It’s All Different for George Washington, Including the Results

by - Published December 29, 2009 in Columns

WORCESTER, Mass. – The past two seasons weren’t very memorable for George Washington.  The Colonials won a combined 19 games, a total the program was used to having in one season, not two.  If the first month and a half of this season is any indication, they aren’t headed for another such season.

Last season was especially indicative of how far the Colonials had fallen.  Sure, they were a younger group, but even some younger Colonial teams didn’t go to Hawaii for the Rainbow Classic and lose three straight.  They didn’t lose three straight to just anyone: they lost to Vermont by double digits, were crushed by host Hawaii and lost to Coppin State.  It started an 11-game losing streak that saw them also lose at Longwood.

A year later, it’s all different.  They haven’t had head-scratching losses and have won on the road.

“There’s a lot of things different,” said head coach Karl Hobbs.  “Probably the number one thing is the attitude.  Obviously, we have a great deal of depth.  We’re back to playing the GW style of basketball.  We’ve got the athletes and we’ve got the players that are committed to playing that way.”

The Colonials could leave Massachusetts with the same number of wins they had all last season.  They will enter Wednesday night’s contest at Harvard with a 9-2 mark, the latest win a 70-68 decision at Holy Cross that showed some of how this team is growing up.  The win also improves them to 5-0 on the road after winning just three games away from the Smith Center last season.

Although the last two years were thought of as rebuilding years, this season’s team isn’t exactly chock full of seasoned veterans.  The Colonials have just two seniors and two juniors who play significant minutes, while five of their six freshmen have all played (Daymon Warren has been sidelined with an injury).

The final score of the win over Holy Cross might not impress, but the important thing is what this team did to win.  The Colonials jumped out to a 22-6 lead early and later led by as many as 18 in a dominating first half, then had to hold off the Crusaders.  Devin Brown got hot from long range for Holy Cross, scoring 17 of his 20 points in the second half, and Adam May followed suit with a couple of deep shots and some Colonial turnovers turned into layups for Holy Cross.  Before you knew it, a 14-point halftime lead was down to just three with 7:26 left.

The Colonials responded well, getting the lead back to 11 by scoring the next eight points.  The Crusaders came back again and were relentless, pushing them right to the limit.  Not only did the Colonials never relinquish the lead, but the Crusaders never had a possession with a chance to tie or take the lead until the final seconds.

That leads to another noteworthy stat from this: the Colonials are now 4-0 in games decided by five points or less.

“I think it helps us mature, these close games,” said senior forward Damian Hollis, who led the Colonials with 19 points.  “We learn how to close out games.”

While Hollis has been the steady senior leader, sophomore Tony Taylor has been the steady hand running the offense.  Although they try to play fast, Taylor doesn’t force things that aren’t there and it shows, as he has a 2.4 assist/turnover ratio on the season.  He puts up these numbers on a team that has more turnovers than assists.  Taylor has plenty of good options for passing the ball, as 11 players average double-digit minutes and no player averages over 30 per game.  Eight different players have scored in double figures in at least one game thus far, which speaks to the depth Hobbs spoke of.

Helping in a big way are the freshmen.  All five who have played have produced, and each, as Hobbs noted, has scored in double figures at least once.  Lasan Kromah starts and is second on the team in scoring, while several others play key minutes.  Dwayne Smith had played limited minutes until the last two games, both of which have been double figure scoring games.

“The good part is that (Smith) works hard every day, and all of these guys are getting an opportunity to play and every game they’re getting better,” Hobbs said.

Hollis, Hermann Opoku and redshirt junior Travis King are the only players in the program who were around the last time George Washington was in the NCAA Tournament.  They were there when the Colonials made a big run in the Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2007, and have since been around for two seasons of struggle.  It looks like it won’t be a third if the early going is any indication.

“The energy is always there, the attitude is good,” said Hollis.  “It feels like the team my freshman year.”

Texas A&M: Roland Has Successful Surgery After Horrific Injury

by - Published December 27, 2009 in Newswire

Texas A&M senior guard Derrick Roland arrived home on Christmas Day after having surgery to insert a rod and three screws in his leg, which he broke while jumping under the basket against Washington Dec. 22, according to a university press release.

