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How Syracuse’s offensive depth created problems for Albany’s defense in SU’s 11-9 NCAA tournament win

September 16, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: egielqmer.

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Albany packed in its defense and flustered Syracuse throughout the entire first half. On the few chances the Orange had, it rarely converted. For 30 minutes, SU’s offensive puzzle was solved by sliding as little as possible.The Great Danes held Syracuse to just two goals, its lowest in a half this season.Then everything changed. Ben Williams started winning faceoffs, its offense created more opportunities and SU outscored Albany by six after a four-goal halftime deficit.No. 8 seed Syracuse’s (12-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) 11-9 win over Albany (12-4, 6-0 America East) on Sunday night in the Carrier Dome extended the Orange’s season one more week and into the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. But amid the comeback was also a shift in tactics as SU head coach John Desko and Albany head coach Scott Marr strategically matched each other move for move.“Their ability to interchange some guys, to play different people at different positions, just their overall depth,” Marr said of Syracuse. “… I think they’re a really well-balanced offense. It’s very tough to stop.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMarr was the one who got the best of Desko early on as the Orange offense stalled. But in the second half, SU poured in nine goals, partially as a result of several coaching adjustments.Two of Syracuse’s top three goal-scorers are midfielders Nick Mariano and Sergio Salcido. But with only one long-pole defensive midfielder allowed on the field, opposing defenses have to make a decision: Defend Mariano with a long pole and Salcido with a short stick or defend Salcido with a pole and Mariano with a short stick. Put a pole on both of them and sacrifice a defender on an attack.“They’re a matchup nightmare,” Albany goalie Blaze Riorden said.In the first half, Marr had his long pole on Mariano and Syracuse’s offense stalled. But in the second, it shifted to Salcido, who finished with two goals and two assists. And that’s when the Orange’s offense found its rhythm. Shots on the perimeter opened up as a result of ball movement and eight different players tallied a goal in the game.“It’s a toss up who you want to put the pole on,” Marr said when asked why he switched the pole from Mariano to Salcido.After Syracuse’s offense struggled, Desko changed up the unit. He bumped starting attacks Tim Barber and Jordan Evans to play with in the midfield and rotated backups Nate Solomon and Nick Piroli into the attack. That allowed Barber and Evans to draw favorable matchups against Albany’s defensive midfielders and force earlier slides.The move worked to perfection as the Great Danes’ defense had to shift more, which opened up the space that was non-existent in the first half. Barber and Evans finished with a combined four goals, all in the final 30 minutes.The depth that Syracuse displayed had been there all season, but for the first time it fully paid off in a crucial spot.As Marr made his adjustments, so did Desko. The puzzle that was previously solved by Albany had been reconfigured to give the Great Danes trouble.“It’s the fact that they can run five or six attackmen in a game and still have success on the offensive end,” Riorden said. Comments Published on May 16, 2016 at 1:34 am Contact Paul: | @pschwedslast_img read more

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College player with brain tumor ready to play

August 12, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: nibtjzsrs.

