Sideline Cancer’s 3rd-quarter run sinks Boeheim’s Army in TBT quarterfinals

first_img Published on July 11, 2020 at 6:26 pm Contact Thomas: tgshults@syr.edu | @ThomasShults5 Facebook Twitter Google+ The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Sideline Cancer’s run began with just over two minutes to go in the third quarter. On a fastbreak, SC’s Jamel Artis drove down the lane and found Dion Wright on the right side of the basket. Wright collected the pass, spun to his right and shed a defender before finishing the uncontested layup to improve Sideline Cancer’s lead to 39-34.By the end of the third, the run had become 11-0 and extended to 24-2 before a layup from John Gillon. No. 22 Sideline Cancer turned a tie at halftime into a 14-point lead over No. 3 Boeheim’s Army and cruised to a 65-48 victory in The Basketball Tournament’s quarterfinals.While the teams combined to shoot 3-for-30 from 3 in the first half, Sideline Cancer found its rhythm in the second. Marcus Keene struggled, not scoring until late in the third quarter, but Maurice Creek led all scorers with 22 points. With the loss, Boeheim’s Army has now failed to make TBT’s semifinals in five of six tournaments.“They’ve been very heavily relying on (Keene),” Gillon said before the game. “But one point I made was we can’t let someone else kill us just because we take him out of the game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGillon’s warning foreshadowed the result for Boeheim’s Army. After slowing down Sideline Cancer in the first half, Boeheim’s Army’s defensive strategy started to falter. With just over seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, down 50-34, Demetris Nichols turned the ball over, dropped his head and sighed heavily.A few possessions later, Donte Greene took a fade-away, contested 3-pointer from the corner, which bounced off the side of the rim. SC’s Remy Abell collected a pass before blazing past Eric Devendorf for an easy layup to continue Sideline Cancer’s game-deciding run.Before the matchup, Andrew White III said that Keene would struggle against the 2-3 zone. Unlike man-to-man, Keene couldn’t drive in the lane on one defender. However, when Boeheim’s Army switched to man defense, Sideline Cancer and Keene gained momentum.“If you go back and watch the film, every time I scored is when they went man-to-man in the second half,” Keene said. “The zone threw me off, I feel like it threw the whole team off.”As the second half continued, the bench for Boeheim’s Army became quieter and quieter, while Sideline Cancer head coach Charles Parker continued to scream encouragement.“Attack, attack, attack,” Parker yelled from the sideline.Four McGlynn scored two points and added four rebounds for Sideline Cancer in a quarterfinal win against Boeheim’s Army. Courtesy of Ben SolomonWhile both teams continued to struggle from 3, Sideline Cancer continued its second-half run with a rebounding advantage. Even without Diamond Stone — who missed the game because of injury — Sideline Cancer’s Eric Thompson finished with 18 rebounds and dominated on the glass from the beginning of the game.After winning the opening tip, Sideline Cancer strolled down the court before shooting a 3. After the shot fell short, Thompson, in between Greene and Malachi Richardson, collected the rebound and quickly laid the ball in for an early 2-0 lead.Greene’s struggles from 3 continued on offense. Shot after shot fell short, sometimes as an air-ball, while others barely scraped the rim. Greene finished 0-for-6 from 3 with just eight points.Only four players scored over eight points for Boeheim’s Army, and Devendorf led with 14 points on 6-for-16 shooting. After taking care of the ball against Men of Mackey, BA finished with 11 turnovers.With seven minutes and 20 seconds left in the second quarter, Gillon drove into the lane and began a Euro step. He lost control as he hopped from his right foot to his left with the ball over his head, and Richardson jumped for a contested layup minutes later. The ball spun off after rolling around the rim, and Sideline Cancer collected the rebound.As Sideline Cancer began its fastbreak, Will Rayman intercepted a lazy bounce pass. The Colgate graduate reversed the transition offense and attempted a contested layup of his own. But like Richardson and Gillon, Rayman couldn’t convert.By the third quarter’s midpoint, Sideline Cancer was in full control. Even Keene – the focal point of BA’s defense – was starting to find open looks. With a 2-3 zone in disarray in front of him, Keene hit a wide-open 3 from the wing to extend Sideline Cancer’s lead. And as those looks became more and more common in the fourth quarter, Boeheim’s Army inched toward its tournament exit.“We had our chances, we had our shots,” BA head coach Ryan Blackwell said. “We had another shot today and we just didn’t capitalize.”center_img Commentslast_img read more

Lakers offer positive signs with Kobe Bryant, young teammates despite loss to Kings

