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March 18, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5814
JALEN HERDSMAN might not be much of a bowler, but that doesn't mean his work between the lanes didn't help his skills on the court for La Salle High. Well, indirectly anyway. High school basketball can become a grind after hours of schoolwork during the day followed by hours of practice in the evening and gobs of homework at night. And then - lather, rinse, repeat - for months. With that in mind, it may seem peculiar for Herdsman and La Salle to have appeared so energized in Saturday's PIAA quarterfinal win against Lower Merion, which had previously vanquished District 12 top-seed Roman Catholic.
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March 17, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kimar Williams made 13 of 20 free throws and finished with 20 points to help Constitution beat Holy Cross, 72-62, in a PIAA Class AA state boys' basketball quarterfinal Saturday at William Allen. Ahmad Gilbert added 15 points and Floyd Preito had 14 for the Generals. Elmer L. Meyers 52, Del-Val Charter 50 (2OT): Shahid Adams was the only Del-Val Charter scorer in double digits, leading the Warriors with 20 points in a double-overtime loss at William Allen. Constitution will play Elmer L. Meyers in the Class AA semifinals Tuesday at a time and location to be announced.
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March 17, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
If only, moving forward in the PIAA boys' basketball tournament, La Salle could bottle its first-half performance Saturday against Lower Merion. The Explorers shot 14 for 30 from the field, played terrific defense in yielding only 12 points, held a rebounding advantage of 26-7, and accomplished their goal of gaining the upper hand on the Aces. For Joe Dempsey's squad, hitting on all cylinders from the opening tap, it spelled a surprising 71-48 romp over the defending state champs in a Class AAAA quarterfinal before an overflow crowd at Colonial Elementary School in Plymouth Meeting.
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March 15, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - It was obvious weeks or maybe months ago: There would be no sequel on Olney Avenue, no magic-carpet reprise. The Southwest Philly Floater was a singular blessed event. This year's La Salle Explorers right away proved mortal, and often as not, beatable. A year after pulling up a game short of the NCAA's Elite Eight, the Explorers failed to make the Atlantic 10's final eight, losing Thursday afternoon to St. Bonaventure, 82-72, and finishing 15-16. Local hoops history will always have room for the 2013 Explorers.
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March 15, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - St. Joseph's players and coach Phil Martelli insisted that they aren't worried about any NCAA tournament scenarios. All the Hawks want to do is regain their winning ways. But both are related. After they received a bye into the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals, the fourth-seeded Hawks (21-9) will face fifth-seeded Dayton (23-9) Friday at the Barclays Center. Dayton advanced Thursday with an 87-74 victory over Fordham. A win may not automatically get the Hawks into the NCAA tournament, but a loss would likely have them headed to the NIT for the third year in a row. "All we are trying to do is advance to Saturday and not worry about things we can't control," Martelli said Thursday.
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March 15, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - A year after making a run to the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16, La Salle ended this season with a much different vibe. Even though forward Jerrell Wright scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds Thursday, eighth-seeded La Salle suffered an 82-72 loss to ninth-seeded St. Bonaventure in an Atlantic 10 tournament opener for both at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. St. Bonaventure (17-14) will meet top-seeded St. Louis in the quarterfinals Friday at noon. La Salle will contemplate a season that began with high expectations but ended in mediocrity.
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March 15, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
The La Salle swimming team extended its dynasty Thursday at the PIAA swimming and diving championships. The Explorers cruised to another Class AAA state title at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. Buoyed by two relay wins on Wednesday, including a meet record in the 200 medley, La Salle scored 280 points and easily outpaced second-place North Allegheny. "I'm just so proud of the team," Explorers coach Frank Lichtner said. "It was a much younger team after the last two years, yet they decided they were going to win. I really mean that.
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March 14, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
La Salle saved the best for last on Wednesday night. The Explorers came from behind, and nearly matched their scoring total from the first three quarters in overtime, to defeat Cedar Crest, 49-43, in a state Class AAAA second round boys' basketball game at Coatesville. Dave Krmpotich's jumper with 1 minute, 34 seconds remaining forced the extra frame. The Explorers then went 10 for 13 from the free-throw line in OT to pull out the victory. La Salle trailed, 26-19, after three but climbed back thanks in part to two three-pointers from Najee Walls, who led all players with 22 points.
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March 14, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lower Merion's JaQuan Johnson and Roman Catholic's Shep Garner, longtime buddies and Chester natives, texted back and forth in the days leading to Wednesday night's high-stakes basketball matchup. "Shep asked me if I was ready for the game," Johnson said. "And he said that Roman was hungry to bring home a state title. I told him, 'You're going to have to get past the defending champs first.' " Thanks to Johnson's terrific second-half performance, a deliberate offensive attack, and stellar defense, the Aces ousted the Cahillites, 64-52, in a PIAA Class AAAA second-round game at Archbishop Ryan.
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March 14, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
IF THE regular season had ended on the first weekend of March, Saint Joseph's would have been a lock NCAA Tournament team. The Hawks had won 17 of 20 games. They had seven true road wins. They had quality wins over VCU and Massachusetts. But it did not end until last weekend after the Hawks had lost consecutive games, first at George Washington in a game that featured some bizarre fouls calls on Halil Kanacevic and poor play down the stretch, and then at home against La Salle where the Hawks simply did not play very well while catching the very good version of the Explorers.
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