Christmas, Keita see increased roles with Coleman out for season

first_imgCORAL GABLES, FLA. — Now that DaJuan Coleman’s officially out for the season, Baye Moussa Keita and Rakeem Christmas will be counted on even more.On Saturday, in No. 2 Syracuse’s (19-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast) 64-52 win over Miami at the BankUnited Center, Keita met the challenge, clogging the paint and outrebounding the Hurricanes’ (10-9, 2-5) big men.Christmas had an up-and-down performance, scoring six points but slacking on the glass.“I thought Baye really got active on the boards,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “Rakeem made a couple good plays, but the second half he was nonexistent.”Syracuse struggled on the boards against Pittsburgh a week ago. The Orange was outrebounded 35-to-24, including 16-to-4 on the offensive glass. Against the Hurricanes, though, the Orange finished with a 39-24 rebounding advantage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMiami finished with just three second-chance points.There was no change in approach during the week of preparation, but there was a conscious change in mindset.“Everybody was in attack,” SU forward Jerami Grant said. “We knew we lost the battle against Pittsburgh, and knew we didn’t want that to happen again.”One of the problems with the zone, Boeheim said, is that rebounding becomes more difficult. Syracuse tries to counteract that by rushing the rim, which didn’t work against Pittsburgh but did against Miami.Grant snagged eight boards and C.J. Fair added seven. Keita finished with six, and was key for SU down the stretch.Boeheim knew how many minutes Keita played before he looked at the stat sheet. Nineteen. In those 19 minutes, Boeheim said Keita gave SU a “big lift,” including the two baskets he scored around the rim in a two-minute stretch.But Boeheim still wants to see more production on the glass from Christmas, a player he’s both praised and criticized frequently throughout the season.With Coleman gone, focusing on rebounding is that much more important for the entire frontcourt.“DaJuan’s really active around the basket,” guard Trevor Cooney said. “He’s a big body to move. To fill something like that you’ve just got to be active and stay in the paint and get rebounds.” Comments Published on January 25, 2014 at 8:25 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Altenar increases global scale with new sports betting platform

first_img StumbleUpon Share Altenar has launched the second version of its sports betting platform, which enables it to serve operators on a global level in a more efficient manner.The new platform was revealed as part of the ‘Naked truth about Altenar’ presentation at the inaugural SBC Digital Summit. The company’s CEO Stanislav Silin confirmed that it is not yet live with existing partners, but has been rolled out for a new, small betting and gaming client.He explained: “The platform is one which allows us to blend the content from different providers in a more fine-tuned fashion. “It is also fully embracing the hybrid cloud infrastructure so on-premise and public cloud for scalability with distributed geo-deployment, so we should be able to serve areas such as Latin America and Asia in a much more efficient way. “This is our future, this is where I believe we will scale the software in the next two to three years and whatever new integrations we take will be plugged into that system.”He went on to explain that because the platform was built from scratch, it has made use of the latest technologies – allowing it to become less dependent on a single database.This concept, said Silin, inherently brings a higher availability and scalability which it had already in the current system but not to the same degree.Silin also took the opportunity to remind prospective clients why Altenar operates a purely B2B platform operation – instead of also competing in the B2C space.“We actually have some customers which we only obtained because we did that,” Silin continued. “We always believed in that concept and they wouldn’t have otherwise chosen us because they would have thought we would be competitors to them. “We believe this is a fairer proposition to them because they don’t get the risk of us releasing a feature only for our internal B2C operation and with that they have the peace of mind that we will not, one day, take their players.”Silin was joined on the presentation by COO Dinos Stranomitis, who answered a question on the key USP for the Altenar business, suggesting that this is a “fast response” to any problems or new requests from its collection of partners.“Our partners keep requesting things, at all times, and especially now,” he said. “We have had to diversify our portfolio, moving extremely fast to add esports and virtuals. Added to that, we are moving ahead also with lottery bets.”Silin and Stranomitis later discussed changes to regulation in Sweden, where Altenar software is approved to provide services to licensed  operators, before teasing the prospect of new software approvals in Denmark and Portugal – where it expects to be certified by the end of this month.The full presentation and Q&A is available ‘On Demand’ for all SBC Digital Summit attendees via the ‘Exhibitor Presentations Schedule’ in the ‘Exhibit Hall’. Related Articles Share Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 Cross-party MPs call for gambling overhaul in new report June 16, 2020 Submitlast_img read more