Flyers Hit a Bump

The Flyers had two games this week before the All-Star break this weekend. On Tuesday, they were within points of first place in the Atlantic Division and getting set to host the New Jersey Devils in one of their biggest games of the season. On Thursday the Penguins came to town without Sidney Crosby, who is out with an injury.

Tuesday’s game against the Devils was a very frustrating game for the Flyers. They took an early lead on a goal by Danny Briere, who has played well lately after Simon Gagne’s return. Mike Knuble gave the “Fly-Guys” the lead after the Devils tied it up. The Devils then scored four power-play goals in a row; they scored five total. Jeff Carter scored late in the second period, but it was too late as the Devils scored twice more and won 7-3.

Antero Nittymaki got the start in goal because Marty Biron struggled in his recent appearances against New Jersey. Biron entered the game in the second period, after Nittymaki gave up five goals. The division match-up had a total of 60 penalty minutes, including 36 in the first period.

The Penguins game was back-and-forth all the way until the last goal. R.J. Umberger, Randy Jones, Jim Vandermeer, and Knuble all scored for the Flyers, who won 4-3. Biron got the start after playing well in relief of Nittymaki on Tuesday night.

The intense part of the game came in the second period. Pittsburgh enforcer George Laraque hit Steve Downie from behind into the boards. Laraque received a game misconduct. Downie returned to the game, was involved in a fight and thrown out of the game.

In the All-Star game on Sunday, Mike Richards had an assist as the East won 8-7. Kimmo Timonen was -2 in over 17 minutes of play.

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Korver Plays On

It’s been almost a month now since former 76er fan-favorite, Kyle Korver was traded to the Utah Jazz for Gordon Giricek. Korver was known in Philadelphia for his long locks of hair, Hollywood looks and reputation as an all-around good guy; news of his departure saddened most Sixer fans. As 76er General Manager, Ed Stefanski told the Courier-Post, “Besides being a good basketball player he’s even better as a person. He’s one of those terrific guys out there in the NBA. He does a lot in the community. He’ll be missed both on the floor and off the floor.

So how has Korver been fairing on the floor since the trade?

In his 11 games with the Jazz, Korver has maintained about the same level of play that he exhibited in the first two months of the year in Philadelphia. His minutes per game have slightly decreased, but his 10-point per game average has remained steady. Perhaps the most telling statistic of all is that the Jazz are at an impressive 9-2 since they acquired Korver on December 29. Of course, the humble Korver is quick to dispel any notion that he’s the only reason why.

I don’t want people to give me too much credit,” Korver told the Salt Lake Tribune, This team would have won a lot of games even if I wouldn’t have been here just because of the scheduling. But I’d like to think I’ve helped a little bit.

Korver, a fifth year player out of Creighton University, is having an off-year shooting the ball. Though noted for his three-point prowess, Korver’s accuracy from beyond the arc has dropped to 34 percent this year, compared to 40 percent for his career. In his 25 games for the Sixers this season, Korver shot 35 percent from three-point range. In his 11games so far with the Jazz, that figure has fallen to 32 percent.

However, Korver’s overall field goal percentage is up from 40 percent in Philadelphia to 47 percent in Utah, which shows that he has been taking fewer three-pointers and is capitalizing on his opportunities closer to the basket. One possible reason for this may be that Korver felt pressure on the 76ers to make things happen; the team is mediocre at best and it was up to him to be a catalyst with his shooting. In Utah, Korver is surrounded by better players and can let the game come to him without feeling like he has to carry the load.

In his second game with Utah, Korver got to face his old team and responded well, scoring 14 points in a 110-107 Jazz victory. His best game so far with the Jazz came on January 17 in a losing effort to the Denver Nuggets. In that game, he had 16 points on 6-11 shooting from the field and made 4-8 from three-point range.

You can contact Matt Lettieri at .

Granny Peace Brigade: Philadelphia

When one thinks of a grandmother, images of cheek-pinching, cookie baking and sweater knitting come to mind. Although some of these characteristics may pertain to the members of the Granny Peace Brigade, there is definitely more to these individuals than meets the eye.

On a hot Philadelphia summer day, the 11 members of “The Brigade” entered the Philadelphia United States Military Recruitment Office. The women demanded to enlist in the United States armed forces commanding, Take us to Iraq, not our grandchildren.

The 11 women were arrested and charged with “Defiant Trespass”. Their trial date was set for December 1, 2006 when Judge Deborah Griffin dismissed the charges against the women, and thus confirmed the legality of their non-violent protest. Since this defiant and moving action, the numbers involved The Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia have increased as has their, “undaunted sprits and determination to end the war,” according to their website.

The Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia chapter is a group of grandmothers dedicated to ending the war in Iraq. Many of the Grannies have been activists against war and for peace throughout their lives. Although the name specifically references grandmothers, the organization is open to activists of all ages: men and women, whether they are a grandparent or not.

The mission of the Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia read as follows:
“We are here because whenever we encounter war grandmothers must work to insure peace for all children and grandchildren.
We are here to fight against the loss of civil liberties and human rights and the wars that result when democratic principles are broken.
We are here now because we are outraged by the deaths of American troops and Iraqi citizens in a senseless war
We are Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia.”

The Granny Peace Brigade continues to meet regularly; however, dates vary and it is best to personally contact the Grannies for times and locations. They can also be found involved all over Philadelphia and in a variety of different activities. The Grannies partook on January 1, 2008 in the annual Philadelphia Mummers day parade wearing their rendition of the traditional mummers garb to include their Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia t-shirts. In addition, the Grannies were some of the 100,000 individuals who partook in the 11 regional demonstrations for the National Mobilization to End War in Iraq on October 27, 2007. Also, the Grannies apply their philosophy of non-violence on a more local level by contributing to the West Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

The Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia welcomes anyone interested in becoming a member or learning more about their organization. To learn more visit,

You can contact Kim Sorren at

The Savages

The Savagesis a movie centered in the contemporary crisis of stopping one’s life to stabilize a dementia-crippled dad who has lost his independence. Jon and Wendy Savage, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney, have long abandoned their father to his own life and are only forced to re-appear in a time of haste.

The two characters are struggling in the track of their own life as they come to their father’s aid. Jon’s middling work as a professor and Wendy’s dawdling career as a playwright become secondary to the situation. They’re forced to think about the uncomfortable ideas of which nursing homes are the best of the lowly, how their father should be buried and how to keep their personal sanity. The terms of these situations are all the more sharp because of the excellent acting of Hoffman and Linney. Not only do they seem unaware of what their role is in this crisis, but they seem scared and so disconnected from their previously abusive father that they don’t know how to have a casual conversation with him.

As the movie paces along perfectly – never jumpy or idle – writer and director, Tamara Jenkins teeters with developing understanding without sacrificing depth of each character. Jon’s life is centered on a book, hoping it will finally get him the cachet he thought his Ph.D would. Wendy is both unable to break through as a writer, and get anything real in her love life. Jenkins juxtaposes the realness of their father’s situation and the entity of each character’s life, while forging through how one can deal with something so inconvenient.

Between the scenes of harsh realism, most often brought on by Hoffman’s character, are lighthearted moments that show the wonder of old life. The wonderful set-ups by the director of photography, Mott Hupfel show retired women performing a dance routine in gaudy show-dresses, men driving on the street in golf carts and showing what the world looks like on prescribed pain killers.

There is humor to be found in decorating a nursing home room and keeping your dad’s own stuff. Thus is the dichotomy of the kitschy retired life in Sun City, AZ, and the cold, real nursing home life in Buffalo. Still, to her credit, Jenkins finds unconventional comedy in both cases with ease, making this film better than something completely serious or preachy. There is a seamless ebb and flow to the dramatic and undemanding points of the story that is unapologetically witty, circumstantial and dry.

You can contact Chris Zakorchemny at


Growing up, people promise themselves that they won’t turn into their parents—but that’s easier said than done. Singer and actress, Simone, can verify that fact. Growing up, Simone was surrounded by the world of music, with her mother being the legendary Nina Simone. Now, grown up and with a family of her own, Simone was able to take some time to talk about her career, her upcoming album and most importantly, her family.

Simone talked about her memory of when she told her tat she wanted to be involved in the industry. “She was mortified,” Simone said, “She didn’t want me to have any of the bad experiences…every argument she had, I had an answer for.

When Simone reflects on her mother and the moments they share, you can hear the love and adoration she has for her mother. She shared the fact that when she was 12, her mother had told her that she didn’t want to live past the age of 70. Soon after she turned 70, Nina Simone passed away. Simone said that when she found out that her mother had a short time left to live, she was ready to go on stage. The show went on, as the singer and actress gathered her emotions and performed. ‘It was almost like sleepwalking,” she said.

