Scott and I would like to send their thoughts out to the families, friends, brothers and sisters of Philadelphia Fire Department’s Lieutenant Matt LeTourneau, who lost his life on a North Philadelphia fireground this Saturday. Matt passes on a hero, but was even more than that within his community: he was an officer in the fire service, an instructor, a fellow volunteer of mine with Red Paw Emergency Relief (although I don’t believe that I had the pleasure of meeting him), a pet foster parent and by all accounts a fantastic human being. He has our most sincere gratitude for everything he did for his community. ~dc
With all possible respect, we move to basketball. Here is Alan Boston’s preview of today’s game against William and Mary.
I do not have a bucket list. If I did, no doubt one of my wants would be to meet William & Mary head coach Tony Shaver.
It is easy to be positive when you play as well as they did at Delaware. Coach Shaver’s interviews always reflect a calm demeanor. Shaver is now in his 15th yr at W&M. He was a walk on at North Carolina for Dean Smith. He began as a high school coach in Virginia. Wildly successful, he turned Hampden-Sydney into a Division III power. After 17 years there, he was hired in Williamsburg, one of the most difficult places to succeed in all of college hoops.
William & Mary is an excellent academic school. They do not budge for their athletes. It has only been in the last four years that Shaver has won consistently. One would have expected this year to be a down one. They returned only one starter. They began by losing on the road to High Point 100-66. However, they were ready when conference play started. They won a squeaker at home over Hofstra, came from 14 down to run away from James Madison and most recently bludgeoned Delaware. Shaver starts 3 sophomores and 2 seniors. Slightly concerning for the Tribe, this is their 3rd straight road game.
Drexel finally got mostly healthy and after blowing a lead late tied it up on a Lee basket and won impressively in overtime vs conference favorite College of Charleston. With the key pieces intact, we should finally see some of the Dragon’s potential. However, College of Charleston had a brutal time getting to the game. Head coach Earl Grant said that was their worst defensive performance of the year. He did not make excuses but reading between the lines, he thought their battle getting there may have had something to do with it. Still, Drexel showed heart in winning the overtime.
The Dragons now have one day to prep for a team that is not easy to prepare for. They just played the most deliberate team in the league. They now play one of the fastest. William & Mary was not taxed versus Delaware. The starters did not play many minutes. They only have a short trip to Philly. Drexel is in a tough spot here. Not only do they have little prep time for Shaver’s intricate offense, but they must refocus coming off the emotional high of their home run win. I do not think they will be ready enough for a very confident bunch.
William & Mary 92 Drexel 82