MLAX : Syracuse intends on altering shot selection, break ‘bad habits’

first_img Comments The frustration and regret sets in immediately.As soon as Bobby Eilers takes a high shot, he knows the opposing goaltender is going to make the save. The goalie barely moves. His stick stays in one spot, and the ball lands right in the head of the stick.One poorly placed shot is a mistake. But several high shots are detrimental to Syracuse’s chances to win games.‘You need to keep changing it,’ Eilers said. ‘Coach will tell you as soon as you come to the sideline, your linemates will tell you. You know right away, as soon as you took that shot, it’s a bad shot. You know you have to change it up.’Throughout the Orange’s last game against Villanova, an 11-10 loss, SU’s shooters rarely changed it up. They took high shots all game long, sending the ball right at the goaltender’s eye level for plenty of easy saves. The No. 14 Orange (4-3, 2-1 Big East) begins arguably the roughest part of its schedule starting with its game against No. 8 Duke (8-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., at 4 p.m. Sunday. Changing the plane on shots will be critical for Syracuse to turn its season around.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter the setback against the Wildcats, SU head coach John Desko was at a loss for words. He couldn’t explain why his players repeatedly fired high shots. Desko said they talked about it during the game, but it didn’t result in smarter decisions.Outside of taking the shots himself, there wasn’t much Desko could do.On Tuesday, Desko said the problem is rooted in the ‘bad habits’ of several players, which makes it especially difficult to change the way they shoot. The head coach said when the team spoke about it at halftime against Villanova, the players said they would never take a high shot again.Then they continued to fire high shots in the second half.‘That’s frustrating. It’s frustrating for the players, it’s frustrating for us,’ Desko said. ‘We had some very good opportunities and to lose the game by one and have those kinds of shots, those are some bad habits there.’The Orange’s poor shooting has been magnified with two losses in its last three games. And when Syracuse loses games by one or two goals as it did to Villanova, the importance of changing up the angle of those shots can’t be ignored.The Orange had the chance to tie the game at 11 with 55 seconds left against the Wildcats as JoJo Marasco sprinted toward the crease and quickly stopped to shoot. But he shot high, and Villanova goalie Dan Gutierrez stayed in one spot in the cage to make the save.Midfielder Ryan Barber said it can be tough to really think about a shot before taking it because of how fast the game moves. That means in practice, Desko and the SU coaches have to repeatedly remind the Orange’s shooters to try different shots to constantly keep the goaltender guessing.‘I think that’s why he’s been drilling it into our heads so much just because it’s such a fast-paced game,’ Barber said, ‘and there’s not a lot of time for thought, so there’s a reason he drills it into our heads.’In Syracuse’s last four games, opposing goaltenders are making an average of 12.75 saves per game. It started at St. John’s, where the Orange barely won 9-8 to avoid a huge upset loss. Red Storm goaltender Jeff Lowman was a force between the pipes at times, making several stellar stops, but SU’s shooters also gave him plenty of easy saves.As SU starts the second half of its schedule Sunday, taking better-placed shots is going to be a key focus, as it is a problem that could keep costing Syracuse wins.‘In practice, we’ve been trying to change planes, too,’ Eilers said, ‘but we just need to really, in the game situation, change the plane of that shot and get that goal because we’re making every goalie look like an all-star at this point.’ Published on March 28, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Q&A with Curry and Fisher of ‘Big Ten Tailgate’

