real Madrid continues to prepare this Saturday’s meeting at Ciutat against Levante (9:00 p.m., Movistar LaLiga) and the great novelty of the day was the absence of Bale and Jovic, both because of gastroenteritisThe Welsh footballer arrived in Valdebebas first thing, as usual. However, he left the white training facilities in his vehicle at 10:30 am. The club, on its website, clarified that it suffers from gastroenteritis. On Tuesday he had not exercised with the group. It was the doctors in Madrid who told the Welsh and the Serbian to go home so they wouldn’t spread the rest of their companions. Madrid will face the match against Levante with no margin of error after the stumble against Celta at the Bernabéu last day (2-2), although Zizou will also have his mind on the crucial week that Madrid will face: On February 26 he received the City at the Bernabéu and on March 1 the Barcelona, also at home. Two matches that will mark the white options in both the League and Champions. Therefore, the eleven presented to Levante could include news thinking about the distribution of minutes to the most loaded players.
… going by obsolete law – Labour Dept… accused of being anti-businessBY DEVINA SAMAROOIn an announcement that sent shockwaves through the city, Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green declared that city businesses have been operating beyond hours prescribed by the law and the practice must be immediately stopped.However, the Shops Consolidation (Amendment) Act 2009 states otherwise.Chase Green told a public meeting on Friday that businesses are forbidden from opening on public holidays, on Sundays and beyond 16:30h (4:30pm) daily; warning that efforts will be made to ensure law and order is restored.The announcement startled many business operators in Georgetown, some of whom contended that any such move will only further cripple the economy.One business owner argued that the policy is anti-business and does not cater for working-class persons who usually do their shopping after working hours.During an interview with Guyana Times on Monday, the Mayor maintained her position, emphasising that the law is clear.“They (businesses) open at 07:30h and at seven in the night (19:00h), they are still opened while the law says it’s from 7:00am to 4:30pm (16:30h), and Saturdays are supposed to be half day and there are supposed to be no openings on Sundays; but they are in violation and nobody is saying anything about it,” she argued.Chase Green said the concerns were brought to her attention by concerned citizens and therefore she decided to take action to put an end to the violation.The Mayor said she will be writing to the Labour Department about the violation and that it will be up to those in charge to take the necessary actions to correct the breach.The Shops Consolidation Act (Amendment) 2009“What you have existing right now is that majority of businesses open after 12 on Saturdays until four or five in the afternoons or until seven in the night. And on Sundays they are also open and on public holidays; and they are in violation… So it is left for them (Labour Ministry) to take that information and do what is necessary,” she stressed.Chase Green posited, “It is the Ministry’s responsibility, not mine. I am responsible for the market and I make sure that the market is opened and closed on time.”However, the Chief Labour Officer (CLO) Charles Ogle said the Mayor is erroneous in her claims.He pointed to the Shops Consolidation (Amendment) Act 2009 which extends the operating hours for regular shops from 07:30h to 22:00h; restaurants and cook shops for 24 hours per day; and parlour, barber and hairdresser establishments from 06:00h to midnight every day.Ogle presumed that the Mayor is referring to the old Act, which indeed stipulated an early closure time for businesses.Moreover, he posited that it is the responsibility of the Police Commissioner and not the Labour Department to ensure that the businesses are operating in accordance with the law. He posited that the Mayor may have blundered once again in this regard.The Shops Act stipulates that “it shall be the duty of the Commissioner of Police to enforce or cause to be enforced the provisions of this Act relating to the hours of opening and closing of shops and prohibited sales.”