Tuesday, November 22, 2011

LIU Blackbirds ~ Net First Pair of Wins

From the desk of:  THE HOOPS OF FLATBUSH

LIU BLACKBIRDS:  A Strong Weekend in Connecticut Earns the Flatbush Hoopsters Their First Two Wins of Season.


After dropping their first three games to start the season, which include a pair of opening losses to Old Dominion and Penn State in the 2011 HOF Tip-Off Tournament,  the Blackbirds finished the weekend in fine fashion with a pair of wins over Radford on Saturday, and a win over Vermont on Sunday; concluding the Tourney.

In securing their first win of the season Saturday over Radford, Michael Culpo shot 4 of 5 from three point land and led all scorers with 14-points on the night.  Brooklyn actually had five players to score in double digits.  The second team high scorer for LIU was hot Jamal Olasewere who dropped in 12-points and pulled down seven rebounds.  C.J. Garner and Kenny Onyecht added 11-points apiece, while Julian Boyd led the team with 10-rebounds.  All their efforts added up to an 81-59 win over Radford.

After averaging 69-points in their first three losses, the Blackbirds broke the 80-point mark for the second consecutive game, on consecutive nights.  In Sunday's match-up against Vermont, Jamal Olasewere continued his strong start with a game high 18-point night.  Only LIU's Julian Boyd matched that point total with 18-points of his own to go along with a game high 12 rebounds.  LIU's second win ended with an 80-75 final score.

With the Tip-Off Tournament out of the way, the Flatbush Hoops will next play at Iona on November 28th before they finally make their first appearance off-Flatbush at the Wellness Center in a conference game versus Wagner on December 1st.

This Just in...

The New York Knicks' and the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets' players are still unemployed.
The Commissioner Said No Game For Them Tonight!

However, Construction on the NETS new arena in Brooklyn continues on schedule and is due to open for business with the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season.  If both parties want to destroy this season, let them.  But their dispute over how to split billions of dollars better get figured out before tip-off time in Brooklyn!

A Look Back at BARCLAYS CENTER Construction:


Flatbush Avenue at Fifth Avenue

Atlantic Avenue View.


View From Sixth Avenue, Looking at Flatbush Avenue.
November 2010

Get a deal done before this squabble over money interferes with next season and jeopardizes Opening Night in Brooklyn.  That's all I care about.  That leaves the parties plenty of time to hammer out a deal beneficial to both sides before I get twisted over the situation.  To Mr. Stern I would say - Maybe, just maybe, some of these second tier cities the NBA occupies do not deserve major league level franchises.  But in this day and age, contraction isn't an option.  To the players I would say..., very little.  No one comes to Madison Square Garden to watch Jim Dolan's puss.  But the stars of the League also need to understand how they do themselves and their team's a great injustice by demanding to take up huge portions of the salary caps by themselves.

Something has to give.


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