Roland crumpled to the floor with his right tibia and fibula snapped. The force of the fall pushed a bone through the skin and left his leg at nearly a 90-degree angle. Fans recoiled in empathetic anguish, and coach Mark Turgeon and Washington doctors rushed to Roland’s aid, according to an report. After a 10-minute delay, Roland was stabilized, loaded into an ambulance and taken to Harborview Medical Center for emergency care.

A Washington spokesman said the only similar injury he remembers is Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann suffering a broken leg that was graphically visible on national TV in 1985.

Roland was posting career-best averages of 10.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game for the Aggies. Like Theismann’s injury did to the Redskins quarterback, many speculate that this injury will end Roland’s playing career.

Metro Atlantic: Conference Tournament to Taste Basketball History in 2012

by - Published December 27, 2009 in Newswire

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will hold its conference tournament in Springfield, Mass., the birthplace of the sport, in 2012-14, according to a conference press release.

The conference will play all tournament games at the MassMutual Center, which is a neutral site. Several teams wanted the tournament to move to a neutral site instead of playing at opponents’ courts.

“The coaches and administrators had expressed to the Council and league office during the selection process that home sites have become too big of a playing and recruiting advantage for the host school.  This is understandable, and speaks to the increased competitiveness of the MAAC.  It seems appropriate and financially sustainable to move beyond the comfortable confines of an arena with a home school fan base. I would note that the MassMutual Center and the Local Organizing Committee have guaranteed the league its best ever financial result,” said conference commissioner Rich Ensor.

Springfield is home to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, named for James Naismith, the inventor of the game of the basketball. He devised the game while working at the Spingfield YMCA in the late 1800s.  He later founded Kansas’ storied basketball program and witnessed basketball become an Olympic sport.

Inexperienced UMass Grows, Needs One Position Settled

by - Published December 24, 2009 in Columns

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Derek Kellogg was guarded about whether or not UMass’ win over Memphis on Saturday night would be a springboard to lift the team going forward.  Not surprisingly, the UMass mentor was far from down after the Minutemen lost 79-67 at Boston College on Wednesday night.  Instead, he sees clearly where the team has come along and where they can go.

The Minutemen have become a rebounding machine of late, as Wednesday’s game marked their third straight out-rebounding the opponent by at least 15 boards.  It wasn’t a big surprise that they out-rebounded Grambling State by 25, but out-rebounding Memphis by 20 (even though Memphis doesn’t have great size) and the Eagles by a 50-33 margin – the same Boston College team that a couple of weeks earlier out-rebounded Miami 46-21 – was a little more impressive.  That’s a trend that could continue if the players who have led the charge there continue what they have done lately.

It wasn’t long ago that Oregon State transfer Sean Carter was struggling.  Although he had a 10-rebound outing against Rutgers and eight more against Michigan State in Atlantic City, he had just five against Quinnipiac and three against Holy Cross.  The team’s leading rebounder had nine more at Boston College, seven on the offensive glass, and scored 16 points.

Another transfer, Hashim Bailey, had 10 rebounds in just 11 foul-plagued minutes against the Eagles.  He’s had at least five boards in each of the last five games and is now second on the team in rebounding despite averaging just 14 minutes per game.  Kellogg is mindful that Bailey didn’t play much at Memphis and then sat out last year, so he’s not the most experienced player in terms of game play, and feels like he has a good deal of upside just like Carter.

“Tthese guys are really just starting to get in game shape,” said the second-year head coach.  “There’s nothing that can substitute playing time in a real game.”

Kellogg spent some time in the gym with Carter when he wasn’t playing well.  He spent the time working on post moves and letting him know that while he wasn’t playing well, he had confidence in Carter.  The struggles of another key player are likely to lead him in a similar direction soon.

Senior Ricky Harris hasn’t been the same since spraining his ankle earlier in the month.  He admitted he doesn’t have the same lift on his jumper, which Kellogg also noticed.  He was 2-11 from the field against Memphis on Saturday, then 5-16 against Boston College.  Add in that he’s also playing the point guard position for the first time, and there’s probably a little stress building on the young man.  Still, the competitor in him isn’t backing down.

“I don’t have the same lift on my jump shot I normally do, but that’s no excuse,” said Harris.  “I’ve got to get in the gym and get better and play the way I’m capable of playing.”

