Syracuse uses smaller lineups for a quicker, more athletic look

first_img Published on December 4, 2019 at 10:30 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu When Albany’s Alexis Schechter banked in a contested layup to reduce Syracuse’s lead to nine in the fourth quarter on Nov. 16, SU point guard Kiara Lewis immediately clapped her hands for the inbounds pass. Less than five seconds later, Lewis sprinted down the court and found Taleah Washington in the corner, who drove the baseline and converted a scoop layup. The Orange’s lead was back to double-digits, and a few possessions later, it was up to 18.The defensive intensity and offensive pace that helped Syracuse (4-3) rebuild its lead in an eventual 22-point win came with a small and versatile lineup on the floor. All five players could shoot 3-pointers, defend multiple positions and get up and down the court quickly.SU head coach Quentin Hillsman doesn’t want to label certain lineups as “small-ball,” but he plans on using combinations — like he did in the fourth quarter against Albany — to speed the game up and get more possessions.“We kind of needed to get the pace up, so we went a little smaller and that did the trick,” Hillsman said about the fourth quarter against Albany. “Some games, it’s not gonna be there. Some games, we’re gonna have to go bigger and try to pound the ball inside and play inside-out. So just whatever it takes to win the game, we have a good luxury right now where we can do that.”Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorAdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe key to Hillsman’s freedom when switching lineups is sophomore Emily Engstler. At 6-foot-1, Engstler handles and shoots the ball like a guard. She’s even listed as one on the team’s official roster. Yet Engstler leads SU in rebounds (79), recording 40 more than any other player, and ranks second in blocks (10). In Syracuse’s small lineup against Albany, she played at the five on offense and four on defense.Pairing with SU’s three guards — Lewis, Washington and Gabrielle Cooper — Engstler works with Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi down low. While she isn’t the ball-handler or pull-up shooter Engstler is, Djaldi-Tabdi has expanded her range to become a legitimate stretch four. The Paris, France native is 6-for-13 from beyond the arc this season after taking zero 3-pointers all of last season.“When we put me at the five,” Engstler said. “I think it allows players like Maeva or Digna (Strautmane) to step up as a four or three and gives them a chance to be on the wing.”With the Orange down 9-4 in the first quarter against then-No. 1 Oregon on Nov. 24, Engstler got a rebound, pushed the ball upcourt herself and passed to Cooper, who found a cutting Djaldi-Tabdi for an open layup. Two minutes later, after a Strautmane steal, Lewis sprinted past two Ducks and swung it to a wide-open Cooper, who nailed a corner three to cap an 8-0 Syracuse run.“When we get in those smaller lineups, it really gets us in the flow of things,” Washington said. “We can run, we can get up quick threes.”Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorOn defense, the small lineup means three guards will pressure the inbounds pass off of an SU make. Any combination of Lewis, Cooper, Washington or reserves like Elemy Colome and Alisha Lewis will filter in and out of the game to keep the pace. After Albany point guard Kyara Frames sunk two threes and had two assists in the first quarter, Hillsman assigned two defenders to her on every inbound pass. Frames hardly took the ball up and attempted two shots for the rest of the game.SU won’t go into a game planning to play a small lineup, Hillsman said. Instead, he relies on the team’s versatility to decide the lineup on the floor based on what he sees, and that can change anytime.“Even if you’re on the bench, you need to know how to play one through five,” Washington said. “Sometimes you see a guard in the deep corner, but then when a guard gets the rebound and pushes it up, you’ll see Maeva in the deep corner.”With Syracuse’s guard position the deepest it’s been in years — four guards average more than 14 minutes per game — it has the tools needed for Hillsman to change SU’s look on a whim.“If we’re playing well big, we’re gonna stay big,” Hillsman said. “If we go smaller and it turns the game around, then we’ll do that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Zack Greinke pitches Los Angeles Dodgers to 9-1 victory

