Vito Malacari | Jim Mora, Dan Borner and the improbability of King’s run to the playoffs

Malacari’s Market | Old-time coach Jim Mora had a phrase that his old Indianapolis Colts team couldn’t understand way back in 2001. But 14 years later, J.P. Andrejko’s Monarchs have found a way to make it work. Playoffs? Yeah. Playoffs.

The year was 2001 and Jim Mora’s Indianapolis Colts team just got defeated by the 49ers 40-21 to fall to 4-6 on the season.

What Mora said in his press conference after that game is what everyone remembers from that night.

“Playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs?!” Mora proclaimed.

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Vito Malacari | King’s MBB Youth Movement is leading a playoff charge

Malacari’s Market | The youth surrounding King’s Men’s basketball team began the year as a detriment to the team’s overall success. But now, days before the hunt for a playoff berth comes to a halt, it’s the underclassmen that are the leading factor in King’s late-season success.

For King’s MenIMG_1064‘s basketball coach J.P. Andrejko, coming into  the 2014-2015 season with such a young team might have been a bit concerning, but it has turned into his secret weapon when facing talented opponents on this late-season stretch.

Andrejko began the season starting all underclassman. John Fazzini, who is an academic junior, is only in his sophomore campaign from an athletic standpoint. Fazzini started the season off as the starting point guard but was moved to shooting guard as the season progressed. John is a scorer and has been filling up the stat sheet of late. He is averaging 17.2 points over his last five games. King’s in 4-1 in those contests.

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MBB: Monarchs hold strong against Eastern, win 80-74

Head Coach J.P. Andrejko let out a big sigh of relief after a hard nosed win over Eastern University Wednesday night at Scandlon Gymnasium | Staff Photographer: Tyler R. Tynes
Head Coach J.P. Andrejko let out a big sigh of relief after a hard nosed win over Eastern University Wednesday night at Scandlon Gymnasium | Staff Photographer: Tyler R. Tynes

The King’s Monarchs won a very big conference against Eastern University, 80-74, at Scandlon Gymnasium . With this win, the Monarchs currently sit alone in fourth place of the Freedom Conference standings.

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WBB: From the presser, KC’s 70-50 loss to No. 24 Eastern

Lady Monarchs huddle up prior to the tip of King's vs. No. 24 Eastern on Wednesday night at the Scandlong Gymnasium | Staff Photographer Tyler R. Tynes
Lady Monarchs huddle up prior to the tip of King’s vs. No. 24 Eastern on Wednesday night at the Scandlong Gymnasium | Staff Photographer Tyler R. Tynes

(Editor’s note: article had some anomalies in writing from night previous, has been updated to reflect more of the writer’s point of view for the “From the presser” column”)

King’s hung around early on against number 24 ranked Eastern but eventually lost the bout, 70-50, in front of a small crowd at Scandlon Gymnasium Wednesday night.

The Lady Monarchs entered halftime only down by six, but that was the closest they got. King’s shot a miserable 26.2 percent for the game, mostly in part to not being able to hit jump shots, some, many wide open shots at that.

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