Florida High upsets St. John Paul

Tyson Campbell, Correspondent (@TysonCampbellFS) On Twitter

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The St. John Paul Panthers basketball team hosted the Florida High Seminoles. Florida High beat the Panthers 68-57.

Although St. John had home court advantage, Florida High came out in the first quarter moving the ball and scoring rapidly with fast breaks. Six minutes into the quarter, both teams were tied at four. Freshman Terrion Arnold scored a three for the Seminoles. Patrick Copenhaver responded back with a three of his own.

The first quarter ended with a 23-13 lead for the Seminoles.

In the second quarter,  Zhyan Scott scored the first four points for the Panthers.  Senior Andre Lightbourne scored a three for Florida High at the 5:53 mark in the second. Logan Roberts responded with a three for St. Johns, but the Panthers still trailed 32-24. With 57.5 seconds left before halftime, Panther junior Chosen Levarity blocked freshman Tre Donaldson. 

The Seminoles began the third quarter with turnovers off of bad passes. The Panthers used the opportunity to score. Brain Woodland hit two threes for the Panthers to start the quarter.

The Panthers were able to cut the lead to six, bring the score to 47-41.

The Panthers used a full-court press against the Seminoles in the fourth quarter. An Arnold turnover leads to a Panther score. 

The Panthers were able to close the gap to 51-49 at the 5:03 mark in the fourth, but the trio of Lightbourne, Arnold and Donalson were too much.

 Lightbourne hit two three-pointers for the Seminoles. With 37.0 seconds left, Chosen Levarity drove to the line and was fouled but missed the second of two free throws to end the Panthers comeback hopes.

 

 

FAMU vs NC Central Preview

Jason Merry, Correspondent (@JasonMerryFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – On Saturday at 6 p.m., the Florida A&M University Rattlers men’s basketball team will take on the North Carolina Central Eagles at the Al Lawson Center.  FAMU comes into Saturday’s contest 4-22 overall and 3-7 in their conference and NC Central has a 12-11 overall record and a 6-3 conference record.

This will be the teams first meeting this season and FAMU comes in as the clear underdogs.  Leading the way in scoring for the Rattlers so far this season is senior small forward Desmond Williams with 17.8 points per game. Not far behind is senior guard Marcus Barham who is averaging 16.3 points per game.  NC Central is led by junior center Raasean Davis who is averaging 15.4 points per game. For FAMU, the 7-foot junior center, Isaiah Martin leads the way in rebounds and block averaging 6.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks.

The Rattlers are on a four-game losing streak and look primed to break that as 3 of their 4 wins are at home.  NC Central lost their last game also against the Hampton Pirates who FAMU beat earlier on in the season.

 

Preview: Florida A&M Vs. North Carolina Central women’s basketball

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida A&M women’s basketball team (4-18, 2-8 MEAC) will take on North Carolina Central (6-16, 4-5 MEAC) on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Al Lawson Center.

Both teams are coming off of gloomy losses. FAMU took on Maryland-Eastern Shore (7-16 , 4-6 MEAC) on Monday and lost 87-70. In that game, senior guard Florence Quattara led the Lady Rattlers with a game-high 26 points. Senior Ecenur Yurdakul contributed with 10 points and seven assists.

North Carolina Central took on Hampton (11-11 , 7-2 MEAC) on Monday and came up short with a score of 62-53. Sophomore forward Paulina Afriye scored her second consecutive double-double with 11 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Lady Rattlers average 59 points per game and shoot 36 percent from the field as a team. FAMU also averages 40 rebounds per game.  North Carolina Central averages 60 points per game and on 34 percent shooting.

 

PREVIEW: The Florida State Seminoles host The No.16 Clemson Tigers

Alec Chessari, Correspondent (@AlecChessariFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –The Florida State Seminoles men’s basketball team (17-7, 6-7) have a home conference game against the No.16 Clemson Tigers (20-4, 9-3) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.  While the Seminoles are looking to get back to five hundred in ACC play, the Tigers are looking to stay in second place behind the one loss Virginia Cavaliers in the ACC.

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The Seminoles faced the Cavaliers last Wednesday and jumped out in front early with multiple defensive stops and nailing the three early on.  The Seminoles managed to gain a fourteen-point lead until the Cavaliers battled back in the second half.  The Cavaliers second half adjustments were just enough to keep the Seminoles scoreless from the floor for a span of eight minutes.  The Seminoles fell to the Cavaliers 59-55.

