Bony claims point for Swansea

first_img The second half began as frantically as the first and Austin was in the thick of the action again as his header was scrambled onto the post by Fabianksi. Swansea emerged unscathed, however, and began to regain some control as the game drifted past the hour mark. Gomis dragged a shot wide at the back post in the 70th minute while at the other end, Fer powered another long-range effort narrowly wide. Bony was introduced for Sigurdsson with 20 minutes to play and the striker almost made an instant impact, curling a free-kick towards the top corner and forcing a superb save from Green. The visitors cranked up the pressure and with 10 minutes to go almost grabbed an equaliser as Ki Sung-yeung’s shot was blocked by Green and Marvin Emnes’ follow-up header was cleared off the line. Rangers should have put the game to bed on the counter-attack when Vargas found the side-netting but the hosts were given a boost in the 86th minute when Routledge was sent off for an altercation with Karl Henry. In the 92nd minute, however, it was Bony who added a late twist to the tale, hammering past Green into the top corner to break Rangers’ hearts. There was still time for one more chance and Austin could have had the last word but he blazed over the bar from close range at the death and a pulsating game ended honours even. Press Association Wilfried Bony came off the bench to score a dramatic injury-time equaliser and ensure Swansea took a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw at QPR. Harry Redknapp’s side, unbeaten at Loftus Road since mid-October, are now two points above the relegation zone while Swansea sit ninth, three points off the top six. The visitors started the brighter of the two sides, with Gylfi Sigurdsson in particular causing problems for the QPR defence. It was the Iceland midfielder’s superb first-time ball in the sixth minute that put Wayne Routledge in the clear and Green was lucky not to give away a free-kick and be sent off as he stopped the winger’s progress by handling the ball outside the area. QPR capitalised on their good fortune, gradually establishing a foothold in the game as Charlie Austin saw two shots blocked from close-range. Swansea’s early momentum had stalled and in the 20th minute, the hosts took the lead as Fer collected the ball 25 yards out and drilled it past Lukas Fabianski for his third goal of the season. Rangers were in the ascendancy and should have doubled their advantage when a deep cross found Bobby Zamora at the pack post but the striker was unable to keep his header down. Gomis could have made Rangers pay when he was set free twice either side of the half-hour but his first shot flew wide of the far post and his second rolled harmlessly into the hands of Green. Eduardo Vargas tested Fabianski with a stinging effort from range and the Chilean tried his luck again shortly before the break, smashing Austin’s cross against the outside of the post. A stunning first-half strike from Leroy Fer looked to have sealed another valuable three points for QPR at home but Bony scored his ninth goal of the season two minutes into injury-time to salvage a hard-earned point for the visitors. QPR were lucky not to be reduced to 10 men early on when Rob Green handled outside the area but it was Swansea who finished with a man less after Wayne Routledge was sent off with four minutes to play. last_img read more

Boston College’s hot performance from 3 dooms Syracuse, 85-70

first_img Published on March 1, 2018 at 1:29 am Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+ CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — The moment seemed self-contained. Ky Bowman drilled a 3-pointer two-and-a-half minutes into the game and stared right at Syracuse’s bench. It was a player Syracuse hadn’t contested quickly enough having his moment after a long ball. SU would try not to let it happen again.Syracuse rallied late in the first half to cut a 10-point deficit down to one. The Orange then triple-teamed Luka Kraljevic in the corner, coming close to forcing a turnover. But he pivoted and found Jerome Robinson alone on the wing. The 20.9-points-per-game sharpshooter knocked it down before turning around and celebrating with the BC faithful sitting behind him.The Eagles (17-13, 7-10 Atlantic Coast) could have eventually scanned the entirety of Conte Forum if they looked somewhere different after every made deep ball. Boston College went a scorching 14-of-27 from 3, with Bowman, Robinson and Jordan Chatman taking and making all but one from deep. It was a season-high in 3s allowed and opponent 3-point percentage for Syracuse (18-12, 7-10), which managed to keep it close in the first half, but eventually lost to the 3-point barrage in a 85-70 loss on Wednesday night.“Those guards are as good as any guards in the country,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said postgame. “And Chatman is a good a shooter as you’re going to find.”Before the two teams matched up on Jan. 24, Boeheim said that he didn’t “think anybody shoots the ball from the 3-point line better than,” Boston College. At the time, the comment didn’t totally seem to add up, as BC was eighth in the conference in 3-point percentage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Eagles did shoot the ball well in that game though, going 11-for-23. Four makes came in the first four minutes of the game, though. SU weathered that early storm and got hot on offense, eventually seizing control of the game.On Monday’s ACC coaches teleconference, BC head coach Jim Christian said that he’d look at how to adjust against the Orange’s zone. The Eagles did just that, spreading the floor out and often times putting one of the guards in the high post. That would force Paschal Chukwu to step up and go one-on-one with a quicker guard, who could find shooters on the wing.“They spread us out a lot more,” point guard Frank Howard said. “They filled every spot on the perimeter … overloaded us, made our big man leave the paint. I think they attacked (the zone) a lot better and moved the ball a lot quicker.”The Eagles moved the ball around quickly, several times dishing it out to a baseline cutter for an easy layup which in turn continued to open up the 3-pointers. BC had 19 assists on its 26 made field goals, including 12 assists on the 14 made 3-pointers.Syracuse limits opponents to 33 percent behind the arc, the fifth-best mark in the conference. The Eagles, though, never shied away from attempting the looks.On one play late through the first half, Bowman took a pass from Jerome Robinson and dribbled left through a ball screen. Tyus Battle went under it, so Bowman just pulled up and rained home another one.“We tried to get under (the screens) as fast as possible and get back up top,” Battle said. “But he was hot. We tried to make an adjustment going over the top and run him off better. But he hit some tough ones.”Hot 3-point shooters have plagued Syracuse this season. Three different players have made seven 3-pointers in a game against the Orange. But those were symptoms of opponents finding the soft spot in the zone and SU being unable to quell one player.Instead, Boston College unleashed a three-headed barrage that Syracuse couldn’t solve. It dropped the Orange down to 7-10, the first time it’ll have a losing record in ACC play. And it could have potentially dropped the Orange out of the NCAA Tournament consideration.“They had great ball movement,” Howard said. “They had great ball movement and got the ball inside. They knew where their looks were coming from.” Commentslast_img read more