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Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

by - Published August 15, 2017 in Columns, Recruiting

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – In the 15-year history of the Hamilton Park Summer League, St. Anthony’s has captured the title 12 times. Interestingly, one of the seasons they did not was last year, as the Patrick School emerged victorious in the competitive Jersey City-based circuit. Even with St. Anthony’s closing in June the league still had its share of marquee teams.

This season, there were two finalists who had never captured the title, Hudson Catholic and Lincoln, who both hail from Jersey City. In a competitive and entertaining matchup, the Lions upended Hudson Catholic 64-56 in last Wednesday’s final.

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St. Anthony’s: A Final night of celebration

by - Published June 21, 2017 in Columns

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – They came out in force. From newly minted grads to those eligible for Social Security. They came out one last time for a “final’ gathering.

St.Anthony’s is set to close the end of June. The last class has graduated and final grades are in the books. On this Wednesday evening in June, the school in lower Jersey City was a site for alumni, faculty and former faculty as well as friends to come together one last time. It was not a somber setting, but rather, a celebratory one.

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For St. Anthony’s, an end of an era

by - Published April 20, 2017 in Columns

In the end, it all came down to money. It was the almighty dollar winning, as it often does, over tradition and greater purpose.

St. Anthony’s High School could not raise enough money to trim a deficit nor could they guarantee enrollment numbers asked of by the Archdiocese of Newark. The other side saw developers salivate over St. Anthony’s location – sandwiched between the Hamilton Park and Newport areas. It is close to transportation to Manhattan as well. Yes, money won out in this “contest”. St. Anthony’s will close in late June.

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Second look: For Dunne and St. Peter’s a title well earned and deserved

by - Published April 13, 2017 in Columns

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – If you get to meet and talk a few minutes with him you know he’s a genuinely nice person. If you watch his teams play you know he is a very good coach. Those fortunate to know and/or watch him on the sidelines know John Dunne is a very good coach. A week ago a lot of other people found out the same.

Dunne’s St. Peter’s team was in the finals of the CollegeInsider.com post season tournament. Their assignment was an away game on the campus of Texas A & M Corpus Christi. Two nights earlier, St. Peter’s easily handled Furman at home to earn the right to play for the championship. Dunne never complained about taking to the road. The only remark he made was “it will probably be an early flight leaving for Texas.” That is style. Not one to complain, just compete.

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NIT: Numbers and Honors

by - Published April 3, 2017 in Columns

NEW YORK – We have the final numbers from the 80th NIT. The tournament is in the books with TCU the newly crowned (first time) champion.

The first look is the Linton numbers or EF, devised by Arthur Linton, an engineer and basketball devotee of the highest order. EF adds points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and rebounds while subtracting turnovers. In particular, we look at the double figure scorers from the final game.

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NIT: TCU routs Georgia Tech for the title

by - Published March 31, 2017 in Columns

NEW YORK – This one was supposed to be a toss up. It never happened.

TCU led from tip to buzzer, fully dismantling Georgia Tech 88-56 to capture the championship of the 80th NIT. Jamie Dixon had his share of special moments at Madison Square Garden during his days at Pitt. Leading his alma mater to the title on the “big stage” was undoubtedly his best.

TCU finished up the season 24-15, winning seven of their last eight. Georgia Tech ended at 21-16.

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CIT Semifinals: St. Peter’s routs Furman in a night to remember

by - Published March 30, 2017 in Columns

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – It was a historic night, a night ending in a celebration the fans and followers did not want to end.

St.Peter’s was playing in the semifinals of a national tournament for the first time since 1968. They handily defeated Furman 77-51 in the CIT semifinals at Yanitelli Center. Now another chapter of history will be entered in the books as St. Peter’s will appear in their first championship final. The Peacocks visit Texas A & M Corpus Christi Friday evening with a CIT title on the line.

The points of emphasis:

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NIT Notebook: Georgia Tech and TCU to the finals

by - Published March 29, 2017 in Columns

NEW YORK – Georgia Tech and TCU will play for the 80th NIT title on Thursday evening. The Yellow Jackets ended CSU Bakersfield’s run, defeating the Roadrunners 76-61 in the opener. In the nightcap TCU came from behind to defeat UCF 68-53.

UCF’s Tacko Fall was the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. The 7-6 Fall blocked six shots on the night and did show a soft touch, scoring seven points. Unfortunately for the Knights, he was saddled by foul trouble, playing only 23 minutes on the night before fouling out.

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NIT preview: A new champion is guaranteed

by - Published March 28, 2017 in Columns

NEW YORK – On Sunday South Carolina advanced to its first Final Four at Madison Square Garden. This week the Garden will crown a first time champion in our nation’s oldest post season tournament, the NIT.

One coach has two NIT titles on his resume. Another coach has frequented the Garden sidelines with resounding success. Three schools have never made it this far. The NIT Final Four tips off with the semifinals at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, as CSU Bakersfield will face Georgia Tech, while TCU opposes Central Florida. The final is on Thursday.

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South Carolina 77, Florida 70: Three points of emphasis

by - Published March 27, 2017 in Columns

NEW YORK – They were picked eighth pre-season. Not in the country, but their conference. Predictions aside, South Carolina knows the number four, as going to the Final Four.

The Gamecocks defeated fellow SEC member Florida 77-70 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. The championship of the New York Regional saw a contest with 10 ties and 14 lead changes.

The three points of emphasis:

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Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

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For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

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