first_img“Tailgate 48” is a television show that airs weekly on the Big Ten Network. Each weekend hosts Jason Fisher and Alex Curry visit a Big Ten school for 48 hours to visit with coaches, hang out at hot spots in town and learn about game-day traditions. Last weekend the “Tailgate 48” crew came to the University of Wisconsin to discover what Madison has to offer. Badger Herald Extra Points Sports Blog editor Spencer Smith met up with them on Saturday to find out what they liked best about Wisconsin’s capital city and the University of Wisconsin. BH: So what is Tailgate 48 all about?Fischer: Tailgate 48 is a really fun show on the Big Ten Network. It’s basically if you had 48 hours on campus, we’d show you the ultimate way to live it up: where to eat, where to hang out. We interview players and coaches, different amazing athletes in the Big Ten and show you all of the traditions. It is the best way to experience 48 hours the weekend of the big game.Curry: You are supposed to have as much fun as you possibly can while you are there for 48 hours and we are showing you how you can do it.BH: When I say University of Wisconsin, what comes to your mind?Fischer: For me ‘Jump Around’ is so much fun. We have had a chance to go to all of the Big Ten schools and people always ask me where the best tailgates are or who has the best fans and I think a game at Camp Randall Stadium is better than anywhere else in the Big Ten. It’s so much fun. It’s one big party.Curry: Athletics. You guys have really strong athletic teams here. We got to talk to coach Bo Ryan and he was great. All the different coaches, everyone has so much pride and spirit in your school.BH: When you think of UW students, what do you think of?Fischer: I think there is just so much spirit here. There’s so much school spirit here, everyone is so into their teams and supporting it and really about having fun…We interviewed coach Bielema yesterday and that’s what he said too. I asked him what he tells his players before every single game in the locker room and he said ‘remember to go out there and have fun.’ I think everyone keeps it in perspective. They take it seriously but they take their fun seriously here too.Curry: Everyone’s really dedicated. The fans are dedicated, the coaches are dedicated and the players are dedicated. So it’s like one big fun-dedicated atmosphere.BH: Did you get a sense of UW coaches being proud to work for this University?Curry: Very proud. Coach Bo Ryan had his fundraiser on Thursday and I think he donated over $42,000 and he was just so happy that students wanted to be there and help give back for Coaches vs. Cancer and it was a way for him to get more involved with the students and the entire school in general.BH: What has been the best part so far about your time in Madison?Curry: So coach Ryan challenged me to the fundraiser challenge. So I got to take the free throw shot and the half court shot. I took the free throw shot and it didn’t go over so well. We were talking about it and we decided that I can “granny” the halfway shot. They looked at me and said ‘it’s a little further than you think’. No one thought I could make it. So I throw it up and get nothing but net. I sunk it.Fischer: I am extremely jealous of that moment. For me it’s so cool being here for homecoming. Last night we were at the union and out on the terrace for the fireworks and the parade. Just seeing cheerleaders from the 1950’s back here and families whose children go here now and parents were back and grandparents. All the generations of people for homecoming that have this pride in the school is a really cool thing to see.BH: Would you say you were looking forward to Madison when you saw it on your schedule?Curry: Yes we were crossing our fingers that we were going to make it to Wisconsin sometime during the season and we found out a week ago that it was going to be our last spot.Fischer: I was here last year for the show and it was one of the most fun, if not the most fun, school in the entire Big Ten. It really feels like one big party here. It is awesome.BH: What is the best event or tradition that you have experience all year with this show?Fischer: Each school has something really unique. Penn State, for example, has ‘Nittanyville’ where all of the fans start sleeping out on Tuesday or Wednesday of that week and camp out for a ticket for front row seats. We were at Michigan last week where students sleep out in front of the ‘M’ and guard the ‘M’ when Michigan State comes to town. My favorite is ‘Jump Around.’ I am excited for that between the third and fourth quarter.Curry: We’ve been to three campuses when its homecoming. So that’s fun too, to see how each campus just does homecoming and how it really brings alumni, students, athletes and the entire school together.BH: Do you think this excitement on game-day weekends is kind of exclusive to the Big Ten?Curry: It is. It’s a way of life here in the Big Ten. Football, college, school spirit: it’s what people live for and it’s so amazing to be a part of it and see it first hand through our show.Fischer: I think what the Big Ten has, what other conferences don’t, is the tradition. All of these programs in the Big Ten date back over 100 years. There are unbelievable football traditions and fans. Getting to be a part of the traditions as they carry on today is really special.BH: Is there anything special that you wanted to do in Madison once you got here?Fischer: I had some cheese curds yesterday, always have to have cheese curds. We went to the ‘Old Fashioned’ for lunch and that was a good spot. Brats and cheese curds, I love food so you get a lot of that here. Curry: I’m really excited to see the stadium. I have never been inside Camp Randall so I’m stoked for that.To see Alex Curry and Jason Fischer discover Madison and UW, tune into the Big Ten Network at 5 or 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday. You can follow both of the hosts on twitter at @alex_curry and @jzfish.last_img read more

Proven ‘winner’ Alex Mallari brings leadership to table at Phoenix

first_imgMallari was drafted third overall pick in the 2012 PBA Draft by Petron but was not able to complete a full season with the Blaze Boosters and he was dealt to sister team San Mig Coffee.But it was in Magnolia that Mallari blossomed into one of the finest role players as an off guard leading to four straight titles including the Grand Slam.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAnd it’s this quality that got Phoenix head coach Louie Alas’s attention when the Fuel Masters traded for Mallari.“Mallari’s a veteran and he’s a winner,” said Alas Thursday at Gatorade Hoops Center during the PBA Draft Combine. View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Mallari was traded to the Kia franchise in 2016 and was then dealt to NLEX where he averaged 6.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in the Governors’ Cup.For the 6-foot-4 wingman, getting Alas’ nod not just through his play but also for his experience immediately gave him a bit of pressure to contribute to the Fuel Masters.“That’s a lot of pressure I guess, I value that stuff coming from him,” said Mallari. “I had a little bit of leadership experience with Kia so it shouldn’t be new to me, I can give them that. I’m just here to do my job.”Mallari already owns four titles, and that’s four more than what the Phoenix franchise has, but he’s also excited with paying with Calvin Abueva and Matthew Wright.“The first thing I thought about was Calvin and everything he brings,” said Mallari. “He has this unorthodox wild chaotic play. I’m actually excited to play with Matt and the new guys and they’ve got a lot of talent for sure.”ADVERTISEMENT PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MANILA, Philippines—It cannot be denied that Alex Mallari has a wealth of experience in his relatively young PBA career.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Nikola Vucevic leads Magic over Bulls in Mexico City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more