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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Kutztown downs Philadelphia U. at Martz Hall

              

If the Crimson Tide Invitational becomes an annual event at Martz Hall, it couldn’t have gotten off to a better, or more exciting, start.

Pocono Mountain West graduate Tynell Fortune scored a game-high 19 points, while Kutztown hit 9-of-12 from the foul line in the second overtime during the Golden Bears’ thrilling 75-72 non-conference victory over Philadelphia University in front of 1,124 fans Tuesday.

The contest was the final of three college basketball games at Martz Hall this past week, starting with a Penn State Hazleton-Penn State Schuylkill men’s and women’s doubleheader last Thursday. Tuesday’s contest was supposed to be headlined by a head-to-head meeting between Pottsville graduates Nick Schlitzer (Philadelphia) and Brandon Bridy (Kutztown).

However, it never happened.

Schlitzer, a senior who graduated from Pottsville in 2011 as the Crimson Tide’s all-time leading scorer with 1,884 points, had a double-double for Philadelphia (2-3) with game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds. Bridy, a sophomore and 2013 Pottsville grad, spent Tuesday as he has the entire season — watching from the bench with a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Tuesday was the first time Schlitzer played at Martz Hall since the Crimson Tide beat Pine Grove 51-49 for the Schuylkill League championship Feb. 18, 2011. He got the loudest ovation of the night during pre-game introductions. A few fans even stood up.

“It was amazing,” Schlitzer said. “To see so many familiar faces in the crowd, I just appreciate people coming back and seeing me play. It means a lot to me. I wish we could have gotten the win.”

Despite not playing, Bridy was also introduced to his hometown crowd before the game.

“It was great,” he said. “The fans, I love this building. I played here for four years. It is great to come back and see how much support you get when you go away and still come back and people following you.”

Bridy injured his shoulder about four weeks ago in practice while going for a rebound. He had surgery last Friday and is looking to be 100 percent in six months.

He will be red-shirted this season.

The injury itself is unusual since Bridy, whose last high school game at Martz Hall was a 35-21 Pottsville win over Mahanoy Area in the Schuylkill

League title game Feb. 15, 2013, never missed a game throughout his high school career with an injury.

“This is going to be a tough challenge to overcome,” Bridy said. “Every day I just have to keep working at it and think positive. It was strange being back in my home court and not playing against one of my best friends.”

Still, Bridy and the rest of the Golden Bears got enjoy a much-needed win.

Kutztown (2-3) came in off a 63-60 loss to West Chester on Saturday. The Golden Bears’ only win prior to Tuesday was a 71-62 victory Manfield last Wednesday.

“It is a huge win for us,” Bridy said. “It hopefully gets us on a good winning streak.”

Derek Johnson added 19 points for the Rams, while Peter Alexis had 15.

Howard Sellars finished with 17 points for Kutztown, while Josh Johnson and Austin Beidelman added 13 apiece. Johhson also grabbed 11 board and had four dunks.

Schlitzer became a complete offensive player during his playing days for the Crimson Tide and displayed those same skills Tuesday. He wanted to play well, and for the most part, did, finishing the night 8-for-18 from the floor and 5-for-5 from the foul line.

“It was just more of an excitement,” Schlitzer said. “You get to play in your old gym. You get a little jitters, but it is just more excitement.”

Schlitzer, the Rams’s leader in scoring (22.2 points per game) and minutes per game (38.5) coming in, scored Philadelphia’s first two points of the game, hitting two foul shots after he was fouled on a spin move in the lane. He hit a corner jumper later in the half, and then hit three foul shots with 5 minutes left in the half after he was fouled on a 3-point attempt.

Schlitzer scored 15 of his points in the second half, including several key one late.

Back-to-back buckets by Schlitzer, a back-down move inside and layup off a cut inside, gave Philadelphia a 55-53 advantage with 3:39 remaining in regulation. Schlitzer also knocked down consecutive buckets in the first overtime, scoring on a drive and then with 40.8 seconds left, on a fall-away jump from the corner. He appeared to be trapped at first but made himself some space and hit the shot.

That gave the Rams a 63-60 lead.

