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

Brand South Africa hosts JCI

first_imgBertolt Daems, the world president of the Junior Chamber International (JCI) and the South African President of JCIBertolt Daems, the world president of the Junior Chamber International (JCI), was hosted by Brand South Africa today, on his first visit to the country. Daems is in South Africa to engage young active citizens in creating sustainable positive change in society.Daems, who will be in the country until 3 November, arrived at the Brand South Africa head office in Houghton to a warm welcome from the organisation’s director of stakeholder relations, Iggy Sathege. JCI South Africa is a non-profit organisation affiliated to the international body, a worldwide community of young active citizens between the ages of 18 and 40 who believe that to create positive change, people must improve themselves and the world around them.With more than 200 000 active JCI members and millions of JCI alumni, such as former president FW de Klerk and Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary-general, the organisation leads projects in the areas of individual, business, community and international development in over 100 countries.During Daems visit, strategies will also be mapped out for empowering young people by improving their lives and those of the people in their immediate communities, irrespective of the adversities they face. Brand South Africa will be partnering with the JCI to encourage active citizens, such as those on the group’s Play Your Part website.Spearheaded by Brand South Africa, Play Your Part is a nationwide campaign created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of the nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing – because a nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone, it says.On 2 November, Daems will speak to youth and civil society organisations about issues that will help to create a change in the country. This event will also be hosted by Brand South Africa.The involvement of young people in attaining the Millennium Development Goals will be discussed, as will the participation of South African youth in global initiatives such as the Malaria Nothing but Nets campaign and the United Nations’ Global Compact. Programmes of JCI locally and internationally will also be promoted.Rounding off his stay in the country, Daems will visit Soweto on 3 November.last_img read more

Pakistans participation in Asian Athletics in doubt

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 21 (PTI) Pakistans participation in the Asian Athletics Championships, to be held in Bhubaneswar from July 6-9, remained uncertain as the government was yet to clear the visas of its contingent. With the deadline of making final entry of athletes having ended yesterday, athletes from neighbouring countries are set to start arriving here in the next few days, but the Indian government is yet to grant visas to the Pakistani athletes. Athletics Federation of India (AFI) president Adille Sumariwalla said that the organisers are awaiting a response from the government on the matter. “We have invited Pakistan for the championships. Under International Olympic Committee Protocol, you have to send invitation to all countries. Pakistan has sent their entries and we have forwarded the name of their athletes and their passports to government. We are awaiting a response from the government,” Sumariwalla said at a press conference here today. “India played with Pakistani teams in cricket and hockey (outside India). So, the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of External Affairs will take a call on the participation of Pakistan in Asian Athletics Championships,” he added. Reports emanating from Pakistan said that they have sent entries of at least half a dozen athletes for the championships and have applied for visas early this month. Due to the worsening relation between the two neighbouring countries, Pakistan could not take part in the Asian Wrestling Championships here and Asian Snooker Championships in Chennai last month as their players could not get visas.advertisementLast December, the Pakistan hockey team was not granted visas for the FIH Junior World Cup in Lucknow. India has also refused to play bilateral cricket with Pakistan and the countrys sports minister has even gone on record that “terrorism and sports cant go along and Pakistan should understand that”. Pakistani athletes took part in the 2013 Asian Championships held in Pune. More than 800 athletes from 45 countries will take part in the event to be held at the renovated Kalinga Stadium, making it the biggest ever Asian Championships. This is the third time India is hosting the Asian Championships after New Delhi (1989) and Pune (2013). At least 10 athletes, who are either medallists of Rio Olympics or World Championships, will take part in the Asian flagship event. Rio hammer throw gold winner Dilshod Nazarov of Tajikistan, Olympics 3000m steeplechase winner Ruth Jebet of Bahrain and top Qatari high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim are among those who are set to take part. The gold medal winners in the 42 events of the championships will get a direct entry into the World Championships to be held in London in August. The Odisha government, which is organising the championships, has spent Rs 59 crore. India will field 168 athletes, the biggest among the participating countries, while China and Japan will send 96 and 78. India will announce its final entries next week. “With nearly 1100 athletes and officials coming for the event, it is going to be the biggest ever Asian Championships and I hope this will also be the most successful one,” said Sumariwalla, an 100m Olympian and national champion himself. Asked about Indias chances in the championships, he said, “We won 13 medals (4 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze) in 2015 Asian Championships in Wuhan, China. We will get more gold, more medals, but I feel we will still finish at third.” Sumariwalla praised the Odisha government and its officials for renovating the Kalinga Stadium in a record time of three months, after the original venue, Ranchi, pulled out due to financial reasons. “Ranchi got the hosting rights in 2015 but in March they pulled out. We were thinking where will we hold the event. It was a matter of pride for the country. “Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas suggested we should look at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. We went there but I found there nothing except for a ground without any running track. But on March 30, Odisha government said they will host the championships,” the AFI president said. “Once they decided to host the event, I was amazed at the commitment, honesty and transparency of the team of officials who worked day and night to prepare a world class stadium in record time of three months. A brand new synthetic track and another practice track was laid. From the incredible work they had done, I told myself that this country can do amazing things if we want to.” The executive council of the Asian Athletics Association will meet in Bhubaneswar on July 4 and the AAA Congress will be held the next day. The opening ceremony of the championships will be held on July 5. International Athletics Federation president Sebastian Coe will attend the AAA council meeting and also the Congress. PTI PDS AH PDSadvertisementlast_img read more