Sunday, April 22, 2018

More pro basketball for Waterbury's Ryan Gomes

Gomes (Power, Big3 Basketball League)
Former NBA player Ryan Gomes will be back playing basketball, though maybe not where you thought he he would be.
The Waterbury native and former star at Wilby High and Providence College was chosen in the Big3 Draft by the Power.
OK, so the first question is: What the heck is the Big3?
The Big3 is a second-year league co-founded by rap mogul Ice Cube, who has had a strong solo career after his time in NWA. It is three-on-three basketball. Ice Cube is co-CEO of the league, and the commissioner is none other than former NBA star and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler. Pretty heady stuff.
As for Gomes, his new teammates are Corey Maggette, Cutino Mobley, Glen Davis, Quentin Richardson and Chris Anderson. The team is coached by Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman.
The Big3 is filled with former NBA players and several teams are coached by former pro stars like Julius Erving and George Gervin.
It will be the first professional action for Gomes since he played for the Los Angeles D-Fenders in 2016. The D-Fenders are now the South Bay Lakers and play in the rebranded NBA G League.
Big3 play begins on June 22.

Cowboys will reportedly pick up fifth-year option on St. Paul, UConn alum Byron Jones

Jones (Dallas Cowboys)
It may not be football season, but there's good news to report about former St. Paul Catholic and UConn standout Byron Jones.
Jones, who has played three seasons in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys after being drafted in the first round in 2015, is going to have his 2019 contract option picked up. That was reported by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Twitter this morning. The option is what's called a fifth-year option, and it is for $6.17 million, according to Rapoport.
Jones told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on April 16 that he is switching to cornerback from safety, where he played for two seasons. Jones has past experience as a corner with the Cowboys, having switched between that position and safety during his rookie season.
In three seasons with Dallas, Jones has recorded 236 total tackles, including 177 solo. He has 24 passes defended and two interceptions, one of which he took to the house for a touchdown. Jones has also forced two fumbles in his career.
Jones was a big-time football and track and field athlete while at St. Paul. The New Britain native then went on to have a good career at UConn. An amazing performance at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis catapulted Jones into the spotlight and earned him a first round selection by the Cowboys.

St. Paul offense goes off in big baseball win over No. 2 St. Joseph

Julian Thayer had a monster day for St. Paul in its 13-6 win over St. Joseph
on Saturday. Thayer homered twice, doubled, drove in five runs and scored
four more. He was also the winning pitcher. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69, 2018 file)
St. Paul baseball had won five straight games entering their contest on Saturday, but their opponent was one of the toughest they will face all season.
St. Joseph had just lost for the first time all season on Friday, 7-1 at Wilton, but the Cadets were still 7-1 and ranked second in the latest GameTimeCT/New Haven Register Top 10 Baseball Poll.
Well, Julian Thayer and St. Paul went ahead and handed one of the state's best a second straight loss in explosive fashion by a score of 13-6 at St. Paul Catholic High School.
Thayer hit two home runs, drove in five runs and scored four as the Falcon offense erupted against the Cadets. St. Paul held leads of 11-2 and 13-4 in the game.
Ryan Greene smacked a home run and two doubles, drove in four runs and scored one. Josh Cofrancesco was 2-for-3 with three runs scored.
Thayer was also the winning pitcher. He allowed four runs (three earned) over six innings and struck out five.
Greene got St. Paul going in the first inning with a RBI double. St. Joseph got the first two outs of the second inning, then the roof caved in. Sean Crean walked, then Shaun Remillard and Cofrancesco followed with singles. Nick Morrell drove in two with a single, then Thayer launched a 2-2 pitch over the wall in left for a commanding 6-0 lead.
Cofrancesco started the next outburst in the fourth inning with a walk. Back-to-back doubles by Thayer and Greene brought in two runs, Cofrancesco and Thayer, for a 9-2 lead.
A two-out error in the fifth proved costly for St. Joseph. Thayer got a chance to bat because of the error, and he ripped his second homer of the game for an 11-2 advantage. St. Paul scored its last two runs in the sixth on some wild St. Joseph pitching (five walks, some wild pitches).
It was a dominating win, and a big win to boot, for the Falcons. St. Paul stays home for three games this week. First is Wilby on Monday, then Ansonia visits on Wednesday. On Saturday, the Falcons host Lewis Mills.