first_imgIt was a good-news, bad-news day, however. Utility infielder Justin Turner, who came in batting .297 and has been invaluable, sustained a hamstring injury running the bases in the second inning. Manager Don Mattingly said the Lakewood Mayfair High product will likely be going on the disabled list.Shortstop Hanley Ramirez started after missing the previous four games with a sore shoulder, but suffered a calf injury in the same inning and is day-to-day. Turner came out right away for pinch-runner Miguel Rojas. Ramirez did not come out to his position for the top of the third.It was Greinke’s night. Afterward, he was asked why he has so much success against the Cardinals.“I mean, I’ve noticed that, too,” he said. “But usually, especially in St. Louis, they hit me really hard. And somehow, I get outs. And at home I pitch better and have games more like today. But in St. Louis, there has been three or four times where I was very lucky to not give up four or five or more runs. So, part luck.”Mattingly doesn’t know why Greinke dominates St. Louis. Zack Greinke has owned the St. Louis Cardinals of late. In his past five starts against them before Saturday, the Dodgers right-hander was 4-0 with an ERA of 1.83.Greinke came through with another masterful performance Saturday, pitching seven superlative innings. Couple that with a six-run second inning and the Dodgers defeated St. Louis 9-1 before 50,910 at Dodger Stadium.Greinke (10-4) allowed just one run — a third-inning home run by Matt Carpenter — on four hits. He struck out 10 and did not walk a batter while throwing 104 pitches and lowering his ERA to 2.78.The Dodgers, who began the day two games behind the Giants in the NL West standings, are 46-37 and have won nine of their past 12. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I couldn’t tell you,” he said. “He’s pretty good against everybody, to be honest.”Leading 1-0 after a first-inning unearned run off St. Louis starting and losing pitcher Lance Lynn (8-6), the Dodgers put the game away in the bottom of the second. They scored six times on RBI doubles by Turner, A.J. Ellis and Dee Gordon, run-scoring singles by Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp, and yet another RBI double — of the bloop variety — by Andre Ethier.Gordon’s double was of the ground-rule variety. He hit another double in the third inning, but with Greinke running in front of him, he had to slow down. He could have had two triples, but was happy with two doubles and an infield single in the eighth for a three-hit night.“Yeah, I think I would have had two triples,” said Gordon, who raised his average to .297. “But it’s part of the game. I just happened to put the ball in play and get on base for my teammates.”He was kiddingly asked if reporters should just credit him with two triples.“No,” he said, laughing. “It don’t go in the books, so I’m grateful for what I got. I’ll take that.”Lynn lasted just two innings for the Cardinals (44-38). He gave up seven runs — six earned — on nine hits. He struck out two, walked two and saw his ERA rise from 2.90 to 3.38.He was checked by his team trainer for a middle-finger blister during the second-inning uprising.“Honestly, I have blister problems every time I start, but I usually don’t have them rip off like they did today,” Lynn said. “I’m missing a lot of the top part of my finger — the whole tip, pretty much. I think it dried out, coming from Colorado (previous series), and it just ripped off. The wetter it got today, the more it kept going back. But that’s a part of pitching. You try to get through those things, and I wasn’t able to do that.”The Dodgers banged out 15 hits. Getting two hits apiece were Kemp, Ethier, Puig and Ellis.The temporary loss of Turner is a real bummer, Greinke suggested.“I mean, every team has to deal with this stuff, but Turner has been extremely valuable for us,” he said. “There’s not many guys that could play all of the infield spots and still put up quality at-bats. His at-bats are even above quality, I think. So far this year I put him in the top tier of utility guys in the game. You just can’t replace that.”Turner can play third, second and shortstop. He had been getting a lot of starts because regular third baseman Juan Uribe was on the disabled list until recently.Speaking of Uribe, after not starting Saturday he came in after Turner was hurt and later delivered a two-run single in the eighth inning.Mattingly said Puig turned an ankle early in the game, but was walking around fine after the game. Also, third-base coach Lorenzo Bundy strained a calf during that injury-plagued second inning. last_img read more

Two Palm Beach County deputies test positive for the coronavirus

first_imgA spokesperson for the Palm Beach Sheriffs Office is reporting that two of it’s deputies have tested positive for the coronavirus.The development was relayed to the media Tuesday afternoon though it is unclear when the deputies became ill or how they contracted the virus.Anyone who had contact with the two deputies including medical staff and fellow employees, have been tested and have been asked to self-quarantine.A third deputy has also been hospitalized and is now awaiting the results.Those who have come into contact with them have been asked to self-quarantine but have not been tested.This is a developing story.last_img read more

