Frank Howard’s return to full strength a key for Syracuse as conference play heats up

first_imgIt came in one swift motion. A behind-the-back dribble was followed by a step back. Frank Howard stood inches behind the 3-point line while Duke’s Alex O’Connell lay on the floor in front of him. Howard nailed the 3 and pulled Syracuse within five.After SU’s upset over then-No. 1 Duke, it seemed Howard was back to full strength. In a season that started late due to injury and took nearly 12 games before finding his groove, Howard has been the spark during Syracuse’s (16-7, 7-3 Atlantic Coast) hot start to conference play. As the Orange enters its toughest stretch of the season that includes four Top 25 matchups in the next month, their success will be synonymous with the play of Howard.“Frank has struggled (all season),” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said on Jan. 14, after the Duke win. “When he plays like that, we’re a different team. …Last year, Frank averaged 15 points per game and this year it’s been six. So I hope he’s back.”Howard’s lower leg injury held him out of Syracuse’s first four games. To make up for his loss, SU went to freshman Jalen Carey and junior Tyus Battle to fill his minutes. Carey struggled turning the ball over and Battle hadn’t adjusted to running point. SU dropped two-straight games at Madison Square Garden.Then, Howard’s long-awaited return came on Nov. 21 against Colgate. He started and played 19 minutes, shooting five 3s — he had five assists, three steals and no turnovers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat started a tumultuous 12-game stretch where Howard worked back to full strength. Inconsistency followed. Howard’s jump shot, one that SU head coach Jim Boeheim said had progressed tremendously in the offseason, had yet to come to fruition. He struggled finishing around the rim and in the paint, too.In Howard’s first 12 games of the season, he averaged 6.7 points per game on 32.1 percent shooting, and 26.4 percent from 3. He had just four points in a comeback win over Georgetown, and nine in a shocking loss to Old Dominion.All the while, he and Boeheim constantly reinforced that he was close to 100 percent.“It’s been very frustrating,” Howard said of his recovery process on Jan. 14. “I think this was the first year I got a full summer to really work. I got to a great spot … Not really knowing it would take this long to get your rhythm back.”Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorPositives came sporadically. He stole the ball four times in back-to-back games in mid-December. But then he shot 2 for 7 in an upset loss to Old Dominion in which SU blew a double-digit lead. He made 60 percent of his 3s against Buffalo. But then he was 1-of-6 from the field with three turnovers against Arkansas State. And he shot 50 percent in a strong home win against Clemson, while dishing out four assists. But after he scored eight points in a 14-point loss to Georgia Tech.Then came Duke. Howard’s second-half breakout performance against the Blue Devils keyed the Orange in an upset win, 95-91. After no first half points and three fouls, the senior point guard shot 7 for 12 in the second half and overtime, scoring 16 points. He added five assists and six rebounds, too, while adding a momentum-shifting breakaway steal-and-score in overtime.“I definitely feel explosive again,” Howard said after the win. “I’m still working, but yeah, I’m definitely back.”Since Duke, and over the last seven games, Howard has become an integral part of Syracuse’s offense. His scoring average has jumped by nearly four points and his shooting percentages by nearly double digits compared to his first 12 games.Some of that can be credited toward an increased pressure on Battle. Howard said when Battle handles the ball, Howard has extra space to shoot or make a quick move to get by a defender.When Battle missed his first 10 shots and was held to six points to Pittsburgh on Feb. 2, Oshae Brissett and Howard took on the bulk of the offensive load. On one play, Battle drove toward the paint and drew Howard’s man. Once he hit the free-throw line, Battle kicked it to Howard on the left wing.The lone player with four years of experience in the Syracuse offense stood beyond the 3-point line, right hand curled, as his 3-ball arced toward the hoop.His defensive nature — Howard led the ACC in steals per game as a junior — and ability to run the offense had been desperately needed. Carey has struggled with both, and while Battle has seen an increase in time at the point, his success has come with Howard playing at 100 percent.SU’s offense as a whole has seen an uptick in production, scoring more points and shooting the 3 ball much better. Before Duke, SU had shot above 40 percent from deep just twice. Since, the Orange have done it three times, with Howard shooting 35.9 percent in that span.“With injuries like that you just have to take your time,” Battle said after downing Clemson on Jan. 9. “It takes time to get back. That’s the hardest part with injuries is getting back. He was thrown into the fire.”Howard’s presence has added another 3-point threat that can also finish around the rim. Another defensively sound, lengthy, athletic guard that anchors the front of the 2-3 zone. Another player that’s as experienced as anyone on the roster and has been to the NCAA Tournament twice in three years.In Syracuse’s most recent game, an 18-point home loss to No. 22 Florida State, Howard played just 14 minutes. He took just two first half shots — missing both — before returning in the second half and making two errant passes that resulted in turnovers. It was a rare off-game from Howard, and this time Boeheim didn’t offer him the time and pulled him from the contest. The Orange were able to cut the FSU lead from 22 to one, but without Howard in the lineup, fatigue eventually set in and the Seminoles put one final run on the Orange.If one thing was made clear from Tuesday night’s loss, it was that Syracuse needs Howard on the floor. Published on February 7, 2019 at 12:06 am Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturco Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Soft2Bet gets green light to enter Swedish market

