"It's All About The Game"
The Basketball Report
Robert Stephens, Writer
In the Association the Washington Wizards defeated the Detroit Pistons
98-77 to capture a rare road win.
The Wizards have a tough three game road trip with games against the Trailblazers, Clippers, and Jazz.
If the playoffs were held this week in the Eastern Conference it would be Chicago versus Knicks or Bucks, Miami versus Boston, Philadelphia versus Orlando, and Atlanta at Indiana would round out the conference.
Dwayne Wade and the Heat are playing good ball (file photo).
The Western Conference would shape up as follows. Oklahoma would face Utah, the Clippers would tangle with Denver, San Antonio and Houston would face each other and Dallas and the Lakers would renew last year's conference championship final.
The Georgetown Hoyas bounced back from their 64-61 loss to Syracuse with a 71-61 win over St. John’s Saturday at the Verizon Center.
I had mentioned to editor Ron Bailey that I had not read anything about Cuse forward Kris Joseph being a graduate of Archbishop Carroll which I thought was an interesting sidebar of home boy excels against against a BIG EAST rival school. Joseph for the record led Syracuse with 29 points and 6 rebounds. Joseph is a native of Montreal but played his prep ball in Northeast.
The Hoya's win over St. John’s featured five players in double figures led Greg Whittington’s 12 points. Otto Porter 11 points and 8 rebounds. Jason Clark 11 points, Markel Starks 11 points, and Hollis Thompson 10 points led the balanced Hoya attack.
Georgetown head coach John Thompson III, at his press conference after the game, talked about the close calls his team has had this year.
“This group doesn’t get rattled.” This was a game
that a group could get rattled because of (St. John’s) defense,
because you don’t know where you are going to get your shots and
because today early on we missed shots.”
Georgetown improved to 19-5 (9-4 Big East) and they will face Providence on the road Saturday.
The Howard University Bison won a thriller Friday night at Burr Gymnasium with a 71-69 win over Florida A&M. The Bison final margin came on a free throw by Trey Lee in a tightly fought MEAC contest.
Calvin Thompson led the Bison with 15 points. Tre Lee chipped in with 12 points. Prince Okoroh finished his night with 10 points.
Monday was not as kind to the Bison as they dropped a 73-67 conference game to Bethune-Cookman. Glenn Adams led Howard with 15 points. The Bison record now stands at 7-19 (5-9 MEAC).
Howard will face Coppin St. Saturday in Baltimore.
The MEAC shapes as follows as we prepare for tournament play: .
Freshman Sim Frazier played aggressively in defeat against BCU.
The Maryland Terrapins fell to Duke 73-55 in Durham. The
Nick Faust led the Terps with 15 points. Terrell Stoglin chipped in with 13 points. Pe’Shon Howard one of Maryland’s veteran guards is out for the year with a torn right knee ligament.
Maryland is now 14-10, (4-6 ACC). The Terps hosts Boston College Thursday night.
The CIAA is gearing up for its 100th anniversary this year and Bowie State hopes to be a major player at their upcoming tournament. The CIAA Standings are as follows:
In high school hoops their were several big games on tap. In the DCIAA
Coolidge beat Wilson 73-48 at Coolidge. The Tigers were without their
leading scorer Dimitri Gaither.
“I knew our length would bother them,” said Colts head coach Vaughn Jones. “The first half they played us tough, we had to take away the guard penetration.”'
Coolidge improved to 23-6 (12-0 DCIAA) divisional play.
If the DCIAA playoffs were to being after this weekend:
In the WCAC Paul VI edged Gonzaga in double overtime 85-83 in a thriller. As the score indicated the game was nip and tuck all the way to the final buzzer.
“We have been in tight games all this year.” said Panther head coach Glenn Farello. “We have a veteran group that has played together (95) together and they know how to win.”
Coleman Johnson led the Panthers with 33 points and 16 rebounds.
“He (Coleman) is an assassin in the 15 to 17 foot range.” He recognized what was available and took advantage of it.” said coach Farello.
Patrick Holloway chipped in with 17 points. Marcus Derrickson (13 points) and Stan Robinson (11 points) contributed to the Panthers win.
Gonzaga was led by Nate Britt who finished with 35. Kris Jenkins chipped in with 28.
The WCAC standings as of Valentine’s Day !:
In PG 3/2/1:
In a big game this weekend Largo defeated Gwynn Park 68-44
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