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March 25, 1988 | By KEVIN MULLIGAN, Daily News Sports Writer
Ramon Rivas, Temple's 6-10 senior center, spent 31 minutes of the Owls' impressive 69-47 thumping of Richmond seated last evening. Seated next to coach John Chaney on Temple's bench, in foul trouble. Antonio Rivas flew all the way from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to see his son play nine minutes. "He did his best when he was in there," the elder Rivas said after watching his son's two-point, one-rebound, four-foul performance. "I'm very happy the team won. Ramon will do better on Saturday (against Duke in the NCAA East Regional final)
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April 21, 1988 | By M. G. Missanelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple is on the verge of signing its third top-notch freshman frontcourt recruit. The Owls, according to sources close to the situation, are the first choice of Mark Strickland, a mobile, 6-foot-8, 195-pound center/forward, who averaged 16.3 points and 10.7 rebounds this season for McNair High in suburban Atlanta. Strickland, a second-team all-state selection, recently was selected in open tryouts as one of 10 prep players to represent Georgia in the Boston Shootout, a prestigious high school all-star tournament held in Boston in early June.
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November 1, 1988 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
It is the evening of Saturday, Nov. 5, four days from now, and the Boston Celtics are making their first Spectrum appearance of the NBA season. Larry Bird drives the baseline, but is cut off by Cliff Robinson and Charles Barkley, so he whips a blind pass to No. 45 in Celtic green, Ramon Rivas. Ramon Rivas? It sure looks like it. The Celtics trimmed their roster to the 12-man, regular-season limit yesterday, in preparation for Friday's opener against the visiting Knicks. Among the 12 players new coach Jimmy Rodgers apparently plans to start the season with is Rivas, a 6-10, 260-pound, free-agent center from Temple.
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March 15, 1988 | By Jay Searcy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ramon Rivas is becoming famous in Puerto Rico. His picture is all over the newsstands. A San Juan newspaper recently spread his life story over two pages. His dad, Antonio, a jeweler in Catano, is being interviewed on radio and television. The phone is ringing at his mother's house in Levittown, Puerto Rico, and the folks back home are sending fan mail to Ramon in Philadelphia. The reason for all the celebrity is that Ramon Rivas is the senior center on the No. 1-ranked Temple University basketball team, and about 10 of Temple's games have been piped into the island by ESPN this season.
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January 5, 1986 | By Chuck Newman, Inquirer Staff Writer
It certainly wasn't a Rembrandt. Temple committed 11 turnovers and its offense lacked continuity. But the end product was attractive enough. The Owls brushed off Rhode Island, 76-60, yesterday before 2,065 fans at McGonigle Hall in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams. The victory put Temple's winning streak at eight games (17 straight over Rhode Island) and its overall record at 9-1. The Owls didn't get a grip on the game until deep in the first half, when they went from a 19-18 deficit with 7 minutes, 19 seconds left until intermission to a 26-19 lead in a 2:20 span.
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March 2, 1988 | By LES BOWEN, Daily News Sports Writer
If you don't know much about the Temple-St. Joseph's rivalry, you might not think tonight's game amounts to much. The top-ranked Owls have been rolling through the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 17-0 record, and they defeated the Hawks, 83-62, at McGonigle Hall back on Dec. 10. Furthermore, Temple is 25-1 overall; St. Joe's is 14-12, 9-8 in the A-10. The Hawks are nowhere to be found in anyone's top 20. In two of those computer rankings that rate every Division I team, the Hawks are 94th and 123rd, respectively.
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July 6, 1992 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
His back was sore and tight and there had been rumors flying that he would go home early, but Larry Bird would not. He says, at least so far, that he is going to Spain with the U.S. Olympic team, and there is no reason not to believe him. It means playing basketball, one of the most difficult of sports for anyone with a lower-back problem. The Boston Celtics forward admits he could be endangering his future. "But it's worth it," he said. "(This) has been part of my life for 20-some years, and I've enjoyed 99 percent of it. I don't enjoy it when I'm hurt.
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August 16, 1991 | by Bill Conlin, Daily News Sports Columnist
Christian Laettner was trying to explain away Team USA's not-so-stunning loss to Puerto Rico last night in the men's basketball semifinal. He is smart, a Duke All-America, and what he said made a lot of sense. "It's not the international concept of basketball," he said after the Puerto Rican veterans rallied to score an impressive 73-68 victory over the Miami Mice. "It's that the rest of the world is catching up to us in basketball. " And the rest of the world does not have the NBA to sustain basketball excellence.
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November 22, 1988 | By M. G. Missanelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was the worst of times. And yet it was the best of times. The finest season in the history of Temple basketball had just expired, suddenly, at the hands of an opponent for which impressive NCAA tournament victories had become near routine. Certainly, it was a shock to Temple fans when the Owls, the nation's No. 1- ranked team, lost to Duke, 63-53, in the Eastern Regional finals - the Final Eight - at the Meadowlands. But it was a shock that would be buffered by recent accomplishments and future prospects.
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February 29, 1988 | By KEVIN MULLIGAN, Daily News Sports Writer
Mike Vreeswyk was a senior at Morrisville High, visiting Temple University for the first time, when he met and first tried to understand a redshirt freshman named Ramon Rivas. "He couldn't speak very much English," Vreeswyk said. "In fact, when I visited here, I figured they told him what to say when I came into town. Because Ramon came up to me and said, "I . . . would . . . like . . . you . . . to . . . come . . . to . . . Temple.' Like it was rehearsed or something. "I'll never forget that when I think of Ramon.
