Taurean Thompson thrives on offense, struggles on defense; Boeheim: ‘I’m not encouraged’

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first_imgAs Monmouth inched closer to Syracuse’s early lead, Jim Boeheim played the role of conductor. He tried willing SU’s defense into perfect positions, using his hands to pull, push and swipe on the sideline. But over and over again in the first half, the Hawks pierced SU’s zone through the middle or swept underneath it.When Boeheim tried nudging Taurean Thompson to rotate within the zone, the freshman didn’t notice until it was too late. Monmouth’s Sam Ibiezugbe cut beneath Thompson and the Orange defense to lay in two more of the Hawks’ 18 first-half points in the paint.In a game that was never closer than 10 points after halftime, Syracuse still got a dose of reality.Thompson is one of five players in their first year with SU. Inexperience is bound to rear itself.“It takes time, he’ll be fine,” senior Tyler Roberson said of Thompson’s defense. “It’s nothing I’m worried about. He’s still young. He’ll get it down.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIf nothing else, the Orange can use the early part of its nonconference schedule to work out the kinks. Despite early hiccups on both sides of the ball, No. 18 Syracuse (3-0) ran away from Monmouth (1-2) in a 71-50 win on Friday night in the Carrier Dome. In the eyes of Boeheim, it only took a series of defensive miscues to nullify Thompson’s 12 points in 13 minutes. The 6-foot-10 freshman was solely outdone by Andrew White’s 18 points, all in the first half, but sunk a couple key baseline jumpers when his team was scrapping on offense.With about two minutes remaining, Thompson laid in the last of his five baskets and landed awkwardly on his left foot. He was assisted off the court, only able to put pressure on his right foot. There was no update on him after the game.Tony D. Curtis | Staff PhotographerRegardless of his immediate status, Thompson’s performance was a microcosm of the team: promising, but lacking the necessary cohesion to stack up against the ACC powerhouses looming later in the year.“He was very good on offense, but he gave up about five baskets on the other end,” Boeheim said. “So I guess I’m not encouraged.”“…You can make two jump shots, (but) if you give up 10 points on the other end, that’s not a positive.”As the first half drew on, there was no secret as to where Syracuse was going to feed the ball on offense. White was the magnet. But upon entering the game after about five minutes, Thompson started finding pockets of space.Much like his other teammates, he wasn’t getting underneath the basket. But he found the short corner. He straddled the baseline and stuck with a pass from Tyus Battle, hitting his first shot to give the Orange a 13-11 lead.Not long after, White found an open Thompson after White failed to get through a swarm of Monmouth defenders in the paint. The fifth-year senior dished it off to the freshman, and Thompson made it 17-11.“For him to come in his first, real big-time game and to produce like that,” White said, “that just shows what he’s made out of.”Thompson hit three of his four shots in the second half, highlighted by a nifty and-one basket on a bounce pass from Tyler Lydon. Friday illustrated that Thompson can blend his size and mobility to put up sound shots. That’s not the particular calling card of the Orange’s other big men in Paschal Chukwu and Dajuan Coleman.Therein lies Thompson’s value to this year’s team, even if his defense could be a liability in the first steps of his college career. It’s too early to see how much of a detriment that could be. For now, Thompson is blanketed by one of sports’ most damning concepts: Potential.“I’ve said it to everyone who’s come around here,” White said, “By his junior year, Taurean Thompson’s going to be one of the best big men in the country. You could just see glimpses of it now.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 18, 2016 at 11:45 pm Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more


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first_imgChildren under 12 are encouraged to come out to the Memorial Arena on Aug. 11 at around 5 p.m. for the annual Kiddies Parade, organized by the Kiwanis Club of Dawson Creek. There are no entry fees, and categories include best costume, best comic costume and best float. Children are even welcomed to bring out their bicycles, and/or their four-legged friends, as there will be categories for best decorated bike and best pet costume.”It’s a fun thing to do, and the kids become a part of Fall Fair week,” said Gordon Moffatt, a Kiwanian helping to organize the parade. “This gives them a way to show off a little bit of what they can do and how they can decorate things, and to have some fun.”He added they had a turnout of about 250 children last year and they are hoping for at least 275 this year.- Advertisement -Judging will take place between 5:15 and 6 p.m., with first, second and third-place ribbons being awarded in each category. However, every participant will receive a ribbon and a bag of goodies.The parade begins at 6 p.m., led by members of the RCMP, the Kiwanis Community Band, and a Kiwanis float. The parade proceeds north from the arena on 11 Street, then turns right onto 102 Avenue, continues to the Mile 0 Post at 10 Street, turns south on 10 Street to 105 Avenue, then goes west back to 11 Street and the arena parking lot.Success By Six will then be providing hot dogs and fruit after the parade.Advertisement For more information, contact Kiwanians Gordon Moffatt at 782-3552 or Don Readman at 782-2757.The annual Main Parade, which takes place on Aug.12 at 10 a.m., is still open for entries until Aug. 11. Categories include commercial and non-commercial (not-for-profit club or organization) floats or entries, horse or pony entries, comical entries, vintage vehicles and farm machinery, dancers and baton entries, and more. This year’s theme is “Agriculture is for Everyone,” so expect to see a lot of hay bales, horses and cowboy hats.Entries are asked to assemble at the Co-op Mall parking lot at 9 a.m. as the parade leaves promptly at 10. The parade proceeds west on 102 Avenue to 12 Street, then south on 12 Street to 103 Avenue, east on 103 Avenue to 10 Street, south on 10 Street to 13 Street, continuing south to 114 Avenue where the parade ends at the back entrance to the Northern Lights College campus.Judging happens enroute with winners announced at the end.Advertisement There will also be a barbeque at the college put on by the student’s union and M&M Meat Shops.Tara Morgan, manager of the Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the Main Parade, said participants can throw candies to the crowd during the parade, but she cautioned them to throw candies away from other vehicles. She encouraged everyone to come out and enjoy the parade.For more information or to register for the Main Parade, go online to www.dawsoncreekchamber.ca, phone 782-2371, or visit the Chamber of Commerce at 10201 10 Street.In the interest of full disclosure, Mile 0 City notes that its reporter, Matthew Bains, is an active member in the KIwanis Club of Dawson Creek.last_img read more