J-D/CBA wrestlers battle at North Country meet

first_imgContinuing to push itself against elite competition, the Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA wrestling team ventured to Indian River to take part in last weekend’s North Country Invitational.Out of a field of 16 teams, the Rams finished seventh, earning 129.5 points. Host Indian River claimed the top spot with 240 points as Gouverneur was second with 183 points.Jackson Thomas made it to the finals at 106 pounds before Saranac’s Alex Clancy pinned him in the second period. Tyriq Block pinned IR’s Jake Whitmore in his semifinal at 182 pounds before dropping the final to Gouverneur’s Jacob Shippee. Shoh Alibekov earned a fourth-place finish at 152 pounds, getting to the consolation bracket final before a 4-1 defeat to Watertown’s Adam Ortega, with Muaweyah El-Hindi fourth at 195 pounds.William BeSeth got sixth place at 113 pounds as Matt Dougherty (99 pounds), Ethan Wells (132 pounds), Enver Bulatov (170 pounds) and Nikoli Sims (285 pounds) lost in the quarterfinals.Meanwhile, Fayetteville-Manlius made its way to Corning on Saturday for the Greg Partridge Memorial Duals, where it went 2-3 in a field that incldued Baldwinsville, who finished at 3-2. The Hornets began against Locust Valley and lost, 74-16, but then defeated the host Corning Hawks 46-30 and followed up with a 48-27 victory over Campbell-Savona.Few points were attained by F-M in a 52-10 defeat to Owego Free Academy, and the Hornets suffered a 39-24 loss to Dryden to close out the day as Canisteo-Greenwood won the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record.When F-M beat Corning, pins were earned by the Hornets’ quartet of Abdulrahman Abouelamayem (113 pounds), Kyle Sykes (120 pounds), Luke Richter (152 pounds) and Alex Dauksza (160 pounds), with Allen Hamilton prevailing at 132 pounds over Emiley Landolf 12-2.J-D/CBA would take part in the Windsor Christmas Tournament last weekend, while F-M resumes Thursday against Mexico and goes to the Leo J. Sammon Tournament at Central Valley Academy on Saturday.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: F-MJ-D/CBAwrestlinglast_img read more

Beat writers predict close game for Syracuse against No. 10 North Carolina

first_img Published on February 20, 2018 at 4:21 pm Syracuse (18-9, 7-7 Atlantic Coast) hosts No. 10 North Carolina (21-7, 10-5) on Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse enters the game following its 62-55 win at Miami. UNC has won each of its last five contests prior to the meeting in the Dome. Prior to Wednesday’s game Syracuse is without a win against a Top-10 opponent thus far this season, a feat it has accomplished each season since the 2004-05 season.Here is how our beat writers think the game plays out.Matthew Gutierrez (22-5)Sweet CarolineNorth Carolina 71, Syracuse 61Make no mistake: Syracuse could pull off the upset at home, which would go a long way toward fighting into the bracket. But the Tar Heels are rolling, coming off consecutive wins over Duke, North Carolina State, Notre Dame and Louisville (by 17). They are shooting the ball well, rebounding and playing scrappy defense. They can run with their bigs and crash glass, or they can go small and utilize the fast break to speed up the game. That’s potent. And it’s worth noting that all five of their starters are veterans with solid experience, either juniors or seniors.Sam Fortier (19-8)Carolina bluesNorth Carolina 79, Syracuse 74AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe most fun part of this matchup will be UNC’s offense against Syracuse’s defense. Two of the best units in the country square off in a game that would be huge for the Orange to win but one it won’t be able to. SU won’t pull the upset because the Tar Heels are reloaded with another crop of thick, 6-foot-6 to 6-foot-8 athletic guys who can crash the offensive glass, where UNC ranks second this season in rebounding rate (38.9), per Kenpom.com. Roy Williams’ squad beefing up inside is as predictable as the 2-3 zone, and just the same as Boeheim’s signature scheme, it’s easier to talk about than to solve. In further intimidating optimistic Orange fans, Boeheim recently praised the Tar Heels’ size and aggression on the offensive boards. “They’re playing as well right now as they’ve played all year,” Boeheim said of UNC. OK, that’s good enough. I’m taking Carolina.Tomer Langer (18-9)Welcome to the ShowNorth Carolina 82, Syracuse 70This Orange team over the last few months has been tough to figure out. It dropped a game at Georgia Tech, a bottom-four team in the ACC, but then came back to win at Louisville. It struggled to put away a weak Wake Forest team in a win, dropped a game on its home floor to North Carolina State — a team that is ranked very closely to Syracuse per Kenpom — then it goes and beats a higher-rated Miami team on the road. So, anything is possible in this game. But UNC is part of a higher tier than any of those other teams and might be the hottest team in the country right now. Its bevy of scoring options is legit, and N.C. State already proved that a fantastic offense can find holes against the Orange’s typically solid defense. Syracuse’s defense is solid, but this feels like one of those games that even if SU does manage to get stops, UNC will end up with some second opportunities. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell already has Kobe Bryant’s trust

