Royalty Tours USA

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Royalty sees another basketball doubleheader in the City of Brotherly Love!

Prince at Liacouras Center
Saturday morning I went to Avis & I rented a Dodge Avenger for the weekend.

I went back home to Astoria and I picked up the King and our pal Frank Anichiarico who joined us for the day. We then drove into Manhattan and we picked up our buddy Mike Carroll aka Sabre Mike who decided to join us for the day as well.

We drove down to Philadelphia and we went to The Liacouras Center which is the home of the Temple Owls. They were hosting the Rhode Island Rams.

We met up with our friend Frankie Centola who has season tickets for the Owls. It was nice to see him again.

As for the game we saw, the Rams led the Owls at halftime, 37-36. In the second half, the Owls pulled ahead. They went by 11 midway through. They wound up holding off the Rams, 76-70 on Mascot day.
They announced a crowd of 9,493 which consisted mainly of families who brought their children with them for this afternoon affair. They're were some empty seats in the outer reaches of the second level.

It should be noted that the Owls honored former football player, running back Bernard Pierce who played for the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens in a ceremony at halftime.

After the game, we drove over to the Oregon Diner for dinner before we headed over to the Wells Fargo Center for the second game of our doubleheader as the Philadelphia 76ers were hosting the Golden State Warriors on Wilt Chamberlain bobblehead doll night.

We were joined by our buddy Andrew Van Cleve who was there with his son Dylan who is getting so big. It was great to see them both again.

Prince at Wells Fargo Center
As for the game we saw, the Warriors got off to a fast start as they led 31-20 after the first quarter as Stephen Curry scored 13 points. In the second quarter, the 76ers closed the gap as they trailed by 3 at halftime, 54-51. Stephen Curry finished the half with 23 points. In the third quarter, the 76ers went ahead as they led, 82-81. They cooled off Curry who only scored 3 points but Klay Thompson picked up the slack as he scored 12. In the fourth quarter, the 76ers out scored the Warriors, 22-16 as they went on to beat the Warriors, 104-97 in front of an announced crowd of 17,929.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson got shut down as they finished the game with 30 and 29 points respectively. For the 76ers, Jrue Holiday led the way with 27 points including a dozen in the fourth quarter which carried the 76ers down the stretch to the come back victory.

Stay tuned for the special post that will recap the way we spent my special day in Baltimore & Washington DC on Sunday.

Thank you for reading & following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

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