January 2019 (2) Candygrams

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Saturday, January 26, 2019---ITA USC Men's Tennis vs. Cal Poly

The USC Men's Tennis home season started with this Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Match today vs. Cal Poly.

Team huddle
Our team gathered in a huddle before the match began.
Bradley Frye and Daniel Cukierman
Now, it was time for the matches to begin. Trojan Candy caught Freshman Bradley Frye (11/15/2018) and Sophomore Daniel Cukierman (2/10/2018) in action on Court 3 first.
Jack Jaede and Laurens Verboven
Seniors Jack Jaede (11/15/2018) and Laurens Verboven played on Court 2.
Riley Smith and Brandon Holt
On Court 1 were partners Riley Smith (11/15/2018) and Brandon Holt (4/14/2017).
Brandon Holt and Riley Smith
Juniors Brandon and Riley won their Double's match first by 6-4.
Daniel Cukierman and Bradley Frye
Then, Daniel and Bradley on Court 3 won their Doubles match also by 6-4.
Jack Jaede and Laurens Verboven
On Court 2, Jack and Laurens shook hands with their opponents after winning 7-5. So USC won the Doubles Point and was ahead 1-0 over Cal Poly.
Brandon Holt
The Singles matches were played next. Trojan Candy took action photos of each Trojan Singles player. On Court 1 was Brandon Holt.
Daniel Cukierman
Daniel Cukierman played #2 Singles.
Laurens Verboven
Laurens Verboven played on Court 3.
Riley Smith
Riley Smith played #4 Singles.
Mor Bulis
On Court 5 was Freshman Mor Bulis.
Jake Sands
Freshman Jake Sands played on Court 6.
Brandon Holt
Brandon Holt won his Singles match first by 6-4, 6-0.
Riley Smith
Riley Smith won his match next by 6-3, 6-2.
Daniel Cukierman
Then, on Court 2 Daniel Cukierman won his match by 6-1, 7-5.
USC won 4-0 over Cal Poly.
Fight On
Our men sang "Fight On" after their victory.

FIGHT ON, USC Men's Tennis!

Thursday, January 24, 2019---USC Men's Basketball vs. Arizona

Trojan Candy was at Galen Center for the Men's basketball game against the Arizona Wildcats.

Kevin Porter Jr
Freshman Kevin Porter Jr (10/16/2018) is back!
Shaqquan Aaron
Shaqquan Aaron (4/12/2016) shoots a free throw.
Nick Rakocevic
Nick Rakocevic (8/26/2016) also shoots his free throw.
With ten seconds left, our men were beating Arizona 80 to 57.
Our team shakes hands with the Arizona players.
Bennie Boatwrightand Kevin Porter Jr.
Then, our team continued to walk around the court before heading into the locker room. They high-fived everyone! Bennie Boatwright (8/28/2015) and Kevin Porter Jr. were first.
Shaqquan Aaron
Shaqquan Aaron was next.
Victor Uyaelunmo, McKay Anderson and Elijah Weaver
Victor Uyaelunmo, McKay Anderson (10/16/2018) and Elijah Weaver high-fived fans together.
J'Raan Brooks, Jonah Mathews and Derryck Thornton
The last three players were J'Raan Brooks, Jonah Mathews (4/14/2017) and Derryck Thornton (10/24/2017).

What a way for the USC fans to celebrate a victory with the team!

FIGHT ON, USC Men's Basketball!

Saturday, January 19, 2019---USC Men's Basketball vs UCLA

Trojan Candy was excited about the Men's basketball game against crosstown rival UCLA at Galen Center.

Our men ran out of the tunnel to warm up.
Warm ups
Both teams warmed up.
Here is a panoramic view of the Galen Center with both teams warming up.
Keith Williams Jr.
My friend, Keith Williams Jr. performed the "Star Spangled Banner." He was hugged by the team.
Starting lineup
Here is the introduction of our USC starting lineup.
The tip-off starts the game.

Our men started the game ahead 16-4 over the Bruins. We went into the locker room at half-time ahead 36-33. Then in the second half our team took it to the Bruins. At one time during the second half we led by 26 points!

Moses Brown
Also, USC fans got very excited when UCLA center Moses Brown missed two free throws in a row in the second half. That meant that every fan in attendance won a free Chick-Fil-A sandwich. Yum!
Trojan Candy and Nick Young
Trojan Candy saw on the big screen that friend Nick Young was "in the house!" Naturally, I walked down to the north courtside seats to see him. The nice gentleman, who was sitting by Nick, took this picture of us. Thank you! Keep Fighting On, Nick!
Tommy Trojan and Chick-Fil-A Cow
As I was leaving Nick, Trojan Candy saw our USC mascot and the Chick-Fil-A mascot sparring.

Because our players are so fast, it is hard to take clear moving pictures, so I took a few pictures of our players shooting free throws.

Jonah Mathews
Here is Jonah Mathews (4/12/2017) shooting a free throw.
Derryck Thornton
Derryck Thornton (10/24/2017) shot a free throw.
Elijah Weaver
Elijah Weaver shot a free throw too.

We out-shot the Bruins in the second half 53.3% to their 37.8% and beat them 80 to 67!

Here is the end of the game celebration.
Nelson Agholor and Lynn Swann
My friend Nick Young wasn't the only USC alumni at this game. Football friend Nelson Agholor was there with Athletic Director Lynn Swann. They spoke together for a long time.
Nelson Agholor
Then, Trojan Candy took this picture of Nelson Agholar.

CLICK HERE to view a picture that I took of Nelson at the Football banquet on 12/17/2014. FIGHT ON, Nelson!

We Beat the Bruins!

Friday, January 11, 2019---Special Guests

Trojan Candy was at the Women of Troy basketball game vs. Oregon when Kobe Bryant walked in and sat down courtside. He was quite amiable.

Kobe Bryant
Kobe posed with two yell leaders.
Kobe Bryant
I took a video of Kobe as he walked back to his seat.
Derek Fisher, Ann Meyers and Kobe Bryant
Then Kobe saw two friends. Derek Fisher and Ann Meyers were also at the game.

What special guests!