Grades: Offense lacking, defense strong in Badger victories

first_imgEvery week, Herald Sports will offer a report card on the Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s most recent two games.No. 20 Wisconsin (18-5, 7-3) eked out a 52-46 win at Penn State (10-13, 2-8) Tuesday – its sixth consecutive win in the Big Ten. The win moved the Badgers into sole possession of second place, just a half game behind Ohio State – set to play Wisconsin at the Kohl Center Saturday.The win also gave the Badgers a 4-1 road record.Before its victory over Penn State, Wisconsin last played Jan. 26 against then-No. 16 Indiana at home and took that one by a score of 57-50.Offense – 3 out of 5Collectively, Wisconsin’s shooting might have been the lowlight between its last two games. While Wisconsin shot decently enough against Indiana (39.6 percent), it performed atrociously in the first half against Penn State (26.9) before turning things around in the second (45.5).Both Penn State (36) and Indiana (45.7) shot better and out-rebounded Wisconsin, but UW was able to claim wins by hitting more three-pointers and free throws, as well as committing less turnovers in both games.Not that the three-point percentage is a redeeming quality, though, as Wisconsin hit just nine of 36. Free throws, on the other hand, were quality, with the Badgers hitting 28 of 38 (73.7 percent).Defense – 4 out of 5While the point totals of Wisconsin may look impressive – holding IU, the conference’s highest scoring team, nearly 30 points below its average and bottling up PSU with 46 points – it’s still the slower pace of the offense that takes away some credit from the “D.”The Nittany Lions and Hoosiers both, for the most part, ran efficient offenses against the Badgers, too; regardless of the scoreboard totals. As previously stated, Indiana converted 45.7 percent of its shots while Penn State hit 45.8 in the first half before collapsing in the second and hitting a mere 26.9.The Badgers looked sharp on the ball against Indiana but played sloppy in the first half against Penn State, at times applying too much pressure on rising star guard Tim Frazier, which opened up good looks for teammates.Nevertheless, Wisconsin quelled two of the Big Ten’s top 10 offensive individuals over the two-game stretch. Although Frazier scored 21 points for Penn State, Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser made him work hard to do so, holding the PSU guard to 8-of-22 shooting.The Badgers were also able to get Cody Zeller into foul trouble early and hold him to just seven points on the night.Bench – 3.5 out of 5Reserves didn’t see too much playing time over the two games but filled in admirably when called upon.Guard Ben Brust, in 22 minutes on the court, led the Badgers in scoring against the Hoosiers with 13 points and kept the team alive with two clutch three-pointers. They came midway through the second half when the two sides were trading the lead after nearly every possession.Brust was then limited against Penn State after it was announced he would be a gametime decision to play after waking up that morning with an illness. He went 0-for-4 with a turnover in 11 minutes.Elsewhere, though, forwards Rob Wilson and Frank Kaminsky, on eight and seven minutes of play, both hit three-pointers against the Nittany Lions.During a 58-second span in the second half, Kaminsky hit his three-pointer, blocked a shot, grabbed a rebound and then had the assist on Wilson’s trey.Wilson also added a block against PSU.Players of the week – Ryan Evans and Jared BerggrenNeither player necessarily had a perfect game against either the Hoosiers or Nittany Lions, but eliminate the performance of one or the other and Wisconsin’s winning streak might have ended last Thursday.Against Indiana, Berggren played a large role in keeping Zeller off the scoreboard. Berggren blocked three of Zeller’s shots and had a total of five on the night: a career-best.He followed that up with eight points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and one steal against Penn State. Six of his points came in the first five-and-a-half minutes of the second half and his all-around energy in that final period looked contagious for a team that looked off in the first.For Evans, despite having a difficult time on offense against the Hoosiers (going 2-for-8 from the field), he pulled through for his team in crunch time, going 6-for-6 from the line in the game’s final four-and-a-half minutes.All in all, Evans hit all eight of his free throw attempts that night and finished with 12 points, nine rebounds (four offensive), two assists and a block.He complemented that with 11 points and six rebounds against the Nittany Lions and was the most efficient shooter of the night, scoring 5 of 12 from the field.last_img read more

