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LAUNCHED INTO HISTORY: Ennis’ 35-foot buzzer-beater against Pitt keeps No. 1 Syracuse undefeated

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ PITTSBURGH — For a split second, it appeared Syracuse wouldn’t even be able to inbound the ball trailing Pittsburgh by one with 4.4 seconds left.Lamar Patterson locked up C.J. Fair at half court as two Pittsburgh defenders straddled Tyler Ennis by the free-throw line.But then Ennis broke free. He took a pass from Jerami Grant and raced upcourt in four dribbles. After the last — a crossover to split Cameron Wright and Josh Newkirk — he leaped and hoisted a high-arcing heave from about 35 feet.The 12,935 people in the Petersen Events Center froze in place. The students in the Oakland Zoo, eyes squinting in worry. The Syracuse reserves and coaches, arms locked out in anticipation. Ennis, knees bent as he watched the ball rotate closer and closer toward the rim.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I don’t think those shots are going to go in, really. I never do,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “But when he shot it, I saw his release and when I saw the ball, I thought it was going in.”It did. And as the Pitt fans thrashed — some slamming their fists against the hard plastic backings of their seats, others raising their middle fingers toward the court — the Orange bench burst onto the court in jubilation.Boeheim threw his hands up. Fair raced after his teammates from underneath the hoop. And the hero, Ennis, took off down court yelling incoherently.“I want to see what I was saying,” Ennis said. “I don’t remember.”For those who watched the game, it’s hard to remember anything before or after his buzzer-beater went in to give No. 1 Syracuse (24-0, 11-0 Atlantic Coast) its 58-56 win over No. 25 Pitt (20-5, 8-4). For most of the game, it was hard to imagine SU being able to extend its program-best winning streak and earn only its second win in the Pete since it opened in 2002.But with one shot, the ghosts of Fair’s early air ball and Rakeem Christmas’ potentially disastrous foul only moments earlier disappeared. Patterson’s three 3-pointers — each one sailing seemingly farther than the last — were erased.A game that Syracuse should have lost becomes remembered by one of the greatest shots in school history and arguably the best in college basketball this season.“He came up with a play to go down in history,” Fair said. “I think I got hoarse in five seconds from being so excited and happy.”The shot wouldn’t have been possible without Fair’s 3-pointer and baseline jumper in the final 1:42, or Ennis’ two free throws at the 10.8-second mark. But, it might not have been possible without Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon’s timeout following Talib Zanna’s go-ahead free throw with 4.4 ticks left, either.The Orange was out of timeouts and Grant, the inbounder, likely would have had a hard time finding a teammate going downcourt.Instead, SU was able to set up its offensive set — one that ultimately led to the second option being the hero.“Unlike most coaches, we have never practiced that play,” Boeheim said.Boeheim told Grant to hit Fair long. But when the referee handed Grant the basketball on the baseline, Patterson was blocking Fair from making his cut to the hoop.So he made, what he called, the only basketball play he could. He gave his team a sure chance of at least getting a shot up.“He told me I still should’ve threw it long,” Grant said, “but at the same time Tyler hit his shot, so he couldn’t really say too much.”Quipped Boeheim: “I just told him that Tyler saved his ass.”The moment fits right into the almost unbelievable season Syracuse is going through.It’s won seven of 11 conference games by no more than 10 points, including a comeback win in the team’s first matchup with Pitt and an instant overtime classic against Duke on Feb. 1 that Boeheim called the best game in Carrier Dome history.The team finds a new way to win any game. And if Ennis’ borderline miraculous shot means anything, it’s that there are more solutions to come.Said Patterson: “There’s not much you can do about that. It was just meant for them to win.” Comments Published on February 12, 2014 at 9:37 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more

La Liga’s new reality to bring optimism, discomfort

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp La Liga ballMadrid, Spain | AFP |  La Liga president Javier Tebas said Spanish football’s return will allow people to feel a sense of normality again but it may also serve as a reminder of an uncomfortable new reality.Spain’s top division is set to restart on June 11 and to be completed on July 19, yet the expectation is players will be subjected to safety protocol for several months and stadiums will not be full again until next year.In the short-term at least, its reemergence could offer some comfort. “There is no doubt the resumption of football will contribute to a general sense of relief among certain groups of people, who have been struggling with the pandemic,” David Moscoso, a specialist in sports sociology, told AFP.“The return of football is a sign that society is progressing to the new normal,” agreed Tebas earlier this month, adding “it will restore a part of life that people in Spain know and love.”Spain has managed to bring the number of infections under control in recent weeks, with the government reporting no deaths from coronavirus on Monday for the first time since the beginning of March.But with more than 27,000 confirmed fatalities, the country has been one of the worst-hit in the world and it is no surprise the approach to football’s return has been cautious and the attitude of some fearful.“It is possible that by losing the passion and intensity, which is really the essence of football, it will also lose that emotional centre that is the hook for so many people,” said psychologist Adelaida Navaridas.Many are adamant that, without fans, the campaign should not resume at all.“We understand we cannot go to the stadium due to the risk of infection,” said Joseba Combarro, president of the Eskozia La Brava, the most significant supporters’ club at Eibar, whose squad members have expressed reservations about playing too soon.“But the players share the same risk as the fans, the risk is for everyone. The league should be suspended.”– ‘Social heart’ –It is not only the atmosphere inside stadiums that will be lost.“The social heart of football comes from people getting ready for the game with friends, with family, and then staying together afterwards. All that is broken,” adds Guillermo Fouce, a professor of psychology at Madrid’s Complutense University. “But between having it back at 100 per cent or nothing at all is something in between that helps us to adapt. I think it’s still better to move closer to what was normal before.”La Liga have been eager to point to the economic benefits too, for people’s jobs and livelihoods.“Football’s return means the revival of a very relevant economic sector,” said Tebas.“It contributes 1.37 per cent of GDP and generates 185,000 jobs at a time when the economic situation is already the main concern.”“It is the primary service export industry in our country,” adds Moscoso. “It’s economic role is self-evident.”Television companies like Movistar, the biggest broadcaster of games in Spain, have also been promoting the idea that football’s revival amounts to progress.Every Sunday night this month, Movistar has hosted a programme called “Volver Es Ganar”, “To Return is To Win”, a slogan that has also been carried by players and clubs alike.First and foremost, the game is coming back because of its own financial needs, with Tebas admitting clubs stood to lose around 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) if the season was cancelled.Fans will have football again but, for a while at least, in a very different way to before.“Perhaps we have to consider that our new normal is going to be different,” Fouce said. “That nothing is going to be exactly the same as before.”last_img read more

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