Jamesville-DeWitt’s late offensive push not enough in 28-19 loss

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: Sept. 2, 2018 at 9:38 a.m.Jamesville-DeWitt drove down the field with less than two minutes to go in the game. Adam Honis, on his final pass of the night, threw a 30-yard touchdown to Patrick Murad. The score showed life in the Red Rams team. But it wasn’t enough.“It’s because they were in a soft coverage, a prevent coverage, and they gave up stuff underneath,” head coach Eric Ormond said. “That’s all that was. No moral victories there.”It was against that “soft” coverage that J-D found its most success passing the ball. Honis finished 17-30 passing with an interception. In the first game under a new offensive coordinator, with Kevin Kalfass’ departure to Central Square, the Red Rams couldn’t put enough together to beat Section IV’s Susquehanna Valley. The Sabers won, 28-19, and the Red Rams offense came on too late.Jamesville-DeWitt’s first drive marched the Red Rams down the field quickly and into field goal range. Though the Red Rams would throw an interception at the one-yard line following a fake field goal, J-D was able to make the first strike on its next drive. J-D quarterback Adam Honis hit Kaleb McCloud a 22-yard score.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Sabers bounced right back, though. Utilizing a triple-option offense to great success, including a few carries where Billy Sheridan bounced off tacklers to get extra yardage, it was a quarterback keeper that knotted it up. Jarred Freije decided to take care of matters himself and powered in, right up the gut, from two yards out to tie the game at 7.In the second half, the Carrier Dome heat got to the Red Rams. Multiple players ended up on the ground at the end of plays with cramps. With only 27 healthy guys, according to Honis, the depth wasn’t there to overcome those cramps.“We’re not very deep,” Honis said. “So when kids cramp it hurts, and we saw that in the game.”J-D had its chances. A touchdown from Honis to Murad in the third quarter would have tied the game, if not for a missed extra point. But then Freije ran for a second touchdown from two-yards out. Honis had a stretch of four incompletions in six passes as the Red Rams tried to get back in the game. And the Sabers got a touchdown to practically ice the ballgame with 1:45 to play and a 15-point lead.As the clock wound down, one loud voice could be heard from the Red Rams’ student section.“Every year, we’re never good enough,” the student said.Honis said that there were “a whole bunch of things” that the Red Rams needed to work on. But there’d be more chances to bounce back when the league schedule got underway for J-D. But Ormond stayed blunt.“Too many on the list to be able to mention individually,” said Ormond of what J-D needs to improve. “Every facet of the game, from an execution standpoint, fundamentals, the whole nine yards.”CORRECTION: In a previous version of this article, Eric Ormond’s name was misspelled. The Daily Orange regrets this error.  Commentscenter_img Published on September 1, 2018 at 8:39 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3last_img read more

Kobe Bryant’s last game in Phoenix soiled with 119-107 loss to Suns

first_imgSo even as age has made him both more patient and limited, it perhaps seemed fitting that Bryant’s last stop here lacked a fairytale ending. The Lakers suffered a 119-107 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday at Talking Stick Resort Arena in what marked Phoenix’s 10th consecutive home win over the Lakers. The loss initially seemed inevitable for the same reasons the Lakers (15-56) could not win with Smush Parker and Kwame Brown in tow.The Lakers could not defend Phoenix (20-51) from 3-point range (13-of-28). The Suns’ backcourt in Devin Booker and Brandon Knight seemingly scored points (a combined 43), passed (a combined 14 assists) and grabbed rebounds (a combined 11) anytime they wanted. The Lakers reverted back to countless one-on-one play. Lakers coach Byron Scott considered it ridiculous he called a timeout to explain their offense against zone defenses.“There’s nothing I can install to make them trust each other,” Scott said. “They have to figure it out.”A day after nursing soreness to his left shin, Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell experienced other issues. Though he made three baskets that helped the Lakers cut a 15-point deficit to 98-94 with 5:27 left, Russell only scored 14 points on 6-of-18 shooting and three assists in 32 minutes. As he scored in bunches, it seemed like nothing could ever stop Kobe Bryant.Well, except for one thing.Even as he produced at a prolific rate, the Phoenix Suns once represented a key source of frustration for Bryant as they handed the Lakers consecutive first-round exits (2006, 2007).“I hated them. They stopped me from getting a championship twice,” Bryant said. “The relationship was a love-hate relationship. I hated the fact that they were that good and kept us winning. But at the same time, I loved how good they were and I knew we had to be better.” “I blame himself a lot for that for not making it more organized,” Russell said. “It comes real chaotic at times. Me being a point guard, I don’t do a good job of playing together and running the set and anything like that. I put that on myself.”Russell then rolled his eyes and sounded dismissed on how he can fix that issue.“I don’t know, man,” Russell said. “If I knew, I would do it. But I don’t know. That’s why I’m figuring it out.”After posting 19 points and 15 rebounds for his 31st double double, Lakers forward Julius Randle offered some solutions.“We’ve all been the guy our whole lives,” Randle said. “We have to realize we have to sacrifice something to figure out how each other plays, what works best for each other and learn how to play with each other instead of us doing it all ourselves.”During those frustrating years against Phoenix, Bryant often tried to do it all himself. But this time, Bryant could not put on a show. On the second night of a back-to-back, Bryant posted 17 points on a 5 of 13 clip in 29 minutes. But there still marked some consolation prizes. The Lakers insist they pay no mind to the implications. But the Lakers have a five-game edge over the Suns for the NBA’s second-worst record, which gives them 55.8 percent chance of retaining their top-3 pick. There also marked Bryant’s endless fare-well tour before a heavily partisan crowd.“You cant dream this as a kid,” Bryant said. “You can’t tell me at six years old that I played 20 years with my favorite basketball team. When you retire and you get this response from city to city. It’s surreal.”As Suns coach Earl Watson mused beforehand, “There’s going to be a lot of Lakers fans who never visited LA.”Those fans gave Bryant a rousing ovation during lineup introductions and anytime he touched the ball. The Suns presented Bryant with a video tribute that did not show any of Bryant’s play in the playoff matchups in 2006, 2007 and 2010, the latter year representing the Lakers’ six-game win over the Suns in the Western Conference Finals. Bryant gushed how on play Booker imitated one of his tendencies. That prompted Bryant to say, “You’re not going to beat me on my move.”After Bryant walked off the floor with 1:05 left, the festivities just started. Athletes entered the Lakers locker room and essentially waited in line to visit Bryant in the trainers’ room. They included baseball players (Mike Trout and several Angels players in town for spring training), Booker, Suns center Tyson Chandler, Suns and former Lakers guard Ronnie Price and Arizona Cardinals wide receive Larry Fitzgerald.“When I talk to them, they say, ‘Thank you for the mentality,’” Bryant said. “They understand as athletes it’s not easy to be that way. For me, it was very natural. For them, they look at that and they appreciate that and want to embody that and carry it forward to have that same kind of focus. That’s what they say to me. That’s what they respect and thank me for. Essentially, they’re thanking me for being a [jerk].”Bryant certainly seemed that way during his frustrating seasons against Phoenix. But unlike those frustrating times that sparked him to demand a trade in 2007, Bryant smiled on Wednesday and soaked in the moment. All of which has become the defining theme as the Lakers’ losing marches on. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more