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Dougherty: Syracuse, more than most teams, can’t afford to fall behind

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

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 15, 2015 at 7:24 pm In 10 games, Syracuse has shot the lights out and shot itself in the foot. It’s struggled to rebound against mid-major opponents then been sturdier in the paint against Power-Five frontcourts. It was a Top 25 team after the Battle 4 Atlantis and then anything but in Madison Square Garden on Sunday.And inside of its mercurial start is a big-picture problem that looks hard to fix. One that, uncharacteristic of the young season, has stretched across two recent games.As Syracuse.com’s Mike Waters noted Tuesday, Syracuse has trailed by eight or more points in the first half of six of its 10 games this season. This was a key factor in the Orange’s last two losses — on the road at Georgetown and St. John’s, respectively — in which the Hoyas and Red Storm jumped out to early leads that held to the finish. And while SU shot itself out of both these games, going a combined 6-for-26 from 3 in the two second halves, there’s a more troubling trend at hand.Naturally, Syracuse’s (7-3) first-half deficits turn into second-half deficits. Georgetown built its biggest lead of the game, 21 points, with 16:12 remaining. St. John’s’, 13, came with 7:29 on the game clock. This has forced the Orange to use its most effective offensive lineup, which is smaller and does not include starting center Dajuan Coleman, down the stretch. That group is supposed to space the floor, get in transition, force turnovers with an extended 2-3 zone and, ultimately, score enough to forge a comeback.But that group also struggles mightily to defend the paint, leaving Syracuse without a late-game lineup that can both score and stop opponents.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“If we weren’t digging ourselves in deficits, maybe we could play a little bit bigger,” SU interim head coach Mike Hopkins said after the loss to the Red Storm, whose 44 second-half points were the most an Orange opponent has scored in a half this season.“But when we’re down, we have to score and our best lineup is going to be in the game.” Sam Maller | Staff PhotographerSam Maller | Staff PhotographerThe “best lineup” Hopkins is referring to pairs 6-foot-8 freshman Tyler Lydon and 6-foot-8 junior Tyler Roberson in SU’s frontcourt, with Lydon as the undersized center. Coleman played nine minutes in the second half against Georgetown and just five minutes in the second half against St. John’s. That means Lydon has played 26 minutes of center in the two second halves, which were the two best offensive frames for SU opponents this season.The high second-half outputs — 43 points for the Hoyas and 44 for the Red Storm — came after Syracuse trailed by 12 and nine points, respectively. Georgetown was fueled by 13 second-half points by 6-foot-11 center Bradley Hayes, who shot 5-of-8 from the field and 3-for-5 from the line in the last 20 minutes. St. John’s made an electric 7-of-11 3s in the second half, but that started with 6-foot-7 forward Kassoum Yakwe spacing the defense with 11 points inside the arc.Yakwe, working out of the high post, attacked Lydon and Roberson at the rim and went 3-for-7 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line. In the first half, SU played off the Red Storm’s bigs in the high post and focused on defending the perimeter. That was somewhat effective until…“… they started attacking out of there, and (Christian) Jones and Yakwe did a good job of attacking,” Hopkins said. “That’s where our size differential, with Tyler Lydon and Dajuan…”Then Hopkins ditched that thought and said Syracuse could play bigger if it weren’t playing from behind. Because if it trails in the second half in Atlantic Coast Conference play, which is now three games away, the Orange doesn’t have a lineup balanced enough to comeback against talented teams.Hell, it doesn’t currently have a lineup balanced enough to come back against a St. John’s team that lost to Fordham by 16 and beat Niagara 48-44 four days before SU visited.You can say what you want about Syracuse’s late-game shooting, because it has been bad.But the Orange’s height can’t break out of a slump. It just is what it is.Jesse Dougherty is the Web Editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at jcdoug01@syr.edu or @dougherty_jesse. Commentscenter_img Related Stories What we learned from Syracuse’s loss to St. John’sSyracuse misses too many shots in upset loss to St. John’slast_img read more

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NPFL: Jos Boy, Turba, Seeking Glory with Plateau United

September 9, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: lprxfsblu.

