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  1. Rather than place all recriut news under one category, I thought that I would start a separate thread for Brett Gifford, so here is some current news on his team:





    Jays drop district crown to top-ranked Bruins, 45-37



    SEDALIA, Mo. - The Rock Bridge Bruins outscored the Jefferson City Jays 11-2 in the final five minutes to take a 45-37 victory in the title game of the Class 5 District 10 Tournament on Friday night.


    With the win, the top-seeded and No. 1 ranked Bruins (25-1) advance to the sectionals against the Troy Trojans (25-4) at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at St. Francis Borgia High School in Washington.


    Rock Bridge led 13-10 after one quarter, 23-20 at the half and 34-31 heading into the final period.


    Coleman Chambly had 11 points to lead the third-seeded Jays (17-10), while Terrance Cosby added eight and Ryan Nilges chipped in with seven.


    Logan Gray and Erik Darkow paced the Bruins with 14 points each. Brett Gifford added 10.

  2. Men's Basketball Playoff Picture Comes Into Focus

    Updated: February 23, 10:30 p.m.


    With their 76-64 victory over Vermont on Monday night, the Albany Great Danes (17-10, 12-3 America East) clinched the No. 1 seed for the upcoming 2006 America East Men's Basketball Championship, at least a share of the regular-season conference crown and a guaranteed postseason berth - the program's first. The Great Danes' guaranteed postseason berth comes via the NIT, which has altered its format to offer all conference tournament top seeds a spot in the 40-team tournament in the event that they fail to win their league tourney.


    Binghamton (14-12, 11-4) downed UMBC on Monday night and the Bearcats have also secured the No. 2 seed for the nine-team league tournament. Hartford (13-13, 9-6) currently sits in third-place, followed by Boston U. (11-15, 8-7), New Hampshire (11-16, 8-8) and Vermont (11-15, 7-8). Maine (11-15, 6-9) and UMBC (9-17, 5-10) are seventh and eighth respectively, while Stony Brook (4-22, 2-13) is locked into the ninth spot.


    If Boston U. defeats Hartford AND Vermont defeats Binghamton on Sunday, then the Terriers are the No. 3 seed and the Hartford is No. 4, by virtue of Boston U.'s 2-0 record over Hartford. Vermont is No. 5 and New Hampshire No. 6


    If Boston U. defeats Hartford AND Binghamton defeats Vermont, then Boston U. is No. 3, Hartford is No. 4, New Hampshire is No. 5 and Vermont is No. 6.


    If Hartford defeats Boston U. AND Binghamton defeats Vermont, then Hartford is No. 3, UNH is No. 4, Boston U. is No. 5 and Vermont is No. 6.


    If Hartford defeats Boston U. AND Vermont defeats Binghamton, then Hartford is No. 3, Boston U. is No. 4, Vermont is No. 5 and UNH is No. 6.


    The Black Bears can finish No. 7 or 8. If Maine defeats Stony Brook OR Albany defeats UMBC, the No. 7 seed goes to Maine and No. 8 is UMBC.


    If Stony Brook defeats Maine AND UMBC defeats Albany, UMBC is No. 7 and Maine is No. 8.


    Binghamton still has a shot to share the regular-season with Albany if the Bearcats beat Vermont AND Albany loses at UMBC.


    No. 1 Albany will play its quarterfinal game on Saturday March 4 at 6 p.m., while No. 2 Binghamton's quarterfinal contest will come earlier in the day at 12 noon. The No. 9 Seawolves will play the No. 8 seed at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 3 with the winner of that game playing No. 1 Albany in the quarterfinals.


    Binghamton University's Events Center will play host to the 2006 America East Men's Basketball Championship for the second-consecutive year on March 3-5. The first round, quarterfinals and semfinals will be played on March 3, 4 and 5, respectively, with the title game being played on March 11 at the highest remaining seed. The University of Vermont captured its third-straight league title at the 2005 Choice Hotels International America East Men's Basketball Championship.

  3. Reid Anderson recently had an article written just for him....


    Guard reaches heights with calming influence

    Thursday, February 23, 2006

    Eddie Dwyer

    Plain Dealer Reporter

    Reid Anderson speaks with the same calm and confidence he brings to the court as a senior leader for the area's fifth-ranked St. Edward Eagles.


    A smooth, 6-5 guard who is bound for Albany (N.Y.) University in the fall on a basketball scholarship, Anderson doesn't hedge when saying the Eagles' season has been all about lessons learned and blending personalities.


    The lessons came from a tough home-court setback to second-ranked St. Vincent-St. Mary, a game in which the Eagles squandered a seven-point lead entering the fourth quarter, and a shocking upset loss to sub-.500 neighborhood rival Lakewood.



    "I think we definitely came together in Myrtle Beach," Anderson said, referring to the five-day holiday tournament Dec. 26-30, which came on the heels of the 63-61 loss at Lakewood.


    "We spent so much time together on and off the court that we now have a lot of confidence in each other."


    Since the Lakewood upset, St. Edward (16-4) has won 12 of its past 14 games and is currently on a 10-game winning streak.


