Sunday, January 13, 2013

BOYS BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK: Not so absurd for Pottsgrove to be talking playoffs

By Jeff Stover
Pottsgrove's Mike Fowler (Kevin Hoffman/The Mercury)

“Ah – playoffs? Don’t talk about – playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game!”
Jim Mora achieved National Football League (and beer commercial) lore when — as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts in 2001 — he launched into an incredulous rant when WRTV reporter Tim Bragg asked a question about the Colts’ chances for making the playoffs. Indianapolis had just lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 40-21.
In contrast to Mora’s bombastic outburst more than a decade ago, Scott Palladino is quite happy to discuss his Pottsgrove boys basketball team’s chances for getting back in the Pioneer Athletic Conference’s Final Four playoff field this year. He was particularly effusive on the subject following Thursday’s 60-49 victory over Owen J. Roberts, its first in three weeks.
“It’s good to get back on track,” Palladino said after the win over the Wildcats, which stopped a six-game losing skid.
The Falcons closed out the week with a 61-48 loss to Methacton Saturday. Yet their 4-10 overall record masks a 3-5 league mark that has them very much in the hunt for the second qualifying spot from the PAC-10’s Frontier Division.
While Pope John Paul II (6-2) is comfortably first in the Frontier, the race behind it is wide open with little less than half the league’s regular-season schedule left to play. The ‘Grove is a half-game back of both Phoenixville and Pottstown, who are tied for second place at 3-4.
The teams are all even with each other in head-to-head competition (1-1). The Falcons lost to Phoenixville, the Phantoms have a loss to Pottstown, and the Trojans fell to Pottsgrove.

( To read the complete boys basketball notebook, click here )

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