BVC basketball: HL strikes gold at the line

February 10, 2018 Posted by admin

KENT TARBOX / for The Courier
Liberty-Benton’s Mehkei Jenkins, right, starts a fast break to the basket around Hopewell-Loudon’s Travis Milligan (10) during Friday night’s Blanchard Valley Conference game. Hopewell-Loudon edged the Eagles 51-43.

All basketball coaches preach the necessity of making free throws. Those words, of course, are met with different results.
Hopewell-Loudon’s boys struck gold from the free-throw line by making 21 of 26 for the game, including 17 of 22 in the fourth quarter, and emerged with a 51-43 victory over Liberty-Benton on Friday night in a Blanchard Valley Conference contest.
The Chieftains’ 17 free throws accounted for all of their fourth-quarter points as they improved to 12-5 overall and 6-2 in conference play. Jake Simonis made 12 of his 14 attempts from the line on the night and scored a team-high 15 points for H-L.
Austin May dropped in nine free throws of his own on his way to a game-high 26 points for the Eagles, who fell to 4-14 overall and 3-6 in the BVC.
“We shot very well (from the line) a few game this year and very poorly (in others), and usually that old adage comes back — you’ve got to make your free throws when they’re presented to you,” Hopewell-Loudon coach Roger Jury said. “That’s amazing, in the fourth quarter, all 17 points on free throws. That’s not too bad.
“Eighty-one percent (from the line). Our goal is 70 and we haven’t made that many times, but a few nights we have.”
After May, L-B’s next-highest scorer was Josh Reindel with six points.
“We need to do a better job of moving the basketball and getting multiple people involved,” Eagles coach Ben Gerken said. “Austin was our main focus tonight, offensively. But looking in the scorebook, for us to have success we need to have a little bit more balanced scoring. We need other guys to step up. And as a coach, I need to be able to put those players in a position (to score). So, what I’m thinking now is, ‘What can I do to get players in position where they can have some success?’”
Jury was happy to just scrap out a victory over a program that historically has been a thorn in the side to other teams.
“The kids executed really well. We played really hard. Liberty-Benton’s really turned the corner recently (with two straight wins),” he said.
The Chieftains’ Carter Coffman hit a 3-pointer late in the third quarter that gave his team a 34-29 lead and ultimately helped give his team an extra bit of breathing room.
H-L took its biggest lead at 42-35 with 2:51 left in the game. L-B worked its way back to trail 45-43 when May, who ended up with 11 rebounds, scored on a putback with 1:15 remaining. The Eagles, however, would not score from that point on while missing five shots. In that same span, Simonis made 5 of 6 from the line and Jordyn Jury and Luke Bolte each split a pair for the Chieftains.
Jury went 7-for-8 from the foul stripe and finished with 13 points. Bolte had 10 points and nine rebounds.

hopewell-loudon (12-5, 6-2 BVC)
Milligan 3-0–8, Bolte 4-2–10, Jury 3-7–13, A. Hoover 1-0–2, Simonis 1-12–15, Coffman 1-0–3, Rumschlag 0-0–0. TOTALS: 17-47 21-26 — 51.
liberty-benton (4-14, 3-6 BVC)
Jenkins 0-0–0, Kotey 1-0–2, Poling 2-0–4, May 8-9–26, Jo. Reindel 3-0–6, Schroeder 0-0–0, Dillon 0-0–0, Abbott 0-0–0, Ja. Reindel 1-0–2, Mattingly 1-0–3. TOTALS: 16-48 9-15 — 43.
Hopewell-Loudon 11 8 15 17 — 51
Liberty-Benton 12 5 14 12 — 43
3-Point GOALS: Hopewell-Loudon 4-14 (Milligan 2, Coffman Simonis 1); Liberty-Benton 2-18 (May Mattingly 1).



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Experts see higher precious metals pricing in 2018 – E

February 9, 2018 Posted by admin

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Credit: Maurizio Targhetta

Market analysts say 2018 could be a golden year – or perhaps a silver and platinum one – for the prices of precious metals recovered from scrap electronics.

A new report by the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) captures 2018 price predictions for gold, silver, platinum and palladium from two dozen experts. The prices matter to electronics recycling companies because it affects what they’re paid when they ship components containing precious metals to smelters and refiners. The report was first covered by Recycling International.

Price estimates vary widely in this year’s document, which means “we could be in for a dramatic year in precious metals,” according to LBMA. But when you average the predictions, the numbers are roughly in line with what the markets paid during the first half of January 2018.

The following are the averages of what they anticipate for this year, as well as actual prices from the first half of January 2018 and all of 2017:

  • Gold ($1,318 per ounce): This prediction is flat from actual pricing seen during the first half of January 2018. It’s up 4.9 percent from the 2017 average price.
  • Silver ($17.81 per ounce): This prediction is up 4 percent from the first half of January and up 4.5 percent from the 2017 average.
  • Platinum ($1,000 per ounce): This prediction is up 3.1 percent from pricing in the first half of January and up 5.4 percent from the 2017 average.
  • Palladium ($1,080 per ounce): This prediction is down 1.5 percent from the first half of January numbers but up 24.3 percent from the 2017 average.

The report also noted how accurate the analysts’ predictions were last year: For gold, their average was off only 0.1 percent, for silver it was off 4.2 percent, for platinum it was off 6.9 percent and for palladium it was off 12.3 percent.

LBMA followed the release of the survey with a debate among analysts.

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Employee Stole From Milford Jewelry Store: Police

February 8, 2018 Posted by admin

MILFORD, CT — A Milford man, who was employed at Valentines Jewelers, is accused of stealing and selling scrap gold that was meant to be melted down, police said.

Police said they took custody of Michael Reekie, 53, of Deerfield Avenue in regard to two active arrest warrants. He is accused of stealing and selling scrap gold from the 350 Boston Post Road business while he was employed there, police said.

He is charged with three counts of third-degree larceny and fourth-degree larceny. He posted $7,500 bond and is due to appear in Superior Court, Milford on Feb. 13.

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