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Donofrio Classic Report: Thurs., March 26

Danny Holdsman (@DHoldsman) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Here’s a report from Donofrio Classic action at the Fellowship House (515 Harry St., Conshohocken) on Thursday, March 26: ~~~ Game One: L&L Running Rebels 107, Don Len 74 In a game … Continue reading

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Dingle returns to form in Temple’s win

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – It’s been a tough season for Temple redshirt sophomore Daniel Dingle. The 6-foot-7 forward from New York City tore his meniscus 10 games into a 2013-14 season where he was averaging 6.7 ppg in just over … Continue reading

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Temple going to the Garden after downing LA Tech, 77-59

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – When Selection Sunday came and went and Temple found itself on the outside looking in a the NCAA Tournament, senior guard Will Cummings said he wouldn’t be satisfied until the Owls emerged with a championship in the National … Continue reading

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Donofrio Classic Report: Tuesday, March 24

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) & Ethan Miller (@ByEthanMiller) – Here’s a report from Donofrio Classic action at the Fellowship House (515 Harry St., Conshohocken) on Tuesday, March 24: ~~~ Game One: Pizza Time 95, Del-Val VC 71 After a back-and-forth opening … Continue reading

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2014-15 CoBL Division I Awards

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – The college basketball season is nearly over, and the only CoBL team remaining in the postseason after Villanova’s abrupt ending in the NCAA Tournament is Temple, which plays tomorrow night in the NIT quarterfinals. This means it’s … Continue reading

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Trio inducted into Phila. area small-college Hall of Fame

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The 2015 edition of the Philadelphia Area Small College Hall of Fame induction ceremony turned into a bit of the Dave Pauley Show on Monday night. The University of Sciences coach got plenty of time in front … Continue reading

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La Salle gets Syracuse transfer B.J. Johnson; adds 2015 forward

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – La Salle head coach John Giannini has done well in the past few years adding local talent who transfer home, and it continued on Monday. The Explorers will add former Syracuse wing B.J. Johnson, a 2013 … Continue reading

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2015 Donofrio Classic Homepage

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – The Donofrio Classic is ready to return to Conshohocken for its 55th annual edition, bringing many of the area’s top high school ballplayers to the Fellowship House (515 Harry St, Conshohocken) as 26 teams battle it out over … Continue reading

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Backcourt paces Owls in second-round NIT win

Tom Reifsnyder (@tom_reifsnyder) – In basketball, and in most other cases, it’s best to finish what you’ve started. The Temple Owls, a 1-seed, did just that as they defeated 5-seed George Washington in a wire-to-wire 90-77 victory at the Liacouras Center … Continue reading

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Roman shuts down King for first state title

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) — It’s not the recommended strategy, but for Roman Catholic in the state playoffs, it worked. In the Cahillites first four games, they entered as the favorites, but allowed the other team to hang around and threaten … Continue reading

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Villanova stunned by N.C. State in Round of 32

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – PITTSBURGH — It wasn’t supposed to end this way for Villanova. A one-seed, the second overall seed in the entire NCAA Tournament with hopes of reaching the Final Four for the first time in six years, believed … Continue reading

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Conwell-Egan erases underdog label with state title

Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) — Despite 20 wins, a District 12 championship and a state final appearance, Conwell-Egan was still seen as the underdog. Especially on Saturday afternoon, when the Eagles took on unbeaten Aliquippa (29-0), a state power, for the PIAA … Continue reading

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Neumann-Goretti wins fifth AAA state title in six years

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) — Sometimes you can play your best, and sometimes, you best can simply not be good enough. That’s the unfortunate situation Archbishop Carroll senior forward Derrick Jones faced Friday night in the PIAA Class AAA state title … Continue reading

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NC State’s frontcourt depth presents problem for undersized Villanova

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – For most of NC State’s season, the Wolfpack lived and died by the play of their three high-scoring guards: junior Trevor Lacey (15.6 ppg), senior Ralston Turner (13.1 ppg) and sophomore Anthony ‘Cat’ Barber (12.2 ppg). … Continue reading

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Holbrook and Taylor on the verge of ending career as champions

Aron Minkoff (@AronMinkoff) – With one game left in the 2014-15 high school basketball season, one of the most storied Philadelphia basketball programs finds itself playing for its first state championship. Roman Catholic, located near the heart of Philadelphia at … Continue reading

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Constitution’s seniors depart with second-straight PIAA Championship

Josh Einbinder-Schatz (@ironicjosh) — HERSHEY, Pa. — Constitution’s basketball program has only been around for six years. In that time they’ve now won three PIAA State Championships. The Generals beat Farrell High School, 85-53, to take home their second straight … Continue reading

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Unselfish Villanova peaking at right time

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – Villanova is not a one-man team. That much has been evident all year, with not one player averaging more than 15 points per game, but six players averaging more than nine. The Wildcats are a balanced … Continue reading

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NCAA Breakdown: 1) Villanova vs. 8) NC State

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Here’s a quick look at the Third Round (Round of 32) game between Villanova and NC State, which will tipoff at 7:10 PM EST on Saturday evening: Tale of the Tape Villanova Wildcats Seed: No. 1, … Continue reading

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Villanova throttles Lafayette in NCAA Tournament

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – PITTSBURGH — It didn’t take long for Villanova to show the country why they deserved a one-seed. The Wildcats jumped all over the 16th-seeded Lafayette Leopards en route to a 93-52 victory in the second round of … Continue reading

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Penn State’s Chambers signs 2-year contract extension

Anna Pitingolo (@anna_pitingolo) — Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour announced today that head coach Pat Chambers has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at the reins of the program through the 2018-19 season. The extension comes after Barbour … Continue reading

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Vasturia’s NCAA Tournament debut a success

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – No one would blame Steve Vasturia if the nerves were settling in. The clock on the CONSOL Energy Center video board made its slow descent towards zero as Vasturia, a former star at St. Joseph’s Prep, and … Continue reading

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NCAA Breakdown: Villanova-Lafayette

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Here’s a quick look at the Second Round (Round of 64) game between Villanova and Lafayette, which will tipoff at 6:50 PM EST on Thursday evening; it will be shown on TBS: Tale of the Tape … Continue reading

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Villanova-Lafayette not your typical 1-16 matchup

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Jay Wright knows the history. Since the NCAA Tournament’s expansion to 64 teams in 1985, no 1-seed has never lost to a 16-seed. It’s something Villanova’s 14th-year head coach is acutely aware of a day before … Continue reading

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Lindner, Arcidiacono continue rivalry on biggest stage yet

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – PITTSBURGH, Pa.–Nick Lindner never expected to play against Ryan Arcidiacono in college. The Lafayette sophomore point guard, who’s known his Villanova counterpart since they were opponents on the elementary school courts, figured by this point their … Continue reading

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Donahue sets priorities to start Penn’s rebuild

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Fifteen years after his career took him out of the only area he’s called home, Steve Donahue returned to Philadelphia. The newly-named 20th head coach in the 115-year history of Penn basketball stood at a podium … Continue reading

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