Related Stories Grade Syracuse’s performance against Montana State and vote for the player of the gameSyracuse community reacts to win over Montana StateFast reaction: Syracuse thrives down low in blowout win over Montana State Michael Gbinije coasted down the court and threw home a windmill slam dunk. Chinonso Obokoh, sitting on a career-high nine points of his own, stood at the opposite foul line and held both hands in the air.Syracuse led by 28 against one of the worst teams in Division I and a game that started off sluggish for the Orange was now anything but.Using a 51-point second half, SU (9-3) overcame a rocky first-half shooting performance to blow out Montana State (5-7), 82-60 in the Carrier Dome. Five different orange scored in double figures, including Obokoh, Dajuan Coleman and Tyler Lydon, as Syracuse dominated a physically inferior team down low.The Orange trudged through a first half in which it shot 3-of-13 from behind the arc and 11-of-31 overall. A decided size advantage inside against a far inferior Montana State team wasn’t being exploited, apart from the occasional drive, draw a foul and finish at the rim routine SU executed twice.Still, the Orange carried a 14-point lead into halftime as the Bobcats weren’t much better. One of the worst teams in Division I, luckily for Syracuse, couldn’t take advantage of an SU team flashing the weaknesses that have put it behind this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse began the second half 5-of-7 from the field, courtesy of three Coleman buckets down low. Montana State hit a trio of deep balls before the under-16 timeout itself, but the Orange, via its recuperating big man, found the formula to keep the Bobcats out of reach before pulling away.The seemingly inevitable Syracuse blowout was finally gaining traction as Gbinije caught fire from deep and Frank Howard attacked the rim for an and-one of his own. Trevor Cooney’s 3 with 12:24 left broke the Carrier Dome’s lull and forced a Montana State timeout. The rout was on as the Orange led by 24.Syracuse coasted to the finish, with its backups owning the latter part of the second half before the walk-ons took over. Freshman Ky Feldman laid in a contested shot with 1.3 seconds left and the crowd exploded, as Syracuse cruised into Christmas on a high. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 22, 2015 at 9:04 pm Contact Matt: email@example.com | @matt_schneidman
The team which debuted this year had recovered from 2 -0 down Saturday to level the tie 2 -2 and on Sunday, the young team took the two reverse singles to make the last mixed doubles match inconsequential.Sylvester Emmanuel, the arrow head of the “come-back kids” once again proved to be the match winner when he beat national champion, Moses Michael, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 in what proved to be the final match. Albert Bicom had earlier beaten Emmanuel Paul 6-4, 6-4.In his remarks, Dalung praised the level of organisation of the competition saying the success of the NCC Tennis League is a testimony that sports in Nigeria is better off being private sector driven.“The competition was taken to all the zones of the federation, offered very huge prize monies which made several young men and women millionaires with no kobo coming from government. This is a good example for the sports federations to follow,” Dalung saidAlso in his post-match remarks, Ekwueme, who expressed delight that Nduka Odizor,” the Duke” was at the finals, expressed delight with the level of play and organization of the tennis league.“It was a very exciting event and I thoroughly enjoyed the matches. If this competition is sustained Nigeria should be able to produce world beaters in the very near future,” the former vice president who still plays and follows tennis at the world level observed passionately.Team Offikwu got N7 million while runners-up Team Tombim got N5 million. Team Civil Defence winners of the third place concluded last Friday went home with N4 million while the fourth place team, Team FCT got N2 million.The competition was organised by the International Tennis Academy.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kaduna-based Team Offikwu on Sunday in Lagos completed their fairy-tale run by beating defending champions Team Tombim 4-2 to clinch the 2016 NCC Tennis League Cup.In a tight but exciting tie played at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club and watched by former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme and the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, Team Offikwu took the two reverse singles to put the tie beyond the reach of defending champions.