The Peacock Press

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Can the Peacocks repeat as MAAC champions?

By: James Smith

As the Men’s Basketball season draws to a close, we take a look back at their season and look forward to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament.

With a 5-23 record this year, the Peacocks’ wins have come at a premium. The Peacocks are on a current 5-game losing streak, the second longest this season, and it has been difficult for them to keep games close. Although they have gone through tough times, the team is ready to take up the challenge.

“We feel very comfortable,” said Yvon Raymond, a junior guard for the Peacocks. “Even though we didn’t have a respectable season, we have confidence that anything is possible.”

The main problem for the team this year has been scoring points. Last year’s squad had scored an average of 60.9 points per game, while this year’s team is only scoring 58 points per game.

The Peacocks are also lacking that constant scoring threat on the perimeter. This season, Chris Prescott is only making 33.5 percent of his 3-point shots. Meanwhile, Wesley Jenkins last season had only taken 162 3-point attempts, but made 40.1 percent of his shots.

With two games left, the Peacocks sit in 9th place, which means that if the tournament started today, they would face Marist.

Marist’s team speed is their strength. George Dallas and Isaiah Morton make their fast-paced offense go, and the defense will have to work hard at disrupting their flow.

“[Marist] is a great basketball team,” said Markese Tucker, a sophomore forward for the Peacocks. “Our defense will have to step up and slow the game down in order to take their fast players out of their element.”

Marist this season is 11-17 overall, with a 5-11 record in the MAAC. They have averaged 67.8 points per game, but they give up an average of 15.1 turnovers per game.

If the Peacocks are looking to advance deep into the MAAC tournament next week, their defensive play needs to step up, and they must make their shots count. In their championship run last year, Saint Peter’s kept the score low, and made sure when they got the open shot, they hit it.

“[Last year’s team] was a very strong defensive team,” said Brandon Hall, a senior guard for the Peacocks. “We have to take a page from last year’s run, and make sure we do whatever we can to keep the other team from scoring.”

The MAAC tournament starts Thursday, March 2nd. Viewers can find the first two games on maac.tv. The rest of the tournament will be aired on ESPN’s family of channels.

 

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This entry was posted on February 23, 2012 by in Sports.
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