Comments Published on December 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm For Jim Boeheim, the difference in his basketball team from the start of this year to now has been offense. He said the defense started out the season well, but the offense played catch-up.But instead of criticism of the execution and critiques of the individual players, on Wednesday night the Syracuse head coach had nothing but praise for his squad on the offensive end of the floor.‘I don’t think we can play better offensively than that,’ Boeheim said.No. 5 SU (13-0) opened up the second half with a torrid 18-of-20 shooting stretch to pull away from Drexel (8-2) for a 93-65 victory in front of 17,856 people in the Carrier Dome. Junior Kris Joseph led the Orange with a career-high 25 points — 21 of them after the break — as Syracuse took control of the contest after struggling in the opening minutes.The win means that Syracuse is undefeated entering Big East play for the second consecutive year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Earlier in the year, this would’ve been a very different game,’ Boeheim said. ‘But we’re playing much better offensively, much more confidence. Everybody was good tonight. … That’s as well as we can play.’Syracuse wasn’t playing its best early on, though, and it seemed like Drexel would give SU some trouble. The Orange didn’t make its first field goal until nearly six minutes into the game when sophomore Brandon Triche knocked down a spinning jumper with the shot clock winding down.The Orange eventually took a 16-12 lead, and the offense began to click. Senior Rick Jackson took over like he has in so many games this season. After the Dragons poked a rebound away from Jackson underneath the basket, the forward blocked two shots in a row by Drexel’s Samme Givens, the second one off Givens out of bounds.The rejections ignited Jackson. On the ensuing possession, he powered his way through Dragons forward Daryl McCoy for an easy layup. He converted a three-point play on a pick-and-roll with Triche two possessions later.Jackson finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks.‘The pick-and-roll, they weren’t really guarding it well,’ Triche said.The and-one play put SU up 11, and the Orange took a 35-22 lead into the break five minutes later.Then came SU’s white-hot streak to open the second half. This time, it was Joseph’s turn to lead the Syracuse offense.The 6-foot-7 forward posted up 6-foot-4 Drexel guard Derrick Thomas and overpowered him for an easy layup. He then rejected a Dragon shot off the glass, sparking a fast break bucket for Scoop Jardine. The junior then pulled down a rebound after a missed three and led a fast break ending with a Jackson dunk.Drexel called a timeout after that series of plays but still couldn’t stop the bleeding. After starting the game shooting 1-for-6 from the field, the Orange shot 34-of-49 the rest of the way, including that 18-of-20 stretch to open the second half.‘Good offense, making shots, being patient, setting up shots for other guys and looking for other guys,’ Jardine said of the reasons behind the offensive onslaught. ‘We were unselfish tonight, and we’ve been playing like that the last three or four games.‘I think it’s finally clicking.’For the Orange, that shooting percentage was helped by most of its shots coming from close range as the Dragons were unable to stop the Syracuse penetration. And for the second game in a row, SU’s entire active roster got some playing time.Jackson, Jardine, Joseph and Triche all feel the Orange is ready for Big East play, which starts Tuesday when Providence visits the Carrier Dome. They all said things are just coming together for the team as a whole.And with the shooting stretch SU had Wednesday, even Boeheim — who has been as critical of his team as anyone — admitted that the offense is finally starting to click.‘We’re playing better offensively,’ he said. ‘I think it takes awhile for offense. … Now, I think we’re getting to where everybody’s figured out what they can do.’email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+
Hearts coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi is confident his team can bounce back from the defeat against All Stars when they face Techiman City this weekend.The Phobians were outdone by Wa All Stars as they could not cope with the fast counter attacking play of their guests.However, Kenichi believes all errors have been addressed in training this weekend giving them a chance to inflict the first ever home defeat on Techiman City.“Our team right now is in very good condition. Our spirit is high and nothing changes from the first game and we are trying to do our best in each game and improve from game to game,” Kenichi told Hearts News“We analyzed the mistakes we made [against AllStars]. It had nothing to do with our physical condition; it had nothing to do with our lack of focus, not at all. We had other problems which we had to fix and which we did yesterday and today at our training.“We had a very good training and so we are well prepared. For us, the game we played last is already behind us and history; and so we are just focusing on our upcoming match and we will do the best we can to win.”Hearts are a point behind leaders Wa All Stars. – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Despite the absence of basic information to verify its authenticity, such as where it gets its funding or who trained its polling agents, a one-man representative of a little known group has released preliminary findings from an opinion poll it claimed to have carried out in Guyana.Dr Kirk MeighooThe results of the ‘poll’ were announced on Monday by Dr Kirk Meighoo of “Turkeyen Research and Polling Institute” but when asked how many persons were interviewed, he replied “several hundreds”.Yet in his announcement of the “findings”, he asserted that 1400 persons were interviewed in all of the ten administrative regions of Guyana. He asserted that there were 12 interviewers but yet, could not identify their deployment in the specific regions. He also asserted that the sample was stratified to include the exact percentage of ethnic groups as found in the 2012 census but unless individuals were selected by sight at the point of interview, it is difficult to see how they could have been preselected randomly.Discussing the poll, one respected local social scientist questioned the relevance of the questions concerning the popularity of the prospective presidential candidates who had been passed over by the Central Committee of the People’s Progressive Party when the majority of them voted in a ballot for the successful candidate as the party was pushing for elections within three months as constitutionally stated following the passage of a No-Confidence Motion. This was seen as an attempt at creating discord within the party at a critical juncture.Among the findings of the ‘poll’ was that most persons want elections as soon as possible and they have a negative view of the Government’s failure to call elections.Another finding of the ‘poll’, which was done through face-to-face interviews, was that citizens have a lack of optimism that the recent oil finds and the wealth it generates will make any difference at the grass-root level.When questioned by the media, however, Meighoo struggled to defend the authenticity of the poll or answer basic questions such as who organised and funded the poll. Asked how he could guarantee the veracity of the results, Meighoo claimed to be able to tell when poll results are fake. He emphasised that he was just a “consultant”, but this was belied by the fact that he appeared to be completely at sea on the concrete details of the poll.“You can tell when its fake results. The way the data is collected. You can tell by that. You can tell if it was done in an actual exercise or whether it was done in an office. So that’s part of it. I did speak to some of the surveyors and I met some of them. I couldn’t meet with everyone, but I did spot check,” he said.But Meighoo was clearly protesting too much about the TRPI polls being “fake”, when no one actually suggested it.