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La Salle’s comeback bid against Rhode Island falls short, 59-56

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) & Danny Holdsman (@hooplove215) – All season long, it’s seemed like La Salle has been so close. Close to being a real contender in the Atlantic 10, close to pulling off a few impressive victories. And as … Continue reading

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Abington plays complete game in dominant title win

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Coaches love to talk about playing a complete game. Abington’s Charles Grasty got to see something even better on Friday night in the District 1 AAAA title game. He saw his team play close to a … Continue reading

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District 1 AAAA Championship Preview

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) & Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) – The 2015 District 1 AAAA title will be decided at Temple’s Liacouras Center on Friday night, with tipoff set for 8 PM. Here’s an in-depth look at the final District 1 game … Continue reading

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Drexel’s ever-shortening roster can’t hang with Delaware in 58-44 loss

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Three Drexel guards–Freddie Wilson, Tavon Allen and Rashann London–played all 40 minutes against Delaware on Thursday night. That’s because they’re the only three healthy guards on Bruiser Flint‘s roster. That’s the new reality for Flint, whose already-shorthanded squad was … Continue reading

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Donofrio defends postseason decision as P-W makes District final

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Jim Donofrio knows he ruffled some feathers when he decided his Plymouth Whitemarsh squad wouldn’t be participating in the inaugural Suburban One League’s basketball championship. Doesn’t bother him in the slightest. “Couldn’t care less, and next … Continue reading

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Grasty has Abington back in District final for first time since 1986

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The last time Abington made the District 1 AAAA final was well before anybody on the current roster was born. Head coach Charles Grasty, who would go on to star in an Abington uniform and then … Continue reading

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Malone’s circus shot sets tone in P-W’s District 1 semifinal win over Ridley

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – In the second quarter of Plymouth Whitemarsh’s District 1 AAAA semifinal, Xzavier Malone drove down the left side of the lane, where he was stopped by the Ridley defense. So the junior tried to spin to … Continue reading

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District 1 AAAA Semifinals Preview

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) & Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) – The final four teams left in District 1 Class AAAA will meet at Temple’s Liacouras Center on Wednesday night, with two big-time matchups that are sure to entertain those in attendance. Here’s … Continue reading

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Audenried upsets Del-Val in AAA play-in game

Danny Holdsman (@hooplove215) – A week ago, both Audenried and Delaware Valley Charter thought they qualified for the state playoffs. Audenried was the AA Public League champion, and Del-Val finished second in AAA. However, due to an error in Audenried’s … Continue reading

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Roman Catholic ends Neumann-Goretti’s PCL title streak in 64-59 thriller

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The dominant force in the Catholic League over the last six years had been the guards of Neumann-Goretti: Tony Chennault, Tyreek Duren, Ja’Quan Newton and more. After Monday night, people might have to start talking about Roman … Continue reading

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Lehigh, Lafayette’s Patriot League seedings still hazy

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The Patriot League’s regular season has come down to two days. Each of the 10 teams is in action on both Wednesday and Saturday, in their final pairs of games before the Patriot League tournament gets … Continue reading

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Lower Merion alum B.J. Johnson still adjusting at ‘Cuse

Danny Holdsman (@hooplove215) – SYRACUSE, N.Y.–B.J. Johnson ended his high-school career in grand fashion by beating Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Chester in the PIAA Class AAAA 2013 state title game. Johnson poured in a game-high 22 points in 63-47 upset over … Continue reading

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Phelps completes comeback over Westtown for title

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Phelps coach Brian Shanahan said his team was a bunch of “sleepers.” And he wasn’t talking about their recruiting prospects, or that they were not considered the favorites to win the Pennsylvania Independent School Athletic Association … Continue reading

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District 1 AAAA Quarterfinal Preview

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Only eight teams are left in the main draw of the District 1 AAAA bracket, and now that all eight have locked in spots in the PIAA draw next month, they can focus solely on taking … Continue reading

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Constitution defeats Audenried in foul-heavy Pub semifinal

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The Public League semifinal between Constitution and Audenried had a natural soundtrack, in the form of a whistle. It sounded early, and it sounded often. That was to be expected, given it was a matchup between … Continue reading

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Classification mixup affects Audenried, Del-Val, others

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – An oversight in the Public League’s school classifications is causing some issues within the District 12 playoffs just over two weeks before the start of the PIAA playoffs. Charles Audenried High School had been playing the … Continue reading

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Tipping Off: Thursday, February 19

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Welcome to Tipping Off, CoBL’s morning 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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Abington tops Chester for first time since 1982

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – In Abington’s gym hangs a banner of the boys basketball team’s District 1 titles. There are currently two: 1982 and 1986. It was in that first District title game that the Galloping Ghosts downed the Clippers … Continue reading

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Public League Semifinal Preview

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) & Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – The Public League playoffs return to South Philadelphia High School for the semifinals on Thursday Night. Unlike past years, which pitted the Class A winner against the Class AAAA winner and AA … Continue reading

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Ridley’s Wing celebrates birthday with playoff win

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Julian Wing got to celebrate his birthday in just about the best way possible: snow day, and then a playoff win. The Ridley junior woke up on his 17th birthday to find out that school was … Continue reading

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Catholic League Semifinal Preview

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) & Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – The Catholic League playoffs return again to the Palestra on Wednesday night, with the four most talented teams in the league taking the court in front of 8,000-plus fans in what’s sure … Continue reading

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District 1 AAAA Second-Round Preview

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – No matter the results of Tuesday night’s District 1 AAA second-round games, each team still alive at this stage of the bracket has at least one more game remaining. The eight winners, in addition to making … Continue reading

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Hilliard’s career night lifts Villanova over Butler

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – There was no reason Darrun Hilliard should have been left wide open. Yet with the seconds ticking down in a tie game at Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse, there was the Villanova senior, left alone on the right … Continue reading

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La Salle can’t hold on at home against Davidson

Dan Newhart (@danny_newhart) – Davidson University was established in 1837, La Salle 26 years later in 1863. Despite the universities’ storied histories, their basketball programs met only one time prior to Saturday afternoon’s matchup. After turning down a chance to … Continue reading

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Temple’s focus not changing with big road trip ahead

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Right now, the Temple basketball party line continues to be that each game holds equal importance in the Owls’ eyes. In many respects, that’s true. At 19-7 overall, with a 10-3 mark in American Athletic Conference … Continue reading

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