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Jan 25 – Annual Hoops Night a Success

jaspers-logo2(New York, NY) – Five from Section 22 (Brendan, James O, John, James K, and Tom) along with a number of guests (Jen and Evan, Mike and Courtney, Pat and Katie, and Ellen) made the annual trek to see Manhattan College basketball.  This year it was a doubleheader at Madison Square Garden where St. John’s (11-8 ) defeated Rutgers (9-11) in the opener by a score of 71-59.   Iona (10-10) prevailed in the MAAC nightcap with a 71-51 win over the Jaspers (10-9) who struggled with field goal accuracy.

Most of the crew met in Riverdale near Manhattan College and ventured to the Garden via the #1 train.  The adventure continued with some refreshments in Penn Station before the games.  The return ride had its share of adventures when the best defensive play of the night came from Tom’s right arm as he caught the closing train door from shutting out and leaving Mike on the platform at 42nd street.  The spirited discussion with NYC inhabitants on the train regarding the state of the economy and politics was memorable as well.

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  1. i had a good time…i didnt realize that it was possible for a division 1 team to shoot so poorly from the floor…it made me want to dust off my nike’s and pop a few threes

  2. Tom, great assist in transition! I get to see some good college basketball now and then here at Illinois, but I miss the MAAC games from when I lived in Western New York. My era goes back to when Reggie Lewis and Northeastern haunted Canisius and Niagara. However, I’ll never forget when I saw Niagara upset #3 ranked St. John’s in 1984, 62-59–an eventual Final Four team with Mullin, Berry, Wennington, Jackson, Glass, and Moses–losing to Niagara on a frigid night in December in Niagara Falls.

    Great that you could do this with the group. The kids won’t forget it, trust me.
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