How Trevor Cooney is helping Syracuse score, without scoring himself

first_img Published on November 24, 2015 at 6:32 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+ Before the season, Trevor Cooney was confident that a roster full of shooters would give him more opportunities to score.“I definitely think I, personally, can only benefit from us having more shooters this year,” Cooney said at Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Media Day on Oct. 28. “The shots I am going to take are going to be better and the whole floor will be opened up for everybody to make more things happen. I think it will allow me to score more honestly.”But through Syracuse’s first three games, teams have stayed glued to Cooney on the perimeter despite the Orange’s other threats. In turn, he’s created for his teammates more than they’ve created for him. Heading into SU’s (3-0) 2:30 p.m. date with Charlotte (1-2) in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on Wednesday, the fifth-year senior has made just six of 20 3-pointers and is averaging a misleading 13 points per game.His scoring average is boosted by an 18-point game against St. Bonaventure in which he shot 8-of-11 from the free-throw line. As for scoring from the perimeter, Cooney’s opportunities have been limited and he’s been most effective going to the rim.“In years past I haven’t attacked the rim and I just settled with just passing the ball around,” Cooney said after Syracuse beat Elon, 66-55, on Saturday. “I’m happy to be aggressive and attacking, and it’s created a lot more for this team which is good.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the offseason, Cooney worked on his ball-handling with SU assistant coach Gerry McNamara. The drills were aimed at making Cooney, known as a spot-up a shooter, a more versatile scorer. He’s said that he feels much more comfortable putting the basketball on the floor.That was evident against Elon, when Cooney regularly attacked the rim in the second half. He missed his only 3-point attempt in the first half on a contested look, and his penetration helped the Orange score 10 points in the paint in the last 20 minutes. Cooney also saw a lapse in perimeter pressure on a Michael Gbinije drive, and knocked down an open 3.“Him getting to the rack, it opens things up for the bigs and the other guards,” Gbinije, SU’s starting point guard, said. “Teams aren’t expecting him to do that, they’re chasing him off the line and he’s going in there and that’s going to benefit us.”After Syracuse beat the Phoenix, head coach Jim Boeheim said the team isn’t getting Cooney enough good looks. And while that may be true so far this season, this year’s Orange is reliant on Cooney and more likely to benefit from the attention he draws.When teams blanketed him last year, it created opportunities for Ron Patterson, Kaleb Joseph and a timid Tyler Roberson. But when Elon switched on every first-half down screen Syracuse gave Cooney, Roberson found mismatches and open space, and finished with a career-high 20 points.In the coming games, teams that pressure Cooney will also hand jump shots to Gbinije and freshman Malachi Richardson. Then he can drive to the basket and the offense will open up more.“I would hope guys guard me the same way as they did last year,” Cooney added in October, “and that will create even more things for other people.”So far that’s what’s happened. It hasn’t led to more points on his stat lines, but will have unseen effects on others. Commentslast_img read more

Der Klassiker: Bayern head to resurgent Dortmund

first_imgInjury-hit Bayern Munich head to resurgent Borussia Dortmund on Saturday shorn of their top stars and with the hosts out to prove there is still life in Germany’s ‘Der Klassiker’.The Bundesliga has been won twice each by Dortmund and Bayern over the last four years and the media has dubbed their meetings ‘Der Klassiker’ – Germany’s answer to Spain’s ‘El Clasico’ between Barcelona and Real Madrid.But a glance at the Bundesliga table highlights Dortmund’s dramatic fall from grace this season with Jurgen Klopp’s side currently tenth having started February bottom of the table after a disastrous run of results.In contrast, Bayern are ten points clear in the league table and heading towards a third straight league title.But Pep Guardiola’s Bavarians will be missing injured key stars Arjen Robben, David Alaba and Franck Ribery at the Signal Iduna Park.Defender Holger Badstuber is struggling with a hip injury, but veteran striker Claudio Pizarro is set to return from a leg injury. Bayern lost for the third time this season last time out going down 2-0 in Munich to Borussia Moenchengladbach, a fortnight ago.There is, however, no talk of an upset from the Dortmund camp.”At the moment it’s certainly not a top-of-the-table clash when you look at the table,” admitted Dortmund’s director of sport Michael Zorc.”But it will still grab the attention of millions of fans across Germany.”‘Bad news’ -With Germany winger Marco Reus in superb form for both club and country alongside top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Dortmund have the attack to cause Bayern problems.”We have generally never given up on a home game in advance,” said Klopp, who will be without Germany squad members Kevin Grosskreutz and Erik Durm.”I would suggest we don’t talk much and instead try to put in a good performance.”We’re not at the same level as Bayern and, unless I am mistaken, we never have been, but we have never considered ourselves to have no chance and that also goes for now.”With five wins and two draws in their last seven league games, Dortmund have pulled away from the Bundesliga’s relegation zone. They are free to focus on their domestic form following their Champions League exit to Juventus in the last 16.Even missing Ribery, Alaba and Robben, Klopp expects Bayern to be dangerous.”We still have to reckon with some top quality from Bayern, those boys can all play football,” he said.”But the fact is, Bayern will have to make a few changes without their three fastest players, which is what we have to be concerned about.”You have to prepare yourself for how the opposition will line-up against you.” Without Robben, Bayern’s top scorer this season with 17 goals in 21 games, Guardiola will be missing some pace on the flanks, especially on the left without wing-back Alaba and winger Ribery.”It’s bad news,” said Bayern captain Philipp Lahm.”They are really important for us. We mustn’t complain, we need to look forward.”We’ve got a big squad and have to compensate for losses like this.”Fixtures: SaturdayBayer Leverkusen v HamburgVfL Wolfsburg v VfB StuttgartHoffenheim v Bor. MoenchengladbachWerder Bremen v Mainz 05Eintracht Frankfurt v Hanover 96Freiburg v CologneBorussia Dortmund v Bayern MunichSundayAugsburg v Schalke 04Hertha Berlin v Paderborn–last_img read more