Butler, Sykes lead Syracuse to comeback win after slow starts

first_imgQuentin Hillsman looked at the scoreboard and then at Brittney Sykes and Brianna Butler. He didn’t mince words. He told them they needed to step up.It was during a timeout late in the first half. The two had combined for just five points thus far and not surprisingly, Syracuse was down.“I said, ‘If you guys don’t start scoring, we’re not going to win the basketball game,’” Hillsman said. “‘There’s just no chance we can win if you’ve got two points and you’ve got three points.’“And they responded.”Syracuse’s top two scorers couldn’t get anything to go down in the first half, but eventually combined for 37 points in the Orange’s (12-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) 76-70 win over Georgia Tech (11-5, 1-2) on Sunday. The duo scored 11 of 12 points in a game-changing 12-point run to give SU a lead late in the second half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe late effort helped the Orange to its first ACC win as a member school in front of 772 fans in the Carrier Dome.“My teammates were getting on me,” said Sykes, who finished with 14 points. “Coach was getting on me about being too calm in the game. I had to step up for them to help them win the game.”Down the stretch in the second half, it was all Butler and Sykes. Butler — SU’s best 3-point shooter who finished with 23 points — connected on a 3-pointer to start the 12-0 run. Then, just more than a minute later, she tied the score at 63.With the score tied at 67 and 2:20 to play, Sykes was dribbling the ball up in pressure. The hounding defense left Butler wide open in the corner. Sykes found Butler, and she nailed it to give Syracuse a lead that it would not relinquish.“I think in the first half I kind of beat myself,” Butler said. “I think in the second half and toward the end of the first half, when I hit that first 3, it definitely made me more confident and I was able to knock down each of the shots.”Hillsman said he was concerned that Butler wasn’t looking for the 3. He said Georgia Tech was forcing her to drive to the basket, which hindered her from doing what she does best.“There are not many players in basketball that can light it up like neon, shoot the ball and make it every time they touch it,” Hillsman said. “You have to make shots, you can’t let teams turn you into a driver.”But the comeback also came on the soft touch of Sykes. Though she made only one shot in the first half, she was 3-for-3 from the field and 6-of-6 from the foul line in the second. Her jumper with 4:17 left gave SU its first lead in 14 minutes, and her free throws iced the game for Syracuse in the waning seconds.Sykes said SU’s second-half effort was a wake-up call for her team, which has blown a second-half lead in three of its four losses.“As soon as we ran in the locker room, we were all celebrating the win. But we came to realize that we can’t go back to the way we used to play,” Sykes said. “The ACC is a great conference and these teams are ready to battle.“We’re ready to battle with them.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 12, 2014 at 5:18 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3last_img read more


first_imgREPORTSBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionDrumoghill F.C. 2 Kildrum Tigers 2 Christopher O’Donnell’s late header ensured Drumoghill salvaged a point from this pulsating clash at The Moss. Only time will tell how crucial this point will be when the final points are tallied at the end of the season, but it is a point that puts Drumoghill clear at the top of the table for now as well as ensuring that opponents Kildrum Tigers are kept at bay. For so long though it looked like Drumoghill would secure all 3 points after David O’Carroll’s brilliant volley put them ahead early in the second half. There seemed little danger as O’Carroll gained possession on the edge of the area but he swivelled and drove the ball into the top corner on the half volley. It would’ve been a goal worthy of winning any match but a late double strike from Gareth Colhoun looked like it might secure the points for the visitors as the game ebbed and flowed from end to end. Colhoun’s equaliser arrived on 81 minutes after a period of incessant Kildrum pressure, Drumoghill finally succumbing after Paul McCauley had saved from Shane McIntyre but could only look on in despair as Colhoun hammered home the equaliser. Colhoun then put his side ahead on 86 minutes after Damian Crossan had sent him clear to again give McCauley no chance in goal for Drumoghill. Sandwiched between Colhoun’s double strike though was a gilt edged opportunity for Chris Malseed to restore his side’s lead. After a brilliant one two between Richie Moore and Paddy Rafferty Malseed found himself clear on goal but Bovaird’s brilliant block ensured the scores remained level. Just as Kildrum were ready to celebrate a crucial win Drumoghill restored parity. It came from Benny Bonner’s deep corner in added on time and O’Donnell rose highest to somehow squeeze