16 Sep

Syracuse avoids upset again by ditching the 3-pointer

first_imgWith under nine minutes left in the game and Syracuse clinging to a four-point lead, Trevor Cooney turned his eyes up court and saw Tyler Roberson streaking past the Orange bench. Cooney called for a Roberson screen with the Elon defense scrambling back, and bounced a pass between two defenders that found Roberson alone at the right elbow. The junior forward stroked a 15-foot jumper. Moments later, Michael Gbinije stole the Phoenix’s inbounds pass and, without even dribbling, hit a 3 that bumped Syracuse’s lead to nine. The two-play sequence highlighted an otherwise listless offensive performance, and Syracuse (3-0) stumbled by Elon (2-2) in a 66-55 win in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. To do so, the Orange again went away from the 3-point shot in favor of attacking the basket. For the second straight game, the Orange needed that mid-game adjustment to edge a lesser opponent. And SU largely did so in spite of itself. “Offensively we’re going to have to play better to have any success this year,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse led 29-23 at halftime, even after shooting 2-for-8 from 3 and giving up eight offensive rebounds.But a quick push from the Phoenix evened the score at 34-34 with 16:20 left in the game. Elon forward Brian Dawkins, who didn’t score in the first half, netted eight points inside at the start of the second. Luke Eddy added two 3s from the top of the key as the Phoenix grabbed a brief one-point lead, and Boeheim stewed in front of the Orange bench. At that point, Syracuse was giving up open looks on one end and bricking them on the other. The answer, as it was against St. Bonaventure on Tuesday, was to attack the rim with abandon. “We’re going to play teams that are going to dare us to shoot sometimes and pack the paint,” Gbinije said. “But today getting to the rim was more effective, especially with the way the game was being called. So we just wanted to put the pressure on them.”The Orange shot 13-of-15 from the free-throw line in the second half and, in turn, was an efficient 4-for-7 from 3 to finish the game. Freshman Malachi Richardson finished 1-for-7 from the field and 1-for-6 from deep, but his 10 free throws on 12 attempts was a microcosm of the team’s performance. Syracuse has expressed an interested in living behind the 3-point line but, in just its third game, had to separate itself inside the arc. SU’s 20 made free throws doubled Elon’s 10 attempts, and that was the ultimate difference in the game. “It creates so much more for us,” Cooney said of Syracuse attacking the rim more. “… That’s what we have to do, we have to make plays for each other. We are a team that is capable of that, and we just have to go out there and get in the lane and if we can’t get all the way to the basket we have to find the open guy. Next, the Orange heads to the Battle 4 Atlantis, where at least two tough games await. Then Syracuse returns home against Wisconsin on Dec. 2, and travels to Georgetown and St. John’s shortly thereafter. The early part of its schedule, with three inferior opponents, looked like a good chance for SU to figure out what kind of team it is. But Saturday was mostly a showcase of what Syracuse is not — most notably a team that can’t rely on 3s every night, for better or worse. “We’re winning because we’re a little bit better than these teams,” said Boeheim, talking about Lehigh, St. Bonaventure and now Elon. “I wouldn’t necessarily say we’re a lot better. We have to get better, that’s for sure.” Comments Published on November 21, 2015 at 8:59 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

28 Aug

WATCH PHOTOS: Skipper Asamoah Gyan storms Accra Academy

first_imgBlack Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan received a rapturous reception on his return to his alma mata;Accra Academy where he pledged to finance the construction of an artificial football pitch to replace their grass-less surface.Gyan who last visited his Alma Mata in 2006 was in the company of his manager Samuel Anim Addo who incidentally is also an old student of Accra Academy.Gyan in a group picture with the school’s staff The grassless pitch which will be transformed by GyanGyan ushered onto the grassless pitch Gyan being introduced to the school’s staffAsamoah Gyan recieved a rapturous reception on his entry to Accra Academylast_img read more

