Published on November 13, 2015 at 9:07 pm Syracuse (1-0) used a torrid first half to edge Lehigh (0-1), 57-47, in the Carrier Dome on Friday night. Here are three quick thoughts on the Orange’s season-opening win.1. Role reversal After Syracuse jumped out to a 20-point lead after 20 minutes, Lehigh roared back into the game and Syracuse found itself in an unfamiliar situation.The Mountain Hawks, for much of the second half, shifted into a 2-3 zone to slow down Syracuse’s breakneck game and claw back. It left the Orange searching the perimeter for open shots, and only after Trevor Cooney andMichael Gbinije made 3s toward the end of the game did Lehigh switch back into a man-to-man defense that SU could penetrate against.The unveiling of Syracuse’s refocused perimeter offense got off to a slow start and Lehigh’s zone only magnified that. The Orange finished just 11-for-34 from beyond the arc, but made enough shots at the right times to avoid a season-opening upset. The game — just one short look at how SU plans to play this season — showed that Syracuse is capable of both living and dying by its ability to hit 3s.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Monday, it lived. But the Mountain Hawks were only picked to win the Patriot League and the season is very young.2. Fresh legs Freshman forward Tyler Lydon provided a big boost for the Orange on Friday night, but not by scoring the basketball.Lydon played 28 minutes in place of starters Dajuan Coleman and Tyler Roberson — Coleman for foul trouble after picking up two early and a third with 15:36 left in the game, and Roberson for poor rebounding and defense. Lydon was very active on both ends, finishing with four points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks. In his collegiate debut, Lydon’s biggest effects on the game come on hustle plays. He frequently went to the floor after loose balls and made two athletic saves under the Orange’s rim to kickstart the fast break in the first half.Junior center Chinonso Obokoh was also impressive in place of Coleman, finishing with four defensive rebounds and a game-high four blocks.3. First-half defense sets the toneIn the opening possessions of the game, Lehigh looked like it would expose Syracuse’s 2-3 zone all night. Entry passes found open players in the short corner. There was room to attack out of the high post. Any adjustments by the Orange promised to open up the perimeter for the Mountain Hawks’ shooters.But then Syracuse picked up defensive intensity and scoring opportunities vanished. Lehigh scored just 12 first-half points while shooting 2-for-23 from the field and 1-for-10 from 3. The Mountain Hawks also committed 12 turnovers, and didn’t score a field goal for the final 13:14 while the Orange went on a 12-3 run.Lehigh tweaked its offense, rediscovered the holes and opened the second half with an 18-4 run, turning an inevitable blowout into a tight contest. But it didn’t matter that the regular-season debut of SU’s 3-heavy offense was underwhelming, because Lehigh’s first-half output put it down 20 points it couldn’t make up for. The Hawks finished 2-for-17 from 3, which was the biggest impediment on its comeback chances.Syracuse, with just one player shorter than 6 feet, 4 inches in its nine-man rotation, ultimately used its length to stiff arm an upset bid. And it probably won’t be the last time that happens this season. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Former Asante Kotoko striker, Eric Bekoe has revealed that Liverpool Star Mohammed salah always looked up to him during his time in Egypt.Bekoe played for Egyptian side Petrojet between 2009 and 2012, after he left Kotoko.At the time, 18-year-old salah was with the youth side of Al Mokawloon. The Egyptian has since gone on to become a huge star.Bekoe, 34, has now revealed that he played a role in inspiring a young Salah.“I was a big player in Egypt. Mohamed Salah and other young Egyptian players wanted to be like,” Bekoe told Nhyira FM.“Oh yeah.“…..Mohammed Salah of Liverpool picked me as his role model. During my days at FC Petrojet, Salah was young boy playing for the youth side of Al Mokawloon who trained with Petrojet.“Salah was a left-winger who wanted to score more goals because he is clinical upfront. He sometimes cried because his efforts on wings doesn’t result in goals.“One of their coaches pushed him forward which helped his progression before leaving Egypt for FC Basel”Bekoe scored 65 goals in over eighty matches he featured for Egyptian club FC Petrojet before leaving in 2012.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena High School and Alpena Community College partnered up to build a bridge between exiting high school students and incoming college freshmen by making, what they call, a connection. That was the theme for this year’s conference. WBKB has more on what took place.Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/WBKBTV/ Twitter | https://twitter.com/WBKB11 Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/wbkbtv/AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious United Way of Northeast Michigan Welcomes New Director: Sonya ThomasNext Alpena’s Summer Movies By The Bay Returns Friday With A Roar
Bechem United CEO Kingsley Osei Bonsu says new coach Manuel Zacarias will be on probation for three months. The Portuguese trainer arrived in Accra last Saturday to seal the move which will see him replace coach Kwame Opuni.But Kingsley Bonsu popularly known as Lord Zico says past experiences with expatriate coaches have triggered their decision to put Zacarias on probation.He will be on probation for about three months and if everything goes on well we will sign him,” he told Joy Sports in an exclusive interview“We are taking this decision because of past experiences- at first expatriate coaches we hired wanted us to relocate from Bechem because they felt the facilities here were not up to what they worked with from wherever they are coming from.“That aside a coach will come and you will see he will not have respect for management or even the technical team he will be working with so based on this past experiences we have taken a decision that he will be on probation.” Zacarias has coaching experience from Bahrain where succeeded with a top-flight side but had scouted for FC Porto and acted as assisted manager at Nacional in Portugal. He also managed Braga’s second string side in the Portuguese second-tier league.His experience on the African continent includes managing Guinean side CI Kamsar. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports