Elijah Hughes bounces back with versatile offense in SU’s win over Northeastern

first_imgSyracuse’s first possession set a precedent for how Elijah Hughes’ night would go. As the Orange worked the ball around the top of the key, Hughes crept up toward the wing.Frank Howard passed the ball to Hughes, who in one motion, caught and released the ball as two Northeastern defenders closed on him. The ball rattled around the rim and in.It was a different showing from Hughes inside the Carrier Dome who recovered from a subpar performance three days prior against Cornell. Against the Big Red on Saturday, Hughes only scored 4 points. But on Tuesday, the junior used a combination of threes and physicality inside the paint to create offense for Syracuse (6-2) in its 72-49 blowout win against Northeastern (4-5).“Guys are going to have that game,” said freshman point guard Jalen Carey, who finished with four points and three assists. “It’s a part of basketball. It’s how you bounce back.”Since SU’s season-opener, Hughes has been a model for consistency. He became a top-scoring option alongside Oshae Brissett and Tyus Battle, whether it was using his deep range or quickness near the rim.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut three days ago, against Cornell, Hughes said he wasn’t there mentally, his aggressiveness nearly absent. Prior to Saturday, Hughes had attempted eight-plus attempts from the field in every game, only once not reaching double-digit points. He took three shots and missed both of his threes.Hughes tried to change his approach in practice as an opportunity to bounce back quickly came, he said. Northeastern opened Tuesday with a 2-3 zone —  which suits Hughes’ sharpshooter style — and the junior transfer took advantage.His strong performance did come with a few hiccups, though. After his first three, Hughes missed a wide-open shot from beyond the arc a few plays later. Then, in his next opportunity, he traveled after the Orange’s full-court press forced a turnover.But the following play, Howard intercepted a pass and shot the ball up the court to Hughes, who finished through contact in transition, converting the and-1 for SU.Hughes’ basket broke a tie and gave Syracuse a lead it would never lose the rest of the way.Aggressiveness was Hughes’ main focus heading into the Northeastern matchup, something SU head coach Jim Boeheim told the forward he lacked on Saturday night.“He was more aggressive,” Boeheim said. “He got to the basket, got up the court.”The second half began eerily similar to the first, with Hughes’ nailing a three on the Orange’s first possession. This time it was from the corner.Boeheim mentioned that Syracuse quickly broke down Northeastern’s 2-3 zone, prompting a defensive scheme change — a 3-2 zone — from Huskies head coach Bill Coen.Hughes’ opening three out of the break was his lone second-half deep shot, as his other two baskets came inside the paint. He didn’t settle for threes and Hughes attacked the basket, something which he failed to do against Cornell.“Just trying to pick my spots better,” Hughes said. “Get to the rim and shoot when I’m open for three.”Hughes missed just one second-half shot, and finished the game shooting over 50 percent from the field. His success on the floor was not replicated from SU star Tyus Battle, who shot 1 for 7.It resembled a trend that was seen against Cornell. Hughes scored just four points, while Battle picked up the slack and added 26. On Tuesday night, Syracuse’s offense was still able to score 70 points despite Battle’s two points. Hughes’ 17 points were a big reason for that.In warmups before the game, Carey said he could tell Hughes was going to have a strong showing. “You can see it,” Carey said. There was an added focus because Hughes knew the margin for error was slim. Back-to-back weak performances would be alarming.“I was a little frustrated,” Hughes said when thinking of his performance against Cornell. “But I can’t dwell on the past.”That would never come. Hughes kept attacking and didn’t let up. As Syracuse began to pull away midway through the second half, Carey took control of the offense at the top of the key. He flung a pass toward Brissett in the post who was quickly quadruple-teamed.Brissett was able to get the ball back to Carey. The Huskies defense tried to readjust, but Hughes was left wide-open on the baseline. He stood near the right low block with his hands out.A no-look pass from Carey to Hughes slipped by the Northeastern defenders. The Huskies’ Bolden Brace contested the shot, running into the mid-air Hughes. But he finished through contact.There was little emotion from Hughes, who high-fived his teammates and stepped to the line. He didn’t need to show it. Cornell was in the rearview mirror. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on December 4, 2018 at 11:02 pm Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturcolast_img read more

Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma encourages education, voting, activism in fight against racism

