Donny Hopkins | For Andrejko, it’s more about the “We” in team, never the “I”

Donny’s Dish | J.P. Andrejko, King’s head basketball coach, draws similarities to some of college basketball’s greats. Not in the way that his team wins games, but in the two-way street that has developed between the team in the coach. Andrejko rarely uses the word “I” to reporters, likely because the message is more about the “we” in his locker room.

10405331_10203584534948534_1135800365189233420_n2015 has been an eventful year for college basketball’s most historic coaches.

Mike Krzyewski of Duke University, better known as Coach K, corralled his 1000th career win at Madison Square Garden. Herb Magee of Division II Philadelphia University also won career game 1000 this season.

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MBB: Andrejko on matchup with Misericordia: “It’s going to be two of the best defensive teams in the league”

Sophomore Dan Rutecki walks through Scandlon Gymnasium | Staff Photographer: Tyler R. Tynes
Sophomore Dan Rutecki walks through Scandlon Gymnasium | Staff Photographer: Tyler R. Tynes

The buildup to the Freedom Conference men’s basketball semifinal scrap between King’s and Misericordia has been one of magnanimous proportions.

Mizz cracked the Monarchs at home back in January at the Anderson Center, 70-41, to which they responded 10 days ago with a nail-biting 59-58 win at Scandlon Gymnasium. And the team that trekked to the Back Mountain region isn’t the same as before.

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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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MBB: King’s delivered with a playoff-clinching 83-76 win over Wilkes

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Sophomore linebacker Chris Boyle shows his King’s pride with a cutout of Dan Rutecki prior to King’s 83-75 playoff clinching win over Wilkes Saturday afternoon at Scandlon Gymnasium | Staff Photographer: Tyler R. Tynes

Before the historic pavilion started rocking, prior to the forty minute slugfest that pitted North River Street against South, sophomore Chris Boyle walked into Scandlon Gymnasium, ebulliently beaming at what was about to come.

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