|Brendan Boken||Ross Danzig||Justin Klingman|
Three teams that will be competing in this weekend’s Radisson/PNC Bank Invitational men’s basketball tournament at the John Long Center on the campus of The University of Scranton have been in the winner’s circle before.
On Saturday, November 15, Alvernia University, the 2006 champion, takes on 2009 champion John Carroll University at 5:30 p.m., followed by six-time champion Scranton against Centenary College at 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s third-place and championship games will tip-off at 2 and 4 p.m., respectively.
Tickets are $5.00 for adults (18-60) and $3.00 for senior citizens (61 and older) and non-University of Scranton students and children (ages 8-17). All University of Scranton students, faculty, and staff and children, 7 and under accompanied by an adult, will be admitted free. In addition, all veterans will be admitted for only $2.00.
Both of Scranton’s games will be carried live by WUSR, 99.5 FM, and over the Internet at www.wusrfm.com, with veteran announcer Dean Corwin calling all the action. Live stats and video for all four games will be available at athletics.scranton.edu/livestats/landing and portal.stretchinternet.com/scranton/, respectively.
Alvernia, coming off a 20-8 season that included a Commonwealth Conference title and berth in the NCAA tournament, returns two starters in senior guardLamont Clark (11.5 points/5.1 rebounds per game) and senior center Harrson Deyo (11.8 points/7.0 rebounds). The Crusaders, led by veteran head coach Mike Miller, will be making their second appearance in the Radisson/PNC Bank Invitational.
John Carroll will also be making its second appearance, having defeated Centenary College, 120-106, and Scranton, 96-77, to win the title in November of 2009. The Blue Streaks of veteran head coach Mike Moran return six of their top seven scorers from last year’s 18-11 team, including senior forward Jake Hollinger (11.8 points), senior guard David Hendrickson (11.5 points), and junior forward Simon Kucharewicz (10.4 points).
Centenary returns for the fourth time, having finished runner-up (to Scranton) in 2010 and third in 2009 and 2011. Second-year head coach Tim Fusina welcomes back senior forward Joshua Case, one of only two players on last year’s roster to start all 25 games and who averaged nearly 10 points and six rebounds a game.
The Royals have won the last four Radisson/PNC Bank titles thanks, in part, to the play of senior guardRoss Danzig, the reigning Landmark Conference Player of the Year (20.6 points, 7.2 rebounds) and the tournament’s most valuable player (MVP) each of the past two seasons. Joining him in the starting lineup will be senior guard Justin Klingman, who shot a team and Landmark Conference-leading 56.5 percent from beyond the 3-point arc on his way to averaging nearly 12 points a game last year, and junior forward Brendan Boken, a first-team All-Landmark Conference selection after averaging 16.5 points and 7.2 rebounds a game.
Following this weekend’s games, veteran head coach Carl Danzig and his Royals will return to action Wednesday, November 19, against Misericordia University at the Anderson Center in Dallas, Pennsylvania, beginning at 7:00 p.m.