Kellogg is hoping he gets more of a feel for the position, and that’s going to be a necessity for this team.  The point guard spot was the big question mark entering the season, as there isn’t a true point guard on the roster but there’s plenty of talent at the other positions.  They have combo guards in David Gibbs and Gary Correia, but Gibbs is better off the ball and Correia has always been able to shoot from long range.  Correia has been more than serviceable off the bench, as his five assists with no turnovers on Wednesday give him 34 and 10 on the season, so more minutes at that spot could be in store for him.

But more than that, Kellogg hinted that he might do with Harris what he did with Sean Carter, especially since it appears to have made a difference with the way Carter has responded.  He said Harris hasn’t shot the ball well in practice, either.

“I think I need to spend some time with him in the gym and just get his confidence back a little bit,” said Kellogg.

The point guard position is the one spot that can trouble this team going forward.  The Minutemen have become a good rebounding team and have been playing better at every other position.  Although he struggled in the second half, Anthony Gurley had 23 points and 10 rebounds and is having the kind of season he is capable of having.  Terrell Vinson struggled against Boston College but has shown signs of coming alive.  Sean Carter and Bailey have played better, while freshman Sampson Carter has shown promise thus far.  After he rode Sean Carter and Bailey, their improvement has Kellogg thinking he needs to ride a few other players in much the same way.

Kellogg is quick to point out that this is still an inexperienced team, especially if you look past Harris and Gurley.  Add in the point guard questions, and it’s not all that surprising that the Minutemen are 6-6 thus far.

“I would say we’re still inexperienced, only 12 games in, with how many college games our team has played,” Kellogg said.

Improvement at the point could mean better things are ahead as this team gains more experience.  The support is already there from the frontcourt and some of the other perimeter players, and Kellogg seems ready to work with Harris to get him back to the level he’s been at for much of his career in Amherst.  With that, they may start moving in the direction Kellogg can see them going.

Louisville: Jennings Suspended for Cards’ Win Against Ragin’ Cajuns

by - Published December 24, 2009 in Newswire

Louisville coach Rick Pitino suspended sophomore Terrence Jennings for violating team rules for the team’s game against Louisiana-Lafayette Wednesday, according to a Sporting News report.

The Cardinals beat the Ragin’ Cajuns 84-69 without their starting forward who averages 5.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Fellow sophomore Samardo Samuels picked up the slack with career highs of 29 points and 15 rebounds. Pitino wanted to start Jennings and Samuels side by side before he decided to suspend Jennings, who should be available when Louisville faces Radford Dec. 27.

Virginia: Bennett Dismisses Jamil Tucker

by - Published December 24, 2009 in Newswire

Virginia coach Tony Bennett has booted senior forward Jamil Tucker from the team because Tucker has not met academic standards, according to a university press release.

Tucker was suspended to start the season and rejoined the team in practice Nov. 27, but he didn’t play any games this season. He averaged 7.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game last season, and Tucker figured to play a bigger role this season.

However, Bennett said Tucker failed to meet the academic standards of the Cavalier program, despite receiving extra time off during his suspension in November to improve his grades.

Mount St. Mary’s Glad to Get Home

by - Published December 24, 2009 in Columns

BOSTON – Six straight losses can certainly have an effect on a team and its coach, especially in a program where there’s been a good deal of winning recently.  That might explain why Milan Brown spent over 45 minutes in the locker room with his team after Mount St. Mary’s dropped an 86-77 decision at Boston University on Tuesday night.

The loss was the sixth straight for the Mountaineers and ended a seven-game road swing.  They haven’t played a home game in over a month, and after their next game against Vermont, they go back on the road for three more before they can finally play a few more home games.

“We’ve been on the road for about 35 days now,” said head coach Milan Brown.  “It’s hard to get better when you’re on the road.  It’s hard to work on things when you get on the road.”

The Mountaineers won 19 games each of the past two seasons, so this isn’t something they are used to.  But they have experienced something like the current stretch, as Brown pointed out that they got off to a rough start last year before eventually reaching the NIT.  In the month of December, they lost six straight games, although one was a home game (Navy), and went into Christmas with the same record (3-8) they currently have.

