February 5, 2016 |
With their matching white headbands, dark shoes and white socks, Korey Billbury and Jordan Price looked like twins wearing different colors on the floor of Tom Gola Arena. For large portions of the game, wherever Price was on the La Salle offensive end, Billbury stood right with him, making it nearly impossible to get the ball in the hands of La Salle's leading scorer, let alone get him a good look at the basket. Virginia Commonwealth, the top team in the Atlantic Ten, knew the best way to beat the Explorers, the league's cellar-dweller: keep the league's second-leading scorer off the scoreboard as much as possible.
February 5, 2016 |
WITH THEIR matching white headbands, dark shoes and white socks, Korey Billbury and Jordan Price looked like twins wearing different colors on the floor of Tom Gola Arena. For large portions of the game, wherever Price was on the La Salle offensive end, Billbury stood right with him, making it nearly impossible to get the ball in the hands of La Salle's leading scorer, let alone get him a good look at the basket. Virginia Commonwealth, the top team in the Atlantic 10, knew the best way to beat the Explorers, the league's cellar-dweller: keep the league's second-leading scorer off the scoreboard as much as possible.
January 26, 2016 |
THE HOME TEAM had lost 10 of 11. The visitors had won 11 of 12. Naturally, after 12 minutes late Sunday afternoon at Gola Arena, La Salle led Saint Joseph's, 19-8. The Hawks looked somewhere between uninterested and stuck in a giant snow drift. It was, of course, a mirage. La Salle is doing the best it can with what it has, which isn't nearly enough. It was just a question of when the game was going to turn. When it turned, it turned hard. The Hawks' defense suffocated the Explorers; they got out and began to run. The La Salle lead evaporated rapidly.
January 24, 2016 |
I awoke alone at 5:30 a.m. in a six-bed hostel room. It was still pitch black outside, as it typically is in Norway in December. The only sound came from the television, which I'd left on overnight - BBC News covering the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize the previous day. I had been there. Well, I had stood outside Oslo City Hall as the king of Norway arrived for the ceremony, not knowing what the fuss was about until I returned to my big, empty room outside the airport. I had to fly back to Dublin that morning.
January 12, 2016 |
MY TOP four NCAA Tournament seeds if the selections were today: East - Maryland South - Oklahoma Midwest - Michigan State West - Kansas If Penn had held on against Princeton at the Palestra, it would have been a rare perfect Saturday in the city, with three of the wins being upsets, two by teams that had to be wondering when (or if) they were going to win again. La Salle, a 12-point underdog, did exactly what it was supposed to do against Dayton at Gola Arena, play a low-possession game to keep its six-man team as fresh as possible and not give the superior forces any more chances than necessary.
January 11, 2016 |
For much of Saturday's contest between La Salle and No. 25 Dayton, there was no action. Players were standing still for chunks of time - by design. The undermanned Explorers were forced into a slow, methodical game plan, but it worked. La Salle snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 61-57 win over the Flyers at Tom Gola Arena. La Salle (5-8, 1-2 Atlantic Ten) had just seven scholarship players available for the game, so it went back to the plan it used to start the season 4-0. At the start of almost every possession, an Explorers guard dribbled until the shot clock reached around 10 seconds, with no intention of making a play.
January 6, 2016 |
Shane Stark and Jarrod Stukes are understudies no longer. Both played in the background the last few seasons for La Salle High while others led the Explorers on the basketball court. On Monday night, however, they played headliners in La Salle's 56-47 Catholic League victory at Father Judge. "This is a good win because it's the Catholic League, and Judge is always good," said Stukes, who led all scorers with 20 points. Stukes, a 5-foot-9 junior, is the younger brother of former La Salle High standout Amar Stukes (2013)
December 18, 2015
NORTH TEXAS 69, LA SALLE 63 The Explorers couldn't complete a late comeback in their loss at Tom Gola Arena on Wednesday night. La Salle's Amy Griffin had a career-high 26 points, going 7-for-17 from the field and 10-for-12 from the foul line. Griffin and Jasmine Alston both grabbed a team-high six rebounds. The Explorers got to within 63-61 game on an Iyonna Crenshaw free throw with 1:05 left. Micahya Owens picked up a career-high seven steals to go with 16 points.
December 12, 2015 |
Temple University Health System's Fox Chase Cancer Center has signed a memorandum of understanding with an Abu Dhabi hospital to explore the creation of a cancer center in the United Arab Emirates, the organizations said Thursday. Fox Chase officials plan to meet early next year with officials of Universal Hospital in Abu Dhabi to discuss the proposed collaboration, which would start with a bone-marrow transplant program at the privately owned hospital in the Middle East. Last month, in another example of the Philadelphia region exporting its health-care expertise, the University of Pennsylvania Health System announced a partnership with VPS Healthcare, also a privately owned health system based in the United Arab Emirates.
December 7, 2015 |
Helmets held aloft, tears still clinging to their faces, La Salle's football players gathered on the sideline for their band's solemn serenade of the alma mater. The Explorers fell Saturday in overtime, 16-13, to District 11's Parkland in a PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinal at Northeast that was fraught with tension, drama, and even some controversy. Devante Cross scored the winning touchdown from 4 yards out on Parkland's second play of its only overtime possession. The Boston College-bound quarterback barreled up the middle on what appeared to be a designed run. "Boy, our kids played hard," La Salle coach John Steinmetz said.