February 9, 1995 |
The basketball game between the University of Massachusetts and Rutgers University will be completed on March 2 at the Palestra, the Atlantic Ten Conference announced yesterday. The game will resume at the point of interruption - halftime - two days after the regular season ends and two days before the A-10 tournament is scheduled to begin. "Both schools were adamant that they wanted the game decided on the court and nowhere else," said A-10 commissioner Linda Bruno. "And the tournament is at the Palestra, so traveling would be of an inconvenience to no one, and everyone's OK with it. "Everyone understands (the protest)
March 21, 2006 |
Appropriately enough, it's at the Palestra. Ten years and two days after Lower Merion (starring Kobe Bryant) and Chester slugged it out in an overtime classic, the District 1 teams will go at it again in another PIAA Class AAAA semifinal at the famed Penn arena. The game - a rematch of last year's state final, this year's District 1 final, and of a December regular-season clash - is set for tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. After Lower Merion (26-6) and Chester (25-7) advanced Saturday - the Aces with a 63-48 win over Lancaster McCaskey and the Clippers with a 97-89 victory over William Allen - the PIAA contacted Villanova, in hopes of securing the Pavilion.
March 4, 1991 |
A local cable television station crew, which beamed back Bensalem's thrilling 65-63 victory over Plymouth-Whitemarsh in a PIAA District 1 Class AAAA quarterfinal contest played Friday at William Tennent, rushed onto the floor along with the joyous Owls fans when the final buzzer sounded. "We're going to the Palestra," shouted senior Bensalem center Ed Tharp into the hand-held camera. "We're going to the Palestra. " It may not be Disney World, but the lure of the Palestra is still very much a part of area scholastic basketball.
January 5, 1999 |
It's the second month of the scholastic basketball season. Do you know where some important playoffs will be held? John Koskinen, Joe Parisi and Bob Ruoff have no idea, and they're feeling flustered. More than three months after promising to provide an answer, University of Pennsylvania officials still have not decided whether the Public League, Catholic League and District 1 of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association will be able to use the Palestra for playoffs.
April 24, 1999
You had to be there. No nostalgic reminiscence can recapture the flavor of Big Five basketball - the round-robin basketball tournament in which La Salle, Penn, St. Joseph's, Temple and Villanova played each other in a city series that mattered to each at least as much as their standing in their respective conferences. Most of the games were played in Penn's venerable Palestra - still a great milieu for basketball, despite the advent of the modern state-of-the-art arena. From 1955 to 1991, Big Five games packed the Palestra stands with multitudes of roaring zealots who made the rafters rattle.
January 31, 1989 |
Athletic officials from La Salle, Penn and St. Joseph's agreed yesterday to hold further talks in what appeared to be an eleventh-hour attempt to avert a further breakup of the Big 5. Bob Mullen, the La Salle athletic director, acknowledged at a meeting of the officials, held yesterday at Penn, that his school was considering an offer from Spectacor Inc. to move its home basketball games from the Palestra to the Civic Center, which is managed by...
December 19, 1994 |
The Palestra scoreboard said there was little to choose between Villanova and St. Joseph's at the conclusion of the first game of the Big 5's 40th season. St. Joe's was a 60-57 winner, but to those without allegiance or those willing to take a step back, it was more about playing and competing than just about winning and losing. The cold, hard facts said that the Hawks won partly because their four bench players accounted for 41 minutes, 12 shots and six points while 'Nova's two subs played just 12 minutes, took two shots and did not score.
February 9, 1988 |
As time flies by, so do the Palestra doubleheaders. And tonight, for the last time during the regular season, that shrine of hoopdom by the Schuylkill will be host to the feast of college basketball feasts, a Big Five doubleheader. There'll be one more Palestra doubleheader this Saturday, but it's not a pure Big Five doubleheader, what with Drexel capping off that night's action. (Also, the Temple-St. Joseph's game on March 2 likely will be followed by La Salle against a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponent in the first round of the that conference's postseason tournament.
December 1, 1987 |
Tonight, Marianne Stanley walks onto the court of the Palestra for her first home game as coach of the Penn women's basketball team. "There's always a special feeling for me in that building," Stanley said yesterday. For Stanley, who grew up in Upper Darby, the Palestra holds all of the typical Big 5 memories, plus some more personal ones. Stanley won a Catholic League title on the Palestra floor for Archbishop Prendergast, then was a two- time All-America for Immaculata as the Macs won two AIAW national championships.
October 27, 1998
A shooting outside the Palestra after a Public League championship game last March shocked the city and left the University of Pennsylvania understandably skittish. A 22-year-old man was killed and three people - including a Penn student working in a campus building - were wounded. If asked, officials undoubtedly would say what happened is a rare event for the University of Pennsylvania. And they would be right. So why is the university still nervous about hosting future Public League championship games, which it has been doing for years?