Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 14, 2017 at 9:08 pm Contact Matthew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MatthewGut21 Tyus Battle glanced over his left shoulder, surveying the options in front of him. He made the split-second decision to attack from the right wing in transition, beating to the rim a pair of Iona defenders with two right-handed dribbles. He laid the ball in for an and-1, extending Syracuse’s lead to five and sending the Carrier Dome to its loudest level with about 12 minutes to play.“I knew I was going to draw the foul somehow,” said Battle, who added three assists and five rebounds. “I live for stuff like that.”Several minutes later, Battle picked up the offense by knocking down back-to-back jumpers. They followed Iona’s second successful alley-oop of the half, both the result of a Gaels forward sneaking behind the backs of SU’s three bigs down low. But Battle answered en route to his 23-point second half.Syracuse’s sophomore guard and the center of the SU offense keyed a small but significant second-half spurt that carried SU (2-0) long enough to beat Iona (0-2), 71-62, on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome. Battle scored a career-high 28 points for SU, better than his previous high of 23.In the first half, the Orange looked fairly similar to how it came out in the two exhibition games, as Syracuse struggled to create gaps in Iona’s loose man, or matchup zone. The Orange found little penetration until late, when Battle said he grew more aggressive and commanded the offense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAndy Mendes | Digital Design EditorSyracuse lost five of its six most-played players and about 43 of the 57 shots it took as a team per game last season. Four days after he scored 18 points in the opener, Battle provided an early indicator of the player he needs to be this season for Syracuse.“Tyus took over the game,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “It was a two-point game, he took it over. He made huge plays. They’re a pretty good defensive team. He made some pretty big-time plays today.”Led by Battle, its only returning starter from a year ago, the Orange collected enough buckets and fended off Iona to survive for its second victory to start the year, avoiding what would have been its earliest loss since the 2003-04 season. Iona made the NCAA Tournament last year, but could not contain Battle in what was Syracuse’s second of six straight home games to start the season.The Orange entered the break ahead, 32-28, after a drive and right-handed finish by Frank Howard as the buzzer sounded. It capped a relatively stagnant first half for the Syracuse offense. In the second half, Battle hit a couple of teardrops, dribble-drive layups and 3-pointers. He shot 11-of-19 overall and 2-of-7 from distance, injecting life in the SU offense.“It’s something he should be able to do every game,” said SU center Paschal Chukwu, who grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds. “He came up big when we need him to.”Tyus Battle shot an efficient 11-of-19, 57.9 percent, in scoring a career-high 28 points to help Syracuse defeat Iona on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome. Codie Yan | Staff PhotographerThe Gaels, an up-tempo, 3-point heavy team, finished 22-13 last year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, better than SU’s NIT bid. In the teams’ first meeting in seven years, Battle and Howard spearheaded an otherwise lethargic SU offense. They traded buckets for the early part of the second half until Battle’s back-to-back jumpers sparked the mini run.With just over two minutes on the clock, Battle extended Syracuse’s lead to 10 via a step-back jumper, his “go-to.” On an inbounds play with under one minute to go, Battle caught a football-style over-the-shoulder pass and jammed it with two hands, capping the best performance of his Syracuse career.Whenever Syracuse seemed to be on the verge of pulling away, Iona pulled back within striking distance. SU — led by Battle’s second-half explosion — held out long enough to preserve the win.“I think at the end of last year he was playing just like this,” Boeheim said. “But he’s more confident, he’s stronger and knows what he’s got to do.” Comments
The plea comes after his side’s 1-nil victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last night.Costa scored the only goal of the game and Hiddink says that the Spaniard should focus his efforts on helping the team.Elsewhere there was a first victory for Francesco Guidolin in charge of Swansea. The Welsh side beat Everton by 2 goals to 1 at Goodison Park.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error With all of these moves, it appears the Lakers offseason work is nearly complete.Well, almost. They still have not hired a coach. Byron Scott, the perceived favorite candidate has yet to hear from the Lakers after having his third interview on Wednesday. But the Lakers currently have a 12 players on guaranteed deals Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Julius Randle, Robert Sacre, Jeremy Lin, Nick Young,Jordan Hill, Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis, Henry, Johnson and Kelly. Second-round draft pick Jordan Clarkson has a non-guaranteed deal. The Lakers waived point guard Kendall Marshall on Friday, according to league sources, and the reasons hardly stemmed from averaging 8.3 points on 31.4 percent shooting, three assists and 2.8 turnovers through four games in Las Vegas Summer League play. Or his eight points and 8.8 assists through 54 games last season that featured inconsistent shooting and defense. Although Marshall was slated to make a relatively inexpensive $915,243 next season on a non-guaranteed contract, his vacancy cleared some cap space to accommodate the Lakers’ other moves.Both the Lakers and Marshall have interest in re-signing his contract if he clears waivers, according to league sources. But another team may claim him first. NBA teams can carry as many as 15 players on their roster. Band of brothers The bond grew stronger through two NBA championships. The cement stayed firm amid the losing, injuries and trade uncertainty. Yet, after Bryant spend years the Lakers not to trade Pau Gasol away, Gasol told Bryant he would leave. Gasol signed with the Chicago Bulls to a reported three-year, $22 million deal, marking a relative paycut that he attracted elsewhere, including the Lakers. “It was difficult. We have a close friendship,” Gasol said of Bryant to reporters on Friday in Chicago. “I’ll miss him. We talked to each other and our relationship goes beyond basketball. We’ll always have a friendship.”Bryant supported Gasol’s free agent decision even if it meant they would no longer play together. “Pau is extremely loyal and it’s a very tough position to be in as a free agent,” Bryant said last week at his camp in Santa Barbara. “My biggest message to him was, ’To make sure you enjoy the process. Don’t stress yourself out. The ball is in your court and your decision to make.’”It appeared Bryant still felt that way after Gasol informed him about his departure. “It was difficult to talk to him,” Gasol said of Bryant. “But he was very supportive. He understood and he just said, ‘I had to do what was best for me and felt right for me.’ He was going to support me no matter what. That’s what friends and brothers do.” A flurry of agreements and signings have happened, the Lakers’ response to the failed LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes operating at full speed. The latest included the Lakers on Friday agreeing to bring back forwards Ryan Kelly, Wesley Johnson and Xavier Henry. The terms were not readily available, but Kelly’s deal is guaranteed for two years, while the Henry and Johnson contracts were both believed to be one-year deals worth $1 million each. Kelly’s return was the most expected after the Lakers gave him a $1.1 million qualifying offer to make him a restricted agent, allowing them to match any offer he recived from other teams. After the Lakers selected him with the 48th pick of the 2013 NBA draft, Kelly impressed the Lakers with his floor spacing, basketball IQ and shooting. All of those qualities contributed toward averaging eight points on 42.3 percent shooting and 33.8 percent from three-point range.Henry’s return also adds needed depth at the small forward spot after averaging 10 points per game last season with bursts of athleticism and aggressiveness. Henry is currently recovering from offseason surgery on his right knee and left wrist, injuries that kept him out for a combined 39 games. Henry said last month that he expects to heal by late July. Johnson’s return to the Lakers seemed the most surprising. The Lakers did not consider him a priority after averaging 9.1 points per game on 42.6 percent shooting last season amid inconsistent offensive and defensive performances. But the Lakers were willing to keep Johnson because of his age (27), athleticism and being a good teammate.