Category: Basketball

Sixers Attempt to Comeback From 0-3 Hole

By Brett Minnick

The Sixers came into the second round of the NBA playoffs firing on all cylinders and with a favorable matchup against the depleted.  Boston Celtics. However, in a shocking turn of events the Celtics have dominated the Sixers home and on the road and taken a 3 to 0 lead on the series.  The Celtics defense has quieted the Sixers shooters and Ben Simmons has disappeared causing the Sixers main hope to rest in the hands of superstar Joel Embiid.  But Embiid has his hands full with the harassment of solid defenders Al Horford and Marcus Smart of the Celtics. Brad Stevens, head coach of the Celtics, has looked like a genius and many are now claiming he should be the Coach of the Year while Brett Brown, head coach of the Sixers, has looked confused and made too many errors to win the tight games.

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Villanova Secures 2nd Championship in 3 Years

By Colten Hagadus

The Villanova Wildcats Basketball Program came into the season with high expectations as well as a great mix between youth and veteran leadership. College juniors, Mikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson led the way for the Wildcats, as they rode them to another Big East Championship, and a 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Bridges solidified himself as a lottery pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. Brunson was named Naismith Player of the Year while shooting 52% from the field and averaging 19 points per game. He figures to be drafted somewhere in the second round of the upcoming NBA Draft due to his size limitations. One youngster that shined this year for the Wildcats was Omari Spellman. The 6’8 freshman was a beast inside, but could also step out and hit a three if needed. He averaged 10.9 ppg and 8.0 rebounds. The road to the Championship started with an 81-67 win vs Radford in the round of 64. Next came an 81-58 trounce vs highly touted Alabama, who boasted players such as Colin Sexton, a lock to be a top 10 pick in the draft. In the Sweet 16, Villanova would face its toughest matchup yet in West Virginia. The defensive minded Mountaineers seemed to match up well with the ‘Cats on paper, but were no match in the real game.

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The Process is Starting to Pay Off

By Colten Hagadus

Back in 2013, the Philadelphia 76ers hired a man by the name of Sam Hinkie. Lets just say that Sam had a plan, a plan to be great, but it was going to take some time. This plan was called The Process. The Process started when the team traded all star point guard Jrue Holiday for a first round pick, which ended up turning into Nerlens Noel. Hinkie is an analytics guy and believed that the more picks he accumulated, the better chance he had at finding star players. Continue reading “The Process is Starting to Pay Off”

Basketball is Relevant Once Again in the City of Brotherly Love

By Colten Hagadus

 

The 2017-2018 Philadelphia 76ers were projected to be an average team and barely sneak into the playoffs as an 8 seed. With a lineup featuring the once in a lifetime Ben Simmons at point guard, sharpshooter JJ Redick at shooting guard, 3 and D specialist Robert Covington at small forward, scrapper Dario Saric at Power Forward, and all star Joel Embiid at center, the Sixers were more than capable of exceeding these expectations. Continue reading “Basketball is Relevant Once Again in the City of Brotherly Love”