LIU Brooklyn looks to sweep CCSU

first_imgLIU Brooklyn looks to sweep CCSU VARYING EXPERIENCE: Long Island-Brooklyn has leaned on senior leadership this year while Central Connecticut has been fueled heavily by freshmen. For the Sharks, seniors Raiquan Clark, Ty Flowers and Julian Batts have collectively scored 55 percent of the team’s points this season, including 65 percent of all Sharks points over their last five. On the other bench, freshmen Greg Outlaw, Jamir Reed, Myles Baker and Xavier Wilson have combined to account for 48 percent of Central Connecticut’s scoring this season.NEC IMPROVEMENT: The Blue Devils have scored 64.3 points per game across 12 conference games, an improvement from the 56.7 per game they managed in non-conference play.CLUTCH CLARK: Clark has connected on 38.2 percent of the 55 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 6 of 14 over his last five games. He’s also made 66.5 percent of his free throws this season.YET TO WIN: The Sharks are 0-8 when they score 66 points or fewer and 11-5 when they exceed 66 points. The Blue Devils are 0-23 when they fail to score more than 78 points and 2-0 on the season, otherwise.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Sharks have recently gotten buckets via assists more often than the Blue Devils. Central Connecticut has 32 assists on 77 field goals (41.6 percent) across its past three contests while Long Island-Brooklyn has assists on 36 of 66 field goals (54.5 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Long Island-Brooklyn is ranked second among NEC teams with an average of 76.2 points per game. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLong Island-Brooklyn (11-13, 6-5) vs. Central Connecticut (2-23, 1-11)William H. Detrick Gymnasium, New Britain, Connecticut; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Long Island-Brooklyn goes for the season sweep over Central Connecticut after winning the previous matchup in Brooklyn. The teams last met on Jan. 9, when the Sharks outshot Central Connecticut from the field 54.7 percent to 50 percent and made eight more 3-pointers en route to a 12-point victory.center_img ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com February 12, 2020last_img read more

Chris Nanco eyes late-career push with scoreless streak put to rest

first_imgChris Nanco sketched out a plan at the beginning of the season. Too often, the senior forward admitted, his long run had ended in years prior with near misses and gasps from the disappointed crowd.When attacking the goal, he adopted a new mentality. He’d keep an end result — the ball going through the net — at the forefront of his mind. He increased one-on-one work with Syracuse assistant coach Matt Verni to improve his finishing ability.The senior forward burst to a hot start this season, scoring four goals in the team’s first three games. But until his two-goal outing last week against Pittsburgh, he had been held off the scoreboard, getting no goals since Sept. 9 and no assists since Sept. 16. It had been 55 days since Nanco last found the back of the net, a span covering eight weeks, 11 games and Syracuse’s longest winless streak in five years. Nanco’s scoreless drought was the longest of his career at Syracuse — and his life.“Keep taking shots,” Nanco said last week. “One of them will go in.”One finally did go in, and then another, giving No. 7 Syracuse (11-3-4, 3-2-3 Atlantic Coast) a new facet to its scoring attack. Over the last four years, the Orange is 16-0 in games Nanco scores. As Syracuse awaits its NCAA tournament seeding, he looks to make an end-of-career push. His next game could be his last at SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDrifting toward midfield, Nanco is adept at beating defenders to open spots. His long runs up the sidelines set the offense in motion, sucking defenders his way. Asked about Syracuse’s main threat, most opponent coaches mention him before anyone else. Bobby Muuss, the head coach of No. 2 Wake Forest, singled him out, saying he’s “dangerous.”Tony D. Curtis | Staff PhotographerEven in games Nanco doesn’t score, defenders drop back or leave their men to stop him, as was the case against Pittsburgh. Jonathan Hagman benefited from a defense keyed-in on Nanco, as the sophomore followed up Nanco’s two goals with two of his own.“Chris’ contribution to the team without scoring goals has been massive,” Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said. “I would worry if we weren’t getting that other contribution.”Nanco’s scoring efficiency had gone down since each season from his freshman to junior year. This season (11.8 percent), he’s improved on last year’s mark of just 5.8 percent. He had four goals last year but took 69 shots to do it. In his freshman year, he took only 21 shots to score four times, a success rate of 19 percent.His 44 shots placed him fourth in the conference entering last weekend. He had played almost every minute of every game until he left the ACC quarterfinal against Clemson in the first half after sustaining what appeared to be a minor injury to his left leg.While he shrugged off his scoring drought, he acknowledged Syracuse needs him to score to be at its best. He’s Syracuse’s leading active scorer, with 19 goals, and is second on the team only to senior midfielder Oyvind Alseth in games started, with 79.Nanco challenges himself in practice against Kamal Miller, one of Syracuse’s biggest defenders. Jockeying for position and weaving his way against bigger bodies has comprised much of the 5-foot-6, 145-pounder’s career.“Balls hitting the back of the net,” McIntyre said last Monday, “we’re going to take that and put it on Wednesday night. And then we’ll be good to go.”Nanco provided a fresh reminder of how many ways he can influence a game last Wednesday, scoring twice and luring defenders his way. His plan from the start of the year is working again. His career could end with one more loss. But when he scores, Syracuse doesn’t lose. Comments Published on November 7, 2016 at 9:26 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Kenichi Yatsuhashi hopeful of quick recovery against Techiman City

first_imgHearts 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 #JoySportslast_img read more

Alan Sugar slammed for ‘racist’ tweet about Senegal World Cup team

first_img Liverpool’s Sadio Mane has played 53 times for Senegal and is the team’s captain Alan Sugar, the high profile presenter of BBC show The Apprentice, has been widely criticised for a tweet relating to the Senegal World Cup team.Tweeting as @Lord_Sugar, he posted a photoshopped picture of the players posing for the obligatory pre-match photo looking as though they were selling counterfeit beach goods.“I recognise some of these guys from the beach in Marbella. Multitasking, resourceful chaps,” the caption read. Alan Sugar posted and then deleted this tweet It wasn’t well received and led to accusations of racism, which then saw the former Tottenham chairman deleting and posting this to his 5.47 million followers instead.“Just been reading the reaction to my funny tweet about the guy on the beach in Marbella. Seems it has been interpreted in the wrong way as offensive by a few people. Frankly I can’t see that, I think it’s funny. But I will pull it down if you insist.” 3 3 Alan Sugar deleted this second tweet However, the 71-year-old millionaire did finally tweet an apology.“I misjudged me [sic] earlier tweet. It was in no way intended to cause offence, and clearly my attempt at humour has backfired. I have deleted the tweet and am very sorry.” I misjudged me earlier tweet. It was in no way intended to cause offence, and clearly my attempt at humour has backfired. I have deleted the tweet and am very sorry.— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) June 20, 2018Senegal have some of football’s most recognisable and famous names, including Liverpool and Everton players, Sadio Mane and Idrissa Gueye.They began their World Cup with a 2-1 win against Poland. 3 “This lazy, stereotypical and bigoted kind of attitude belongs to a bygone era,” educational charity, Show Racism the Red Card told BBC Sport.“The World Cup is a celebration of different cultures and brings people together from across the globe.“Lord Sugar’s unhelpful and ignorant comments go very much against the spirit of this unique occasion and are probably best kept to himself.”last_img read more