With much of that team back, there is reason for optimism going forward.  But it won’t come automatically.

“We’re going to need some veteran leadership, a little bit of that has been lacking,” said Brown, who alluded to the loss of two key leaders from last season’s team in forwards Sam Atupem and Markus Mitchell.  “We’re young in the post a little bit, and the perimeter guys are struggling.  We’re going to need some of those veteran guys that have been in championship situations to step up.  There’s no progress without struggle, and we’re definitely struggling, so hopefully some progress will come quickly.”

The Mountaineers have their perimeter unit back, but the offense hasn’t been there.  They are shooting below 38 percent from the field, including less than 29 percent from behind the three-point line, and they have 58 more turnovers than assists.  Defense is where this team wins, and thus far that hasn’t been a major concern, although they allowed Boston University to shoot 56 percent from the field.  That game marked just the third time they have scored 70 or more points, a stat that was, interestingly, the same at this time last year.  In their loss at Old Dominion earlier this month, they scored just 38 points, the lowest single-game total by a Mountaineer team in almost 60 years.

Brown knows their schedule has not been easy.  Not only have they played all but two games away from home, but they have come against the likes of Oklahoma, Niagara, Georgetown, Robert Morris, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh and Boston University, several of whom are favorites in their respective conferences.  But he isn’t about to use that to explain how they have played.

“We’re struggling shooting the basketball this year.  That’s been an ongoing event for us,” Brown added.  “It’s hard to win basketball games when you can’t score with consistency.  We’ve had some long stretches, where we go 4-6 minutes without a basket.”

One thing that hasn’t helped is that the Mountaineers haven’t had their entire team together for much of the season.  Tuesday’s loss at Boston University was just their second game with the entire team together, as academics kept two players out for about the first month of the season, an injury sidelined senior shooter Will Holland for seven games and senior walk-on Kevin Jones wasn’t immune as an illness kept him out of action for a while.

Getting everyone back and finally getting a home game, along with a brief holiday break (the players all go home until returning for practice on the 27th), may have come at a good time.  When they come back, they can regroup for the rest of the season with the full roster intact.

Brown is also a realist and knows that their path to postseason play is through the Northeast Conference.  Their first two games there in January are on the road, which means they will start with four straight road games in NEC play as they played two on the road earlier this month.  But after that, they play five of seven at home and finish with four straight at Knotts Arena.  If they can manage through this tough start, the home games could help make for a good finish leading into the conference tournament.  It all starts with the two remaining non-conference games, at home against Vermont and at Siena.

“We know that the Northeast Conference is what we’re supporting and where we have to start playing our best basketball, but we need to get ready for that starting now,” Brown said.

Yale Starts Road Stretch With Good Signs

by - Published December 22, 2009 in Columns

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Yale has hand an up-and-down non-league run thus far.  As the Bulldogs start a five-game road swing that will take them into 2010, there are some positives for this team, some of which were evident when they started off that stretch by giving Providence all they could handle.

The Bulldogs have yet to win consecutive games this season.  That’s not a big surprise considering three starters had been reserves prior to this season and are all playing more minutes.  The three starters they lost from last season represented their top three rebounders and three of their top four scorers, so they already needed the holdovers to make a sizeable improvement.  Add in a series of injuries, and the growth of the team has taken some hits along the way.

While the win-loss record isn’t pleasant at 4-7, players like Michael Sands, Jordan Gibson and Paul Nelson are generally functioning well as new starters.  Reggie Willhite and Greg Mangano have become nice contributors as sophomores, though the latter missed the first six games of the season due to an off-season foot injury.  Sands and Gibson have led the team in scoring at least once this season.  Mangano had 14 points off the bench against Providence and was one of the Bulldogs who basically had their way inside with the Friars.

“They’re coming along as best as possible,” head coach James Jones said of the new regulars.  “We’ve been hurt, so we haven’t had everybody in the lineup.  Now we’re starting to get to where we have a bunch of guys in the lineup at the same time.”

With four more games on the road in this stretch, it’s a good time to have a healthier team.  Although the Bulldogs were without backup point guard Mike Grace, who Jones said might have helped since the game was played at a fast pace, they largely had their whole team for that game.  For much of the game, they took good care of the ball, a positive sign because some recent Yale teams have been dogged by turnovers, and they exposed some weaknesses in the Friars’ defense, especially inside.

