Syracuse men’s basketball roundtable: Looking back at the season’s 1/3 mark

first_imgWas Frank Howard’s absence the only thing preventing Syracuse from being a Top 25 team all year?B.H: If Syracuse had beaten UConn, SU may never have fallen out of the poll. With Howard, the Orange would’ve beaten the Huskies, as Jalen Carey’s early turnovers against previously unseen pressure would’ve been avoided and Syracuse may have defended UConn’s 3-point shooters better. But Howard is a shell of his last-season self so far. He rarely attacks the basket and hasn’t found his 3-point touch. So yes, his absence is the reason Syracuse hasn’t been ranked every week. But he’ll need to get back to last season’s form to keep the Orange in the Top 25.C.D: To a degree, yes. Both Frank Howard and Jalen Carey suffered injuries before the season, and when Carey returned, he still wasn’t 100 percent, nor did he practice much before SU’s losses. Both players not being fully healthy ultimately led to the Orange’s demise from the Top 25. However, Syracuse is a much better team with Howard in as starter. Howard adds a veteran leadership that SU lacked when it was Carey and Battle manning the point. He is the best facilitator and knows the 2-3 zone as well as anyone else. The absence of Howard may have been a contributing factor toward Syracuse’s drop from the Top 25, but it was not the only reason behind it. There’s much more that needs addressing.M.G: There’s a good chance his absence has prevented SU from being Top 25. When he’s on the floor, everything appears to be under control. In a raucous environment at Cameron Indoor last year, for example, he handled the pressure and noise admirably. That presence goes a long way during ACC road play. Syracuse has a lot of time off in the next four weeks and that gives Howard the time he needs to get back to himself. He “didn’t miss a shot” this summer, head coach Jim Boeheim said. While an exaggeration, the point was clear: Howard could be on track to have a stellar senior year. Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on December 11, 2018 at 9:56 pm Almost a third of the way into the season, Syracuse (7-2) is in the midst of a five-game winning streak. The Orange haven’t lost since their two losses in 24 hours at Madison Square Garden last month. There have been positives in the SU backcourt but negatives down low as Syracuse seeks to keep its winning streak alive.Here’s what our beat writers think about three major topics so far.Are Syracuse’s centers its weakest position group?Billy Heyen: Yes. The Orange have two point guards they trust and a number of effective wing players. Syracuse has the ability in the middle to find success: a 7-foot-2 rim protector in Paschal Chukwu, good hands and footwork of Bourama Sidibe, and the playmaking of small-ball center Marek Dolezaj. But it hasn’t come together. When SU has played star centers, like Oregon’s Bol Bol and Georgetown’s Jessie Govan, there hasn’t been much defensive resistance. As Jim Boeheim said, Syracuse needs its centers to be a strong team in the long run. But so far, they’ve been bad.Charlie DiSturco: Yes. Syracuse’s centers have struggled immensely with both scoring, defense and foul discipline. Even Oshae Brissett, a forward, averages 3.4 rebounds per game more than Paschal Chukwu — and Elijah Hughes outrebounds Bourama Sidibe. This group of centers have potential, but they have been unable to stop other talented bigs, like Georgetown’s Jessie Govan Saturday. Every other position group has multiple players that are regular contributors at some capacity. The centers do not.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatthew Gutierrez: Without question. Aside from the centers’ lack of scoring and defense, they haven’t been great in one area they have complete control of: boxing out. Several times against Georgetown, the centers were caught ball watching. It happened at MSG on repeat and, while they’ve improved, there’s one place the centers can get better real fast. By establishing firm rebounding position, they’ll be less susceptible to second-chance points, which drag on the defense.Has Elijah Hughes lived up to his expectations? B.H: The consensus was that Hughes would bring shooting and instant offense. He has. Especially with Frank Howard still not playing like he was last season, Hughes has been a key third cog with Tyus Battle and Oshae Brissett. There’ve been some games where Hughes is too content to stay outside and shoot, but then just when it seems he’s having an off night, he gets hot. That happened early in the second half against Georgetown, when he hit three 3s in a handful of minutes to get Syracuse right back in the game.C.D: I’d say so. He has joined Oshae Brissett and Tyus Battle as Syracuse’s three-headed monster and has been extremely consistent in close games. He has been the best shooter on the team and even flashes some dominance inside the paint. Aside from tangible skills, Hughes also provides a spark for SU. He made a few big 3s down the stretch and was a big help to Battle as the Orange mounted a comeback. On any given day, Hughes has the potential to be the best player on the floor, something not expected when the season started.M.G: Probably. Hughes’ biggest room for growth: involving others. He’s a capable one-on-one player who has exemplified an ability to knock down big shots, especially from deep. That’s going to be key as the defenses SU faces improve during conference play. He’s created for others only in spurts, so it’s not a matter of if. He can attack off the dribble and suck defenders his way. Syracuse could just use a little more of that.last_img read more

