Tag:Santa Clara
Posted on: December 31, 2011 1:55 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2011 2:02 pm

Will refs be punished again for botched call?

By Matt Norlander

That's how Wagner defeated Santa Clara Friday night in the nation's oldest regular-season tournament, Santa Clara's Cable Car Classic. There is no dispute: the Seahawks' basket should not have counted.

First of all, before the game-winning shot is launched by Kenny Ortiz, the ball appears to land on the out-of-bounds line. The angle's not great, so it can be disputed, and if you'd like to do that, I won't fight you. But after that no-call, the circus shot -- fun as it is to watch -- should not count. From fifth-grade officiating on up, every stripe should and does know that if the ball falls through the hoop but has to take the roundabout way of travelling from behind the backboard to get there: no points.

If I'm breaking out rules, articles and sections, you know it's serious. Nonetheless, here it is, straight from the official rulebook. Rule 9, Section 3, Article 2, in all its succinct glory:
"The ball shall be out of bounds when any part of the ball passes over the backboard from any direction."
Go ahead and watch it again. Yep, Rule 9, Section 3, Article 2 is most definitely violated. Doesn't much matter, as Santa Clara is now
8-5 and Wagner's stellar season improves to 10-3. It was a 64-62 final; overtime should have been held.

Going forward, the question is, will the West Coast Conference punish its officials for costing a team a game for neglecting a fairly obvious rule?

It's happened before at the Cable Car Classic. Three years ago, in fact, and it was over a rule much less well-known. In 2008, coach Kerry Keating and Santa Clara were on the good end of a botched outcome. The Broncos defeated UTEP after John Bryant hit a game-winning shot. Only Bryant was subbed in after an inadvertent stoppage of time by the officials. With less than a minute remaining, such a substitution isn't allowed.

Bryant, of all people, had to be the one to give Santa Clara the W. UTEP didn't protest -- because it didn't know the rule either. The league reviewed it a few days later, and sure enough, that officiating crew was suspended for one game.

WCC director of officials Dave Libbey was at Friday night's Wagner-Santa Clara game. He knows what happened and he knows it was wrong. The league has yet to offer a retraction or apology. That should come soon, Monday at the latest. And if the league's going to be consistent with disciplining erroneous calls, the three officials from Friday night's game -- Mark Cook, Michael Rapp and Tony Padilla -- deserve to sit a game as well.

The Broncos move on with their season, looking ahead to conference play, but they're still owed a public apology for having a win against a good team ripped from away from them due to an egregious stripes oversight.
Posted on: November 28, 2011 4:15 pm

Santa Clara's emergence bodes well for WCC

Jeff Borzello

When BYU made the move from the Mountain West to the West Coast Conference, many people thought the WCC would be in contention for the best non-BCS league on a yearly basis.

This season, the WCC can certainly make a case – and it has nothing to do with BYU.

Preseason favorite Gonzaga is cruising along at 4-0; Saint Mary’s has been up and down, but did dominate Northern Iowa by 16; Loyola Marymount beat UCLA; and Pepperdine defeated Arizona State. BYU has struggled a bit, losing to Utah State and Wisconsin, but the Cougars will still be a contender.

What has set the WCC apart this season is Santa Clara. The 4-2 record isn’t that impressive on the surface, but wins over New Mexico and Villanova on a neutral court in Anaheim have put the rest of the league on notice – the WCC isn’t just Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s (and BYU) anymore. Moreover, the Broncos still have a game against Washington State on the docket; that would be another solid victory for Kerry Keating.

Can Santa Clara make a run at the WCC title? That remains to be seen, but the way the Broncos have bounced back after the loss of Marc Trasolini to injury has been very impressive. Evan Roquemore and Kevin Foster have been one of the most potent perimeter duos in the nation so far.

The rest of the league will get better as the season progresses, too.

Gonzaga hasn’t been tested much yet, but non-conference games in the next four weeks against Illinois, Michigan State, Arizona and Xavier will be telling. Saint Mary’s, with Rob Jones and Matthew Dellavedova leading the way, will be near the top of the standings throughout the season. BYU isn’t going anywhere, either.

Right now, it’s not far-fetched to say the West Coast Conference could be a three-bid league this season. If the league picks up a few more marquee non-conference wins, it bodes well come Selection Sunday.

It’s obviously not an open-and-shut case for the best non-BCS league. The Atlantic-10 has Xavier and Saint Louis rolling right now, while Dayton just won the Old Spice Classic and Temple will figure things out. The Missouri Valley looks very good in the upper half of the conference, with Wichita State, Creighton, Missouri State, Northern Iowa and Indiana State playing good basketball. Led by UNLV, the Mountain West has been solid, and New Mexico and San Diego State are only going to get better. Memphis and Marshall lead the way for Conference-USA.

By the end of the season, though, the WCC will be able to make as good a case as any non-BCS league in America.

Photo: US Presswire

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:42 am
Edited on: September 8, 2011 12:49 am

Santa Clara's Marc Trasolini out for season

By Jeff Borzello

Santa Clara was hoping to contend with Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s at the top of the West Coast Conference this season, but those hopes were dealt a blow on Wednesday.

Marc Trasolini, the team’s second-leading scorer and top rebounder, tore his ACL during the first game of the Broncos’ foreign trip to Canada. The injury happened fewer than two minutes into the game, when Trasolini came down on his leg following a shot.

“He is our only senior and we brought him home for this trip,” assistant coach Dustin Kerns told CBSSports.com late Wednesday night. "In front of his entire family and friends in his hometown. Made it even tougher."

Santa Clara chose Vancouver as its preseason tour destination because of Trasolini – the 6-foot-9 forward graduated from Vancouver College High School in 2008 and is a native of the city.

“Obviously I am really disappointed by what happened last night,” Trasolini said in a statement. “It’s pretty bad it happened here on this trip, but it’s worse I can’t play this season. It hurts. It hurts a lot.”

The team went to Trasolini's house for dinner on Wednesday night following the injury, and Kerns said Trasolini's spirits are still high despite the injury. 

"I think he is over the initial shock," Kerns said. "He's been working his brains out ever since last season ended, so [it was] painful for him to accept at first.

"He's doing well. Our team really lifted him up tonight." 

Trasolini averaged 12.8 points and 6.1 rebounds last season, shooting better than 52 percent from the field. Combined with the return of prolific scorer Kevin Foster (20.2 ppg) and versatile sophomore Evan Roquemore, the Broncos had one of the better trios in the league.

With those three leading the way, Santa Clara won the CIT Tournament last season and had plans for a different tournament in 2011-12.

“We have a high character group so we will keep plugging away,” Kerns said. “We have time to figure it out, but it’s a big loss.”

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