Paschal Chukwu’s career day comes on the boards in 68-61 loss at No. 3 Virginia

first_img Published on January 10, 2018 at 5:22 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Paschal Chukwu sat under the stanchion, his right leg resting on the ground while he grimaced and held his left in the air. The injury seemed to cast a large shadow on Chukwu’s career night.Seconds before, Syracuse freshman forward Oshae Brissett had received a pass in the left high post and Chukwu, on the opposite high post, ran over to set a screen on De’Andre Hunter, Brissett’s defender. Chukwu briefly set it and then, as Brissett dribbled by, he tried to slip by Hunter toward the basket, but Hunter’s left knee knocked Chukwu’s right and the big man immediately hopped away from the play on his right foot.Syracuse’s star guard Tyus Battle drove into the lane and hit a turnaround jumper, but by then Chukwu had laid down, flipped his goggles up over his headband and tried but failed to get up. The trainer helped him off the court and talked to him extensively on the bench and, suddenly, three minutes later he was back on the floor, doing what he had done all night with a putback lay-in after a Battle missed 3.“After the last game, Coach (Jim Boeheim) really got on us about (rebounding), trying to go harder after every rebound,” Chukwu said, referencing Syracuse’s 42-to-27 rebounding disadvantage in its Jan. 6 loss to Notre Dame. “I was fortunate enough to grab them today.”Syracuse’s redshirt junior center nabbed a career-high 16 boards and scored nine points in Syracuse’s (12-5, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) 68-61 loss to No. 3 Virginia (15-1, 4-0) on Tuesday night at John Paul Jones Arena. All four of Chukwu’s baskets came off one of his 10 offensive rebounds. He hit one of his two free throws while adding two blocks and an assist. Syracuse’s inability to close the gap enough to press and Frank Howard’s streaky shooting ultimately doomed the Orange, but Chukwu’s presence on the boards allowed SU to hang around for as long as it did.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textVirginia head coach Tony Bennett said he prepared differently for Chukwu because at 7-foot-2 he’s so much larger than most centers in the ACC. The Cavaliers attempted 27 triples on Tuesday, which is more than its season average of 20 per game. But Bennett said he didn’t mind because it opened up the high post and they were well-rotated possessions and “good looks.”When asked if Chukwu’s presence influenced that increase, Bennett listed Chukwu’s stats and said, “You know you’re going to have to get quality shots from elsewhere (than inside). … You can’t muscle through that guy. There’s not a lot of good stuff happening when you challenge him at the rim.”Bennett also attacked the Orange’s 2-3 zone by trying to stretch Chukwu thin. With shooters on the perimeter forcing Syracuse to play up on the wings, UVA ran redshirt freshman forward De’Andre Hunter to the high post and passed to him. Twice, he turned and lofted a jumper over a late-to-rotate Chukwu, who had been busy accounting for both Hunter and the ball in the corner. Hunter hit a few jump shots en route to 13 first-half points, which would be tied for his third-highest output in a game this season.Chukwu soon learned, though, that Bennett wouldn’t fall into a pattern in the second half. The Cavaliers sent guard Ty Jerome and forward Isaiah Wilkins to the high post to switch up looks.“Sometimes they had a passer or a shooter (at the high post) to make the defense think about the decision,” Chukwu said. “That’s what they did today. Coach (Boeheim) got on me because whenever (Hunter) comes up, he’s just trying to shoot it. And Coach really told me about it and be really aware of that and see who can really make that shot or if he’s there just to pass.”Chukwu’s effectiveness shone after a player shot from the high post, though, because then the center went to the defensive glass and did what he does best for Syracuse.last_img read more

England quartet target South African titles

first_img Max Orrin, who topped the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit in 2012, has been named with three other members of the England squad to compete in two major tournaments at George in South Africa next month. Orrin (North Foreland, Kent) will be joined by Jamie Rutherford (Knebworth, Hertfordshire), Toby Tree (Worthing, Sussex) and Josh White (The Wisley, Surrey) for the Ten Nations Cup at Kingswood Golf Club on 6th – 9th February and for the South African Stroke Play Championship at Oubaai Golf Club on 12th – 15th February. The Ten Nations Cup involves four-man teams representing Argentina, Australia, Colombia, France, Ireland, New Zealand and Scotland as well as England and South Africa. Wales were scheduled to play in the event but have withdrawn. The competition will be decided on the aggregate score over 72 holes of stroke play with the best three scores in each round to count. The South African Stroke Play Championship will involve 144 players with a cut after 36 holes, the leading 65 players and ties completing the final two rounds. Orrin (image Copyright Tom Ward) 18, the reigning Kent champion, hit top form last year, winning the Thunderbird International Junior Tournament in Arizona, while at home he finished runner-up in the Darwin Salver, McEvoy Trophy, the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the Duke of York Young Champions Tournament, third in the Carris Trophy and reached the last 16 of the British Boys. He also won five and halved the other of his six matches for England in the Boys Home Internationals and represented GB&I against Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy. Rutherford, 20, the English County Champion of Champions in 2011, finished seventh on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Men’s Order of Merit in 2012 after a highly successful year, capped by his full England debut in the Home Internationals. He also finished third in the Brabazon Trophy in which he won the Henriques Salver for the best performance by a British player aged under 20, and joint fourth in the South of England Amateur Championship, a repeat of his finish in 2011. Tree, 18, has been capped at every level since winning the English Boys Under 14 Championship in 2008. He made his full England debut against France at Rochester & Cobham last May and also represented his country in the European Boys Team Championships and the Boys Home Internationals in 2012. The Sussex teenager won the Gauteng North Open in South Africa last winter, finished fifth in the Carris Trophy and reached the Amateur Championship quarter finals. Also last year, he represented GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy and was England’s representative in the Junior Ryder Cup. White, 21, finished fourth in last year’s Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Order of Merit after sharing top spot in the West of England Stroke Play Championship and winning the Berkshire Trophy for the second successive year. The former Surrey champion also won the Philip Scrutton Jug for the best aggregate from the Berkshire and Brabazon Trophies. Like Tree, he made his full England debut against the French and also played in the Home Internationals. He made a fast start to 2013 by finishing runner-up in the New Year Invitational in St Petersburg, Florida. 25 Jan 2013 England quartet target South African titles last_img read more