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

Rooney slams Mancini claim he got Kompany red

first_img0Shares0000MANCHESTER, England, January 9 – Wayne Rooney has slammed Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini’s claim he got Vincent Kompany sent-off in Manchester United’s 3-2 FA Cup derby win over the holders at Eastlands.Italian boss Mancini felt Rooney influenced referee Chris Foy into showing defender Kompany a red card for a two-footed challenge on Nani just 12 minutes into Sunday’s incident-packed third round clash.But the England striker, who scored goals either side of Kompany’s exit in a first half where Danny Welbeck also netted for United, defended himself on Twitter on Monday by saying: “Funny how people think i got kompany sent off. Im not ref. i didn’t give red card. But it was a clear red card. 2 footed tackle.” Mancini compared the actions of Rooney, seen speaking to Foy after Kompany’s tackle and before the sending-off, to his own in waving an imaginary red card during City’s win over Liverpool last week.“It was not a red card,” Mancini said after a defeat that saw City’s defence of the FA Cup they won last season end after just one match.“Rooney told him his decision.“When I did this against Liverpool, people told me not to do it.“I said I was sorry and made a mistake.”As City captain Kompany now faces a four-match suspension, the Premier League leaders are set to lodge an appeal against his red card before Monday’s deadline expires.If an appeal is rejected, City will be without Kompany for both legs of their League Cup semi-final with Liverpool and Premier League games against Wigan and Tottenham Hotspur.With Kolo Toure on African Nations Cup duty, that would leave Joleon Lescott and Stefan Savic as City’s first-choice central defensive duo.However, Mancini was confident City would get Kompany’s ban overturned, in which case the defender would be available for Wednesday’s visit of Liverpool.“We will appeal. I am sure we will win,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

A robot is lining up for 2 days for an iPhone 6S

first_imgA fan takes a selfie with Lucy the robot. Photo credit: ATOMIC 212 Advertisement We’ve reported in the past about the madness that always surrounds Apple’s annual product refreshes. In 2012 a teenager sold his kidney so he could afford the iPhone and other gadgets, and this month two Chinese men were arrested before they could successfully sell their kidneys to an online agent to raise cash for the iPhone 6S. Then in 2013 a couple from Shanghai put their daughter up for adoption illegally and used part of the proceeds to buy an Apple iPhone and iPad. There’s a sperm bank, also in China, that is enticing donors with promises of a free iPhone 6S.Now one Apple fan who badly wants to be the first to get the iPhone 6S but couldn’t get 2 days off work to line up has sent a robot to do the dirty work for her! The telepresence robot named Lucy after its owner is essentially an iPad attached to a Sedway-type device so it allows her to be there without being there physically.[related-posts]The robot took the fourth position in the line at the flaghsip Apple store at 5am, and the owner is communicating through it from the warmth of her office. – Advertisement – Apparently the company she works for, media Agency Atomic 212 has sourced and build 6 of these robots to play with in the office, and they use them for everything, just to show new technology.The robot is awaiting the arrival of the latest iPhones on Friday, the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus. Australia is the first country in the world to get the devices, due to the advantage of timezones.[Mashable]last_img read more