Paschal Chukwu breaks out, flirts with triple-double in Syracuse’s 74-50 win over Oakland

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first_imgThrough the first three games of the season, a predictable rotation has been formed at the center position for SU.Junior Paschal Chukwu would start. Then, at some point early in the first half — seemingly dependent on how quickly Chukwu made a mistake — backup freshman Bourama Sidibe would check in and play for a good chunk of whatever time was left before halftime.Eight minutes into Monday night’s contest, it happened again. Chukwu had scored and then blocked a shot on the next play. He failed to corral the rebound, though, prompting head coach Jim Boeheim to sub him out and replace him with Sidibe.That didn’t happen in the second half, though. Sidibe was limited because of a knee injury, giving Chukwu a longer leash in the second half. He took advantage and dominated the game.“This is what we missed last year. Paschal can control the middle of the court like that. It just makes such a difference,” Boeheim said. “Because his defense was so good inside, he just changed the whole game. And he got some offensive things tonight, we looked for him a little bit better.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse (4-0) has the highest average height in the country, per Kenpom.com, meaning it has a size advantage every time it plays. There was a clear one Monday for the 7-foot-2 Chukwu, as Oakland’s (2-2) tallest healthy player stood at just 6-foot-9. It led to Chukwu having the breakout game that many expected when he transferred from Providence two years ago. He flirted with a triple-double in SU’s 74-50 win and ended with 12 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks, all career highs.“I’m starting to figure out where my strong suit is,” Chukwu said.Chukwu was ranked as the 61st best recruit in the Class of 2014. He appeared in 34 games for Providence his freshman season, but averaged just 9.9 minutes per game. He transferred and sat out the 2015-2016 season due to transfer rules. Last year he played in just seven games, having his season cut short due to a torn retina.The rust from missing so much time in each of the last two years showed early in this season and in his limited playing time last year. His timing was off and he’d sometimes struggle to make the most of his size near the rim, on either end.“He hasn’t played in three years, I think a lot of people really don’t understand that,” said point guard Frank Howard, who’s also Chukwu’s roommate. “He’s getting his steps and his feet right. I think he did that tonight, just getting back in a groove. You could see the potential we have.”That was the issue for the limited part of Chukwu’s career at Syracuse — all it had been was potential. On Monday night, it materialized into results, on both ends of the floor.On the defensive end, Chukwu said that he “just went for every block I could.” Oakland is a 3-point-heavy team, but when the ball was worked inside, Chukwu was there to consistently send it away. The Golden Grizzlies tried different tactics, such as sliding its leading scorer and 6-foot-3 marksman Kendrick Nunn from the perimeter into the high post, where Chukwu would have to step up on him rather than a slower forward or center. Still, Chukwu anchored the defense and stopped most of those opportunities.“They had really good shooters today. So we were able to get up a lot higher, knowing that Paschal was down there being active,” freshman forward Oshae Brissett said. “When they were able to dump it into the mid-post, we knew that he was down there and it gave us time to get back.”Often times last year and early this year, Chukwu struggled with the basics on the offensive side. Passes often went through his hands. Post-up opportunities typically consisted of a simple one-dribble hook with nothing else.He was more refined on Monday. Early in the first quarter he got an offensive rebound. He remained patient as players flew by him, pivoted in and scored on a layup.When SU struggled to get its offense moving in the second half, Chukwu was there as well. The Orange’s first bucket of the latter frame was a putback slam by Chukwu on a missed layup from Howard in transition. Chukwu scored six of the next eight SU points after those two, roaming around the paint for easy passes and lobs and putting back offensive rebounds.When healthy, Sidibe will still be a factor in the center rotation, as Boeheim said in the preseason that he wants each player to play roughly 20 minutes a game. But Chukwu knows what his role is and showed on Monday night that he could live up to it.“Basically, use my height and dominate the game,” Chukwu said. “And I think I did that today.” Comments Published on November 20, 2017 at 11:07 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


India achieves their highest medal tally in South Asian Games

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first_img FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE Gloria Methri SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 10th December, 2019 22:03 IST India Achieves Their Highest Medal Tally In South Asian Games The Indian contingent claimed 310 medals, including 172 gold, 93 silver, and 45 bronze medals, which is highest medal tally in the history of South Asian Games First Published: 10th December, 2019 22:03 IST LIVE TVcenter_img India sets new record!India create a new record at the #SouthAsianGames with as they reach 312 medals, three more than their tally in 2016. India won 174 golds, 93 silver and 45 bronze medals. Many congratulations to all the athletes for the fantastic feat.#SAG2019 #TeamIndia https://t.co/sc5nCvfVDe pic.twitter.com/7MOWjMTKye— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) December 10, 2019 COMMENT Acing in the South Asian Games, on Tuesday India claimed the highest medal tally in the history of the tournament. The Indian contingent claimed 310 medals, including 172 gold, 93 silver, and 45 bronze medals. SAI Media tweeted about the achievement and congratulated the athletes for the fantastic feat. Written By READ | Record: 15 Indian Boxers Reach Final For Gold At South Asian GamesIndia had bagged 309 medals in the 2016 edition of the South Asian Games. This year, the contingent has broken its own record by winning 310 medals. Nepal has secured the second position in the tournament, with a total of 204 medals. Sri Lanka and Pakistan secured the third and fourth positions respectively. The contingent bagged a total of 279 medals on Monday. But the athletes have been able to add 31 more medals to take the total tally to 310. The South Asian Games 2019 concluded on December 10.READ | South Asian Games 2019: India Continues To Dominate With 214 MedalsIndian women’s 3rd straight gold in South Asian GamesBala Devi was the star of the show again as she netted a brace to guide India to a comfortable 2-0 victory over the hosts in the final of the South Asian Games in Pokhara, Nepal on Monday. With this, the Indian women’s team won its third consecutive gold medal at the Games. The 29-year-old striker also ended as the top-scorer of the tournament, netting five goals in four matches.India went on the offensive from the very start, as the likes of Sangita Basfore and Ratanbala Devi dominated proceedings from the middle of the park. Ratanbala had the first clear-cut chance for India, as she lined up her shot off a Ranjana Chanu cross. However, her shot whizzed over the crossbar.READ | Bala Devi Scripts Indian Women’s 3rd Straight Gold In South Asian Games(With inputs from ANI) last_img read more