Calvert County Times January 11, 2018 - Page 20

20 Sports The Calvert County Times Thursday, January 11, 2018 St. Mary’s Men Fall Short Against Wesley Dying Institution By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer Ochae Bynum ‘18 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood St. Mary’s College men’s basketball Seahawks lost to Wesley Jan. 6 by a 74- 67 score. The Basics Score: St. Mary’s 67, Wesley 74 Records: St. Mary’s (2-11, 1-5 CAC), Wesley (6-7, 2-4 CAC) Location: St. Mary’s City, Md. – Mi- chael P. O’Brien ARC Arena The Short Story: The St. Mary’s Col- lege of Maryland men’s basketball team pulled within three twice in the final 1:42 of the game but could not put an end to their skid, falling 74-67 to Wesley Col- lege on Saturday afternoon in Capital Athletic Conference action and stretch- ing the streak to five losses in a row. How It Happened Wesley never trailed in the game and was firmly in the driver’s seat, leading by 17 on a Paul Clemons layup at the 8:29-minute mark of the second half, be- fore the Seahawks began to fight back. Senior guard Donovan Robinson (Cheverly, Md./North Point) drained a three-pointer and ignited a 16-5 run which closed the 17-point gap to 68-65 with less than two minutes remaining in the game. The Wolverines sealed the win when Clemons went 4-for-4 at the free throw line while St. Mary’s was 0-for-6 from the field, including 0-for-4 from down- town, during the final minute of play. Wesley broke the game open with an 18-3 run over a seven-minute span in the first half to lead by 17 at 9:17 on an Evan Anderson triple. Clemons (20 points) and Evan An- derson combined for 32 first-half points in leading Wesley to a 42-25 halftime advantage. Inside the Box Score Bynum tallied 10 points in the second half, including five during the Seahawks’ rally attempt, and finished leading the team with 11 while adding a game-best four assists and two rebounds. Sophomore forward Jamal Murphy (Waldorf, Md./Westlake) saw his first game action since January 4, 2017 and posted 10 points and three boards while fellow classmate Quentin Twyman (Ger- mantown, Md./Seneca Valley) contrib- uted a career-best nine caroms and nine points. The Wolverines out-rebounded the hosts, 42-33, as Clemons finished with a double-double on game-highs of 32 points and 15 rebounds. Anderson poured in 24 points for Wesley as he went 8-for-10 from the field, including 3-for-4 from beyond the three-point arc, and 5-for-6 at the line. Facebook: StMarysAthletics Instagram: @smcseahawks, @ smcm_mbb Twitter: @smcseahawks, @ SMCM_MBB Hashtags: #SweepTheSheds, #GoHawks By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu for SMCM. January 19, 2002. I was at Fager’s Island bar in Ocean City, Maryland when it hap- pened. I didn’t understand it then; I still don’t completely understand it now. Where were you? More specifically, where were you the day Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patri- ots beat the Oakland Raiders in the AFC Championship Game and America’s football fans were introduced to the ob- scure and baffling “tuck rule?” Time has provided considerable con- text to that moment. Entering that now famous/infamous game, Brady was an unheralded and, it seemed, moderately- talented second year quarterback. He appeared more “game manager” than “game breaker.” Belichick, in just his second year as New England’s head coach, was trying to establish himself af- ter five failed years in Cleveland and an awkward one-day stint as New York Jets head coach that he ended with a one-line, hand-written faxed resignation. Fourteen seasons and five Super Bowl championships later that bumbling, un- accomplished coach and that inconse- quential quarterback are now the best quarterback and head coach, respective- ly, in NFL history and constants for the greatest dynasty in modern professional sports. It all began on that January day in 2002, but its end may be near. If you buy a recent piece by ESPN Senior Writer Seth Wickersham, the Patriots are disintegrating from within. Wickersham presents a compelling case: Brady’s sick of Belichick’s tongue lash- ings and lack of public praise; Belich- ick is torqued over being forced to trade Jimmy Garoppolo, Brady’s heir apparent; and both are at odds over Alex Guerre- ro’s – Brady’s trainer/business partner – access to the team. Wickersham’s piece casts Guerrero as a football version of Yoko Ono; but this seems more the generic work of two powerful entities tiring of coexistence. Regardless, the end was near even before Wickersham’s agitation; it will just accel- erate in earnest if he’s right. Brady is 40; Belichick is 65. Neither man has anything left to prove. Disgust- ing riches and irreproachable legacies are secure. They were going to be doing this in five years anyway, Guerrero or no Guerrero. The difference now is the Belichick-Brady, Patriots-forever-Super- Bowl-contenders thing might end this year. The suggestion is sweet music to 31 other NFL fan bases. Understandable. The Patriots are easy to hate: Belichick’s curmudgeon-shtick, golden boy Brady and his supermodel wife, the tuck rule, Spygate, Deflategate and all…that…win- ning. But even as a salty Washington fan, this isn’t a funeral I eagerly anticipate or will celebrate. Through scandal, personnel changes, and a league financial system that’s sup- posed to subvert sustained success, the Patriots have consistently quieted the noise, never made excuses and resisted the urge to look beyond the next week’s opponent. They have overcome injuries (Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, etc.), rejuvenated veteran players (Corey Dil- lon, Randy Moss), routinely identified and developed talents in obscure or un- der-valued players (Edelman, Dion Lew- is, Troy Brown, Malcolm Butler, Wes Welker), and won at an historic pace. And that’s just the football side of the story. The world has changed significantly since the Patriots beat the Raiders on January 19, 2002. The information age has exploded with smart “phones” and social media – Jetsons-like technol- ogy. 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