Inside Joe Girard III’s milestone 52-point game

first_imgGLENS FALLS — Joe Girard III, a member of Syracuse’s 2019 recruiting class, needed 29 points on Sunday night to reach 4,000 in his Glens Falls (New York) High School career. To almost everyone in the Cool Insuring Arena, that somewhat large number seemed a foregone conclusion. It’d be easy for a senior guard averaging nearly 50 points per game to hit 29.But Girard started slow before heating up and finishing with 52 in a Glens Falls win. He made 17 shots from the floor, including three 3-pointers, and added 15 free throws.Here’s a look at the baskets that brought Girard to the milestone total and beyond, up to 4,023 points in his high school career.Points 1 and 2: After missing his first shot from the floor, Girard decided he needed to attack the basket to find an early rhythm. So on a transition opportunity, he used an in-and-out dribble with his right hand to attack toward the right block. Girard weathered the contact and finished for an and-1, although he missed the free throw.“Fastbreaks I knew I was gonna try and get myself going,” Girard said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Points 16 and 17: After popping out to the left corner as he’d done earlier, Girard sold his cut before sliding backdoor. His teammate lobbed a pass in, so Girard went up to grab it before finishing another and-1. He flexed after the finish, but then missed the foul shot. Points 3 and 4: Girard again chooses to attack the basket instead of settling for a perimeter jumper. He’d missed four-straight shots since the opening layup. As his teammate approaches to set a screen to drive left, Girard instead attacks right, double clutches near the basket, and lays it in. Points 42 and 43: Girard took it upon himself to break the Amsterdam press. On this play, he simply wouldn’t stop. Multiple defenders tried to throw themselves in front of him, but Girard kept going right and made it all the way to the basket.“I knew I had to help our team win,” Girard said. “… I wanted the ball in my hands.” He kept going right, @JG3_____ up to 43 and GF up 7— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 Comments Points 8 and 9: On the next trip after that 3, Girard drove to the basket and couldn’t get a roll on the rim. But since he’d beaten a few defenders to get into the lane, he was relatively open to rise right back up and tip it in with two hands.Points 10, 11, 12: Early on, Glens Falls used Girard as their baseline inbounder multiple times. On this occasion, inbounding from the left side underneath the basket, he passed the ball out top before cutting off a screen to the left corner. After hesitating a moment, he rose up to knock down a 3 for his first basket in the second quarter.“It’s an IQ play of coming off a screen how your defender’s playing you,” Girard said. Point 46: Girard made one-of-two on a trip to the line as Amsterdam ramped up the pressure to try and get steals with a small deficit late.Points 47 and 48: On this baseline out of bounds, Girard set up near the elbow and benefited from a good inbounds pass. He faked as if going out to the corner before sliding toward the block and finishing on the left side of the rim.“Just being tough and trying to carve out a way to get a shot off,” Girard said of this finish. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 28, 2019 at 10:16 pm Contact Billy: | @Wheyen3 A fast break layup gets @JG3_____ to six away from 4000.— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 A step back 3 for @JG3_____ has Joe Girard just one bucket away from 4000, he’s at 3997.— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 Another 3 for @JG3_____ he’s got 12— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 4000 for @JG3_____— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 Points 24, 25, 26: Girard stepped back right in front of SU assistant coach Gerry McNamara and his father Joe Girard II, a 2,000-point scorer himself. Then he faded even further than the stepback took him. But he drained the 3 in his defender’s face to get within three points of 4,000. Four points for @JG3_____ . GF leads 6-5. He’s 25 from 4K— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 And @JG3_____ is on the board through contact. Two points, free throw miss— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 Points 5, 6, 7: Girard misfired on his first three 3-point attempts. But on the fourth, he used a screen to go right. Even with a hard hedge, the senior created space for himself near the right wing, dribbling almost parallel to the foul line. Girard rose up and knocked down the 3. Points 13, 14, 15: Girard, for the second time, went to the in-and-out right-handed dribble to get to the rim. Again, he finished through the contact. This time, he added the free throw.“When your shots aren’t falling, even at the free throw line, you’ve got to kind of find other ways to score,” Girard said of attacking the basket. Here’s @JG3_____ hitting his first 3. Then he gets a tip back. 9 points, 20 from 4K.— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 Points 18 and 19: Girard finished another putback basket to go into halftime with 19 points. That’s a slow start for him, and his father was nervous.Points 20 and 21: Girard got the second half underway with a pull-up 3 from the top of the arc. It went awry, but the whistle blew, signaling a foul. Girard made the first and third free throws.“When the ball’s in my hand, there’s a lot of focus on it,” Girard said of being hounded by his defenders.Points 22 and 23: Amsterdam, Glens Falls’ opponents, used full-court pressure for much of the game. When Girard and the Indians could break it, that led to easy opportunities like it did here. Good ball movement ended with a cutting Girard being fed the ball for an easy finish on the right side of the rim. Points 44 and 45: Again, Girard made it his duty to be a one-man press break. No defender in front of him had the answer, and he eventually hop-stepped to finish inside.“At the end of the game, I was tired, but you kept looking at the score, and it kept being closer and closer,” Girard said, “and big time players make big time plays at the right time.” Another and-1 for @JG3_____. With the foul shot, up to 15, 14 away from 4K— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 And @JG3_____ has 48 after this BLOB cut.— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 Another and1 and this time a flex for @JG3_____ after backdoor and going up to get it. 17 before the FT— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 And @JG3_____ keeps going. With this basket, he’s got 41. Now 4012 points in his GF career.— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 He goes all the way and a hop step for @JG3_____ and 45 points.— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 For good measure, a 50 spot for @JG3_____. GF up 4 with 44 seconds left.— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 Points 27, 28, 29: Another slice along the right baseline gave Girard an opportunity to finish off the glass, and he did. Even with limited contact, the whistle blew, and that sent Girard to the foul line for a bonus foul shot. Just as he broke the New York state all-time scoring record from the linea free throw, he reached 4,000 points on a free throw, too.“Struggled a little bit in the beginning but just had to keep up my confidence,” Girard said. “Make sure that I was playing my game and when I got to the line had to step up confidently like I said, and on that shot I felt good.” Points 49, 50, 51, 52: Girard iced a four-point win for Glens Falls with four free throws down the stretch, both perfect two-of-two trips to the line.“Our main focus today was winning,” Girard said. “And the only way to do that was make your free throws at the end of the game.” Points 30 and 31: After being fouled as a ball-handler, Girard knocked down both on a one-and-one trip to the line.Points 32 and 33: Girard stripped the Amsterdam dribbler near half court before breaking away for an easy finish. There was a quick buzz around the Cool Insuring Arena in anticipation of a dunk attempt, but Girard just placed it softly off the glass.Points 34 and 35: Girard swished two more free throws to put early troubles at the foul line behind him.Points 36 and 37: Another strip of an Amsterdam ball handler. Another clear runway to the rim. Another simple layup.Points 38 and 39: Girard worked back to the foul line one more time in a tight game and made both foul shots.Points 40 and 41: Showing a comfort against Amsterdam’s full-court press, Girard worked his way to the middle of the floor. From there, he cut back to his right hand before holding off a defender and extending to finish.last_img read more