However, Kutztown battled back one last time and tied the game when Sellars drained a 3 from the top of the circle with 20 seconds remaining. Schlitzer took the last shot for the Rams, but his shot in traffic from just outside the foul line with 2 seconds to go hit the rim.

The game was tied one last time at 69 with 1:47 to go, but Fortune gave Kutztown the lead for good, hitting two foul shots after he was fouled on a drive. The Rams’ Kaison Randolph made it a one-point game on a 3 with 4 seconds left before Fortune hit both ends of a double bonus to make it 75-72. 3-point try from Johnson in the corner bounced away and the Bears held on for the win.

“We had a lot of chances down the stretch, including myself” Schlitzer said. “We just weren’t able to come through. It is frustrating but we have to move on.”

Game Summary

Crimson Tide Invitational

At Martz Hall

PHILADELPHIA UNIVERSITY (72) — Alexis 7-11 1-3 15, Johnson 6-15 5-5 19, Huggins 1-2 0-0 2, Gibbs 3-9 2-2 9, Schlitzer 8-18 5-5 22, DiCicco 1-5 0-2 2, Randolph 1-1 0-0 3, Long 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-61 13-17 72.

KUTZTOWN (75) — Johnson 6-12 1-2 11, Selby 1-2 1-2 5, Beidelman 5-9 2-2 13, Fortune 6-15 5-7 19, Brooks 2-5 0-0 4, Ridgeway 1-3 0-0 2, Sellars 6-9 1-2 17, Sherman 0-0 0-0 0, Dietrich 0-0 0-0 0, Peal 2-8 0-0 4. Totals 29-63 10-15 75.

Philly U. (2-3) 26 31 6 9 — 72 Kutztown (2-3) 27 30 6 12 — 75

3-point FGs: Johnson 2, Gibbs, Schlitzer, Randolph, Beidelman, Fortune 2, Sellars 4

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Men’s basketball falls to Kutztown in double OT, 75-72

Schlitzer, who last played in Martz Hall in 2011 as a member of the Pottsville Crimson Tide, played all 50 minutes in Tuesday's game, shot 8-of-18 from the field and dished out three assists for the Rams (2-3).

Junior forward Derek Johnson (Conshohocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) contributed 19 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 50 minutes of action. Junior forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) added 15 points, five rebounds and three blocks.

Philadelphia owned a 51-44 lead after Johnson recorded a steal and fastbreak slam dunk with 8:30 left in regulation. Kutztown (2-3) responded with a 9-2 run over a 4:28 span to knot the score at 53 on an Austin Beidelman jumper.

Schlitzer made a layup 20 seconds later to put the Rams back in front and junior guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) pushed the lead to 57-53 with two successful free throws with 2:42 remaining.

Josh Johnson scored the final four points of regulation, including a dunk with 29 seconds on the clock, to tie the score at 57 and send the game to overtime.

After falling behind 60-57, Philadelphia went on a 6-0 run, capped off by four straight points from Schlitzer, to move ahead 63-60 with 39 seconds to play. Coming out of a timeout, the Golden Bears' Howard Sellars drained a 3-pointer with 20 seconds remaining to make it a 63-63 affair.

Schlitzer's game-winning 3-point attempt with two seconds on the clock missed the mark and the game went to double overtime.

The second extra session started the same way the first one did with Kutztown getting out to a quick lead (67-63).  Alexis tied the score at 69 at the 1:59 mark with a layup.

Kutztown would go 4-for-6 from the free throw line over the next 1:31 to reestablish a four-point lead (73-69). On Philadelphia's next trip down the floor, Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) buried a 3-pointer with six seconds left to close the gap to 73-72 and give the Rams life.

Three seconds later, Tynell Fortune sank two free throws to push the Golden Bear advantage to 75-72. Philadelphia had one last attempt with 2.1 seconds remaining, but Johnson's game-tying 3-point attempt was no good.

Fortune led the Golden Bears with 19 points in 37 minutes. Sellars finished up with 17 points.

Philadelphia heads to West Chester for a non-conference game on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m.