14 Aug

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Jan. 30 – Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes for Friday, Jan. 30 to Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015: Friday, January 30, 2015•6:08 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1700 block E. 16th, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Jeremy L. Harris, 39, Oxford, and a fixed object/utility pole owned by the city of Wellington.•6:11 a.m. Officers investigated driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving while license by a known driver is suspended in the 1700 block E. 16th, Wellington.•Jeremy West, 24, Wellington was issued a summons to appear for a charged of theft.•10:15 a.m. Officers investigated dog at large from a known owner and no Wellington tag in the 1100 block S. F, Wellington. The dog had no tag.•11 a.m. Officers conducted a courtesy motor vehicle accident report in the 1100 block N. A, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Gloria N. Freeman, 86, Wellington and a fixed object/fence owned by Sonic Drive-In, Wellington.•11:30 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the 500 block E. U.S. 160, Wellington, involving vehicles operated by juvenile, 17, Wellington, Jaden M. Hines, 18, Wellington and Ronald P. Norris, 50, Wellington.•11:30 a.m. Juvenile male, 17, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for inattentive driving.•12:11 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a license plate in the 2000 block N. H, Wellington.•3:21 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a window in the 900 block N. Poplar, Wellington.•3:35 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 300 block W. U.S. 160, Wellington involving vehicles operated by juvenile male, 16, Wellington and Phyllis J. Anderson, 86, Wellington.•3:35 p.m. Juvenile male, 16, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for inattentive driving. Sunday, February 1, 2015•12:21 a.m. Officers investigated aggravated endangering a child, distribution of methamphetamine, child in need of care, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug parapahernalia in the 1300 block. Michigan, Wellington by a known suspect(s).•1:40 a.m. Terry J. Anglin, 36, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with aggravated endangering of a child, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.•1:40 a.m. Kira D. Anglin, 39, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with aggravated endangering of a child, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.•3:30 a.m. Damon A. Dobkins, 36, Anthony, was arrested, charged and confined with aggravated endangering of a child and distribution of Methamphetamine.•3:52 a.m. Damon A. Dobkins, 36, Anthony, was arrested and confined on a city of Derby Warrant for failure to appear.•10:14 a.m. Savanah D. Pinkston, 28, Wellington was arrested on a Sedgwick County Warrant for failure to appear for charges of driving while license is suspended and a Harper County bench warrant for failure to appear for charges of speeding and driving while license is suspended. She was confined through Sedgwick and Harper Counties.•11:25 a.m. Officers investigated battery by known suspect(s) in the 100 block N. High Dr, Wellington.•4:52 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block N. Haslet, Wellington.•6:50 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 600 block N. Plum, Wellington. Saturday, January 31, 2015•2:48 a.m. Keelie J. Wilson, 20, Argonia, was issued a notice to appear for illegal registration.•Christopher E. Wilson, 37, Wellington was served a summons to appear for battery and disorderly conduct.•2:35 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 500 block W. 18th,  Wellington involving vehicles operated by James A. Williams, 42, Oxford, and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Teddy R. Wisely Jr., Wellington.•6:55 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1100 block N. A, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Jesef Dorozynski, 66, Mississauga, Ontario and a fixed objects/signs owned by the city of Wellington.last_img read more

26 Dec

Manchester United star can ‘set the world alight’ at the World Cup

first_img2 2 Ashley Young feels his Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford has the potential to ‘set the world alight’ and is sure the forward will be a ‘major player’ for England at this summer’s World Cup.Young has also expressed his confidence in the entire squad in terms of the Three Lions ‘going there to try to win’ the tournament in Russia.While Rashford, 20, has been in and out of the United starting line-up under Jose Mourinho, he scored 13 goals for the club last season to take him to a total of 32 in all competitions since being handed his Red Devils first-team debut by Louis van Gaal in February 2016.He registered a brace on that debut, in the Europa League, and has also netted on his Premier League, EFL Cup, Champions League, England Under-21 and England senior bows.Asked how he felt Rashford would cope with his first World Cup, Young said: “I think he’s going to cope really well.“I’ve said it from the time I saw him in the youth team – he’s got a massive future ahead of him. He’s a fantastic player and if he keeps going the way he is, he can set the world alight.“It’s the World Cup coming up and that could be his stage to show everybody just how far he’s come from when he made his debut.”Young added of Rashford, who has netted twice in 17 England appearances: “I think if you look at the goals he has scored on how many different debuts, it just shows in itself he steps up in the big games and he can produce.“He’s definitely been fantastic for us at United and he’s definitely going to be a major player for us at the World Cup.”center_img The pair are part of what is set to be the third-youngest squad to represent England at a World Cup, with Young the oldest member of Gareth Southgate’s 23-man party.The 32-year-old feels it is a “fantastic group” with “some exciting players who can change a game in a moment”, and said: “For me, the squad can achieve as much as it wants to.“I think there’s definitely going to be a good tournament from this England squad.“We are focused on going to the World Cup, and not just being out there – it’s going there to try to win a World Cup, and I have every confidence in everyone’s ability in the squad that we can go and do that.”Heading to a first World Cup himself marks the continuation of Young’s impressive rejuvenation, which last November saw him make his first England appearance in more than four years.After years as a winger, the former Aston Villa player – who has been capped 33 times and scored seven goals for England – has been catching the eye as a full-back for United.And Young stressed with regard to that: “I still see myself as an attacker, especially with the way that we play, with the full-backs or wing-backs high up. I would rather be in the attacking half than defending.”He added: “I think if you’re aware on the pitch, have a good footballing brain and read the game well you can play in any position. I think I’m one of those players who has a good footballing brain.“Wherever the manager calls upon me to play I go and give 100% for the England shirt and to do as well as I can.”last_img read more