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Wednesday, December 21, 2022---Women of Troy Basketball vs Saint Mary’s

Our Women of Troy basketball team played another home game at Galen Center against the Saint Mary's Gaels.

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The introduction of our starting lineup was shown on the Galen Center big screen.
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Next was the tip-off.
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Our women ran a nice play to get a basket by #13 Rayah Marshall.
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During a break in the action, our Trojan Dance Force performed their “Jingle Bell Rock” routine.

Trojan Candy took four videos of #24 Okako Adika and #11 Destiny Littleton shooting free throws.

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Okako shot and made two free throws.
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Destiny shot and made two free throws.
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Okako shot and made one free throw.
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Destiny shot and made one free throw.
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In another break, the USC Dance Force performed another routine.
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My next video shows game highlights. Rayah Marshall and Alyson Miura #25 are featured.
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Then the “Lyfelaw Play of the Game” was shown. #4 Kayla Williams created the play.
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Our Women of Troy won by 71–45. My last video shows the handshakes and Spirit of Troy performance.

FIGHT ON, Women of Troy Basketball!

Sunday, December 4, 2022---USC Men’s Basketball vs Oregon State

Our USC Men’s Basketball Team played our second Pac-12 game against the Oregon State Beavers tonight. We had already won our first Pac-12 game of the season when we beat Cal up north 66-51.

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Our Men’s team warmed up while our Dance Force, Song Girls, and Spirit Leaders encouraged them from the endlines.
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Now it was time for our Star Spangled Banner.
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Then Head Coach Andy Enfield and Senior Boogie Ellis (4/14/2022) walked to center court. Coach Enfield awarded Boogie with a commemorative basketball to signify Boogie’s scoring of 1000 points. Congratulations, Boogie!

video 0354Our starting lineup came next followed by the tip off.

6073In addition to the basketball action, there was action in the stands! Trojan Candy saw our quarterback Caleb Williams sit in the next section to mine. He was still limping from the injury he suffered in the Utah game. During the next time out, I jumped into action. I walked up and down to where he was sitting and went right up to him and asked, “Can I take your picture?” With a smile, he said, “Yes.” However, when I took his picture, Caleb didn’t smile. We spoke for a little bit. I gave Caleb my card and wished him “Good Luck” with the Heisman Trophy! FIGHT ON, Caleb!

video 0355During the next break in the action, The USC Dance Force performed.

6075During a timeout, Trojan Candy enjoyed talking with my USC Alum friend Justyn Wilson, who sat across from me. Justyn brought his younger son Wade to the game. What a cutie!

At halftime the score was Oregon State 34 – USC 23.

video 0361The USC Song Girls always perform during the half time.

0365Luckily, I had taken Caleb’s picture as soon as I did, because, during halftime, his two teammates and he moved to sit behind the south basket. No one else had easy access to take his picture. However, anyone who walked up to the barricade and called out Caleb’s name, Caleb would turn around and smile for a picture. Lucky me, I got the only close up, smile or not!

Our men played much better in the second half. Here are my pictures and videos of the second half of the game.

Tre White made a free throw.
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Josh Morgan (4/14/2022) made a free throw.
In addition to Caleb, there was a USC basketball alumnus who was shown on the Galen big screen. He was Isaiah White who graduated in May 2021. Isaiah was with his wife Jazmine and daughter Amari.

Trojan Candy has better pictures of Isaiah and his family.

Here is Isaiah at his 2021 athletic graduation.
Here is Isaiah with his family. Isaiah is playing professional basketball in Slovakia. KEEP FIGHTING ON, Isaiah
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Boogie Ellis made a free throw.
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State Farm Assist of the Game from Kobe Johnson (4/14/2022) to Josh Morgan.
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Lyfelaw Play of the Game was a steal and layup by Kobe Johnson.
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Caleb and teammates threw t-shirts into the stands.
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Drew Peterson (4/14/2022) made the second of two free throws.
This was the scoreboard with 2:25 left on the clock.
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In the next sequence Drew Peterson scored a basket in the paint. Now there is 1:31 left in the game.
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At 0:53 Kobe Johnson tipped in a rebound to give USC a 59-56 lead.
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Drew Peterson made an assist to Josh Morgan for another USC basket at 0:17 to increase the lead to 61-56.
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After OSU made a 3 point shot, Reese Dixon-Waters (4/14/2022) was fouled and made two free throws to increase USC's lead to 63-59.
Oregon State made another 3 point shot to close out the scoring. USC won 63-62.
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Caleb went to visit and congratulate his USC basketball friends after our victory.

FIGHT ON USC Men’s Basketball!