Shafer hopes to send seniors out on high note in final game

first_img Published on November 25, 2014 at 1:39 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb For the first time since 2009, Syracuse’s regular season finale is one without hope for postseason eligibility.Each Orange team since has headed into the final game of the regular season needing one win for bowl eligibility or having already clinched it. But this year, SU’s seniors know it’ll be their last game when the Orange (3-8, 1-6 Atlantic Coast) plays Boston College (6-5, 3-4) at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.“I think the biggest thing we want to do is send them off in a positive way,” Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said in his Tuesday morning press conference. “… We have so many kids who’ve done some great things above and beyond the football side and above and beyond the academic side of things.“… I’m really going to miss this group. They are a very unselfish group of guys that think outside themselves and that’s just kind of their make-up.”All four of Syracuse’s captains are seniors. Two, linebacker Cameron Lynch and long snapper Sam Rodgers, earned mentions during Shafer’s press conference. The other two, left tackle Sean Hickey and running back Prince-Tyson Gulley, are fifth-year seniors who will leave Syracuse with three bowl championships — the 2010 and 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowls and the 2013 Texas Bowl.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShafer also name-dropped linebacker Dyshawn Davis, another outgoing fifth-year player, on Tuesday morning as he praised the senior class.In the same press conference, Shafer spoke enthusiastically about the Orange’s future and also acknowledged the challenge of keeping the team focused on the upcoming game when the finish line is in sight and a bowl game is out of the picture.But in addition to hoping Syracuse can build a bit of momentum heading into its offseason, Shafer hopes the Orange can send its seniors off well at the same time.“We haven’t said a whole lot about ‘last game’ and all that,” Shafer said. “We just say we want to go out there and try to win this last game at Boston College. And then understand that after the fact, we’ll have a lot of time to hug and reflect and have that time to appreciate one another.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories D’Abbraccio: Syracuse seniors should be remembered for unselfishness, previous success, not final seasonlast_img read more

Kemba Walker unloads 30 as Hornets beat Cavaliers

first_imgMOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons spark 76ers rout of Knicks “It’s frustrating,” Walker said of missing the first seven shots one game after scoring a season-low four points on two of 13 shooting last Saturday. “It was shots that I usually make and shots that I work on all the time.“Sometimes, you’ve just got to stick with it and try your best not to let the frustration get to you. You know, keep positive thoughts and just keep on pushing through.”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 ChrissA reverse layup with 4:49 left in the first half got Walker untracked and he finished shooting 11 of 26, including 4 for 12 on 3-pointers, as the Hornets even their record at 15-15.It was the ninth game of the season with at least 30 points for Walker, and helped Charlotte stop a two-game losing streak. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Kemba Walker #15 of the Charlotte Hornets looks to pass around Collin Sexton #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during their game at Spectrum Center on December 19, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFPCHARLOTTE, N.C.— Kemba Walker admitted he was frustrated watching his shots misfire for the third straight game as the Charlotte Hornets fell behind by double digits in the first half.However, the two-time All-Star kept pushing, prodding and eventually found his way with 30 points and six assists as the Hornets rallied to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-99 Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Cleveland center Larry Nance, Jr., whose team led 38-25 in the middle of the second quarter and 46-41 at halftime, had on a one-name answer when asked what the difference in the game was.“Kemba,” Nance said. “He started to heat up in that third quarter and really just took over. Any time a player like that gets going, it’s hard to slow him down.”After going scoreless on 0-for-5 first-quarter shooting, Walker scored nine points in the second quarter while shooting 4 for 8, and added 17 points in the third quarter (6-for-9 shooting) and four points in the fourth quarter (on 1 for 4).TIP-INSCavaliers: Jordan Clarkson returned to action after missing Tuesday’s game at Indiana. … Matthew Dellavedova missed Wednesday’s game with left knee soreness.Hornets: It was was their fourth of a five-game homestand. … After Friday’s game — Charlotte’s 19th home game of the season — the Hornets will play 29 of their final 51 games on the road. Charlotte’s front-loaded home schedule is due to the Spectrum Center hosting NBA All-Star Weekend (Feb. 15-17) in addition to two college basketball tournaments.UP NEXTCavaliers: Visit Toronto on Friday night.Hornets: Host Detroit on Friday night. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Hornets coach James Borrego said he had a simple message for Walker during his first half struggles.“Yes — keep shooting,” Borrego said. “He’s been doing this his entire life. I said, ‘Stay confident, keep shooting and we’re going to keep looking for you.’,,, Sometimes players need to see one drop, then two drop and three drop and he got rolling there.”Jeremy Lamb added 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Marvin Williams had 18 points and 10 boards for Charlotte.Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points, Jaron Blossomgame had 15 and Cedi Osman added 13 for the Cavaliers.After the Cavaliers pulled to 88-82 with 8:52 left in the game, Charlotte started a 17-4 run to seal the win.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more