How Trevor Cooney is helping Syracuse score, without scoring himself

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

“Achievements must be decided in the field, not in the offices”

first_imgBorja Garcia (Madrid, November 2, 1990) chat with AS on the phone and explains how he is carrying the confinement. Follow the marked guidelines by the Girona technical staff and the nutritionist with the illusion that the League to resume soonor. He does not want the season to be canceled because he intends ascend to First. He is self-critical about his performance, “I can still give much more” and refuses to talk about the future. The last summer discarded Primera offers to continue in Girona. If there is no promotion …How do you handle confinement?There are boring moments, but we must be responsible, supportive and stay at home. When all this happens there will be time to go outside.What are you trying to distract yourself with?With everything I can (jokes). I speak with family and friends and I’m from television, I don’t have a console. I watch series, movies and sports that play. I really like the street, but now you can’t go out so I take the opportunity to train.The coaching staff sends them training guidelines. Are you having a hard time working out at home?Yes. Besides, obviously, it is not the same to be on a soccer field than at home. I try to do as much as possible, follow the guidelines of the technicians and the nutritionist well for when we return to train, do it in the best way and have no problem. We have a very important goal this year and we cannot waste time.What information do they request from the technical staff?Every morning we send photographs of the weight and report our physical and emotional state and the hours of sleep. With the nutritionist we also have an almost daily deal because we ask him for advice and follow his recommendations so as not to overdo it. Eating well is very important. Do you think the League will resume?We are with uncertainty. It is clear that we want to finish the League as it is because we have a very important objective such as promotion, but there is something even more vital than health. We want to train and play again, but first everyone’s safety must be guaranteed.What do you think of the option to cancel this League?I wouldn’t see it fair. Safety must first be ensured and, once this pandemic is over, resume competition. There are 11 games left, which are many, and I would not care to play them in summer or when it was. You have to compete because the achievements of the teams must be decided on the field, not in the offices.Would you be willing to play without an audience?Football without the fans loses its essence. We like to play with our fans in the stands because they live it just like we do. Football always with an audience. A sports worker and one of his colleagues tested positive for coronavirus. Worried?Yes, but like the entire population. We want a quick recovery for everyone and what we must do is stay home and help in any way we can. We must have peace of mind.His Girona currently occupies playoff positions. Did this break come in one of your best moments?Yes, because we had a good streak of games without losing and we were, and still are, convinced of being able to make a great final stretch of the season. We hope to play again and make our goal come true, which is to move up.center_img Are they able to directly upload to Primera?That is what we will fight for. The team is eager to have more regularity because it is true that we have as a pending task to make a definitive leap. When it was possible to get hooked to the first two classified it has not been achieved. It can be achieved because that is why many of us stayed this season, to return Girona to First Division.In the future key. What would happen if Girona failed to climb? Will you follow or accept any offer you have from Primera?I have a valid contract here. I am ambitious and I think we can achieve the goal this year. I’m here for it and I don’t think further.Do you see your team ready to play a hypothetical promotion playoff?Definitely. We are a few of us who have lived through the playoff and would fight to reach the goal. Of course, we do not rule out reaching the two positions above. But in these uncertain times it is difficult to talk about it. We must go day by day.How do you rate your season?I can still give much more. There have been days in which I have been well, but I must demand myself. I hope that the League resumes and demonstrate all my football.Injuries have punished them this season. The last to fall was Brandon …Yes, we are not having luck. Valery in preseason, Aday also had a problem and Brandon will no longer play this course. He is a person who brought joy, fresh air to the team and was sporty at his best. These days of break we hope that everyone gets well.Some First and Second clubs have done an ERTE. Has the club communicated any of this to you?What we want is for this to happen as soon as possible and if we can help in any way we will.What message do you want to send to the Girona fans?Let them stay home and try to pass the time as well as possible. It is a moment of union, of taking care of yourself. We hope to be playing in Montilivi soon, celebrate victories and at the end of the season, promotion.last_img read more