Egyptian judoka sent home over handshake refusal with Israeli

first_imgEgyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby has been sent home from the Rio Olympics after refusing to shake the hand of Israeli Or Sasson following the end of their bout, the International Olympic Committee said on Monday.El Shehaby, who was sent home by his own team, lost the fight on Friday and was reprimanded by the IOC for his actions.The athlete said he did not want to shake hands with an Israeli, nor was he obliged to do so under judo rules, but the IOC said his behavior went against the rules and spirit of the Olympic Games and the rules of fair play.”The President of the National Olympic Committee issued a statement saying they respected all athletes and all nations at the Olympic Games,” the IOC said in a statement.After Sasson defeated El Shehaby and the pair retook their places in front of the referee, the Egyptian backed away when Sasson bowed and approached him to shake hands.When called back by the referee to bow, El Shehaby gave a quick nod before walking off amid loud boos from the crowd . “The Disciplinary Commission (DC) considered that his behavior at the end of the competition was contrary to the rules of fair play and against the spirit of friendship embodied in the Olympic Values,” the IOC said.”The DC issued a ‘severe reprimand for inappropriate behavior’ to the athlete. It noted … the shaking of hands after a match is not in the competition rules of the International Judo Federation.””As well as a severe reprimand, the DC has asked the Egyptian Olympic Committee to ensure in future that all their athletes receive proper education on the Olympic Values before coming to the Olympic Games,” the IOC said.El Shehaby, 32, had reportedly been pressured by fans on social media not to show up for the match with his Israeli opponent, who went on to win bronze in the +100kg category, because it would shame Islam.This is not the first time athletes from Arab nations or Iran refuse to compete with Israeli athletes in Olympics or other international competitions. At the 2004 Athens Olympics then Iranian world champion Arash Mirasmaeili refused to fight Israeli judoka Ehud Vaks, earning praise back home.”Shaking the hand of your opponent is not an obligation written in the judo rules. It happens between friends and he’s not my friend,” El Shehaby said after his bout.”I have no problem with Jewish people or any other religion or different beliefs. But for personal reasons, you can’t ask me to shake the hand of anyone from this State, especially in front of the whole world,” he said.Egypt was the first Arab power to make peace with Israel, in 1979, but the treaty remains unpopular among many Egyptians.—last_img read more