first_imgBy Fisayo DairoThere is this compelling belief that the joy of claiming the bragging rights in a local derby is most felt by indigenous players of the victorious side. To such, appearance in the derby alone comes with the glowing pride of defending their team’s colours in front of friends and family members, usually on a stage they used to be as a spectator in the past, but now as one of the actors and how much more ending on the winning side on the day?For Plateau United utility star Benjamin Turba, the quest for more knowledge and education as well as careful planning towards a better future motivated him to join the newly promoted side from El-Kanemi Warriors before the start of the season. But a little much more is the temptation of going back to his beloved town of birth, Jos and also a likely participation in league derbies against privately-owned Giwa FC. His aspirations could not have been actualized more earlier than this. Turba could not have hoped for a better time to open his goalscoring account for Plateau United and establish himself as a Jos cult hero than the Match Day 11 clash with Giwa FC at the famous Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos. He broke the resistance of the Giwa Elephants after over an hour of tenacious hostilities with a fine goal right in front of thousands of spectators including his childhood playmates and family members.“Scoring in the derby means a lot to me,” the former Enyimba midfielder told www.npfl.ng“It’s like one defending his family because all my family members and some of my friends while growing up were all there at the stadium.” added TurbaAfter a two-year stint in Maiduguri with El-Kanemi despite the growing security concerns, Turba found a return home a perfect move for him as it well aligns with his ambitions.“I was planning to enroll on a diploma programme since I’m still playing in the country. And all thanks to God Almighty, my state team got promoted to the Premier League. I was so happy and so came home to play and school.” he enthusiastically explained.The easy-going star has since begun his Diploma programme in Psychology at the Plateau State Polytechnic in Jos, effectively combining schooling with playing in Nigeria’s elite league. Born in the heart of Jos principality, one experience that this soon-to-be husband will not forget his is experience in Maiduguri while playing for the Warriors between late 2014 and early 2016. It was however not as fearful as many have always thought.“It wasn’t easy (the stay in Maiduguri) but the state government was solidly behind the team so our safety was assured despite all the problems. We were based in the capital city while traveling for our home and away games.” he recalled.The widely travelled attacking midfielder who can also play in attack was an integral part of the star-studded Kaduna United side that won the FA Cup in 2010 and also Enyimba in 2012 and for one that has tasted success before, he retains the hope that Plateau United will be a success story.“Our fans are expecting a lot from th e team, not just to remain in the Premier League but to bring something to the state. So we are working hard to make sure we deliver nothing less than a continental ticket. This I also help the team to achieve as my personal ticket.” he loftily concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Crusader preview: Both Wellington-El Dorado will be hungry for wins Friday; JV season no longer

August 14, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: zuwmcftfp.

