Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 99-77 win over Boston University

first_imgSyracuse (6-3) returned to its winning ways, plastering 99 points on Boston University (4-6) in a 99-77 win in the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon. The Orange’s recently stagnant offense woke up, led by John Gillon’s 23 points, Taurean Thompson’s 22 and Andrew White’s 19.Here are three takeaways from Syracuse’s sixth win of the season.Thompson has career-best daySU head coach Jim Boeheim has said multiple times that Thompson is Syracuse’s best low-post player. On Saturday, though, the freshman made a living out of the post on offense, scoring 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting and even stepping out to hit a 3-pointer early in the second half.With Thompson playing at center with Dajuan Coleman and Paschal Chukwu only getting single-digit minutes in the first half, the freshman was able to catch the ball at the foul line and have a bevvy of options in front of him. He hit several jumpers from the foul-line area and also showed why he’s arguably SU’s best passing big man.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThompson exited to a sizable ovation with 14:17 left in the game and didn’t return as the Orange pulled away. But when seated in between SU assistant coaches Mike Hopkins and Gerry McNamara on the bench, the freshman had already done his part.Gillon shines as primary point guardAfter going scoreless in Syracuse’s last two games, the fifth-year senior led SU’s offense in the first half with 14 points on 4-of-4 shooting from deep. He overtook Frank Howard as the Orange’s primary point guard in the first half after the sophomore played 27 minutes to Gillon’s 16 on Monday.Gillon finished with 23 points with a 7-of-9 mark from the field and 6-of-7 clip from deep, mixing his long-range efforts with penetration only Howard has been able to flash from the point guard spot in the past several games.While Howard did finish with 11 assists, reaching double digits in that category for the third time this season, he went 0-for-5 from the floor and now hasn’t made a shot in the last two games.BU hurts Syracuse from deepDespite Syracuse scoring five fewer points in the first half than it did the entirety of Monday’s game against Connecticut, Boeheim was often irate in the opening 20 minutes, and for good reason.Cheddi Mosely’s long ball with four seconds left in the first half prompted Boeheim to scold Gillon for not locking Moseley down, a familiar script for the SU zone that surrendered 16 3-pointers on the afternoon, including seven in the first half. The Orange led by only six at the break despite its offensive outburst, and Cedric Hankerson’s five first-half 3-pointers were to credit.Hankerson led the Terriers with 34 points, and he didn’t attempt a single two-point shot while chucking up 20 3-pointers. He made 10 but could only do so much for a BU offense that received production from one player. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 10, 2016 at 2:06 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

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Corentyne Inter-Village Football Tournament opens on Sunday

first_imgCorentyne’s Inter-Village Football Tournament opens today (Sunday) with Liverpool village and Rose Hall Town clashing at the Port Mourant Recreational Centre on the Corentyne.The tournament is being used as a sensitiser for both the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) and the Berbice Football Association (BFA).Teams along the Corentyne have for years been seeking permission from the BFA to form their own sub-association.Back in 2018 they had approached the GFF and were directed to have the issue discussed with the BFA. However, the BFA did not grant approval, sighting the low quality of players on the Corentyne.Then the BFA had suggested that teams from the Corentyne should be more involved in tournaments in Berbice in which some of the stronger teams in the region are participating. However, shortly after, a lull which lasted for several years had enveloped football in Berbice.Teams on the Corentyne have reportedly sighted the high cost to travel to New Amsterdam, where most of the tournaments are played.Orealla is 150 miles away from New Amsterdam. The community has two excellent teams, but they seldom participate in tournaments because organizers of tournaments do not make arrangements for their travel and accommodation.There are also teams at Corriverton, which is 50 miles away from New Amsterdam.Meanwhile, six teams are participating in this Inter-Village Football tournament: Rose Hall Town, Fyrish and Liverpool are in Group A; while Skeldon, Orealla and Kildonan are in Group B.Games will be played on Sundays and Wednesdays. At stake will be both trophies and cash incentives. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

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LBCC men stay undefeated in VB

first_imgShaun Bluth had 10 kills and five digs to help the Long Beach City College men’s volleyball team to a 30-25, 30-21, 30-24 victory over Golden West in a nonconference match Wednesday night at LBCC. The Vikings (7-0) won their 25th consecutive match over two seasons. Loyola Marymount 3-3, UC Riverside 2-4; both games eight innings Melissa Dykema tossed a five-hitter and struck out 12 to help the Lions beat the visiting Highlanders in eight innings in the opener of a nonconference doubleheader. Margo Pineda had two hits for LMU. In the second game, Rachel Crawford drove in two runs and Christin Songer earned the pitching win as the Highlanders earned a split. Men’s volleyball UC Irvine 3, UC San Diego 0 Jayson Jablonsky had 10 kills and Brian Thornton contributed 37 assists to help the second-ranked Anteaters (17-3, 11-3) beat the visiting Tritons (5-11, 2-9) 30-16, 30-18, 30-25. David Smith and Aaron Harrell each had nine kills for UCI. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Softball Cypress 5, Fullerton 0 Alyssa Gutierrez tossed a two-hitter and struck out 12 to lead the visiting Chargers (13-3, 4-1) to an Orange Empire Conference victory over the Hornets (10-4, 3-2). Gutierrez did now allow any walks. The Chargers got key offensive contributions from Ashley Boyd (2 for 4, two runs, stolen base) and Christina Gonzalez (RBI triple). Cypress will play host to Pasadena City today at 3 p.m. center_img LBCC was further aided by the key contributions of Derrick Seay (nine kills, three blocks) and Richard Carmerlengo (eight kills, six blocks). The Vikings will begin Western State Conference play March 9 with a home match against El Camino at 6 p.m. last_img read more

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