Taurean Thompson develops scoring from inside to return to starting rotation, aid Orange’s interior presence

first_img Published on January 26, 2017 at 10:53 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Taurean Thompson’s third rebound of the night, and maybe his most important of the season, set him up for a second chance.Eight seconds remained in the game and Syracuse led Wake Forest by two, as Thompson skied for the rebound off Dinos Mitoglou’s missed free throw. He was fouled, with almost a full court length to walk before he tried to do what he couldn’t just minutes before.With 2:53 remaining and SU up two, Thompson missed a pair of free throws and Mitchell Wilbekin hit a go-ahead 3-pointer 20 seconds later. This time, though, the freshman hit both from the charity stripe to put the Orange up four and seal an 81-76 win over Wake Forest in SU’s first conference game decided by single digits.In four of Syracuse’s last six games, Thompson has scored four or fewer points. That’s from a forward who is in the lineup primarily for his offense. But after an 18-point showing against the Demon Deacons on 70-percent shooting from the field, Thompson’s stock is back on the upswing as Syracuse (12-9, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) prepares to host No. 6 Florida State (18-3, 6-2) Saturday at noon.“Taurean played great in the middle,” sophomore Tyler Lydon said. “He was active today in the middle, came up with some big stops for us and was able to knock down some shots.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThompson might have been Syracuse’s third-best player on the court behind Andrew White (career-high 27 points) and Lydon (15 points, nine rebounds and five assists). That’s when Thompson poured in 16 points in the second half, the kind of collective efforts the Orange has been craving to steer this season back on track.Jacob Greenfeld | Asst. Photo EditorThe most noticeable difference in Thompson’s game from past contests is that he’s not settling for jump shots. He’s fallen in love with the mid-range jumper — which he’s shown an ability to knock down — but there’s been little production in the paint from the freshman.On Tuesday night, Thompson lived near the basket, trying to match Wake’s John Collins bucket for bucket in the low post to keep Syracuse afloat in the frontcourt battle.“We got him some easy shots down there,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He finished ‘em.”Against an interior force such as Collins, the common belief was that Tyler Roberson would get the larger chunk of minutes than Thompson because of his defensive prowess, but the senior’s foul trouble thrust Thompson into an ACC nail-biter for the first time in his career.What resulted was Thompson going coast to coast before finishing an alley-oop from Tyus Battle, a massive rejection at the end of the shot clock that brought the Carrier Dome crowd to its feet. The game-sealing free throws ensued, even though Thompson boasted an underwhelming 60.8-percent clip from the charity stripe as he stepped to the line.He will be tasked with bucking the trend of struggling to string together notable offensive outings when Syracuse welcomes the sixth-ranked Seminoles to the Dome on Saturday. Through eight games in league play, Thompson has only once scored double digits in back-to-back games.If Syracuse has any remote chance of picking up its first signature win of the season, especially against another menacing frontcourt, the freshman may have to be at the forefront once again.“Down the stretch we just came together and we just kept pushing,” Thompson said of Syracuse’s comeback. “We knew we could do it. I know we could do much better moving forward.” Commentslast_img read more

