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Lehigh emerges victorious in triple-OT thriller at Arizona State

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – By the third overtime of Lehigh’s road matchup of Arizona State, both teams were gassed. Open shots weren’t falling. Free throws were clanking off the rim. It was all going to be whichever team could find … Continue reading

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Mary Kline Winter Classic Preview (Dec. 21)

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Over the last four years, the Mary Kline Classic has raised over $86,000 for cancer research through the annual spring all-star game put on by The Recruit Scoop’s Alex Kline. Now the 20-year-old Syracuse junior and … Continue reading

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Watkins’ rejection spurs Phelps over Haverford School

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – With a minute and a half remaining and his team up one, Haverford School guard Levan Alston, Jr. found himself on a 2-on-1 with teammate Lamar Stevens. Under the basket stood Phelps School forward Mike Watkins. … Continue reading

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Newcomers lead hot-shooting Temple to 82-62 win over Delaware

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Temple head coach Fran Dunphy has referred to his two mid-season additions as “shot-makers.” If the way the Owls shot the ball against Delaware in Jesse Morgan and Devin Coleman‘s debut is any indication, what they have … Continue reading

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Temple’s Morgan, Coleman present Dunphy with new problem

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Fran Dunphy has a roster problem. It’s a different problem than he had a year ago–in fact, it’s one the coach would have loved to have had last season. Last year, the Owls had just nine … Continue reading

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Susquehanna Twp. tops McDevitt with explosive offense

Clayton Sauertieg (@ByClaySauertieg) – In what was expected by many to be hard fought, grind it out rivalry game, Susquehanna Township rolled over Bishop McDevitt Tuesday night, 83-63. A Milik Gantz seven-point spree brought McDevitt to within three at the break, … Continue reading

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Tipping Off: Tuesday, December 16

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Welcome to Tipping Off, CoBL’s daily hub where you can get all the information on today’s games while also catching up on the action from the previous day as well as various other things going on … Continue reading

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Hilliard, Hart lead Villanova past Temple, 85-62

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Through its first nine games of the season, Villanova’s earned a reputation as a team without a star. The Wildcats’ top seven players all averaged within a few points of each other, and the team hadn’t … Continue reading

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Tipping Off: Sunday, December 14

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Welcome to Tipping Off, CoBL’s mostly-daily hub where you can get all the information on today’s games while also catching up on the action from the previous day as well as various other things going on … Continue reading

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Martin comes up big in Neumann-Goretti win over Susquehanna Township

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Whenever Zane Martin got on the court for Neumann-Goretti last year, he panicked. Then a sophomore and buried behind a talented group of upperclassmen in the Saints’ backcourt, Martin got only spare minutes all year long, … Continue reading

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Downingtown West’s team effort downs WC East, 64-41

Jeff Griffith (@Jeff_Griffith21) – West Chester East head coach Eric Anderson looked at his bench and scratched his head as the final seconds of a blowout loss to Downingtown West wasted away on the clock. The Vikings, who lost their … Continue reading

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Four Observations: Temple/Towson

Anthony Bellino (@Bellino_Anthony) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Interesting game at the Liacouras Center on Thursday night between Temple and Towson, with the Owls scoring five points over the opening 10 minutes before scoring 50 after halftime in a 76-64 … Continue reading

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Saint Joseph’s runs away from Loyola (Md.)

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The opening 12 minutes of Saint Joseph’s home game against Loyola (Md.) on Tuesday night belonged to the visiting Greyhounds. After that, it was all Hawks. A powerful transition attack led by DeAndre Bembry proved to be … Continue reading

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Miles Overton to transfer from Wake Forest

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Former St. Joseph’s Prep guard Miles Overton has decided to leave Wake Forest after the semester, the school announced on Tuesday afternoon. He was granted his release by head coach Danny Manning. “It was a tough decision … Continue reading

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Washington’s late addition Watson key in win over Prep

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Elmange Watson left Northeast High School for what he hoped was a better academic opportunity at Palmer Charter. That was going well, until Palmer suddenly shut its doors on October 27. That sent 286 students scrambling … Continue reading

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Norton’s defense preserves Hill School win over Westtown

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Twice, Westtown junior Jair Bolden matched up against Hill School senior Sam Norton with a chance to win the game for his team. And twice, Norton made sure it wouldn’t happen. The first time came in … Continue reading

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Tipping Off: Sunday, December 7

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Welcome to Tipping Off, CoBL’s daily hub where you can get all the information on today’s games while also catching up on the action from the previous day as well as various other things going on … Continue reading

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Perez Jones’ big 3Q helps Pennsbury down LM

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Pennsbury senior Juan Perez Jones’ pair of 3-pointers early in the third quarter of the Falcons’ season-opening game against Lower Merion played a big part in helping his team take its first lead of the game. … Continue reading

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Walk-on Casper contributing for Saint Joseph’s

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Walk-ons don’t play big minutes in Big 5 games. Heck, walk-ons–aside from special circumstances, like Doug McDermott giving up his scholarship in his final season at Creighton–don’t play big minutes in any Division I college games. So … Continue reading

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Tipping Off: Saturday, December 6

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Welcome to Tipping Off, CoBL’s daily hub where you can get all the information on today’s games while also catching up on the action from the previous day as well as various other things going on … Continue reading

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Kerr drops 27 points as USciences shocks Drexel 54-52

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Wanting another home game on its schedule but unable to find a Division I opponent willing to come to the DAC, Drexel scheduled neighbor University of the Sciences, a Division II program, somewhat last-minute this October. … Continue reading

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92 in 92: St. Andrew’s (Del.)

Jack Goodwillie (@JackGoodwillie) – (Ed. Note: This piece is part of CoBL’s “92 Stories in 92 Days” high school season preview, which will feature a different team in the CoBL coverage range each day from September 1 to December 1. For … Continue reading

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Villanova stays undefeated, handles La Salle 84-70

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Last year, ‘Nova won its four Big 5 games by an average of 22.5 points per game, an absolute domination of a city series that’s usually ultra-competitive no matter how the rest of the season is … Continue reading

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Hunter’s 33 leads Friends Central past Malvern, 71-55

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – It hasn’t taken DeAndre Hunter much time to re-adjust to the high school varsity game. Prior to Tuesday’s season-opening win, the last time the Friends’ Central junior had donned the Phoenix uniform in game that counts … Continue reading

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Alston, Reddish lead Haverford past Shipley, 60-30

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Haverford School coach Henry Fairfax likened his team’s non-league game against Shipley on Tuesday to a boxing match. The slow start to the game, he said, was like two prizefighters feeling each other out in the … Continue reading

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