Night matches will be played at Waterhouse mini-stadium for the first time this season when the Drewsland-based club tackles high-riding Tivoli Gardens in a 6 p.m. game on Sunday. Late games at the Drewsland complex were suspended last season when the team struggled to find wins and support dwindled. The hosting of night games this season has been delayed by technical difficulties. light-pole. A problem light pole has now been changed, and it is all systems go for Sunday. Club chairman Bruce Bicknell believes that the return to night matches is a major boost for the team. “We haven’t done it (play) under the lights because of two reasons. We were changing one of the light-poles. We were changing it from a woodenpole to a steelpole. It has been out for three months because we had to fabricate huge steel pipes then take down the wooden poles and put on back the lights, so it was a tedious process. “The next thing is cost containment. The cost of running the lights is very high, but we decided to give it a try,” he told The Gleaner. Bicknell believes that the return of the lights and night matches is a positive move for the club, which is currently struggling at second from bottom. “We get a much larger turn out under the lights. The fact that you are bringing back the lights will be more reason for the crowd to come out and support the team and give them a lot more confidence to play better,” he said. He also believes that the return of the light has coincided perfectly with the hiring of new coach Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey. “I’ve known ‘Admiral’ for a long time as I worked with him at Olympic Football Club. He’s not only a good coach technically, but he is an incredible motivator, and he’s like a father figure for players,” Bicknell added.
Villanova 57 Roy Hibbert scored eight of his 14 points in the Hoyas’ opening 26-2 run, and Georgetown (24-6) held on to beat the Wildcats in the Big East quarterfinals. The Hoyas will play Notre Dame in the semifinals. No. 10 Nevada 88, Idaho 56 Marcelus Kemp scored 14 points and coach Mark Fox gave his starters plenty of rest as the Wolf Pack (28-3) cruised in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament in Las Cruces, N.M. No. 12 Louisville 82, West Virginia 71, 2OT Terrence Williams scored 21 points and Earl Clark had 17 as the Cardinals (23-8) beat the Mountaineers (22-9) in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament for their season-high seventh victory in a row. No. 13 Pittsburgh 89, No. 18 Marquette 79 Aaron Gray scored 22 points to help the Panthers (26-6) beat the Golden Eagles (24-9) and advance to the Big East semifinals against Louisville. No. 20 Notre Dame 89, Syracuse 83 Russell Carter scored 24 points to help the Fighting Irish (24-6) beat the Orange (22-10) in the Big East tournament quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden. Syracuse (22-10) had won the last two Big East titles and eight consecutive tournament games. North Carolina State 85, No. 21 Duke 80, OT Freshman Brandon Costner scored a career-high 30 points and Engin Atsur scored all 21 of his points after halftime to help the 10th-seeded Wolfpack (16-14) upset the 2006 ACC tournament champions. Duke (22-10) had won seven of the previous eight ACC tournament titles. LSU 76, No. 22 Tennessee 67, OT The Tigers (17-14) rode Glen Davis’ 25 points and 15 rebounds to a victory over the Volunteers (22-10) in the first round of the SEC tournament in Atlanta. No. 23 BYU 77, TCU 64 Trent Plaisted scored 22 points and the Cougars (24-7) cruised past the Horned Frogs in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament in Las Vegas. At No. 25 UNLV 80, Utah 54 Kevin Kruger scored 21 points and the Runnin’ Rebels (26-6) celebrated their return to the rankings with a win over Utah in the Mountain West Conference quarterfinals. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The 12th-seeded Hurricanes almost squandered a 15-point lead in the second half but held on to end the Terrapins’ seven-game winning streak. Miami (12-19) will face fourth-seeded Boston College in the second round today. At No. 5 Memphis 92, Marshall 71 Doneal Mack and Jeremy Hunt scored 19 points apiece to lead the Tigers (28-3), who have a 20-game winning streak, in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament. No. 9 Georgetown 62, TAMPA, Fla. – For at least one day, Miami’s troubled season was forgotten. Jack McClinton scored 17 points, Brian Asbury had 12 and the undermanned Hurricanes upset No. 17 Maryland 67-62 in the opening round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament on Thursday. The Hurricanes dressed only eight scholarship players because of injuries and a suspension. “This team has really found a way,” Miami coach Frank Haith said. “I really, truly believe that there’s going to be some good things happen for this ballclub, whether it be this year or next year, because of all the things we’ve had to go through.”
1 Caolan Lavery Portsmouth have completed the loan signing of Sheffield Wednesday striker Caolan Lavery.The 22-year-old scored three goals in eight league outings during a brief spell at League One outfit Chesterfield last season.He has featured twice for the Owls this term – both in the Capital One Cup – but has now been sent out on loan once more to find more regular first-team football.The Northern Irishman, who played under current Pompey boss Paul Cook at Chesterfield, will remain at Fratton Park for three months.He said: “I had offers from other places a lot closer to Sheffield and in higher divisions, but I know Paul and Leam [Richardson, assistant manager] very well.“Their ambition is fantastic, as is the way they like football to be played and when you look at the size of this club, I couldn’t really say no.“I’d like to be part of the success that I’m sure Pompey will have this season and I’m looking forward to getting started. At the age I’m at now, I need to be playing games on a regular basis and scoring goals.”