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Water polo prepares defense to face 49ers

Water polo prepares defense to face 49ers

first_img“Our priority is defense,” Pintaric said. “We lost our first game against Santa Barbara because we played poor defense. [We] allowed too many goals overall in the first official four games of the season because of poor defense. So our maximum effort will be to tighten up those issues that showed, and I’m looking forward to [seeing] how the guys will respond to that.” “I believe nothing is changing honestly,” Dasic said. “It is flattering and shows the work that I’ve put in, but I honestly think nothing should change, and I should just keep going and focus on the games, focus on the next win.” After USC broke its 55-game winning streak over No. 2 UC Santa Barbara in a 13-9 loss Sunday, head coach Marko Pintaric stressed the program’s need to refocus on its next ranked opponent. “We know what to focus on, what we should improve on, and definitely our defense,” Dasic said. “On offense, we kind of executed what we were supposed to, and we scored nine goals [against Santa Barbara], which is also good.” Last season’s two wins against Long Beach State came at the end of the season, when the Trojans were able to best the 49ers’ combined 14 points with their total of 27. But with a rare upset loss against Santa Barbara in the back of the players’ minds, the team is taking this opportunity to address its weaknesses.   Long Beach State also participated in the Inland Empire Classic, posting three wins against Whittier College, Concordia University and Air Force as well as one loss against No. 8 Pepperdine University to improve its overall record to 6-2.  The 49ers’ scoring drives are something to keep an eye on, as they have eight players boasting a shot percentage at or above 0.700. Sophomore utilities Matt Morris and Garrett Zaan both collected 7 goals in the tournament, while redshirt senior attacker Austin Stewart racked up an impressive 15 scores. Their performance has not gone unnoticed by USC. Following its 3-1 run at the Inland Empire Classic this past weekend, the No. 5 USC men’s water polo team will look to improve its defensive effort in its first home game of the season against No. 9 Long Beach State Thursday. The Trojans are also expected to continue as an offensive powerhouse after strong appearances last weekend from sophomore two-meter Jake Ehrhardt, junior driver Jacob Mercep and senior driver Marin Dasic. With 26 goals total from the three players across the first four tournament games of the season, it is unlikely that their scoring effort will slow down Thursday. Dasic hit a career milestone by passing the 100 goal mark during the Inland Empire Classic. “We take every game as a test to correct our mistakes and to get the team better,” Pintaric said. “Every game is super serious, as if it’s the most important game of the season.” Dasic also said that while the priority is defense, the team continues to work fiercely on the offensive side in order to outscore Long Beach State’s high-scoring attack. USC will rely on a strong group of goalies to counter the offensive firepower of Long Beach State. Junior Vaios Vlahotasios had an impressive first tournament with 21 saves, while sophomore Nic Porter had eight saves and sophomore Jere Ashby had nine saves in his first appearance as a Trojan. “[We spent] a day and a half watching films, watching to analyze our play over the weekend, to show the good and bad stuff that we did, so we can fix our problems,” Pintaric said. “And [we watched] what Long Beach [State] did the last couple of weeks, so we can make an adjustment and play the best game possible on Thursday.” Sophomore goalie Nic Porter reaches out to defend a shot. Porter was a three-time Newcomer of the Week during his freshman season. (Daily Trojan file photo) USC’s first home game of the season against the Beach begins 5 p.m. Thursday at Uytengsu Aquatics Center.last_img read more

Fire ravages Cane Grove supermarket

Fire ravages Cane Grove supermarket

first_img– owner estimates losses to be over MA Cane Grove, East Coast Demerara (ECD) supermarket was early Wednesday morning gutted by fire, resulting in millions in losses.The fire, which is suspected to have been the work of arsonists, completely ravaged the bottom flat of the two-storey building.The bottom flat of the store was completely ravaged by fireIt was reported to Guyana Times that the fire started at the Congenial Super Centre around 03:00h.According to the owner of the business, Rohan Itwaru, he was awakened by his brother-in-law, who informed him that the businessplace was on fire.The man relayed that he rushed to the scene as he lives only a few houses away and saw the building up in flames.Businessman Rohan Itwaru and his wife“I don’t live too far, I came here about 3 o’clock after my brother-in-law came and got me , he told me that the place was on fire, I came here and I saw the building on fire. The fire brigade was just behind me, but the locals were already trying to form a bucket brigade using water and mud across the road,” he explained.According to the man, from all indications, several persons carried out the act of torching the business, as bars from a number of windows were removed for them to gain entry into the premises.“The fire investigators told us that it appears to be the work of arsonists because multiple parts of the building were broken into, especially the window; they knocked out the bars to gain entry,” Itwaru added.He also disclosed that a container of diesel was found on a bread rack in the store, but the substance was not sold at the supermarket.The devastated businessman estimated his losses to be well over $40 million.“Right now, I am speechless because the loss is so much and the problem is we don’t have insurance, we were planning to do so in the next couple of months.”A storage bond being built aback the supermarket was also badly damaged by the flames. The businessman explained that although he might have suspicions as to who may have committed the act, he would leave the investigations to the Police.The businessplace is located directly in front of the Cane Grove Police Station.According to the owner’s wife, the surveillance cameras that are located in front of the building facing the Police Station were all turned upwards; hence, nothing was recorded. An investigation has been launched into the incident.last_img read more