Christmas provides crunch-time offense in Syracuse’s win over Pitt

first_img Published on January 18, 2014 at 11:17 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 With Trevor Cooney and C.J. Fair unable to find their shots, Syracuse turned to an efficient but infrequently used offensive option: Rakeem Christmas.The same SU center whose post-ups are often ignored scored six of the team’s final 20 points in the Orange’s (18-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast) 59-54 win over Pittsburgh (16-2, 4-1) at the Carrier Dome on Saturday.“I thought Rakeem was good tonight offensively,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “I think we can find him down there a little bit better.”Christmas finished with 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field and made two free throws with three seconds left to ice the game. Shooting 73.6 percent on the season, he continued to thrive in the low post, even against powerful Panthers forward Talib Zanna.“He’s a great finisher. I think he gets good position,” Fair said. “Definitely Rak should get a few more touches a game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter scoring four points in the first half, Christmas was key in the Orange’s attack of Pitt’s zone. The Panthers switched to Syracuse’s signature defense in the second half and the SU junior center was grateful for more one-on-one opportunities.He knocked down a baby right hook six minutes into the second half and a jumper midway through it. Christmas also swatted a Zanna shot attempt off the backboard during the surge, as the Orange fought to hold off a rallying Panthers squad.“When they switched to the zone, we went to him twice and he gave us two good post moves when we had to have them,” Boeheim said.But Christmas’ biggest contributions may have come from the free-throw line with three seconds left.After hauling in Lamar Patterson’s missed free throw and drawing a foul, he walked down the court ahead of everyone else and stood at the stripe with Syracuse leading 57-54.Three dribbles, a bend of the knees and a flick of the wrist later, and the Orange won the game. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Fatu White Dies

first_imgThe death is announced of Mrs. Fatu White, former Commissioner of Customs, Ministry of Finance, R.L., which sad event suddenly took place last Friday afternoon.After suffering a massive heart attack while traveling in a car driven by a friend, she was pronunced dead on arrival at the Benson Clinic in Paynesville just past seven on Friday evening, May 2, 2014.Fatu was in her 60th year.For over a quarter century she taught Management at the University of Liberia and was Chair of the university’s Management Department.A product of the Trinity Parish Day School where she began her early education, Fatu White attended the Ganta Methodist Mission and B.W. Harris High School, where she completed her secondary education.She later entered the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, United States of America, where she took the Master’s in Business Management. Just as she graduated, the military coup took place in Liberia and many tried to persuade her to remain in the USA for a while.  But Fatu loved her country and said she was doing no such thing.  Immediately after graduation, she returned home and started work in her field.  Shewas appointed sales and marketing manager at Vanply in Greenville, Sinoe County, headed then by Mrs. Juanita Snyder, later Neal. In the late 1990s she was appointed Commissioner of Customs, where she served  until 2003 when the government of President Charles G. Taylor ended and the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) was installed. A passionate businesswoman, she undertook her own business enterprises and later joined Abidjoudi Brothers Corporation, which she served for many years.Fatu Gittens White was born at the Carey V. Dyer Memorial Maternity Center on now the Capitol By-pass in Monrovia on July 13, 1954, unto the union of Ms. Mary Zaye (later Sherif) an Mr. Christopher Gittens of Benson Street, Snapper Hill, Monrovia.In the 1980s while serving at Vanply, Fatu met, befriended and married Mr. Nathan White, who was a shipping manager in Greenville.  To this union two children, Eric  Denzel, 19, and Asara Argle, 7, were born.Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Mary Z. Sherif; father, Mr. Christopher Gittens; Fatu’s children, Eric White, 19, and Asara White, 7; a foster daughter, Joan Thomas; her sisters, Mrs. Vida Mensah, Vice President of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), Mamawah Sherif, Sethi Brothers administrative manager, Mrs. Bindu Sherif Dunbar, Yatta Sherif, Mrs. Weatta Sherif-Chesson, Eliza Japloe and Gertrude Scott; and brothers Abdul Sherif and  Philip Henry.According to her sister, Mrs. Vida Mensah, funeral arrangements will be announced later.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more