Opponent preview: What to know about No. 5 seed North Carolina

first_imgNo. 4-seed Syracuse (9-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) faces No. 5-seed North Carolina (7-6, 1-3) on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in the ACC tournament play-in game. The Orange ended the regular season with a 18-9 drubbing of Navy and the Tar Heels sunk to 1-3 in conference play with a loss at Notre Dame.Here’s what to know about the matchup.All-time series: 18-8, Syracuse leads.The last time they played: The Orange ground out a 12-9 victory over North Carolina last weekend to finish .500 in ACC play. Through one half, SU and UNC scored seven apiece. Then, Syracuse pulled away, shutting out the Tar Heels in the third quarter while scoring four goals of its own.  The North Carolina report: The Tar Heels finished the regular season last in the ACC, going 1-3 with the lone win coming against Duke. UNC scores at a top-20 rate and allows 10.08 goals per game. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhat’s hamstrung North Carolina the most is struggles to win faceoffs, currently winning fewer than half (49.4 percent). Their top faceoff man, Zachary Tucci, is just above 50 percent, currently (144-of-287).Tucci’s main struggle, along with most of North Carolina’s, is rooted in youth. The Tar Heels goalie and faceoff specialist are both true-freshmen. While UNC’s talent showed in a win against Duke, the Tar Heels have largely struggled against superior competition. How Syracuse beats UNC: Win faceoffs and control the ball.This recipe has been working for Syracuse since an ugly, turnover-heavy loss at Notre Dame in late March. Since then, John Desko has preached how SU needs to make possessions count and maximize the number it was getting.The quickest path to more possessions is winning more faceoffs, something the Orange didn’t struggle to do against the Tar Heels first time around. If the Orange do that Thursday, it will be in good shape.Once the ball gets to the offense, Syracuse can ride with a top attack line that recently combined for 17 points against Navy. Playing from behind the cage to space out the offense, the Orange should look to methodically break down the Tar Heels through spacing, deliberate passing and smart shooting.Stat to know: 1086 days — It’s been nearly three years since Syracuse last won an ACC tournament game. The last time was May 1, 2016, when the Orange downed Duke, 14-8, in the title game.Player to watch: Tanner Cook, junior midfielder, No. 77After beating Navy, when looking ahead to a rematch with the Tar Heels, John Desko mentioned Cook, the Tar Heels left-handed Canadian. He noted Cook scored two goals against Notre Dame after going nearly silent through much of the second half of the season. In Cook, the Tar Heels might have a new offensive element. Comments Published on April 22, 2019 at 7:20 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Fire guts Pouderoyen house

first_img…neighbours suspect arsonAuthorities are currently investigating the cause of an early morning fire which completely destroyed a West Bank Demerara (WBD) home, leaving the owner homeless and counting losses amounting to some $20 million.The fire occurred just after midnight at the Lot 124 Coglan Dam, Pouderoyen, WBD house.According to reports, the owner, 43-year-old Mahesh Parwat was at home alone and about 00:05h, he heard someone shouting “Fire! Fire!” Guyana Times was told that at the time, the man was taking a shower and after being alerted, he ran out of the building and saw sections of the house completely engulfed.Neighbours immediately rushed to his assistance and tried to put out the blaze by forming a bucket brigade. However, they were unable to do so and by the time theThe Coglan Dam house on fireFire Service arrived, the entire one-storey wooden and concrete building was engulfed.The firefighters were able to douse the blaze hours later, but only the front veranda was left.Parwat, who is a known alcoholic, has since been taken into custody for questioning. “He was drunk, so the Police picked he up and say that they will keep him ‘till he sober up and then they gone question he,” one man said.Meanwhile, neighbours believe that the fire was an act of arson. One woman, Candy, told this newspaper that earlier Wednesday night, Parwat and his reputed wife, who lived in Canada but would stay at another house further up Coglan Dam when she returned to Guyana, had an argument.“This is not the first time they fight and they curse – you can ask the whole neighbourhood – but this get real bad and this is not the first time too they talk about burning down house while arguing… Last night she said to him “tonight is the last you gonna be here” but [I] didn’t take it as anything, because they always fighting every time she come back from Canada,” Candy related.The woman said that she and her family have been constantly living in fear of this happening, especially during the day when they are not at home.“Me and my husband wholeheartedly work and build our home and we don’t have anything else other than this or nowhere else to go. So, I’m always scared about what’s going to happen,” the woman posited.However, Candy added that their worst fear came true on Thursday morning. She recounted that they were asleep when she was awakened by the sound of glass shattering. She noted that the fire started in the back room of the house, which is adjacent to her bedroom, so she immediately saw the flames reflecting through theThe remains of the Coglan Dam house after it was destroyed by firewindow.“When I wake up, I see the brightness and feel the heat, so I wake my husband up and say fire. We start to throw water on the walls and we start to fetch out things from in the house. Then my husband start to scream for help and the neighbours them came out and help,” the woman said.While only the PVC gutter of the neighbour’s house was damaged, they are also suffering severe water damage to the inside of their home from soaking the building to prevent the fire from spreading.The now-destroyed home was said to be valued some $20 million, but was not insured.last_img read more