Lay the blame where it rightly belongs

first_imgDear Editor,I watched with great consternation the actions of a Guyanese man at Canal Number One Polder walking in the pouring rain with a long pole swatting down each PPP/C poster he could get his hands on. He was probably removing every PPP/C poster from the lamp posts in that area with the hope that in removing them, he might somehow turn away persons’ interest in the party that flag represents.But I might well tell him that that belief is mistaken because with every poster he removes, persons looking on would be taken aback by the thought, why should a man led by a party sink to such lows to even try to obliterate another party, why? In fact, if anything, it will cause persons to abhor the party rather than embrace it. The question goes even further, why is that political party always in aggressive mode whenever election time comes around? Why are they so peeved, why are they so nervous and out of sorts? These are the burning questions the PNC has to answer.I also bring to your attention two other incidents of base idiotic hostilities, and this other atrocity comes from another Guyanese at Number 10 Village, West Coast Berbice, he too in hostile aggression withstood PPP/C activists erecting symbols of their party on a public lamp post, you are talking here about someone being annoyed, mad at another party erecting its symbol on a “public utility pole,” so asinine a response!It goes beyond crass stupidity, no wonder he was summarily charged for this stupid and senseless act, I say – serves him right – I guess the lawmen would have given him a lecture as to the right and civilised way to behave.Another display of asinine retrogression was PNC supporter Lurlene Nestor bringing out children into the streets to drive out another PPP/C campaign personnel out of the area, here again, a public display of PNC’s emptiness. This activist is well known for her mindless antics and this instance was no different, she gave full vent to her illiteracy.However, there are two things Nestor has to face up to, the first is, children cannot vote in the next election and secondly, Warlock, Sophia and all such communities were given to them by Mrs Janet Jagan when as Home Affairs Minister in the 60s and again as President of “all” of Guyana. That is on record in our history books that no one can erase.And to think of it, the PPP/C did all of these things for the people of our country when the PNC was forcibly removing poor people from off the land! It is really sad when you can repay your helpers in such a lowdown fashion, it all goes to show the retrograde mentality of the PNC and its simpletons for supporters.But I must inform that man of Canal Number One Polder, that the PPP/C will be back to help him and others like himself get jobs and help him make a useful and meaningful contribution to his home and society.I must close here, and I will do so by pointing out the following stark realities, the PNC must stop this retrogression now! The tearing down of Opposition posters must cease immediately, it represents backwardness and stinks of desperation, for too long this party has been going on with this nonsense! Whether in Opposition or in Government – as the case is now – that party is known for its dark deeds and violent behaviour.Readers, I urge you to contrast them with the PPP/C and you will see a huge difference. For starters, we have suffered much these near five years of PNC’s dictatorial rule but never have we ever carried out violence or promoted its use. In all our protests and there have been many, was there any violence, so, why must we tolerate it from them? There have been no Molotov cocktails or channa bombs at our protests or campaign rallies, no one has ever been beaten or ridiculed or their houses burnt; we have carried out a peaceful and dignified campaign throughout these five years.So, my point remains that the print and electronic media must lay blame where it rightfully belongs, please be honest with yourselves and come out plainly and tell the PNC that they need to stop the violence now!Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

