Raiders Snap Eagles 24-Game Home Court Winning Streak

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., – (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the state, both undefeated, playing a rematch of last year’s State Championship. It would only make sense that the game would come down to the wire.

The Northwest Florida State Raiders defeated the Tallahassee Community College Eagles 78-76.

Tallahassee head coach Mark was previously 23-0 at home with the Eagles.

“It’s one of those games where if you’re sitting at home, and you’re getting ready to watch a college basketball game, you know it’s between two of the best teams in the country,” said TCC Head Coach Mark White. “And when the game is over, you say ‘man that was a great game.” 

The first half was neck and neck. The Raiders got out to a 21-13 lead at one point, but Tallahassee never let them go on a substantial run. With 8:24 left in the half, Tallahassee had a 2-point lead, but that would be the only lead they had for the half.

Tallahassee’s Deion Bute opened the second half with a bucket, and the Eagles went on a 9-2 run in the first four minutes. Bute ended with 9-points and six rebounds.

During the last eight minutes, the game was tied six times.

With 29 seconds left, Bute grabbed a rebound and drew a shooting foul on the other end of the floor. Down by one, he hit one of two free throws to tie it at 76-76.

 With less than 20 seconds left, Northwest Florida got the ball and pushed up the court. The Raider’s Daryl Edwards hit a layup with three seconds left to break the tie. Edwards led his team in scoring with 20 points.

Tallahassee’s Kiair Crouch pushed up the floor and tried for the buzzer-beater, but was double-teamed, and didn’t get a shot off. Many of Tallahassee’s players, especially Crouch, thought there was significant contact made on the shot.

“It’s one game,” said coach White, whose team is now 3-1 in conference play. “If you win, you enjoy it till 11:30 tomorrow… If you lose, you pout around a little bit, and by 11:30 it’s over with.”

Sophomore David Simmons lead all scorers with a season high 28-points.

Tallahassee looks to regain their momentum on Tuesday against Pensacola State at home.

Florida State Caps Their Tough Six Game Stretch With Another Win

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent (@JordanPandyFS)

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – No. 10 Florida State gets another big win over a ranked opponent beating No. 12 Louisville 73-68. Freshman phenom Jonathan Isaac recorded his third straight double-double; he finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Isaac’s 10th rebound was a timely one, as he grabbed it after Louisville (16-4, 4-3) guard Tony Hicks missed a layup that would have brought the Cardinals within one point of the Seminoles (18-2, 6-1) with less than 30 seconds to play. Isaac had a very efficient game only shooting seven jump shots and going 7-7 at the line, including a pair of clutch free throws down the stretch.

The game got a lot closer than those who watched the first couple of minutes might have guessed; the Seminoles started the game on a 14-0 run in the first three minutes of the game. Slowly but surely the Cardinal clawed their way back into the game, but were fought off by Isaac and the rest of the starters towards the end.

“Jonathan has the ability to play the game the right way,” said Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton.

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“I mean, he only took seven shots. You would think that a guy of his caliber would be a lot more aggressive hunting shots, but with his ability to make shots he never forces the shot.”

One of the more surprising stats of the day was the Florida State bench being outscored – and by a lot. The Louisville bench scored 40 points to the Noles’ 11.

One of the main stories of this Seminoles season has been the success of their bench the “Boom Squad,” as they like to be called, but in this game the starters had to get it done.

“Anyone can step up,” said Terance Mann who finished with 15 points after going scoreless in the previous game. “Today the starters stepped up and took that role of, ‘we’re going to be the boom squad.’ We’re going to have to do that if they’re not doing it – and if we’re not doing it, then they’re going to have to do it.”

After the victory, the whole team looked both elated and relieved as their gauntlet of six straight ranked opponents was finally over. Through the tough stretch of six games, the Seminoles won five – which is more than some people expected.

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“It definitely excites us just because nobody thought we would do the stretch [of games] how we did it,” said Dwayne Bacon who also poured in a game high 16 points. “I know a couple of guys probably thought we’d be 2-4, or not win any of the games just because of what we did last year. We believe in us and our coaches believe in us.”

Even though the tremendously rough patch of the schedule is over, there are still plenty of worthy opponents that lie ahead. The next three games are on the road; all to teams who have at least two conference wins and are very capable teams.

“In the ACC every night it feels like you’re playing a ranked team so we can’t let up now,” said Mann.

Florida State travels to Georgia Tech in their next game this Wednesday at 7pm.

