Fletcher stars as Volcanoes, Red Force draw

first_imgROSEAU, Dominica, (CMC) – Andre Fletcher just missed out on a hundred in his first domestic four-day game in nearly three years as the rain-hit fourth round encounter between Windward Islands Volcanoes and Trinidad and Tobago Red Force finished in a predictable draw here Sunday.Resuming the final day at Windsor Park on 71 for two after the entire third day was lost to rain, Volcanoes reached 293 for eight in their first innings in reply to Red Force’s 373 for eight declared.Fletcher, on two at the start, top-scored with 88 while veteran opener Devon Smith made 67 and 20-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman Emmanuel Stewart, 56, the trio combining to ensure there were no unlikely surprises.Following a near two-hour delayed start due again to weather, an outright result would have always been improbable and Fletcher and Smith ensured there were no early wickets as they extended their overnight third wicket stand to 63 before being separated.Fletcher struck nine fours and two sixes off 219 deliveries while the left-handed Smith stroked nine fours on a 164-ball innings.Hosein broke the stand when he bowled Smith on the back foot with one which spun back sharply and when leg-spinner Yannic Cariah also bowled Alick Athanaze for 14, Volcanoes had lost two wickets for 25 runs to be 156 for four.However, Fletcher remained firmly entrenched, anchoring a 111-run fifth wicket partnership with Stewart, to deny Red Force any immediate further success.Both eventually perished in successive overs with the score on 267, Fletcher caught at the wicket off Hosein and Stewart taken at short leg off off-spinner Bryan Charles, after facing 104 balls and striking seven fours and a six.last_img read more

Tyus Battle’s game-winner lifts Syracuse to win over former conference-foe Georgetown

first_img Published on December 8, 2018 at 5:48 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Syracuse had relied on Battle heavily last season. If he didn’t score 20-plus points per game, it often would result in a loss. This season, when he struggled, other players were there to pick him up.He had just eight points in the season opener against Eastern Washington. Oshae Brissett carried the Orange with 20 points and eight rebounds. He had just two points against Northeastern. Again, Brissett, carried the burden, putting up 21 points and 14 rebounds.But this time, there was nobody to help out. If Battle didn’t come alive, Syracuse was dead in the water.“I’ve been doing it since I picked up a basketball,” Battle said. “I love last-second shots, pressure situations.”Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerWith 37 seconds left, that high-pressure opportunity came for Battle, a chance to give the Orange the lead. His jumper missed and Georgetown controlled possession.Nearly 25 seconds later, Jagan Mosely drove toward the hoop. He lowered his shoulder and trucked Marek Dolezaj. Offensive foul.Syracuse had another chance. Battle took it.Swish. Inside the Carrier Dome, it was silent. The crowd watched as Tyus Battle’s pull-up jumper made its way through the air and toward the hoop in the final seconds of the game with the Orange down one.Swish.The Carrier Dome erupted.The cheers wouldn’t subside until minutes after Georgetown’s last-second heave came up short. Somehow, Syracuse (7-2) erased a 15-point deficit to comeback and take down its former Big East rival Georgetown (7-2), winning its fifth straight, 72-71, on Saturday afternoon in front of 24,082 fans. It was a whirlwind of a game, one that saw SU shoot 7.1 percent from 3 in the first half. One that saw a 17-4 run quickly propel the Orange back into contention. One that was magically orchestrated by the hands of Battle.“He’s made a lot of big shots,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “Probably as much or more than anybody we’ve ever had here in late-game situations.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt began early for Battle. In his freshman year, Battle nailed a corner 3 to upset Clemson. A year later, he tallied nine-straight points to stave off Maryland and drained the late 3 to pull SU within two in an eventual win over Georgetown in last year’s matchup between the two teams.The first half of this year’s matchup was one to forget for Syracuse. The Hoyas used a packed-in defense and forced the Orange to beat them via the long ball. It was a smart strategy, considering SU is among the worst 3-point shooting teams in the NCAA.“The first half, Georgetown was more physical,” Boeheim said. “They got up in us, we ended up shooting more difficult 3s.”Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerSyracuse shot 7.1 percent from 3 in the first frame. Battle himself, missed a pair from beyond the arc. He had just one basket — an offensive rebound and lay-up off a missed free throw — and shot 1-for-8.Then, in the locker room during halftime, with Syracuse trailing by double digits, Boeheim “challenged” him. He told Battle that the team cannot win with the way he was playing. He had to take over the game.“I can’t repeat all the stuff,” Battle said with a smile. “It woke me up and got me going. That’s why he’s a Hall of Famer.”Walking out of the tunnel, Battle changed his mindset, he said. Focus on transition buckets. Get to the free throw line more. Attack. Once he did that, the rest of his game would follow.Right away, Battle came out firing. First, it was a corner 3. Then it was a drive to the hoop, drawing a foul. He sunk both free throws. A quick stutter-step and drive to the basket, and Battle converted an and-1. He was even triple-teamed and nailed a baseline jumper.All of a sudden, the Orange propelled themselves into the game.Anything Georgetown threw at the junior, he had an answer for. Battle was unconscious. In the second half, he shot 7-for-10, including a 50-percent clip from 3.“A lot of people might fold in the position that he was in,” said freshman point guard Jalen Carey, who made a clutch 3 late in the game. “Lot of pressure on him. He didn’t play well in the first half, but it’s how you respond to the criticism and how you respond to what coach said.”More coverage:2nd half boost, hot shooting and more takeaways from Syracuse’s win over GeorgetownJalen Carey’s impact helps Syracuse in comeback against Georgetown Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentslast_img read more

Tipp boss warns that Roscommon will prove tough opposition

first_imgTipp manager Liam Kearns says taking on Roscommon will be a difficult task for the Premier’s footballers.The Connacht champions make the trip to Tipp on Sunday in round two in Division 2 of the National Football League.Roscommon are also favourites for promotion this season. Tipp manager Liam Kearns says it’ll be tough to get one over on the Rossies…The game throws in on Sunday at 2pm in Semple Stadium.last_img

Debra Ehrhardt to perform Cock Tales this weekend in honor of…

first_imgIn honor of Caribbean American Heritage Month, this Sunday, June 23 in Orlando, the Jamaican Cultural Connection (JCC) will be hosting an event featuring Jamaican-born Hollywood actress, producer and storyteller, Debra Ehrhardt.Ehrhadt will be performing the funny and provocative play Cock Tales: Shame on Me! – a one-woman show that has been described as raw and revealing. The play unravels Ehrhadt’s journey of sexuality, from childhood to present day, marked by unwanted and wanted encounters with the opposite sex.Her previous productions also include Mango, which received two NAACP Awards; Invisible Chairs, which was produced by David Strasberg at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre in West Hollywood and later optioned as a situation comedy by Fox; and the awarding winning Jamaica Farewell, which was optioned and produced by wife of Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Garry Marshall at the Falcon Theatre.The JCC event will also feature a variety of pre-show activities, including love songs by Sonny Wong.This show will be held on at the Wekiva High School in Apopka at 4pm.last_img read more