How Trevor Cooney is helping Syracuse score, without scoring himself

first_img Published on November 24, 2015 at 6:32 pm Contact Jesse: | @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

Huskies open playoffs with home win

first_imgMclean played an excellent opening game for the Huskies, stopping 28 of the 30 shots he faced, many of which were quality scoring chances.Following game one of the post season, Fort St. John assistant coach Jeremy Clothier talked about how close the game was, saying he wasn’t at all surprised by how close of a game it was, crediting the Vipers on doing a good job clogging the neutral zone and limiting the Huskies speed.He also talked about what was a very physical game.”We expected it to be a physical game and it was important for us to come out and be the more physical team, which will set the tone for the remainder of the series.”After winning game one at home, the Huskies will next travel to the snake pit, playing game two of the series in Sexsmith Friday, Feb. 17. The teams will then return to Fort St. John Saturday, Feb.18 for game three. If Fort St. John can earn a road victory Friday, they will have the opportunity to close out the series at home on Saturday.Advertisement The third period had goals in both ends of the ice. The Huskies struck first, scoring at the midway point of the period. On a two-on-two rush, puck carrier Brighton Campbell made a nice cut into the middle of the ice, drawing both defenders towards him. Campbell then served up a tasty pass to Cole Calliou who was all alone in front of the Vipers net. The speedy centre pulled the puck to his backhand and slipped it low past Heath for a 3-1 lead.The Vipers made things interesting, as a defensive zone face-off loss resulted in a few quick shots on Mclean, one of which created a rebound, which was slipped by the Huskies goalie, making it a 3-2 game.After cutting the lead to one goal, the Huskies found themselves under attack, as Sexsmith began to pour on the pressure, even ringing a shot off the post with just under five minutes to play. The Huskies didn’t make things any easier for themselves, taking 2 penalties in the last 8 minutes of the game, luckily killing both despite a flurry of Viper chances.The final two penalty kills was indicative of the Huskies PK throughout the entire game. The Huskies killed all 7 penalties they faced, something that starting goalie Travis Mclean talked about after the game.”The penalty kill looked pretty good, despite the fact we are working on a new system, one that works better against better teams.”Advertisement 1:15 later at the other end of the rink, Robbie Sidhu found himself all alone on a breakaway, pulling a nifty backhand-forehand move, only to be met by the left pad of Heath, keeping the score tied at 1-1.Fortunately for the hometown fans, the deadlock didn’t last much longer. Cole Calliou worked hard along the boards with five minutes left in the second, chipping the puck to rookie defenceman Dave Marshall. Marshall, who has terrorized goalies with his powerful shot all season long, ripped a slap shot from just inside the blue line, beating a screened Heath and giving the Huskies a 2-1 lead.Both Calliou and Marshall finished the game with two points, each earning a goal and an assist.Despite allowing the go-ahead goal, Heath had a stellar period for the Vipers, turning aside 16 of 17 shots from a Huskies offence that began to find its groove in the second.Advertisementcenter_img The game began a little differently than usual for Fort St. John, as Captain Cody Hildebrand wasn’t suited up in his hockey gear, apparently resting a nagging injury, an issue that assistant coach Jeremy Clothier said “isn’t a big concern at alll; we are just resting him.”As a result, recent roster addition Shawn Holliday was sporting the ‘C’, and came out of the gates like a one-man wrecking ball, clearly looking to set the physical tone early in the series. Holliday threw a number of solid checks within the first few minutes of game, the biggest of which earning him a questionable charging penalty only 1:27 into the game.It took Fort St. John less than five minutes to score their first goal of the post season. The team’s regular season scoring leader Robbie Sidhu, who came out for Wednesday’s game looking energized and determined, went to work early, forechecking hard in the offensive zone. Sidhu got the puck along the wall and used his body well to fight off the Sexsmith defenders, cutting into the middle of the ice and finding wide open rookie forward Blair Karasiuk to the left of starting Sexsmith goalie Nigel Heath. Karasiak quickly shot the puck short side, beating Heath for the 1-0 lead.- Advertisement -The lead lasted roughly ten minutes, as a flurry of shots on Huskies tender Travis Mclean created numerous rebound chances, which despite stopping the majority of shots, Mclean wasn’t able to keep them all out, as Sexsmith tied the game at 1-1.Both goalies faced a fair bit of rubber in the first, each having to face at least ten shots in the period.The second period began with quality scoring chances on both ends of the ice. Roughly 4:30 into the period, the Huskies found themselves under sustained pressure, creating a wide open net for a rebound, which fortunately, the Sexsmith player fanned on.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgTHE line-up could change at the last minute, but here is the official team sheet for Donegal v Mayo later today.DONEGAL: Paul Durcan (Four Masters); Paddy McGrath (Ardara), Neil McGee (Gweedore), Frank McGlynn (Glenfin); Eamonn McGee (Gweedore), Karl Lacey (Four Masters), Anthony Thompson (Naomh Conaill); Neil Gallagher (Glenswilly), Rory Kavanagh (St Eunan’s); Ryan Bradley (Buncrana), Leo McLoone (Naomh Conaill), Mark McHugh (Kilcar); Patrick McBrearty (Kilcar), Michael Murphy (Glenswilly), Colm McFadden (St Michael’s).MAYO: David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites); Kevin Keane (Westport), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Lee Keegan (Westport), Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe), Colm Boyle (Davitts); Barry Moran (Castlebar Mitchels), Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber), Alan Dillon (Ballintubber); Michael Conroy (Davitts), Enda Varley (Garrymore), Jason Doherty (Burrishoole).  ALL-IRELAND FINAL: DONEGAL TEAM V MAYO was last modified: September 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ALL-IRELAND FINAL: DONEGAL TEAM V MAYOlast_img read more