first_img230 Clearwater 43 Wellington 14 62 Friday, Sept. 30 10 Varsity Football (all games 7 p.m.) Assistant Superintendent: Brad Morris Aaron Schoemann 10 W. Collegiate Tatum Witham, Tori Winger, Kayla Billington Spirit Squad: Taylor, McGothlin, Regan Pourner, 180 away Dylan Ferguson away 190 185 16 190 170 home 190 2016 Wellington Crusader Football 53 10 78 Caleb Fowler Joe Ybarra 130 1 Deyton Araujo Ulysses 66 65 15 11 Dylan Goodman 10 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Week #1 did not go as planned for the Wellington High School football team. But it probably didn’t go as planned for El Dorado either.So Friday at Butler County Community College Stadium, barring whatever is thrown to us by Mother Nature, will be a battle of two teams hungry for victory.The Crusaders, fresh off a 43-14 loss to Clearwater, battle El Dorado, which last week succumbed to Mulvane 52-28. It wasn’t as close as the score may indicate as Mulvane built a 39-7 lead by the half and coasted to victory.It’s a game, both teams want to win just to put week #1 in the rearview mirror for good.In the first week, Wellington gave up 455 yards against Clearwater.  What is worse the Crusaders suffered a huge blow when they lost their starting inside linebacker Lukas Soria who broke his fibula and could be out at least six weeks.El Dorado did not do much better giving up 343 yards, most of that yardage in the first half against Mulvane.So Friday is a gut check for both teams.El Dorado is not a team that has realized much success in the past two years. The Wildcats were an identical 2-7 in 2014 and 2015. But during the preseason, coach Jason Nichols said it’s a team that could end up above .500.Last Friday, Cade Morrow threw for 138 yards and two touchdowns – mostly in the second half. He also had 47 yards rushing.  Outside one play for 24 yards from runner Hunter Hancock, he accounted for all of El Dorado’s offense.That may be a positive sign for Wellington – which for whatever went wrong last Friday – showed a balanced attack offensively. Five running backs touched the ball Friday night with Chris Kop garnering 81 yards on 11 attempts and Colton Glover getting 66 yards on 21 attempts.Junior quarterback Cade Phelps was 6 of 20 for 85 yards and two touchdowns and one interception. Phelps most certainly has progressed since his previous year as a quarterback.Problem is Wellington is young and its youth showed last Friday. There were significant number of sophomores and juniors playing varsity for the first time. Subsequently, Wellington will no longer play junior varsity games after Friday night. There are 38 players out from sophomore to senior, and with so many of them playing in the varsity role, there is not enough to fill out a JV roster. Many of the sophomores will play in the freshman games.Just for comparison purposes, Sumner Newscow analyzed the rosters in 2013 and compared them to 2016. Wellington had 51 football players out in 2013 sophomore through seniors. There were 10 seniors, 21 juniors, 20 sophomores and 17 freshmen. This year Wellington has almost the same number of sophomores – 19, the same number of seniors – 10. But there are only nine juniors this year compared to 21 juniors in 2013. All told in 2013 there were 31 upperclassmen to 19 upperclassmen in 2016.Subsequently, the Class of 2015 (2014 year in football) with its 21 players have been hard to replace these past two years. In 2015, the Crusaders still had key returners on the line and had an experienced backfield which made up for some of the huge losses from the year before. Wellington finished 4-5.But most of those key starters are gone. Wellington returns just three offensive and four defensive players with the loss of Soria – some in different positions than the year before. Wellington is sitting there with basically a new line, a new backfield, new receivers, and mostly new defenders playing both ways. To top all of this off, Wellington has a new coaching staff and is implementing a new offense and defense.And that’s not to mention that when you are playing sophomores in a varsity role, there is significant size difference compared to seniors.Time will tell how this group develops, but for Crusader fans wishing to see an instant turn around and success on the gridiron, that’s something not in the realms of reality.Wellington-El Dorado game at a glance:Road opener: Wellington (0-1) at El Dorado (0-1), Friday at 7 p.m.Follow the game: Internet: Live twitter blogs on this site, Sumner Newscow. Twitter: Follow us at Cueballnewscow. Radio: Adrian Young and Jamie Cornejo, play-by-play, KLEY, 1130-AM and 100.3-FM. Television: Sumner Cable TV, Channel 5 (audio). Photos and recaps: wellington.cc and Sumner Newscow.Game night weather: Oh, boy. Not good. Weather.com is calling for 60 percent chance of rain at game time in El Dorado. This will be after 24 hours of precipitation. Bring your umbrella, if the game occurs Friday night.Series history: There is plenty of history for these old Ark Valley League foes. But nothing is readily available at Sumner Newscow headquarters. Wellington last played El Dorado in 2005, winning 22-21. The teams were playoff foes in 1999 and 2000 with Wellington winning easily both times in the first round en route to deep playoff runs.Game’s significance: Wellington needs a win against a winnable opponent. It gets tougher from this point forward.Injury situation: As mentioned, before Lukas Soria is out for six weeks. The rest of the team has normal bumps and bruises.