Off The Boards by Jack Scheuer

December 12, 2018 Edition

This will be a little fantasy test called Pick Two, and it works like this: In a championship game, your team has the ball, behind by one point with 8 seconds left to play. You have the choice of picking any two players you want, either of whom would take the last shot that will determine the final score. There are many, many candidates such as Michael Jordan, Ray Allen,Dirk Nowitzki, Reggie Miller, Kevin Durant and others, which is why you get two picks. And don’t forget Robert Horry, known as” Big Shot Bob,” who had several game-winning efforts. Obviously, you would want a good shooter, but also one who can get himself free for the shot and be immune to the pressure.

After much thought, my choices would be Steph Curry and Larry Bird. The time is yours.

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Congratulations to Steve Donahue and his Quakers for Penn’s well-deserved victory over Villanova last night.  And congratulations to Jay Wright and his Wildcats for sustaining a 25-game winning streak in city games.

Big Five Hoops at the Palestra. Nothing like it.

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One of the big reasons connected with La Salle’s discouraging start is the lack of ball movement. The Explorers are averaging only 11 assists a game, easily last in the city. This would reflect on their shooting average which is 40.5 % from the field, and 31.5. from three-point land, both numbers also last among the City 6.

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Trivia Time: Who are the highest scoring set of brothers to play Division I basketball? Answer at the end of the column.

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Little Man-of the-Year candidate in Division One has got to be Campbell’s Chris Clemons, who is 5-9 and weighs 180 lbs. After averaging 23 points per game last season, the senior has upped it to 31.4 this year, tops in the nation. He shoots 50% from the field, makes 84% of his free throws, and plays 36 minutes a game. 

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This and That: Old friend and Lafayette coach Fran O’Hanlon has a nice player in Australian-born Myles Cherry. The 6-8 junior makes 56% of his shots, scoring mostly from down under….  UCLA probably has the oddest roster in the country. The Bruins have zero seniors on this year’s team… The much travelled Tramaine Isabell, who transferred from Drexel to St.Louis, is putting up 12.2 points per game with the Billikens. He also performed at Missouri….At Cal Irvine we have Max Hazzard, grandson of Walt, Collin Welp, son of Christian, and Spencer Rivers, one of Doc’s sons… A freshman,shooting guard Camren Wynter and sophomore strong man James Butler (transfer from Navy) have been a big part of Drexel’s improved play… Amazing, that year after year, Virginia coach Tony Bennett always has his team in complete control of the game, no matter who the opponent. It’s why he is one of my favorite coaches… LeBron is still the best player in the world, but Kevin Durant is getting a little closer. In his 12th season, he is averaging 29 points per game, 7.7 rebounds, 6.2 assists and hits 93% of his free throws. Not bad for a very active 6-9 forward.

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Answer to Trivia Time: Steph and Seth Curry with 4,736 points.  Steph 2,635 (Davidson), Seth 2,101 (Liberty,Duke). 

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