a header past Jonny Mc Ginty at the back post and level the scores. The goal sparked wild scenes for the home side as they celebrated what could be a vital point. A terrific game in which neither side deserved to lose. Referee: Joe Mc HughThe Saturday League CupDrumkeen United 4 Arranmore United 1Having lost both League games against the Islanders it was the Home Team who came out on top in this League Cup Semi Final at St Patrick’s Park on Saturday afternoon. It was very cold in Drumkeen and there was still a hint of snow in the air as this game kicked off. The first half was a tight enough affair with very little between the teams. Anthony Browne had an effort for Drumkeen which hit the crossbar and bounced down onto the line and into the arms of a grateful Arranmore goalkeeper. At the other end Gavin Mc Glanaghey had a shot which went just wide and so it remained scoreless at the break. Peter Brannigan fired the home team ahead early in the second half. Gavin Mc Glanaghey is always a goal threat for Arranmore and he equalised shortly afterwards when he got on the end of a ball over the top and finished well past keeper Michael Gibson. Drumkeen were dominating the second half and playing some nice football and it was no surprise when they took the lead. Aron Doherty got the goal when he got a great touch on a cross from the right wing. Anthony Browne got the third goal and it was no more than he deserved as his strong runs from midfield had been causing Arranmore problems throughout the game. Arranmore did a have couple more efforts from Gavin Mc Glanaghey but by and large the home defence were very solid and keeper Gibson was largely untroubled throughout the second half. Peter Mc Namee is always a good bet to score for Drumkeen and he added a fourth goal following a pass from Anthony Browne. This was a good all round team effort for Drumkeen but a special mention for Anthony Browne and Liam Mc Gill who were both excellent in midfield. A team effort for Arranmore who tried hard throughout but it was not to be for them as they found the home team too good on the day. Referee: Liam McLaughlin Orchard F.C. 1 Glencar Celtic 2Glencar Celtic defeated Orchard F.C. in the semi-final of the Saturday League Cup. Two Seany Houston goals saw Glencar come from behind after Micheal Doherty had given the Orchard men the lead at the Flagpole Field. Glencar will now play Drumkeen United in the Saturday League Cup Final on Saturday next at a time and venue to be confirmed.The Saturday League ShieldFintown Harps AFC 0 Mulroy Celtic 3Mulroy Celtic will play Drumbar F.C. in the inaugural Saturday League Shield Final. The Final will take place on Saturday next with the time and venue yet to be confirmed by the League. Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve DivisionCappry Rovers Reserves 3 Glenree United Reserves 0Cappry started the game well and had a few early chances. Glenree’s defence held them out until the 22nd minute when Conor Laverty scored following a through ball from Michael Lafferty. Cappry kept pressing for a 2nd but couldn’t find a second goal before half time. The home side made it 2-0 in the 57th minute when Conor Laverty scored a penalty. The home side made it 3-0 in the 80th minute when Ross Doherty scored. Two team performances.Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic 0 Drumoghill F.C. 5An understrength Kilmacrennan Celtic played host to league leaders Drumoghill on Sunday at Errigal College. Drumoghill dominated the full 90 minutes scoring the first of their five goals after just 3 minutes. They doubled their lead in the 7th minute before going 3 up in the 14th minute. Kilmacrennan’s goalkeeper was kept busy for the full game with shot after shot coming from Drumoghill. Kilmacrennan had a few chances but they had no luck. A penalty and an OG Completed the Drumoghill tally. Best for Kilmacrennan were: Jason Hegarty and Liam Mc Bride. Best for Drumoghill: Pajo RaffertyMilford United 1 Kildrum Tigers 1Milford and Kildrum shared the spoils at Moyle View Park in a tight game. In a game of 2 halves Milford should have led and we’re unlucky not to score. Milford pushed for a goal and it came with 15 minutes to go when Jonny Logue fired home from 10 yards. Kildrum played well in second half and scored through Jonny Mc Intyre with a tap in from 2 yards with 7minutes to go. Milford pushed again for the win and Kildrum should have scored only for poor finishing and good saves from Caolan Mc Gettigan. A draw was probably a fair result. Referee: Marty QuinnCastlefin Celtic 0 Glenea United 3Castlefin suffered a disappointing home defeat against a rampant Glenea side. In the opening exchanges Castlefin started the brighter and were unlucky not to take lead with chances falling to Barry Tourish and JP Malley. The visitors upped their game and were rewarded when Aodhan Ferry broke down the left and squared to Ciaran Mc Geady who tapped home with 42 minutes played. In the second half Glenea started where they left off and doubled their lead when Mc Geady broke clear