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Frank Howard racks up career-high 13 assists in Syracuse’s 6-point win over North Florida

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

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ After Syracuse lost its first game of the season to South Carolina, SU head coach Jim Boeheim ripped his point guards for not getting into the lane enough. Their inability to do so handicapped an offense that scored a meager 50 points and lost by 14 to a then-unranked Gamecocks team.On Saturday, one of Syracuse’s floor generals, Frank Howard, delivered on exactly what the head coach pleaded for a week ago after Tuesday’s loss to Wisconsin. The sophomore sliced up North Florida’s zone to the tune of a career-high 13 assists.Howard logged his second career double-double with 10 points and 13 helpers. Boeheim complimented Howard’s defense postgame, but it was the point guard’s ability to create space for others that allowed Syracuse’s offense to flow for most of the No. 22 Orange’s (5-2) 77-71 win over North Florida (3-7) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday evening.“Frank’s a big key,” Boeheim said. “He was really, really good tonight.”Long gone are the days when Boeheim threatens to remove Howard from the game if he takes “another 10-foot floater,” as he did once last season. Howard gained muscle in the offseason and fine tuned his shot. Those have helped him round out a repertoire that always included a knack for threading the most effective pass.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Saturday, he effectively drew defenders to him before kicking to a teammate who had more space to operate than he did. On SU’s first two buckets of the game, both 3-pointers by Andrew White, Howard grabbed a rebound and found White on the wing in transition before quickly swinging the ball to White in the left corner for a 3 on the next possession.“I told him, ‘It’s a zone, this is where I’m gonna be,” White said. “You swing it, I’ll get your assists up tonight.”Howard tallied seven assists by halftime, the last of which came on a drive-and-kick to Tyler Lydon, who drilled a 3 with five seconds left. It took less than eight minutes before Howard eclipsed his previous career best of 11 assists. The 12th came on a routine look to Tyus Battle, who hit the ensuing 3-pointer to put Syracuse up 24.“He did a good job of kind of gapping the zone because a lot of time you have an instinct to just swing the ball and he was able to kind of penetrate in, get some quick outs and quick reversals,” White said. “I think that’s what made him have such a great assist game tonight.”The Orange’s bigs, aside from Dajuan Coleman, struggled to score again on Saturday, especially under the basket. Howard has shown the ability to whip one-handed passes to the low post through the top of a defense, namely to Tyler Roberson in past games, but he and the rest of the SU frontcourt are missing easy layups and short floaters near the rim.Howard instead found shooters on the perimeter, choosing to pass the ball out instead of driving heading toward the rim. It created space for a Syracuse offense that has stagnated when its point guards can’t penetrate. Howard’s ability to create space helped the Orange reverse its offensive fortunes Saturday.“Just getting in the paint is big for us,” Howard said. “… It’s kind of how our offense operates.” Comments Published on December 3, 2016 at 8:38 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

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Meet ESI at Gamesforum, e-Taca CTT, ICE, Esports BAR or Rocktech Paris

August 29, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: mmfausynf.

first_imgHere at Esports Insider we love nothing more than keeping busy and getting out and about industry events across the world.The next three weeks are extremely busy for events, and Esports Insider will have presence at as many as we possibly can. If you would like to talk about the ESI Super Forum or just esports as a whole we’re raging coffee addicts who don’t tend to bite.Here’s the ESI agenda for the month coming:Gamesforum – 23rd – 24th January – London – OllieOllie will be attending the inaugural Gamesforum in central London where he will be speaking and contributing on the second day. The track for the day is hosted by the ever-boisterous Mike Stubbs and brings together some familiar names from in the industry.The panel Ollie is taking part on is focused around the “Growth of the esports economy”. The panel will be moderated by Mike Stubbs, (average) Esports Journalist and will feature Ollie, Joanne Watson – Chief Brand Officer, Maestro and Alim Jaffer, VP Product at Heroic Labs. If you would like to speak to Ollie and arrange a meeting, he will be in attendance from 12.00 on the 23rd and all day on the 24th. Feel free to email ollie@esportsinsider.com.e-Taca CTT – 23rd-24th January – Braga – SamWhilst Ollie’s freezing in London and spouting nonsense about the esports industry, Sam’s off to rosier shores. Heading out to Braga for Qwatti’s event “e-Taca CTT” – the event sees a mixture of stakeholders from the Portugese sports system meet with those involved in and around esports.It’s not all feet-up on the beach pleasure, as Sam is tasked with moderating a roundtable during the two days. He will be joined by Pedro Correia – Executive Director of Liga Portugal (the Portuguese Professional Football League); Sergio Benet – General Manager of Valencia CF eSports; Miguel Pacheco – International Business Development Executive at Celtic Football Club.Should one be heading to Braga and would like a meeting – do not hesitate to contact sam@esportsinsider.com.ICE – 6th – 7th February – London – Ollie & SamAs thousands descend onto London for everybody’s “favourite” gambling event, we’ve got our Fit-Bits ready as we’re set to march up and down the exceL for meeting after meeting. We’ve already got a fair few meetings lined up for the two days we’re there so if you’re interested in meeting for a natter then drop by our stand or drop us an email. If we’re not at a meeting, we’ll be perched alongside SBC Global’s stand at SD2-C&D. Come and say hello. Esports BAR – 11th-14th February – Cannes – Ollie & SamAnother chance to catch the “Ant & Dec” of esports is on Valentine’s Day down in Cannes for the Esports BAR. There’ll be no better setting as the ESI team is set to run two sessions through the conference – one focused around football clubs activity in esports and the other around gambling. It’s the perfect teaser for the ESI Super Forum which will take place in March, so make sure to get in touch and organise a meeting to discuss. Rocktech – 15th February – Paris – SamThere’s no rest for the wicked. Instead of shooting straight home after Cannes, Sam will be heading up to Paris for a brief stop at Rocktech. The February session is dedicated to esports and gaming startups, and the organisation bids to turn entrepreneurs into rockstars.Sam has the entrepreneur down to a tee, so if you’re up for forming a rock band – don’t be shy and get in touch.To organise a meeting for any of the above events, feel free to contact ollie@esportsinsider.com or sam@esportsinsider.com – we would love to meet you.last_img read more

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