Hits Keep On Coming For Siena Saints

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The hits just keep on coming for Siena as sophomore Lavon Long suffered a high ankle sprain in practice on Wednesday. Accordng to team physician, Dr. Richard Alfred, MD, X-rays came back negative but he is out against Radford on Friday and is considered day-to-day. He has been fitted with a walking boot.

Long is averaging 9.9 points per game, third on Siena and leads the team with 5.8 rebounds per game. He had started all 8 games this season and 36 out of 38 games last year,  his freshman season.

Prior to this season, Siena, picked to finish second in the MAAC Preseason Coaches Poll, was a team whose strength was their depth. In fact it seemed that the biggest challenge for coach Jimmy Patsos and his staff would be to determine a player rotation and find enough minutes for all the pieces on the roster. My, how things have changed.

The Saints are already without senior center Imoh Silas who suffered a season-ending ACL injury and Brett Bisping who is out at least until early February after undergoing surgery on an injured toe suffered against Quinnipiac two weeks ago. Adding to their front court losses, sophomore Michael Wolfe has decided to transfer from Siena and is no longer with the team.

Earlier coach Jimmy Patsos had said Long would miss two to three weeks. Official word from Siena sports information places him as day-to-day based on the report from the team doctor. Two weeks would keep Long out for at least the final three non-conference games for the Saints, a road game at Radford on Friday and two home contests against Cornell (12/23) and Bucknell (12/28).  A third week out would mean he would miss MAAC contests at Fairfield (1/2) and at home vs. league favorite Iona (1/4). Three weeks and a day from today Siena faces Niagara at home.

In Long’s absence, the Saints will rely even more heavily on sophomore big man Javion Ogunyemi and freshmen Willem Brandwijk. Jimmy Paige, also a freshman will also be called on to increase his minutes and contribute on the inside.


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