May 25, 2013
At the 2013 ACYOA Sports Weekend, the first day of basketball saw familiar faces separate from the pack. The three teams advanced to the semi finals with 3-0 records are Providence, Bayside, and Watertown. New York City is the fourth semi-finalist and they concluded preliminary play with a 2-1 record, their lone loss was a one-possession difference against Watertown.
SUNDAY’S SEMI FINALS:
Bayside vs. Watertown
Providence vs. New York City
Both games at 1:30 pm, followed by a consolation game and 3:30 pm Championship game.
In last year’s semi finals, Detroit knocked off Greenfield, Wisc, and Bayside escaped a close one against Watertown. Detroit followed up their 2011 championship with a repeat in 2012.
April 10, 2013
Former UNLV head coach Jerry Tarkanian is among the 2013 Basketball Hall of Fame Class inductees that was announced at a ceremony in Atlanta during the NCAA Final Four.
Known as one of the most passionate coaches in the game of basketball, Tarkanian recorded 990 wins during his career with an 81% winning percentage that included leading the University of Nevada-Las Vegas to four NCAA Final Four appearances (1977, 1987, 1990 and 1991) and the 1990 NCAA Championship. During his career, he led three different schools to NCAA Tournament appearances (UNLV, Fresno State and Long Beach State), including 21 post season appearances, 14 NCAA tournaments, 13 Sweet Sixteen appearances, seven Elite Eights, 17 conference championships and four 30-plus win seasons. Tarkanian is a four-time National Coach of the Year (1977 Kodak; 1983 UPI; 1984, 1990 Basketball Times). At the junior college level, he still owns the highest winning percentage of all-time at .891. He has coached 44 future NBA prospects including 12 First Round draft picks. Off the court, he was the recipient of the Roy Campanella Humanitarian Award and the Dream a Dream Foundation Inspiration Award – the only basketball coach to receive the award.
The Class of 2013 will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield, Mass. on Sunday, September 8.
March 23, 2013
Sophomore guard Sarah Halejian (Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo) was named to the All-Ivy League First Team after another successful season for the Yale Bulldogs.
Halejian earns her second consecutive Ivy League postseason award. She was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year last season.
Halejian was fifth in the league in scoring, averaging 13.8 points per game, and assists. She scored in double figures in 26 of Yale’s 28 games this season, leading the Bulldogs in scoring in 11 of those games. Halejian set a career mark against Harvard in a February meeting, scoring a 29 points.
“I owe much of this to my family for their unwavering support and to my teammates and coaches for constantly making me better and making each day in the gym really enjoyable,” Halejian said. “I look forward to building on this honor with high expectations of having more success as a team next season.” -YaleBulldogs.com
March 23, 2013
Sooren Derboghosian, a junior at UCLA, and Narbeh Ebrahimian, a junior at San Diego State, take the court in the 2nd round of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Sixth-seeded UCLA takes on Minnesota, while the 7th-seeded Aztecs will look to avoid an upset against Oklahoma. UCLA opens up in their home state and will look to advance as an underdog-higher-seed. SDSU will play their opener in Philadelphia and could advance to play Florida Gulf Coast, who earlier in the day took down Big East giant Georgetown.
March 20, 2013
The St. John’s (Southfield, MI) men’s basketball team took home another 3rd-place finish at the 2013 Pan Orthodox Tournament held March 15-17 in metro Detroit.
After dropping an opening night contest against Des Plaines, Illinois, the veteran Detroit squad reeled off consecutive 20-point victories to put themselves in position to win the loser’s bracket.
In the Consolation Finals, St. John’s defeated Sts. Constantine and Helen from Palos Hills, IL, 73-55. Ara Kaypekian led the way for St. John’s as they secured another top-3 finish (2012 semi-finalist, 2011 consolation champs, 2010 semi-finalist, 2009 consolation champs). Both Nick Laventis and Danny Dardarian chipped in with double-digits in the points column. Kaypekian was named to the All-Tournament team.
St. Simian (Windy City Serbs) from South Chicago took home the men’s championship with a victory over defending champions St. Lazarus-Igraci of Detroit.
March 20, 2013
After claiming the Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship, Western Kentucky now has their sights set on becoming the first 16-seed to upset a 1-seed.
WKU will begin this year’s tournament against top-seeded Kansas on Friday night on TNT. Coming off the bench for the Hilltoppers is sophomore guard Kevin Kaspar. Coming off major knee surgery, Kaspar is averaging 5.5 points this season.
January 26, 2013
Yale guard Sarah Halejian recorded her first career double-double, with 21 points and 10 rebounds, both career-highs, to lead Yale to a 59-47 win over Brown Friday night.
“It feels good because we definitely felt that we were a better team than Brown and we were really upset at the result last week,” Halejian said. “We still didn’t play our best basketball tonight, but we did enough to get the job done so it felt really good.” -YaleBulldogs.com
In her second season at the helm in New Haven, Halejian is averaging team-highs of 13.9 points and 3.1 assists.