Tyus Battle excels in new starting role for Syracuse

first_img Published on December 4, 2016 at 11:09 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman The decision to bench Tyler Roberson for the first time in 59 games was an easy one for Jim Boeheim. In Roberson’s last two games, over a span of 34 total minutes, the senior forward scored one point on 0-of-5 shooting. Insert Tyus Battle, Syracuse’s highest-rated recruit in the Class of 2015 but a freshman who hadn’t yet scored in double digits this season.Forty minutes of game time after Battle heard his name announced during pregame introductions for the first time, he had 19 points to his name. He was the primary supporting cast member to Andrew White, who lead SU with 26 points, gifting Boeheim with unexpected validation for the switch.“I didn’t think it would work out this well,” Boeheim said. “I didn’t think Tyus was ready to have this kind of game, but I’m glad he did.”Battle is traditionally a wing player, which showed with his four triples on Saturday in a 77-71 win over North Florida. But playing a more pure shooting guard role, Battle flashed an ability to penetrate that Boeheim has previously said needed work. Battle will get a chance at an encore when No. 22 Syracuse (5-2) faces Connecticut (3-4) under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden Monday at 7 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Starting doesn’t really matter,” Battle said. “It’s just playing on the floor. That’s the most important thing, just making an impact when you get in the game.”As Roberson trotted back to the bench from the pregame huddle with his warm-up top still on, receiving a pat on the back from assistant coach Mike Hopkins, Battle headed onto the floor but took a little while to get going. The freshman only took two shots in the first half in 16 minutes, hitting 1-of-2 3-pointers while White took over.Battle didn’t grab any rebounds or tally any assists in the opening half, but quickly got involved in the second frame with a two-handed flush on a fast break to open the scoring. He was the primary benefactor in the second half of Frank Howard’s penetration, waiting on the wing until Howard drew in Battle’s defender to free up space for the freshman.Battle hit all three of his 3-pointers in the second half and didn’t miss any of his five shots in the latter 20 minutes, leading Syracuse in the second half with 16 points.“I don’t know if he was capable of what he did tonight earlier in the year,” White said. “I’m glad to see him do what he did. He’s growing up a lot as a shooter.”After Battle played a season-low 13 minutes in a 64-50 loss to South Carolina, scoring no points and only taking two shots, Boeheim said the freshman seemed “a little lost out there.”Three games later, the head coach called on one of his youngest players while altering the starting five, something Syracuse didn’t do all of last season.“He just told me to get out there and be aggressive, make plays,” Battle said of Boeheim. “Don’t worry about scoring as much, just make things happen on the floor.”Against North Florida, Battle didn’t seem to worry about scoring in the first half. He didn’t need to. But when White’s production faded, only scoring five points in the final 17:38, Battle gave Syracuse a glimpse at the total package he’s capable of delivering.“His IQ is building a lot and that’s something that I try to help him with a little bit every day,” White said. “So I was proud for him to be able to have that kind of game in his first-career start.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Anel Hadžić got BiH citizenship

first_imgAt today’s session of BiH Council of Ministers, one of the items on the agenda was the citizenship of football player Anel Hadžić.BiH Council of Ministers decided to give Hadžić citizenship and now there are no obstacles for him playing for BiH football team, said general secretary of BiH Football Federation Jasmin Baković.Hadžić was born in 1989 in Velika Kladuša and from 2007 he’s been playing for Ried.Hadžić said that he’s happy that he became the citizen of BiH, since he always wanted to play for BiH, and now he only awaits Sušić’s call.Hadžić added that even if Sušić does not call him, he will not play for any other team except for BiH.last_img read more

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Why were PL clubs so careful with their cash in January?

first_img0Shares0000Gonzalo Higuain was one of few big name arrivals to the Premier League in January © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 1 – Premier League clubs were reluctant to plunge into the inflated January marketplace this season — in stark contrast to last year, when they splashed out a record £430 million on transfer fees.Just £180 million ($235 million) was spent last month, according to finance experts at Deloitte, with the “Big Six” notably restrained. Chelsea spent around £55 million to sign US international Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund but he was loaned back to the German club for the rest of the season.Other than that, loan deals bringing Gonzalo Higuain to Chelsea and Denis Suarez to Arsenal were the only moves that caught the eye for the top teams.All six clubs, also including Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham, are ranked in the top 10 of Deloitte’s Money League so why are they being more careful with their cash?Contenders content with what they haveLiverpool led the way in the summer transfer window, spending more than £160 million and that business has proven to be shrewd, with Jurgen Klopp’s men five points clear at the top of the table and on course to end a 29-year wait to win the league.Christian Pulisic was loaned back to Borussia Dortmund for the rest of the season after completing a move to Chelsea © AFP/File / PATRIK STOLLARZLiverpool have committed to eight new long-term contracts, including deals for Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane since April to help keep their current crop together.Manager Pep Guardiola repeatedly said champions Manchester City were not in the market for new players over the past month.And any plans for arrivals at Manchester United may have been put on ice as the club waits to appointment a new permanent manager and reportedly also a director of football at the end of the season.Money problems for Arsenal, SpursFor north London’s two giants, money has been tight for differing reasons.Arsenal are feeling the pinch following two campaigns without Champions League football, the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette for club-record fees in the past 18 months and highly lucrative contracts dished out to Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.Arsenal have signed Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez on loan © AFP/File / LLUIS GENETottenham have enjoyed the riches of the Champions League for three consecutive seasons for the first time in their history.However, the costs associated with the club’s new 62,000-capacity stadium and delays in moving in meant that despite an injury crisis, Spurs did not add to their squad for a second consecutive window.Summer spendingThe summer transfer window is when most clubs believe the best business is done, with January often a seller’s market.“It’s a very difficult period to bring players in,” said Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands when he correctly predicted a lack of transfer activity at the club’s annual general meeting early in the month.“We don’t want to let our best players go, also other clubs don’t. I’m more focused on the summer window than the January window.”Brexit uncertaintyBritain’s looming exit from the European Union on March 29 is casting a cloud of uncertainty over all British businesses.“Clubs still don’t know what the post-exit arrangements will be, not just with players but across the whole portfolio of their activities,” Simon Chadwick, professor of sports enterprise at the University of Salford told AFP.On top of potential complications in obtaining work visas for foreign players, any hit to the British economy could be felt by the clubs in ticket sales, merchandising and future television rights deals.Borja Garcia, an expert in EU sports policy and governance, agrees that negative implications of Brexit on the Premier League are “undeniable”.However, buying EU nationals in this window might have been a wise move.“Those players already in UK by March 29, so signed before Thursday, should be allowed to stay in UK and have the same rights as British players. No quotas for them or work permits,” he explained.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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