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)
January 5, 2016 |
LA SALLE uses fewer bench minutes than all but two teams (Hofstra, Syracuse) in the country. This was not Explorers coach John Giannini's plan in November, but it has become his reality - with injuries, illness and three transfers sitting out the season. The reasons this team has not won since Nov. 28 at Rowan go beyond the lack of depth. There is also rebounding and defense. A new year brings conference play and a second chance. La Salle, starting four guards and Tony Washington, along with sixth man, a k a the bench, Karl Harris, played far better than it did during December in its Atlantic 10 opener Sunday at Gola Arena against Massachusetts.
December 24, 2015 |
IN AN EFFORT to familiarize his team with the history of the Palestra and the city in which sophomore guard Ja'Quan Newton made headlines, Miami coach Jim Larranaga had one of his graduate assistant coaches put together a video for the 13th-ranked Hurricanes to watch before coming to Philadelphia to take on La Salle. "A lot of our players had heard of Madison Square Garden, but they never really heard of the Palestra," said Larranaga, who played at the Palestra with his alma mater, Providence College, in 1969.
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 15, 2015 |
Those who watched Villanova struggle against No. 6 Oklahoma in Hawaii last week remembered the statistic "4 for 32" more than the final score of the game. But Jay Wright said poor three-point shooting wasn't the worst thing about that night. Wright felt his team was deficient in taking care of the little things. The ninth-ranked Wildcats made sure the little things were handled better Sunday, when they put together a fine all-around game of shooting, passing, and defense in a 76-47 romp over La Salle at the Pavilion for their 12th straight Big Five win. The Wildcats (8-1, 2-0 Big Five)
December 14, 2015 |
Who: La Salle (4-3, 0-1 Big Five) at Villanova (7-1, 1-0). When/where: Sunday, 5 p.m.; the Pavilion. TV/radio: Fox Sports 1; WTEL-AM (610). Villanova top three: Josh Hart (14.6 ppg., 7.3 rpg.); Ryan Arcidiacono (12.1 ppg., 3.8 apg., 49.3 FG percentage); Kris Jenkins (11.5 ppg., 3.8 rpg.). La Salle top three: Jordan Price (25.9 ppg., 4.9 rpg., 53.0 FG percentage); Cleon Roberts (12.9 ppg., 4.0 rpg., 2.6 steals); Johnnie Shuler (10.4 ppg., 5.4 rpg.).
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.
December 7, 2015 |
The Drexel Dragons have waited a long time to feel the thrill of victory in a regular-season college basketball game. To be exact, it had been 281 days since Bruiser Flint's squad prevailed at William and Mary in late February to halt a four-game losing streak at the end of their tumultuous, injury-ridden 2014-15 campaign. Roughly three-quarters of a year later, the Dragons got back in the victory column with a 66-53 win over City Six rival La Salle on Saturday at Tom Gola Arena, ending their six-game losing streak to start the season.