3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 71-57 win against Niagara

first_img Published on December 28, 2019 at 9:15 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @CraneAndrew Greg Paulus lunged back and forth over the sideline, urging his man-to-man defense to trace its Syracuse assignment. The second half neared its midway point, and Brycen Goodine circled through the paint toward the left wing.“Stay with him, Justin,” Paulus yelled to Justin Roberts, his point guard. Bourama Sidibe cut up to the elbow, and Paulus crouched. Goodine had pulled away from Roberts and had an open look.It rimmed out, and Paulus rose in anticipation as the Purple Eagles raced in transition, another chance to cut into an SU lead that inched closer and closer to a blowout. But Elijah Hughes blocked the ensuing shot, settling the SU defense.For most of Saturday night’s game, that was the flow: Whenever it seemed Niagara had a chance, SU found a way to suffocate the opportunity. Sixteen SU turnovers were negated by a low Purple Eagle shooting percentage, allowing Syracuse to stave off a second-half comeback en route to a 71-57 victory against Niagara to close nonconference play on a three-game winning streak. Saturday’s win marked another lower-tier opponent the Orange struggled to put away and even blowout.Here are three takeaways from the Orange’s win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textExploitable interior weaknessNick MacDonald corralled the ball in front of the Syracuse bench and eyed up a 3-pointer. To that point in the first half, the Purple Eagles hadn’t hit a long ball. They found success inside the Orange’s 2-3 zone — specifically on Marek Dolezaj and Sidibe’s side — but continued to search for a rhythm outside the arc.MacDonald’s shot bounced out and he shook his head down the court. Possessions later, he perched on the wing again and shot two more. Both missed. The first half ended in a 2-for-12 shooting percentage from behind the arc for Niagara, and an 11-for-20 clip from inside.The Purple Eagles didn’t have a size advantage — their tallest starter was 6-foot-9 and included four players under 6-foot-3, but drives to the block often ended in made layups. Twenty-two points in the paint during the first allowed Niagara to stay within striking distance of the Orange.But that wasn’t the offensive route the Purple Eagles wanted, until the second half. With under eight minutes remaining, MacDonald stopped in the left corner and drained a 3. Minutes later, Roberts hit a 3 from the wing to pull the Purple Eagles within 11, and clapped his hands. But five straight-points from Joe Girard III extinguished the newfound success from behind the arc.A balance that works?As the Purple Eagles continued to launch shots from beyond the arc in search of an offensive spark, Syracuse settled into a balance that worked for the third-straight game. Buddy Boeheim opened and closed a 10-0 SU run to start the game with 3-pointers that sandwiched two interior buckets for the Orange, including a Dolezaj offensive rebound and put-back.Hughes finished the first half with seven assists and the game with nine, even getting slim minutes as the point guard. He flipped a no-look pass to Buddy on the game’s first possession and followed that up with a thread to Sidibe down low from outside the arc — which resulted in a slam dunk.It marked a continuation of the Orange game flow that didn’t revolve around the 3 ball. Against North Florida, it was Dolezaj that became the Orange’s interior facilitator, finding openings for outside looks from his spot at the elbow. But against Niagara’s man defense, the role went to Hughes and allowed him to near a triple-double. He finished the night with 19 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.Using their sizeEven though the Purple Eagles found success when the ball got to the blocks, it was the entrance pass the SU zone contained. Greg Kuakumensah patrolled the elbows, popping his hands out and waiting for a pass from point guards Justin Roberts and James Towns. But most times, those passes never arrived because of SU deflections and — in six cases — steals.Dolezaj and Girard pushed up top on the left side, forcing time off the shot clock and not allowing the Purple Eagles to set up an offensive rotation. That, in turn, forced the Purple Eagles to rely on 3-pointers when lanes inside the paint closed. The other half of the Orange’s defensive prowess was defined by three first half blocks by Sidibe.With a distinct size advantage, SU found ways to snag rebounds without firm box-outs and earn blocks despite late closeouts. The Orange finished with 11 blocks on the night and a 46-33 rebounding advantage. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

New Edubiase claim first victory in the Premier League

first_imgNew Edubiase United continued their unbeaten home run against the Cape Coast based side, as they piped them 1-0 on Friday at the Len Clay Sports Stadium, Obuasi.Zuberu Fuseini’s 64th minute goal was enough to give Anthony Commey’s charges all the three points.The game failed to produce much excitement because the two sides were cautious to avoid a defeat, having both lost their match day 1 games.The game was an end to end action, however it was Dwarfs, who had the best of opportunities to score in the first half of the game, but they were wasteful upfront.New Edubiase United came into the second half strongly and dominated their opponents, but failed to create decent scoring chances, until substitute Nsiah out-run his markers and gave an inswing, which was connected home by Zuberu Fuseini in the 64 minute, which became the match winner.The home team have a superior record against Dwarfs, having won 3, lost 1 and drawn 4 of their 8 league encounters. New Edubiase last season lost only 1 game at the Len Clay Sports Stadium, in a game against Ashgold their landlords.The win is refreshing news to New Edubiase, who lost on match day 1 to Ashgold, however, new entrants, Ebusua Dwarfs have lost in their first two games of the new season, which will send them down the league ladder.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Pair of 49ers players part of St. Thomas Aquinas’ remarkable tradition

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The learning curve is still steep, but 49ers rookie defensive end Nick Bosa feels playing at an elite program like Ohio State will help with the transition into the NFL.There’s also no question in Bosa’s mind that attending St. Thomas Aquinas High School helped get him ready for the NCAA.For complete 49ers coverage follow us on Flipboard.“It was great. It prepared me for my future, and I built some really good relationships,” Bosa said of the Fort Lauderdale, Fla. school. …last_img