PCB returns fire after Danish Kaneria reveals he was discriminated against by the Pakistani…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Times Now/TOIAdvertisement 6htvmuNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsluf8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6nrwqf( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1trccpWould you ever consider trying this?😱z9nn6dCan your students do this? 🌚d7Roller skating! Powered by Firework The Pakistan Cricket Board are on the charge from the international media and the cricketing fandom after Pakistani cricket legend Shoaib Akhtar had revealed that his former teammate Danish Kaneria had faced discrimination from his compatriots for his religion. Now, PCB has come up with a statement to defend the allegations against themselves.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Times Now/TOIAt a sports talk show ‘Game on Hai’, Shoaib Akhtar made a striking revelation about his playing career, during which Kaneria was facing bigotry from fellow Pakistani cricketers for being Hindu, did not even have food with him.Kaneria, who is the second Hindu cricketer after Anil Dalpat to represent Pakistan in international cricket, confirmed Akhtar’s statements.Advertisement In an interview with ANI, he said: “The players who didn’t like to talk to me just because I was a Hindu. Soon I will reveal their names. I did not have the courage to speak in this regard, but now I got the courage to speak on this issue when I heard Shoaib’s statement.”The 39 year old was accused of match fixing by the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2010.Advertisement A spokesperson for the PCB, has however dismissed Kaneria and Akhtar’s allegations, and stated that the question should be raised to Kaneria’s teammates, and not the PCB as they had no involvement in this.He told reporters: “Look both Akhtar and Kaneria are retired players they are not contracted to us so they can do or say what they want. It is their opinion. And they are making allegations about behaviour of some players not about the entire Pakistan cricket set-up or board,”“Inzamam-ul-Haq, Rashid Latif, Younis Khan, Muhammad Yousuf, all these guys captained Pakistan when Kaneria was playing. They should respond to what Akhtar and Kaneria are saying. Why should the board get involved?” The spokesperson added.However, Kaneria’s teammates and former Pakistani Test icons Iqbal Qasim and Mohsin Khan have come come forward in moral support.Mohsin said: “A player should only be judged on his cricketing ability and commitments to the team not his religion, colour or creed,” while Qasim added: “If some players have mistreated Kaneria only because of his religion than they must be exposed.” Also read-Shoaib Akhtar makes stunning reveal that Pakistani cricketers didn’t use to even eat with Danish Kaneria because he was Hindu Advertisementlast_img read more

Great night as Nelson Minor Hockey hands out awards

first_imgThe local hockey association gets a kick start on next season Tuesday, April 19th in the New Grand Hotel banquet room with the annual general meeting.Anyone wishing to have input in the direction of Nelson Minor Hockey should attend. Nelson Minor Hockey Association saluted its best, most improved and dedicated players during the annual banquet Wednesday at Mary Hall on the Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus.The banquet concluded another outstanding season for the Heritage City hockey organization.last_img read more