    Those numbers, partly the result of Anderson's 12.7 points per game and 25 3-pointers, have earned coach Eric Flannery's Eagles the unanimous No. 1 seed at the Baldwin-Wallace Division I sectional/district.


    Anderson, an All-Northeast Lakes District selection last season, considers his versatility to be his strongest suit.


    "If my shot is not dropping, I feel that I can drive to the basket," he said. "And when that's not available, I look to grab some offensive rebounds and make things happen there."


    And when he's not doing all three, and hitting the books - Anderson is a National Merit and National Honor Society student - he enjoys playing the guitar, writing music and coaching the 12th-grade CYO girls team at St. Christopher's in Rocky River.


    "We haven't won a game yet this season," he said. "I'm just glad the girls don't take it too seriously."




  4. Do you think Jimmie's propensity for fouls had anything to do with Coach Brown's decision not to play him? (Connelly had no fouls in the same time Jimmie would have had two).


    As of today Jimmie is averaging 8.37 fouls per 40 minutes.

    Of course, Connelly's average is still scary, at 5.37, but he is improving.

  5. 1980-1987: On-campus, higher seeds.

    1988-1990: Hartford

    1991-1995: Higher seeds

    1996-2001: Delaware

    2002-2004: Boston

    2005-20??: Binghamton


    I know that everyone is impressed with Bingo's facilities, so I think they are happy there.... But I do not know about any contracts or obligations or even plans with other sites.


    Finals always at highest seed.

  6. Playing Duke now? (And in Greensboro?)

    I guess the team is losing some of its momentum. As winners of six out of seven, and 14 out of 17, I guess it makes sense to upgrade 13-9 Davidson.

    The one silver lining is that the fate of UAlbany is no longer tied to Villanova.


    I know the AE conference is having a down year, but if Albany runs the table, would 22-9 really warrant a 16?


    I will try to keep perspective and wait for one thing at a time, so good luck against Vermont tonight!

  7. Well Said DaneGuy. Jamar looked like the best player in the conference in the VCU game, but everybody knew he was going to be taking the last shot, and it wasn't to be. I was also impressed with Brent. It seems his field goal percentage goes south in the bigger games, but this time he shot better than he had all season, and he contributed greatly to the near-win.

  8. When I was back in Albany I saw the sketches for the athletics Master Plan, with football seating for 26,000, and the improvement of other facilities, which blew my mind.

    I cannot understand why UAlbany doesn't put this information on their web-site (they did have one set of pictures from a ground-breaking). However, this is a major renovation of the facilities, and I think Dr. McElroy should be showcasing this to the world, and not just to those fans that find the glass enclosure at the RACC. Maybe McElroy is next to be e-mailed?...

  9. I must confess that I have never met Will Brown in person, but I have followed the team from a distance for some time now.

    Anyways, I wanted to hear some of your stories about Will Brown the man, so here I share mine:

    I am an Albany alumni living in Boston, and I have been trying to find some of the basketball games that will fit around my schedule. After missing the Brown University game, I decided I must go to the Albany at B.U. game. I e-mailed Coach Brown to see if there was an Albany section, and from his Blackberry he said he would leave me tickets for the game, asking how many I wanted. I requested four, he e-mailed back that I was all set, and when we arrived to the game there were four tickets under his name that were left for my party.

    Now, as mentioned I do not know Coach Brown, but this event completely endeared me to the program. As it turned out Albany won for the first time against B.U., and I graciously thanked the Coach through e-mail.

    Coach Brown did not have to leave tickets for somebody he never meant, but he did. Consequently, I found myself back in Albany for the Big Purple Growl, where I witnessed a win and the first RACC sell-out. I saw Coach Brown at the Ferocious Feast, but i didn't think I should disturb his cameo appearance by introducing myself.

    So, I hope to make many games next year, and if there is a conference tournament home game I will be there, but as mentioned, I just wanted to hear some nice stories about the coach. I plan on sending him a congratulatory (and thank you) letter at the end of the season.


    Thank you.

  10. Hard to believe ESPN sometimes. UAlbany goes into VCU, plays valiantly all game, and loses by three, with the ball to end the game.


    So, what does ESPN's Joe Lunardi do to the team right after the game? Drops them to a 16 seed in his bracketology, and raises Fairleigh sienafaninson to a 15. Now that's what I call reactionary...I guarantee you he saw none of the UAlbany game.


    Anyways, it should be interesting to see what he does when UAlbany beats Vermont (hopefully), and Fairleigh sienafaninson gets smoked in their next game, at Wis-Green Bay.

  11. Flashback to the game...

    VCU is up by three, Albany with the ball in their corner. A three-pointer is taken, but the camera is on the VCU bench.


    Nearly every time UAlbany was bringing the ball up court, the camera was on the crowd. I missed half of every possession because of this.


    And I would also say that the bias of both announcers was very strong.

  12. I am not worried about Lillis; I do not think that anybody else plays with a tenth of that kid's heart.

    I am however worried that Brent will get big eyes in a nationally televised game and start chucking up threes. In UAlbany's eight losses, he's shooting 25% from 3-point land. If his shooting is off again, it could be a long night. However, it seems that the concussion and Will Brown have him under a bit better control.

    ...As Siggers (the real X-factor) goes, so goes UAlbany.

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