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Monday News:

Will Venable has a career long fifteen game hitting streak going, a stretch that's included such highlights as four hits on Saturday and a walk off home run (plus subsequent double dousing) versus the Mets yesterday. Venable has the fourth-highest batting average of any player in baseball since the All-Star break.

There's a Q&A up with Princeton assistant Brett MacConnell.

What career would Sydney Johnson have pursued if he had not gone into coaching?

Three generations of Levys - Sydney, Howie and now Lior - have won gold medals in basketball at the Maccabiah Games.

Tuesday News:

Spencer Weisz (seen above with David Blatt and Howie Levy) and the United States' 17-18 youth boys basketball team took the gold at the 2013 Maccabiah Games with a 78-62 win over Israel.

Will Barrett may have one of the "10 Prettiest Jump Shots in College Basketball for 2013-14 Season," but there's just one issue with his inclusion...

Sticking with lists, Mitch Henderson is 10th among the "Best Coaches Never to Make the NCAA Tournament."

Here are updated statistics for Jimmy Sherburne at the Milwaukee Pro-Am.

Hans Brase talks about his experience playing for the German U-20 team.

It doesn't get much better than an animated .gif of Will Venable diving synched with Marvin Gaye.

Thursday News:

Edo Lawrence and Ben Hazel are teammates in the JSBL. You can see box scores for a pair of their recent contests here (page two) and here (page three).

Jimmy Sherburne is playing in the Milwaukee Pro-Am again this summer.

It appears you can catch Will Barrett and "Gabe Lewellis" as teammates at the DelCo Pro-Am.

While Ian Hummer made the Lakers' Summer League roster, he has yet to get off the bench (a trio of "DNP-Coach's Decision" lines). Perhaps that will change in today's game against Milwaukee.

I have not been following Hans Brase closely as he represents Germany at the U-20 European Championship. Brase's squad plays France tomorrow and will finish somewhere between ninth and 12th place in the 20 team tournament.

A plan for the Ivy League's digital network is becoming clear.

Craig Robinson is heading to China next month.

Howie Levy's son Lior and daughter Mia will keep the family's legacy going at the just-underway Maccabiah Games.

Sydney Johnson discusses Fairfield's recruiting class and summer sessions.

Here's more on Jimmy Lane being named the head coach at Monmouth Regional High School.

Before the All-Star break, Will Venable (video) hit his 11th home run of the season.

Thursday News:

Been traveling for over a week. Let's see what was happening while I was on the road...

Geoff Petrie will not be back as the Sacramento Kings' general manager. His contract expires at the end of the month.

Feel free to vote for Will Venable on your All-Star Game ballot. The polls close on July 4th. Venable may only be hitting .210 but he continues to lead the Padres in home runs. Here's video of the shot that got him into double figures for the season.

One columnist wants the Utah Jazz to draft Ian Hummer for fairly ridiculous reasons.

John Thompson III Joined "Mike & Mike" on ESPN Radio.

Hoya forward Greg Whittington could miss the 2013-14 season due to injury.

Should Armond Hill get consideration as the next head coach of the Boston Celtics?

Judson Wallace did not score for Barcelona in the deciding game of the ACB playoffs, which went to Real Madrid. Wallace has joked elsewhere online that he is now "unemployed."

A slideshow honoring George Leftwich Sr., who retired as Archbishop Carroll's athletic director.

Stephen Goldsmith's brother and Howie Levy's son were just two local friends to throw a local high school graduation party benefitting Derek's Dreams.

Thursday News:

Basketball is a small world. Princeton recruit Spencer Weisz will join Howie Levy's son Lior and Scott Greenman's brother Michael on the United States' Youth Team coached by Harvard assistant Yanni Hufnagel at the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel this July.

Kareem Maddox Made both the BBL's Team of the Year and Defensive Team of the Year.

Georgetown's Otto Porter has declared for the NBA Draft while Oregon State's Eric Moreland will remain with the Beavers for another season.

The way 2012-13 concluded still stings for Mitch Henderson.

Chris Mooney will compete in a crosstown cooking competition against VCU's Shaka Smart.

The deep ties John Rogers has to the Obama administration are discussed.

Mercer 48 Burlington 47.

Postgame audio - Coach Howie Levy:

It was a comeback every bit as improbable as Princeton's 1999 Miracle at the Palestra and the only connection between the Tigers' rally from down 27 in the second half against Penn and what Mercer County Community College (20-9) pulled off with less time remaining tonight in the Region XIX quarterfinals versus Burlington was Howie Levy '85 on the sidelines.

"It brings back good memories," Levy said with a chuckle following his team's 20th victory of the season. "I've been on the right side of it both times!"

Lost offensively versus a switching zone, unable to score with any consistency for almost 30 minutes, lacking energy on several defensive rebounds and decisively trailing 38-19 with 10:03 to go, the Vikings unexpectedly found their rhythm, forced a number of steals in the half court and ran off the game's next 21 points uninterrupted to take a two point lead with 4:05 remaining.

"Holy cow. That was something else," said Levy. "These guys looked liked they were throwing in the towel. Somewhere, somehow - they figured it out. When they started playing hard and started playing together is when things started going our way."

Also like the 50-49 comeback in Philadelphia, Mercer caught the Barons with plenty of time remaining.

"When we got the lead I was chuckling to myself," Levy admitted. "I could not believe we got the lead."

"With about four minutes to go it became a basketball game," Levy added. "That's what you wanted."

While both ends of a one-and-one from MCCC's Mustafa El-Amin moved the home team in front three with just over a minute to go, a left wing falling down three pointer evened the score for just the third time all night.

Mercer was tied up in the post, which gave Burlington the ball back with :42.9 showing.

