March 31, 2015

Sykes shoots for 2,000 points tonight (AUDIO)

Keifer Sykes

Keifer Sykes

Green Bay senior guard Keifer Sykes shoots for 2,000 career points tonight when the Phoenix face Illinois-Chicago in Horizon League action.

Sykes is one of four seniors on the Green Bay roster that hail from the Windy City (Greg Mays, Alfonzo McKinnie and Josh Humphrey the others) and will be playing their final collegiate game in their hometown.

Sykes stands at 1,981 points for his career, 19 away from 2,000.  He scored 19 points in the first meeting, a 78-55 Green Bay victory at the Resch Center on Jan. 20. [Read more…]

Mays scores career high 34 in Green Bay victory (AUDIO)

Greg Mays

Greg Mays

Senior forward Greg Mays had a career high 34 points, 26 of the 34 by halftime to lead the Green Bay Phoenix to a
96-76 Horizon League victory over visiting Detroit (12-17, 5-9 HL) at the Resch Center.

Mays hit 8-of-12 field goal attempts and 10-of-12 at the free throw line in the opening 20 minutes, scoring 11-straight points during a 16-3 run to turn a 31-31 tie into a 47-34 lead at the half.  He tied the Resch Center record for points in a half. [Read more…]

Green Bay drops into 2nd place in Horizon League

Carrington Love

Carrington Love

Friday started with a three-way tie for first place atop the Horizon League.  When the smoke cleared, Valparaiso is atop the leaderboard.

The Crusaders (23-4, 10-2 HL) built a 15-point lead in the second half, then saw a rally come up short in a 63-59 victory over the Phoenix (20-6, 9-3) at Valparaiso on Friday night.

Green Bay senior guard Keifer Sykes was limited on Friday night after suffering a hand injury in the first half.  The reigning Horizon League Player of the Year had to watch much of the second half on the bench.

With the Phoenix trailing by 11 with 3:13 to play, junior Carrington Love scored nine points to spark a comeback.  But Valparaiso hit four-straight free throws in their final two possessions to hold off Green Bay.

Rookie Tevonn Walker had 20 points to lead all scorers for Valparaiso.  Carrington Love had 15 points to lead four Phoenix players in double figures.

Valparaiso now has a full 1-game lead on Green Bay and Cleveland State.  The Vikings fell against Detroit 66-65 on Friday night.



Green Bay battles Valparaiso for 1st place in Horizon League

Keifer Sykes

Keifer Sykes

Green Bay and Valparaiso are two of the three teams tied for the Horizon League lead.  The Phoenix and Crusaders will hook up tonight in a first place battle in Indiana.  The two teams share first place with Cleveland State entering play tonight.

Green Bay won the first matchup 51-50 on January 23 in Green Bay.  The Phoenix held the Crusaders to 18.5% shooting from the field in the second half to rally from a 10-point first half deficit to pull out the win.  Senior forward Greg Mays scored the eventual game-winning basket on a runner with 1:41 to play [Read more…]

Green Bay Phoenix women in the drivers seat

Tesha Buck - Photo-Green Bay Athletics

Tesha Buck – Photo-Green Bay Athletics

The Green Bay Phoenix women’s basketball team completed a sweep of their two-game regular season series against Wright State, beating the Raiders 61-45 last night at the Kress Events Center in Green Bay.

The win leaves Green Bay (19-4, 9-1 Horizon League) in the driver’s seat for their 17th straight Horizon League title.  They’re up 2-full games on Wright State in the Horizon League, plus they own the tie-breaker.

Green Bay’s stellar defense held Wright State standout Tay’ler Mingo to just 10 points and the Raiders to a season low in points scored.

Green Bay’s Tesha Buck had 15 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists to lead three players in double figures.  Mehren Kraker added 14 points, reaching double figures for the seventh straight game.  Sam Terry added 11 points, hitting three 3-pointers.

Green Bay never trailed in this game and they held down a Wright State team that averaged 98.3 points in its last three games.  The Raiders came into the game averaging 79.6 points a game for the season.

The Phoenix hit the road to face the Milwaukee Panthers on Saturday at 2 p.m.