After a 2006 showcase performing songs of her mother’s, Simone decided that she wanted to pay respects to her mother’s memory. Her upcoming album, Simone on Simone, will consist of her singing some of her favorite of her mother’s tracks. “Picking the songs was natural,” the soft-spoken singer said over the phone.

She went on to say, “The songs [on the CD] represent my life as a child; these are some of my favorite memories of my childhood.”

The CD will consist of Simon and a 19-piece band. Her manager had come to her and presented the idea of performing with the band. After driving to Chicago, Simone and the band hit it off and the CD process began. The band had already started to rearrange some of her mother’s songs. Simone went into the studio last May.

“It [the recording process] happened at a good pace. Things fell into place; it all just came together,” Simone said. I asked her about how her singing career differed from her previous acting career. She said, “You have to respect the art itself. I’m thankful to Broadway.” Simone talked about the friends she made while acting and how Broadway was the place where she realized “what it takes to be a true entertainer, on and off stage.” When asked if she considered going back, Simone did say that she would return to the theater in the future.

When asked about what she hopes to pass on to people, Simone said, “ To let the legacy continue.” She went onto say that people hold the memories of both the Beatles and Elvis Presley close and she wants the same for her mother’s memory.

Simone talked about the various sacrifices her mother had made. “I share the same goals and values of my mother. I’ve learned to accept that I act like my parents,” she said with a laugh. The singer, who has acted in Broadway productions like “Les Miserables” and ‘Evita”, said that she is accepting of who she is and honoring that.

I asked Simone how she handles family life when on the road. She said that although it’s a juggling act, it’s not impossible. When she was growing up, she said, “It was a different time for daughters in the 70s.” Simone went on to say that she spends most of her time with her daughter and her husband, who is also her manager. When asked about if her daughter has any interest to follow in her mother and grandmother’s footsteps, Simone gushes that her daughter is already in the process. Both mother and daughter starred in “Les Miserables” together. “She’ll have a lot more opportunities,” she said, “She knows that her mommy and daddy will be walking besides her.”

Simone will be playing this Saturday at the World Café Live, her first time playing in Philadelphia. With her will be seven members out of the 19-piece band that helped on her upcoming album.

You can contact Brittany Sturges at

The Big Five of Philly: Week 12

Villanova (13-5 overall, 3-4 Big East)

The No. 18 Wildcats visited Rutgers on Wednesday, losing in a stunning fashion, 80-68. It was the Scarlet Knights’ first conference victory this year and its’ first win versus a ranked opponent in over two years. Rutgers coach, Fred Hill got his most important win since taking the job last season after leaving Villanova, where he was an assistant under Coach Jay Wright. Junior guard Anthony Farmer and freshman guard Mike Coburn led the way for the Scarlet Knights with 23 points each. Freshman guard Malcolm Grant scored 13 points for the Wildcats, who endured a stretch of almost 12 minutes in the second half without a field goal and turned the ball over a season-high 19 times. Sophomore guard Scottie Reynolds, Villanova’s leading scorer on the season, struggled mightily, shooting 5-19 from the field.

Notre Dame came to the Wachovia Center Saturday and handed Villanova its’ second straight loss, winning 90-80. Junior guard Kyle McAlarney paced the Irish with 30 points, while sophomore forward Luke Harangody added 25 points and 10 rebounds of his own. Freshman forward Antonio Pena had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats. The loss will likely remove Villanova from the Top 25 in the national rankings.

This week, the Wildcats travel to Pittsburg on Wednesday and host Syracuse on Saturday.

Temple (9-9 overall, 2-2 Atlantic 10)

The Owls played three times this week, winning twice. On Sunday, they traveled to Missouri to face Saint Louis, pulling out a nail-biter in overtime and winning 54-53. Temple junior guard Dionte Christmas was the game’s high scorer with 20 points and sealed the win with a deflection in the final seconds.

Temple welcomed Penn to the Liacouras Center on Wednesday and won 80-64. Christmas was again the game’s leading scorer with 24 points, while Temple senior guard Mark Tyndale added 18. Temple coach, Fran Dunphy led his squad to their third straight victory by defeating his former team. He was the coach at Penn for 17 years before joining the Owls last season.

On Saturday, Temple hosted St. Joseph’s and lost a heartbreaking 68-67, ending their three-game winning streak. Senior forward Pat Calathes hit the game-winning three-pointer for the Hawks with 3.9 seconds left after Tyndale missed the front end of a 1-and-1 that could have sealed the win for the Owls. Tyndale had an open look at the buzzer that was blocked by junior forward Ahmad Nivins. Christmas, again, led Temple with 24 points; Tyndale added 18.

