Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 21 Syracuse (21-10, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) fell, 68-46, to No. 13 Duke (26-4, 13-3) Friday night in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals at the HTC Center in Conway, South Carolina. Alongside just nine points from Alexis Peterson and 13 from Brittney Sykes, an 18-point performance from Gabby Cooper wasn’t enough. The 46 points were a season low.The first half was tightly contested, and the Orange entered halftime down just 29-26 after Duke guard Kyra Lambert hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to send the Blue Devils into the locker room with the lead. Cooper paced the Orange with 12 first-half points, but Peterson and Sykes shot just 4-of-17 from the field, as the conference’s two leading scorers entered the locker room with 10 combined points.For the Blue Devils, Oderah Chidom and Lexie Brown combined for 15 first-half points on 6-of-9 shooting, and Duke’s three-two and two-three zone pressured SU into a number of unwanted shots for a majority of the half.“The three-two zone is gonna give you shots in the corner, but you gotta knock them down,” Hillsman said. “We got looks, but we gotta make shots.”The second half was even worse for the Orange from the field, shooting just 21.6 percent on 37 shots. Sykes and Peterson added just 12 combined points to their first half tally, and Cooper cooled off from 3, adding six points in the final half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPeterson finished the game with a shooting percentage just above 19 percent. Hillsman attributed it to Duke’s presence at the top of the key on pick-and-roll plays, which didn’t allow Peterson to drive to the hoop. He said the Blue Devils were also running a “good scheme” on the Orange’s ball actions.“It’s not the result you want,” Hillsman said. “We shot 23 percent, and the key for us is making shots.”Brown finished with a game-high 22 points for the Blue Devils, followed by Kendall Cooper and Chidom with 12 and 11, respectively. The Blue Devils had 18 turnovers on the night, and since SU was unable to convert at the hoop, the Orange failed to initiate its press for most of the game.Isabella Slim started and played 33 minutes for SU, but failed to score a single point all game.The lone bright spot for SU came in the form of Cooper, whose 18 points sat one-shy of her career-best point total. Hillsman said that Cooper’s future is “very bright”, but in a game where Peterson and Sykes failed to carry their weight in the scoring column, even one of Cooper’s best wasn’t enough for SU.“Give Duke a lot of credit, they played solid and they stayed consistent to their game plan,” Hillsman said. “We just got unraveled.” Comments Published on March 4, 2017 at 1:07 am Contact Matt: [email protected]
Lyon, France | AFP |Cristiano Ronaldo made European Championship history as Portugal ended Wales’s extraordinary Euro 2016 journey with a 2-0 semi-final win on Wednesday that sent them into the final. Missing the suspended Aaron Ramsey, they failed to test a Portugal team who had not previously won inside 90 minutes at the tournament.But having reached the last four in their first major competition since the 1958 World Cup, Chris Coleman’s side and their red-shirted fans leave France with their reputation enhanced.West Ham United defender James Collins got the nod for Wales in place of the suspended Ben Davies and he coped manfully with the threat posed by Ronaldo in the first half, although he was perhaps fortunate to escape censure for a penalty-box headlock on the Portugal captain.Ronaldo had to wait until the 44th minute until his first sight of goal, heading over from Adrien Silva’s inswinging left-flank cross, while Joao Mario dragged a shot across goal and wide.With Ramsey absent, there was even more onus than usual on Bale to make things happen for Wales and he was the stand-out player in an otherwise flat first period.