Glacier trio — Majeski, Stefani & Kelly — pace host club at Zone Championships

first_img“Our new competitors really cleaned up in this category,” said Long. “Many of these girls will be moving into the higher competitive levels next season.”In the 8-9 year age-group, Olivia Bezaire won the gold All Around and a silver and bronze medal on events. Shelbi van Hellemond, took the silver All Around and a gold and silver medal on events. Eden Bellman won gold on Floor. Neve Hamilton claimed bronze on vault.In the 10 year age-group, Alexa Anast, won the gold All Around and two gold and a silver medal on events. Raven Sperling, won silver All Around and a gold and two silver event medals. Tehya Colbeck claimed the All Around bronze and one gold and 2 silver event medals. Kate May took home a gold, silver and bronze medals on events. Chloe Diote won 2 bronze event medals.In the 11-year age-group, Ashlynn D’Alessandris won 5 medals, Silver All Around, and 2 gold, and 2 bronze event medals. Suki Simington claimed two event medals, one gold, one silver.In the 12 year age-group, Lily Taylor won gold All Around, gold on three events and one event silver. Amanda Schacher was Silver All Around, and also won two silver and one gold event medal. Elisa Clark was the bronze All Around winner, and won silver on beam.Mercedes Majeski took home a bronze event medal.The Glacier coaching team is delighted with the performances of the new competitors the Zone 1 (JO Pre-Level 6) Glacier Team won the 1st Place Team Award by a landslide. “Their dedicated training has paid off for them,” says Long.The Glacier High School Girls Team also won the first Place Team Award.In the High School Level 1 category, Taila Lancaster won gold All Around and two gold and one silver event medal. Peyton Whitaker claimed the silver All Around and one silver and 2 bronze event medals. Erika Bennet won a gold and a bronze event medal. Allysa Penner also won two event medals, one silver and a bronze.Megan Poetsch, cleaned up in the High School Level 2 category, winning the gold All Around and two gold, a silver and bronze event medals.Nelson’s Trampoline gymnasts all won medals on each discipline, testing out new skills for the upcoming BC Trampoline Provincials in Port Moody May 15-17.In the Double-Mini Event, Matthew Bullen won gold in the boys event and Chris Lawrence-Jeffery was close behind winning the silver medal. Zoe Crisfield won gold in the girls Double-mini category.  In the Trampoline Event, Chris Lawrence-Jeffery claimed the gold medal and Matthew Bullen won the bronze medal in the boys category. Zoe Crisfield also won the bronze medal in the girls event.Other personal accomplishments of the Glacier Team over the weekend occurred in the Perfomance Plus category.Glacier Gymnasts earning All Around Gold in the Gymnastics Performance Plus category: Erica Potkins, Nyah Hedstrom, Ella Taylor, Simone Hildebrand, Sarah Roberstson, Fiona Burkholder, Ally Nicholson, Elsa Sollid, Aida Hedstrom, Macy Weston, Aurora Dool, Ava Anast, Abby Ens.Earning an All Around Silver: Amelia Finley, Bella GrillEarning an All Around Bronze: Neeva Marechal.Glacier Trampoline Perfomance Plus accomplishments: Double Mini Trampoline Gold: Cam Bibby-Fox & Benji Westergreen. Trampoline Gold: Cam Bibby-Fox, Silver: Benji Westergreen. Age was not a factor during the zone gymnastics meet held at the Glacier Gym Club Saturday and Sunday.Nine-year-old Abby Majeski, 10-year-old Brianne Stefani and 13-year-old Olivia Kelly won the lion’s share of the medals to pace the host Glacier Club at the 2015 Kootenay Zone Gymnastics & Trampoline Championships this past weekend in Nelson.The trio of BC Provincial Champions paced the Glacier Team in medal count in the Junior Olympic (JO) categories. “All the girls are finishing off the season with very strong routine performances,” said Long. “It is a strong indicator of success for next season as some of the girls will be trying out for the BC Winter Games team.”The meet attracted more than 200 athletes from Nelson, Trail, Castlegar, Creston, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Penticton and Golden.Stefani claimed the All Around silver medal and another two gold, and one bronze for events in the JO Level 7 category competing against gymnasts 4-6 years older than her.Kelly repeated her Provincials performance in the JO Level 6, 13 &up category, winning Silver All Around and a medal on each event, two-silver, a gold and a bronze.Majeski also walked away with five medals in the JO Level 6, 9-10years category, silver All Around and two gold, a silver and bronze for events.Other Glacier Gymnasts winning JO event medals: Dafni van Hellemond (10-11yrs), silver on JO Level 6 vault. Maika Houde (13-and-up), bronze on JO Level 6 beam.Sarah Tolles (all ages), 2 silvers JO Level 7, vault and beam. Kylee Dyck (all ages), silver on JO Level 8 bars.The Glacier JO Level 6-8 team earned the second place Team Award coming in behind the Key City Gymnastics Team from Cranbrook.“Cranbrook has an older more experienced team,” said Long. “But our young girls are polished with excellent technique and held their own, missing out on 1st place by only three tenths of a point.”   Long says that the girls are hard working, confident and consequently are raising the level of gymnastics being performed at the Nelson Club.“The up and coming beginner competitive Glacier Team looks to these girls for inspiration and role modeling and the effect was obvious in the results of the new competitors on the weekend.”The beginner competitors of Glacier Gymnastics won three out of the four All Around titles in the Zone 1 Competitive (JO Pre-Level 6) category.last_img read more