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They’ll Be Back

Reflecting back on the season is always bitter sweet. Particularly one in which we as fans, who are a bit spoiled, are deprived of the joys of watching our team go to the NCAA tournament.  But before we go throwing out our green and gold attire, especially our blazers, let’s take a moment to realize that the Saints will be back. Sure it is tough to see the seniors go out on such a rough note but the Saints will go Marching in again to the big dance.  This let down after success is nothing new.  I remember back in 1989 after the amazing ride of the win over Stanford in the NCAA tournament attending an end of the year rally at the Alumni Recreation Center.  They played a highlight video of that season to the music of a Steve Winwood song.

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Back In The High Life Again lyrics
Songwriters: Winwood, Steve; Jennings, Will;

It used to seem to me
That my life ran on too fast
And I had to take it slowly
Just to make the good parts last

But when you’re born to run
It’s so hard to just slow down
So don’t be surprised to see me
Back in the bright part of town

I’ll be back in the high life again
All the doors I closed one time
Will open up again
I’ll be back in the high life again
All the eyes that watched me once
Will smile and take me in

And I’ll drink and dance with one hand free
Let the world back into me
And oh I’ll be a sight to see
Back in the high life again

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That following season there was no NCAA tournament for Siena, and yes it was a let down much like this year, but the successes that followed have been many. There is great reason to believe that this program will indeed be back…. in the high life… again.

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Look at these stats for a season: 1.9 points per game, 2.9 rebounds per game. 1 3-pointer made, 33.8% from the field, 51.5% from the free throw line. Not exactly a dream season right? But this is a season that began one of the greatest careers of all time at Siena.  These are the stats of Ryan Rossiter his freshman season.  You know THAT Ryan Rossiter.  The guy who was this years MAAC Player of the Year, the all time Siena rebound leader and one of Siena’s all time leading scorers. What better example could there be to remind us that players inprove, they emerge, new stars come in. It will happen. Here is another set of stats: 9.0 points per game and 4.25 assists per game.  These numbers belong to freshman Rakeem Brookins.  That scoring average is better than 5 out of 10 of the top 10 Siena career scorers of all time in their freshman seasons including #2 Doremus Bennerman, as well as Alex Franklin and yes, Ryan Rossiter. Perhaps the Rahk is yet another Siena star in the making.

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It wasn’t easy watching Ryan and Clarence Jackson sitting on the bench in the closing moments of the loss to Iona with tears in their eyes. Nor was it easy to see the disappointment as they answered questions during the postgame press conference(video below) after what may have been the toughest loss of their careers, the last game of their careers.  But even during this tough time they spoke of the great decision they had made to come to Siena. Even more refreshing was to hear them speak of their teammates fellow senior Steven Priestley, and walk-ons Connor Fenlon and Steven Cruz.  They were able to find the positive in this tough time and so should we, the fans.

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One Comment

  1. Zola Harville

    March 15, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Major thanks for the blog article.Really thank you! Cool.

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