Former Laker Jamaal Wilkes believes rebuilding “will take a couple years”

first_imgBut Wilkes’ initial hiccup provides a valuable lesson for the present-day Lakers, presuming they maintain their top-five pick in the NBA Draft lottery on May 19. With the Lakers (21-58) entering Sunday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks (48-31) at Staples Center two losses away from securing the worst mark in franchise history, the Lakers have too many roster needs to address. In order for any draft prospects to make the same impact he made, Wilkes argued that player will need “a blend of humility and confidence.”“You have to have confidence in yourself and in your game. But you need humility, too, in terms of deferring to the veterans until you get grounded,” said Wilkes, who wrote about his rookie season in his recent book, ‘Memoirs of The Original Smooth As Silk,’ a portion of the proceeds helping the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. “Even though the Lakers are down this year, they are still a championship organization. When you come to a team like the Lakers, you can learn a lot by listening and observing.”Assuming that prospect adopts those qualities and the Lakers strike it rich in free agency, Wilkes believed the Lakers “will have a good shot at making the playoffs next season.” Yet, he sounded skeptical the Lakers would immediately turn around their fortunes, arguing persistent injuries and the passing of late owner Jerry Buss in February 2013 still cloud the storied franchise. “He loved the game and respected the game. He hired the best basketball minds he could and he listened to him. It all started there,” Wilkes said of Buss. “We’re all impatient, but it’s a reality. We had the good fortunate of having him for a long period of time. It’ll take a couple of years to turn this around.”That partly explains why Wilkes showed sympathy for Lakers coach Byron Scott, who played with Wilkes during the Showtime Era. He became enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. His retired No. 52 Lakers jersey hangs on the Staples Center rafters. His nickname “Silk” and the “20-foot layup” seem long-lasting.But some uncertainty emerged on whether Jamaal Wilkes would thrive in the NBA even after the two-time All-American helped UCLA to two NCAA men’s basketball national championships. After the Golden State Warriors drafted him 11th overall in 1975, Wilkes spent more time filming the movie “Cornbread, Earl and Me” than worrying about his training. Once he arrived to rookie camp, Wilkes huffed and puffed his way through practice.“I was so disappointed in myself that I was unprepared,” Wilkes said in an interview with the Los Angeles News Group. “Coming out of UCLA with Coach (John) Wooden, you were always prepared. But I was just caught unprepared. Instead of blaming this guy, that guy or the coach, I knew I had to and accepted full responsibility.”Wilkes soon spent his time both in the gym and in martial arts classes to expedite his conditioning. He then turned out fine enough to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award. That provided a foreshadowing of the four NBA championships Wilkes would eventually win in his career (1974-85), including three with the Lakers. “It’s not one of those years where you can point the finger at somebody,” Wilkes said. “It’s one of those years where you play young guys, get a sense of the future of the team and maintain your professionalism. I think Byron has done that.”Still, Wilkes suggested Scott could improve on one thing. With Kobe Bryant set to make his return next season from a third consecutive season-ending injury, Wilkes argued Bryant’s success will largely stem on how he and the Lakers manage his workload. Bryant averaged 22.3 points on a career-low 37.3 percent shooting in 34.5 minutes through 35 games in the 2014-15 season before tearing his right rotator cuff on Jan. 21 in New Orleans.“I’d like to see a situation like in Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar’s) last two years where his minutes were about cut in half and most of them were played in the fourth quarter,” Wilkes said. “I’m confident Coach Scott and Kobe will come to a meeting of the minds that makes sense for all those concerned. I don’t think it’s realistic for him to give him 35 or 38 minutes every night.”Incidentally, Bryant averaged 35.4 minutes per game in the Lakers’ first 27 contests before sitting in eight of the following 16 games for rest purposes. The 19-year veteran then injured his right shoulder in late January. All of that hardly matches what Abdul-Jabbar went through in his 19th and 20th NBA seasons in 1987-88 (14.6 points, 6.0 rebounds) and 1988-89 season (10.1 points, 4.5 rebounds). That marked a decrease from his career averages of 24.6 points and 11.2 rebounds. Yet, Abdul-Jabbar averaged under 30 minutes per game in his last two years after the Lakers acquired Mychal Thompson in a trade in the 1986 offseason.Nonetheless, Wilkes still gave Bryant the “benefit of the doubt” on how he will manage his comeback. Wilkes also added that Scott “feels comfortable that the Buss family and (general manager) Mitch Kupchak will help him get them back on track next season.” All of this uncertainty hardly matches what Wilkes went through with UCLA and the Lakers, two teams that seemingly remained in championship contention every season.“UCLA has the slight edge because we were clearly dominant,” Wilkes said. “Not just our teams, but the teams that played us and came after us. With the Lakers, we were dominant. But there were also a handful of other teams that were vying for that dominant position.”How long it takes for the Lakers to return to that dominant position could become as unpredictable as the initial hiccups Wilkes experienced in rookie camp. Wilkes only hopes the recovery happens as quickly as Wilkes bounced back to win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Five year sentence for Mason City man who pleaded guilty to serious injury by vehicle

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City man who pleaded guilty to serious injury by vehicle is headed to prison. On November 13th 2018, 48-year-old Kevin Shafer was driving northbound on Grouse Avenue when he crossed the center line just south of the intersection with 230th Street south of Clear Lake. A southbound vehicle trying to avoid a collision went into the ditch, but Shafer went into the same ditch and crashed into the other vehicle, seriously injuring the driver. Investigators said lab tests found amphetamines and methamphetamine in Shafer’s blood at the time of the crash. Shafer pleaded guilty to serious injury by vehicle. Judge Adam Sauer on Wednesday sentenced Shafer to five years in prison and issued a $750 fine which was suspended.last_img read more