City 6 starts summer off right at Delco Pro-Am

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City 6 starts summer off right at Delco Pro-Am

HAVERFORD, Pa. -- Langston Galloway walked off the court at Haverford College’s Calvin J. Gooding Arena on Wednesday night and smiled sheepishly.

Halil Kanacevic, who was on hand to watch one of his Saint Joseph’s University classmates, shook his head in mock disapproval.

It was opening night at the Delaware County Pro-Am Men’s Summer Basketball League and Galloway had just scored a game-high 22 points on seven three-pointers. He even had a ridiculous off-the-backboard alley oop to himself after a play was blown dead. That was the good part.

The not-quite-as-good part? His Radano & Associates team beat the Widener University squad they were playing by more than 50 points, 92-39, in the most lopsided of the nine games played at Haverford on Wednesday. Hence, the sheepish smiles and head-shaking.

“We went out there the first couple of minutes slow, just warming up with each other,” Galloway said. “Shoot, then we started getting warmed up and we got going.”

As the league progresses throughout the summer, Galloway will almost certainly have more challenging matchups. The Delco Pro-Am, after all, is filled with some of the area’s best college players, incoming freshmen, recent alums, NBA players and even crafty old-timers.

Playing against that kind of stiff competition will come in handy as Galloway -- along with Kanacevic and Ronald Roberts -- prepares for his senior season on a St. Joe’s team looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2012-13 campaign in which the Hawks settled for an NIT berth after being picked to win the Atlantic 10.

“We’re the leaders on the team,” Galloway said. “They expect a lot out of us. We expect to go out every night, play hard and leave it all out there. If we do that, the outcomes will be the way we want.”

Galloway seemed to be in good spirits during the Delco Pro-Am’s chaotic opening night. He talked about getting back into shape and returning to Philly after just a few weeks home. He talked about trying to convince his coaches to set up a game in his home state of Louisiana next season. He talked about getting ready to go to Italy with his college teammates in August.

But mostly, he talked about trying to keep Phil Martelli encouraged during what’s been a very challenging time for the St. Joe’s coach. In the past couple of months, Martelli’s sister and sister-in-law died, his mother broke her hip and his son Jimmy resigned from Rutgers in the wake of the Mike Rice coaching scandal.

“I stay in his ear constantly,” Galloway said. “I tell him ‘Anything you need, I’m here.’ It’s been getting better for him. May and June were pretty tough. But now it’s the end of June and it’s about to be July, and he’s been feeling a lot better.”

Galloway said he also keeps in contact with C.J. Aiken, who decided to forgo his senior season at St. Joe’s to pursue a professional basketball career. Along with Carl Jones, the Hawks’ high-scoring senior guard, St. Joe’s will lose two big pieces to their starting lineup next season.

But Galloway believes the Hawks will be better, despite those losses.

“It might help us in the long run,” he said. “We’ll see.”

Penn’s rising seniors have dual title hopes
For Miles Cartwright and Fran Dougherty, the No. 1 goal is obviously to lead Penn to an Ivy League championship before they graduate next May.

But in the meantime, they have another title aspiration: To win the Delco Pro-Am.

On Wednesday, the Penn teammates got off to a good start as Dougherty scored 19 and Cartwright added 14 in a 71-68 win for Trad Jazz over Doc P’s.

“We’re trying to come out here and win as many games as possible,” Cartwright said. “I told Fran today when we were lifting that I want to win Delco to start the summer off right.”

Perhaps the best part of the opening-night performance was that it showed that Dougherty is well on his way back to full health after missing much of the 2012-13 campaign due to an illness (mono) and an injury (dislocated elbow). The forward’s absence was one of the main factors in the Quakers’ disappointing fifth-place finish in the Ivy League.

“It’s always great to see Fran on the court,” said Cartwright, who averaged 13.5 points per game last season. “When he went down, that was a big blow to us last year. But you know Fran’s one of our main guys and we count on him to win games and make plays for us. I’m really happy to see him out there 100 percent.”

The rising Penn seniors also got to play against a future teammate: Matt Howard.

Howard, who was among a handful of incoming Penn freshmen to play on various courts Wednesday night, finished with 13 points for his Doc P’s team. And Cartwright liked what he saw in the athletic guard.

“I’m just so impressed with his basketball IQ,” Cartwright said. “He shares the ball, he runs the floor, he looks for his shot and he scores. He’s a big-time athlete. I’m really excited and I think he’s going to be great for us.”

Temple domination
In the marquee game of the night, 2012 Delco Pro-Am champion Take Your Game To Another Level edged 2011 champ Omega Medical, 101-100.

Take Your Game To Another Level was led by mainly Temple alums, including former NBA player Mardy Collins (30 points). Omega Medical, meanwhile, was made up of mostly ex-Villanova stars, including the Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry (18 points) and Reggie Redding (22 points).

Temple products poured in points on other courts too, with 2012 alum Ramone Moore scoring 35 in an 83-81 win for his Temple Under Armour Team 1 and rising senior Dalton Pepper scoring 28 in a loss.

