Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 11, 2020 at 9:24 pm Contact Nick: firstname.lastname@example.org | @nick_a_alvarez Without its leading-scorer Elijah Hughes for a majority of the contest, Syracuse (14-10, 7-6 Atlantic Coast) fell to North Carolina State (16-8, 7-6), 79-74. The Orange have now lost three of their last four. Tuesday marked Syracuse’s sixth conference matchup decided by four points or fewer, but SU moved to 3-3 in such matchups.Here are some takeaways from the contest. Elijah, Elijah, Elijah After tipoff, Hughes crossed half court with a slight hitch in his step. Syracuse’s best player suffered a muscle strain before the game, ESPN reported, and grimaced before exiting in the contest’s opening 2:33. Hughes wouldn’t return due to a “lower-body injury,” per SU Athletics, stripping the Orange of his 19.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Hughes reached the Orange bench, he weakly punched his seat. He threw on a blue, Syracuse-branded zip-up and sat with ice attached at the hip. Brycen Goodine, the late-game hero that helped Syracuse beat Wake Forest on Feb. 8, checked in. With a similar rotation that featured more of Goodine and freshman forward Quincy Guerrier, SU had mixed results. Initially, the Wolfpack piggybacked Hughes’ absence into an early lead. The offense, mainly in Buddy’s hands, stagnated. Goodine missed an open dunk. Fans groaned. It wasn’t until Girard scored seven of nine-straight points for SU that the unit regained momentum. Girard attacked the paint, easily dribbling past NC State’s full-court press. Girard finished with 30, helping replace Hughes production. With the score close in the second half, no one specific player filled Hughes’ role. Four different scorers reached double-digits for SU. And Hughes, who normally dominates the ball when Syracuse needs to score late, clapped from the bench. Ultimately, it wasn’t enough. Not as likely The Wolfpack entered the contest 237th in the country in 3-point-percentage (31.9%). Braxton Beverly led them with just 38 makes from deep. Buddy, by comparison, leads Syracuse with 82. Yet the expected outcomes reversed on Tuesday night. NC State connected on 11 shots from beyond the arc. Buddy and Girard, meanwhile, went three-for-18, as the Orange’s team 3-point dip continued. Hughes’ injury didn’t help matters, but NC State routinely created offense out of the high post. At least two different players assisted 3s from the spot, usually feeding an open red jersey. Into (and out of) foul trouble Foul trouble has worsened Syracuse’s depth issue all season. Hughes’ injury exacerbated the weakness. Bourama Sidibe and Dolezaj each committed five and four fouls, respectively. In their place, Guerrier and Jesse Edwards strung together strong performances with Buddy also at small forward. NC State dealt with its own foul issues. Starting forward DJ Funderburk and center Manny Bates recorded four apiece, limiting Bates — the leading-shot blocker in the ACC (three a game) — to 14 minutes. Comments
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Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters But here both teams are, within 3 ½ and 4 ½ games of the teams atop the standings, in the thick of the action in the wild Western Conference, as they prepare to meet for the second time this season.The first time in Sacramento, the Clippers had to work hard for a 133-121 victory, then their ninth win in 10 games.They’d build a lead and the Kings would chop it down, thanks in part to a career-high 26 points from Bogdan Bogdanovic and Marvin Bagley III’s 18 points and 10 rebounds.Afterward, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers complimented the upstarts from Northern California.“(Kings coach Dave Joerger) has done a hell of a job,” Rivers told reporters at that Nov. 29 game. “They play at a pace, he’s got them all believing in that pace. He plays the 10 guys, they’re running up and down the floor … they don’t stop. I really enjoyed watching them play.”FLEXING NOT ALLOWEDDuring his team’s narrow defeat at Golden State on Sunday, guard Patrick Beverley appeared to take exception as Warriors superstar Steph Curry appeared to be preparing to flex his biceps after coming down with an offensive rebound amidst a crowd of Clippers.Replays showed Beverley batting the ball out of Curry’s hands and the two exchanging thoughts. Related Articles Despite personal preseason predictions such as Tobias Harris’ — “Our expectation,” he said in September, “is to be in the playoffs,” — the Clippers have proved to be one of the NBA’s biggest surprises.At 19-14, they’re more than halfway to the oddsmakers’ forecast of 35 to 36 victories. They’re hovering among the West’s top eight teams, despite ESPN’s projection they’d finish 11th, and +400 odds that they’d make the playoffs and -600 odds that they wouldn’t, per Bovada.But the Clippers are not the surprise of the season so far.That distinction belongs to the 18-15 Sacramento Kings, who visit the Clippers on Wednesday at Staples Center. Although Twitter users had fun debating the sequence, either praising Beverley for keeping “some small bit of toughness and pride in this league” (@CooperTWatson), or mentioning that Curry was on his way to dropping 42 points on Beverley and his cohorts (@tris_txn), Beverley insisted there wasn’t much to see there.“It’s just, you know, we’re a tough team,” he said. “They’re a tough team, too. There’s a lot of things that we allow and some things we don’t allow, and some things they don’t allow – and we won’t allow that. Basketball is gonna stay basketball.” Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Even less was expected of the Kings, whom oddsmakers determined were least likely to make the playoffs. One of the least experienced teams in the NBA, 11 of 17 players on Sacramento’s roster are playing, at most, their third NBA season. General manager Vlade Divac described the squad as a “super team, just young” as they entered what was expected to be a season of growth, not necessarily contention. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
A 25-year-old man who was charged last year with causing the death of his common-law wife in a motorcycle accident was found guilty and sentenced to two years in jail on Tuesday by Magistrate Fabayo Azore.Laurent McGarrell was arraigned on a charge of causing the death of his 20-year-old common-law wife, Gaitri Sahadeo, who was killed in a motorcycle accident at Providence, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on June 23, 2017. A breathalyser test conducted on McGarrell after the accident had determined that he had a blood alcohol level of 40 micrograms, which is over the legal limit.In addition to the causing death charge, McGarrell was also arraigned on a slew of traffic-related charges, namely driving without a driver’s licence, driving withoutJailed: Laurent McGarrellthird-party insurance, driving without a safety helmet, carrying a pillion rider without protective head gear, driving a motorcycle while being under the influence of alcohol, and driving a motorcycle without consent from the owner.He denied the charges of driving under the influence and taking the motorcycle without the owner’s permission, but admitted to the other traffic-related offences.He was fined $7500 for each of the charges in relation to driving without a helmet and carrying a pillion rider without the protective head gear, and was fined $30,000 for unlicensed driving; while the breach of insurance offence also attracted a penalty of a $30,000 fine.McGarrell was disqualified from acquiring or being able to hold a driver’s licence for any class of vehicle for a period of 12 months.During his first appearance last year, he broke down in tears and told the court thatDead: Gaitri Sahadeohe “is not in the right frame of mind”.Nevertheless, a psychiatric evaluation later proved that he was fit to stand trial.Reports are that the June 23, 2017 fatal accident occurred on the eastern carriageway of the Providence Public Road about 00:30h when the motorcycle suffered a blowout. Sahadeo, who was the pillion rider, had sustained severe injuries to her head because she had not been wearing a helmet at the time of the incident. She later succumbed to her injuries at the Georgetown Public Hospital.