Md. angle: Ibekwe and Nigeria bounced by France in men's hoops

O'Donnell, Smith Puzo and U.S. routed by South Africa in field hockey, 7-0

August 06, 2012|From Sun staff and news services

The French men's basketball team defeated Nigeria, 79-73, on Monday in GroupA play in the London Olympics.

Ekene Ibekwe (Maryland) played just under two minutes off the bench in the losing effort and did not score, picking up up two fouls in the limited action. Teammate Tony Skinn of Takoma Park did not play. France will now finish no worse than third in the group.

Also in Group A, Lithuania downed Tunisia, 76-63, after an impressive 26-9 fourth-quarter run. Sarunas Jasikevicius (Maryland) shot 3-for-5 from behind the arc for Lithuania and finished with 13 points. The outcome eliminated Nigeria.

U.S. blanked in field hockey

On a day that the United States women's field hockey team gave up more goals than it had the rest of the entire tournament, pool play concluded and four teams advanced to the semifinals.

The U.S. is not one of those teams. It finished at the bottom of Pool B after getting drilled by South Africa, 7-0. The Americans had allowed just six goals in going 1-3 before the loss.

Katie Kathleen O'Donnell (Maryland) played 50 minutes in the losing effort and missed the lone shot she attempted. Keli Smith-Puzo (Maryland) played 44 minutes and picked up a green card in the 19th minute.

"I'm really proud of this team. We've been through a lot. Each game we really competed. Other than today, the scorelines have been super close," U.S. player Katie Reinprecht said. "I think we've competed with some of the best teams in the world. It's a matter of learning how to win, and I think this team's young and we'll learn how to grow the more and more we play together."

New Zealand is one of four teams advancing as it moves to the semis for the first time since women's field hockey became an Olympic sport in 1980. New Zealand finished second in Pool B behind Argentina. Australia matched the two teams with 10 points but had the lowest goal differential.

Defending Olympic champion Netherlands won Pool A with a 5-0 mark, while Great Britain finished second and two points ahead of China, the 2008 silver medalists.

Rough waters for Kirklands

Jesse Kirkland (St. Mary's College) sailed for Bermuda alongside his brother Alexander in the 14th and 15th races of the men's 49er. In the 14th race, the Kirklands finished 19th out of 20 boats.

Later on, in the 15th race, the brothers finished 18th out of 20. The Kirklands and Bermuda now sit in 19th overall, ahead of only Greece.

Disappointment for Borel

Trinidad and Tobago's Cleopatra Borel (UMBC) barely missed qualification for the women's shot put finals. Her mark of 18.36meters was good for sixth place. Christina SchwanitzFive athletes qualified for the finals.

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