WBB: Half time notes for King’s vs. Wilkes season finale

Senior center Marissa Manning takes her final introduction in a Monarch uniform during Saturday's clash with Wilkes University | Staff Photographer: Tyler R. Tynes
Senior center Marissa Manning takes her final introduction in a Monarch uniform during Saturday’s clash with Wilkes University | Staff Photographer: Tyler R. Tynes

The effort at the beginning of the half that stretched for nearly half of the set, was on display in the final two minutes of King’s Saturday contest against their bitter rival Wilkes University.

Save for a defensive stop and dribble drive from Shae Grim, the Lady Monarchs allowed the Colonels to have a 6-2 stretch when they were within a point before the buzzer.

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Tyler R. Tynes |The Beauty of King’s vs. Wilkes

Right On Tynes | There’s a brilliance in the chaotic buildup of King’s College vs. Wilkes University. No matter the differences between North and South River Street, Monarchs vs. Colonels, Private vs. Public, King’s vs. Wilkes is the most important rivalry in Northeast Pennsylvania

10613095_10152721309759394_5621287144111683570_nIt really doesn’t matter the time, place, sport, season or any of the non important latter pieces that make the buildup for any one event, athletic or academic, between King’s College and Wilkes University an all-out scrap fest.

It’s never “David vs. Goliath.” It’s more like “Frazier vs. Ali,” a fight of the century every time it’s put on air. It’s the built up scramble between two local powerhouses in the anonymity of Northeastern Pennsylvania and Division III culture.

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Donny Hopkins | King’s WBB won’t be in the playoffs, but one day, they’ll be back

Donny’s Dish | Though the King’s College Women’s Basketball team’s playoff hopes have ended, the strides the Lady Monarchs have made all season is indicative of how talented of a squad they will become in the year’s to follow

10405331_10203584534948534_1135800365189233420_nThe King’s women’s basketball team fought until the very end this season.

A loss to Delaware Valley last night ended the playoff chances for the Lady Monarchs. This year’s version of the Lady Monarchs was a very young squad that seemed to be building for the future rather than being in the hunt for a conference playoff spot.

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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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