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error He sank two consecutive jumpers. Julius Randle hit a 3-pointer that cut the Kings’ lead to 108-107 with 4:29 left. He converted on the layup before his awkward fall to give the Lakers a 111-110 advantage with 2:37 remaining. “I thought he played great,” Scott said of Russell. “I thought that whole group did. That’s why I left them in.”Randle offset his six points with 10 rebounds. Lakers forward veteran Brandon Bass held Cousins to five points in the fourth quarter before finishing with 29 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. And Russell sensed that his teammates respected his play-calling after routinely lamenting that lack of respect throughout the season.“I know the work I’m putting in. I really just want to build the confidence of my teammates to look at me and if I make a play call or I call something,” Russell said. “Me being young, I’ll definitely mess up a lot more than I’m going to make the right play. But I want my teammates to be able to trust me and look at me as a veteran guard running the team. “It was great. I tried to lead vocally and put guys in the right spot. But it didn’t work that way. It was more lead by example and make plays for others and make good plays for the team. It played out well.” That all played out while Bryant sat the entire fourth quarter after posting 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting and three assists in 31 minutes. “Even if I had 15 or 17 minutes or something like that, I’d much rather watch the young guys play,” Bryant said. “They played really, really well and worked really, really hard. It’s important for them to figure out how to close those games out without me on the floor. I’m obviously not going to be there next year. It’s not important for me to learn how to do those things.”Before, Bryant put on a show when the Lakers’ loss appeared inevitable after trailing 24-5 to open the game. “The rhythm took a backseat to being (ticked) off,” Bryant said. “It was like sink or swim time. That helped me get into rhythm pretty quickly.”After missing his first two shots, Bryant went on a tear on which he scored 18 points on a 7-of-12 clip in the first half. He made a turnaround 12-foot jumper. Bryant threw a no-look pass to Russell for an open layup. Bryant threw down Clarkson’s lob. Bryant opened the third quarter hitting two consecutive 3-pointers and a baseline jumper.“We keep asking those questions on how this guy continues to perform the way that he dos sometimes with a week off with a slight injury and then coming back, you wonder about his timing and you wonder about his conditioning,” Scott said of Bryant. “But then he goes out and plays like he hasn’t missed a beat. It’s just remarkable sometimes.”When he reflects on this game years from now, Bryant may mostly remember the cheers mostly drowning out the boos and cowbells during starting lineup introductions. Then, Bryant looked at the King’s retired jerseys, including Vlade Divac, Chris Webber and Peja Stojakovic, and shook his head.“I’m looking up there and going, ‘It felt like yesterday I was just playing against them,’” Bryant recalled saying. “With their numbers retired, what the hell am I still doing here?’ If I hadn’t decided to retire now, that would’ve made me retire immediately.”Or maybe when the Kings presented between the first and second quarters a tribute consisting of still photos that read, “5 time NBA champion, 2 time Olympic gold medalist, 1 amazing rival. Thank you Kobe.” The Kings did not include any of Bryant’s highlights during the Lakers playoff victories from 2000-2002 to avoid riling up the fan base. “It’s a sign of respect,” Bryant said. “Even though we’ve been enemies for so many years, it felt good to feel that respect from them and for me in turn to reciprocate it.”Or maybe Bryant will remember this marked the game in which he became the youngest player to eclipse 33,000 points after missing the past three contests because of soreness in his right shoulder. Bryant also threw down an alley-oop dunk from Clarkson in the second quarter in what Scott called a “young man moment.”Said Scott: “I told him, ‘Hey, didn’t we talk about no more dunking?’”Said Bryant: “I told him, ‘Two hands, I’m okay.’ I went to the basket earlier in the game and I thought about dunking it. My legs felt fine. But then I felt my shoulder. I’m not going to chance it.”Or maybe Bryant will mostly remember this game for seeing Russell grow. “Ya’ll ain’t seen nothing yet,” Russell said. “That’s all I’m going to say. They got lucky. The world hasn’t seen anything yet.“You got to see. I know I want I can do. Ya’ll just have to see.” And to think, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak reportedly told season-ticket holders that “we cannot move on as a team until Kobe leaves.” In an extensive interview on Thursday with Time Warner Cable SportsNet, Kupchak elaborated. “It’s not that Kobe isn’t allowing us to develop our younger players,” Kupchak said on TWC SportsNet. “In fact, it could benefit our younger players they can make mistakes where in more normal circumstances they would be criticized more publicly.” But against Sacramento, Bryant’s farewell coincided with his younger teammates developing. It may have still ended in a Lakers loss. But in this season, the Lakers will accept any small victory they can. “I just know what I’m capable of doing,” Russell said. “So when I don’t do it, you can throw the excuse that ‘you’re young and it’s a process,’” But I know what I can do. But staying patient and putting in the hard work and keeping God first. The sky’s the limit.” X-rays turned out negative, though Russell conceded uncertainty on if he will play in Friday’s game against Oklahoma City at Staples Center.“I feel like they got lucky with that one,” said Russell, who walked with a limp and had his ankle heavily taped. “Honestly, if I wouldn’t have went down, I probably would’ve hit some bogus shot and we would’ve won it.”Instead, Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson committed a turnover in the final moments to blemish his 15 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter. Lakers guard Lou Williams also missed a 3-pointer that could have forced overtime.“I thought it was a good look,” Williams said. “I was a little stiff. When D’Angelo goes down another guy has to step in. I wish I had a few more minutes to get my motor going again. But that’s how the cards fell. I got a look at the rim. I felt like I could’ve made the shot and missed it.”Russell rarely missed his shots in the fourth quarter. center_img SACRAMENTO >> The night started with Kobe Bryant offering flashes of his former self. It ended with D’Angelo Russell offering flashes of his future.The night started with questions about Bryant’s sore right shoulder. It ended with concerns about Russell’s right ankle. The night started with signs of another debilitating Lakers loss. It ended with the Lakers mounting a furious comeback, though the result became the same with a 118-115 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Thursday at Sleep Train Arena.After once trailing by as many as 27 points, the Lakers went on a 46-18 run. They can thank Russell, their rookie point guard who posted a career-high 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting, four assists and two steals before leaving the game as the Lakers led 113-112 with 1:46 left shortly nursing what the Lakers called a moderately sprained right ankle. He awkwardly landed after making a late layup against Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. Russell tried to play through it before telling Lakers coach Byron Scott, “I can’t run.” last_img read more