Lindener sentenced to 3 years in prison for armed robbery

first_imgA man, who hails from Block 22, Wismar, Linden, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment by Magistrate Wanda Fortune after he was found guilty of armed robbery.Convicted: Devon CampbellThe sentence was handed down to twenty-six-year-old Devon Campbell also called “Ratty”, a pork-knocker of Lot 245 Block 22 when he made his final appearance at the Linden Magistrate’s Court last week.The court heard that while being armed with a gun on Thursday, October 18, 2018, he robbed the Virtual Complainant, Lenoid Nedd, of a Toshiba tablet valued $17,000, a Samsung charger valued $1500, a Samsung earphone valued $2500 and a silver ring valued $7000.The incident occurred at Half Mile, Wismar, Linden. During the trial, the prosecution maintained that Nedd was positively identified by the victim as one of the persons who carried out the robbery on the day in question.However, the defendant, during his sworn statement in court, maintained that he was not in Linden at the time. According to the prosecution, the defendant had remained silent when the charge was read to him during his arrest by Police last November.last_img read more


first_imgPatrick Gildea. New York fashion week provided us with plenty of fashion inspiration not just amazing clothes but also the trends we can expect in-terms of hair, make-up and accessories overall.Patrick is a big fan of New York fashion week and is always inspired by the beautiful looks both from the classic designers and those with a little bit of an edge!He has asked Rachel one of our very talented and creative designers to talk you through some of her favourite styles from New York fashion week.Rachel says, “A few designers caught my eye during New York fashion week all for different reasons but some that I can certainly see filtering through the salon was showcased by Michael Kors, DKNY, Nicole Miller, Vera Wang and Zac Posen. Michael KorsWindblown hair in natural shades was the consistent theme across the Michael Kors runways which looked effortless and worked perfectly with the designers earthy deconstructed spring collection. The whole look felt attainable, elegant and carefree while still being glamorous and quirky – a nod to fashions current vision of an ideal woman right now. Rachel says the hairstyles would equally fit a glamorous or more casual look.DKNYThe hair at DKNY’s catwalk was very clean and defined with an almost masculine feel with a side part and interestingly the majority of their models went make-up free. This pretty and paired back look is a big change for the usual extravagant catwalk looks from DKNY and illustrates that the DKNY girl has become a woman. Rachel says that one of the biggest attractions for this look is that any woman could wear it and as its fresh and beautiful.Nicole Miller The Nicole Miller collection showcased a more street smart look with a little less subtlety and a little more edge than the other designers mentioned. Rachel loves that this look could be carried off with either a beautiful party dress or a casual street style in fact it wouldn’t look out of place with a skateboard in hand! For those of you worried that you need to avoid shampoo to create dreadlocks Rachel says “don’t panic these dreadlocks can be created with a flat iron and some texture spray!Vera WangIf we were to describe the Vera Wang runway look we would say it was a little bit edgy and a little bit naughty. The heavy round fringe sits just below the eyebrows making it sexy and mysterious. This look is so chic, feminine and oozes confidence. Rachel says that the Fringe Trend is very much alive and the great thing about fringes is that there is one to suit every face shape. Zac PosenZach Posen’s black tie chic look is another firm favourite of Rachel’s, runway looks. It was all about understated glamour (with the hair anyway) – low buns, pony tails and loose waves that look just as good with jeans as a beautiful cocktail gown.Rachel says when choosing a hair style, you will feel most comfortable if you choose something that suits your personality and individuality, by all means use the catwalk for inspiration but you can always add subtle changes that reflects your personality, a good stylist will find out this type of information during your consultation and offer advice and guidance to help you achieve a look that is perfect for you.NEW YORK FASHION WEEK HAIR INSPIRATION – WITH PATRICK GILDEA CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE was last modified: February 18th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:centre of excellenceFashion WeekHairstylesnew yorkPatrick Gildealast_img read more

August 16 2006 Two unfinished apartments on th

first_imgAugust 16, 2006 Two unfinished apartments on the third floor of Unit 4 and Unit 5 of the East Crescent Complex, have been used for several years as dorm facilities for visiting groups. The apartment in Unit 6 has now been finished for staff occupation. [from left] Most of the interior work concentrated on the kitchen. Floortiles had to be finished and cabinets and shelves put in place. [Photo & text: sa] Construction staff Melissa Soluski installes tiles on countertops [Photo & text: sa] The countertops are finished, a hood for the stove is in place, sink and faucets have been installed, and the kitchen is almost ready. More to come. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more