Syracuse overcomes 20-point deficit but still loses 71-69 to No. 22 WVU

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_img Published on December 22, 2019 at 5:16 pm Contact Andrew: | @CraneAndrew After Amaya Finklea-Guity backed in her West Virginia defender and finished a left-handed layup in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, Syracuse’s comeback was complete. The Mountaineers had led by as many as 20 points and threatened to pull away early, but the gradual trimming of that deficit had finally ended.After Kiara Lewis inbounded the pass and Teisha Hyman dished it into the paint for Finklea-Guity, the Orange had their first lead since 6-5 in the opening minutes.But when Lewis dribbled outside the paint with 15 seconds left and the Orange down two, Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi was called for a three-second violation. Then, an Emily Engstler 3-pointer bounced out at the buzzer. The stark contrast between the opening quarter and the next three gave the Orange enough time to cut the lead, but the massive comeback still ended in another ranked loss for the Orange as they closed out nonconference play. Four-for-27 shooting from behind the arc mitigated Kiara Lewis’ career-high 32 points, and the Orange (6-5) failed to capitalize on an opportunity to enter No. 6 Louisville coming off back-to-back Top 25 wins, losing 71-69 to the Mountaineers (9-1).“It’s about closing games out, it’s about finishing things off,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said after the game. “That’s the disappointing part.”Opposed to Friday’s win against No. 19 Michigan State, when the Orange jumped out to a 20-6 lead just seven minutes in, West Virginia was the team that started strong Sunday. The Mountaineers used a 14-0 run and capitalized off an almost-eight-minute field goal drought from the Orange to build a quick 17-7 lead. Ksyre Gondrezick and Madisen Smith combined for 3 3-pointers, and WVU forced Engstler into three personal fouls by the end of the first frame.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTaleah Washington tried to end the scoring drought, shooting a 3-pointer with 2:24 left. Engstler grabbed the rebound off the missed shot, and launched up a 3 herself, but also missed. Errors on layups by Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi and a travel by Engstler only compounded those outside misses. Two Syracuse field goals in the opening 10 minutes marked their lowest output in a frame this season.The second quarter picked up right where the first left off. West Virginia made two quick 3s and Syracuse’s shots continued to bounce off. The scoring run reached 20-0, until a Lewis pass to Djaldi-Tabdi ended with a made layup in the paint. From there, the Orange started to mount their comeback.With less than a minute in the half, the shot clock nearing zero and the ball still behind the 3-point line, Lewis had no choice but to launch a shot. Syracuse’s offense had stalled again. Digna Strautmane popped out, Gabrielle Cooper rotated into a pass, but that didn’t lead to anything.The buzzer sounded as Lewis’ shot soared through the air, bouncing harmlessly onto the ground without hitting any part of the backboard or rim. She subbed out with just nine seconds left after scoring 17 of Syracuse’s 25 points in the first half, but it was another turnover that extinguished the Orange’s chance to cut into West Virginia’s lead. The deficit was still 12, but SU had clawed back to as little as eight in the quarter’s latter half.When Engstler floated a shot off the backboard for Syracuse’s first points of the second half, the comeback continued. Lewis willed the Orange back into the game. Her driving layups and and-one free throws nearly closed SU’s deficit almost single handedly. In the final two minutes of the third quarter, Lewis drew two fouls — including one on an and-one to give her a new career-high. When Cooper put in a layup after grabbing an offensive rebound, the deficit became one.“(We) really came out in the second half and played with aggression,” Hillsman said.After the Orange took the lead on their first possession of the fourth quarter, a back-and-forth game ensued, continuing until Engstler’s final shot rang out. WVU grabbed the lead off a 3, but then Digna Strautmane responded with one of her own. Tynice Martin made a shot, but then Finklea-Guity followed with one too.The Orange went up one with 45 seconds left — after Lewis crossed over, spun and euro-stepped through the Mountaineer defense — but three foul shots returned the lead to WVU. And after Engstler’s shot tried to sneak through the right side of the backboard and rim, it was enough. Only Finklea-Guity’s 10 points complemented Lewis in double-digits, and the scoring balance that has defined early-season Syracuse wins was nowhere to be found in the final game of the Florida Sunshine Classic.“We’re not here without her,” Hillsman said about Lewis. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Big match preview: Ghana v Mali

Posted On Aug 28 2020 by

first_imgMali suffered a 4-3 defeat to Gabon last week Monday and the new group of the Eagles will also be fighting to impress returning head coach Alain Giresse who fully takes charge of office on April 1. Mali: L L D D L