Yale led for a good deal of the game, and in the first half they scored almost easily at times when they got the ball inside.  It didn’t matter if it was a drive by the likes of Porter Braswell or Gibson, or an entry pass into someone like Nelson or Mangano – if the ball got in or near the paint, it was going in the basket.  The Bulldogs controlled the pace, breaking the Friars’ press when Providence was able to press off a made basket, and made it their game.

The Bulldogs naturally lean on senior Alex Zampier at the offensive end.  While his shooting numbers could be better, they’re not much different from last season.  He took advantage of the inside play, as he scored 25 points on 10-19 shooting on Monday night.  He doesn’t just give them scoring, as he’s averaging well over two steals per game as well.

Gibson appears to have made the biggest jump of all the new starters.  Playing just under twice as many minutes per game as last season, he’s more than doubled his scoring and rebounding numbers and already has more assists than he had all of last season.  If there’s an X-factor on this team, it’s probably the senior forward, who didn’t have his best numbers game on Monday but was very active and had a nose for the ball.

“If you were to put his minutes out from last year, he’s doing what he does,” Jones said of Gibson.

Jones was satisfied with 14 turnovers in the game, especially since the Friars press often.  He was also satisfied that they didn’t lose the game, as the Friars had 19 points off the turnovers but didn’t win the game on that.  The biggest thing the press ultimately did was keep the Bulldogs from getting into the halfcourt set they had in the first half, which allowed them to get the inside baskets.  Several Bulldogs had good first half numbers but did little for most of the second half, mainly due to a lack of touches.

Once the Bulldogs come back from Christmas, they head to Colorado for games against Colorado and Colorado State.  After this five-game stretch, they get two home games before the Ivy League begins.  Three of the first four Ivy games are home and the only road game is at rebuilding Brown, so they could get off to a good start before the difficult Cornell-Columbia road weekend.

“It’s going to be a tough stretch for us,” Jones said of the road stretch.  “Five games on the road is never easy.  We’ve got these five games, and we’ve got to try to make some noise.”

Friars Enter Big East Play About as Expected

by - Published December 22, 2009 in Columns

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Ready or not, Big East play beckons for the young Providence Friars.  If what they showed in the last non-conference game is any indication, not much has changed from the beginning of the season.  The reality is that this is still a team that will have great moments and has the potential to over-achieve, but also a glaring weakness and is still a young team.

The Friars knocked off Yale by a score of 87-78, but it didn’t come easy.  The plus side is that they won, and did so with some persistence.  For much of the game, they didn’t get great results from their press, as Yale took good care of the ball.  Finally, in the latter part of the second half, they began to get results, getting some turnovers and disrupting Yale’s offense enough to get stops when they didn’t force a turnover.  The offense followed, as the Friars shot 54.3 percent from the field in the second half.

“Once we get stops, we can run,” said Marshon Brooks, who had 11 of his 13 points in the second half.  “We can’t run if we’re not getting stops.  That kind of kept us at their pace of the game, so they stuck around.”

Brooks is very much a key to this team as one of its veterans and its most talented player.  Early on, it looked like he could be poised for a breakout season, but that was the case last year and he instead had the kind of season a young player can have.  For a while this season, it has looked like it could be the same kind of year: big games early, but then he struggles to get back to that level.

Brooks led the Friars to the World Vision Invitational to open the season, earning the tournament MVP after averaging 17 points per game in the three games.  The last game was the first of three straight outings of 20 or more points.  The next two games weren’t bad, scoring 16 and 10 against Boston College and Northeastern, respectively, but then things seemed to take a bad turn.  Early foul trouble hurt him in the loss at Rhode Island as he scored four points in just 20 minutes, and he had just eight points against Brown a couple of nights later.  While he hasn’t played poorly since then, he’s clearly not been at the level of the early games, and his defense has played a role in that.

“Defensively, I’ve got to do a better job of keeping my man in front of me,” Brooks said.

In his defense, Brooks has, along with several others, battled the flu bug in the last week and a half starting a couple of days before the loss to Iona and running through final exam week.  Still, this is a player the young Friars need to be consistent.

