Balanced effort carries Syracuse to first-ever ACC tournament win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 6, 2014 at 3:43 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 It was halftime and Syracuse was winning. But for the first time all season, it had little to do with the play of Brittney Sykes and Brianna Butler. SU’s two leading scorers were held without a single point in the first 20 minutes, but nine points from La’Shay Taft helped weather the storm until the Orange’s superstars stepped up in the second half of Syracuse’s (22-8, 10-6 Atlantic Coast) 63-53 win over Clemson (13-19, 4-12) in the second round of the ACC tournament Thursday morning. “It was just a matter of just staying confident and knowing that the shots that I usually make were rimming out, and I know I could make those shots,” Sykes said. “It was keeping confidence and staying out of my own head.” Sykes and Butler entered the game averaging a combined 32.1 points per game, but missed shots and untimely fouls plagued the stat sheet in the first half. Butler misfired on a 3 just 10 seconds into the game, and did so again three possessions later. Sykes missed a jumper just two minutes in, committed a turnover two possessions later, then committed a foul after giving it up. The game had just begun, but things weren’t looking good. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I told them they were awful. I really did,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “I said if our two best players play awful, we’re going to lose the basketball game.” But while Sykes and Butler were awful, it was Taft that filled the void. With SU down a point six minutes into the game, Taft connected on 3-pointers on two straight attempts, the second of which was a contested shot several feet behind the 3-point line. “Pretty much everyone was just telling me to come off the bench with some energy. And I did,” Taft told the ACC Network following the game. “Bri always encourages me, we encourage one another. I made shots, and that’s what happened.” In the second half, though, it was back to business for Butler and Sykes. Butler connected on a 3-pointer from the right wing to give Syracuse a 33-29 lead just 1:41 into the second frame. With nine minutes left and Syracuse up seven, Sykes got the ball on the right wing, and drove to the basket, dusting the Clemson defenders as they attempted to close out on her. It was her first made basket of the game, but she was just getting started. With 6:47 left she nailed a jumper, and after getting the ball back on the next possession scored on an and-one layup. She missed the free throw, but Butler was wide open on the putback lay-in. It gave Syracuse its largest lead of the game at 13 points.Sykes and Butler combined for 19 of Syracuse’s 33 second-half points, as the Orange wouldn’t let the lead slip to fewer than nine the rest of the way.“I didn’t care how we got it,” Hillsman said. “I just wanted to get it. And I thought going into this game, we thought about balance. I thought we had a ton of balance. When you look down our stat lines, everyone played and everyone contributed to this win.” Syracuse returns to the court for a quarterfinal matchup with No. 14 North Carolina State on Friday at 11 a.m. On Jan. 5, in the first-ever ACC conference game for SU, the Orange blew a nine-point lead midway through the second half, as the then-unranked Wolfpack escaped with the home win. “We lost at N.C. State the first time,” Butler told the ACC network. “So it’s another game for us to go and show people what you’re made of.” Commentslast_img read more

Celtic not to give up on Djurić, representative of B&H asked for Permission to move to Scotland

first_img(Source: The British Sunday Post in its last issue stated that Celtic remains persisted in their intention to bring Cesena’s striker, Milan Djurić, to the Celtic Park.Even though Cesena, which recently dropped to Serie B, smoothly rejected the first offer of the Celts, this club will soon offer a new, higher amount for Djurić papers to Italians. According to the same source, Djurić asked the current club leaders for permission to go to Celtic which will be playing in the Champions League.The Sunday Post is convinced that Celtic and Cesena will find the common ground, and that the player of national team of B&H will move to Scotland very soon.last_img read more

Jeff Gracy is winner of the Sumner Newscow/The Dore bowl contest; Jeff Ferguson places 2nd, Abby Goodrum 3rd

first_img 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 Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close 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 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. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to 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 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 Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Jeff Gracy of Caldwell was the winner of $100 in cold cash in the Sumner Newscow— The Dore College Bowl Contest.Jeff Ferguson of Wellington placed second and will receive a $50 gift certificate to The Dore. Abby Goodrum finishes third and will receive a $25 gift certificate to The Dore.Gracy won the tiebreaker with Ferguson after missing six bowl picks. He predicted the number of points of the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at 45 points and the lowest point total for a bowl at 21 points. Ferguson didn’t fill the tiebreaker points out so he finished second.When Gracy heard the news that he had won he was playing at an Oklahoma casino at the time.“Hell, I need to get back there and collect my winnings in Wellington, so I can lose it all down here,” Gracy said laughingly.Gracy said his winning formula wasn’t very scientific.“I just filled it out at the bar and turned it in,” Gracy said. “I didn’t do any research at all.”This year’s contest showed a majority of tallies in which people missed anywhere from 10 to 14 bowl games. The bowls that tripped up the most people were the Sugar Bowl with Oklahoma’s upset win over Alabama, the Orange Bowl with Clemson’s win over Ohio State, and the Fiesta Bowl with UCF’s upset over Baylor.Gracy missed two out of those three, but he did very well with the picks of the more minor bowls losing the Belk Bowl with North Carolina over Cincinnati and the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl with K-State over Michigan.The winning streak of Payton Baker who won both the bowl contest and the NCAA basketball tournament is over. He missed 13.Thanks for all who played in the contest. Our next contest will be the NCAA Basketball Tournament in March.last_img read more