Goalkeepers: Razak Braimah (Mirandes, Spain), Fatau Dauda (AshGold)Defenders: Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), John Boye (Erciyesspor, Turkey), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester City, England), Gyimah Edwin (Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa), Daniel Amartey, (FC Copenhagen, Denmark) He is expected to make changes in the starting line-up that was defeated 2-1 by Senegal.Fresh facesEvian TG centre-back Jonathan Mensah who got injured in the game is expected to have his place taken by Daniel Amartey while goalkeeper Razak Braimah could be made to start from the bench. “We have another game against Mali on Tuesday and I believe we can build on how we played the Senegal game and make things better,” he said. Ghana and Mali have 21 games played between them with the Black Stars coming out victors in 10 games, drawn 6 and lost to the Eagles 5 times.In their last encounter, Mali defeated Ghana 3-1 in the third place finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations held in South Africa. Ghana had early on won by a lone goal courtesy Mubarak Wakaso when the two sides met at the group stage. Mali Ghana coach Avram Grant described the performance against Senegal as “satisfactory” and hopes to build on the defeat. Midfielders: Rabiu Mohammed (Krasnodar, Russia), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Sampdoria, Italy), Solomon Asante (T.P. Mazembe, DR Congo), Christian Atsu (Everton, England), Mubarak Wakaso (Celtic, Scotland), Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille, France), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), Seidu Salifu (Club Africaine, Tunisia)Forwards: Jordan Ayew (Lorient, France), Kwesi Appiah (Crystal Palace, England), Ebenezer Assifuah (FC Sion, Switzerland), Richmond Boakye-Yiadom (Atalanta, Italy), David Accam (Chicago Fire, U.S.A) Jonathan Mensah looks set to be rested from the Mali game after missing out on training on Monday. He is the only player in Avram Grant’s 22-man squad injured at the moment. Avram Grant has said he will play a 4-3-3 system, deaprting from the 4-4-2 used on Saturday.  The international encounter will be the second game in the past seven days by both sides who are shaping up their teams ahead of the upcoming Afcon and World Cup qualifiers. Aside Mali losing captain Seydou Keita, Diaby Abdoulaye and Mamoutou N’Diaye to various degrees of injuries, new striker Moussa Marega will not be available for the Eagles after he was recalled by his Portuguese club Maritimo for preparations towards a Portuguese Cup semifinals clash with FC Porto.His place has been taken by youngster Tiécoro Keita who plays for French third division side Paris FC. Forwards: Cheick Fantamady Diarra (Auxerre, France), Modibo Maïga (Metz, France), Mana Dembelé (Nancy, France), Tiécoro Keita (Paris FC, France)–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith Ghana: W W W L L read more