Seminole Showdown in NFL Divisional Playoffs

Halli Allen, Correspondent (@HalliAllenFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www,franchisesportsonline.net) – It will be a showdown as some of the best of the former Florida State Seminoles compete this weekend in the NFL divisional championship matchups Sunday afternoon. 

The Falcons and former Florida State running back Devonta Freeman, who had 2,730 yards, 31 touchdowns as a Seminole (2011-13) will kickoff the divisional championship matchups against the Green Bay Packers.

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. In his rookie year he accumulated 248 rushing yards on 65 carries and 225 receiving yards on 30 receptions. He also recorded one receiving and one rushing touchdown.

In his first NFL start against the Dallas Cowboys in 2015, he scored his first professional career touchdown and hasn’t stopped since. Devonta has recorded 1541 combined yards and 14 touchdowns this past season. During the last game played against the Seattle Seahawks Freeman recorded 125 yards combined with one touchdown.

The Falcons will not only welcome the Green Bay Packers inside the Georgia Dome Sunday, but also former Florida State defensive tackle Letroy Guidon. As a Seminole from 2004 to 2008, Guidon had 66 career tackles. Both men decided to forgo their senior years at Florida State to declare for their respective drafts.

Guidon was selected in the fifth round by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2008 NFL draft. He appeared in 66 games while starting in half of those as a nose tackle for the Vikings. He had 88 recorded tackles, with even more assists, sacks, and had two fumble recoveries. He went on to be picked up by the Green Bay Packers in 2014.

He finished the 2014 season with a career high 3.5 sacks, 32 tackles, two forced fumbles and one batted pass. After the 2016 regular season Guidon recorded 20 tackles with 10 assists. The former Seminole started in the last match against the Dallas Cowboys but recorded no stats.

Closing out Sunday’s playoff games, former Seminole offensive lineman Tre Jackson, and the Patriots will face the Pittsburgh Steelers. And, former Seminole Lawrence Timmons, a 6’1 234lbs linebacker, who while at Florida State (2004-06) accumulated 126 tackles and eight sacks.

Also playing for the Steelers, Linebacker Vince Williams, recorded over 50 tackles during his time at Florida State (2008-12). All three men chose to forgo their chances to enter their respective drafts, and all played their senior years with the Seminoles. Continue reading Seminole Showdown in NFL Divisional Playoffs

Preview: Lady Eagles will host Region 8 No. 6/NJCAA No. 15 Northwest Florida State College

Janne Mundin, Correspondent 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Tallahassee Community College Women’s Basketball team will face the Northwest Florida State College Raiders at home in the Eagledome Saturday, January 21st at 5:30 EST.

Currently, the TCC Women’s Basketball team is ranked No.11 by the NJCAA and No. 3 in Region six, which is led by Coach Franqua Bedel.

Last season, the Raiders defeated the Lady Eagles, 70-64. The Eagles were led by Eboni Watts, who had 26-points.

Overall, the TCC Eagles scored 29-points in the first half, and 35-points the second half. Meanwhile, the Raiders scored 33-points, and 37-points in the second half of the game. Both teams gave up 23-points off of turnovers.

TCC Eagle’s Lawriell Wilson was given the honor of being named the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball player of the week for January 9-15. She is currently a sophomore and is the top scorer in Region 8.

A win tomorrow will ultimately give one of the team the advantage in advancing in the 2016-2017 finals.

Preview: No.1 TCC Eagles, No.2 NWF State Raiders Set for Big Matchup

Janne Ree Kiesha Mundin, Correspondent 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.) – The Tallahassee Community College Men’s Basketball team will face Northwest Florida State College Raiders, at home inside the Bill Hebrock Eagledome on Saturday, January 21st at 7:30 EST.

This will be the first of two matchups between these to top ranked teams this season. NWF State is currently ranked No.11 in the country, and second. On the other hand, TCC is ranked No. 7 in the country and No. 1 in the state.

Last season, the Raiders took home the victory with a final of 81-72. During the first half of that game, TCC Eagles scored 33-points, following 39-points the second half of the game; meanwhile NWF State Raiders scored 42-points in the first half of play, and finished off the second half scoring 39-points.

Overall, the Eagles gained 45-points from rebounds, and gave up 13-points on turnovers.

The TCC Men’s Basketball team was able to win 20 out of 21 games this season, they have been led by second-year Coach Mark White. They were able to successfully achieve 10-0 for the first time in over 16 years this year, which was earned with a win against Albany Technical College, 90-60.