first_imgHONOLULU >> The restlessness overwhelmed D’Angelo Russell, prompting the Lakers rookie point guard to toss and turn before waking up at an ungodly hour before the first day of training camp. Russell could not wait for his workout, so he could break a sweat, build a rhythm and impress an influential and demanding teammate. But Kobe Bryant already beat him to the punch. The Lakers’ star already completed his own before anyone else. “He’s going to push you. So you have to be one of those guys that will compete,” Russell said. “To build a trust with a guy like that, you need to be a winner.” Russell also acknowledged feeling starstruck when he completed a three-man weave drill during his first training camp practice with Bryant. “You try to keep it off your mind that this guy is right beside you,” Russell said of Bryant. “That’s something you have to get past. If you want to be the best, we have to look at him as a mentor and not look at him as a fan.”Russell acknowledged that dynamic could “definitely” make him feel more tentative playing with Bryant, knowing both his star power and thirst to score. “He told me he likes to shoot the ball so if I get it to him, it’s his job to finish it,” Russell said in obvious understatement. “Just knowing where he likes the ball and where he likes to score from, being the point guard, you’ll get a bigger challenge off the bat.” But the Lakers argue Russell will handle that challenge just fine. One, Scott, Bryant and Julius Randle have praised Russell’s on-court poise. So much that Scott likened it to Clippers guard Chris Paul, the eight-time NBA All-Star whom Scott coached in New Orleans from 2004 to 2009. Russell maintained the same stoic demeanor during portions of Wednesday’s full-court scrimmage when he made pinpoint passes as he did when Lakers forward Nick Young talked trash after scoring on him. “Nick always talks,” Scott said. “D’Angelo is a very low-key guy. You don’t see him get too hyped up about things. He’s pretty much on an even keel.”Two, Scott has instructed Russell, Bryant, Randle and Jordan Clarkson to maximize fast-break opportunities by assuming ball-handling duties after rebounding the ball. In a few minutes of Wednesday’s half-four scrimmage that was open to reporters, Bryant played at small forward and neither touched nor shot the ball once. “I don’t think it matters man. You play the flow of the game and see what comes,” Bryant said. “I don’t have to handle the ball at all. That leaves more time to catch and shoot. With D’Angelo and Jordan, these guys can handle the ball, make incredible decisions and make plays. It makes it a lot easier.”Third, Bryant circled back on Russell’s quest for self-improvement. Russell asked for the Lakers to place his locker next to Bryant so he could easily ask him questions. Russell has already asked Bryant for tips to maximize his NBA longevity. And Russell has emulated Bryant’s approach on arriving to the gym early.Does that make Bryant feel more inclined to want to help Russell?“Absolutely,” Bryant said. “When guys have that same passion and desire for it, it makes you more willing to open up. When they’re here early and shooting late, you can tell when that passion is there and you can tell when they think it’s a job.”That explains why Bryant has saddled up to Russell after each practice. They talk. They laugh. They embrace. The makings of a potentially fruitful partnership has just started. The Lakers completed two days of training camp at Stan Sheriff Center, too small of a sample size to offer any conclusions on whether Russell will fit that description for the 2015-16 NBA season. Yet, the Lakers feel convinced their No. 2 pick is a winner after falling in love with his confidence and playmaking. Bryant also already likes what he sees. “He has my trust already because he’s a gym rat,” Bryant said. “He loves playing the game. I trust that whatever challenges are presented to him, he’ll figure them out.”There could be plenty. After averaging only 11.8 points on 37.7 percent, 3.5 turnovers and 3.5 assists in summer league play, Russell has to prove he can translate his outside shooting and playmaking to the NBA. He has admitted a learning curve in Byron Scott’s Princeton-based offense. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more