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Owls Win 6th Straight ASUN Indoor Championship

Owls Win 6th Straight ASUN Indoor Championship

By: Bret Baker

Email: bbaker@ksuradio.com


Winston-Salem, N.C. – Over the weekend, the Kennesaw State Owls Track and Field team brought home their sixth straight A-Sun Conference Indoor Championship after their victory at JDL Fast Track in North Carolina.

The victory last Friday extends the Owl’s dominance within the A-Sun conference, as they own a conference record eight indoor championships. Believe it or not, Friday’s triumph came with an extra bit of power, as the Owls set a few more records in their typically dominant performance.

For starters, the first place Owls scored a conference record 223 total points. The second place team, North Florida, finished with 114 total points. In defeating the second place team by a whopping total of 109 points, the team set a championship record in margin of victory.

Individually, sophomore Dayo Akindele earned the honor as Co-Most Outstanding Performer, along with North Florida’s Nick Morken. Both athletes collected a total of 24 combined points throughout the meet. Akindele earned a medal in the triple jump (gold), long jump (silver), and the high jump (bronze).

Including Akindele, a total of 13 Owls medaled in their respective events. Freshman Paris Williams won a gold medal in the Heptathlon, as well as a bronze in the triple jump. Right behind Williams, freshmen David Lott earned a silver medal for his second-place finish in the Heptathlon.

The team swept the podium in the weight throw, earning all three medals. Fabeon Tucker won the gold with an 18.56-meter toss. Along with Tucker, Daniel McKune earned a silver medal, and Chuck McConville won bronze.

Hunter Arnold won gold in the pole vault by beating his teammate Brenton Rosa, who earned a silver medal for his second place finish.

As for the 60-meter events, the Owls reeled in a total of three medals. Terrell Singleton won silver in the 60-meter hurdle. In the 60-meter sprint, Cam Bolden earned gold by outpacing teammate Chandler Nichols, who earned a silver medal.

Sophomore Jonathon Womack set a school-record in the 400-meter sprint with a finish time of 48.77 seconds. The school-record earned Womack a gold medal. Womack wasn’t done after his gold medal finish in the 400-meter, as he also earned gold in the 200-meter sprint.

Braden Canamere also placed in the 400-meter, earning a bronze medal in the process. Sean Blassingame collected a bronze medal in the 200-meter sprint as well.

To end the meet, the Owls won gold in the 4×400 relay. The winning team consisted of Jonathon Womack, Braden Casamere, Sean Blassingame, and Nick Grant.

After the regional USTFCCCA rankings placed the Owls in the middle of the conference, the

Opinion, Sports Blog Comments Off on Kennesaw State vs USC Upstate Preview: Stopping Buchanan

Kennesaw State vs USC Upstate Preview: Stopping Buchanan

By Phil Oscarson, for Owl Radio Sports

Two great programs of the ASUN take the court in a game that promises to have its fair share of fireworks coming from both squads. You have USC Upstate who is coming off a hard-fought win against Florida Gulf Coast, and you have Kennesaw State who is starting to really bring their A game.

While these teams may not be going stride for stride in the rankings, there’s more than enough reason for fans of both teams to expect this to be rather contentious. Both squads have talent, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t give Mike Buchanan the attention he deserves. If KSU hopes to walk off the court with a W, they’ll have to center their game plan around stopping the Spartans’ leader.

Rundown of Buchanan

First and foremost, the first thing you realize about Buchanan is his size. He will be the largest player on the court at all times, as he is a legitimate seven feet while the tallest person that KSU will trot out will be at least two inches shorter. What’s more is that he will have the most experience against the big men of Kennesaw State. More often than not, his opposite position will be freshmen.

This will allow him to deploy a fair amount of his arsenal against less experienced underclassmen. What Kennesaw State needs to realize is that he will be fed early and often throughout the game. He’s the driving force behind this team, averaging just over 18 points per game, 10 rebounds, as well as shooting at a 62 percent clip.

In short, they’ll have their hands full.

From the Post

When handling someone as talented and as important as Mike Buchanan is for USC, there are two things that you can do to minimize his impact on the game. The first is double teaming from the post. In using this method, the Owls would want to bring a big man over across the key and set a trap while not giving up the baseline. From there, they’ll want to make sure that their trappers clog up the passing lanes with their hands. If successful, the Spartans won’t be able to deliver the cross-court pass.

Lastly, the guy covering the opposite wing should drop down into the key to cover the opposite position of Buchanan. This lessens the chance for another easy bucket, especially for the less dangerous Ramel Thompkins.

Doubling the Passer

The other school of thought requires doubling the passer, though this is sometimes considered to be a more reactionary strategy. As such, this can be considered a bit more dangerous, but an effective strategy worth employing for the Owls. In any event, what they’ll want to do is to wait for the entry pass to be made and quickly have the man covering the passer to double down. The point for Kennesaw State would then have to cover this man, leaving the next available defender to take over the point guard’s assignment.

Obviously, this will leave a wing player open. However, it would be tough for the post player to make a pass here. If the Owls are on their spots and have the awareness to anticipate the pass, there is a great option for a steal and for Kennesaw to take the ball back down the court for an easy two.

All in all, this is a tough task that’s a lot easier said than done. There’s a reason why Mike Buchanan is considered to be one of the best players in college basketball despite not being in a Power Five conference. However, there is a blueprint to keep the ball out of his hands. If KSU can do that, they will pull off the upset and make a lot of people on betting sites extremely happy.

–  Phil Oscarson, for Owl Radio Sports