first_imgLauren Hill, left foreground, slaps hands with teammates as she practices with her NCAA college basketball team at Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati on Thursday Oct. 23, 2014. Soon after deciding to play basketball at the Division III school, she started feeling bad and got tests that found an inoperable mass in her brain. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)CINCINNATI (AP) — A clock above the court reminds everyone that it’s only 5:58 a.m. Fifteen slow-moving women’s basketball players at Division III Mount St. Joseph form a circle near one of the baskets and stretch quietly.Coach Dan Benjamin walks briskly around the court, sipping a Mountain Dew for a little caffeine. He has the two-hour practice mapped out, including a special play he’s installing for the Lions’ sold-out season opener. A black whistle dangles in front of his gray “Play for 22” T-shirt.No. 22 would be freshman Lauren Hill.She’s moving slowly today. There are days when the inoperable tumor squeezing her brain also saps her energy and robs her of coordination. She finally comes out onto the court carrying a water bottle and her teammates call out to her in encouragement: “Hey Lauren!”Given how she’s feeling, it would be easy to skip the practice. But since her diagnosis a year ago, she has made sure no opportunity gets wasted.“That’s kind of how I look at it,” Hill said, resting in a folding chair after practice Thursday. “I’m spreading awareness and also teaching people how to live in the moment because the next moment’s not promised. Anything can happen at any given moment. What matters is right now.”Acknowledging the urgency, the NCAA made a special exception to move up Mount St. Joseph’s opener against Hiram College to Nov. 2, despite its rules that require seasons to start later in November. The scheduling change gives Hill a better shot to get on the court — the only chance she may get before the growing tumor that hinders her play also claims her life.After the move, Xavier University offered its 10,000-seat arena so more people could attend. The game sold out faster than a Cleveland Cavaliers exhibition earlier this month.College basketball players and sports teams from around the country are signing No. 22 jerseys and sending them to Lauren for support. The United States Basketball Writers Association has voted her for the Pat Summitt most courageous award, which is usually given out at the Final Four.“This is an amazing young lady who’s made an impact on the world, more than I will ever do,” said Benjamin, a coach for 25 years. “I wish everybody could meet her.”Hill played basketball and soccer in nearby Lawrenceburg, Indiana. On her 18th birthday last October, she decided to commit to play basketball at The Mount, as it’s known locally. A few weeks later, she started feeling bad. Tests found the cancerous tumor growing throughout her brain. Surgery wasn’t an option. Six weeks of radiation, an experimental drug and two months of chemotherapy didn’t help much. Doctors estimated she had a year to live.“I try not to — try really hard not to — but it’s hard to not think about down the road,” she said.While she prepares to play, she does as much as she can each day to raise awareness about pediatric cancer, hoping donations might fund research that gives others a chance of beating the disease.A lot of people are going out of their way to get to know the ponytailed player who is showing everyone — with each deliberate dribble, left-handed shot and each time she just shows up — what it means to live each day fully.NCAA President Mark Emmert called to offer encouragement. The school’s president, Tony Aretz, stopped by with his wife to watch her practice and chat with Hill and her mom.Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still stopped in unexpectedly this week. Still’s 4-year-old daughter, Leah, has cancer, and he has worked with the NFL team to raise more than $1 million for pediatric cancer treatment.“It’s like she’s beyond her years,” Still said. “She understands her purpose. In her 19 years of being here on Earth, she’s done a lot more than a lot of older people have done.”Hill’s parents and two younger siblings are trying to pack as much as they can into however many weeks she has left.“You try not to concentrate on it too much because you can get caught up in the grief of the sheer fact that you’re probably going to lose your child,” her mother, Lisa Hill said. “But if I grieve and get depressed and curl up into a ball, I rob myself and her of today. Why?“We’ve got today. I can spend today with her doing everything we want to do — just chit-chatting, listening to music, going shopping, whatever she wants to do. If I didn’t get out of bed, I’d miss out on all those things.”Although she’s right-handed, Lauren has to shoot with her left because the tumor is affecting her right side more severely. She gets dizzy if she moves her head side-to-side, so she has to move her upper body instead. Her balance is a little off. She’ll be able to play only a few minutes at a time on Nov. 2.Even with all of that, she refuses to think of it as her one and only game.“She says, ‘I hate that. If I can play one more game, I’m playing one more game,’” Lisa Hill said. “If she’s upright and able, she’ll still be out there.”___Online: read more

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Shubman Gill argues with umpire in Ranji match and gets ‘out’ decision reversed!

August 5, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: oysnvzlet.

first_imgImage Courtesy: Cricket Addictor/NDTVAdvertisement 9aNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vswql5wWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ewh25mg( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) rj97Would you ever consider trying this?😱7u87Can your students do this? 🌚3fRoller skating! Powered by Firework An argument against the decision of the umpire is considered against the ‘Code of Conduct’ in the game of cricket. But, you prove him wrong and also you get to keep your strike? Yes you’ve read it right, the Indian youngster Shubman Gill did exactly that. As Punjab took on Delhi in their Ranji Trophy match today at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali, Shubman Gill reversed the decision of dismissal by the umpire, and continued the game!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Cricket Addictor/NDTVThe Punjab opener was on 10 runs, when he was caught behind in Delhi bowler Suboth Bhati’s delivery. While the straight umpire Mohammed Rafi gave the decision of out, Gill didn’t leave the 22 rewards, and was on a heated quarrel with the official. The match was paused for several minutes.However, following a discussion with the square leg umpire Paschim Pathak, and Rafi reversed his decision.Advertisement In the post match interview with PTI, Delhi cricket team’s manager Vivek Khurana narrated the incident, and also his team’s reaction.“The straight umpire had adjudged Shubman caught behind and the batsman then walked up to the umpire and was seen having an argument asking him to reverse his decision. The straight umpire then consulted the square leg umpire and reversed his decision,” Khurana told reporters.Advertisement However, Gill couldn’t retain his wicket for too long, as he was caught by Anuj Rawat in  Simarjeet Singh’s spell in the 14th over. The 20 year old scored 23 runs off 41 balls with 4 boundaries.Although there has been no words from match referee P Ranganathan on Gill for breaching the ‘Code of Conduct’ yet, but any disagreement against the decision of the umpire is considered a Level 1 offence, and there is a possibility that the youngster will be charged with the same.Khurana continued: “Our skipper (Nitish) Rana just asked the umpires as to why they overturned the initial decision. We never walked out. The match referee (Ranganathan) came in and play resumed as usual.” The Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) worded in their opinion as why the visitor team had a query to the match officials about the reversal of Gill’s dismissal.“The match was halted for seven to eight minutes. There was nothing untoward. Our boys felt that Gill was out and that’s why they asked the umpires why the decision was reversed.” Vinod Tihara, the general secretary of DDCA said.Onthe other hand, Punjab Cricket Association official GS Walia has cleaned Gill off any bad conduct against the umpire.“He just told the umpire that he had not nicked the ball. All of us have seen Shubman, he is a very polite and calm boy.” Walia told reporters.At stumps, the Punjab team are at 266 runs for 8 wickets.Also read-Path to success: Shubhman Gill wants a change in mindset in order to adapt to senior level5 underrated cricketers who will have a big impact for India in 2020 Advertisementlast_img read more

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