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February 7, 2013 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
It was 25 years ago this week when the first Big 5 team rose to No. 1 in the polls. That would be John Chaney's great 1987-88 Temple team. The Owls played brilliantly in nearly every game - until that forgettable East Regional final against Duke. Those Owls did not just beat teams; they crushed them, finishing 32-2 and 18-0 in the Atlantic 10. There was the one-point loss at then-No. 8 UNLV after a 14-0 start. There was the memorable 98-86 classic win at McGonigle Hall against then-No.
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July 6, 1992 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
His back was sore and tight and there had been rumors flying that he would go home early, but Larry Bird would not. He says, at least so far, that he is going to Spain with the U.S. Olympic team, and there is no reason not to believe him. It means playing basketball, one of the most difficult of sports for anyone with a lower-back problem. The Boston Celtics forward admits he could be endangering his future. "But it's worth it," he said. "(This) has been part of my life for 20-some years, and I've enjoyed 99 percent of it. I don't enjoy it when I'm hurt.
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July 3, 1992 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
Ramon Rivas remembers when a professor told him during his first semester at Temple that he probably wouldn't make it through the university. "I was frightened, disappointed," said Rivas, now the starting center for the Puerto Rican national team trying to qualify for the Summer Olympics in Barcelona. "I had come up from Puerto Rico to try and make it, and I didn't want to go home a loser. I didn't want to be looked upon as someone who had failed. I wanted to be successful.
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August 16, 1991 | by Bill Conlin, Daily News Sports Columnist
Christian Laettner was trying to explain away Team USA's not-so-stunning loss to Puerto Rico last night in the men's basketball semifinal. He is smart, a Duke All-America, and what he said made a lot of sense. "It's not the international concept of basketball," he said after the Puerto Rican veterans rallied to score an impressive 73-68 victory over the Miami Mice. "It's that the rest of the world is catching up to us in basketball. " And the rest of the world does not have the NBA to sustain basketball excellence.
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December 27, 1988 | By Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
Defense, 3,900 McGonigle Hall visitors learned last evening, was not included among the basketball ingredients that 1987-88 stars Howie Evans, Tim Perry and Ramon Rivas took with them from Temple's North Philadelphia campus. For that, Owls coach John Chaney will for ever be thankful. Gone is Evans's uncanny decision-making, leadership, ability to score from outside and the confidence to keep shooting during droughts. All gone. Gone is Rivas's 270 pounds on defense, fundamentally-sound post play and the second consistent rebounder this year's Owls sorely lack.
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November 22, 1988 | By M. G. Missanelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was the worst of times. And yet it was the best of times. The finest season in the history of Temple basketball had just expired, suddenly, at the hands of an opponent for which impressive NCAA tournament victories had become near routine. Certainly, it was a shock to Temple fans when the Owls, the nation's No. 1- ranked team, lost to Duke, 63-53, in the Eastern Regional finals - the Final Eight - at the Meadowlands. But it was a shock that would be buffered by recent accomplishments and future prospects.
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November 1, 1988 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
It is the evening of Saturday, Nov. 5, four days from now, and the Boston Celtics are making their first Spectrum appearance of the NBA season. Larry Bird drives the baseline, but is cut off by Cliff Robinson and Charles Barkley, so he whips a blind pass to No. 45 in Celtic green, Ramon Rivas. Ramon Rivas? It sure looks like it. The Celtics trimmed their roster to the 12-man, regular-season limit yesterday, in preparation for Friday's opener against the visiting Knicks. Among the 12 players new coach Jimmy Rodgers apparently plans to start the season with is Rivas, a 6-10, 260-pound, free-agent center from Temple.
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November 1, 1988 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer The Boston Globe contributed to this article
The chances of Ramon Rivas' making the Boston Celtics when he signed as a free agent in early September appeared dismal. Certainly, the Celtics didn't need a backup center, what with Bill Walton around and with Stojan Vrankovic apparently ready to leave Yugoslavia and join the team. But Rivas, a 6-foot-10, 260-pound former Temple center, got a couple of breaks: Walton underwent more foot surgery, and the Celtics failed to lure Vrankovic away from Europe. Yesterday, when the last cut was made, Rivas' long-shot quest for an NBA job was complete.
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April 21, 1988 | By M. G. Missanelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple is on the verge of signing its third top-notch freshman frontcourt recruit. The Owls, according to sources close to the situation, are the first choice of Mark Strickland, a mobile, 6-foot-8, 195-pound center/forward, who averaged 16.3 points and 10.7 rebounds this season for McNair High in suburban Atlanta. Strickland, a second-team all-state selection, recently was selected in open tryouts as one of 10 prep players to represent Georgia in the Boston Shootout, a prestigious high school all-star tournament held in Boston in early June.
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March 25, 1988 | By KEVIN MULLIGAN, Daily News Sports Writer
Ramon Rivas, Temple's 6-10 senior center, spent 31 minutes of the Owls' impressive 69-47 thumping of Richmond seated last evening. Seated next to coach John Chaney on Temple's bench, in foul trouble. Antonio Rivas flew all the way from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to see his son play nine minutes. "He did his best when he was in there," the elder Rivas said after watching his son's two-point, one-rebound, four-foul performance. "I'm very happy the team won. Ramon will do better on Saturday (against Duke in the NCAA East Regional final)
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