first_imgShare Submit Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Sportsbook operator group Soft2Bet has been given the green light to launch its Campobet and YoYo casino brands in Sweden after receiving the necessary approval from the Swedish Gaming Authority. The launch follows a number of ‘successful’ inspections and audits, which have ensured that both platforms are in line with the Swedish gaming regulations. The two platforms have since been certified with BMM Laboratories.Uri Poliavich, Chief Operations Officer of Soft2Bet, celebrated the launch into the market: “The granting of this licence is a historical moment for Soft2Bet. The team have put in a lot of effort to qualify for all the requirements and meet all the deadlines.“This achievement is a product of uncompromising dedication and is another great accomplishment for our executives and our team.”The extension into the Swedish regulated market marks the latest strategic move for the operator group as it expands its global footprint across several emerging regions. The group currently operates with Malta Gaming Authority and Curacao licences, with further certification within the EU set to follow.Last week, the Swedish Gaming Authority signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with its UK counterpart, UK Gambling Commission. The new agreement is hoped to strengthen the collaboration between the two regulators, having come into effect on 11 November 2019. Under the terms of the partnership, the duo will collaborate in sharing best practice on areas such as regulatory policies and procedures.last_img read more

Wellington splits with Wichita Collegiate; Argonia girls barely get past Caldwell, and more…