Posted On Dec 25 2019 by

first_imgTHE LATE COLEMAN KERRThe death occurred last Friday of Coleman Kerr, a much-loved member of the Aodh Ruadh GAA club in Ballyshannon.He was laid to rest on Sunday after Requiem Mass at St Patrick’s Church.The following wonderful tribute on the club’s website was sent to today. Here we share it with you: “Clubs are more than pitches and teams. A club is a community, it survives and prospers through the commitment of people. Aodh Ruadh has been fortunate to have the dedicated service of many. Last Thursday the club lost one of its most committed, dedicated and popular servants.Colman was a Portsalon man and proud of it, he played for Fanad Gaels, captaining them to a junior championship title against MacCumhaill’s 1985. In his time he also played soccer with Kerrykeel. Work took him to Ballyshannon with ESB Salmara in 1992 and, latterly, ESB Fisheries.Portsalon’s loss was Ballyshannon’s gain. Never the hurler on the ditch, Colman committed himself to the town with what was to prove characteristic dedication. He was very active in Aodh Ruadh. Colman was one of the big men of the club both in physique and persona. He played reserve and third team football, winning division four titles in 2007 and 2008 and a Junior B title in 2004, in fact he was also a selector on the championship winning team and for a number of years thereafter. Hardy and robust, he had startling skill for a tall man. Gifted with a great fetch and an eye for the dixie he was too much to handle for many a ruffled defence. As his friends and comrades gathered at his wake he was particularly remembered for his performance in the 2004 semi-final. Kilcar were tough opposition, but Colman simply blew them away with a reel of points from his cultured left boot, each one more sumptuous than the next.He was under no illusions about his talents either. He had a big voice to match his big personality and often during a match he could be seen standing with the arms spread wide apart roaring at his defence to, “Let the ball in,” when he knew he had the roasting of his man. Latterly we would hear his distinctive voice booming across the park, encouraging players. If ever he took issue with an official it was always with humour, malice was alien to Colman. Indeed it was one of the distinctive things about Colman that any new face that came about the club was immediately took under the wing and firmly embraced into the Aodh Ruadh fold.Nevertheless even Colman’s powers of diplomacy were hard tried when he found himself in a tricky spot in 2010. Fate saw Aodh Ruadh meet Fanad Gaels in a division two relegation play-off. Unsurprisingly he revelled in the banter, mixing with both teams, joking, chatting, recalling past games and players. He solved the problem of his divided loyalties by wearing a Fanad Gaels shirt, topped by an Aodh Ruadh jacket.A sporting ecumenist his Fanad soccer heritage served him well in his outings with Erne Wanderers. More recently he became heavily involved with the Marlins Swimming Club, and even found time to cast the odd line or two. Beyond the sporting sphere he was part of a progressive Rockfield School Board.A natural leader it wasn’t long before he was the other side of the chalk for Aodh Ruadh, taking underage teams. The under 10s, 12s and 14s, often featuring his son, Oisín, benefited from his guidance. More recently the ladies were the focus of his coaching efforts, especially the under 16 girls, a highly promising team which his daughter, Cliodhna, is a key part of.Colman could always be relied on to pitch in whenever hands were needed to the pump at a fund-raiser. He was a regular feature at the annual Ladies Duck Race. As a keen quizzer he made a bravura appearance at the club’s Who Wants To Be A Thousandaire, bagging €500, and he seldom missed the Thursday quiz in Owen Roe’s, especially when Aodh Ruadh were the beneficiary. How many hours must he have put in at the Aodh Ruadh lotto table in the Saimer Court of a Saturday? Bank Holiday Monday, the day after he had been in Croke Park to see Donegal defeat Kerry, Colman was on the bridge in Ballyshannon with a bucket collecting for the senior Donegal Ladies. Working for the wider community to the very end. When the end did come it was swift and cruelly unheralded. Due to help take a training session with the under 16 girls team, he failed to turn up. His daughter Cliodhna, like the rest of the team, waited for Colman to arrive, but he never did. The gentle giant was being sped to his eternal and richly earned reward.As the news of his tragic passing spread across the area, it was greeted with disbelief and shock. It seemed as if this rock of a man had met practically everyone in the last week of his life, in Croke Park with his family at the All-Ireland quarter-final, in town afterwards, at the park or saluting his many friends going about his business. Few could believe what they were hearing, and, in truth, many of us still struggle to believe it is real. Perhaps, it will only be in the coming months when we reach out for that helping hand that Colman would have so willingly offered, only to realise that it is no longer there, that the loss will finally hit home. We will all be remembering Colman in quiet moments for a long time to come. And there will be tribute in that.And yet Aodh Ruadh’s loss, stands as insignificant against that of the Kerr family. Colman’s loving wife Deirdre, children Cliodhna and Oisín, the Donagher clan who welcomed him as one of their own, his mother, Susan and his brother and sisters in Portsalon. We can only keep them in our thoughts and prayers at this time as they try to come to terms with this grievous and incomprehensible loss.As Colman was laid to rest, his remains were accompanied by honour guards from Aodh Ruadh CLG, Fanad Gaels CLG, Kerrykeel Soccer Club, Marlins Swimming Club and ESB. The last to honour guard for Colman was his under 16 ladies squad, who guided him to the church, a church crammed to overflowing with family, relations, work mates and friends. Close to 1,000 attended his funeral mass, a mark of the profound and positive impact Colman made on so many lives. His time with us enriched us all and we will all be the poorer for his passing at a time when he had so much yet to give.The club extends their sincerest sympathy to Colman’s family and friends. We will all miss this great hearted man.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.CLUBS ARE MORE THAN PITCHES AND TEAMS – HEARTFELT TRIBUTE TO A DONEGAL GAA GREAT was last modified: August 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Aodh Ruadh CLGCLUBS ARE MORE THAN PITCHES AND TEAMS – HEARTFELT TRIBUTE TO A DONEGAL GAA GREATFanad Gaels CLGKerrykeel Soccer ClubMarlins Swimming Club and ESBlast_img read more