and finished well after 55 minutes. The hosts pressed to cut the deficit but were caught on the break when Mc Geady picked up a loose to complete his hat-trick. Team performance from Castlefin. Best for Glenea: Ciaran Mc Geady. Referee: Mick Lagan St. Catherines 1 Rathmullan Celtic 1(No match report received)Temple Domestic Appliances Division OneDonegal Town 4 Lifford Celtic 2Donegal started this game the better of the two sides and dominated possession for the first twenty minutes. Despite Donegal’s bright start it was Lifford who opened the scoring against the run of play. Paul Martin’s fine strike left the Donegal keeper no chance. It wasn’t long until Donegal levelled the scoring. The Lifford defence struggled to deal with a Donegal corner kick and Danny Mc Garrigle fired the ball into the net from close range. David Graham put Donegal a goal ahead on the stroke of half time following a Joe McIntyre cross. Colin Carlin grabbed a goal for Lifford midway through the second half to level the scores for a second time. Donegal were soon back on top, this time through Joe McIntyre. McIntyre’s free kick from the edge of the box bounced awkwardly in front of the Lifford keeper and found the back of the net. Declan Browne secured all the points for Donegal late in the game. Benny Byrne headed a back post cross across the goal and Browne made no mistake heading home from close range.Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 0 Lagan Harps 2Lagan Harps went into Sunday’s League encounter with Kerrykeel ’71 FC. knowing that a win would secure the Temple Domestic Appliances Division One title and with it would come promotion to the Premier Division. This would be a great achievement and the weight of expectancy seemed to burden Keith Hegarty’s men as they fumbled their way through the first half. Their best efforts were foiled by Shane Sandilands, the Kerrykeel goalkeeper. Five minutes into the second half they made the breakthrough when Kevin Kelly was fouled in the penalty area and up stepped Mark Hunter to despatch from twelve yards. Still Lagan found it difficult to settle and it wasn’t until Hunter added his second that Lagan relaxed and played a more fluent brand of football. Kerrykeel are to be commended for their efforts on the day, with Convoy Arsenal and Donegal Town also in the running for the League crown, they put up a good fight against their Manorcunningham based opponents. Referee: Ed Moore.Bonagee United 2 Convoy Arsenal 3Convoy came close on three minutes after a cross from Paul O’ Leary into the box fell to Anthony Bogle but he shot wide from ten yards. Bonagee took the lead on fifteen minutes when Chris Darby shot home from the edge of the box. Darren Harvey levelled for the visitors three minutes later when his free kick from twenty yards found the top corner of the net. The home side went ahead on twenty three minutes when a strike from outside the box by Eamon Cannon found the back of the net. Eunan Kelly made it two each on thirty nine minutes when Darren Harvey crossed from the right and he headed home from six yards. Convoy got the winner on eighty minutes after the ball fell to Garry Brolly after a goal mouth scramble and he shot home from six yards. Ciaran Mc Carron saw his strike from outside the box hit the bar for the home team on eighty six minutes. Marty Mc Elhinney saw his strike on ninety minutes well saved by the Convoy keeper. Referee: Paddy Duffy.Cranford United 0 Raphoe Town 3Raphoe Town gained three points from this match against Cranford United but the outcome had no bearing on the league table on the last day of matches in the Division.RESULTSWednesday 13th April 2016Drumoghill F.C. 2 v 2 Kildrum TigersSaturday 16th April 2016The Saturday League CupDrumkeen United 4 v 1 Arranmore UnitedOrchard F.C. 1 v 2 Glencar CelticThe Saturday League ShieldFintown Harps AFC 0 v 3 Mulroy CelticGlencar Inn Saturday Reserve DivisionCappry Rovers Reserves 3 v O Glenree United ReservesSunday 17th April 2016Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic 0 v 5 Drumoghill F.C.Milford United 1 v 1 Kildrum TigersCastlefin Celtic 0 v 3 Glenea UnitedSt. Catherines 1 v 1 Rathmullan CelticTemple Domestic Appliances Division OneDonegal Town 4 v 2 Lifford CelticKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 0 v 2 Lagan HarpsBonagee United 2 v 3 Convoy ArsenalCranford United 0 v 3 Raphoe TownFIXTURESFriday 22nd April 2016 K.O. 7 p.m.Brian Mc Cormick Cup Semi-FinalMilford United v St. Catherines @ Diamond Park, BallyareSaturday 23rd April 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)The Saturday League Cup FinalDrumkeen United v Glencar CelticThe Saturday League Shield FinalDrumbar F.C. v Mulroy CelticSunday 24th April 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionKildrum Tigers v Gweedore CelticCappry Rovers v Drumoghill F.C.Brian Mc Cormick Cup Semi-FinalCastlefin Celtic v Glenea United @ Diamond Park, BallyareDONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: April 18th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more