The Tigers are coming off of a blowout conference win against the Pittsburg Panthers, 72-48.  The Tigers will look to keep their senior guard Gabe Devoe hot from behind the arc, where he shot 7 for 11 against the Panthers and is shooting 22 of 34 (65 percent) during their four-game win streak. Devoe will be a key factor for the Tigers if they can pull off the road win against the Seminoles at home.

Another player to watch for the Tigers is Elijah Thomas, a big junior forward looking for rebounds and blocks.  Thomas finished his last game against the Panthers with double-double combing for ten points, eleven rebounds, and three blocks.

Terance Mann, who is averaging 14.9 points a game shooting 58 percent from the floor and grabbing 5.8 rebounds a game, could be a key factor for the Seminoles.  Braian Angola is a threat beyond the arc, shooting 40 percent from three and averaging 14 points and four rebounds.  Phil Cofer, who plays with a lot of energy, is averaging 13.3 points and five rebounds while shooting 50 percent.

FSU Men’s Tennis Update

Sean Bin, Correspondent (@SeanBinFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – With Florida State men’s basketball taking all the spotlight in Tallahassee, few students are aware of other sports taking place on campus.

FSU men’s tennis has been slowly being recognized by the public and it is clear why. Improving from being ranked 22 last week to 17 this week in the Division-1 ITA rankings. Their record stands at 10-1 and they are undefeated at home. Past wins to note include teams such as Texas Tech (ranked 24) and Florida (ranked 8).

The Seminoles are preparing to face against Florida A&M Rattlers and The Citadel Bulldogs on Saturday at home. It will be the third double-header the Seminoles have hosted this season with the Seminoles winning all four games in the past two.

When someone takes a look at the roster, they’ll clearly see that this team is very diverse, with players from Norway, Tunisia, France, and more.

The Seminoles are 33-14 all-time with the seniors and the Whitehurst brothers. It will be interesting to see how the brothers will perform Saturday against FAMU and the Citadel. The Whitehurst brothers also compete in the singles but the stats show their win percentage is significantly higher.

In the Singles, three players stand out based on their win/loss records. Aziz Dougaz, a junior from Tunisia, has nine wins and only one loss so far in this season. Guy Iradukunda, a senior from Burundi, leads the team in wins in singles with 17 victories. Iradukunda is undefeated in the dual division with 10 victories. Lucas Poullain, a redshirt senior from France, is 13-4 but against nationally-ranked players, he is 3-1, the highest win/loss ratio in the team.

FSU Set To Face FAMU In Men’s Tennis Match-up

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State men’s tennis team will square off against cross-town rival Florida A&M on Saturday. Matches kickoff at 10 a.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis center located on FSU’s campus.

The Seminoles are led by head coach Dwayne Hultquist and the Rattlers are led by director of tennis Rochelle Goldthreate.

FAMU limps into Saturday’s match-up hoping to bounce back from their 5-2 loss to College of Charleston last week.

The duo of Hema Hasona and Illya Skoromnyy beat Alec Angradi and Easton Thomas to secure FAMU’s lone victory in doubles 6-3. Noyreldin Adam also defeated Benedikt Henning (CoC) 3-6, 7-5 and 6-3 .  Lebelo Alex Mosehle out lasted Youssef Dabbabi (CoC) for victories of 6-3 and 6-4.

FAMU’s key players Adam, Mosehle and the doubles squad of Hasona and Skoromnyy are given the rigorous task of keeping up with the Noles, who are one of the better tennis teams in the country.

FSU boasts numerous shutout victories and two wins over nationally ranked opponents the University of South Carolina (24) and the University of Florida (8). FSU is fresh off a 4-3 upset victory over the Gators.

Guy Iradukunda, Lucas Poullain and Alex Knaff each provided a singles victory for the Seminoles.
 
Knaff defeated Andy Andrade (UF) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2. Poullain defeated Oliver Crawford (UF) 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5) and Iradukunda defeated Johannes Ingildsen (UF) 7-6 (12-10), 6-3.
 
The combinations of Iradukunda/Knaff and Terrance Whitehurst/Terrell Whitehurst won all of FSU’s doubles by a score of 6-4 and 7-6, (7-3) respectively.
 
The No. 22 ranked Noles hold a record of 10-1. They are 5-0 at home, 2-1 away and 3-0 at neutral sites.
 
A few key players to look out for the Seminoles are senior twin brothers and hometown heroes Terrence and Terrell Whitehurst. Iradukunda, a senior from Gitega, Burundi is expected to play well and Sophomore Knaff is also a player to keep an eye on.