Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Lycoming College Basketball - Newbold, Chandler set for tour with USA East Coast

Alex Newbold and Calvin Chandler will tour France with the USA East Coast All Stars in August.
(Photo Courtesy of Lycoming Sports Information)
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Senior Alex Newbold (Bowie, Md./DeMatha Catholic) and junior Calvin Chandler (Lake Worth, Fla./Park Vista) will join head coach Guy Rancourt and the USA East Coast All-Stars on the team’s annual sojourn to Europe, where the 2017 edition of the all-stars will face four national teams in Madrid, Spain from Aug. 7-12.

A bundle of kinetic energy, the 5-10 Newbold has started 80 games in his first three years with the Warriors, moving into the team’s three-guard spot while having the ability to play anywhere from the No. 2 to No. 4 slots on the floor despite his undersized frame. He has averaged 9.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game while hitting 51 percent (320-of-631) of his shots from the floor. As a junior captain, he averaged 8.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals while leading the Warriors to their second straight conference title.

Chandler, a 6-6 forward, has the ability to spread the floor, as he hit 15 3-pointers and averaged 2.9 points and 2.4 rebounds per game for the Warriors, while serving as a No. 4 and No. 5 player.

Lycoming's 10th-year head coach Guy Rancourt will serve as a coach on the trip again, while his staff will include Basketball Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown, the only coach to win NBA and NCAA Championships as a head coach, winning the NBA title with Detroit in 2004 and Kansas in 1988.

The squad once again features talent from throughout the landscape of college basketball, led by South Carolina’s Rakym Felder, Syracuse’s Franklin Howard and Matt Moyer, and Notre Dame’s Rex Pflueger and Austin Torres, and Providence’s Maliek White and Drew Edwards.

The All Stars will hold a two-day training camp in New York City starting Sunday, Aug. 5, before leaving for a five-day tour in Madrid, Spain. The USA East Coast squad will face off with three FIBA opponents, facing Venezuela on Aug. 8, Senegal on Aug. 9, Mexico on Aug. 10 and Japan on Aug. 11.

Each summer since 2006, Rancourt has coached the East Coast All Stars on a tour of Europe, playing against several national and professional teams. During the tour, Rancourt has coached players from Louisville, West Virginia, Duke, Kentucky, Drake, Notre Dame, St. John's, Syracuse, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas State, Arkansas, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Texas A&M, George Washington, Michigan, Maryland and Rutgers.

The Warriors enjoyed a remarkable season in which it won a school-record 24 games, three more than the previous-best set three times, as it repeated as MAC Commonwealth champions, becoming the first team in school history to repeat as conference champs. The team's 2,373 points surpassed the school record of 2,330 set in 1995-96, its 861 field goals also breaking the mark of 839 set in 1996.

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