first_imgCollegiate14161316—59 Collegiate7659—27 Wellington1391811—51 Caldwell177419—47 Wellington: T. Nance 14, T. Miles 12, B. Peck 7, N. Becker 6, C. Reichenberger 5, A. Dunn 3, A. Weiss 2, L. Woodbridge 2Collegiate: R. Kemmer 23, E. Mann 14, B. Dick 6, V. Behzadpour 4, J. Copher 4, C. Christian 4, S. Brown 2, Adams 2Varsity girls: Wellington 64, Collegiate 27Wellington girls rocked Collegiate like a hurricane Tuesday night. Wellington opened with a 19-7 first quarter lead and held a 38-13 advantage at the half in this rout. Kailey Jenkins had 14 while Avery Lewellen scored 13. Garden Plain991817—53 Belle Plaine118411—34 Wellington: K. Jenkins 14, A. Lewellen 13, K. Whaley 10, C. McComb 9, H. Wright 7, S. Cornejo 4, J. Ledesma 3, M. Amrein 2, S. Shields 2Collegiate: J. Skar 11, A. Payne 6, A. Root 6, J. Hull 3, N. Tolbert 1.JV girls: Collegiate 50 Wellington 40WHS  JV                         7                      11                          6                  16                        40Collegiate JV                  13                      13                        17                 7                         50Dietra Sober 13, Shelbie Wright 6, Tyanna Hughes 6, Mariah Moore 4, Peyton Witham 3, Noelle Wright 3, Kennedy Hackerott 2, Taylor Zimmerman 2 Shelby Hamel 1.JV boys: Wellington 57 Wichita Collegiate 42Phelps 4, Daugherty 12, Baker 7, Nance 9, Reichenberger 4, Dunn 3, Pettegrew 3, Albright 13, Hunt 2Sumner CountyIndependent 78, Belle Plaine 54 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Crusaders split with Wichita Collegiate, the junior varsity got busy,  and there were some rather interesting Sumner County basketball games elsewhere on Tuesday…Wellington vs. Wichita Collegiate Independent30172110—78 Conway Springs1021010—32 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down LittleOne · 391 weeks ago You all done good for sumner county. Report Reply 0 replies · active 391 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Garden Plain: C. Haukap 13, A. Heimerman 10, N. Dooley 9, N. Dooley 6, C. Bourne 3.Conway Springs: C. Ebenkamp 16, S. Echelberry 9, A. Smith 4, B. May 3.South Haven 50, Oxford 24South Haven: Parks 10, Jacobs 8, White 2, Tanner 6, Turek 6, Ralls 1, W. Turek 3, Harris 7, Baqrlow 5, Wilkey 2.Oxford: Payne 13, Whitlock 2, K. Metz 2, Mapel 1, B. Metz 2, Moore 2, Norris 2.Argonia 48, Caldwell 47Caldwell nearly toppled Argonia for the first time in years. Wellington1919188—64 Argonia216713—38 Varsity boys: Collegiate 59, Wellington 51Wichita Collegiate used to have swagger. That was before the injury of Marcus Phox.Wellington came a whisker from beating the Spartans which would have been the highlight of the season. Collegiate led 14-13 at the end of the first quarter. Collegiate made it 30-22 at the half. Wellington narrowed the margin to two in the third quarter with an 18-13 output.Collegiate outscored Wellington 16-11 in the fourth quarter down the stretch to win 59-51. The Crusaders are 5-12 for the season. Belle Plaine18121311—54 Garden Plain: N. Schumacher 14, M. Panek 10, D. Doyle 8, T. Puetz 7, T. Bugner 5, D. Doyle 4, N. Thimesch 3Conway Springs: R. Rasmussen 16, T. Echelberry 13, D. Murphy 10, D. Murphy 9, N. Oswald 4, T. Wood 2Caldwell 54, Argonia 38 Caldwell1219149—54 Belle Plaine: B. Balzer 6, D. Balzer 6, K. Ast 4, C. Ryherd 4, B. Balsters 3.Independent: E. Jarvis 14, S. Clark 10, A. Coccetella 9, M. Perales 8, T. Schrage 2, S. Phillips 2, Dean 2, A. Valmont 1, R. Packebush 1.Garden Plain 41, Conway 32 Garden Plain1512212—41 Independent11111710—49 Belle Plaine: A. Johnson 19, C. Throop 10, B. Gooch 10, Harvey 9, T. Balsters 4, B. Gann 2Independent: B. Dean 20, M. Kay 11, T. Williams 9, K. Jarvis 8, M. Loveland 6, W. Riedmiller 6, B. Jantzen 6, J. Richmond 5, G. Hupman 3, Ladner 2, L. Anderson 1, S. Gilman 1Conway Springs 54, Garden Plain 53Conway Springs won a close one Tuesday night. Rasmussen led the Cards with 16. Conway1314189—54 Argonia: Wells 8, Koerner 4, Gaddie 7, Dickerson 2, Tracy 2, Dolley 2, Thompson 7, Harsh 6. totals 14 (0) 10-20 38.Caldwell: Ward 10, Dierking 2, Kendrick 6, Webster 12, York 8, Wencel 7, Whaley 9. Totals 19 (2) 14-17 54.Sumner County GirlsIndependent 49, Belle Plaine 34 Argonia1391412—48 Argonia: Fitch 2, Gaddie 7, Drouhard 5, Peetoom 12, Hessman 16, Allen 6. Totals 11 (1) 25-33 48.Caldwell: Rice 10, Ward 8, S. York 2, K. York 10, Lebeda 4, Arnold 11, Arnett 2. Totals 19 (4) 5-8 47.last_img read more


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