Redlands can’t win on Smith’s big night

first_imgPatrick Coffey drained four of his seven 3-pointers in the last 2:30 of the contest with the last one bringing Redlands within seven at 113-106 but the Bulldogs didn’t have enough possessions left. “Our guys fought so hard. They never gave up,” Smith said. “I’m as proud of them as if we had won. It’s just disappointing because it was right there for the taking.” As usual the difference was 3-point shooting. Redlands was not on, hitting just 18 of 67 in the game, never recovering from a poor first half in which it made only 3 of 28 (10.7 percent) from long distance. The Bulldogs didn’t hit a long-distance shot until Mazarei, the best in school history at that feat, knocked one down eight minutes into the half. Mazarei ended up with 28 points and five steals while Coffey totaled 24. Travis Miller snagged 10 rebounds while Matt Loretz managed seven rebounds and five blocks. Occidental, got 22 Connor Whitman and 19 each from Nick Mills, Sam Betty and Huston Conte with Mills also grabbing 12 rebounds. Redlands will play host to Whittier on Monday in its final home game, then finishes Thursday at Caltech. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “They don’t usually name something for you until you’re dead,” he said shaking his head and trying to keep his composure. It was a festive evening and an important one. The Bulldogs started the night just one game out first place, behind both Occidental and Cal Lutheran. Their shot at making the playoffs is now remote. The Bulldogs (15-7, 8-4), who upset Occidental earlier this season, waited until too late to make a run. The Tigers (17-5, 10-2) surged out to a 14-3 lead and were never seriously threatened. The Tigers led by as many as 27 in the first half, that deficit coming at 50-23. Redlands was able to cut it to 14 on a reverse layup by Amir Mazarei with 3:05 left that made it 56-42. But the Bulldogs managed just one bucket the rest of the half and trailed at the intermission 63-44. The Tigers led by as many as 24 in the second half at 73-49. Redlands didn’t cut the lead to single digits for the first time until a 3-pointer by Mazarei with 6:06 to go made it 92-83. REDLANDS – Leave it to a conference rival to spoil the party. The University of Redlands honored veteran coach Gary Smith before Saturday’s game against 19th-ranked Occidental. There were 50 former players, a red carpet, a spotlight and the renaming of the court in his honor. center_img But the Tigers put a damper on the festivities, winning 116-106 in front of a standing room crowd of 1,200. Smith, closing out his 36-year career as head coach, stood with his assistants in a hallway behind Currier Gymnasium, the gravity of the moment sinking in. last_img read more

Mourinho an ‘inspiration’, says Spurs boss Pochettino

first_imgMourinho will be desperate to get United back on track after a 3-2 defeat to Brighton but the game is also important for Spurs as they look to improve on a generally poor away record against their biggest rivals under Pochettino.Despite Mourinho’s travails, his opposite number at Spurs, who has two wins out of two games so far this season, still holds the utmost respect for the man who has won multiple trophies during a glittering managerial career.Asked what he has learned from Mourinho, Pochettino said: “A lot of things. I think for every single manager that is younger than him he was the inspirational manager.“Of course he is an unbelievable manager and of course the circumstances that happen with myself and happen with different managers is always going to be up and down. He has been inspirational — but I am younger than him.”If Mourinho had had his way this summer, defender Toby Alderweireld could have been featuring for United against Spurs.But despite strong reported interest, a bid was never made and the Belgian has so far stayed at Spurs, playing 90 minutes against Fulham last week.Alderweireld’s future has been a constant source of speculation ever since he failed to agree a new deal and Pochettino did not commit to whether he will be playing at Old Trafford.“This season is a challenge, a completely different challenge for us, because it’s only three weeks that the players arrive from the World Cup and are in training,” he said.“Always you need six or seven weeks to start to compete in a normal season, that is why sometimes you need to be careful how they react after the effort of 90 minutes.“Sure I am going to do some changes, some names, sometimes I keep this formation, or we are going to play with different formation.”All eyes will be on Monday’s teamsheet to see if Hugo Lloris features after the goalkeeper and club captain was charged with drink-driving on Friday.The French World Cup winner has apologised “wholeheartedly”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (left) describes Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho as an ‘inspiration’ © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 27 – Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says Jose Mourinho is an inspiration despite his current frustrations at Manchester United as he prepares his side for Monday’s Premier League clash at Old Trafford.United have had a turbulent start to the new season, with Mourinho appearing to be at odds with the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and French World Cup winner Paul Pogba.last_img read more