Superlatives from Syracuse’s season-opening 48-34 loss to No. 11 Virginia

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 6, 2019 at 11:01 pm Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcCleary Syracuse (0-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) lost 48-34 to Virginia (1-0, 1-0) in its worst offensive performance in the Jim Boeheim era. The Orange started slow in the first half, but timely offense allowed them to pull the game close at halftime of the low-scoring matchup. In the second half, Syracuse’s offense fell silent again. And the Orange never recovered.Here are some superlatives from the game.Stud: Elijah HughesIn a game with limited offense, Hughes still managed a solid performance. He scored 14 points and was the Orange’s only consistent force on the offensive end. He drew fouls, hit 3-pointers and opened up lanes for his teammates by breaking down defenses on the perimeter.Hughes had a poor shooting performance, but was the only Syracuse player who consistently found his own shot. If someone has to emerge as the best SU player Wednesday, it’s Hughes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDud: Bourama SidibeSidibe, as expected from Jim Boeheim’s previous lineups, comments and rotations, earned the start Wednesday night. In a game that packed a lot of size in the interior, Sidibe was no outlier: he disturbed layups early in the half on high-low drives from the free throw line and scored Syracuse’s first points of its young season.But two fouls in under a minute sent Sidibe to the bench and he didn’t return for the remainder of the half. On his second foul, Sidibe jumped up but shot his arms forward.“Hands up,” Boeheim yelled from the sideline, repeating until he drew Sidibe’s eyes.After Syracuse’s exhibition game against Carleton, Boeheim noted Sidibe has worn an Orange uniform for three seasons, but much of his time has been spent watching from the sidelines. Sidibe doubled down on that inexperience with poor interior defense, undisciplined fouls and little energy on cuts running the pick and roll.Biggest surprise: Joe Girard III, point guardThrough Brycen Goodine handled the ball for the majority of the preseason after Jalen Carey exited the game, Girard III was SU’s de facto No. 2 point guard. In the first half, Girard III — a high-school star who relied on a knockdown 3-point jumper en route to 50-plus point performances — made an immediate impact on dribble drives to the rim.To break a long SU scoring slump, Girard III used two dribbles to penetrate and dropped off a pass to Marek Dolezaj. Dolezaj turned and hit a floater over the Cavaliers defense. He worked the ball inside several times thereafter, sparking a run of inside-outside creation the Orange had not yet seen.On one play he faded off the ball, caught a pass at the top of the key and fired a shot that bounced off the back of the rim. But the momentum — which seemed to be in Girard III’s favor — carried the ball back into the rim. The Carrier Dome crowd, sensing life from the SU offense, exploded in cheers.The big moment: Kody Stattmann’s 3-pointerDespite trailing for most of the game, the Orange — behind a 3-point heavy attack — always seemed in reach of the Cavaliers. On a possession with under nine minutes to play in the game, Virginia worked the ball around the exterior of the 3-point line and found Kody Stattmann open on the left wing.The sophomore guard, who was quiet for a large part of the game, rose up and drained a 3-pointer to sink the Orange deficit even further to 15 points, 42-27 the score. The Orange seemed lifeless afterward: they turned the ball over, missed open threes and shots under the basket. Three minutes of game time later, Syracuse remained down by 16. Fans headed for the exits. Commentslast_img read more

Schmidt’s fightback sets up title shoot-out

first_img Teenager Ben Schmidt pulled off a great comeback today to give Yorkshire their second win at the English Men’s County Championship and set up a title shoot-out with Gloucestershire.Schmidt’s hard-fought point gave the Northerners a 5-4 win over BB&O (Berks, Bucks & Oxon) at Aldeburgh Golf Club, Suffolk. Gloucestershire, meanwhile, defeated Lincolnshire 6-3, also for their second match win of the tournament.The results mean that tomorrow’s head-to-head between the two teams will decide the outcome of the trophy. Victory would give Yorkshire their 22nd win, while Gloucestershire would claim both their third win – and a notable double, after the county’s women won their championship a couple of weeks ago.Both teams made their first move in the foursomes, each claiming two of the three points on offer. Before long, though, drama was unfolding in the singles.Yorkshire started the afternoon in style, with international David Hague playing nicely under par to defeat England team-mate David Langley by 3/2. Bailey Gill, yet another England player, added his point to Yorkshire’s tally on the 17th and took them to within touching distance of the win. But the team had to withstand a determined BB&O onslaught before they could get over the line.First Tim Shin came back from 2 down after 12 to win on the last green, after a low scoring game in which the players notched up seven birdies between them. Then boy international Harrison Arnold broke through in a close match to win 3/1 – and the two counties were level-pegging with four game points apiece.In the final game, Yorkshire’s Schmidt, trailed Adam Birdseye over the opening holes and was three down after nine. “I lost both my matches yesterday and I went into the back nine thinking ‘I really don’t want to lose another one’,” said Schmidt, who is the English Boys’ County Champion of Champions.So the 16-year-old blocked out the pressure, clawed his way back and was 1up after 15 – only to put his second shot on 16 in the gorse. Back to all square.A text book par on 17 was good enough to put him back in the lead, but he gave himself one more test before claiming his point. His long approach putt on 18 went 6ft past the hole and left him a nerve-tingling downhill, breaking putt – but he slotted it straight in for the win, to cheers from his team supporters. “It was nice to make that,” he said. “I’ve really enjoyed today.”Yorkshire captain Darryl Berry remarked: “He (Schmidt) was out to prove a point, he wanted his point and I knew he would dig in for us.“It’s been a tough day, but we got the win and now it’s a shoot-out tomorrow – and it will be a good one.”Gloucestershire captain Gary Ward echoed that after his team found their stride and then powered to their win.Mitch Waite, yet another England player, led the way in the singles and was four-under when he won on the 16th. Joe Harvey followed up with another 3/2 win before Jake Phillips holed a 25-footer on 16 to both win his point and claim the match for Gloucestershire.“It’s unreal, I’m dead chuffed,” said Phillips, who had been in a fairway bunker on the hole but who saved par with his great putt. “This is my Ryder Cup, this is as good as it gets for me and it’s fantastic.”Gloucestershire’s team total rose with two halved games, thanks to Nick Day and Haider Hussain, who holed a 40ft putt on the last.“They were outstanding today and now it’s all to play for tomorrow,” said Ward. “It was nip and tuck to start with, we didn’t pick up the pace for the first seven or eight holes and Lincolnshire have some cracking players, but then they were fantastic.“Tomorrow we’ve got two great teams who have both performed well all week. Both teams have got the players and it will all be on the day.” 29 Sep 2018 Schmidt’s fightback sets up title shoot-out Tags: Aldeburgh Golf Club, BB&O, County Finals, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Men’s Golf, Yorkshirelast_img read more

O Bee Credit Union Announces the Opening of its 4rd Branch…

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0O Bee Credit Union will be opening its next branch in West Olympia located at the corner of Harrison and Cooper Point Road. The former location of  First Citizens Bank. The branch is adjacent to one of the busiest intersections in Olympia and will be a welcome addition for O Bee members. “This new branch” states CEO, James Collins “is reflective of the strong financial position of O Bee Credit Union as well as our confidence in the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater area’s ability to weather the current economic downturn. Our new branch is expected to open by January 2012 after an interior remodel.”About O Bee Credit UnionO Bee Credit Union (“The Olympia Brewing Company Employees and Families Credit Union) was started February 15, 1955, by Ted McGill who worked in the bottle house of the Brewery. This full service non-profit credit union owned by its members is now open to all Washington residents with locations in Tumwater, Tenino, and Lacey.last_img read more