What if the best thing that could happen to a program turns out to be a drawback?To be sure, the East Syracuse Minoa boys basketball team’s epochal come-from-behind, last-second win over Jamesville-DeWitt on Jan. 10 proved that the Spartans had, at last, caught up to its more storied neighbors.Yet the games that followed suggested that much more remained to be learned by the Spartans as, returning home last Tuesday night, it got shut down by Central Square in a 55-36 loss.A sectional Class A semifinalist last winter, the Redhawks had started 6-4, but picked a perfect time to catch ESM as it limited the Spartans to just 21 points over the course of the last three quarters.Nick Peterson had 13 points, with Devin Mascato-Buffaloe adding seven points, as Central Square got 15 points and nine rebounds from Brandon Kulakowski and 13 points from Tim Giblin, helped by 10 rebounds from Jayden Bonaparte.By contrast, J-D impressively bounced back from the ESM defeat, handling Amherst (Section VI) less than 24 hours later and then prevailing last Tuesday over Oswego in a 93-51 romp.For much of the game, the Rams were on a pace to hit triple digits, building a 73-37 lead through three quarters and ultimately having five players score in double figures.Gunther Schnorr broke out with a career-best 22 points, while Payton Shumpert had 16 points. John Withers had 12 points, James Saroney got 11 points and Preston Shumpert finished with 10 points.Now, on Friday, J-D faced Auburn and ESM went up against Cortland, and both teams would emerge victorious.With the more difficult assignment, the Red Rams beat the Maroons 66-61, bolting out to a 24-16 first-quarter advantage and protecting that lead well the rest of the way.Payton Shumpert’s 24 points included four 3-pointers. Trey Autry managed 10 points, just ahead of Preston Shumpert and Matt Cieplicki (nine points apiece) as Auburn got 18 points from Shareef Edwards and 17 points from Shaheed Beal.ESM, meanwhile, responded quite well to the Central Square loss, flattening Cortland 71-35 as Peterson, with 18 points, led the way, Mascato-Buffaloe and Matt Burchill-Wright each adding eight points.Moving to girls basketball, J-D had risen to no. 9 in the latest state Class A rankings in advance of appearing last weekend in a tournament in New York City.Before that, though, the Red Rams first took care of Oswego 58-32 last Tuesday night, holding the Buccaneers to four points in the first quarter and, after a slow stretch, going on a 24-8 third-quarter dash.Through it all, Paige Keeler was tough to stop, pouring in 25 points, including four 3-pointers. Momo LaClair’s 13 points featured a trio of 3-pointers as Lily Loewenguth got seven points and Kailey McKenna had six points.Another solid showing followed on Thursday night, J-D handling Auburn 62-37 as it built its margin through the first three quarters, with Keeler again the focal point.Matching what she did against Oswego, Keeler again had 25 points, hitting on four 3-pointers, with LaClair getting 15 points and Loewenguth adding seven points.As for ESM, it lost last Tuesday to Central Square 58-29, unable to recover from a first quarter where the Redhawks held the Spartans to just four points.Overall, Lauren Riihnen led ESM with 10 points, while Angelina Polcaro had eight points. Central Square’s Morgan Ransom led her side with 20 pointsOn Friday, against a 10-1 Cortland side, the Spartans put up a great battle, but lost 42-35 as it was held to four points in the fourth quarter with a chance at the upset.Angelina Thomason led with 10 points, Polcaro adding seven points. Bella Pickard and Lailani Carrion had six points apiece. Kristen Merritt (11 points) and Margaret Starr (10 points) led the Purple Tigers.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: basketballESMJ-D
Sydney Brackett sat a foot out of bounds beyond Syracuse’s goal line with her right leg extended, her shirt collar in her mouth and tears in her eyes. The junior had just rolled her right ankle while tracking down Notre Dame’s Brianna Martinez on Oct. 13, and dropped to the ground. Assistant athletic trainer Meagan Bevins tended to her and Brackett limped slowly behind the goal and to the sidelines.Across the field in front of SU’s bench, SU head coach Phil Wheddon stared blankly into the distance with his mouth open and hand on his face. Again, one of the Orange’s key players was down. First, leading scorer Kate Hostage missed three games after suffering an injury against Duke on Sept. 16. Less than three weeks later, goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx was ruled out for the season with a hip injury. Now, Brackett, a leader of the offense, was gone.“Player after player, it seems like it’s a weekly occurrence,” Wheddon said about SU’s injuries. “It’s been a little bit demoralizing for everyone. It’s been an arduous journey.”Injuries to key players have only made Syracuse’s (3-14, 0-9 Atlantic Coast) historically bad season harder. Between limited depth, players playing out of position and late-game fatigue, injuries have had a “massive impact” on SU’s performances, Wheddon said. The growing list of hurt players has contributed to the Orange’s current 12-game losing streak.When Syracuse suffered 4-0 losses to Harvard and Penn State in late August and early September, Wheddon had numbers on the bench, using seven or more substitutions in both games. In recent blowout losses to North Carolina, Notre Dame and Virginia, Wheddon has only used five substitutes due to a lack of numbers to call on.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We haven’t had the depth on the roster that we’d like to have,” Georgia Allen said. “In a perfect world, we’d have everybody fit. We can’t press for 90 minutes.”The Orange’s injuries have their biggest impact in the final 15 minutes of a game, Wheddon said. Players are fatigued and can’t always be rotated out, which results in lots of conceding. In conference play, 10 of Syracuse’s 34 goals allowed have come in the final quarter-hour of play. In consecutive games against UNC and Notre Dame on Oct. 7 and 13, SU surrendered a combined six goals in the final 15 minutes.Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorThe lack of depth also forced the Orange to play out of position. Abby Jonathan, SU’s starting center back for the first nine games of the season, was shifted to striker against Duke after Hostage went down. Allen started the season as a center midfielder, but has mostly played striker in conference play. Defender Taylor Bennett has left the backline and roamed upfield more frequently, registering a shot in six of the Orange’s last seven games.For the healthy players, seeing a teammate grimace in pain and not return to the game takes an emotional toll.“We have to try and protect the players,” Wheddon said. “Student-athlete welfare is the main thing, not pushing them to the point that they break.”While Syracuse’s injury troubles have primarily affected its performance in games, they have, at times, altered how SU practices, too. At the end of each session, the Orange has an intrasquad scrimmage. When three or more injured players are on the sidelines in a sweatshirt and sweatpants, it makes simulating a live, 11 versus 11 game impossible for Syracuse’s 23-player roster.SU’s injuries have been unavoidable, Wheddon said, as none of them have occurred in practice, while most have been caused by contact in games. The players and coaches have exercised caution in training and are doing their best to distribute minutes so nobody is worked too hard. Yet players continue to drop.“It’s really hard to watch your best players go down,” Hostage said. “It’s not fun for anyone. But it’s part of the game, it’s something we’ve had to deal with.” Comments Published on October 24, 2018 at 10:32 pm Contact David: email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAn Alpena man was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing his niece last year.Harold James Morgan was found guilty after he admitted to killing his niece, Kelsi Megan Barrie on August 23rd 2017 at Barrie’s home in Hillman in Rust Township. Inside of the Montmorency County courtroom, Friday, Morgan said that he was sorry for his actions but believes his trial was unfair.According to Judge Mack, Barrie’s aunt, mother, and housemate gave compelling impact statements, calling Morgan “worthless.” Earlier this month Morgan admitted during trial that he snapped at Barrie after an argument but didn’t’ intend on killing his niece.Barrie was strangled by her own shoelace and stabbed twice with a knife that still has not been recovered.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious King Visits WBKB News Studio in Honor of ‘National Dog Day’Next What’s Trending for August 27
Shelburne later reported that center JaVale McGee will re-sign with the Lakers for two years and $8.2 million, with a player option.George’s departure raises deep questions about the Thunder, in particular whether the team will entertain the possiiblity of trading point guard Russell Westbrook, who has three years plus a player option for 2022-23 remaining on his supermax contract.George, at least in a Twitter response to ESPN’s Jalen Rose early Saturday, made it seem that Westbrook was not the reason he left OKC:At all 😤 RT @JalenRose: I am not accepting any Westbrook slander!!!!— Paul George (@Yg_Trece) July 6, 2019 Kawhi Leonard is LA-bound, but to the Clippers instead of the Lakers. He’s being joined by a fellow native Angeleno, to boot.The Clips pulled off the most shocking transaction combo off the NBA offseason late Friday night when they agreed to a contract with free-agent forward Leonard, this year’s Finals MVP, and acquired forward Paul George from the Thunder in a blockbuster trade, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported . MORE: 2019 NBA free agency trackerPer Wojnarowski, Leonard will sign a four-year max contract worth $142 million. Oklahoma City, meanwhile, will acquire Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and five first-round draft picks, four of which will be unprotected. Marc Stein of The New York Times reported that three of those unprotected picks will be the Clippers’ selections in the 2022, 2024 and 2026 drafts. The other one will be a pick the Clippers acquired from the Heat.Stein added that the fifth first-rounder will be the Heat’s 2023 pick (protected from first to 14th), and that the Thunder will be able to swap first-round positions with the Clippers in 2023 and 2025.The moves should become official Saturday after the league’s moratorium on transactions is lifted at noon ET. Leonard and George will join a Clippers team that won 48 games last season and made the playoffs. LA took the eventual Western Conference champion Warriors to six games in the first round. Golden State fell in the Finals to Leonard and the Raptors.🗣”We coming home.”Safe to say PG is excited about being traded to the Clippers. (via austinmcbroom/IG) pic.twitter.com/zVuugYEBmE— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) July 6, 2019MORE: Players react to stunning newsWojnarowski, citing league sources, reported early Saturday that Leonard and George desired to play together, which helped set Friday’s events in motion. George’s agent asked Thunder general manager Sam Presti for a trade in recent days, sources told Wojnarowski.The Clippers’ rotation will now include Leonard, George, Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, Montrezl Harrell, Maurice Harkless, Rodney McGruder and Landry Shamet. Pat Bev and Lou Will’s reactions to becoming teammates with Kawhi and PG… 😂🤣(via @patbev21) pic.twitter.com/fGpAllMauT— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) July 6, 2019The duo will be playing in the same building as the Lakers, who reportedly were finalists for Leonard. The Lakers were trying to form a big three of Leonard, LeBron James and Anthony Davis. With no other star on the free-agent market, they will likely fill their available cap space with multiple veteran free agents.The first free-agent additions appeared to be wings Danny Green (two years, $30 million, per Wojnarowski) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, per ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. Green, 32, played alongside Leonard during the Raptors’ run to a championship. Caldwell-Pope, 26, played in all 82 games for the Lakers last season, averaging 11.4 points and shooting .430/.347/.867.