first_img“There’s a lot of good cops, too,” Kuzma told Anthony. “There’s all races of people out there in a cop uniform, and it’s more about the system than it is the actual departments. We need police around. Who do you call for anything, you call the police … you’re instilled to kind of lean on it in times of despair.“The biggest thing is just the system, and the system dating back to slavery and how that’s manipulated people’s minds to think that one race should be more than the other.”And when Spears asked Kuzma to identify possible solutions for improving relations with police and ending police brutality, Kuzma offered this: “Make it a little more prestigious to be a cop.”“A lot of people, straight out of high school, they just go to the police academy, and that’s just a way of life,” Kuzma continued. “That’s something I remember in Flint: People either went to the police academy or went to General Motors and worked in the factory. So that’s a prime job, but if its a prime job, you need it to have prime requirements. Like, not only getting into the police academy, we need to have extra requirements to get out of the police academy.”Furthermore, he said, “we need cops that are in these areas of color that can relate to these areas. It’s never made sense to me why someone from Santa Clarita or Orange County is patrolling Compton.”Kuzma also has been stressing education, encouraging those listening to his conversation with Anthony to delve into African history and also to dig deeper into African American history. Kyle Kuzma is making his voice heard.The 24-year-old Lakers forward from Flint, Michigan, has in the past couple of days encouraged education, applauded local and national activism and stressed the value of voting as he’s added his thoughts to the discourse on racism and police abuse in the United States.He shared his perspective in a Players’ Tribune piece, “Ain’t No Sticking to Sports,” posted Tuesday morning, and in a virtual conversation over a glass of wine Monday evening with Carmelo Anthony, the Portland Trail Blazers star.And then, modeling the Black Lives Matter T-shirt available for purchase to raise funds for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Kuzma joined the Undefeated’s Mark J. Spears early Tuesday afternoon for a conversation streamed on Instagram. “That is the most important thing,” Kuzma told Anthony, noting that he previously had misgivings about the validity of voting. “It’s one thing to go out there and march, it’s one thing to go out there and protest, to spread awareness. But if you want real change, it’s not from there, you know? The real change is voting.“But on top of voting, you have to be educated. And it’s both fields: Just because you’re poor or you’re impoverished, don’t believe that you have to automatically vote for Democrats, or vice versa, if you’re super-rich, you don’t have to vote for Republicans.“Actually educate yourself on the policies, educate yourself on what the actual politicians believe in and see if it matches up with what you do. That’s where the ultimate change comes from.”And in the Players’ Tribune piece Kuzma indicated how he’ll be approaching his civic duty: “We have to vote out people that blindly support spending more on police departments than on healthcare and education. And we also have to vote out the people who aren’t making the change that we want fast enough.”Related Articles In Kuzma’s words on the Players’ Tribune:“Racism is about slavery more than anything else, and how those stories of slavery have been passed along to white families for centuries and centuries.“In something called the Cornerstone Speech, the Confederate vice president, who led the people fighting for slavery in the Civil War, literally said their movement was based on the idea that white people were ALWAYS going to be superior to blacks. That from birth, black people were meant to live as slaves.“He said: ‘Our new government foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man.’“And when slaves were emancipated in 1865, and when the Civil War was done, it wasn’t just like boom, black people are free, racism is done, you know?“At that time, black freedom was scary to a lot of white people in this country. There were plenty of people who wanted slavery to continue. I’m talking senators and people in power. Lawmakers with that mindset.“So, laws were put into place after slavery to put black people in a kind of ditch that would be tough to get out of.“Look at the 13th amendment. It abolished slavery except as punishment for a crime. Essentially, they were saying, OK, they’re free now, but they can’t be free if they’re criminals. So, let’s make them criminals. Let’s make rules so tough that it’s easy for them to mess up.”Kuzma said he also wants people to educate themselves on the issues facing society now — and then to take that knowledge and apply it at the ballot box. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers With that in mind, Kuzma ended his Players’ Tribune post by announcing that he’s planning to launch a voting campaign because, as he wrote, “You know, back when this all started, during slavery, the one thing that the white man feared was a black man that had a mind of his own. Someone who could READ. Someone who could WRITE. Someone who could THINK for themselves. Someone who could VOTE.“You know why? Because that person could stand up!!“And that’s what I’m doing and going to continue to do until all people are free.”center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersKuzma addressed the historically strained relationship between black people and the police in all three forums, including his written piece, a wide-ranging, 1,900-word essay in which he also touches on what life was like growing up as the son of a white woman and a black man.“My grandmother was actually a lieutenant in the Flint police department,” wrote Kuzma, who earned a sociology degree from at Utah. “I know there are great police officers out there. But even though that is a part of my family, being black in America, no matter who you are, famous or not, you’re still always going to be paranoid of the cops …“Even as an athlete, I’m still scared when I get pulled over,” Kuzma added. “If I’m driving and I see a cop, I’m checking my rearview mirror for like the next five minutes.“That is the epitome of what this has done to us as black people, living in a racist society. That’s what we have to fear: the people who are supposed to protect us.”Kuzma talked more about it on Monday’s episode of Anthony’s “What’s in Your Glass” series. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more

Rio2 is playing at the Wellington Regent Theater this weekend

first_imgThis week at the Regent Theater: “Rio2” (Movie trailer is below).When: Friday 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.Rated: G. Time: 1 hour 41 minutes.Movie Synopsis: It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in RIO 2, after they’re hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all – his father-in-law.All our favorite RIO characters are back, and they’re joined by Oscar (R) nominee Andy Garcia, Grammy (R) winner Bruno Mars, Tony (R) winner Kristin Chenoweth and Oscar/Emmy (R)/Tony winner Rita Moreno. RIO 2 also features new Brazilian artists and original music by Janelle Monae and Wondaland. (c) FoxRotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 47%. Audience review: 65% approval.Movies ahead at Regent Theater:The Other WomanGodzillaSpider-Man 2last_img read more