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March 8, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of the differences between last year's La Salle team, which reached the NCAA's Sweet 16, and this season's edition was the ability to win close games. La Salle failed to close out another one Thursday night in a 59-57 Atlantic Ten loss to George Mason at Tom Gola Arena. Last season, La Salle was 7-1 in games decided by one or two points or games that went into overtime. This season, the Explorers are 1-4 in those games. "That is not by accident or luck," coach John Giannini said.
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February 28, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
One could almost sense the relief in both John Giannini and his players after La Salle had finally snapped a five-game losing streak in a season that hasn't come close to meeting expectations. The Explorers saw the streak end with Wednesday's 75-67 Atlantic Ten victory over St. Bonaventure at Tom Gola Arena. Not since the 2009-2010 season, when La Salle lost eight in a row, had they endured such a long streak. So while Giannini wouldn't suggest that the win had cured all the ills of his 13-14 team that is now 5-8 in the A-10, he gave an idea of what going through this season, and this particular stretch, has been like.
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February 28, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
IT AIN'T always about how many points you score. Sometimes what means more are the winning plays you make, and when you make them. Last night, La Salle junior forward David Krmpotich didn't exactly shine brightest, but when called upon, the 6-7 forward came up big against Central's senior center Christopher Bing. "I don't really go up against too many players that are an inch or two taller than me," Krmpotich said postgame. "It was definitely a challenge and I embraced it. I didn't do as well as I wanted to and I struggled a little bit on defense, but he's a good player and he's hard to stop.
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February 24, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
If network TV has taught us anything, it's that America's heart and soul reside in its small towns. The Andy Griffith Show , Father Knows Best , Little House on the Prairie taught us about the frontier spirit that built the nation and the moral clarity that guides it. Crime, we learned, was entirely urban, a social disease that festered in big cities. That was before Walter White took us into the New Mexico desert on AMC's Breaking Bad ; before Raylan Givens, the Stetson-sporting lawman on FX's Justified , gave us a tour of the Kentucky trailer parks where prostitutes and gun dealers ply their trade; before Detective Rustin "Rust" Cohle introduced us to a Louisiana scarred by abandoned factories and polluted waterways in HBO's stunning masterwork True Detective . While the networks continue setting crime shows in New York and Los Angeles, cable channels have introduced a new breed of drama that puts the lie to the notion that violent crimes are fundamentally urban phenomena.
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February 21, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
IF THE Ss. Neumann-Goretti High student section had its way during basketball games, it might post a sign in the paint declaring into whose territory opponents have wandered. It's an area on the court where all shots are subject to inspection and seizure. The player who doles out the law and order is 6-6 senior shot blocker Tony Toplyn. The students call the interior "Tonyville. " "Because that's my area," Toplyn said with a laugh in a phone interview. "Every home game they say, 'Don't come down to 'Toplynville' or 'Tonyville.' " In Wednesday's Catholic League semifinal win over Archbishop Carroll (67-62)
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February 17, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
After being embarrassed two weeks ago by archrival St. Joseph's Prep, Dave Krmpotich and La Salle had a score to settle in Saturday's Catholic League boys' basketball quarterfinal. "Falling behind by so much early on and losing the way we did, it really sparked a fire in us," Krmpotich said. "There was no way we were going to let that happen again. " This time, the host Explorers, with terrific man-to-man defense late, reversed their previous woes against the Hawks with a 38-33 triumph.
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February 17, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
EDISON HIGH SCHOOL senior Kiara Gil-Jimenez had no problem performing a scene from "Romeo and Juliet" in English class - despite the tricky dialogue spoken by Lord Capulet when he learns that his daughter doesn't want to marry Paris. "Thank me no thankings nor proud me no prouds, "But fettle your fine joints 'gainst Thursday next," Gil-Jimenez recited from the play during a recent class. Gil-Jimenez and her senior classmates are taking part in the "Romeo and Juliet Project," a 12-day residency hosted by Philadelphia Young Playwrights and the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre.
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February 4, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
LA SALLE COLLEGE High junior guard Najee Walls realizes that his mother knows best, but, when it comes to basketball? Well, mom has the answers there, too. Yesterday, after the Explorers (16-4, 8-3) knocked off host Lansdale Catholic, 41-37, Walls, whose eight points and tenacious second-half defense helped ensure victory, talked about his No. 1 fan. "My mom swears she knows everything about basketball," Walls said with a smile. "She's always trying to give me different pointers and stuff when she knows she never played a day of basketball.
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February 3, 2014 | By Ray Parrillo, For The Inquirer
It's difficult to imagine a guy who stands 6-feet, 11-inches tall can sometimes seem lost in a crowd. On such occasions, it's not Steve Zack's fault. La Salle's junior center plays on a team with savvy veteran point guard Tyreek Duren, the explosive Tyrone Garland of Southwest Philly Floater fame, and a more-heralded classmate in Jerrell Wright. But Zack couldn't help but be noticed in La Salle's 71-63 win over Duquesne in an Atlantic Ten Conference game Saturday at Tom Gola Arena.
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January 31, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - When Dr. John Giannini called timeout with 3 minutes left in the first half, it was almost too late. George Washington was in the middle of an 11-0 run, which stretched to 19-0 after the timeout to pull away in a 69-47 victory over Giannini's La Salle team. It was the 11th straight home win for the Colonials, and the third straight loss for the Explorers. "We're extremely disappointed in ourselves," Giannini said. "We know we had to play great to win here. They are undefeated at home and we came way short of what we needed to do. As I told the guys, we know we were bad and now we have to get ready for Duquesne.
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