Bourama Sidibe’s career performance lifts Syracuse past Pittsburgh, 60-55

first_img Published on January 27, 2018 at 8:46 pm Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langer PITTSBURGH — Syracuse’s Bourama Sidibe sat in the visitors locker room in the Petersen Events Center surrounded by reporters. Syracuse’s leading scorer, Tyus Battle, walked right behind Sidibe as he started answering his first question.Typically, most of the reporters flock to Battle as soon as he’s available. But after this game, nobody wanted to leave the freshman center who, up until the start of the game, had scored four points in Atlantic Coast Conference play.“Yea Bourama,” Battle yelled, as a smile crept across Sidibe’s face.After averaging seven minutes a game in ACC play, Sidibe played 31 minutes for SU (15-6, 4-4 ACC). He finished with a game- and career-high 18 points and 16 rebounds, helping lead the Orange to victory over Pittsburgh (8-14, 0-9) on Saturday afternoon.Sidibe had seen a sharp drop in minutes since the Georgetown game in mid-December. He’s been dealing with tendinitis in his knees that often kept his mobility limited.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe’d received two platelet-rich plasma injections to help reduce the pain and swelling. The second one was administered in the eight-day layoff between the first Pittsburgh and Boston College games. Sidibe sat out the BC game, even though he wanted to play.“(Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim) was kind of telling me that I’m not ready, my knee is not ready,” Sidibe said. “I just went today and played and showed him that my knee was fine. I can play.”Sidibe initially came in because of Paschal Chukwu’s ineffectiveness. He got to work on the glass early, picking up eight rebounds in the first half — which would have been a career-high had he stopped there.The freshman center only had four points on one made basket in the half though. Syracuse went into the break with just 22 points as everyone struggled to produce offensively.In the second half, Sidibe began to thrive on a weak Pittsburgh defense. He seemed to always find the right spot to be in to get feeds.Sometimes, Oshae Brissett would have the ball in the high post and would drive, drawing multiple defenders. Sidibe would slide right into the open space and finish an easy bucket.On other plays, Marek Dolezaj would get the ball at the high post. Being less of a threat to score, the defense sagged off him a bit more. But he could still get the ball to a baseline-roaming Sidibe, who would finish with either hand on a reverse layup attempt.Coming out of a timeout midway through the second half, Frank Howard dribbled left from the top of the key. He attacked the basket and floated the ball to the right side of the rim, where a cutting Sidibe rose up and slammed it down.“Bourama was playing amazing today so we were just trying to get him the ball,” Brissett said. “Whoever was in the middle, just try and dump it down to him.”Sidibe seemed as quick as he had early in the season. Early in the second half, the Panthers’ Kene Chukwuka pulled up from 3 from the corner right in front of Pittsburgh’s bench. Sidibe rotated from his position under the basket and sprinted out to the corner in time to tip the shot and block it.There were some obvious moments that Sidibe was rusty or too anxious to make a play. Early in the first half, he traveled trying to post up a Panthers player several feet out of the paint. He also twice fouled a Pitt player attempting a 3-pointer while trying to make a late contest.Still, Sidibe’s overall contribution on the defensive end was solid, as he came up with three blocks and frequently took away Pitt’s looks from the high post.Sidibe said after the game that he feels fine and that he thinks his knee is better than what it once was. Boeheim said that he didn’t expect Sidibe to play 31 minutes in the game, but added that he thinks Sidibe could produce like this every night when healthy.“Bourama was tremendous. He’s been getting better in practice, healthier, he had his best practice of the year this week,” Boeheim said. “He tries to make plays and I thought he was tremendous. He was the difference in the game.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

As EPA moves to water down fuel economy standards GM tries to

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicles Magazine Source: GM, Automotive News, Electrek The Trump administration is determined to roll back US fuel economy standards, but for now at least, it will have to go through a complex legally mandated process, including a period of public comments, a customary formality that ended last week.Also last week, GM issued a press release in which it made no comment on the EPA’s proposed changes to fuel economy rules, but proposed a National Zero Emissions Program modeled on the program that California and nine other states currently follow.A number of media outlets took the bait and reported GM’s proposal as a rejection of the EPA’s plan to water down the standards, but most EV and environmental journalists were not fooled. Electrek’s Fred Lambert called GM’s PR move “greenwashing,” and the NRDC called it “a distraction.” Another term that comes to mind is “non sequitur.”Federal fuel economy standards and the California ZEV mandate are both on the administration’s hit list, but they are two different things.Reversing progress on fuel economy rules is a move that GM and other automakers demonstrably support. In November 2016, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which includes GM, contacted the new US president-elect to urge him to “reform” federal fuel economy, emissions and safety standards, and the industry has been quietly helping the process along since then. More recently, in a federal filing (as reported by Automotive News), GM said the existing federal objective of increasing efficiency to more than 50 mpg by 2025 is “not technologically feasible or economically practicable.”When it comes to the ZEV mandate, automakers’ positions are more nuanced. Despite years of lobbying, they have been unable to persuade lawmakers in California and the other ZEV states to abandon the mandate. What the industry is pushing for now is for the federal government and the ZEV states to reach a negotiated compromise, and avoid the prolonged legal battle that seems to be in the offing. Honda has joined GM in calling for a national standard. “The industry is united in its request that the agencies work out an agreement with California,” Honda wrote.Pragmatic proponents of electrification would also like to see an agreement, but preferably a more ambitious one than what GM is proposing. The automaker says it has “a bold vision” that “will take bold actions.” From an EV supporter’s standpoint, “better than nothing” might be a better summation.GM’s plan calls for “[establishing] ZEV requirements (by credits) each year, starting at 7 percent in 2021 and increasing 2 percent each year to 15 percent by 2025, then 25 percent by 2030.” GM’s PR also includes a musteline phrase specifying that its program could be terminated “based on a determination that the battery cost [$70/kWh] or infrastructure targets are not practicable within the timeframe.”That’s tremendously timid even compared to what other automakers are predicting: Audi says electrified vehicles will make up a third of its sales by 2025; Daimler says EVs will be 15 to 25 percent of sales by 2025; VW is aiming for 25 percent of sales to be fully electric vehicles by 2025.GM’s vision seems to be one in which the US auto industry falls further and further behind the rest of the world. China has mandated 12% ZEVs in 2020 – about 4 years ahead of GM’s pusillanimous proposal. In GM’s bold new world, by the time 25 percent of vehicles in the US are electric, several other countries could be well on their way to 100 percent: Norway hopes to phase out ICE vehicles by 2025; Denmark by 2030; France and the UK by 2040.For better or for worse, GM’s pavid plan is probably DOA. It’s conceivable that the feds and the Left Coasters will reach a settlement quickly, as the automakers would like, but at this point, it seems more likely that a putative National Zero Emissions Program will emerge from an ugly legal battle that will take months or years, and will drag state governments into the fray (8 governors recently signed a letter supporting the EPA’s proposed rollback, while 20 states have expressed opposition). On the bloody morning after, few are likely to remember a one-page 2018 press release from GM.last_img read more