Buddy Boeheim provides offensive spark off bench in Syracuse’s win over Miami

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Buddy Boeheim’s eyes widened as he sat on the bench. Miami’s defense opened up in a zone, a shooter’s dream. He thought about the opportunities he’d get once on the court.Eleven minutes later, Syracuse trailed the Hurricanes by six and had shot 33 percent from beyond the arc, as offensive possessions often came up empty-handed. SU head coach Jim Boeheim signaled toward his son, who checked into the game.All season long, coaches and players alike reiterated the same thing to Buddy: shoot the ball. The freshman entered with expectations that he’d be one of the Orange’s secret weapons. It didn’t happen right away, as he shot 22 percent in nonconference play and rarely saw the floor in meaningful games. But now, in Syracuse’s most important games, like Thursday night against Miami, Buddy has provided a spark in the form of instant offense. In just 15 minutes, the 6-foot-5 guard scored 12 points and nailed three 3s, while adding a pair of assists in the Orange’s (14-5, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) 73-53 blowout win over Miami (9-9, 1-5).“(Buddy’s) playing out there with guys that are offensive guys that people are worried about,” Boeheim said. “He’s just gotta find his spots and get his looks. He hit some big ones in the first half, we were struggling to get anything going there for a while.On one Buddy shot, Tyus Battle threw his hand in the air immediately after Buddy released. Battle had been double-teamed and Buddy stood in the left corner alone. Battle’s early celebration was indicative of Buddy’s recent success. Battle knew the ball was going in. It swished.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBuddy made his next two attempts and within three minutes already tallied nine points. He added a free throw later in the half and entered the break with a team-high 10 points. It had been a long time coming for Buddy, who has shot 50 percent from beyond the arc through six ACC games.“I could tell in nonconference, I wasn’t really consistently shooting (well) in practice,” Buddy said.That translated to in-game struggles. While he tried not to let the pressure get to him, Buddy admitted it was tough struggling right out of the gate when he was expected to be a 3-point threat. Most of the time, his shots were open, too. He performed his usual catch-and-shoot routine and watched the ball fly toward the net. The ball just rarely fell through.All the while, his teammates and coaches harped on one thing. Buddy had a green light, regardless of if he were making his shots. It was only a matter of time before a shooter would find his groove. Then came Pittsburgh, where Buddy shot 4-of-5 from 3 and scored a career-high 13 points in just 19 minutes.“He knows he can shoot,” Boeheim said after the game. “He had probably the best few days of practice this week that he’s had all year. He made everything. Literally, made everything.”Syracuse entered conference play one of the worst shooting teams in the country. Before upsetting then-No. 1 Duke on the road, the Orange ranked last in the ACC in scoring.SU downed Duke before returning to the Dome and beating up on a Pittsburgh team fresh off an upset over top-15 Florida State. Five days later, Syracuse pummeled the Hurricanes. In those three games, the Orange have been red hot from 3, shooting 45.7 percent from beyond the arc in 81 tries. Buddy has been key in that turnaround, shooting 75 percent from deep himself.“That’s what Buddy does,” said Hughes, who added 22 points and six 3s in the win. “He comes in and makes shots. He was huge for us today.”On Thursday, Buddy analyzed the defense from the sideline. He watched as the defense flashed a packed-in zone. Miami wanted Syracuse to shoot 3s. They were “baiting” the Orange, Buddy said. When he checked in, nothing changed. Miami’s defense stayed inside. So Buddy pulled the trigger again and made his third straight. Buddy added a pull-up jumper and even drove inside the paint a few times. That was the key to his breakout, multiple players said.“He’s getting open looks and knocking it down,” the 43-year coach said. “Simple as that.”Yes, the Miami defense focused more on Hughes. Yes, the defense focused more on Battle, who scored just 10 points yet picked up nine assists. And yes, the defense focused more on Frank Howard, who started off the game hot and often ran the offense.That didn’t matter to Buddy. He found open space and just waited. It was only a matter of time before the ball found him. And when it did, there were no Hurricanes around.It was just Buddy, the ball and a 3-point line inches in front of his feet.center_img Published on January 24, 2019 at 11:50 pm Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturcolast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo meets Michael Jordan: ‘We made history’

first_imgWe made history A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Jun 23, 2019 at 3:34pm PDT The Juventus star has been on a family holiday in the French Riviera ahead of beginning preseason with the Serie A champions.Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, is regarded as one of soccer’s greats, while Jordan — a six-time NBA champion and five-time MVP — is arguably the greatest basketball player ever. View this post on Instagram Ronaldo, 34, posted an image alongside Jordan on Instagram, simply writing: “We made history.” Greats of their respective sports, Cristiano Ronaldo met with Michael Jordan on Sunday.last_img