Less Than 400 Ebola Cases Nationwide as Ebola Declines, Says Dorbor Jallah

first_imgRestrictions on the movement of people, quarantining of communities and positive response to the frequent washing of hands and avoiding infested dead bodies have helped to reduce the infection rate of the Ebola virus throughout Liberia, according to Mr. James Dorbor Jallah, Deputy Incident Manager for support services at the Incident Management System.Moreover as the Dry Season approaches in Liberia, he said, intense heat and sunlight will contribute to Liberia’s effort to eradicate the disease. The Ebola Virus has been described as ‘fragile’ by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, and is easily destroyed by heat and sunlight.The Incident Management System, (IMS) is the body that has replaced the National Ebola Taskforce set up by the Liberian government earlier in the Ebola fight, headed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.  Mr. Jallah told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview in Monrovia Sunday that despite the optimism, “We should remember that we are still fighting the Ebola Virus disease and, therefore, there is no need for celebration.”  Instead, he emphatically stated that the Liberian public should continue to take all safety measures, including regular hand washing, refraining from touching infected persons or dead bodies, avoiding all cultural and traditional practices that could spread the disease and  avoiding movement from one area to another.     According to Mr. Jallah, coordinated information reaching his office from the various Ebola Treatment Units, (ETUs), indicates that across the country, “there are less than 400 people who are in treatment.” “Therefore,” Jallah said, “there are more than 300 ETUs that are empty, which means they are without people who are being treated for the virus.” The latest report has also made it clear that decisions and recommendations approved by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and implemented by the Liberian government have worked to reduce increased infection from the insidious disease, Mr. Jallah said.  “All of us should continue with the measures outlined in this fight,” he said, “because the less than 400 people being treated in the various ETUs is still a high number,” he noted.   With particular reference to the six hardest hit counties of Montserrado, Bomi, Bong, Lofa, Nimba and Margibi, Jallah said, “Lofa County, particularly Foya and Barkedu, have registered less than ten persons in treatment in the last couple of weeks.”   At the peak of its infection, Jallah said, nearly eighty people were admitted at the ETU in Foya, with most of the cases coming from Quarduboni.   “The infection reduced tremendously when the communities in Lofa and citizens from areas in Monrovia, including religious leaders, got involved,” Jallah disclosed. “They implemented the measures issued by government and that has brought relief,” he said. Jallah said, “Currently, Foya has reported no new cases and the 120 bed ETU is empty.” While these reports show a success story, the World Health Organization, (WHO) has indicated that there could be 10,000 infections weekly in the coming weeks in Liberia. But with the dry season now in Liberia, as mentioned earlier, nature could work to support the fight against Ebola, according to health officials.   Since there are “sparks” of cases now and then, according to Jallah, “Liberia is still in the woods, meaning the country is not yet out of danger.  However, recent reports on the decline in the use of the ETUs do not support the WHO’s dire prediction.  Jallah, whose division coordinates and ensures the effective provision of non-medical support to the Incident Management System, (IMS), said the re-organization of the National Ebola Task Force, headed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is effective in its fight against the disease.   He insisted that what could be considered as a success story came about and would continue if Liberians and residents take the following measures daily: Avoid touching sick or dead persons; Avoid movement from one community to another, particularly for people who may have been exposed to the virus and If one gets exposed to the virus, observe the 21-day quarantine.   Other measures are: Avoid contact with sick, symptomatic, or dead person’s saliva, excretion, vomit, urine, semen, etc.; Wash your hands regularly and Wash your hands when entering AND leaving buildings, since it is possible for an infected person to leave a virus on surfaces and other areas which people find easy to touch, such as door handles and stair rails.   Meanwhile Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, Incident Manager of the Incident Management System of the Ebola Response, corroborated Mr. Jallah’s report yesterday in a phone interview and added that since October 19, there have been 329 patients in ETUs with 725 bed capacity across the country.  “While we are encouraged by such a prospect, it does not mean we are free from the disease,” Nyenswah said. “It is too early to determine why there are not many cases and we are investigating.”   Nyenswah said there are possibilities that “We have Ebola infected individuals in our various communities,” stressing on the need to follow measures outlined by the Liberian government in its fight against the disease.  In addition a source at the Foya Ebola Treatment Unit, (ETU), confirmed to the Daily Observer yesterday in a telephone interview that “in the last two and half weeks, there have been no new cases.” This corroborates information from the nerve center in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more