Mathis was the leading scorer for UWF with 22 points (Photo by Chris Nelson). Share PENSACOLA, Fla. – It was the tale of two halves as the University of West Florida men’s basketball team dropped its Gulf South Conference opener, 81-77, to Christian Brothers University.The Argonauts led 39-37, and by as many as seven points, before being outscored 44-38 in the second half by the Buccaneers. The 77 points is the most CBU has allowed since the 2009 season but it wasn’t enough as the Argos fall to 9-5 overall and 0-1 in the GSC.The win is the sixth straight for Christian Brothers and its 10th overall, moving them to 10-2 on the season and 1-0 in the conference.After allowing back-to-back threes to start off the game, UWF rallied back in a hurry with Marquis Mathis (Columbus, Ohio/Cincinnati State CC) connecting on a pair of jumpers to put the Argos within two. Martell Buie (Orlando, Fla./Wallace St. CC-Hanceville) tied things up at the 16:41 mark with a basket before three more lead changes kept things tight. The Argos finally pulled away with another two by Buie followed by a free throw to put it at 15-12 UWF with 12:41 to play in the opening half. Jamar Moore (Coolidge, Ga./Faulkner State CC) gave West Florida its biggest lead of the night at seven points halfway through the period with a layup to make it 23-16.Christian Brothers managed to tie it once more late before the intermission, but Peter Connole (Orlando, Fla./Pine Castle Christian) hit on a layup with just :06 seconds to go, sending the teams into the locker room with UWF leading, 39-37.Mathis extended the lead to four before a pair of three-pointers by the Buccaneers erased the Argo lead, giving CBU a two point advantage after the six point swing. The Argos led by one point just twice more in the ballgame. Three straight triples by the Buccaneers then extended their lead to seven points, 62-55, with 9:48 to go.The CBU lead was as strong as 11 points with five to play and the seven second half threes by the Buccaneers was too much for the Argos to handle as they fell, 81-77.Mathis was the leading scorer for the Argos with 22 points, as UWF shot 60 percent from the field, going 33-of-55, the highest shooting percentage allowed by Christian Brothers since 2007.Anthony Sims (Mobile, Ala./Faulkner State CC) had another double-digit night, netting 14 points with five assists. Moore was just one rebound shy of the double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing nine rebounds, snapping a three game double-double streak for the senior. Connole scored a season high of 11 points with a 4-of-5 performance from the field and a 3-for-4 night at the line.The Argos outmatched the Bucs down low, pulling down 33 rebounds to CBU’s 25 and scoring 36 points in the paint.Untimely turnovers by the West Florida, 12 total, led directly to 20 Christian Brothers points as UWF snapped its two game win streak.The Argos will look to get back in the win column this Saturday as they host Delta State in another GSC contest. Tipoff is on slate for 4 p.m. For the latest information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. Print Friendly Version West Florida Drops GSC Opener to CBU
In difficult times, people usually come together. Problems unite them in the name of a common cause. There are always exceptions. In “Levski” everyone has been looking in a different direction for a long time, and the moments of unanimity are very fleeting. It happened once when Nasko Sirakov asked for the shares, and the second time when the club called on its fans to be a general sponsor for an indefinite period of time. But the hard times at Georgi Asparuhov Stadium are not over, and the storm is already seriously destroying the “blue” ship, in which passengers and crew cannot look at each other. In the week before the fiasco of “Gerena” with “Tsarsko Selo” (0: 1), which led to the weakest start in the history of “Levski” for the championship, the executive director Pavel Kolev was bombarded with a number of awkward questions from Lyubomir Kostadinov. One of Sector B’s torturers used social media to express his concerns publicly. There was no subsequent reaction from Kolev. The owner Nasko Sirakov did not come out to take a stand either. The rift in the relations at Georgi Asparuhov Stadium was also evident on the day of the match. During the match, supporters attacked coach Georgi Todorov. After the defeat, the experienced specialist, who long ago announced that he had taken on this role because of his good relations with Sirakov, was not obliged and in turn waved a finger at the people from the stands.His hint was clear: he would not withstand the criticism for long. At the same time, Todorov once again announced that there were not enough players and threw the ball to Wolf. The main argument of the specialist has its arguments, but given the expected sale and breakup of the current team, its composition looks more than decent. A month ago, the coach did not know who he would rely on at all for the start of the championship. In the end, only the protection was replaced. The attacking trio of Paulinho, Nigel Roberta and Stanislav Ivanov survived. For now. Stein Spiers is also in the squad. Whether the square in question is played at Gerena in the current situation is another question. But even without acknowledging it out loud, the results are indicative. There is no idea in Levski’s game. Perhaps the general problem is that the club as a whole lacks an action plan. In the century-old team, the coach is temporary. As well as at least half of the incumbents. They are for a while and will soon be gone. If at the beginning of the century during the construction of the “blue” dream team of Murray Stoilov was working on “Plan 2007”, now there is no strategy at all. Fans go so far as to attack their players, as was the case with Stanislav Ivanov after the lost match with Tsarsko Selo. A kind of climax in the rupture of the “blue” relationship. Apparently, “Levski” is rotting inside just like the apple that Asen Bukarev talked about 2 years ago. But now everything is more painful, because the problems are visible – finances, results, quarrels, behind-the-scenes interests. And all this behind the facade: “Levski” age-old, clean, transparent, loved, unshakable and something else. Obviously not so wonderful.Vladimir Ivanov, “Trud”
A look at some of the top stories making the news today, May 16th, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.Here is a look at our top stories…In support of the objectives in Broward County’s “A Way Home” plan to end Homelessness, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the county with more than $6 million to provide support services and new initiative projects. With an approximate 2, 300 people experiencing homelessness during in January of this year, Broward County has reported that the number has dropped 12 percent from the count in 2015.Government Ministers and business stakeholders from across the Caribbean gathered recently for the Caribbean Investment Summit in Miami. Hosted by Carib-Export, the summit highlighted the region’s growing opportunities in niche tourism, tech services and renewable energy. In addition to investment, the region also needs industry expertise from the Diaspora, says Carib-Export Executive Director Pamela Coke-Hamilton.Celebrating their 22nd anniversary, the annual Unifest festival of Caribbean cultures returned to Lauderdale Lakes this past Sunday. With a full day of live performances, a writing competition and a historical artifacts display, South Florida got a taste of the Caribbean without having to leave to the state.In Sports, In the Diamond League competitions in Shanghai this past weekend, Bahamian runner, Shaunae Miller, took home a win in the 400 meter with a time of 50 point 45 seconds. Jamaican runner, Stephanie Ann McPherson, trailed behind by only half a second taking home second place.And now, here’s what’s Trending:Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt is back! After a 9 month hiatus, Bolt made his 2016 debut onto the track at the Cayman Invitational Saturday, winning the 100 meter race with a time of 10 seconds. He will continue on the road to Rio with what is rumored to be his last Olympic game.For Today’s Weather Forecast:Mostly sunny in Broward County with a high of 85 and a low of 76. There will be a mixture of sun and clouds in Miami-Dade, with a high of 86 and a low of 76.For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean-American outlet.