“Everybody knows, Marshon knows that he’s just scratching the surface of how good a player he can become,” said head coach Keno Davis.  “He’s got to be able to add the different areas of his game to become a lock-down defender, to become a good rebounder from a guard position, and obviously to take the ball to the basket and not rely on the pull-back jump shot.  He’s trying, and I think with his work ethic and his attitude, I’ve got a good feeling that he’s going to improve as a basketball player.”

The Friars have been very reliant on the three-point shot all season long, which is a big reason they look the part of a feast-or-famine team.  They have averaged over 25 attempts per game from long range and are shooting just over 33 percent from deep.  In each of their first three games, they took 32 shots from behind the arc and made no more than 10.  In Monday’s win over Yale, they were 4-19.  Conversely, they went 15-27 against Vermont and 16-29 at George Washington, so they can get hot from long range.  There have been times where they move the ball well to get those shots and times where, like last season’s team, they simply settle, and when it’s more like the latter the shots haven’t been falling.

That means the Friars have to find other ways to score.  Brooks is capable of it, as are other key veterans like Sharaud Curry and Brian McKenzie.  McKenzie has taken 77 shots on the season, 47 from behind the arc.  Of the 41 shots Kyle Wright has hoisted up this season, 30 have come from behind the arc.  All are capable of scoring off the bounce.

Yale led for most of the first half on Monday night, at one point by 11, and for most of the first 11 minutes of the second half.  To boot, the Bulldogs basically had their way with the Providence defense, especially inside, as they at times scored with ease when they got the ball inside either on drives or an entry pass into a post player.

The need to score aside from three-point shots and the interior defense both point to what will be another key: the Friars’ press.  When the press works, the Friars dictate the tempo and can disguise their weakness inside.  They also don’t need to score in other ways because they can get easy baskets off turnovers.  When that doesn’t happen, it will be tough for them to win against teams in the Big East that have bigger, stronger frontcourts.  By not controlling the tempo, they’ve basically lost half the battle already.

“We’re not going to be the biggest, strongest team in the Big East, and probably never will be,” Davis said, noting that Yale provided a textbook example of how to attack them inside.  “So in a halfcourt game, if it gets down to a 50-point game as some teams like to play, and the walk the ball up and we walk it up and they dump it into their post players and we dump it into our post players, we’re not going to win that game anyway.”

The Friars are inexperienced inside as well, and it has shown.  Bilal Dixon has been in foul trouble often, and Monday night was no exception.  Jamine Peterson will get plenty of rebounds, but he is all of about 6’6″ and fresh off a redshirt season, and James Still is probably not physically ready for the Big East but will have to play.  Russ Permenter will throw his weight around, and there’s a chance that Ray Hall could play as he’s now practicing and suiting up, but neither is a panacea.  Simply put, the Friars have some room for improvement up front.

That means the guards have to do a little more when they get into a halfcourt set defensively.  If the big men alone can’t shut down the post players, the best thing anyone can do is not let the ball get inside.

“We’ve just got to do a better job of walling up, trying not to foul and keeping our bigs out of foul trouble,” said Brooks.

When the Friars are able to turn it into an up-and-down game and force turnovers, they’ll have a chance to win.  They might pull off an upset or two along the way as a result.  But when that doesn’t happen, it could be a long night.  That’s pretty much what was projected for this team before the season, which means the first month and a half has gone about as expected.

Kentucky: Wildcats Notch Win No. 2,000

by - Published December 21, 2009 in Newswire

Kentucky slapped around overmatched Drexel en route to an 88-44 win, the 2,000th in the storied program’s history, according to the Associated Press.

The Wildcats doubled up the Dragons with freshman DeMarcus Cousins and senior Patrick Patterson putting up 18 points apiece. They each scored more than the entire Kentucky team did in its first win as a program: an 11-10 game against Lexington YMCA Feb. 18, 1903.

The program has had numerous legendary coaches, with Adolph Rupp, Rick Pitino and Tubby Smith patrolling the sidelines and racking up the wins for the Wildcats. Rupp led Kentucky to its 1,000th win in 1969, and 40 years later, the Wildcats doubled that number.

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Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

June 12, 2017 by

Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

April 11, 2017 by

The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

June 28, 2016 by

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.