Costa Rica Rocks Grunge rocking for a cause

first_imgRelated posts:Mathematics tracks the hip-hop ‘revolution’ Lana Del Rey evokes classic singers in dark ‘Honeymoon’ 5 questions for a Costa Rican singer Blues artist Jose Ramírez returns to San Pedro 2019 started off well. It was Jan. 10, and I was getting offstage for the first time this year with Thunderborne, as usual soaked in sweat, having closed out a show with emerging alternative hard rock band Alypsia and the more established metal outfit A Razon de Nadie, both of which had been phenomenal. The crowd in Mundoloco, San Pedro, was small but wild.A Thursday show can be tough, especially right in the heart of the “cuesta de enero” (the hill of January, commonly the most difficult financial time of the year given Christmas season and year-end beach trips depletes folks’ reserves). Nevertheless, it was the date that organizers Grunge506, founded by Steven Uba, were able to secure for one of a series of shows in support of Chepe Se Baña, an NGO dedicated to providing sanitation buses with showers and bathrooms for San José’s homeless.This was exactly the kind of show we had been eager to be part of for a while. With both Grunge506’s savings and the shows’ attendances, we were able to make an impact in the NGO’s efforts to repurpose another bus to continue their cause.  The story starts earlier, though. The first time I met Uba, I had just arrived at a quaint residence hidden deep in the hills of Alajuelita, a southern region of San José’s sprawling metropolitan area. I was there to interview the members of Pixel, who were celebrating their eighth anniversary as a band, back in February 2018. More than a show, the event was a combination of birthday cookout, rock concert and day at the beach.The mood was festive, the weather pleasant, and a small galera (something akin to a backyard shed or shack with a roof but no walls) had been converted to a stage. Within, the makeshift stage was decorated with the same items appearing in the cover Pixel’s recently released grunge album Alienation, mostly harkening back to the 1990s: a broken, boxy TV set, VHS tapes, an old electronic typewriter, and the like.This was one of the first shows I was covering on my then-nascent radio show RelampaRock. It seems obvious in retrospect, but this interview taught me it was far easier to go to bands’ shows than try to coordinate a random meetup with them – what I lost in fuel and time, I more than made up in beer, good times and live rock music.  Uba’s band, Grandpa Joe, named after a lyric from an early Nirvana song, was opening the show. The grunge scene here may be small, but it is also a tightly knit community. I was immediately struck by Uba’s sheer physical resemblance to Kurt Cobain, or rather a laid-back, tropicalized Cobain who lived quite happily beyond 27, at least.I figured we would do a two-for-one deal, so I included Grandpa Joe in the interview and stuck around for their show. We put their songs on RelampaRock, and they have become fixture since, especially the infectiously catchy, Seattle-esque single MayDay, along with Pixel’s single Naive.Through chance, I bumped into Uba and his bandmates, bassist Rodian Alvarez and drummer Freddy Miranda, who round out the power trio, several times. Though perhaps far more than chance, it was the sign of a band constantly on the move. I brought them on to play at the first RelampaRock Fest, an event put together to promote the radio show in June 2018, along with longtime grunge luminaires Morttimer, active since 1999. It was here that I learned of Grunge506.506, Costa Rica’s country code, is common modifier for brands, initiatives, and organizations here; in short, an identifier for anything national. And as the name implies, Grunge506 is a loose amalgam of bands trying to push the local scene forward (its motto is We’re talkin’ about national music!), and it’s only one example of the new ways of organization emerging in local scenes the world over, aided by technology.It might be taken for granted, but it is a little amazing to stop and think what can be accomplished with a Facebook page, a WhatsApp group and a mission. Of course, the real action occurs live, both in regular monthly meetings and in shows, which members who are not playing that day frequently attend. Regardless of platform, the constant communication can be an enormous asset, from sharing of tips, to gig opportunities, to being a source of musical equipment in emergencies.And this is just the beginning, as the organization arose only recently and debate is still fierce within the group as to where to focus energy next to push forward the goal of expanding the scene and bringing local music to the masses. Initiatives like the alliance with Chepe Se Baña will likely remain key. One can only hope that more groups, of all genres, will emerge and debate, seek alliances with charitable organizations and non-profits, find new and innovative ways to emerge. Music has tremendous power to bring communities together; let’s not waste it solely in the search for profits.You still have a chance to help, as another wave of shows in support of Chepe Se Baña are currently being planned. You can follow Grunge506’s FaceBook page if you’d like to contribute by attending these shows, or of course, even better, go directly to www.chepesebana.com to learn how you can help.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Trulia VP Joins RESO Board of Directors

first_imgTrulia VP Joins RESO Board of Directors Share “”Trulia””:http://www.trulia.com/, an online marketplace for homebuyers, sellers, and real estate professionals, announced it is now an industry partner for the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO), a nonprofit dedicated to standardizing real estate data in order to promote accuracy and consistency in the industry.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]In addition to the partnership, Trulia announced that its own VP of industry services, Alon Chaver, will join RESO’s board of directors effective January 1.””We’re excited to have Trulia as a RESO member, and to add Alon to our board as an additional voice from the industry,”” said Rebecca Jensen, chair of RESO’s board. “”RESO’s mission is to standardize real estate data, so working with Trulia is a natural fit with our goal to make data accessible and interoperable for all. Adding Alon to the board will help us lay the groundwork for further cooperation between MLSs [multiple listing services], brokers and developers.””””I’m very pleased to be joining the RESO board, and look forward to getting started,”” Chaver said. “”By participating in the creation of data standards, Trulia will be able to leverage its position as a technology partner to the industry and provide unique insights and drive more value to our agent, broker and MLS partners.”” in Datacenter_img December 31, 2013 425 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers Trulia 2013-12-31 Tory Barringerlast_img read more