March 23, 2014 |
BUFFALO - Ryan Arcidiacono was reminded Friday that the last time Villanova competed on the same court with Connecticut, he knocked down five three-point baskets, scored 25 points and helped neutralize the Huskies' starting backcourt in the Wildcats' 70-61 win in Hartford. That was 13 months ago, but it might as well have been 20 years ago to the Wildcats' sophomore point guard, especially since Mouphtaou Yarou (16 rebounds in the game) isn't around to sweep the glass anymore. "I think we're two completely different teams," said Arcidiacono, who will play a key role Saturday night when the No. 2 Wildcats and the No. 7 Huskies meet at the First Niagara Center in the third round of the NCAA East Regional.
January 21, 2014 |
Ayanna Matthews talks a lot about tactics and strategies - the tangible ways to win a basketball game. Hannah Fox, on the other hand, often focuses on the intangible aspects of winning, like mental toughness and how experience plays a role in leadership. They may talk about the game differently, but together they make up the dynamic backcourt for Penn Charter. Starters for the Quakers (15-2, 5-1) since eighth grade, Fox and Matthews are sophomores with plenty of experience.
January 31, 2013
HERE IS Ted Silary's opinion of the best backcourts in Philly high school basketball, during his time covering the Public, Catholic and Inter-Ac leagues (beginning with the 1975-76 season). Requirements: must have played for championship teams and received All-City honors (first, second or third team) in that season. Point guard is listed first; wing guard second. Seniors unless noted. 1. Tyreek Duren and Tony Chennault, Ss. Neumann-Goretti, 2010. Both players earned first team All-City honors after leading the Saints to a 30-1 overall record along with Catholic, City and state titles at the AAA level.
December 23, 2012 |
La Salle's backcourt was arguably already as good as any other in the Atlantic Ten. Tyrone Garland has made it even better. Garland, a transfer from Virginia Tech who had to sit out the seven games played during the fall semester because of NCAA transfer rules, showed off his talent again in Saturday's 100-71 win over Sacred Heart. Making his first start with the Explorers and second of his collegiate career, Garland scored 12 points and dished out six assists. Already with Ramon Galloway (18 points per game)
November 14, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - D.J. Newbill never had a national reputation. As a younger guy, he didn't play AAU or other travel-team ball. His basketball reputation was built word-of-mouth, gym to gym, playground to playground. When Newbill started to get a reputation, it went to his head a bit, he said. Suddenly a high-scoring star at Strawberry Mansion High, he knew he could play with anybody in Philadelphia. He'd made it. "I didn't know how to handle the bright lights," Newbill said.
May 29, 2012 |
The lockout-shortened NBA season was expected to hinder the growth of young players and play to the advantage of older teams such as the Boston Celtics. But with the growth of the young 76ers - particularly the backcourt of Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner, who had a combined three seasons of experience entering the season - Philadelphia fans have reason for optimism, even if the young duo struggled a bit under the bright lights of a Game 7 in Boston. Turner didn't have a point in the first half of Saturday's eliminating 85-75 loss, and finished with just six points on 3-for-8 shooting.
May 4, 2012 |
I WAS WRONG. The Sixers' backcourt of the future is not Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner. It's Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday. I got wrapped up in the semantics of saying the name of the player running at point guard first and shooting guard second. And in my personal take, I'd bought in to Holiday as the lead and Turner as the off guard. I admit that I was not totally on board with a lot of Sixer fans — who likely will remind me today — who believe that Turner and Holiday would both be better with a switch of roles.
May 2, 2012 |
It wasn't too long ago, when things were going really swell with the 76ers, that coach Doug Collins said it was his job to find out exactly what he has in the group of Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner and Andre Iguodala. What he had for the better part of the remainder of the regular season, was a team that stumbled its way to the finish line, was sometimes petulant and looked very much as if it just wanted the season to end. Who knew? Who knew after a season that looked lost for the better part of eight weeks, that Collins would find out - in the crucible called the NBA playoffs - these youngsters upon whom so much is riding would finally have a true coming out party together.
February 15, 2012 |
JUST BECAUSE star guard Maurice "Doo-Wop" Watson is a senior and already committed to Boston University, don't think college scouts have scratched Boys' Latin Charter off their gotta-see list. Watson's backcourt partner is a 5-7, 160-pound junior named Yahmir Greenlee, and since he boasts skill and terrific academics (3.9 GPA), schools such as Saint Joseph's, Drexel, Penn, Quinnipiac "and Division IIs by the dozens" are already sniffing. Yesterday, Greenlee totaled 21 points, five rebounds, two assists and three steals as the visiting Warriors topped Engineering and Science, 62-59, in what eventually became a pulsating Public League round-of-16 playoff; it was also a Class AAA semifinal.
December 14, 2011 |
They are the classic backcourt combination. One is a slick, quick point guard. The other is an athletic off-guard. They both can score, dish, and defend. They both are unselfish. They both are team leaders. But there's something else that makes the Haddon Heights duo of junior Brandon Joyner and senior Davon Jones one of South Jersey's top backcourts: the element of surprise. "People don't know about us," Joyner said. "That's OK with us. We look forward to anybody's challenge.