World to serenade Madiba

first_imgHundreds of South Africans gathered on Nelson Mandela Square to sing and record the happy birthday song for the former president.(Image: Ray Maota) Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola speaks at the launch of the song.(Images: Cadine Pillay)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang, Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory+2711 547 5600RELATED ARTICLES• Madiba birthday song a group effort• How does Mandela Day inspire you?• Schools to benefit for Mandela Day• Brand SA plays its part for Mandela Day• Make every day Mandela Day’ in 2011Cadine PillayAs the one-month countdown to International Mandela Day 2012 kicked off on Monday 18 June, the video of the special birthday song for former president Nelson Mandela was launched.Mandela turns 94 on 18 July, and every year his birthday is celebrated around the world, with the date officially declared by the UN in 2009 as an internationally recognised commemorative date.“The countdown has started – there is one month to go,” said social movement Lead SA’s Yusuf Abramjee, who spoke at the launch at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.Last year, Lead SA, the Department of Basic Education and the foundation garnered the support of South Africans to sing to Mandela on his big day. This year they decided to go bigger by encouraging the whole world to participate in the singing – which will take place simultaneously, at 8am South African time.A special tributeOn 29 May hundreds of people, among them TV, radio and sports personalities, gathered in Sandton for the recording of the song. Also present were basic education minister Angie Motshekga; Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the minister of home affairs; and Anitha Soni, trustee of the board of directors at Brand South Africa.Lead SA, the department and the foundation, supported by the Shout Foundation, Proudly South African and Brand South Africa, partnered to get the world movement going to sing the song and engage in 67 minutes of community service.Mobile provider Vodacom has also donated their infrastructure to provide a platform for people to download the song – by texting ‘Madiba’ to 44009, people will be able to download the song via a link sent in a reply.“We are exploring the possibility of breaking a social media world record. We want to mobilise South Africans and the world to sing and pledge their 67 minutes,” said Abramjee.South African Rugby has also pledged its support, saying that national team the Springboks, along with thousands of spectators who will be present at the test match against England in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 23 June, will also sing to Madiba.Footballs fans will also be getting involved. The song will be sung ahead of matches scheduled on the day, as well as half-time on the following Saturday in Durban and Cape Town respectively, when local teams take on Manchester United FC.Viewers of DStv will also be treated to the song as satellite operator MultiChoice pledged to play the recording on all its channels at 8am on the day.“This is in the true spirit of doing it for our country and honouring Madiba,” said Abramjee, thanking Imitiaz Patel, CEO of Multichoice.Goodwill and support for MandelaOver 100 community radio stations will play the song, while the Caxton and Independent newspaper groups will lend their support by promoting the movement in the lead up to the day.Lead SA and its partners have further invited companies, universities, NGOs, government departments and individuals to join in, while also calling on foreign media to put aside the differences and support the initiative.They have also called on representatives of foreign organisations in South Africa to assist in getting 67+ countries to join the initiative and sing happy birthday at 8am, their local times, and also to get their people to do 67 minutes of community service.Mandela’s grandson Luvuyo Mandela said he and his family will hand out blankets and plant trees as part of their 67 minutes project. South African news presenter Leanne Manas also assured her 67 minutes of goodwill and encouraged others to do the same.CEO of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory Achmat Dangor said no government can meet all the challenges by itself and the citizens of South Africa need to be active in making a difference.“When civil society realises its strength, it can make a difference,” added singer Kabelo, who is part of Shout.Speaking at the launch, Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa, one of the biggest partners of the initiative, said that in the spirit of Ubuntu, the people in his organisation are ready to roll up their sleeves and do their part for Mandela.94+ schools projectThe primary objective of the 94+ Schools Project for Madiba is to celebrate Mandela’s 94th birthday by giving hope and dignity to children at at least 94 schools across South Africa, by improving school infrastructure.The campaign to alleviate the infrastructure backlog in primary schools in poor communities across the country will make a significant contribution to fulfilling Mandela’s dream for every child in South Africa to be educated.“Let’s make his 94th birthday the magic of legends and an enduring memory,” said Abramjee.“We want to give him his best birthday present ever – the love of the world.”last_img read more

Viking Line Bins Option for Second Cruiseferry at Xiamen

first_imgzoom Finland-based ferry company Viking Line has decided not to exercise the option to order another passenger vessel from China’s Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry.The option was included in the shipbuilding contract signed with Xiamen in July 2017. Consequently, the option has expired, Viking Line said.The deal, worth EUR 194 million (USD 241 million), includes a new cruise vessel intended for the Turku (Finland) – Åland Islands – Stockholm (Sweden) route.Scheduled for delivery in 2020, the newbuilding will have a gross tonnage of 63,000 tons, a length of 218 meters and a capacity of 2,800 people.Viking Line earlier said that the new energy-efficient vessel will be a collaborative project engaging a number of Finnish and other European suppliers.With a fleet of seven vessels, the company provides passenger and cargo carrier services on the routes connecting Sweden, Finland and Estonia.last_img read more

Nordic American Tankers to Offload Tanker Pair

first_imgBermuda-incorporated Suezmax owner Nordic American Tankers (NAT) has decided to sell two ships, thus reducing its fleet size to 31 tanker vessels.The move has been described as a means of “retaining the flexibility of NAT going forward”.“We expect that the sales will take place over the next couple of weeks,” Herbjørn Hansson, Chairman & CEO of Nordic American Tankers, said.NAT did not disclose details on the vessels being sold and World Maritime News is pending a comment on the matter from the company.The sale is being announced as three newbuildings are expected to join the company’s fleet in July, August and October 2018, respectively.Hansen added that the fleet adjustment “should be seen in this light.”Moving forward the company says it is optimistic about the market outlook.last_img read more