KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Football Federation president Captain Horace Burrell has pointed to a change of policy in selection for the national team, with more emphasis to be placed on home-based players in the future.The veteran administrator said with a new attitude emerging from many of the young players who played domestically, overseas-based professionals were no longer guaranteed of automatic places in the Reggae Boyz squad.“What we are seeing from the young players is a major difference right now in terms of attitude, in terms of really getting out there, doing it, and I think this is one area that we must concentrate on and so the days of players coming from overseas and walking into the national team, those days are behind us,” the Gleaner newspaper quoted Burrell as saying.He added: “In fact, when you look at the players on the field of play, you realise that there is something different, and speaking with my colleagues in CONCACAF, they, too, have noticed that there is a difference, and so we intend to continue along this line, and I am sure that everything will fall into place in the right order.”Foreign-based pros have become a feature of Reggae Boyz sides over nearly the last two decades, as Jamaica have become one of the most powerful nations in Caribbean football.Seven members of their historic World Cup squad in 2002 were based in England and successive World Cup campaigns have seen increasing numbers of players who ply their trade outside of Jamaica.In fact, at the last CONCACAF Gold Cup two years ago when the Reggae Boyz were good enough to reach the final, only two of the 23-player squad were based at home.Jamaica’s failure to reach the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup may have influenced the new approach but Burrell reiterated it was time to change course.“We have to be man enough to say it has not worked and, therefore, after meeting with all the stakeholders, the Jamaica Football Federation decided to embark on a new initiative by including the youngsters and the local-based players who are hungry and who really want to make an impression, and we’re getting the results,” Burrell said.Jamaica are currently preparing for two major tournaments – the Caribbean Cup finals June 22-25 and the CONCACAF Gold Cup July 7-26.
Published on December 28, 2016 at 12:14 am Contact Matthew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ Here are three things we learned from the game.Tyus Battle has established himself as clear-cut starterBattle has been receiving treatment for a minor injury to his left foot, which had limited his minutes. Since his first career start against North Florida and starting the next two games, Battle played only 12, 23 and 22 minutes, respectively. He had been held to eight or fewer points in two of Syracuse’s last three outings.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn his first start since Dec. 10, Battle shined against the Big Red. He posed a threat shooting from the perimeter and on penetrating in the lane. He left the locker room wearing a brace, but said his foot’s “feeling 100 percent.”“I’m feeling a lot more comfortable getting to the basket, which I wasn’t earlier on,” Battle said.The freshman point guard scored 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the floor and 4-of-7 from 3-point range. He made both of his free throws, grabbed three rebounds and had three steals in 32 minutes.“He did a little bit of everything,” fifth-year guard Andrew White said. “He did a better job of getting to the rim tonight, which set up his jump shot. He got in there, got some layups, got some transitions stuff, free throws, and that kind of opened up his 3-pointers.”Despite blowout win, Jim Boeheim still has “no idea” where Syracuse stands right nowAfter Syracuse’s blowout loss to St. John’s last Wednesday, SU head coach Jim Boeheim bluntly assessed his own coaching.“I don’t think I (know what I’m doing) with this team because they’re not doing what we need to win,” Boeheim said Dec. 21.After SU’s blowout win over Cornell, Boeheim echoed similar sentiments.“I have no idea. No idea,” he said when asked where Syracuse now stands ahead of Atlantic Coast Conference play, set to begin Sunday at Boston College.“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” he added. “Tonight was a baby, baby step that doesn’t really mean much. But we’ve got to get ready, when we have some time, try to use it constructively and play a little better.”Tyler Roberson can jumpstart the offense, even if it’s only one or two big playsMinutes after he subbed into Tuesday’s game, Tyler Roberson leapt for a floating rebound and threw down a vicious put-back dunk. The senior forward’s slam sparked a dominating SU run that ended the first half. Then point guard John Gillon, who led all players with seven assists, fed Roberson on an alley-oop that put an exclamation point on Syracuse’s first half as the clock expired.“He was the Tyler we know,” said Thompson.The freshman forward referenced the Roberson of last season’s NCAA Tournament, during which he averaged 8.6 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. But this season, Roberson has hardly contributed. He had scored more than one point in just four of Syracuse’s previous nine games and didn’t even attempt a shot in six minutes during SU’s loss to Georgetown. In Syracuse’s last outing against St. John’s, he went just 0-for-3 from the field.Tuesday against Cornell, however, Roberson threw down two first-half dunks, dished out two assists and blocked two shots. He challenged several others as well, resulting in SU rebounds.“I thought Tyler Roberson gave us a really good first half,” Boeheim said. Then he paused. “A really good (first half), then nothing. But he gave us a really good first half.” Comments Six days after Syracuse suffered its worst-ever loss in Carrier Dome history, a 93-60 defeat to St. John’s, the Orange cruised by Cornell (3-9) Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome. SU dominated inside, scoring more points near the basket than it has in any game since opening night, save for its blowout victory over Eastern Michigan last week. Tyler Lydon scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Taurean Thompson poured in 18 and Tyus Battle added 16 to pace the Orange.MORE COVERAGESyracuse men’s basketball uses its size advantage to dominate Cornell, 80-56, in final nonconference gameGraphical breakdown of Syracuse men’s basketball’s 80-56 victory over CornellSyracuse fans react to SU’s 24 point victory over Cornell
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