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Donovan McMillon and Derrick Davis Have Lastly Come Collectively As Teammates



Gateway Excessive was anticipating to beat Peters Township Excessive another time and head again to the WPIAL championship recreation for the second straight season — after beating PT within the earlier title recreation, no much less.

However Donovan McMillon and Peters Township had different concepts, knocking off the reigning champs in a hard-fought 20-19 slugfest at Gateway’s dwelling stadium.

“I used to be kinda heartbroken,” Derrick Davis mentioned Wednesday on the UPMC Rooney Sports activities Complicated, “however it’s what it’s.”

“See, we haven’t (spoken about these video games) but, him and I,” McMillon mentioned Wednesday after Davis spoke. “I don’t need to get private, however I needed to get my get again, and I acquired it, however I’m glad we went our separate methods and acquired an opportunity to come back again and reunite and go win championships now.”

Davis and McMillon had been on reverse sides of the sector when Gateway battled Peters Township in highschool and when LSU battled Florida in faculty, however the switch portal opened the door for a possible reunion sooner or later.

After LSU’s 45-35 win over Florida in October, as Davis and McMillon got here collectively on the sector to trade gloves, the dialog between the long-time mates and rivals was completely different than in seasons previous.

“We simply mentioned, ‘You attempting to group up and make some noise occur again dwelling?’” McMillon mentioned. “And he was considering that, and we simply talked barely, we stayed targeted at our colleges and did what we had been alleged to do and it was at all times at the back of our heads.”

In Davis’ phrases, after they requested one another in the event that they’d be considering ever returning dwelling, McMillion mentioned yeah. And Davis did, too.

So, when McMillon entered the switch portal on Dec. 5 and Davis entered the portal on Dec. 12, the dialog picked up proper the place they left off on the sector at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in October.

“Once we each hit one another up, it was like, ‘Yo, you attempting to slip?’” McMillon mentioned. “And we made it occur.”

McMillon dedicated to Pitt on Dec. 15, Davis dedicated to Pitt on Jan. 10 and the pair lastly reunited — simply lastly as teammates for the primary time at Pitt.

Whereas each performed defensive again initially on the faculty degree, Davis has made the swap to working again — a place during which he thrived at the highschool degree. It additionally implies that in apply now, Davis and McMillon will meet head-to-head.  

And whereas McMillon mentioned that Davis was one of many hardest working backs he’s ever needed to go in opposition to throughout his time taking part in soccer, he is aware of that he’ll lay some hits and Davis will break some runs.

However on the finish of the day, it’s time for the long-time mates and rivals to be nice collectively.

Davis will instantly be part of a three-headed monster with Rodney Hammond Jr. and C’Bo Flemister within the working backs room whereas McMillon will compete for the beginning boundary security place within the secondary. And each must be anticipated to make an influence in 2023.


Duquesne Guards Dae Dae Grant and Jimmy Clark Win Atlantic 10 Postseason Awards



Duquesne junior guards in Dae Dae Grant and Jimmy Clark III received Atlantic 10 Postseason Awards on Tuesday for his or her success in the course of the 2022-23 season, with Grant making a spot on the Second-Group All Convention and Clark putting on the All-Defensive Group.

Grant transferred from Miami (Ohio) this previous offseason and is an important participant offensively for the Dukes. He leads the crew in scoring, averaging 15.2 factors per recreation, which ranked as No. 13 general within the Atlantic 10. He additionally averaged 2.7 3-pointers per recreation and shot 40.1% from 3-point vary, second and sixth general within the Atlantic 10.

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Grant scored 20 or extra factors 10 instances, together with 4 instances in Atlantic 10 play. That is essentially the most for a Duquesne participant since former guard Micah Mason had 15 within the 2015-16 season. He’s additionally the primary Duquesne participant to position on the Second Group All-Convention since ahead Marcus Weathers did it within the 2020-21 season.

Clark transferred from Northwest Florida School within the offseason and performed an incredible function defensively for the Dukes this season.

He led all gamers in Atlantic 10 play with 2.7 steals per recreation and had essentially the most steals of any Atlantic 10 participant with 72. His protection performed a big function in Duquesne ending second as a crew in steals, averaging 8.26 per contest in Atlantic 10 play.

Clark seven video games with 4 or extra steals, 5 towards A-10 opponents. Clark can be the primary Duquesne participant to make the All-Defensive crew since T.J. McConnell did in the course of the 2011-12 season.

Duquesne performs within the Atlantic 10 Event on the Barclays Middle in Brooklyn, N.Y. They earned a First Spherical bye and can play Wednesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. Duquesne takes on the winner of the First Spherical matchup between No. 11 La Salle and No. 14 Rhode Island at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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Pitt Guard Nike Sibande Wins ACC Sixth Man of the Yr



Pitt guard Nike Sibande has been named the ACC Sixth Man of the Yr for his efficiency off the bench for the Panthers this yr.

Sibande got here off the bench in all however two video games, averaging 8.3 factors and three.9 rebounds on the yr. The Indianapolis native has scored in double digits 15 occasions this season, together with latest performances of 19 and 16 factors towards Notre Dame and No. 16  Miami, respectively.

Sibande began on Senior Evening final week, and Blake Hinson praised the veteran for his skill to return off the bench.

“What Nike does and has been doing for this program is likely one of the most unselfish issues I’ve ever skilled first hand,” mentioned Hinson. “Reality of the matter is, he would begin on most groups within the nation in my view. He’s keen to just accept the position of not doing that for our staff for the betterment of this staff, and that simply embodies what this staff is about and what he’s about. He completely deserves it man, that’s simply what it’s. He would begin in all places else. Coach simply did an excellent job of assembling expertise, and that’s what his position is for us, in order that’s what he deserves, that’s what he will get.”

Sibande started his profession at Miami (OH), the place he spent three seasons and averaged not less than 13 factors per recreation in every season. He scored over 1,400 factors in his Redhawk profession, and transferred to Pitt earlier than the 2020-21 season. That yr, he missed a number of video games as a consequence of his switch waiver not being accepted till mid-way by way of the season. After he returned, he posted averages of 6.9 factors and three rebounds per recreation. Sibande missed final season totally as a consequence of a torn ACL suffered in a preseason exhibition.

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Ballot: What’s Been the Greatest Particular person Pitt Males’s Basketball Storyline?



It’s onto to the second season for Jeff Capel and the Pitt males’s basketball staff as they put together for the ACC Match.

The Panthers open up play on Wednesday in opposition to both Florida State or Georgia Tech.

Pitt (21-10, 14-6 ACC) has been certainly one of if not the largest surprises within the ACC this season because the preseason predictions had them ending close to the underside of the convention.

The most important motive for the resurgence of Pitt basketball is the masterful additions that Capel and his basketball workers have been in a position so as to add by the switch portal.

The skin notion is that it’s simply straightforward so as to add gamers by the portal however the actual motive it labored for Pitt is that they added the precise gamers with the proper personalities and gamers that got here to Pitt for one sole objective: to win.

Pitt is hoping they’ve a variety of basketball left to play however now that we’re on the finish of the common season, we needed to get your perspective on one thing.

Our PSN Ballot query is: what has been the most effective particular person storyline on the 2022-23 Pitt males’s basketball staff?

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