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Syracuse prepares for Candlewood Suites Challenge

first_imgAfter a grueling tournament last weekend, Syracuse is set for another demanding weekend.The Orange (1-5) played four matches in two days at the Candlewood Suites Invitational last weekend, and has three matches in two days this weekend in the Candlewood Suites Challenge. On Friday, SU will host Saint Peter’s at noon and Delaware State at 7 p.m. and Chicago State on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.Winning only one match last weekend means changes should be expected in the lineup. One major position that may be monitored is how to split playing time between the two setters, freshman Erica Handley and junior Bailey Humes.For now, Handley has the upper hand.“As it is now,” head coach Leonid Yelin said, “Bailey is not the starter.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIf last weekend is any indication, it seems that it is Handley’s job to lose. In the first match she was subbed out frequently with Humes, but she dominated playing time in the final three matches and racked up 112 assists.“It depends on how we are doing each game,” Handley said. “But coming out also gives me a mental break to refocus and work on the things I need to do.”Yelin makes sure to instruct them during practice and games so each player knows how to improve.“In the games when Erica needs more teaching,” Yelin said, “that’s when Bailey comes on the floor.”Another major time-split that emerged this weekend was that of sophomore Silvi Uattara and senior Samantha Clarey at outside hitter.Uattara was first on the team in kills in 2012, but she’s struggled on the defensive end and was benched by Yelin over the weekend.Clarey fills those voids. She’s a strong server and adept on the defensive end.“She’s the kind of kid that can cover almost any position,” Yelin said. “She is very unselfish.”The Orange struggled to find rhythm throughout the weekend. SU would look great for one set, then struggle in another.Clarey, though, said her frequent substitutions in games don’t affect her.“I don’t think it takes me out of rhythm,” Clarey said. “Coach always tells us to stay mentally tough.”In this weekend’s upcoming tournament, Yelin could utilize her as a starter with regular starter Lindsey McCabe injured and questionable to play.With only two middle blockers on the whole team, Clarey’s versatility may be key this weekend.She also figures to assume the role that has thrust itself upon her: being a major part of the back line. Uattara will likely return to her regular playing time after a rough weekend, but the injury to McCabe might be another door opened for Clarey to earn a starting spot.With more stout competition in Syracuse’s second home competition, Clarey will be thrown right into the thick should she start. Her role will be as important as ever.“They are going to be some stronger competition,” Handley said, “but I’m sure we will be able to handle them if we just keep working in practice.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 11, 2013 at 11:33 pm Contact Eric: [email protected]last_img read more

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Lakers notes: New addition Kent Bazemore celebrating new role

first_imgBazemore will also stay patient collaborating bench celebrations with Robert Sacre, who became a fan favorite last season for similar antics. “We’re going to do it,” Bazemore said. “It’s going to be great.” Injury updateD’Antoni estimated Xavier Henry could return in a week after sitting out since Dec. 29 because of a bone bruise in his right knee. He practiced Saturday, though he has yet to advance to full-court five-on-five drills. Young said Henry also threw down a one-handed dunk. Said Young: “I was worried when I saw him in the air. But he says he’s all right.”He said itYoung on advice he’d give Bazemore and Brooks: “Pass me the ball!” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It happened so fast, you can’t get a celebration on your mind,” Bazemore said. “When you’re watching, it’s a big difference.”Instead, Bazemore provided that energy in the game. D’Antoi praised Bazemore’s defense. He even jumped over the bench to chase a loose ball. After making a late-game 3-pointer, Bazemore celebrated by holding out three fingers.“I have to raise the bar,” said Bazemore, who lamented his two turnovers. “That’s going to be one good thing for me in this league, if I start on the defensive and let everything take care of it self.”Plenty of friends and family members reached out to Bazemore afterward, including Blaine Taylor, his college coach at Old Dominion.“A lot of the things he was trying to tell me being a hard-headed 18- or 19-year old is coming to fruition now,” said Bazemore, who had a small role his first two seasons in Golden State behind a bloated backcourt. “I was a guy who liked to gamble in the passing lanes and make the spectacular play that you’ll only get one out of 10 times, especially in this league. Just stay solid and the ball will come to you.”center_img It turns out there are some unintended consequences of Kent Bazemore suddenly earning a prominent role with the Lakers.He won’t be able to celebrate as much on the bench. Even with seldom-used playing time with the Golden State Warriors, Bazemore became a fan favorite for his colorful bench celebrations. So much that his celebrations became known as “Bazemoring.”“I’ll ask him if he wants to play or sit on that bench and be that guy,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni joked. “We’ll see what his response will be.”Instead, Bazemore will likely play when the Lakers (19-36) host the Brooklyn Nets (25-27) tonight at 6 at Staples Center, though it remains unclear since Nick Young will return after missing the past seven games because of a fractured left knee. The Lakers acquired Bazemore and MarShon Brooks on Wednesday from Golden State for Steve Blake, a move that freed up $4 million in combined salary and luxury taxes. Despite having zero practice time, Bazemore and Brooks combined for 24 points on 12–of-21 shooting and played the entire fourth quarter.last_img read more

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