Whalers Out; Greenport Wins Title

first_imgOne day both Pierson’s boys and girls basketball teams were basking in the glow of success, having achieved their primary goal: a berth in the Suffolk County playoffs, which offers a road to the state tournament and ultimately a state championship.Both awaited the next step, and it was a rarity: a doubleheader, with both teams playing their opening games the same day at home on February 14.And, just like that, the season was over. First, the Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers were upset by Stony Brook 47-44. (See separate story.) The next game the boys team, favored to beat Port Jefferson, and was eliminated 43-32.The boys had an excuse. Will Martin, the team’s top scorer, was out with a torn ACL, and Martin provides the firepower the team needs to run on. The senior, who went over the 1000-point career mark last month, is a relentless and energetic machine, pressing the action on both sides of the floor.The Whalers struggled without him, though give the Royals credit: Port Jeff played a hustling defense that left Pierson struggling to run a coordinated offense. After hanging in for most of the first stanza the Whalers went stone cold, tallying a single point from that point until halftime.Port Jefferson wasn’t exactly scorching the threads either, but the double-digit lead proved insurmountable since the home team lacked the offensive power to make a charge.E.J. Burke and Henry Brooks each scored 10 for Pierson. The team finished with an 11-10 overall record and went 10-3 in League VIII.The giddy Royals, 8-12 overall but only 1-9 in League VII, mounted a spirited celebration at the final buzzer, but it proved a Pyrrhic victory—waiting in the wings was Greenport and the Suffolk Class C title game, once again played at Suffolk Community College’s Selden Campus on Friday.The Porters were motivated on two fronts: not only were they still smarting from last year’s upset to Stony Brook in the finale, but also by the perception that this team is destined for more than just a county title—this team has the look of a state title contender. And now they’ll get their chance to go upstate. The Porters dispensed the Bears with ruthless efficiency, 71-41, and now await the NYS Class C playoff seedings to find out who’s next. They are 19-2 on the season and they won the League VIII title with an undefeated record.It was over early: Greenport is a deep and talented team, but there is a special player here: the sophomore Ahkee Anderson, an honor student off the court and the undisputed leader of the team on the floor. He took off early, scoring nine points and dishing out for several more scores as the locals opened a 25-9 win. Anderson, a legitimate Suffolk Small Schools Player of the Year candidate, took the foot off the pedal at that point and finished with 21 points and nine assists.It’s by no means a one-man team, however. Julian Swann, a six-foot, four-inch bruiser, controls the paint and the boards. He finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds on the night. The locals employ three starting guards, and all of them can burn: Jordan Fonseca had 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds for Greenport and Jaxan Swann added seven assists and three steals. Jaxan Swann is the only senior of the group, so there are a lot more wins in the bag before this squad is finished.Alas, the season is over for two other local teams. East Hampton lost a heartbreaker to Glenn 92-89 in triple overtime on February 14 in the opening round of the Suffolk Class A playoff, Southampton was eliminated by Amityville, another Suffolk team with state title aspirations, on Friday. Sharelast_img read more

Viking Supply Ships reaches agreement with banks, lacks final approval

first_imgOffshore vessel provider Viking Supply Ships (VSS) has finalized the in-principle agreement with the banks regarding the company’s revised long-term financial platform. However, the company said, the agreement remains subject to final credit committee approval.The company also said it will continue its negotiations with its investors and remaining financial creditors with an aim to reach a final agreement with them as well.In accordance with the principle agreements with the banks, the company will not fully pay interest, amortizations or other commitments to neither its financial creditors nor under the Odin Viking bareboat charter contract, other than where an agreement for a long-term financial platform has been reached.As a consequence of this, the company has received a notice of default from Nordic Trustee (on behalf of the bondholders). The company has for some time been engaged in a dialogue with a few core bondholders and their advisor.VSS stated that, if an acceptable solution is not reached with all relevant financial creditors, Viking Supply Ships will consider all structural and strategic alternatives.Recently, Norseman Offshore, the owner of the anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel Odin Viking which is on a bareboat charter with VSS, filed an application for bankruptcy against VSS with the Maritime and Commercial High Court in Copenhagen only to withdraw it several days later. The petition was made on the basis of unpaid hire in an aggregate amount of approximately $2.5 million.last_img read more

Former NBA star Lamar Odom found unconscious at US brothel

first_imgInternationalNewsPrintSports Former NBA star Lamar Odom found unconscious at US brothel by: Associated Press – October 14, 2015 135 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Lamar Odom (Photo: AP)NEVADA, United States (AP) — Former NBA and reality TV star Lamar Odom was hospitalised after he was found unconscious Tuesday at a Nevada brothel, authorities said.The Nye County Sheriff’s Department was called at about 3:15 pm to Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, about 70 miles outside of Las Vegas for a report of an unresponsive man needing an ambulance, Sheriff Sharon A Wehrly said in a statement.Odom was stabilised and taken to Desert View Hospital in nearby Pahrump, the statement said. Officials then tried to have him airlifted to Las Vegas, but he was too tall for the helicopter that was available and he was driven by ambulance to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.There was no further word on Odom’s condition.The emergency call came from Richard Hunter, media director for Dennis Hof, who owns the Love Ranch and other brothels in Nevada, the sheriff’s statement said. Hof did not immediately reply to a request for comment.His hospitalisation was first reported by TMZ.The 35-year-old last played in the NBA in 2013 and saw reality TV fame through his four-year marriage to Khloe Kardashian.last_img read more