Thursday, June 19, 2014

Eastern Shore Hoops News Round-Up: June 19

It's June, so while high school basketball season isn't in play this is the time of year where transfers are taking place and coaches are being hired and fired.

Here's what has taken place so far this off-season in the Bayside Conference on the Eastern Shore:


Bubby Brown will be joining the coaching staff of Runner-Up Bayside Champions Stephen Decatur. Head Coach BJ Johnson has also added Brian McDermott (former head coach at Mardela, assistant at Salisbury University), Corey Zimmer and Nicky Johnson to his staff for the upcoming season.

Brown was a key player on Wicomico High's 2002 state championship team, played college basketball at UMES and has since spent time coaching AAU basketball and serving as an assistant for Wi-Hi. Brown said via Twitter that Decatur will be 3A champions within the next three years.


A big part of Stephen Decatur's success last season was Bayside Defensive Player of the Year Colen Gaynor. But just days ago, Gaynor elected to transfer to Parkside high school in Salisbury for his senior season, joining up with fellow All-Bayside players in 2015 combo guard Dajour Diggs and 2015 forward Juwan Williams.

The addition of the athletic two-guard makes Parkside look like the early favorites on paper in the Bayside's Southern division. Gaynor is 6'4", can score inside and out and defend multiple positions. His great play with Team Loaded this summer has earned him D1 interest from schools like James Madison and Radford. He already has visits scheduled with both schools.


Kent County reached the regional 1A semi-finals last season with a very young roster, led by All-Shore Newcomer of the Year Marcquan Greene. This season, Greene and company will be getting some more help with Jonathon Smallwood moving into the area. Smallwood played last season for Brandywine in Delaware but a source says that he has recently moved into the area and will be playing basketball for the Trojans. The source also said that Smallwood was an example of a good player on a bad team at Brandywine and should start for Kent County this coming season at either the 2 or the 3.


It appears that Cambridge-South Dorchester will have a new coach in 2014 after struggling to a 7-12; 6-10 record under Bill Horsey. A source said that Horsey has stepped down and that the school will offer the job to candidates in-county first and then to the general public.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Cosmos top Red Bulls in Open Cup

BY MITCHELL NORTHAM

HEMPSTEAD, NY - It was a game that New York soccer fans had been waiting for since the announcement of the Cosmos joining NASL in 2013, and in the first ever meeting between the New York Cosmos and the New York Red Bulls of MLS, the high stakes not only included bragging rights, but also the opportunity to advance to the fifth round of 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

In front of thousands of New Yorkers on Saturday night at the Cosmos’ home turf at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium, the Cosmos beat the Red Bulls 3-0, in large part thanks to a pair of goals from Norwegian forward Mads Stokkelien.

The Cosmos wasted no time in getting on the board early and in the seventh minute, Stokkelien scored his first goal after defender Carlos Mendes floated him a ball and he sent a strike past Red Bulls’ keeper Ryan Meara into the upper 90 of the far left corner of the goal.

Stokkelien had three more opportunities to earn goals in the first half for his side; one sailing wide in 20th minute, another shot bouncing off of the crossbar in the 24th and his final shot of the half sailed over the bar in the 42nd minute. The Cosmos not only led the Red Bulls on the score board in the first half, but led them on the stat sheet too as they controlled possession and led them 4-1 in shots-on-goal in the half.

The Red Bulls would go into halftime down by a goal, but had an opportunity to strike back in the 32nd minute when Eric Alexander played a pass to fellow midfielder Johnny Steele but, his left footed shot sailed out of bounds after being deflected by Cosmos keeper Jimmy Maurer.

Making up for his yellow card earlier in the second half, Cosmos midfielder Danny Szetela crossed a ball across the box to Stokkelien who was wide open by the far post and he shot the ball past the keeper into the opposite corner of the goal for his second goal of the night in the 73rd minute. Alessandro Noselli put the icing on the cake minutes later after he weaved through defenders in the 78th minute and scored unassisted.

The match was chippy through and through with a pair of yellow cards being handed out, but in the 88th minute Red Bull defender Chris Duvall recklessly challenged Cosmos midfielder Sebastián Guenzatti and was sent off with a red card. Two minutes of stoppage time were added, but there was nothing the Red Bulls could do as they were shutout in their first ever meeting against the Cosmos.

The Cosmos will face the winner of Tuesday’s match between the Philadelphia Union and the Harrisburg City Islanders in the fifth round of the Open Cup to be played June 24 and 25.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Wicomico upsets Bennett behind play of Jones, Brown and Ennis

**This recap never made it up onto The Shore Report, so I figured I would share it here. Better late than never.

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Wicomico upsets Bennett behind play of Jones, Brown and Ennis
Nelson Brown and Trevell Jones each had double-doubles as Wicomico spoiled J.M. Bennett’s hopes of going to the Bayside Championship game, beating Bennett 83-69.

Bennett led after the first quarter but Wi-Hi would take the lead in the second quarter, opening the second period with a 14-4 run. During that run, junior forward Trevell Jones (pictured left) scored six points and secured four rebounds.

“Fight to get every board,” said Jones. “That’s what Coach Waller said I had to do.”
Jones did just that, fighting for every rebound and led all players in the game with 15 rebounds to go along with 14 points.

Wicomico and Bennett exchanged leads throughout the second and third quarter and senior guards Larry Ennis and Kory Holden exchanged words and baskets throughout the game.

“I was trying to keep my composure and play my game,” said Ennis, who finished with 23 points and three rebounds for Wicomico.

“Larry’s talking kept us motivated though,” said Jones. “He just kept saying ‘It’s not over, let’s keep going’.”

Wicomico went on an 11-2 run to start the final period, but momentum looked to have swung again when Holden flushed a three-pointer at the end of Wicomico’s run.

“We knew we had to come back strong,” said junior guard Nelson Brown “We felt like we could still beat them.”

While sporting J.M. Bennett Clipper socks, Brown (pictured right) stole the ball after Holden’s three, raced to the other basket and converted a lay-up and a free throw to put the momentum back on Wicomico’s side.

But why was he wearing the socks?

“Just to show a little bit of disrespect,” said Brown with a grin.

Brown finished the game with 28 points and 10 rebounds while Holden led all scorers for Bennett with 29 points in addition to his six rebounds and nine assists.

Wicomico would go on to the game by 14 points, knocking Bennett out of contention for a shot at the Bayside Title game, and punching Stephen Decatur’s ticket to it.

With the regular season in the books, Wicomico’s focus is now on one common goal.

“Play better offense, play better defense and get back to [the Comcast Center],” said Brown.

“I want the ring,” said Ennis.

Salisbury School wins ESIAC title
The Salisbury School went on the road in their final game of the year and beat Worcester Prep 49-41 in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference title game.

Salisbury held a large lead for the majority of the game and ended the first half on top 27-12. Salisbury senior forward Zach Cowell had 15 points and three blocks in that half.


Things got closer as the clocked ticked away in the fourth quarter though as Worchester battled back from a 22-point deficit to cut the margin to just three points. They were unable to fully comeback though, as successful trips to the free throw line late would give Salisbury an eight-point lead and the victory.

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