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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Western Michigan coach Steve Hawkins watched his team slice a double-digit lead to three points against defending national champion Villanova. Then the third-ranked Wildcats showed once more theyre built to handle tough games.They did what they do, Hawkins said.Villanova used a 13-4 run down the stretch for a 76-65 win over the Broncos (1-2) on Thursday to start the Charleston Classic. Western Michigan had cut a 14-point second-half lead to 59-56 to draw within striking distances of the Wildcats.Thats when Eric Paschall, Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart all hit 3-pointers to keep Villanova undefeated and off to its fourth straight 3-0 start.Paschall finished with 17 points, and Jalen Brunson and Hart had 14 each. Jenkins, whos shot at the end gave the Wildcats their national title last April, had 11.It was a good, tough game, Wildcats coach Jay Wright said. It wasnt pretty, though and weve still got to get a lot better.Villanova improved to 12-0 in early season tournaments over the years. The Wildcats are chasing their third consecutive crown after winning the Legends Classic in 2014 and NIT season tipoff last year.Jalen Brunson said the Wildcats, who toughed out a 79-76 win at No. 15 Purdue on Monday night, didnt panic at Western Michigans charge. Weve got veterans and its a situation weve seen before, he said.The Wildcats will face Wake Forest, a 103-81 winner over UTEP, on Friday for a spot in Sundays championship.The Broncos (1-2) fell to 0-4 at the eight-team Charleston tournament. They lost all three games when they last visited in the 2008-09 season. Thomas Wilder led Western Michigan with 19 points.BIG PICTUREWestern Michigan lost its second straight after falling to Oakland on Monday. The Broncos forced too many long shots, finishing 3 of 15 from behind the arc. They were much more effective driving deep into Villanovas defense. Wilders five baskets came from around the rim.Villanova came off a 79-76 win at No. 15 Purdue, and its sluggish performance made this much closer than it should have been. Jenkins picked up two early fouls and played only 21 minutes in his return to South Carolina, having spent part of his childhood in Columbia.DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENTWright said his team must pick up its defensive pressure if it hopes to succeed this year. The Wildcats lost two big defenders in forward Daniel Ochefu and guard Ryan Arcidiacono. Wright said Arcidiacono called out defensive changes, a job thats fallen to Brunson this season. We have the ability, Brunson said. We just have to get better.WESTERN SWAGHawkins said his team will consider its strong showing against Villanova whenever theyre facing adversity this season. He said the players came here to win, but also understand they made improvements that will help them later. 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Four years ago when Neil Hawgood took charge as the chief coach of the Indian womens national hockey team, he had set a target for his side, then ranked fourth in Asia.I said that our goal would be to become the best side in Asia. That would be the clearest way to show we have made progress. Tomorrow we will get a chance to be just that. We have the chance to hold the Asian Champions Trophy,?Hagwood said from Singapore, where India made the final of the Asian Champions Trophy despite a 3-2 defeat to China in the last group game.?As the team gears up to play China once again, here are four takeaways from Indias run to the final.Self beliefIndia have played the Asian Champions Trophy final before. In 2013, they lost 1-0 to Japan. That scoreline masked the actual gulf between the two sides with goalkeeper Savita Punia having a great game. We were a goal down within seven minutes and we never really looked like we would cover that gap, Hawgood recalls of that game.That has changed in the 2016 edition. India were trailing 1-0 against South Korea before recovering to win 2-1. Against China, the side leveled from 2-0 down before China scored the winner from a penalty corner with just over two minutes to go. The girls showed plenty of character to keep pressing despite trailing. They have a lot more self belief that they can fight back than they once did, Hawgood says.Targeting consistency?While India made the final, it was apparent that they could have maintained an unbeaten run going into Saturdays game. I was really frustrated, Hawgood admits.India had done well against China to recover from 2-0 down through a penalty corner conversion from Poonam Rani and a field goal from captain Vandana Kataria in the space of three minutes late in the game. Then, in an effort to run down the clock, defendder Sunita Lakra tried to shoot long along the sidelines instead of finding a teammate.dddddddddddd A turnover was conceded and in the subsequent run of play, China scored the winner. Lakras brain-freeze following a phase where her side had dominated had been symptomatic of Indias run so far in the tournament.We are chasing consistency. We still havent been able to string together four good quarters. We started well, then had a bad patch. We then managed to play eight or nine minutes of really good hockey but then we gave it away in the final few minutes.Missed chancesLakras mistake shouldnt have been as costly as it turned out to be. Before Poonam scored off a penalty corner in the 50th minute, India had won six, missing all. Captain Katariya admitted as much. We had to work a lot harder than we should have. We had a lot of chances and we missed a lot of them. We cant do that in the final, she said.Edge in experienceKatariya will know that India have a very strong chance in the final against the same opponents. While there are world ranking points up for grabs at the Asian Champions Trophy, China, perhaps keeping next months Junior World Cup in mind, have sent essentially their junior squad for the tournament with no player older than 21 in their team.While India are missing senior players themselves, most notably former skipper Sushila Chanu, they have the clear edge in experience. Coach Hawgood remains cautious however. This is a young Chinese team but it remains a very strong squad. This is after all the same squad to have beaten Netherlands (at the Volvo U-21 tournament last year). We are probably seeing the future of the Chinese team in this tournament. Cheap NFL Jerseys China Discount NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2019 Cheap Jerseys 2020 Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China ' ' '

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