Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 1, 2018 at 5:29 pm Contact Anthony: firstname.lastname@example.org Even after Gabriela Knutson and partner Miranda Ramirez steamrolled the No. 1 doubles team in the nation, 6-2, Syracuse still needed one more win to earn the doubles point.All eyes turned to court one, where Dina Hegab and Masha Tritou trailed. The pair had squandered the 3-2 lead they had early in the match, and now had to serve to keep themselves in the set. Tritou used her lanky 6-foot frame to control the net. The combination of Hegab’s aggressive baseline play and Tritou’s net control produced three volley winners for the Orange to level the set at 5-all.Moments later, the pair played yet another pressure filled point as the 11th game of the set went to a deciding deuce point. Hegab forced a missed volley, and SU went ahead for good. Despite the numerous long rallies, Hegab and Tritou won almost every crucial point in the set. On an 18-ball rally, they clinched the doubles point as the ball floated beyond the baseline.After the heartbreak of two close 4-3 losses decided in the final match earlier this season, Knutson and SU closed out a program-defining victory. But Knutson would not have been in position to pull off the biggest upset in school history if not for Hegab and Tritou, who combined to deliver 2.5 points for SU. No. 34 Syracuse (14-3, 6-3 Atlantic Coast) had never defeated a top-10 team in school history prior to Sunday, when the Orange upset No. 3 Georgia Tech (14-4, 6-2) 4-3.“When we stepped on the court we knew it would be close,” Hegab said. “It would be really tough, we knew doubles would probably matter, we knew it could be a 4-3 match.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLike she has done so often this season, Hegab took care of business on court six. Hegab’s match is often overlooked because she plays her match a few hundred feet away from the bleachers, with no way for the fans to get close to the action. With all eyes poised on Knutson’s tight third set on one side of Drumlins, Hegab quietly took care of business in the opposite corner, winning 6-3, 6-3 at sixth singles.When Hegab clinched the match, she let out a huge yell, and it took many of the fans a few moments to turn around and realize that SU had just grabbed its third point of the afternoon.Sunday was Hegab’s 12th singles win of the season, and eighth in conference. She has yet to lose in singles at Drumlins this season, and has played the majority of her home matches on court six.“I definitely feel like I own it,” Hegab said. “This is my court, even in practice.”After sitting out four of the last five matches in singles, head coach Younes Limam made the lineup decision to reinsert Tritou into the singles ladder. At fourth singles, Tritou played one of her most consistent matches. She jumped out to an early 5-2 lead, breaking serve twice in her opponents first three service games.She closed out the opening set 6-2 but faced much tougher resistance in the second. Tritou never trailed in the second set, but could not pull away until the final two games of the set. She battled back to hold serve at 4-all and then delivered a break of serve to close out her first singles victory since March 13.“It was a huge team effort by everyone,” Limam said. “Every point matters, it doesn’t matter if it’s one or six.”Even after Hegab’s day on the court was done, she could barely stand still. She looked on nervously, watching as Knutson tried to close out the biggest win in program history. The match was on her racket, serving on match point.Hegab let out a huge cheer as Knutson served an ace up the middle to clinch the victory for SU. Before Knutson could even shake hands with her opponent, her teammates mobbed her at mid-court. Hegab made sure she was the first person to embrace her close friend. The two shared a moment together, hugging out all of their emotions as the entire team joined in for a celebration years in the making.“Watching someone else makes me even more nervous than playing,” Hegab said. “I was so excited and so nervous, I wanted it so badly and we got it.”Knutson’s clinching win may have ignited the celebrations for SU, but without Hegab and Tritou, the greatest in Syracuse history wouldn’t have been possible. Comments
Josh Hart bids farewell to Lakers via Twitter, thanks team for ‘believing’ in him Los Angeles is trying to free up enough cap space for a third max player. However, there are other problems that need to be addressed.Here are three things the Lakers need in 2019:A quality starting point guardThe NBA is a point guard’s league. Related News Los Angeles is gearing up for a championship run.The Lakers have already traded Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks to the Pelicans in exchange for Anthony Davis, but there’s still work to be done. Lakers free agency rumors: Los Angeles has ‘strong interest’ in bringing back D’Angelo Russell The last six NBA Finals have been won by teams with All-Star point guards, and the Western Conference is stacked with talent at the position. Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard come to mind, but the Lakers didn’t have a floor general close to their caliber in 2018-19.After Los Angeles had a spat with Houston last season, Rajon Rondo served a suspension and was demoted to a reserve role behind Lonzo Ball. But neither Ball nor Rondo were really given the opportunity to be a true point guard because of the Lakers’ brand of positionless basketball. Ball-handling responsibilities were split between them, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and LeBron James, who led the team in assists per game (8.3).But now Ingram and Ball have been dealt to New Orleans. If the Lakers are able to acquire an established point guard who can be ball dominant, score, and initiate the offense in the second unit — as we all know everything will likely run through James when it comes to the starters — they could take a huge step forward.Los Angeles has been linked to Chris Paul, D’Angelo Russell and Kyrie Irving this offseason and haven’t had an All-Star Point guard since Nick Van Exel in 1997-98.Outside shootingThe Lakers flat out weren’t good at shooting the basketball last season.Los Angeles ranked 29th in 3-point shooting percentage in 2018-19 at 33.3 percent and not one starter converted more than 35 percent of their chances from beyond the arc.James already draws a ridiculous amount of attention on drives, and the addition of Anthony Davis will only increase the frequency of double teams in the painted area. If neither of these Lakers stars can kick the ball out to reliable snipers, their gravity will be wasted.There are quite a few 3-and-D players hitting the market who could help Los Angeles with this deficiency.Some essence of a benchThere are a lot of question marks on the Lakers’ roster for 2019-20 and they need to sort things out.Los Angeles signed Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee to one-year deals last summer and none of them appear to be locks to return. Then there’s Tyson Chandler, who’s also entering unrestricted free agency.When the Lakers traded away a large chunk of the young core, they thinned out their already questionable depth. Los Angeles’ bench for next season would likely consist of Isaac Bonga, Alex Caruso, Moritz Wagner, Johnathan Williams and Jemmerio Jones were it to be finalized today. To call that personnel shaky would be an understatement, but the Lakers are also reportedly trying to move their contracts in a salary dumping effort. James, Davis and Kuzma are a solid front line, but this Lakers team would probably fall apart if either of its All-Stars misses extended time in 2019-20 like they did last year. Los Angeles might be the betting favorites to win the NBA Finals in 2020, but its roster’s construction will definitely need some adjustments to make that goal a reality.
Our national basketball team player, Mirza Teletović has had the most successful evening of the season. In a match between ”Brooklyn Nets” and ”Sacramento”, Teletović scored 14 points. Our national team player is currently playing for the team ”Brooklyn Nets” from Brooklyn, New York City. This is just another proof of Teletović’s talent and determination towards basketball.