November 14, 2013 |
TYREEK DUREN figured the last time he played a game that started at 9 a.m. was in AAU. "The people in our house all got up at 6:45 and we were all over to the gym early," La Salle's senior point guard said. La Salle coach John Giannini had told his team that it was just like a weekend practice, that it was nothing new. Yesterday morning, however, there was an opponent at Gola Arena, a second consecutive opponent from the Metro Atlantic, another opponent that knew where La Salle had been last season and wanted a piece of it and them.
December 3, 2011 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - An efficient passing game, an unlikely receiving hero, and a big payoff on a fourth-quarter gamble helped La Salle earn its third straight Final Four football berth. The Explorers also overcame an early injury to a two-way standout while holding off pass-happy Nazareth, 41-33, in a PIAA Class AAAA state quarterfinal Saturday at Liberty High's Frank Banko Field. With La Salle (12-1) forced away from its usual ground-and-pound approach, Matt Magarity hit on 15 of 21 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns.
February 21, 2014 |
DAYTON, Ohio - The last time La Salle played in UD Arena, the Exploers pulled out an NCAA First Four win, 81-70 over Boise State, to start last year's unprecedented Sweet 16 run. This year, the UD Arena magic only lasted for about 12 minutes. La Salle coach John Giannini used last year's success as a key part of his pregame talk, but a 10-point first-half lead was shortlived as La Salle fell, 65-53, to Dayton last night. The Explorers (12-13, 4-7 Atlantic 10) have lost four straight and seven of their last eight.
November 3, 2011
La Salle men's basketball games will be broadcast on WNTP (990-AM) or WFIL (560-AM) under a multiyear partnership with Salem Communications Corp., the school announced yesterday. Most games will air on WNTP, with a select number of weekend dates moved to WFIL. All men's games and home women's games will be streamed online at GoExplorers.com. Kale Beers will return for his 16th season on play-by-play and Steve Degler will return for his 15th season as an analyst. An online-only pregame show begins approximately 15 minutes before every men's game.
November 23, 2011 |
MICHEA BRYANT scored 16 points and Alexis Scott 13 as La Salle opened women's Big 5 play with a 58-47 win over Penn last night at Tom Gola Arena. The Explorers (2-3, 1-0 Big 5) jumped to a 20-7 lead early in the first half, and held a 27-19 halftime advantage. Penn rallied to eventually take its only lead at 36-34 midway through the second half, but again the Explorers pulled away. Junior Brianna Bradford led Penn (2-1, 0-1) with 12 points, and senior Jess Knapp added 11. Freshman Ruvanna Campbell had a game-high 11 rebounds for La Salle.
December 30, 2012 |
ALBANY, N.Y. - It may not be an easy bus ride through the snow back home, but it will be a happy ride for Dr. John Giannini and the La Salle basketball team. That's because the Explorers (9-2) led wire-to-wire and got a 22-point in 28-minute performance from Ramon Galloway in routing host Siena 80-52 Saturday night. "I thought that was our best game of the year," Giannini said. "The reason I say that is we were very good defensively and offensively. The numbers show that. It was just one of those nights where we started making threes and our effort was at a high level.
April 26, 2013 |
IN COLLEGE basketball, you often get judged by whether your team makes the NCAA Tournament and how it does when it gets there. That really does not give a complete picture, but we live in a snapshot world. Over the last eight seasons, La Salle has been .500 or better in Atlantic 10 games five times. Only Xavier (eight), Temple (seven) and Saint Joseph's (six) have done better. Saint Louis, Massachusetts, Richmond, Dayton and Rhode Island also have five .500 or better seasons. Even before the 2012-13 breakthrough, La Salle was gradually getting better and was competitive.
May 27, 2013 |
Another strong pitching effort from Dom Cuoci; solid defense; and two big innings, mixed in with some luck, led to La Salle's first Catholic League baseball championship since 2005. Saturday afternoon's 10-0, five-inning triumph over archrival St. Joseph's Prep at Widener also served as redemption. Last year, before making their run to the PIAA Class AAAA state crown, the Explorers bowed to Neumann-Goretti in eight innings in the league final. "As awesome as it was for us to win a state title last year, not winning the Catholic League left a bad taste in our mouths," senior first baseman Chris Melillo said.
June 3, 2013 |
Garnet Valley coach Frank Urso had a sense, even before the opening faceoff against La Salle in Saturday's PIAA boys' lacrosse quarterfinals, that his players were running on fumes after an emotional week. "You could just tell," he said after his Jaguars were pounded by the Explorers, 13-4, at West Chester Henderson. "All of our coaches noticed it. We were like, 'Oh my gosh, we're in trouble here.' " The Garnet Valley community has been reeling since Tuesday. That's when one of its own, Kip Taviano, 17, was killed after losing control of his car and swerving into traffic in Concord Township.
March 20, 2014 |
It was early on, after a turnover and missed rebound, that Dave Krmpotich was taken out of the game by La Salle coach Joe Dempsey. "We went over a couple of things," Dempsey said of Krmpotich's brief stay on the bench in Tuesday night's PIAA Class AAAA boys' basketball semifinal against Chester. "I just wanted to calm him down, get a message across. " Apparently, it worked. With the 6-foot-7 junior netting 19 points, the Explorers surprised the vaunted Clippers, 61-55, at Coatesville to secure their first berth in the state final.