The Raiders are led by Coach Steve DeMeo, whose team is on a five-game win streak, and have won 17 of their 19 games this 2016-17 season.

In the 2015 season, the Raiders successfully won the NJCAA Championship against the South Plains College in overtime, with a score of 83-80.

Weekly Sports Brief: Devonta Freeman, Falcons look to earn Super Bowl LI Berth

 Dimertry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Last Sunday, running back Devonta Freeman contributed to the Atlanta Falcons 26-20 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC divisional-round win in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome.

In his first ever playoff game of his NFL career Falcons’ running back Devonta Freeman had 14 carries for 45-yards and one touchdown. He also contributed to the receiving game with four receptions for 80-yards.

The former Florida State running back Devonta Freeman led the team in receiving yards with his performance. His biggest play was a 53-yard catch and run late in the third quarter.

This Sunday Devonta freeman and the Atlanta Falcons will face-off against the Green Bay Packers Sunday at 3:05 p.m. ET, for the NFC Championship and a chance to earn a trip to Super Bowl LI in Houston. This game will be the Falcons last game in the Georgia Dome stadium. 

The Atlanta Falcons hosted the NFC Championship Game  in 2013 but lost to the 49ers, 28-24, missing out on reaching Super Bowl XLVII.

Noles Withstand A Crazy Shooting Display To Beat No. 15 Notre Dame

Jordan Giorgio, Correspondent (@JordanGiorgioFS)

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – No. 10 Florida State made it out alive Wednesday night against No. 15 Notre Dame, defeating the Irish 83-30 and giving them their first loss in the ACC. This game gave the Noles their fifth straight win over a ranked opponent, although it certainly wasn’t an easy one.

Freshman forward Jonathan Isaac had quite the game, despite starting the night off with four turnovers in the first five minutes. He finished the night with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 blocks.

Not only was the entire arena impressed and shocked, Notre Dame (16-3, 5-1) head coach Mike Brey had a few words to share at the post game press conference on the young star.

“The two threes that he hit in the second half across from their bench were back breaking threes,” said Brey. “Those are big-time pressure shots. I have a lot of respect for that guy. A lot of guys can’t make them. They can make them in the first half, but can they make them when it’s crunch time.”

As for the Irish, their three-point shooting kept them in the game. Ironic enough, they only took their first lead on a layup made late in the second half. Notre Dame ended the night 15 of 21 from 3-point range, shooting 71%.

“I’ve never seen that before,” said Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton. “It’s hard to shoot 71 percent even if you’re in the gym and shooting alone and no one blocking you.”

FSU (17-2, 5-1) makes it to 17-2 and 5-1 in the ACC and faces their next ranked opponent No. 11 Louisville at home against this Saturday at 2 p.m.

 

Sports Brief: Sophomore Guard Lawriell Wilson earns Region 8 POTW award

By: Alex Krutchik, Correspondent ( @AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Tallahassee Community College women’s basketball guard Lawriell Wilson has been named the NJCAA Region 8 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.

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The voting period included all games between Jan. 9 and Jan. 15. In the two games she played during the voting period, she averaged 30.5 points, 5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists.

Over the course of her sophomore season, she is averaging 20.1 points per game, as well as 7.2 rebounds and 5.6 assists. Wilson and the Eagles are 1-2 in conference play, and get back into action at home on Jan. 21 against Northwest Florida State College.

Game Preview: No.7/6 Florida State Seminoles vs. Syracuse Orange

Alec Chessari, Correspondent  (@AlecChessariFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State Seminoles women’s basketball team (17-2, 5-1 ACC) will play Syracuse (13-6, 4-2 ACC) on Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

The Seminoles are coming off an 86-27 victory over Clemson on this past Sunday.

Last season, Syracuse defeated the Lady ‘Noles on their way to playing for a national title.

Florida State is currently on a four-game winning streak heading into their conference matchup. They are looking to make it five straight with a win over the Orange.  Syracuse is coming off a loss to Georgia Tech, and are looking for better results against the Seminoles. 

The Orange will be led by Alexis Peterson who is averaging 24-points a game, seven assists and three steals. Along with Brittney Sykes, who is averaging 18 points and eight rebounds a game.

The Seminoles on the other hand will also be led by Leticia Romero averaging 16-points a game and five assists. Along with Shakayla Thomas averaging 16 points and seven rebounds a game. 