•••••Competing schedules: 6 Chi Barton Winfield David Matlock 61 10 3 4 Michael Billington 150 54 12 68 Bailey Etter Mulvane 220 Friday, Sept. 23 10 270 Gabe Smith Caleb Alcorn Michael Ledbetter 5 70 10 Jack Walton 71 Rick Phelps, Tim Lira, Nick Wellington, Ryan Elder 215 51 Athletic Director: Luke Smith 185 11 220 Rose Hill 170 Chance Wilson Friday, Oct. 14 Friday, Sept. 16 8 Braiden Buresh 85 77 12 Colton Glover Scott City 10 11 11 140 Friday, Sept. 9 Friday, Oct. 28 11 Andale 11 Matthew Mason Tyler Jimenez 135 220 12center_img Braden Struble away Sponsor: Katie Franke 280 10 Ian Groom Cade Phelps Chase Pfalzgraf 165 El Dorado 190 Nic Reyes Lukas Soria 11 240 160 165 home Caleb Reichenberger Conner Burnett 10 22 18 160 150 Manager: Austin Fink 21 10 Superintendent: Dr. Mark Whitener Cody Metz Brayden Higgenbotham 11 10 155 10 84 De’ Andre Washington 12 12 11 170 25 10 10 79 33 10 home 10 160 42 140 12 Friday, Oct. 21 10 Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Drake Alcorn Assistant Principal: John Buckendorff 165 12 72 180 Tyler Murray 240 12 2 60 Makenna May, Cassidy Harriger, Lexi Saffell, away El DoradoMulvane 52 El Dorado 28Roster: Chloe Easterly, Andi Dry, Kelsi Haydon, 10 63 Eric Kop 50 WELLINGTON 10 Principal: Adam Hatifield Julian Jimenez Logan Jones Head Coach: Zane Aguilar away 180 Jason Jeffrey 220 11 Trayson Probst 12 Assisntant Coaches: Tony Ybarra, Ross Foley, John McComb, 160 7 12 150 24 Friday, Oct. 7 165 Chris Kop Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (13) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Wellington Resident · 205 weeks ago SERIOUSLY! We have plenty of kids who stood and never played Friday night and who stood and didn’t play until the second half of the JV game Monday. Now those kids are never going to get playing time and become better players and in the next year or two when they have to play friday and they don’t have the experience don’t blame those kids. Blame whoever made this decision. Report Reply 1 reply · active 204 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Alum · 204 weeks ago Each player can legally only play so many quarters a week. So it is what it is. We need more kids out. Those kids that don’t play on jv now will get to play with freshman is what it sounds like. Report Reply 1 reply · active 204 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Crusader mom · 204 weeks ago And both our jv and freshman teams won. Freshman won 28-0 . Report Reply 0 replies · active 204 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Crusader mom · 204 weeks ago How do I share this article thru Facebook? I tried and it shared the tennis and volleyball article. Report Reply 0 replies · active 204 weeks ago +23 Vote up Vote down Matt Barton · 204 weeks ago There are 4 sophomores who play enough varsity to make them ineligible for JV. That leaves 15 sophomores. Mix in the juniors that don’t play significant varsity time and you’re at 20. If we have to, bring up a 2-3 freshman who are ready to play JV. There are plenty of freshmen left to field their own, very competitive team. A lot of towns would love to have that many kids for a separate freshmen and JV team. Bottom line, we’re never going to be able to compete with the Andale’s (and even Mulvane’s) of the world if we cut 6-7 games from the schedule each year in these kids’ development years. If you’re concerned about the number of kids out for football now, cutting games when you absolutely have enough kids to field two teams, is not the answer. It will have an adverse effect if anything. Give these kids the opportunity, the development, and the reward of playing separate freshmen and JV games. Report Reply 3 replies · active 204 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down WHS GRAD · 204 weeks ago We need to be fully supportive of the team, and the coaches. Despite the usually quite inaccurate recollections of the “glory days”, we have had four coaches in seven years which does not help, and Coach Hibbs at the end was having difficulty winning (Mulvane / Andale etc.) if anyone bothers to go back and look. We have low numbers as well reflected in the article which adversely affects JV game scheduling / playing time; are small; and quite young, none are coaching decisions.. They will improve, and as long as they continue to be good representatives of the community that is all that matters. Go Crusaders. Report Reply 0 replies · active 204 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down IronDukes · 204 weeks ago The JV players are still playing the same amount of games. They’re just combining JV, which senior can’t play on, and the freshman into one team for Monday nights. Yes, there is only going to be one game on Mondays now, for the rest of the season, instead of two but they are still playing the same amount of games. And no this is not an indefinite thing. If the numbers start to increase in the years to come I guarantee the two separate games will be brought back. So what can you do? Get your kid(s) out!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 204 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Football mom · 204 weeks ago This means less playing time for each player, not seeing how this will benefit the kids. Report Reply 0 replies · active 204 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. 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