This week, the Owls play at Fordham on Thursday.

St. Joseph’s (12-5 overall, 4-1 Atlantic 10)

St, Joseph’s went on the road Wednesday to play Massachusetts and won 81-77. Nivins led the Hawks with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Calathes added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Ricky Harris scored 30 points for the Minutemen in a losing effort. The game marked St. Joseph’s 10th victory in its last 12 meetings with Massachusetts.

In their 68-67 win against Temple on Saturday, the Hawks were led by Calathes’ 24 points and nine rebounds. Senior forward Rob Ferguson added 19 points and made all five three-pointers he took.

This week, the Hawks play at home on Wednesday against George Washington and then travel to Fordham on Saturday.

La Salle (7-11 overall, 2-3 Atlantic 10)

La Salle hosted Charlotte on Wednesday and lost 84-78 to snap their three-game winning streak. Freshman forward Jerrell Williams had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Explorers in the losing effort, while sophomore guard Ruben Guillandeaux and sophomore forward Yves Mekongo-Mbala added 15 points each. Senior guard Leemire Goldwire scored 18 points to lead Charlotte.

Saint Louis came to town on Saturday and beat La Salle 81-74. Junior guard Kevin Lisch scored 22 points to lead the Bilikens and senior forward Luke Meyer added 18. The Explorers were led by Mekongo-Mbala, who added 18 points.

This week, the Explorers host St. Bonaventure on Wednesday and head to Xavier on Saturday.

Penn (5-12 overall, 0-0 Ivy League)

The only game for Penn this week was the one against Temple on Wednesday, which they lost 80-64. Freshman guard Tyler Bernardini led the Quakers with 16 points, scoring all of them in the second half. Freshman forward Jack Eggleston added 15 points.

This week, the Quakers host Harvard on Friday and Dartmouth on Saturday.

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Sixers: Week 13

Coming off a win against Toronto last week, the 76ers hit a hard losing slump that they were unable to shake off until Saturday night against the Charlotte Bobcats.

The week began Monday night against the Indiana Pacers at the Wachovia Center. This was a tight game, with the Sixers facing against their old coach from the ‘04-‘05 season, Jim O’Brien. The advantage of knowing O’Brien helped the Sixers keep the game tight.

For most of the game, the 76ers were behind, but they kept coming back, attempting to take the lead. Late in the third quarter, the Pacers had the lead at 76-74; as the game moved into the fourth quarter, their lead increased to 106-100. As much as they tried, the Sixers couldn’t break Indiana’s lead. The final score was Pacers 110, Sixers 103.

Andre Iguodala walked away with 23 points, while Andre Miller wasn’t far behind with 21. Samuel Dalembert contributed 13 rebounds.

The next game was against the Detroit Pistons at home. The Pistons are the second best team in the East, so this game wasn’t an easy one. The match-up had its moments of intensity, but, overall, it was a long game for the Sixers.

Two of the only highlights came in the last few minutes of the game when Willie Green made a three-pointer and Louis Williams nailed a fade away jumper. Sixers’ fans hoped this would raise the morale of the team and cause a burst of baskets, but unfortunately that only happened for the Pistons. The final score of the game was Pistons 86, Sixers 78. Green led the Sixers in points with 16, while Iguodala had 15 and Williams had 13.

The next game was against the New York Knicks in New York. Previously, the Sixers came away with a win the last few times they faced the Knicks. On Friday night, however, the Kicks pulled it together and won. Considering that these are the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference, it was a 50/50 shot for the win. That’s what Sixers fans might have thought at the beginning of the game, at least. By the end, it was clear why these two teams are among the worst.

In the last few minutes of the game, the 76ers had a chance to tie it up; instead, Iguodala missed two free-throws. Philadelphia only scored one point in the last five minutes of play. The final score was Kicks 89, Sixers 81. Iguodala scored a game-high 24 points, while Green had 13 and Dalembert added 12.

The Sixers headed into Saturday night’s game against Charlotte with a three-game losing streak, but that didn’t stop them from giving it their all and coming away with the win. At the beginning of the game, the Bobcats had the lead, but the 76ers put up a fight and let everyone know that they were still in it. In the third quarter, the Sixers came back to take the lead after being down by 11 points. This was their first lead of the game.

Going into the fourth quarter, the Bobcats were down 80-71 and trying to mount a comeback. With nine minutes left, however, Charlotte appeared to have lost the will to win. The final score was Sixers 103, Bobcats 96.

