February 15, 1990 |
The name of the game Tuesday night at Conestoga was foul shooting. Ridley's Raiders hit their foul shots in the fourth quarter, hit them with the game on the line, hit them with the home team's fans screaming in their ears. The Raiders hit them and won going away, 56-48, to remain in a tie with Strath Haven atop the Central League. "You know Ridley's going to make their foul shots - they always do," Conestoga coach Tom Green said. "Ridley kids, boom, they sink 'em. " And after rising past Strath Haven, 64-62, Friday, the Pioneers fizzled a bit Tuesday, shooting 4 for 16 from the field and only 1 for 5 from the free- throw line in the fourth quarter.
February 20, 1995 |
Somewhere during their four-hour bus ride from Unionville to State College, the Unionville Indians must have left their free-throw shooting ability at a rest stop. A poor effort from the foul line was all that prevented Unionville from earning a huge victory against a high-quality opponent Saturday. As it was, the Indians still took State College into overtime before falling, 45-44, in a nonleague girls' basketball game. "It was a great back-and-forth game," Unionville coach Dennis White said.
February 25, 1991 |
Haverford High coach Bobbi Morgan had mixed emotions when Chester's Katrina Strand missed a free throw with a second left to preserve the host Fords' 46-45 win in PIAA Class AAAA playoff action Saturday. One of the emotions, understandably, was joy. "I went bananas," said Morgan, whose team will visit third-seeded Central Bucks West on Wednesday. But Morgan also felt compassion for Strand, who swished her first free throw after being fouled on a drive to the basket.
January 23, 1989 |
Germantown Academy coach Dave Hoch says people sometimes try to look too deeply into why teams win or lose. He insists that sometimes the obvious is the best explanation. "There was nothing magical about why we lost," Hoch said after the Patriots lost, 62-53, to Haverford School (11-5 overall, 2-1 Inter-Academic League) on Friday night. "They hit 16 free throws in the fourth quarter. It's as simple as that. " Germantown (11-6, 0-2) went into the fourth quarter, trailing 41-34.
January 31, 2000 |
Allen Iverson, as any star in any league, believes he can deliver. Any time. Any place. Any way he has to. But that didn't hold true Saturday in Auburn Hills, Mich. The NBA's leading scorer, who will start for the East in the Feb. 13 All-Star Game in Oakland, Calif., who has led the 76ers in scoring in 20 games in succession, came up empty in a 90-88 loss to the Detroit Pistons. He missed three of four free throws in the final, hectic 1 minute, 37 seconds. He missed a shot with seven seconds left.
February 27, 1990 |
The fourth quarter usually lasts longer than any other quarter. With teams' foul totals building and coaches playing chess with each other in an attempt to win, the quarter can drag on and on. Last Tuesday at Franklin Learning Center's gym at the Cunningham Community Center in North Philadelphia, the fourth quarter seemed to last an eternity - an eternity of fouls, timeouts, controversy over timeouts and, between the delays, scintillating basketball....
February 2, 1995 |
Hatboro-Horsham's boys' basketball team has played in and won a lot of big games this season. But the Hatters have had trouble winning them lately, and the main culprit has been foul shooting. In a key Suburban One American Conference Liberty Division game Tuesday night, Hatboro-Horsham managed to convert just 10 of 21 free throws and lost to visiting Plymouth-Whitemarsh, 55-53, in overtime. The Hatters had a chance to put some distance between themselves and the Colonials and Cheltenham, but have now dropped into a three-way tie for first place with P-W and the Panthers with a 10-2 league record.
February 3, 2001 |
Tamal Forchion can appreciate a good joke as much as the next guy. Even when he's the butt. You know how people watch Shaquille O'Neal brick multiple free throws and darn near laugh themselves silly? Hey, compared with Forchion, at least sometimes, O'Neal looks like a guy who should be giving clinics. "Yeah, I laugh when I watch Shaq," Forchion said. "Know why? 'Cause it's like I'm laughing at myself. " Forchion, a 6-6, 225-pound imitation blacksmith, last night generated 23 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and three steals as visiting Roman Catholic downed St. John Neumann, 72-65, in a high-intensity Catholic South skirmish played before a full house.
January 19, 1991 |
Deep analysis was not needed to determine why Haddon Heights High defeated visiting Woodbury, 61-55, last night in a Colonial Conference boys' basketball game. The facts spoke volumes. Heights remained in sole possession of the league lead on the basis of a huge discrepancy at the foul line. The Garnets (9-3 overall, 7-1 league) connected on 26 of 32 free throws. Woodbury (9-3, 5-3) shot just two free throws, making both. Both came with 24 seconds left and the outcome already assured.
March 15, 1999 |
Chester missed 12 of 22 foul shots in the PIAA Class AAAA District 1 semifinals but managed to pull out a 67-65 overtime win over Hatboro-Horsham. The Clippers followed with a 7-for-21 performance from the charity stripe in the district final but still claimed a title with a 59-47 victory over Pennsbury. The Dennis Rodman-like performances weren't lost on Chester's coaches, so Clippers players paid the price in practice before Saturday's state playoff opener against Cumberland Valley.