Elijah Hughes sparks Syracuse in 82-52 win over Arkansas State

first_imgBefore the season, Hughes was expected to provide something new, another scoring option on a team that didn’t seem to have enough last year. He’d watched Syracuse’s at-times stagnant offense from the sidelines a year ago due to transfer rules. He, and everyone on the team, knew he’d have a big role this time around.Hughes has brought that added scoring, finishing in double figures in all but two games. But that consistency has also made his contributions at times seem muted. He hasn’t had the scoring outbursts of Battle, or the big games on the glass like Oshae Brissett. He’s just kept filling it up, game after game.Saturday, Syracuse needed that. The Orange couldn’t find points at the rim, and so their most consistent bucket-getter had to do his thing again.First, Hughes cut backdoor for a righty slam on a Dolezaj bounce pass. Then he swished a 3 from the right corner and another from the top of the key. The second 3 came moments after the Red Wolves’ Ty Cockfield silenced the crowd with a 3 of his own. Whenever Arkansas State looked to pull away, Hughes answered, and his contributions put SU up two at the break.“Elijah saved us early with those two 3s when we were struggling,” Boeheim said.Gabriel Kotico | Contributing PhotographerIn the season’s first nine games, the Orange showed themselves to be a second-half team. That changed in the last two contests, both losses where Syracuse played better in the first half. But on Saturday, in need of a second-half lift it had found earlier this season, Boeheim wanted his team to “wake up,” Hughes said. “That’s what we did,” Hughes added.“We played with more sense of urgency,” Hughes said of the second half. “We just got after it more. We wanted it and we just wanted to get out to a big lead.”Early in the second 20 minutes, Brissett drove right and scooped it up with his right hand, through contact, for an and-1. He knocked down the bonus free throw. Then, Brissett found a slicing Hughes down the middle of the lane for a lefty finish and another three-point play. All of a sudden, SU found itself up nine.Minutes later, Hughes hit a 3 from the left corner. It put the Orange up 14, and even as Hughes’ face remained stoic like it does almost all game, every game, the Carrier Dome fans roared their approval. While things hadn’t been perfect for SU on Saturday, it was Hughes who always seemed to have the needed answer, with multiple clutch 3s in the first half and high-rising defense at the rim.He did it with steals, like the one to set up the alley-oop (although he wasn’t credited with that takeaway), and he did it with passes, like the one a few minutes later to a wide open Brissett for a pick-and-pop 3. He didn’t force shots, but made his open looks count.“When I’m open, I’m gonna shoot the ball, nothing crazy,” Hughes said. “My teammates do a good job of finding me, and I just try to make every shot I take.”There are tougher tests coming for Syracuse. A week from today, the Orange host a St. Bonaventure team that won in the Carrier Dome last year. A week after that, ACC play starts.Improvements will need to continue. There’s still a rocky start to the season to make up for. But as SU players prepare to celebrate Christmas, with some heading home to be with their families, they’ll get to do so off a win. For one day, Hughes was right: “we good”. Comments On Wednesday, the day after Syracuse lost its second-straight game, Elijah Hughes sent out a tweet.“Riding w my dawgs forever, we good” the tweet read. It hasn’t always been easy for SU this season, and that showed in losses against Old Dominion and Buffalo.But when Hughes stole the ball midway through the second half against Arkansas State, jump-starting a Frank Howard to Tyus Battle alley-oop at the other end, the East Carolina-transfer ensured that the Orange would be OK.“I’m out there to just be a player,” Hughes said. “Coach wants me to make plays on both sides of the floor, and that’s what I feel like I had to do.”Arkansas State (5-7) wasn’t good enough to do more than threaten Syracuse (8-4) in an eventual 82-52 Orange win at the Carrier Dome on Saturday. When it faced that threat, SU showed many of the same issues it has displayed all season inside the paint and on the offensive end. Hughes made sure that wouldn’t prove decisive, though, with a tied-for-team-high 17 points, along with three 3s and two blocks.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think he’s getting better,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “I think we forget that he sat out a year.” Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on December 22, 2018 at 4:06 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3last_img read more

PKL 2019: Haryana Steelers qualify for playoffs with a stellar win

first_img The playoffs for PKL 2019 are scheduled from October 14 to October 19. The matches will take place at EKA Arena in Ahmedabad. PKL 2019 playoffs will feature two eliminators (October 14) and two semi-finals (October 16). The finals will be on October 19, after a two-day rest. Top six teams will qualify for the playoffs. According to the PKL standings, Bengal Warriors, Dabang Delhi KC and Haryana Steelers have already qualified.Also read | PKL | Bengal Warriors Vs Dabang Delhi KC: Match Preview And Team NewsAs per PKL 2019 standings, the third-ranked team and sixth-ranked team will play the Eliminator 1. The fourth-ranked team along with the fifth-ranked team will play the Eliminator 2. For the semi-finals, The Eliminator 1 and Eliminator 2 will face the first-ranked team and second-ranked team respectively. The winners of both semi-finals will play in the finals two days later. Written By Last Updated: 30th September, 2019 11:17 IST PKL 2019: Haryana Steelers Qualify For Playoffs With A Stellar Win Since Haryana, Delhi and Bengal have already qualified for the playoffs, PKL 2019 finals are fast approaching. Here are all the details you need to know. SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Devika Pawar center_img PKL 2019: Haryana Steelers qualify after defeating Fortunegiants at home legHaryana Steelers registered a big win against Gujarat Fortunegiants (38-37) on Sunday, September 29. Captained by Dharmaraj Anna Cheralathan, the team has fought to secure a spot in the playoffs. Vikash Kandola (153 raid points) and Sunil (46 tackle points), have guided Haryana Steelers through each victory. Just a day before, Steelers had lost (30-37) to UP Yoddha.Also read | Telugu Titans Vs Bengal Warriors: Pro Kabaddi League HighlightsPKL 2019: Bengal and Delhi head the leadBengal Warriors and Dabang Delhi KC have dominated PKL 2019 with their stellar performances. On September 29, Delhi won their last game with Pune with a massive margin of 20 points (60-40). Bengal Warriors, on September 25, prevailed over Telugu Titans with a score of 40-39. Bengal Warrior’s skipper Maninder Singh (192 raid points), and Dabang Delhi KC’s Naveen Kumar (241 raid points) are the top performers. Baldev Singh, Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh, Ravinder Pahal and Joginder Narwal are other players who have their A-game on.Also read | Telugu Titans Vs Bengal Warriors: Maninder Guides Warriors To VictoryAlso read | PKL 2019: Desperate Puneri Paltan Face Dabang Delhi K.C. At Panchkula First Published: 30th September, 2019 11:17 IST COMMENT #PKLPlayoffs, HERE WE COME 💥ऐसेही बढ़ते चलेंगे हम आगे, आपके सपोर्ट के संग ❤ #HARvGUJ #ShaanSeSteelers #HaryanaSteelers pic.twitter.com/DcRYRjhDgQ— Haryana Steelers (@HaryanaSteelers) September 29, 2019 FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Angels on the verge of elimination after loss to White Sox

