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Shock Martelli and The Hawks
March 9, 2014
Explorers As Hawks Fall to Fourth in A10.
It was a small consolation
prize for The Explorers (15-15, 7-9) in a season-long struggle. The Saint Joseph's
Hawks (21-9, 11-5) paid the price today.
game looked like it would be trouble at the start as they trailed 16-10. But
then the starting five for the Explorers came to life as they went on a 23-7
run to close the half.
Explorers led 33-23 at the half.
The Explorers allowed Saint Joe's to score the first 7 points of the second half.
The team responded after that wake-up call. La Salle scored the next 9 points
as Jerrell Wright (17 points, 12 boards in 33 minutes) provided
Mills (6 points, 5 assists, 5 steals and zero turnovers)
played stellar defense. Tyreek
Duren (27 points, 5 boards, 3 steals and 3 assists) knows that the
team must push for the post-season and that push started today.
The Explorers are the 8th seed and play 9th seeded Saint Bonaventure in the Atlantic
10 tournament in Brooklyn. "We know we can beat any of these teams in Brooklyn
and our goal is to win four there"
La Salle 71, Saint Joseph's 63 FINAL.
Explorer Top Performer of
Game: Tyreek Duren.
LaSalle shot 40%
from the field on 21 for 53 (33% from beyond the arc on 4 for 12) and 81%
from the foul line (25 for 31). Coach John Giannini finally
stifled another A10 coaching staff by mixing in a zone defense that had Hawks
coach Phil Martelli's head spinning. At least it will keep Martelli off of
the local sports radio shows this week. NBA analyst Tim Legler,
a former Explorer,
and others who talk
have had lenghty conversations to seal-up a very leaky
defense. Giannini's constant man-to-man defense
many easy opportunities this season. Hopefully he continues the new approach.
4 wins in Brooklyn is all that is needed to push the team back into the NCAA
Tournament. Tyreek, Sam, Steve, Jerrell and the guys have the focus again.
Coaching Grade: A+
Up Next: Saint
Bonaventure on Thursday March 13 at noon on CSN
Gladden, Karl Hess, Michael Roberts.
Grade for Officials:
B (Above Average): This crew
wasn't great but they were unbiased. They called the game fairly. They didn't
target only Explorers like the crew did in the last meeting between these
teams at Gola Arena. Hopefully we get the unbiased officials in Brooklyn
as it does make a difference.
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