Hawks Rally Past Knicks, 103-96

first_imgATLANTA — The Hawks needed a little time — and a strong halftime push from coach Mike Budenholzer — to forget about a tough loss the previous night and focus on the Knicks.Kyle Korver scored 27 points and Atlanta overcame a strong start by Carmelo Anthony and New York to win 103-96 on Nov. 8.  The Knicks were handed their fourth straight loss.Jeff Teague had 19 points for Atlanta, which recovered after losing back-to-back road games at San Antonio and Charlotte by a combined five points. Korver said it wasn’t easy to block out a Nov. 7 122-119 double-overtime loss to Charlotte.“We made a little adjustment, but most of it was we lost in double-overtime last night and we came out a little sluggish,” said Korver, who added that Budenholzer “really challenged us at halftime, and guys responded.”Anthony led New York with 20 points, including 14 in the first quarter. Iman Shumpert had 19. Anthony shot 6 of 10 from the field in the first period and 2 for 10 the rest of the game.“I felt great. Coming into the game, I felt good,” Anthony said. “I felt good in the first quarter. I just kind of cooled down from there. I can’t put a finger on exactly what happened from there.”The Knicks led 61-48 at halftime before the Hawks rallied to take the lead with the final basket of the third period.“I think we got over being tired and started playing,” Teague said. “Our feet were in sand at the beginning of the game.”After several lead changes in the fourth, the Hawks took a 94-88 advantage with seven straight points, including a 3-pointer by Korver and two baskets by Teague.With Anthony leading the way, the Knicks led 32-20 after the first period. New York stretched it to 61-48 at halftime even though Anthony didn’t score in the second quarter.Budenholzer said before the game he hoped improved depth would give Atlanta an advantage when playing on consecutive nights. The Hawks and Knicks traveled following losses to Charlotte and Brooklyn, respectively, on Friday night.With the Knicks down to 12 players, Atlanta’s deep bench showed in the second half. The Hawks outscored the Knicks 27-13 in the third quarter.“I think they upped their energy a bit,” New York coach Derek Fisher said. “I think they felt like they got pushed around in the first half.”The Hawks went up 5-3 and didn’t lead again until a fast-break drive by Thabo Sefolosha gave Atlanta a 75-74 edge to close the third quarter.Tim Hardaway Jr. had 15 points and Amare Stoudemire scored 14 for the Knicks, who are still adjusting to the triangle offense.“The lack of confidence we have as a team, it’s affecting both ends of the court,” Anthony said.Fisher blamed the Knicks’ offensive letdown on “just not being able to get the ball moving as much in the second half.”DeMarre Carroll scored 12 points and Paul Millsap had 11 points with 13 rebounds for Atlanta. Millsap drew the primary defensive assignment on Anthony, but had help from Sefolosha and Carroll.(CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Students Benefitting from Supervised School Intervention Programme

first_imgThe Supervised School Intervention Programme by the Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF) was born out of concern for the well-being of youngsters who have been suspended from school and were often observed partaking in idle activities for the suspension period.The initiative, brainchild of DRF Network Manager Sharon Young Palmer, was started at the Foundation’s Spanish Town Peace and Justice Centre in 2006 and later expanded to the peace and justice centres in St. James, Clarendon, St. Catherine and Kingston. “I conceptualised the Supervised School Intervention Programme because it was my observation that students were suspended from school and were sent home for a period, but they had no treatment for what led to the suspension and so the behavioural problems continued,” Mrs. Young Palmer said. “So I thought it would be good to have a programme that would assist the youths in understanding their responsibility as young citizens and as students. It was about us just helping them to understand their responsibilities better and to know what they need to do to become good and productive citizens,” she added.She said that the initial stages of the programme highlighted the root cause of certain antisocial, maladaptive and disrespectful behaviour which usually leads to the suspension of students. These included underlying challenges from circumstances such as loss of a parent, untreated trauma, parental separation, as well as academic and intellectual difficulties at school.“It became necessary for us to solicit support from guidance counsellors in the schools. They would volunteer an hour or two and they would be matched with students from schools other than their own and gave great assistance in treating some of the conditions,” Mrs. Young Palmer said.Students doing practicum in social work and guidance counselling were also engaged as a part of the programme to help to identify, treat with the challenges and make referrals.She further noted that a component of the programme is geared at rapport building, achieved through techniques introduced in the playing of games such as chess and dominoes. “So you help them learn how to get along with each other, to have friendly rivalry, to learn how to lose…to understand that you don’t have to win all the time but you can be a good sport,” Mrs. Young Palmer said.Art classes, done through support from volunteer teachers, are also used as a form of therapy to help the youngsters.She said the programme also conducts parenting sessions to ensure parents have a clearer understanding of the experiences of their children and are prepared to provide support.“One thing we do is say to the students that this is their place, their home away from home. They are always welcomed and are encouraged to come by after school, where they can socialise with each other,” the Network Manager said, adding that during these visits, facilitators can interact with the students and assess their progress.One 13-year-old Windward Road Primary and Junior High School student who was suspended after getting into a fight hailed the programme for helping her deal with her anger problems, and teaching her ways to prevent conflict with her peers.A 15-year-old Haile Selassie High student, who was twice suspended and became a part of the programme, further noted that the initiative helped her to manage peer pressure and make better decisions.“When I came to the Foundation and I told them what happened, I think they were able to look at it in a different way and help me deal with it,” she said in an interview with JIS News.Approximately 5,000 students have been engaged in the programme at all the centres combined.“I am really feeling good. I am satisfied that we introduced this programme to the schools and the wider community…and it’s heart-warming and I am motivated to continue. When you have students coming in now who can say how good the programme was for them and how it helped them make the decision to change their behaviour [that is very meaningful],” Mrs. Young Palmer said.The Citizen Security and Justice Programme III (CSJPIII) provides support for the programme, including meals and transportation for participants.last_img read more