first_img THE FOOD TRUCKS STOP HERE They are five games behind the Minnesota Twins for the American League’s second wild card, with six games to go. HALL OF FAME NOTEBOOK: Sierra Vista’s silences doubters “We’re in a tough spot,” outfielder Justin Upton said. “That’s why we play until Oct. 1. All we can do is try to play our best baseball these last six games and see what happens.”The final seven-game stretch at least offered them the opportunity of two opponents already out of the race, the Seattle Mariners after four games against the rebuilding White Sox.On paper, it looked like a good matchup, facing veteran James Shields and his 5.40 ERA. However, this isn’t the same Shields who had been mostly responsible for that number.In the fourth inning of his Aug. 5 start – yes, in the middle of a game – he changed his delivery, dropping his arm angle to more of a sidearm release.Including the two runs he allowed in seven innings against the Angels, most of whom had never seen him that way, he has a 4.08 ERA with the new arm angle. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img While the Angels were struggling to hit Shields, Angels starter Ricky Nolasco gave up four runs in five-plus innings. Scioscia said his line was misleading, though.The two runs in the first were unearned, because they scored on a two-out double after an Andrelton Simmons’ error. In the third, Upton lost Avisail Garcia’s line drive in the lights. The ball got by him for a triple, leading to a run. The White Sox scored another run on a groundout, after Nolasco was out of the game.While Nolasco took the loss, this one was mostly pegged to the hitters and their inability to figure out Shields.“We didn’t pressure him enough,” Scioscia said. “Outside of Mike’s home run and a couple balls hit hard, we didn’t have too many good looks at him.” PreviousChicago White Sox’s Yolmer Sanchez (5) slides safely into second base as Los Angeles Angels second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) can’t make the catch during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco (47) delivers against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Marton) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsChicago White Sox starting pitcher James Shields (33) delivers against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Chicago White Sox’s Yolmer Sanchez (5) slides safely into second base as Los Angeles Angels second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) can’t make the catch during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Chicago White Sox’s Yolmer Sanchez (5) slides safely into second base as Los Angeles Angels second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) can’t make the catch on the ball during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Chicago White Sox’s Yolmer Sanchez, right, is tagged out at home plate by Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Chicago White Sox’s Yolmer Sanchez, right, is tagged out at home plate by Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado, left, during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Chicago White Sox’s Nicky Delmonico (30) hits a two-run double against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado (12) hits a one-run single against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons (2) scores against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado (12) after he hit an RBI single against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Chicago White Sox’s Avisail Garcia (26) scores against the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) watches his home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) claps after his home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) points after his home run as Chicago White Sox catcher Omar Narvaez (38) looks on during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, hugs Luis Valbuena (18) after his home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) celebrates in the dugout after his home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Chicago White Sox second baseman Yolmer Sanchez (5) tries to make a play on the ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons (2) during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)The Angels’ Justin Upton flips his bat after striking out during the eighth inning of Monday’s game against the White Sox in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Luke O’Donnell, 5, wears a baseball helmet while watching the baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Angels in Chicago on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Chicago White Sox’s Yolmer Sanchez (5) slides safely into second base as Los Angeles Angels second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) can’t make the catch during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)NextShow Caption1 of 20Chicago White Sox’s Yolmer Sanchez (5) slides safely into second base as Los Angeles Angels second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) can’t make the catch during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)ExpandCHICAGO — After the Angels’ 4-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Monday pushed his team to the brink of elimination, Mike Scioscia interrupted a question from a reporter, who asked if they have to “just play until you’re out.”“Play till we’re in,” the Angels manager said. “How about that?”Clearly, Scioscia is maintaining the brave face despite the mathematical reality of the Angels’ situation.Related Articles “He kept the ball down,” Upton said. “He didn’t really elevate any pitches in the zone. That’s tough on the hitters.”Added Mike Trout: “It’s definitely a different Shields. He was moving the ball all around tonight. Keeping guys off balance. The home run, I just got a pitch to hit.”Trout’s 30th homer of the season was announced at 457 feet, which is tied for the sixth longest homer of his career. It also made for the fourth time in his six full seasons he’s hit 30. (He hit 27 and 29 in the other two.) He is one of 10 players to have four 30-homer seasons before their age-26 season.“It’s pretty cool,” Trout said. “But we lost, so it’s disappointing. It was a tough loss.”last_img read more