TEAM Coco’s Stephano Husbands, Hamzah Eastman and Mark Harris occupied the top three places respectively on the podium yesterday when the Flying Stars Cycle Club conducted its Annual Victor Macedo memorial 80-mile cycle road race.After a rolling start from outside the Macedo’s Queenstown residence at 07:30hrs, the large group comprising seniors, veterans, juniors, juveniles and mountain bikers were given the green flag on Homestretch Avenue from where the seniors and juniors proceeded to the Linden Highway before turning back at Long Creek to finish at the place of origin (Homestretch Avenue).However, the veterans’, juveniles and mountain bikers turned back at the Splashmin’s Resort, to finish at the same point as the seniors and juniors.After receiving the green flag, the entire bunch of seniors and juveniles along with a few veterans stuck together until they approached the turn unto the Linden Highway when Husbands, Harris, Raymond Newton, Silvio Inniss and Walter Grant-Stuart went on a break and led all the way for the remainder of the upward journey.However, on turning back, Eastman rode across the roadway and joined them and immediately opened a small gap which was subsequently closed.However, Grant-Stuart and Newton were then made to trail while the leading quartet (Husbands, Harris, Inniss and Eastman) maintained the lead as the turned from the East Bank Highway onto Mandela Avenue.Shortly after, the three Team Coco’s members accelerated and left Inniss struggling.As the three team members approached the finish line, they held their hands together in the air, signaling their team’s return to form,just when the 2016 cycling season was coming to a close.Husbands was the first to cross the finish line,in a time of three hours 11 minutes.He was followed by Eastman in second, and Harris in third.Inniss later crossed the finish line in a distant fourth, but was way ahead of the other four finishers, Grant-Stuart, Newton, Christopher Holder and Shaquile Agard.Another Team Coco’s member, Junior Niles, continued his good showing in recent weeks by winning the veterans’ under-45 age group ahead of Ralph Williams and Leer Nunes respectively. Niles’ winning time was two hours 19 minutes 16 seconds.Andre Spencer was first among the veterans over 45 years, while Oziah McAullay was first among the mountain bikers. Second was Julio Melville and finishing third was Sean Budhan.Adealie Hodge won the juvenile category ahead of Zaman Khan.The junior category was won by Raphael Leung in a time of three hours, 17 minutes 25.56 seconds.Christopher Cornelius, Daraj Garbarran and Curtis Dey occupied the other top three places respectively.
Related Stories Syracuse offense sputters in pair of Big East losses during weekend Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse hung in as much as it could in a competitive match against Cincinnati.The effort was there and the Orange even took a late 20-17 lead in the first set. But after a late debacle that saw Syracuse commit five attack errors in the next seven points, the Bearcats seized the momentum and ultimately won the match 3-0.The Orange’s struggles on offense stemmed from the team’s lack of ball control. While SU scored 22, 20 and 19 points, respectively, in the three sets, it was the 28 attack errors that stood out in the loss. Unlike Cincinnati, Syracuse was unable to get digs without jeopardizing offensive opportunities, giving away crucial points in the process.“Cincinnati’s ball control was unbelievable,” SU coach Leonid Yelin said.Cincinnati’s (9-14, 7-3 Big East) defense thrived compared to Syracuse’s (9-15,1-8 Big East). Not only were the Bearcats well positioned, but they were also scrappier, as SU players described. The Bearcats were able to control the ball and thrive off the Orange’s frantic defense that left the middle defenders out to dry.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut it all starts with the serve.Syracuse’s serve-receiving struggled at times on Sunday. The Orange failed to win early points in rallies, ultimately exposing its frenzied defense.“When our service-receiving goes down, it’s difficult to run an offense,” Syracuse middle blocker Samantha Hinz said.While ball control is important during the serve, it is just as important during the rally. Many times the Orange was unable to set up outside hitters with effective passes after digs leading to easy defense and offense for the Bearcats.“Digging and setting up defense starts with the block and when (Cincinnati) is disregarding our block and hitting over it, it messes everything up,” said Melina Violas, Syracuse defensive specialist. “You can’t run a good offense without a good first pass, and when we struggle with that like we did today, you are going to lose.”In the third set, Syracuse managed just two blocks, leading to sporadic scrambling on defense. Four different times, Cincinnati’s Emily Hayden finished off a long rally with a kill, taking advantage of the Orange’s failure to finish points.Better ball control leads to better hitting.That was especially true with Silvi Uattara’s performance in Sunday’s game. The freshman outside hitter from Voronezh, Russia, was one of a few lone bright sports on offense for the Orange on Sunday with 11 kills. Waiting patiently on the left side of the court, Uattara would unload on shots that the Bearcats defense could rarely dig.“If you have ball control, you will make your hitters better,” Yelin said. “And ours was an issue from the beginning.” Comments Published on October 22, 2012 at 12:08 am Contact Bryan: firstname.lastname@example.org