With seven seconds between the shot clock and the game clock, the Barons ran time down until Tariq Jett was bumped going to his left on the far baseline. At the line Jett put his team back in front by one but his second free throw was a touch long.

Andre Wilburn rebounded in traffic and as Burlington relaxed slightly on defense Tyliek Kimbrough was able to break open from Christopher Thompson cutting in the opposite direction on the left wing, take a long outlet and drive for a basket just beyond Jacob Ogenyi's reach with four ticks to go.

It was Kimbrough's only basket of the game after missing his first six attempts.

A deep right wing three by Thompson was off the mark at the buzzer and a small court-storming took place on the floor named after former coach Howie Landa as Mercer's players rightfully went berserk.

El-Amin scored 20 for Mercer, the only Viking in double figures. It was El-Amin who authored the comeback with a series of three point shots, shooting 7-15 from the field while the rest of his team went 11-34.

It sounds funny in retrospect but a key to the victory might have been MCCC holding the Barons to 18 first half points while Mercer was only mustering 13 of their own.

Otherwise the deficit might have been even larger, though perhaps it only meant the comeback that followed would have been all the more incredible.

Mercer 62 Manor 58.

Postgame audio - Coach Howie Levy:

Mercer County Community College pushed the start of Tuesday night's game against Manor back an hour so head coach Howie Levy could go see his son Lior suit up for Princeton High School versus Notre Dame. Levy then rushed across the county to suffer a different class of agony than the pain created by helplessly watching your child play a sport. Switching from the stands to the sidelines, Levy saw his MCCC squad fall behind early in the first half after taking an immediate 5-0 lead and struggle to catch the visiting Blue Jays.

Knowing that Mercer had raced past Manor on the road 99-80 a month previous, it was difficult to witness the Vikings struggle against a rangy, lateral zone. Center Filip Sekulic was unable to get many touches moving from block to block behind the defense and 5'4" guard Larry Webster's constant raining of three point shots off the bench from in front of the zone routinely landed short.

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Friday News:

Brown vs. Rhode Island - 7:00 pm ET - OSN
Yale vs. Holy Cross - 7:00 pm ET

Princeton recruit Steven Cook was named to the All-Tournament Team after the conclusion of the mammoth Proviso West Holiday Tournament. Cook's New Trier squad finished sixth out of 32 teams. You can watch the complete sixth place game here.

Fairfield (10-5) won their sixth straight, an impressive 66-45 decision at conference leader Canisius.

Shooting 9-18 from three point range, Denver (6-7) bested Texas State by 11.

#2 Michigan opened on a 20-4 run and had no issues with shorthanded Northwestern (9-5). The Wildcats were without the services of leading scorer Reggie Hearn in the 94-66 loss.

Howie Levy's son Lior had 16 points for Princeton High School, who won at Trenton for the first time in nearly two decades on a three pointer at the buzzer.

Bucknell pictures.

An assortment of super photos from today's game courtesy Stephen Goldsmith.

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Mercer 60 Princeton J.V. 56.

Howie Levy jokingly called it "getting the monkey off his back," but for the first time in five meetings over the past five years the Mercer County Community College finally defeated Princeton' J.V.

Leading 33-32 in the second half, the Vikings (6-3) went on a 12-0 run sparked by the play of sophomore center Filip Sekulic, who recently accepted a full scholarship at Chestnut Hill College.

Sekulic had eight straight during this stretch, including a soft baseline jumper, a two-handed slam and a wild finish after bumping off of Princeton's Bobby Garbade in mid-air.

While some late three point shooting from the Tigers' Ameer Elbuluk helped his team close the deficit in the final minutes, MCCC held on at the free throw line.

Princeton's best chance came on a contested three from Mike Washington, Jr. at the top of the arc with the score favoring Mercer 49-46 with less than 2:45 remaining.

Postgame audio from Howie Levy, a scoring breakdown for the Tigers, some additional notes and even a video montage can all be found after the jump.

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Tuesday News:

MCCC vs. Princeton J.V. - 7:00 pm ET

Boston University vs. Harvard - 7:00 pm ET

Howie Levy wrote a great piece about returning to the Palestra as the head coach of Mercer County Community College.

The NCAA's list of the top 75 players in NCAA Tournament history includes Bill Bradley.

In his second year at Fairfield, Sydney Johnson is putting his stamp on the Stags.

Georgetown (8-1) had no issues with Longwood. The Hoyas distributed 25 assists and won easily, 89-53.

The signing of Dan Mavraides by Juve Caserta is now official. Mavraides took the floor with his new team and scored 12 off the bench in a loss to Enel Brindisi.

Kareem Maddox's most recent double-double came on his birthday. Maddox was named to the BBL Team of the Week.

Friday News:

Unlike his last start versus the Yankees, where one pitch ruined his night, Chris Young (2-1) did not suffer a similar slip in the seventh inning against the Dodgers. Young allowed two earned runs on six hits while striking out six as the Mets defeated LA on the road 3-2.

Names like Georgetown's Hollis Thompson and Henry Sims (frozen by the top of Jay Bilas' Best Player Available list for most of the second round), Northwestern's John Shurna and Fairfield's Rakim Sanders were not called during last night's NBA Draft, but Oregon State's Jared Cunningham rose to 24th and was selected by Cleveland before being traded to Dallas.

Georgetown now knows their 18 Big East opponents for 2012-13. The Hoyas will travel to this area for games at Rutgers, St. John's and Villanova.

An interview with John McPhee makes for excellent reading.

Will Venable was one of two Padres to attend the Salute to the Negro Leagues luncheon in San Diego.

During my travels Venable hit his sixth home run of the season (video), a shot originally ruled a triple on the field.

A class of 2015 guard says he has been invited to Princeton's Elite Camp.

Finally, Howie Levy's son Lior had a good game at the Princeton Summer League.

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