Interior Minister Apologizes To Gambians On ID Card Issues

first_imgBy:Kebba AF TourayThe Minister for the Interior Ebrima Mballow, on Monday June 25th 2018, apologized to Gambians on the long delay in resolving the ID card issue, which he disclosed, is due to technical and legal issues regarding the contract.Mballow offered his apology before Deputies at the National Assembly, in response to a question put to him by the Minority Leader and Member for Niamina Dankunku, Samba Jallow. The Minority Leader asked the Minister to provide Deputies with an answer on the issues surrounding the production of ID Cards and the time his Ministry will start issuing them.Mballow fin response stated that Government has decided to recognize the contract they signed with SEMLEX in April 2016 and that hopefully, production will start in 90 days.“The contract has been re-negotiated and amended. It is now before the Ministry of Justice for final review and conclusion. In the interim, the Ministry will issue another press release for the Financial Institutions to continue to recognize expired ID cards and other valid national documents for identification purposes,” Mballow said.On why Gambians are not issued with the country’s National Identity document, as raised by the Member for SerreKunda West, Madi MK Ceesay, Mballow expressed shame over the issue, and said this has been lingering for some time now.“I appreciate the patience and understanding of the general public. The contract for the issuance of ID cards is before the Cabinet and as soon as approval is granted, my Ministry will implement production and issuance accordingly,” he said.why awarding of contract to produce National Documents such as ID cards, Passports and Driver’s license to either SEMLEX a Belgian Company or Pristine a Gambian Company still not effective”, asked Ceesay in a supplementary question asked the Minister why they awarded the contract to produce National Identity documents to SEMLEX or Pristine before; that the contract to these Companies has not yielded anything for Gambians.Mballow responded that with the exception of ID cards, the Company issues both the driver’s license and biometric passports for residents in the Gambia and the machine readable passports for those in the diaspora.Foroyaa will keep readers informed with the report of the remaining Supplementary Questions, in subsequent editions.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Soneva is launching a

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSoneva is launching a collection of private residences for sale at its newest resort, Soneva Jani in the Maldives. Opening in October 2016, the overwater and island villas offer the ultimate in desert island living, located within a 5.6-kilometre lagoon with uninterrupted 360-degree views of the Indian Ocean.Soneva made history five years ago by being the first developer to offer foreigners the opportunity to purchase resort real estate at its highly acclaimed Soneva Fushi resort. Due to its success and the enthusiastic demand from repeat guests, Soneva Jani is now being launched for would-be owners looking to purchase their own piece of paradise.The new resort is situated on the island of Medhufaru, which is part of an uninhabited five-island cluster in the Noonu Atoll. The main island is fringed by pristine beaches and blanketed with tropical greenery.At Soneva Jani there will be 24 water villas and one island villa, with additional island villas planned at a later stage. Every water villa has a private pool and opens to its own stretch of lagoon, with some villas featuring slides going directly from the top deck into the lagoon below.A highlight of the water villas is the retractable roof in the master bedroom, which slides back at the touch of a button so that guests can lie in bed and stargaze. Like all other Soneva properties, the spacious villas feature beautifully designed interiors by Eva Shivdasani, one of Soneva’s co-founders, and are made from the highest quality sustainable materials.“We live in an ever more crowded and developed world. Soneva Jani is one of the lowest density resorts in the world. Just 25 villas are built in an area that stretches nearly five kilometres. When designing and building Soneva Jani, I was very mindful that when we open, the area should seem as natural and beautiful as the first day I laid eyes on it,” said Sonu Shivdasani, Founder and CEO of Soneva.“Soneva Jani is a place of incredible natural beauty. The waters in the lagoon have the most vibrant shades of blue that I have not seen anywhere else in the Maldives. We have an extensive array of marine life, including turtles, rays and occasionally dolphins, and the lagoon is an excellent place for kayaking, sailing and swimming as it is calm, shallow and extends for miles and miles,” said Olivia Richli, the Pre-Opening and General Manager of Soneva Jani.Soneva Jani will include all of Soneva’s popular features including a spa, a dive centre, an observatory, a children’s den, organic gardens and an outdoor Cinema Paradiso. The cinema will be the first ‘silent cinema’ in the Maldives, as guests will be given Bluetooth earphones to watch movies so as not to disturb the nesting wildlife in the area.The resort will serve global cuisine at five dining outlets, and will feature Soneva’s ubiquitous cheese, chocolate, ice-cream and charcuterie rooms that are complimentary for all guests. Various destination and specialty dining experiences will also be available.In constructing the resort, Soneva kept its environmental impact as low as possible. The pools use seawater with UV filtration and the villas have been built over the sandy floors of the lagoon, with no damage to any part of the reef. Soneva’s Eco Centro Waste-to-Wealth centre will ensure that waste is recycled, while the extensive vegetable garden will give local produce for the restaurants based on organic principles.Prices start at USD $3 million. The villas are sold on a renewable leasehold basis.The residences receive a strong cash yield when rented out, with villa guests paying from $1800 to $30,000 per night, and owners can opt to put their property in a managed rental programme.There are regular direct flights to the Maldives (Malé International Airport) from the UK with British Airways flying several times per week with a flight time of 10 hours. There is also a choice of indirect routes with other airlines such as Emirates, Etihad, Singapore Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. The resort is then only 35 minutes by seaplane from Malé Airport or a 12-minute speedboat ride for guests on domestic flights landing at the nearby Dharavandhoo Airport.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more