Villanova edges Seton Hall for 3rd straight Big East title

first_imgThis certainly isn’t the best team he’s been a part of, but it can boast an unprecedented accomplishment.With Booth and fellow senior Eric Paschall leading the way, the 25th-ranked and top-seeded Wildcats became the first school to win three consecutive Big East Tournaments, holding off Seton Hall 74-72 on Saturday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSeton Hall star Myles Powell, guarded closely by Booth, missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds that could have won it. Booth was called for traveling as he tried to corral the rebound, however, and the Pirates got one more chance with 0.4 seconds left. Anthony Nelson’s long inbounds lob bounced off the backboard and was slapped away by the Wildcats (25-9), who got to party at the Garden yet again.“This one is special, very special. This team has taught me so much,” Booth said during the postgame ceremonies at center court. “These young dudes are like a fresh breath of air for me, being around them.” MOST READ The young dudes, such as sophomores Jermaine Samuels and Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree and freshman Saddiq Bey, have had to fill big roles this season. Villanova had four players drafted into the NBA off last year’s national championship team. Wildcats coach Jay Wright said he has asked as much of Booth and Paschall as any senior leaders he’s had at Villanova.“They really have been like coaches this season,” Wright said. “We can do so much on the court, but they’ve got to take guys in the locker room and teach them how they prepare for practice, how they prepare for games. They’ve got to teach them how to sleep at night, how to eat the right way. They’ve been like big brothers, fathers almost to these guys.”Paschall had 17 points and eight rebounds against Seton Hall, and Booth scored 16 and was selected most outstanding player of the 40th Big East Tournament.Villanova stormed to a national championship last year, wiping out opponent after opponent. This year’s team lost three straight games and four of five in February.“I feel like we’re a special team in a different way this year,” Paschall said. “We fought through a lot of adversity. Coach challenged us and we accepted that challenge.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “We know we still have a lot of basketball left,” Powell said. “We can play with anybody in the country.”Villanova: If Wright’s team is going to make another deep NCAA run, the Wildcats will need more games like this one from the young dudes.PARTY TIMEWhen the Wildcats were finally done with their postgame interviews in the Knicks’ locker room, the doors were closed, the hip-hop music got turned way up — and the dancing and hollering started.Moments later, Wright peeked inside from the hallway.“I wanna just take a look at this,” he said, smiling. “They like each other, man. The old fart that’s leading the crew is Booth in there”UP NEXTSeton Hall: Headed to its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament, matching a school best (1991-94).Villanova: Will be in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh straight season, but will probably be seeded worse than a 2 for the first time since 2013. Villanova also won the 2016 national title. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next And those young dudes that Villanova fans hope will lead the next wave of championships were ready for prime time Saturday night.Bey had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Samuels filled up the box score with 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Cosby-Roundtree added six points and seven rebounds.The only Big East Tournament loss over the last five years for the Wildcats was to Seton Hall in the 2016 title game, and Powell and the third-seeded Pirates (20-13) gave Villanova all it could handle once again.Powell scored 25 points to cap a spectacular three days in Manhattan for the high-scoring guard. He totaled 78 points, but needed three more.“I thought it was going to drop,” Powell said of his last shot.The Pirates sent Paschall to the line with 13.7 seconds remaining and he made the first and missed the second. Seton Hall rebounded and called a timeout to set up a final play with 8.9 seconds left.Booth and everybody else at the Garden knew Powell would take the last shot.“Try to make him take a tough shot, contest it well without fouling him. That’s what I tried to do,” Booth said.BIG PICTURESeton Hall: The scrappy Pirates will go as far as Powell and a tough defense take them in the NCAA Tournament. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Villanova guard Phil Booth hols the MVP trophy after his team defeated Seton Hall 74-72 in an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Big East Conference tournament, Saturday, March 16, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK — Phil Booth entered the New York Knicks’ locker room — only the best for the defending champs at Madison Square Garden — wearing a net around his neck. The senior guard stopped at every locker to give each Villanova teammate a hand clap and a bro hug.Booth has been at Villanova for five years and won two national titles. 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Rep. Joe Breaks Ground for US$1.2M Buchanan Fairground Road Construction

first_imgRep. Joe informed the gathering, which included Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor and House Speaker Bhofal Chambers, that he was glad that one of his major campaign promises was being fulfilled.The pavement of the 1.5-kilometer road valued at US$1.2 million, targeting the Fairground route in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, will shortly commence.The road pavement became necessary following the groundbreaking ceremony spearheaded by the county’s district #3 Representative Mathew Joe, on Saturday, November 10.Rep. Joe informed the gathering, which included Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor and House Speaker Bhofal Chambers, that he was glad that one of his major campaign promises was being fulfilled. “During the 2017 elections, I made a promise to the people of my district that when the CDC-led government — the party to which I belong — shall have won the election, the Fairground Road would be paved,” the lawmaker reminded the gathering.“Those who did not, believe me, argued that it was impossible to accomplish this project,” Rep. Joe maintainedAccording to the lawmaker, he challenged the “odds and today we are all gathered here to break ground for the construction of the 1.5 kilometer Fairground Road with concrete through my instrumentality.”In his campaign promises, the lawmaker said he was going to establish a District Development Council which he says he has fulfilled.According to him, he promised to purchase a bus for students worth $US 85,000, which again he did.“I promised a micro-loan of LD$3m which disbursement is still pending,|” the lawmaker emphasized.He further said if the road is completed, it would put his campaign deliverables at 85%. “I hope to accomplish all my campaign deliverables within two years,” he said.In separate remarks, VP Howard Taylor and Speaker Bhofal Chambers commended the lawmaker for joining President George Weah’s promise to pave all feeder roads throughout the country.They also promised to help pave other roads in Grand Bassa County to provide easy access for the movement of people in the county.Public Works Minister Mobutu Vlah Nyenpan expressed appreciation to the lawmaker who is also the chairman of the House’s Committee on Public Works and Rural Development for the cooperation between the Ministry and his committee.Minister Nyenpan said the Fairground Road is 1.5 kilometers and it cost $US1.2 million.The Minister and the contractor agreed that the road would get completed within six months.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more