Saints Shattered By Canisius

shattered backboard

In an odd start to the evening Siena’s Willem Brandwijk threw down a basket-breaking reverse dunk in pregame warm-ups and it was all bad from there as Canisius rolled over Siena, 83-49 in Buffalo. The tip off was delayed for an hour but the shorthanded Saints never got going as they fell to 6-10, 3-4 in the MAAC.

After a lengthy delay, the shattered backboard was replaced. Once the basket was raised and the game was about to begin, referees discovered that the rim was six inches too low and the game was delayed once again while the hoop was further adjusted to the proper height.

Siena played without its leading scorer Rob Poole (ankle) and leading rebounder Lavon Long (toe), cutting the available roster to just seven scholarship players. The Saints suffered their worst loss since a 95-59 drubbing to Iona at Madison Square Garden in January of 2012.

Canisius led the entire way shooting 49% from the field. The Saints trailed by as many as 37 at one point and they were out-scored 48-27 in the second half.

Siena committed a season-high 22 turnovers.

Point guard Marquis Wright led Siena with 14 points and nine rebounds, but committed a season-high nine turnovers and didn’t have a single assist. Wright entered the game leading the MAAC with 5.8 assists and a 2.7 assist/turnover ratio. Javion Ogunyemi finished with 8 points and 6 rebounds and Evan Hymes also had 8 points. Willem Brandwijk had 8 rebounds in addition to his 1 shattered backboard.

Walk-on Jimmy Merrill entered the game with 14:23 to play and Canisius leading 51-26. He finished with 2 points. Walk-on Mike Wilson also scored 2 points and Ryan Kelley, who began the season as a team manager, saw 2 minutes of action.

Phil Valenti scored a game-high 22 points for Canisius (9-7, 4-3).  Jeremiah Williams scored 12 points and Kassius Robertson added 10.  All 11 players who saw action for Canisius scored, with seven posting at least seven points.

Siena has lost back-to-back MAAC games after defeating Niagara 79-69 at home last Thursday. The Saints and Purple Eagles meet again Sunday at 2 p.m. at Niagara.


Postgame Comments

Siena coach Jimmy Patsos:

On the multitude of injuries:

“Imoh Silas was a starter for us last year and then Brett Bisping was our MVP in the postseason. Rob Poole is our best player this year scoring wise and Lavon Long is a hardhat lunch pail kind a guy.”

“They’ve been hurt all week (Long and Poole). Lavon’s had turf toe on his right toe all year then he sprained his left toe and then Poole sprained his ankle against Fairfield. We thought maybe they could go and they couldn’t go yesterday. They couldn’t practice. When we were down 10 they both said we can go and I said no no-no. He (Long) said put me and I said no your toe’s hurt in your other toe’s hurt. I’m saving them for the season. At some point you have to make sure he’s really okay because he’s going to just keep getting hurt. I admire Lavon for wanting to go in but I made the call.”


On Bradwijk’s broken basket:

“The reason the backboard broke it’s like everything in our program is broke this year. The final exclamation point is the backboard breaking. They came down and said a backboard broke. I said it had to be ours. They go of course it is. I said I knew it.  Maybe we used up all our luck. We had a bunch of guys hurt. We had a guy whose soul was broken. That’s why he left the program and transferred. We had everything go right last year and for much everything go broke this year. There’s no problem. I love these guys. Their attitude’s fine.”

“I don’t think it was what do you do now? I think it was, what’s next? For the year we’ve had, what’s next?”


“We’re playing hard. I’m proud of our guys. There’s no quit. Marquis is a really good point guard. He’s probably trying to do too much. I don’t mean in a bad way he just looks at the thing and says I have to do more and trying to do more is going to be some mistakes. Marquis is one of the great point guards in this league and he’s young.”

“We’re not yelling. We’re talking about playing for pride, the Siena pride. We have to take care of the ball. We’ve got to make some free throws and once in a while we’ve got to stop a guy from making the wide-open three.”

“I mentioned that I’d like to take twos before we take threes. They’re trying, three-pointer three-pointer three-pointer. Theirs go in. Ours miss. We miss, rebound, on the other and dunk. I’ve been doing this 25 years. They haven’t all been smooth.”

“I don’t mind the making threes. Sometimes it bothers me but it would be nice if we made one back on them. They made four or five threes in the first half, we were one for six. I’m like how about three for six maybe. I don’t live my life enough to get three for six. I’ve got to get closer to God or something I don’t know.”

“If you look at our whole year, guys are making threes on us and they see the jersey and they’re mad that we had a good year last year and we’re playing in front of 6000 people. I understand that. We have a great program for 30 years. There’s a game plan here.”

“We are in a weird state right now but hey the Cavs are too and the Knicks are too.”


Marquis Wright:

“Right now, he’s (Patsos) doing a lot for us and our team. We’ve got to come together and accept coaching. That’s the main goal I think. That’s why our team is the way it is now.”

“Looking at that (broken basket). Why did it have to be our basket that breaks? But then again, there’s no excuse. We had more time to warm up. It happened for a reason.”

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