December 6, 2013 |
By midway through the second half of La Salle's 75-62 win over Hartford, the backs of the two folding chairs belonging to John Giannini had both been knocked askew. Their state was a testament to the number of times the La Salle coach had abruptly risen from his seat or plopped down in a hurry. But even for the typically fretful Giannini, there was little to worry about Wednesday night, at least on the scoreboard at Tom Gola Arena. The struggling Explorers (4-4) found an opponent in Hartford (2-7)
November 26, 2013
UNLESS YOU want an earful, don't get Drexel University professor Yaba Blay talking about colorism. She sees examples of discrimination based on skin color everywhere - from drug stores that stock skin-bleaching creams to the online chatter that erupts when photos surface of Beyonce and Jay Z's daughter, Blue Ivy. "[People say], why doesn't Beyonce comb that baby's hair?" Blay said. "You would rather put an entire pack of barrettes on that baby's hair?" "I hate that," I murmured.
November 25, 2013 |
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands - The La Salle men's basketball team steadily pulled away from a determined Morgan State team to win its opening-round game in the Paradise Jam, 78-59, on Friday night at the University of the Virgin Islands. Tyrone Garland, a Philly native, led all scorers with 25 points, while Tyreek Duren (Neumann-Goretti) added 15. The Explorers will play Providence (5-0) on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. The game will be telecast on the CBS Sports Network. The Friars came back from a 16-point second- half deficit to stun Vanderbilt, 67-60.
November 21, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - La Salle guard Tyreek Duren had two teammates flanking him and just one Penn State defender in front of him on a breakaway Tuesday night. With 4 minutes, 22 seconds remaining, Duren did not pass the ball, and Penn State guard D.J. Newbill, the Strawberry Mansion graduate, blocked his layup. The Nittany Lions (3-1) countered with a successful breakaway, closing the book on La Salle at the Bryce Jordan Center. The Explorers lost, 79-72. Penn State had been on a 6-0 run, and La Salle's three-on-one was its last chance to regain momentum in a game that had many lead changes.
November 18, 2013 |
La Salle coach John Giannini sat with his hands on his face for the majority of the Explorers' 78-74 victory over a winless Siena squad in front of a sellout homecoming crowd Saturday at Tom Gola Arena. Senior point guard Tyreek Duren tallied just one point in the first half while the Saints shot 5 of 6 from long range and more than 53 percent from the field to earn a 42-38 advantage at the break. "We had too many breakdowns," Giannini said. "We gave up a couple of layups on screens across the lane that we worked on all week long.
November 11, 2013 |
Let's get the mutual respect out of the way. "I knew how good Manhattan was," said La Salle coach John Giannini. "This Manhattan team is going to have an outstanding year. " "They'll be right back where they were," Manhattan coach Steve Masiello said about La Salle. This was no casual season-opening get-together. The Explorers had forced overtime Saturday afternoon at Tom Gola Arena after being down by eight points with just over two minutes left in regulation. The sold-out place, still afloat from March Madness memories, exploded when Tyrone Garland hit the tying basket, his Southwest Philly Floater this time coming from the top of the key. Manhattan forced the second OT after the Explorers seemed to have it under control.
November 11, 2013 |
At halftime in Tom Gola Arena on Saturday, they raised a banner in salute to La Salle's exhilarating run to the Sweet 16 last March. It had been a long time since the Explorers raised anything but a white flag, so the gesture was appreciated by the crowd that came to see La Salle open another season of promise, with four returning starters among the group that defied odds by winning three games in five days at the NCAA tourney. But there's always another game, another season, and this one didn't go the way La Salle wanted, as Manhattan pulled out an entertaining, 99-90 win in double overtime.
November 10, 2013 |
AFTER THE St. Joseph's Prep student section spilled onto the field to celebrate the school's 30-20 victory at Plymouth Whitemarsh for the Catholic League AAAA championship, from the massive scrum came the quip of the night. "Hey, our centerfielder had a pretty good night," screamed a fan. Senior Jawan McAllister, who committed to Pittsburgh to play college baseball, caught two touchdown passes that helped dethrone La Salle, the reigning five-time CL champion. "It feels great," McAllister said from a field teeming with happy teens.
October 28, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA A Washington real estate investment firm recently made an extraordinary offer to the School District of Philadelphia: $100 million to buy more than 30 shuttered school buildings. City Council President Darrell L. Clarke told The Inquirer that he personally delivered the proposal, but believed the district, which is facing a $304 million deficit, didn't take it seriously enough. Clarke, frustrated with years of raising taxes to bail out the schools, said the district needed to explore these types of creative ways of balancing its books.
October 23, 2013 |
WHEN THE La Salle women's soccer players walked off the Mount Vernon Athletic Fields in Washington on Oct. 11, they were dealing with emotions they have not felt in some time. They had suffered a 1-0 road loss to Atlantic 10 opponent George Washington. They were upset at not only losing to the Colonials, but also at seeing a lengthy unbeaten streak snapped. The Explorers had become accustomed to winning in the Atlantic 10; their previous regular-season A-10 loss came on Oct. 29, 2010, vs. Rhode Island.