Syracuse cruises past Virginia Tech
The Syracuse Orange team showed why they are one of the best defensive teams and should not be taken lightly. The Syracuse Oranges completely rendered ineffective one of the best offensive basketball teams with their defence. Virginia Tech came into the Carrier Dome with impressive stats of field goal percentage lead and one of the best scoring offences with 91.3 points per game. But all of their offensive might could not match Syracuse’s 2-3 defensive zones. Virginia Tech could manage only 18 for 52 from the field with a dismal 34 percent field goal attempt. The Hokies also laboured from the three-pointers, just converting 10 out of the 30 shot. Virginia Tech also scored the lowest points this season in this match. Their previous low was a 63 which they won against Presbyterian. Syracuse, on the other hand, enjoyed a much better game winning 68 to 56. Their freshman Oshae Brissett led the charge scoring 19 points and nine rebounds. The Orange’s guards Frank Howard and Tyus Battle scored 17 points apiece, and Matthew Moyer netted 11 points with 13 rebounds. Syracuse started off brilliantly shutting down Virginia and led 32-19 by the end of the first half. They carried on their solid defence throughout and won the game.
Gamecocks lose opener against Ole Miss
South Carolina looked depleted as they lost the game against Ole Miss. With a few players out injured, the misery just kept on rocking for the Gamecocks till the end of the night. Both Hassani Gravett and Kory Holden were on the bench, the former with a sprained ankle and the latter due to a hamstring injury. South Carolina had to play a freshman at point guard and a rookie at forward; such was their condition. To add more misery, Gravett’s replacement, Wes Myers got into foul trouble in the first half. By the end of the match, in front of almost a 6000 strong crowd, the Gamecocks lost 74-69 and dropped down to 4 losses and 0-1 in the league. Coach Frank Martin had his hands tied due to many injuries, but he made smart decisions and helped stage a fight. At the end, it wasn’t enough though. Martin reported that he was proud of the team’s fight and promised to do better in the future games.
Coby White- a new star found
The John Wall Invitational is one of the foremost high school basketball tournaments. The tournament helps shape many stars for the future. One such player is Greenfield Knight’s, Coby White. The Tar Heel guard enjoyed a fabulous season with his team reaching the finals where they lost out to Garner Trojans. The young player accounted for most of the team’s points in the entire tournament and smashed the scoring record of Donald Williams.