Thursday, July 25, 2013

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Below, news and notes for Thursday...

Big summer
Plum grad Nolan Cressler made a strong bid for regular-season MVP of the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro-Am summer league in addition to being named to the All-Pro-Am team.  In six games against top college and semi-pro competition, the Cornell sophomore guard finished second in scoring at 23 points per game, behind Pitt forward Talib Zanna (27.2).  He scored 38 in one game.  Cressler led the league in 3-point field goals, hitting 25 of 49 (51 percent).  In addition to shooting 56 percent from the field, he also averaged 5.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists.  His brother, Andrew, who plays for Pitt-Johnstown, averaged 11.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He shot 59 percent from the field (29 for 49).
  • Eitan Chemerinski (Cornell '13)  scored 15 points on Wednesday as his Team USA finished 4-1 in group round robin play in Israel's Maccabi Games with a dominant 141-66 victory over Ginea-Bissau.  The Americans now will move on to the semifinals/medal round.  Chemerinski previously scored 3 points in the team's tournament opener on Friday, an 86-83 overtime defeat to Argentina.  But the Americans bounced back in their second game on Sunday with an 89-55 win over Germany.  Then on Monday Chemerinski notched 13 points in a USA 111-57 win over Australia followed by 10 point performance on Tuesday in an 84-31 win over Russia.  The other preliminary group of competing countries which qualified for Men's Basketball include Canada, Kazakhstan, France, Greece and host Israel.

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