Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s season-opening victory over Kennesaw State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 23 Syracuse opened up its season with an 89-42 rout of Kennesaw State on Friday night in the Carrier Dome. Here are a few quick thoughts from the blowout.B.J. Johnson can playAnd score. With the Syracuse bench shortened by Michael Gbinije’s absence, Johnson played 14 minutes of the first half and was the team’s co-leading scorer with 11 points at the break.He added six rebounds and a pair of assists, committing his lone turnover on an outlet pass intended for Trevor Cooney off of a rebound.The sophomore forward’s career-high scoring night of 19 points and eight rebounds started with 14:30 left in the first half when he came in for Tyler Roberson and gave the Orange a boost with four points in a 39-second span in the middle of the first half.When Cooney and backup center Chinonso Obokoh left the floor with about a minute and a half left to make way for SU’s walk-ons, Johnson left with the regulars.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textChristmas is playing like he shouldWhen he’s on the court, Christmas is proving himself to be a threat offensively. He’s demanding the ball now and taking his man to the hoop almost every time he gets it in the paint.Early in the second half he directed the offense from the top of key. His first half was reduced to just 10 minutes on the floor after he picked up his second foul with 12:07 left in the first half.After Kennesaw State’s 6-foot-10 center Willy Kouassi was whistled for his third foul just three minutes and 18 seconds into the second half, Christmas continued to do what he pleased to KSU’s defense.Christmas finished with 21 points and nine rebounds in 24 minutes of play.Patterson is PG3Kaleb Joseph played limited minutes after appearing to roll his ankle early in the game. With Gbinije out, that left Ron Patterson to run the point when Joseph left the game.It didn’t matter too much as Syracuse’s stifling zone defense turned the second half into a series of Orange fast breaks only interrupted by SU dominating in the paint.He did throw a transition pass over Cooney and Jim Boeheim’s head with 1:41 to play, but the Orange already led by more than 40 at that point.In conclusion, we now know who Boeheim’s third-choice point guard is. Comments Published on November 14, 2014 at 9:36 pmlast_img read more

New Personal Record for Mesud Pezer

first_imgA few days ago, Bosnian shot putter performed in the outdoor competition in USA. He won second place by throwing a ball 19.70 meters. This was the first outdoor competition for him this season.After only few days, he performed in another outdoors competition and made his personal record. He threw the ball 20.00 meters, which was enough for the 4th place.The first place went to Joe Kovacs, American, current winner of the World Cup that was held in Beijing.The second place went to Nicolas Scarvelis, who threw the ball 20. 61 meters. An interesting connection between Nicholas and Pezer is that two of them competed against each other at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona in 2012. Pezer finished on the second place back then, while Nicholas ended as tenth.Third place went to Braheme Days, who threw the ball 20.21 meters. Braheme is another thrower that Mesud met before. Together, they performed at the World Championship for younger juniors in Lille, 2011. Braheme was more successful than Mesud back then as well. He finished on third place, while Mesud was sixth.“Mesud Pezer threw a ball 20 meters outdoors for the first time and also improved his personal record. It’s nice to see him throwing over 20 meters after his results of 20.22 meters, 20.6 meters and 20.01 meters in hall this winter. Mesud is not throwing the best technically, so we can expect from him much more and a new personal record outdoors. I congratulate him on this result, “said Pezer’s coach, Vesteinn Hafsteinsson, as announced from the Athletic Federation of BiH.(Source: read more