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Armand hits 3s as Iona defeats Canisius 97-87

Armand hits 3s as Iona defeats Canisius 97-87

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) Sean Armand matched his career high with 32 points as Iona pulled away from Canisius 97-87 Sunday for its fifth straight win.

Armand, who came in ranked No. 5 in the nation with 59 made 3-pointers, was 9 of 15 from long range to surpass 200 career treys. The Gaels (11-6, 5-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) made 16 of 33 3-ponters.

Iona's Tre Bowman added a career-high 24 points.

The Gaels, who trailed by seven in the first half, opened the second with an 8-0 run to lead 55-49.

The Golden Griffins (10-7, 3-3) pulled ahead 58-57, but A.J. English and Armand hit back-to-back 3-pointers. After Reggie Groves' 3-pointer got Canisius within two, David Laury scored five straight points to spark an 8-0 Iona run.

Harold Washington scored a season-high 26 and Billy Baron had 20 points and 11 assists for the Golden Griffins, who have lost four of five.

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Wizards coach Scott Brooks says AAU workload is too high, effects are seen in NBA

Wizards coach Scott Brooks says AAU workload is too high, effects are seen in NBA

It is common on draft night for NBA general managers to address the media and reel off selling points for each of their picks. On June 20 of last year, after taking Rui Hachimura from Gonzaga with the ninth overall pick, Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard took a unique angle.

Sheppard remarked how Hachimura had less mileage than other draft prospects not only because he picked up the game of basketball at 14, but because he did not come up through the AAU ranks. AAU basketball has become notorious for grueling schedules and Sheppard is among those who feel it plays a factor at the NBA level.

NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh and I set out to take a deep dive into Sheppard's theory. We interviewed a host of subjects in the NBA, ones with AAU experience and ones without, plus people from Hachimura's past.

With the story out today, I wanted to highlight a section which includes some honest thoughts from Wizards head coach Scott Brooks.

"A lot of these programs play 60 games in a summer and four games in a day,” Brooks said. “Two things; the wear-and-tear on the body and the win-losses don’t really mean as much. If you lose a game at 10 a.m. it’s ‘Hey, don’t worry we’re going to come back at 12:30 [p.m.].’ If you lose that game [it’s the same thing], so there’s no value in playing for the win because you’ve got a game in two hours. When you grow up in that, then it becomes [meaningless].

"Good players and good teams, the losses hurt. You can’t live in it and dwell in it, but you’ve gotta learn from it. It has to hurt and then you move on.”

While some might look at Brooks’ comments as the complaints of a long-time NBA coach, it’s much more than that for the basketball lifer and father of two. 

"I think it’s too much,” Brooks said of the AAU workload. “I know I wouldn’t put my kids in that situation to play that many games at that young an age where their body is still growing.”

Brooks has been in the NBA since 1987 when he joined the league as a player. He has been a coach for nearly two decades. He has seen how AAU has changed the NBA and he clearly has some concerns.

Read the full story here.

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Nationals give World Series parade another go-around in West Palm Beach

Nationals give World Series parade another go-around in West Palm Beach

There's no such thing as too much celebrating when you're the World Series champions, so it's hard to blame the Nationals for hosting a second championship parade on Thursday.

However, this one wasn't on Pennsylvania Avenue. In fact, it wasn't even in Washington, D.C. The Nationals rode down the streets of West Palm Beach, the home of their spring training facility.

There was a smaller crowd than the one that flocked to the District last November, but the Nationals had plenty of fun throughout the evening.

Here are some of the highlights from the Nationals' latest parade.

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