Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Lycoming's Newbold, Chandler wrap up tour with USA East Coast All-Stars

Calvin Chandler and Alex Newbold with USA East Coast head coach Larry Brown and Lycoming assistant coach Josh Einhorn and head coach Guy Rancourt. (Photo courtesy of Lycoming College Athetics)
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Senior Alex Newbold (Bowie, Md./DeMatha Catholic) and juniorCalvin Chandler (Lake Worth, Fla./Park Vista) helped the USA East Coast All-Stars to a 2-1 record during the team’s trip to Madrid, Spain from Aug. 7-12. Newbold averaged 7.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists during the trip and Chandler added 6.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.

The East Coast All-Stars got out to a quick start on the trip, as they posted a 97-95 win over Spain All-Stars thanks to a buzzer-beating 30-footer from Notre Dame’s Rex Pflueger. Newbold finished second on the team in scoring in the game, posting 14 points, two rebounds and two assists and Chandler added seven points, five rebounds and three steals.

After a closed intrasquad scrimmage with Venezuala, East Coast posted a 102-67 win over Espana Select. Chandler finished with eight points, three rebounds and a steal and Newbold posted four points, six rebounds, an assist and a steal in the win.

The team finished the trip with a 70-56 loss to Venezuala, as the national team jumped out on a 20-3 run before East Coast cut the lead to five midway through the third quarter. Newbold posted four points, a rebound and an assist and Chandler posted three points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal in the contest.

Lycoming's 10th-year head coach Guy Rancourt and assistant coach Josh Einhorn each served as assistant coaches on the trip, while Basketball Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown served as the head coach.

The squad featured 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 Pflueger and Austin Torres, and Providence's Maliek White and Drew Edwards.

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.

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.

Lycoming kicks off the 2017-18 season at Medgar Evers in Brooklyn on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m.

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