Wow, I can’t believe that the season is over. Overall, I am very proud of our guys and how they have grown over this past year both on and off the court. We had some great games this past year which included series sweeps of Fredonia, Oneonta, and Potsdam; which garnered our team the #8th seed of the SUNYAC Tournament. This marked for only the 2nd time in the program’s history that we qualified for the tournament 3 consecutive years. Not bad for a team of 9 student-athletes!
On this past Tuesday, we faced the #1 Seed and 14th Ranked Oswego State in the first round of the SUNYAC Tournament. Although we started the game down 15-4, we countered with our own 15-5 run and battled them even the entire rest of the way. There were a couple times during the course of the game that I thought we could have completed our run if we had a couple of the 50/50 balls go our way and gathered a couple more rebounds. However, for whatever reason that was not the case. The boys gave a tremendous effort and only turned the ball over 8 times in an 11 point loss in the SUNYAC Quarterfinals.
The loss marked the end of the careers of 3 seniors in Harris Wichard, Jermain Wallace, and Jamal Lis-Simmons. Their leadership, character, and basketball talents will be sorely missed by our program. Harris finished his career with 1,512 points, which ranks fifth all-time in program history and is looking towards a future in sports journalism and looking to play professionally. Jermain is looking forward to coaching high school basketball after this year and will be a great mentor. Jamal will also be looking to the coaching world in possibly soccer and basketball. His experience and leadership will lead his teams to great successes. I am extremely lucky to have such a great group of seniors for my first year at the helm.
The future looks bright and I am already excited for it to be October 18th already. We return four starters for next season. Which includes two of our three leading scorers, in Matt Devine and Nick Taldi. Matt made great strides this season as he lead the entire SUNYAC in scoring and was 2nd in rebounding. Nick was one of the conference’s best shooters from behind the arc and developed his overall game immensely. The growth of players like Shalik Jenkins, Alan Siergiej, Matt Pierson, and Josh Engler will help the team achieve new heights next year and I look forward to coaching them already.
As always thank you for your continued support and GO HAWKS!