MBB : Despite limited playing time, Christmas breaks out

first_img Comments Published on December 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13 After eleven games, the routine has become familiar. Rakeem Christmas, the highly touted freshman, starts the game at power forward for Syracuse only to be replaced within the first five minutes.How much playing time he receives from that point on ranges from little to very little, as head coach Jim Boeheim usually opts for C.J. Fair and James Southerland instead.But on Tuesday, Christmas stormed out of the gates by scoring the first seven points for SU. It didn’t matter. Just like he had so many times before, Christmas went to the bench after 5:17.‘I don’t know why he didn’t get back in,’ guard Brandon Triche said. ‘I would have been kind of mad if I was him and scored the first seven and didn’t get back in. But he was so active, it’s something that we need out of him. If he is able do that, I think we’re unbeatable.’High praise for Christmas, but warranted on the heels of his best game of the season. After his deluge in the opening minutes, Boeheim rewarded the freshman with extended minutes to start the second half. The result was a career-high 10-point, five-rebound, two-block performance that aided Syracuse in an 80-61 win over Bucknell on Tuesday, as Christmas played 14 spirited minutes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLess than four minutes into the game, Christmas held a 7-4 lead over the entire Bucknell team. The outpouring was anything but expected from the player that came into the game averaging just 3.3 points per contest, yet it showcased some of his talents that will continue to blossom as the season progresses.After aggressively pursuing a rebound, Christmas was fouled and opened the scoring for Syracuse by hitting one of two free throws. Kris Joseph found him posting up down low on SU’s next possession, and Christmas nimbly tipped the ball to himself before finishing the play with a dunk.‘Rakeem got off to a great start, and I thought he was very good, very productive,’ Boeheim said. ‘He’s learning the game. But I thought tonight he did some really good things.’Two possessions later, he created a bit of offense for himself with an awkward-looking, yet effective turnaround jumper in the lane. And he finished the spurt with a putback off a missed jumper by Joseph.But at the 14:43 mark, Christmas got the hook. And there he remained as usual until the start of the second half.‘He’s basically he’s too nice, and he’s got to get more physical on the basketball court,’ Boeheim said. ‘He’s got to get stronger, and he’s got to be a warrior down in there. And right now he’s a nice kid. He’s got to be able to go on the court and be a warrior. He isn’t right now.’Undeterred by his time on the bench, though, Christmas opened the second half with glimpses of the toughness and inside presence Boeheim might be looking for going forward.Just 2:45 into the second half, Bucknell forward Mike Muscala drove baseline on the right side and rose up for a dunk. Christmas, who was playing on the opposite side of SU’s 2-3 zone defense, glided over and pinned the ball against the backboard to deny the 6-foot-11 Muscala.Moments later, Brian Fitzpatrick’s layup attempt was swatted away viciously by Christmas who rotated over after Fab Melo bit on a pump fake along the left baseline.‘I usually don’t get as many minutes, so I was just trying to take advantage of what I could do,’ Christmas said. ‘I didn’t think I was going to get that high to block that shot, but I obviously did. And it got me really hyped up.’Christmas played the first 9:01 of the second half without respite, and he capped off that extended run with another strong post move. He received a high-low pass from Baye Keita on the right block for a short turnaround jumper to extend the SU lead to 19 at 55-36.It was a breakout performance that caught the attention of every one of Christmas’ teammates, in addition to Boeheim.‘That’s how we need him to play, getting on the offensive glass and making aggressive moves to the basket,’ Joseph said. ‘ … Rak just showed a little bit of what he can do. He hasn’t even scratched the surface of his potential yet.’[email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Prominent fashion designer, Dexter Pottinger, murdered in Jamaica

first_imgStabbed several timesHours after the cries had died down, it was discovered that fashion designer, Dexter ‘3D’ Pottinger was stabbed several times, and became one of Jamaica’s  latest murder victims.Pottinger, was a well-respected make-up artiste and fashion designer whose creations were worn by some of the country’s leading models and fashionistas. His tragic death has hit some folks hard. Despite cries of ‘Murder!’ and ‘Help!’ in the wee hours of Thursday morning, residents of Yarisco place, an upper middle-class Jamaican community in Kingston, did nothing.Not one of the residents thought it wise to call the police to assist a neighbor who was clearly in distress. Regular hue and cry curiously absentHowever this time the regular hue and cry which accompanies the murder of gays was curiously absent.Early indications are that Pottinger was killed by a member of the gay community, even as police report their probe into the macabre murder is in its infancy.The fact that no one thought it fit to find out what was befalling their screaming neighbor hit home hard among those who loved and cherished Pottinger.Social media was abuzz with disparaging remarks, especially against a female neighbor who told reporters she did in fact hear the screams but did not know what was taking place so decided not to interfere.More than 1,000 murders have been recorded on police blotters in the island since the start of the year.center_img Blood everywhereAs news of his death spread, scores of persons gathered behind the yellow crime scene tape at his home. According to the police, there was blood everywhere.Pottinger was openly gay and was a member of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-sexuals and Gays (JFLAG) a gay advocacy group that has long branded Jamaica as a homophobic society that attacks and kills gays because of their lifestyle.last_img read more

Mobile access drives platform development for 1xBet

first_img Related Articles 1xBet defies COVID-19 disruption to keep 2020 plans in place April 3, 2020 Submit Share Share 1xBet, a headline sponsor for next week’s Betting on Football, will be using the conference to promote the development of its platform, which is both “intuitive and simple to use” with a modern interface that can be easily accessed from mobile devices.To emphasise this focus, the company’s Head of Business Development Evgenii Kiriushin said that it expects mobile development to be a strong focus for the industry.“The seeds for what we predict will be this year’s most anticipated innovations were sown a long time ago,” Kiriushin explained. “These days, more and more customers are choosing to access online betting through their mobile devices, so the main aim is to provide the best possible services to those customers.”Increased online betting access will be a major talking point on the ‘Africa – shop local’ session, held as part of the ‘Global Markets Track’ on Thursday 21 March. For the latest agenda, click here.This session is of particular interest to 1xBet, who last year secured a long-term agreement to become Tottenham Hotspur’s Official Betting Partner for Africa until 2022.Kiriushin picked out Global Markets as one of three key components of the #bofcon agenda for 1xBet, alongside the Sponsorship Forum (21 March) – particularly in light of the firm’s recent AFCON announcement – and the Betting on Innovation track (20 March).“Sponsoring football clubs and federations is a key feature of our marketing strategy,” said Kiriushin. Meanwhile, we were proud winners of the SBC Rising Star in Sports Betting Innovation award for 2018. For this reason, we plan to continue to follow tech news and integrate new technology into our services.”Finally, Kiriushin dismissed the notion that the speed of innovation might slow in the absence of a major global football tournament, countering: “On the contrary – we think companies will value this time before the next big sporting event and use it effectively so that when the next big tournament arrives they’ll be able to present products that are on a whole new level. We certainly will!”You can meet the 1xBet team on Stand 32 at Stamford Bridge from 20-21 March.For tickets and more information about Betting on Football, please visit the website. StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Why leading esports titles should not be overlooked as substitutes to real sports April 15, 2020last_img read more