The Lions scored all their points with the boot when they out-muscled the Crusaders 12-3 on Saturday, the impressive display following two lacklustre tour outings in which the visitors combined for just two tries.Seymour, however, is confident that a contest against an expansive Highlanders side combined with the gradual improvement of the touring party will enable the Lions to finally start putting more points on the board ahead of the All Blacks tests.”We would be lying if we said we weren’t a little bit disappointed that we hadn’t crossed the whitewash a few more times,” the 28-year-old Glasgow Warriors wing told reporters in Dunedin.”It is only so long you want to go creating those opportunities and not finishing them off, you can only be pleased for so long about creating them. It is no good having them and not converting,” he added.”But it’s a lot easier to go finishing off those final passes, than it is to go from creating nothing.”Seymour starts in the back three with Jack Nowell and Jared Payne against the 2015 Super Rugby champions after coach Warren Gatland opted for an entirely new starting lineup, and the Scot is looking forward to facing All Blacks wing Waisake Naholo.”That’s the theme for this trip, there is a lot of talent in the back three over here and certainly Naholo fits right into that,” he added.”He is a fantastic player and a very tricky opponent but one we are looking forward to.”These are the challenges both as a team and individually that we knew we were going to face and it’s an exciting opportunity for myself and us as a backline to try to go out and hopefully get the better of them.”Following the Highlanders match, the Lions have two more tour games prior to the first of three tests against the All Blacks in Auckland on June 24. Photo by: DAVID ROGERS/GETTY IMAGES (Tommy Seymour in action against the New Zealand Barbarians in the first match of the British and Irish Lions tour)
SAN BERNARDINO – The emergence of one player and the re-emergence of another paved the way for Cal State San Bernardino Friday as the Coyotes slipped past Dominguez Hills 84-75 at Coussoulis Arena. Senior guard Prentice Harris tallied 21 points and senior wing Yoseph Yaisrael added a career-high 19 to spark Cal State (19-5, 15-4), ranked No. 16 nationally and No. 2 in the West Region. “When we can knock down those shots it opens everything up,” Harris said. “They look at us, now there are driving lines for other guys. It adds another whole dimension to the offense.” One disturbing trend continued for the Coyotes, however, as Oliver’s squad has struggled to close out the first half and start the second. The Coyotes led by as many as 11 in the first half, that lead coming on a 3-pointer by Harris that made it 33-22. They still had a double-digit lead with 1:03 left in the half at 42-32, but then gave up five straight points and led only at the break. The Coyotes then missed five of their first six shots from the field to start the second half, with a 3-pointer by Yaisrael that upped the lead to 46-42 being the only made basket. “Those guys really carried us, especially in the first half,” Coyotes coach Jeff Oliver said. “They are seniors, so they’re guys that have been in our system the longest. That’s really what you like to see from them in a big game.” That duo set the stage with their shooting prowess. Harris scored 14 in the first half and Yaisrael added 11, going a combined 7-for-9 from 3-point range. Ivan Johnson added eight before getting into foul trouble, benefitting inside from the attention defenders had to pay to the perimeter. The Coyotes led by three at 53-50 nine minutes into the half. An 8-0 run, highlighted by back-to-back 3-pointers by Chet Johnson and Yasirael, increased the margin to 11. It got interesting again late as Cal State led 71-69 with 2:45 left. Marlon Pierce knocked down a 3 to stretch the lead back to five. Yaisrael then hit two free throws and Harris added four in a row to put the game out of reach. The Coyotes shot 42.4 percent (28-for-66) from the field. They actually fared better from long distance, hitting 13-of-26 with five players factoring into that total. Ivan Johnson and Pierce also finished in double figures with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Chet Johnson had a solid all-around game with nine points, a team-high seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. With three games left, the Coyotes trail CCAA frontrunner Humboldt State by one game. Tonight they host UC San Diego, a team they lost to 69-63 in January. 42-37 WOMEN Dominguez Hills 56, Cal State S.B. 38 The Coyotes shot just 27.3 percent (15-for-55) from the field and lost to Dominguez Hills 56-38, damaging their playoff hopes. The Coyotes (16-8, 12-7) are No.7 in the region, with the top eight making the playoffs. Dominguez Hills (13-10, 10-9), which is ninth, could go ahead of the Coyotes in next week’s poll. Junior center Vanessa Wilt totaled 11 points, seven rebounds and two blocks, while freshman guard Krystal Urzua had 10 points and three assists. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!