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Tyler Lydon a 1-man offensive show in Syracuse men’s basketball’s loss to South Carolina

first_imgNEW YORK – One game after Syracuse boasted five players with at least 12 points, the Orange’s shallow scoring depth that occasionally surfaced a season ago reared its ugly head again.After Tyler Lydon and his 18 points, nobody had more than 10, and only two cracked double digits. Lydon was the only player in double figures until Andrew White’s corner 3 cut South Carolina’s lead to five late in the second half.“Tyler Lydon was clearly our most aggressive player, our best player,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He really was on the verge of having a great, great game against a really, really good defensive team.”In No. 18 Syracuse’s (4-1) 64-50 loss to South Carolina (6-0) at the Barclays Center on Saturday, the Orange’s diverse offensive attack of the first four games reverted to a mainly one-man show. It was Lydon who singlehandedly cut the Gamecocks’ deficit in half at the beginning of the second frame, but the sophomore didn’t score in the final 16:19 and nobody else stepped up enough for Syracuse to avoid its first loss.“I’m not really too sure,” said Lydon, when asked why Syracuse couldn’t get over the hump after slicing into USC’s lead. “It just was a matter of us not being able to get into our stuff. We missed a couple shots that we needed.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlly Moreo | Asst. Photo EditorTrailing 40-28 just over a minute into the second half, Lydon hit a free throw, sunk a 3-pointer from the wing and buried a turnaround floater to make it 40-34. But after securing a defensive rebound after a PJ Dozier miss, Lydon turned the ball over to briefly stunt the Orange’s momentum.Aside from Dajuan Coleman and Taurean Thompson’s combined three points the rest of the way, Andrew White and Frank Howard were the only ones to score for Syracuse, and not nearly as much as SU needed. Lydon had already done his part with 18 points in the first 23:41, but Howard missed four foul shots while Syracuse was in the double bonus and White hit only one long ball while missing a pair from behind the arc.“That’s what our coaching staff and team prides itself on, defense,” Dozier said. “We make our offense out of our defense. We came into the game with a defensive mind.”During his scoring spurt, Lydon let out a rare scream, urging the pro-Syracuse Barclays Center crowd to get on its feet. They obliged, but were soon brought back down to their seats when South Carolina swiftly countered. For the remainder of the game, Lydon had little to cheer about, often hanging his hands on his head or staring at a Gamecocks’ bucket in despair as Syracuse’s chance at a comeback slipped further out of its grasp.It seems Lydon’s early season scoring struggles are in the past, even if he was unable to carry over his brief hot stretch to when SU needed it late in the game. Syracuse has proven it can generate scoring elsewhere against teams far inferior, but Lydon will need a supporting cast as the Orange’s schedule heats up.“He played extremely well today,” Boeheim said. “But he didn’t get a lot of help.” Comments Published on November 26, 2016 at 7:26 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


How Patrick Asmah joins the few to move from the Ghana league straight to a top European league

first_imgGhana youth defender Patrick Asmah is set to join Italian Serie A side Atalanta after agreeing a 4 year deal with the club.Asmah joins a whole host of players to have deported the shores of the country in search of greener pastures.However, the BA United left back joins a select few to move directly from Ghana to a top European league over the last few seasons.Chelsea full back Baba Rahman was the last to move from Kotoko to Greuther Fürth, who were 0in the Bundesliga at that time.The norm has seen Ghanaian players roam through Scandinavian or other African countries before making the giant step to the major European leagues.For Asmah, his agent Oliver Arthur believes his outstanding display at the FIFA under 20 World Cup stood him in good standing for the deal. “Asmah is moving directly from Ghana to Atalanta. If the player is a young player who has prospects and is possible to develop, it is possible to get him to mainstream Europe,” Oliver told Joy Sports“Asmah is in Ghana now, he never came for trials in Italy but based on his performance at the under 20 World Cup, I was able to convince Atalanta to give him a contract to get him into Europe.”“I’m sure Asmah something big in the future.”Asmah was also a member of Ghana’s under 23 team that had an abysmal showing at the All African Games in Congo-Brazzaville.  – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more


Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell moving back to point guard

first_img“If he’s making them, he can take 13,” Scott said, smiling. “What we talked about earlier is to get to those three spots – the post, mid post and elbow area – a little bit more. He can be more effective down there.”Bryant mostly agreed with Scott before resorting to playful sarcasm.“A lot of it was timing and getting a rhythm down,” Bryant said. “Thirteen 3’s are a lot of 3’s. But everybody [complains] when I don’t shoot enough 3’s. A lot of players shoot 15 or 13 3’s. But I’m held to a different standard.”Talking smackLakers forward Julius Randle saw an imposing figure that remains consumed with physically and verbally taunting his opponents. That man also represents one of Randle’s childhood idols. It was Kevin Garnett.But instead of the second-year player cowering under Garnett’s intimidation, Randle confronted the Minnesota forward.“I’m not scared of anybody. That’s what he does, try to get in people’s heads,” Randle said. ““I liked that, though. It gets me going.”Randle’s actions and words sounded pleasant to the Lakers’ ears.“He responded like a grown-ass man. KG has a lot of respect for him because of it,” Bryant said. “He’s laying the foundation. He wants to build his reputation around the league. He’s certainly doing that. He’s not intimidated by anybody.” “I wouldn’t say it took me away from my game,” Russell said. “I just adjusted from being the point guard and then playing off the ball is not foreign to me. I can do that. But in practice, I gained the chemistry with playing with guys on the ball.”Still, Russell obviously prefers playing at point guard. He excelled in that position in his lone season at Ohio State last year where he averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and five assists while shooting 41 percent from 3-point range.“It’ll give me the opportunity to control the game a little bit more and let guys like Jordan and Kobe play off the ball,” Russell said. “They can attack when they get the ball. They don’t have to get a rebound or something and push it and make their job harder than what it is.”Live by 3, die by 3Scott took issue with Bryant going 3 of 13 from 3-point range against Minnesota. That marked the most 3-point attempts Bryant took since March 28, 2008. The five men convened at half-court. Lakers coach Byron Scott and guard Kobe Bryant began talking. Lakers rookie guard D’Angelo Russell, second-year guard Jordan Clarkson and second-year forward Julius Randle listened intently. All of which presumably entailed something they had discussed earlier in Thursday’s practice.Scott’s experiment to feature Russell as an off-ball guard will become a one-hit wonder. Russell will start at point guard and assume ball-handling duties when the Lakers (0-1) visit the Sacramento Kings (0-1) on Friday at Sleep Train Arena.“The one thing I have to get D’Angelo to get better at is pushing the tempo,” Scott said. “He’s probably a better decision maker even at 19 years old and it’s his rookie year. So we’ll have him on the ball right now.”Bryant noted “that’s what we brought him here to do” after the Lakers drafted Russell at the No. 2 overall pick. But Scott wanted to lessen Russell’s workload. Yet, Russell posted four points on 2-of-7 shooting and recording more turnovers (three) than assists (two). Russell also did not play in the entire fourth quarter.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more