Iguodala was the leading scorer for the 76ers with 33 points and Miller added 23. Dalembert stepped up his game with 14 rebounds.

You can contact Noelle Roby at .

Focus the Nation

With the eminent threat posed by global warming manifested through irregular weather conditions and mounting natural disasters, the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania will host “Focus the Nation” on January 31 and February 1.

This teach-in on global warming will address the issue of climate change. Established academia and decision makers will be present at an all-day conference to lend their expertise; on the following day, students designers and artists present their work in an art gallery reception. The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about sustainability and the climate shift, the many ecological, cultural, and economic issues surrounding them, and what we as individuals or a larger community can do to tackle global warming.

As the decisions that are made today concerning climate change and pollution will greatly affect tomorrow’s earth and its inhabitants, “Focus the Nation” is dedicated towards the realization of action and change. The conference will propose specific political, design and lifestyle suggestions geared towards students to alleviate global warming.

One of the event coordinators, Jessica Turner, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, explains how she believes this event can lead to significant change. The conference is an exciting opportunity for students who would like to know more about climate change to learn from experts in the field about both the issues at hand and what they as students can do to activate change at a personal level.”

The conference, held on Thursday January 31 at Houston Hall in the Ben Franklin Room on the University of Pennsylvania campus, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include various established professors, as well as individuals involved in the field. The panelists will speak for hour intervals on specific areas of concern.

The presentation will also include a lunch catered by Farm-ecology. Farm-ecology is a club formed in response to the ways our current food system harms the environment and is geared towards providing more locally grown and environmentally-friendly food.

Dr. Robert Giegengack, professor emertius of the department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania, will be the first speaker. He will focus on how climate change fits into the larger spectrum of world events, through a discussion of the inadequacies of current solutions, as well as highlighting the most pressing environmental problems we face for the next century.

Dr. Braham, a professor at the UPenn Design School, will devote his hour to the explanation of net zero and carbon footprints. Dr. Hack, the Dean of the UPenn Design School will suggest how cities must change to address and alleviate global warming issues. Finally, Mr. McQuale a Senior Associate at Schnabel Engineering, will discuss his personal experiences at this geotechnical engineering firm and its dedication to solving problems related to the earth and the environment.

On Friday, Feb. 1, the second day of the two-part event, there will be a gallery reception again catered by Farm-ecology. The art gallery will showcase student design works, as well as other forms of media and expression focusing on sustainability to raise awareness about environmental issues. The exposition will include photographs, artwork composed of recycled materials and sustainable housing designs.

Through “Focus the Nation”, the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program and participants are expanding upon a national initiative involving over a thousand universities, schools, faith groups, civic organizations and businesses to force a shift in the national conversation about global warming towards action.

To see a more complete schedule of events please see below or visit the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program’s official website.

Conference Information:
Thursday, January 31
Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall

10-11 a.m. Robert Gigenhack
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Bill Braham
12-1 p.m. Gary Hack

1-2 p.m. Lunch catered by Farm-ecology

2-3 p.m. Ali Malkawi
3-4 p.m. Christopher McQuale

Lecture and Gallery Information:

Friday, February 1
Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall

5-6 p.m. Penn Environmental Group Lecture
6-7 p.m. Gallery Reception catered by Farm-ecology

You can contact Kim Sorren at

Hans the Double

It wasn’t the rush-hour traffic that bothered Mike DiEva—it was the cold weather. To escape the frigid temperatures, the local musician and I decided to stop into a local music shop; as DiEva searched row upon row of CDs, I was able to talk to him about the band’s latest release, Vessels, and the somewhat recent line-up change for Hans the Double. Nick Biscardi, the drummer, later spoke with me about the DIY recording methods that the band used and what lies ahead in 2008.

Until a few months ago, Hans the Double had been a quartet. However, lead guitarist, Gina Fontana decided to part ways with the band (it was completely amicable, both DiEva and Biscardi say). The band had been gearing up for recording a new CD; so it seems like all would have been well. However, some of the songs, like “When the Moors Conquered Sicily” and “Queen of Refuse,” that the band had planned on recording had already been played live as a quartet…meaning that there’d be more work for vocalist and guitarist, Justin Lerner. However, the band didn’t let this ‘little’ obstacle stand in their way. With the help of some loop pedals and extra equipment, the trio began the recording process in early August of 2007.