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2014 - 2015 Crimson Tide Team

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Crimson Tide Players Named to National Honor Society

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CRIMSON TIDE BASKETBALL PLAYERS SCORE OFF THE COURT

Four members of this years Crimson Tide Basketball team have been named to The National Honor Society. Derek Shuman, Connor Hinchliffe, Eli Nabholz and Ty Painter, all Seniors players who also excelled in the classroom.  Congratulations to our players for a great job! 

 

Tide closing in on the 2014-2015 season

 

-Team dedicates offseason for individual improvement

 

 

Summer League

 

Beginning in June our freshmen, JV, and Varsity teams began competing in our summer league at Barefield.  Our summer league continues to grow and now has a total of 22 teams.   With three teams competing, we have up to 24 players in our program competing each Tuesday and Thursday evening at our Barefield Complex.  Our varsity team was able to compile a 6-6 record in a very competitive Adult league, which continues to attract the very best adult teams and players within Schuylkill and its’ surrounding counties.  Our JV-A team went undefeated through the Junior Varsity league, while our freshmen ended with a winning record.  We are excited to see our summer league continue to grow and improve each and every year!

 

Skill Development

 

We try to pride ourselves to devoting most of our offseason to skill development.  We feel this is the number one priority for us as a program each offseason.  As we get closer to the season, we will begin to focus more on our system, but the majority of our offseason workouts involve making our players better individually.  Our skill development sessions ran Monday through Thursday mornings at Barefield and focused primarily on dribbling, passing, and shooting.   These skill sessions were often led by Nick Schlitzer and Brandon Bridy, former star players for the Tide and current college players.  Nick also ran his own day camp in July in which 27 players of ours attended.  Brandon, along with Saige Spece, another former Tide player who is now playing at Bloomsburg, helped Nick with the advanced skill development camp.

 

Strength Training

 

One area we noticed we fell short as a program in comparison to the elite teams in the state last season, was in strength, quickness, and explosiveness.  Our trainer, Dan Slotterback, who is certified in strength training, has our kids training at an all-time high.  Through strength training three days a week in the summer and two days a week during the fall, we feel we are going to be ready to meet the physical and athletic demands to compete with the very best in the state this year.

 

Team Camp

 

Our Varsity and JV teams returned to the Kutztown AFBE team camp in mid-July.  Once again, the camp provided plenty of competition from teams from the Northeast and abroad.  Our Varsity Team recorded a 9-4 record and lost a close semi-final game.  Our JV’s won their division, and did so in such an impressive fashion, they were moved up to varsity competition for the playoffs.

 

Fundraising

 

Our booster club has had another successful offseason of fundraising.  In the spring, we hosted our AFBE basketball tournament for the 2nd straight year.  In early June, we ran our sticky bun fundraiser, which was used to defer some of the cost for our beach trip.  Once again, we ran our 3 on 3 tournament at Barefield, along with our golf tournament at Hidden Valley.  This year the weather cooperated and we had a great turnout for both!  Our last fundraiser before the season will be the Philadelphia University vs Kutztown University basketball game we our hosting at Martz Hall.  Given the fact we will have two of our former star players participating, we anticipate a large crowd on November 25th at Martz!

 

Beach Trip to Stone Harbor

 

The summer of 2014 marked the first year for a beach trip for our program.  We were able to take 12 of our junior and senior players on a four day, three night beach trip to Stone Harbor at the end of July.  While the kids were able to enjoy some free time at the beach, we also got some great competition at neighboring Middle Township High School. Though competing with the Middle Twp current players, as well as former players, who are now playing collegiately and professionally, our kids were exposed to a great deal of talent.

 

 

Philadelphia University Rams

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Kutztown University Golden Bears

November 25, 2014 at 7;00 pm

at

Martz Hall, Pottsville

 

 Pottsville Boys Basketball Game

Crimson & White Game

at 5:30 pm

Admission: $5.00 

 

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See Former Tide Players: Nick Schlitzer (Philadelphia) & Brandon Bridy (Kutztown) 

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Brandon Bridy - Kutzstown University 2013

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This site was created to improve communication among our team members and to keep our fans up-to-date with the latest action and scores from our games. By including such things as the schedule, standings, and directions to Martz Hall, I hope this site will improve game attendance.

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