Drexel's Chris Crawford soaks up tradition at U.S. Open

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Drexel's Chris Crawford soaks up tradition at U.S. Open

ERIN, Wis. — The U.S. Open is all about tradition. This week is the 117th playing of golf's national championship and this event more than most celebrates those golfers who play the game as amateurs. 

Soon-to-be Drexel graduate Chris Crawford has been soaking up all the traditions this week at Erin Hills. Playing in his second U.S. Open after qualifying through both local and sectional competition for the second straight year, an extremely difficult feat, the 23-year-old fifth-year senior enjoyed the amateur dinner put on by the tournament organizers with the USGA. Crawford and his fellow amateurs, a stout list including Texas' Scottie Scheffler, who shot 3-under Thursday to seize the early low amateur lead, were celebrated the entire evening — one of Crawford's early highlights in a long week here in Wisconsin. 

Crawford produced a 3-over par 75 Thursday during the first round to tie for 102nd out of a field of 156 players.

"I played OK (Thursday)," Crawford said. "I'm going to take more positives than negatives out of the round. I played really well for 14 holes and just had a few bad swings on the other four holes."

Indeed, Thursday morning started nervously for the former Drexel golf standout. On the opening par-5 first hole, he snap-hooked his drive into the weeds out of bounds to the left, resulting in a double bogey. Three holes later, he chipped one shot over the back of the fourth green and took another double-bogey, placing him 4-over through four holes. 

Although bogeys might keep many of us alive in our weekend matches, it doesn't cut it in a U.S. Open. Crawford responded well in the ensuing 14 holes, going 1-under in that stretch.

Crawford's coach Mike Dynda, who teaches him at LuLu Country Club in Glenside, Pennsylvania, said he makes a big point to prepare Crawford's mind for his big rounds.

"I texted him last night and said, 'When you got to sleep, imagine that you're on the 18th hole and you have a putt for 9-under,'" Dynda said. "It's important to go to sleep and dream like that."

On the other side, Dynda — who taught the golf team at Drexel from 2003-2015 — also told his pupil to stay away from expectations. When you're 23 and you're playing in your second consecutive U.S. Open, one might think it would be easy to get ahead of yourself. Not so with Crawford, according to Dynda.

"I've taught him to not have any expectations for the five years we've been together," Dynda said. 

Crawford had a superstar practice round on Monday, playing with Jordan Spieth, Jim Furyk and Wisconsin's own Steve Stricker.

"It was a lot of fun playing with those guys and just watching them strategize about learning a brand new U.S. Open course," Crawford said. "I think that's the biggest thing I was impressed with, was the way they talked about strategy on this golf course.

"They were all very nice with me and were very specific to ask about me and they wanted to learn a little bit about my life, so I appreciated that."

For Dynda, talking with Furyk brought back a fond memory. Furyk's father, Mike, actually sold Dynda his first set of golf clubs, Tommy Armor 845s, back in Philadelphia years ago. 

With one round in the books and the forecast calling for rain this weekend, Crawford was looking forward to having the proper mentality as he headed into Friday's second round.

"I want to go out there and just not get ahead of myself," Crawford said. "I'm going to think positively and appreciate that I'm playing in the national open."

Crawford teed off at 2:31 p.m. local time off of the 10th hole.

"This week is so cool because I never do something like this," Crawford said. "Playing in front of such large crowds is a treat and I just love the interaction with the fans before and after the rounds as well."

Last year at Oakmont, dozens of friends and family made the drive down the turnpike to see him play in his first U.S. Open. This year, Crawford estimates that he has around 15 friends and family out in the galleries cheering him on. Though coach Dynda caddied last year, those duties have gone to current Drexel golf coach Ben Feld.

It's a party this week of Drexel golf proportions.

Atlantic 10 reveals 2017-18 schedule pairings

Atlantic 10 reveals 2017-18 schedule pairings

Philadelphia basketball fans will be getting a double dip of one of the Atlantic 10 conference's best rivalries once again next season.

With the league's 18-game regular season format in place for a fourth straight year, it was revealed Wednesday afternoon that Saint Joseph's and La Salle will battle twice — once in North Philly at Tom Gola Arena and a second time at the Hawks' home just off City Line Avenue. Each team in the 14-member conference will play eight teams once and five teams twice.

The full pairings for the Explorers and Saint Joe's are listed here:

La Salle
Home: Dayton, George Mason, St. Bonaventure, VCU, Fordham, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis
Away: Davidson, Duquesne, George Washington, Richmond, Fordham, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis

Saint Joseph’s
Home: Dayton, Duquesne, Saint Louis, VCU, Fordham, George Mason, La Salle, Massachusetts, St. Bonaventure
Away: Davidson, George Washington, Rhode Island, Richmond, Fordham, George Mason, La Salle, Massachusetts, St. Bonaventure

It was also rumored earlier in the day that the Hawks have added a Big Five matchup at Temple for Dec. 9.