Jack Scheuer’s Off The Boards – February 11, 2015 Edition

Off The Boards

By Jack Scheuer

February 11, 2015 Edition

There will be a special presentation made tonight at halftime of the St.Joe’s – Rhode Island game.  The recipient will be Ed Garrity, who on February 4, 1953, scored 40 points in a game at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse (now Hagan Arena), the most ever by a Hawk player at home.  Ironically, the opponent that memorable night was also Rhode Island, which makes this occasion even more nostalgic for Garrity, a 5-11 lightening quick guard who came to St. Joe’s from West Catholic.  It’s a well-deserved tribute to the 83-year old former Hawk, who set a record that still stands after 62 years.
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Here’s some pretty interesting basketball connections: John Rigsby, son of former Villanova stalwart Whitey, is a 6-2-guard at  powerhouse Archbishop Carroll. The team is coached by Paul Romanczuk, an excellent player at Penn; whose father Doug, was a very solid performer for Drexel.  Paul Romanczuk is the son-in-law of Doug Collins, who we all know, and Doug’s son Chris is the head coach at Northwestern.  Somehow it all ties together.
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Trivia Time: Who is Division One’s all-time assist leader? Answer at the end of the column.
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Just an opinion, but right now if I had to pick the city’s top three MVP’s, my choices would be DeAndre’ Bembry, Damion Lee, and Garrett Kerr.
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This and That: Belated congrats to the one and only Herb Magee.  May he get another 1,000…Two challenges for Villanova  this week, at Providence tonight, and at Butler on Saturday…. Muhammad-Ali Abdur Rahkman, a 6-4  freshman from Allentown Central Catholic, is getting minutes at Michigan…. Watching Indiana coach Tom Crean constantly walking up and down during games makes  you wonder how much of the action he misses….Great story at Florida where 6-6 senior Jacob Kurtz, a walk-on who was formerly the team’s manager, is now part of the regular rotation….Richmond’s 5-8 Kendall Anthony is about as good a guard as you’ll find in the A-10….Former St.Joe’s Prep star Steve Vasturia is averaging 31 minutes and 9.3 ppg. for 10th ranked Notre Dame….Penn is home with Yale and Brown this weekend. Brown is coached by former Quaker assistant Mike Martin….After it’s big win over Cincinnati Temple is at home with East Carolina on Saturday.
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Answer to Trivia Time: Duke’s Bobby Hurley with 1,076 assists.


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