A win over Syracuse would tie the program mark for best 20-game start in history at 18-2/

Lincoln Flexes Depth in Win over Wakulla

 

Nick Pierce, Correspondent

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Lincoln showed their depth in an 81-45 win over Wakulla on Wednesday night. In a game where the Trojans were without starting power forward Derrion Flukka, all of coach Dimitric Salters’ available players saw the court, and 12 of them scored for the Trojans.

“Games like this are always a good chance to develop younger players,” said Salters. “I’m really proud of my Senior Jabari Richardson and those guys who came off the bench. They got some rhythm going and were able to put up good shots.”

Salters’ squad got off to a fast start. Dwight Wilson led Lincoln on a 14-2 scoring run in the first 3:55 of the game. The James Madison signee had four points during that span, including an alley-oop dunk from Richardson.

The Trojans never looked back. Lincoln (14-1) forced Wakulla (10-9) to 19 of their 28 turnovers in the first half, sending them to a 33-21 halftime lead.

“Our goal was to force turnovers tonight,” said Salters. “We played some small ball for the first time. We tried to mix some things up because as we go down the road, we’ve got to find a way to generate some points.”

The Trojans lead got even larger in the second half. Behind a press defense that continued to force turnovers, Lincoln scored 33 points in the third quarter,

Evan Samuels then came off the bench in the fourth quarter. The Senior scored 11 points, including three three-pointers.

“We got some rhythm going in the second half,” said Salters. “We’re going to try some different things going forward. We’re working on some new things offensively. We want to pick up some more points. We want to be putting up 70 or 80 points a game. That fits us best.”

The Trojans travel to play Chiles on Friday night before facing Godby on Saturday in a highly anticipated matchup.

Top Scorers:

Lincoln:

Dwight Wilson – 15

Tionne Rollins – 15

Evan Samuels – 11

 

Wakulla:

Elexpe Johnson – 14

Richie McMullen – 9

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Sports Brief: Glades Central QB James Blackman commits to FSU

 Brittany Defran, Correspondent (@BrittDefranFS on Twitter)

Tallahassee, Fla., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – With National Signing day just around the corner on February 1, 2017, James Blackman, a 6-foot-5, 163 pound pro-style quarterback, makes it clear that his heart is at Florida state University.

In a statement posted this past Monday evening on Twitter through Blackman’s account (@jamesblackman15) states “First and foremost, I would like to thank God for blessing me with all the great opportunities bestowed upon me…. To all the schools that have offered me a chance to enroll and attend at your great institution it is also greatly appreciated and I feel truly blessed. At this time I have decided to forgo all other visits and I will enroll at Florida state University where I feel all my academic and athletic needs will be met and feel at home away from home.”

The Glades Central quarterback from Belle Glade, Fla., had also received 12 other offers from schools such as Miami, Louisville, and Temple, according to 247sports.com.

The three star pro-style quarterback attended FSU for his first official visit this past weekend, closing up his visit Sunday morning  with reporters from CBSSports.com, who got the chance to chat with Blackman. 

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“I had a great time hanging out with the players, the coaches,” QB James Blackman told reporters. “I really loved it.”

Blackman spoke very highly of the coaches and players at FSU. He felt a sense of home away from home, thanks to everyone treating him as if he were already apart of the family.  

“Yes, sir,” Blackman responded, according to reports, when asked if he could see Tallahassee being his future home.  “Great atmosphere, great players, and when you get around the players they treat you like family, like you’ve been around them since day one. Just a great feeling.”

Preview: No.10 Florida State Set To Battle No.15 Notre Dame

Robert Blackburn, Correspondent (@BlackburnrFS on Twitter)

Tallahassee, Fla., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State Seminoles (16-2, 4-1 ACC) are looking to avenge their first conference loss on Wednesday when No.15 Notre Dame (16-2, 5-0 ACC) arrives in Tallahassee for a top 15-matchup.

Florida State is 4-1 over a six game stretch against ranked opponents. The Irish are riding seven straight wins and are led by Bonzie Colson and Steve Vasturia, who are both averaging 15-points a contest.

The Seminoles will lean heavily on sophomore Dwayne Bacon who is averaging almost 20-points an outing, and Freshmen Jonathan Isaac, who is coming off a double-double against North Carolina to lead them back to their winning ways.

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Matchup: No. 10 Florida State vs No. 15 Notre Dame
Where: Donald L. Tucker Center.
When: Wednesday, January 18th at 7 P.M.

 

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