17 Sep
2020

Celebration Galore as Curtains Fall on 2018 Saharalympics

first_imgOf the 70 gold, silver and bronze medals handed out at the close of the event; forty two medals were shared among Ikeja Electric, Asharami Synergy and Sahara Group respectively. Ikeja Electric had the distinction of scoring the highest number of gold medals to emerge the overall winners of the 2018 Saharalympics. The companies which occupied the fourth, fifth and sixth positions include Egbin Power, Centrum and Asharami Energy.Bethel Obioma, Head Corporate Communications said the Saharalympics had become a phenomenon that is attracting global interest, especially as it clearly demonstrates the role of sports in enhancing excellence, team performance and sustainability. “Sahara Group is proud of the Saharalympics and how the platform is evolving in line with global standards. It is amazing and remarkable that participants from the previous editions have not lost the drive and enthusiasm that saw them achieve remarkable sporting feats while our new colleagues making their Saharalympics debuts have also embraced our values, adding to the swell of physical and intellectual talent that runs right across the organization.”The warmth and enthusiasm of the crowd was just as palpable when former Nigerian Super Eagles captain and Everton central defender Joseph Yobo made a special appearance to kick off the Women’s football game.“The atmosphere was amazing and the organization of the event was exceptional. Sahara Group put up a spectacle that I would always remember. The athletes were quite competitive but still upheld the values of fair play and team work. Their determination to work hard and play hard was outstanding,” said Yobo.The biennial event comes up again in 2020 when many more participants are expected given the ongoing expansion drive of the Sahara Group across the globe.“For now, with the memories still fresh, Saharians are left with a series of vivid snapshots: EXCO members aggressively popping balloons as they squared off against their peers in a one of a kind ‘Treasure Hunt’, the various teams trading hilarious banters and the sheer spectacle of witnessing the might and grit of the brawniest athletes pitted against each other in a Tug of War. 2020 may look like forever, but one thing is sure, Sahara Group will raise the bar higher again, we always do,” enthused Obioma.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sahara Group’s company–wide games, The Saharalympics, lived up to its billing with amazing track and field performances that saw staff win  70 medals in the keenly contested completion that was designed to promote excellence and team sprit at the leading energy and infrastructure conglomerate.The Saharalympics competition which kicked off by 10.am at the Campus Mini Stadium, Lagos Island on Saturday, September 29, 2018 attracted hundreds of Sahara Group staff from the energy giant’s various locations in Africa, Asia, Middle East and Europe.A total of 6 teams jostled for medals and glory at the track and field competition. They include Asharami Synergy (Downstream Division), Asharami Energy (Upstream Division), Sahara Power Group, Egbin Power Plc., Ikeja Electric and First Independent Power Limited (all of the Power Division) Centrum, SIVC and CVL (Infrastructure Division) and Sahara Group Ltd- the organisation’s innovation and strategy nerve centre.last_img read more

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16 Sep
2020

NBA Draft: The case for picking Andrew White

first_imgUPDATED: June 20, 2017 at 10:55 a.m.The case for drafting Andrew White goes like this: Dude gets buckets.Two weeks after a 3-point-laden NBA Finals, in which Cleveland had to pour in a Finals-record 24 triples to beat Golden State in just one game, White hopes that his shooting skill will convince a team to pick him during the NBA Draft on Thursday night at the Barclay’s Center in  Brooklyn. The draft begins at 7 p.m.Most projections have White, who last season set the single-season record for 3-pointers at Syracuse (112), going in the late-second round. This spring, White trained with Tyler Relph of Dr1ven Training, every day, in Dallas for an hour to an hour-and-a-half.Relph sees White’s NBA comparison as James Jones. The Ringer thinks Rodney Hood.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Daily Orange builds a case here for NBA teams to draft White and find out if those comps could be correct.“He fits any place that needs shooting,” Relph said. “And in the way the NBA’s going, everywhere needs shooting.”Threat from beyond the arcAn NBA 3-point line is 23 feet, nine inches from the hoop — a three-foot increase from the college game and a transition that a shooter such as Andrew White doesn’t worry about making.All season long, White launched long-range shots and made 40.3 percent of his 278 attempts from deep. Last season, only 10 NBA players with 50 3-point attempts or more shot better than 40 percent.At SU, opponents regularly rushed defenders to White if he got the ball four feet or closer to the 3-point line, but it often didn’t matter. White’s elevation and high release point from a 6-foot-7 frame — another plus for White — separated him from the closest defenders.“I was impressed with his shooting while contested,” Relph said when asked what surprised him most about White. “He really doesn’t seem affected.”Nowhere was it more evident than in his final 3-pointer in a career-high, 40-point barrage on Senior Night against Georgia Tech. Late in the second half, White snagged a pass across his body and pulled up well behind the arc. GT’s Josh Okogie never had a chance. Facebook Twitter Google+ There’s every reason to believe White’s skills will translate to the next level. He provided evidence in a mid-June workout with Relph when White, albeit without a defender, knocked down 32 NBA-range 3-pointers in a row. Once opponents respect his jump shot, he opens up other facets of his team’s offense.“He’s a guy who comes off the bench and gives you good minutes,” Relph said. “He’s a good locker room guy and he gives you 3s.” Low-risk, high-reward investmentThe counterpoint to the knock on White’s age (he’s almost 24) is his experience, multiple mock drafts cited. He’s played in the Big Ten, Big 12 and ACC, arguably college basketball’s three best conferences, transferred twice and patiently sat out a year. He remained level-headed throughout shooting slumps and never seemed flustered on or off the floor.He showed a savvy approach before the 2016 draft by using his allotted month to gather information and think through his situation before ultimately deciding to return to college. White’s maturity impressed Relph. The trainer compared White’s persona to Los Angeles Lakers forward and fellow client Julius Randle, who sat out his rookie season following a leg injury in his first game.Maturity may not equate to on-court production, but in White, teams know what they’re getting.3-and-D potentialWhite’s skill set paired with his 6-foot-7, 210-pound frame makes him a candidate to become a 3-and-D contributor in a league that’s never shot more 3s and never needed more lengthy wings on defense. The caveat here is that White spent a year playing zone defense and major scouting reports unanimously regard him as an unpolished defender. Offensively, White fits a similar profile as Michael Gbinije did a year ago: An older, skilled player who can fill a role immediately to provide potential value in the late second round.Even if teams must stash White in the G-League, as the Detroit Pistons did Gbinije, they will always need shooting. White told DraftExpress he believes teams already think of him as a specialized 3-and-D player, and that he watched Golden State’s Klay Thompson and San Antonio’s Danny Green to model his game after theirs. He hasn’t fully embraced the tag, but whether or not he develops into a more all-around scorer is irrelevant right now. Teams should draft White for who he is.“If you can shoot it,” Relph said, “you’ve got a chance.”center_img Published on June 19, 2017 at 3:10 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the start time for the NBA Draft was misstated. The draft begins at 7 p.m. EST. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Commentslast_img read more

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