Using the DIY (do-it-yourself) process, the three recorded the six-song EP over the span of three months in Biscardi’s basement. During the free time (each weekend from August to October), the band was submerged in recording. It not only took a toll on the members of the band, but on their families, as well. “The vocals were recorded by stacking amps into a fort covered with sleeping bags,” the drummer said, “My family upstairs wasn’t allowed to walk directly above us.”

The band’s only goal was to make sure that the CD was released before 2007 ended, said Biscardi. The three persevered and the finished product, Vesselswas released in December at an all-ages release party in New Jersey. Their fans took to the new material rather well, resulting in a decent turn-out. If anything, it was a test for the band to work under the pressure of a line-up change and produce a quality album that they’d be proud of. It turns out that was exactly what happened.

DiEva said, “I think the record sounds as good as possible, given the equipment and the situation. I’m proud of it. If nothing else, it was awesome to have that experience and do one of my favorite things in the world, which is hang out and play music with Nick and Justin.”

Perhaps the best-received song on the EP is “Cotangent,” which has received favorable responses from their fans and from the band members, themselves. Written by Biscardi and Lerner, the track, according to Biscardi, “is probably the best thing that happened for us.”

When asked why, he said, “It was really when we all knew we were hitting our stride…since writing Cotangent, we’ve been experimenting with a bunch more things to stimulate the way we write.” Using their current music obsessions, as well as new equipment (including an African thumb piano) for inspiration, the band’s sound is progressing.

Why not just record a full-length album, though? DiEva explained, as he sorted through his CD selections, that the band had decided not to just throw a bunch of songs onto an album. “If we’re going to bother putting out a full-length, then we’ll sit down and write an album. Right now, we’re just writing songs, so we went with an EP.”

If you want to check out the band’s sound, head to the Khyber on January 30; Hans the Double will be headlining that evening. Make sure you don’t put it off—the show will be the last local show for a bit, as the band gears to head up North for a short tour. They’ll start out in Harrisburg next month with a Saturday night slot at the Millennium Music Conference. In March, they’ll head up to New York and Connecticut, even possibly stopping in Vermont and New Hampshire, according to DiEva.

What’s after that? While the band has been writing new material (which you can hear at the Khyber show), Biscardi said, “I can’t see us entering the studio again until at least fall; even still, I don’t even know where we’d record. My basement was fun, but we’d like to experiment elsewhere…but that depends on how much we wanna spend for recording.”

For more information on Hans the Double, check out their website.

You can contact Brittany Sturges at

Sixers: Week 12

This week started off against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday. It wasn’t the best game played by either team, yet it was played a little better by the Spurs. By the end of the third quarter, Philadelphia fans thought that it was a good night for their hometown team, due in part to the Sixers being up 65-64. With 12 minutes left in the game, the Spurs came back, making back-to-back three-pointers giving them the lead.

The leading point-scorer of the night was Willie Green, who had 21 points. Samuel Dalembert had 12 points and 20 rebounds, while Andre Iguodala added 19 points. The final result was an 89-82 Spurs win. This was the seventh straight loss for the Sixers.

The next night the Sixers faced the Houston Rockets. By the second half, the Sixers were down 16 points, making the game look like another loss for the team. Somehow the mood of the Sixers changed and they put forth more effort than they had in the first half. This allowed them to steal the game and come away with a win.

Dalembert scored with 35.1 seconds left in the game, helping to solidify the lead for the Sixers. This win stopped a seven game losing streak for the Sixers; it was the third game that the Sixers scored over 100 points. Andre Miller was the leading scorer, walking away with 26 points. Dalembert had 19 points, Louis Williams had 18 and Iguodala scored 17 to add to the final score of 111-107.

On Friday night, the Sixers faced the Boston Celtics. It was a great night for Reggie Evans, who made the first three-pointer of his career. Evans has been in the league since 2002 and had attempted six three-pointers before, but never made one.

The Sixers looked in control and at the start of the second quarter they turned a tie game into an 11-point lead. However, by the second half, the Celtics took over and beat the Sixers, 116-89. Iguodala was the leading scorer for the Sixers with 17 points. Dalembert added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The final game of the week was at the Wachovia Center against the Toronto Raptors. In the first half, the Sixers didn’t appear to have their legs yet, but by the third quarter, they started playing real ball. At the start of the second half, they led 42-40, but by the end of the third quarter, they had taken a double digit lead with a score of 76-56.

Green had a season high of 23 points, while Iguodala and Miller both added 20 points to the final score of 99-95.

You can contact Noelle Roby at .