– Coleman goes for broke –From Joe Ledley’s training-ground corner he swiped a shot into the stands, while a galloping run down the right wing culminated in a shot that flew straight into Rui Patricio’s gloves.But if the first half was all about Bale, the second was all about Ronaldo.A short corner on Portugal’s left yielded the opening goal five minutes after the restart.Raphael Guerreiro curled a cross to the back post and Ronaldo leapt above James Chester, seeming to hang in the air, before powering a header past Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey’s flailing left hand.Wales had taken control of the game after falling behind to Belgium in the quarter-finals, ultimately winning 3-1, but Portugal gave them no chance of doing that by scoring a second goal within three minutes.Ronaldo was this time the provider, albeit inadvertently, as his mishit shot was prodded into the net by his former Manchester United team-mate Nani.Coleman made three attacking changes, sending on Sam Vokes, Simon Church and Jonathan Williams for Joe Ledley, Hal Robson-Kanu and Collins.Bale twice worked Rui Patricio with swerving efforts from range, but Portugal remained a threat, with Nani, Jose Fonte and Danilo all testing Hennessey.By the end Wales’s fire had burnt itself out, but their fans continued to sing as the seconds ticked away on their unforgettable French adventure. Share on: WhatsApp In what was billed as a shootout between Ronaldo and his Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale, it was the Portugal captain who prevailed, opening the scoring in Lyon with a majestic 50th-minute header that saw him tie France great Michel Platini’s record of nine goals at Euro finals.He also teed up Nani for Portugal’s second goal and finished the night consoling Bale on the Stade de Lyon pitch.“The team did a marvellous job to reach the final. I hope on Sunday you’ll see me crying with joy,” Ronaldo said.“I always said I wanted to win something with Portugal. I’ve been at the highest level for 13 years. The statistics never lie.”Bale told ITV: “We’re obviously massively disappointed. But we’ve got to be proud of ourselves first and foremost.“We’ve given everything, on the pitch, off the pitch. We’ve tried to enjoy the experience of the tournament. We want to thank the fans for all the support we’ve had — it’s been absolutely incredible.”Fernando Santos’s Portugal now go on to a Sunday showdown at the Stade de France with either Germany or hosts France.It will be only Portugal’s second major final after Euro 2004, when a 19-year-old Ronaldo was left in tears on the Estadio da Luz pitch in Lisbon after the hosts were beaten 1-0 by Greece.– Ramsey missed –While Ronaldo — whose three goals leave him one behind France’s Antoine Griezmann in the tournament rankings — aims for his first international trophy, Bale and Wales’s dreams of emulating Greece ultimately came up short.
27 Feb 2018 Langley is top seed in South Africa Tags: South Africa Englishman David Langley fired a big warning shot when he won the 36-hole qualifier in the Sanlam South African Amateur Championship by four shots yesterday.In today’s matchplay, where he’s joined by Jack Gaunt (Drayton Park, Staffordshire), Andrew Wilson (Darlington, Durham) and Callum Mackay (West Hill, Surrey), he promptly won his first round match 3/2.The 23-year-old Berkshire golfer threw down the gauntlet in the qualifier when he opened with a five-under-par 67 in the brutal conditions at Durban Country Club on Sunday.Langley backed up his bid for the Proudfoot Trophy with a two-under 70 and sealed the top spot for the match play stage on an aggregate score of seven-under-par 137.He’s the first English player to capture the trophy since Laurie Canter in 2010, who went on to win the championship.Named after eight-time SA Amateur champion Douglas Proudfoot, the Proudfoot Trophy boasts an illustrious list of past winners, including Mark McNulty, Hugh Baiocchi, Dale Hayes, Denis Hutchinson – the last amateur to win the SA Open – and Major winners Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Trevor Immelman. In recent years, European Tour winners Richard Sterne, Brandon Stone and Haydn Porteous also etched their names on the sought-after silverware.Langley was delighted to join the winners, but quickly added that this was just the curtain-raiser. “The real work starts now,” the Castle Royle golfer cautioned.“I am really pleased and very proud, but I’ve been in this position before. Last year I shot 14-under-par to win the 36-hole qualifier for the English Amateur at the Berkshire and got knocked out in the first round. So don’t pop the champagne just yet. If all goes well, I’ll celebrate on Friday.”Caption: David Langley with the Proudfoot Trophy (Image courtesy GolfRSA).Click here for more information