WRITTEN BY PATRICK MCCORMACK
The St. Francis Brooklyn Men’s Basketball team is coming off a 12-18, 8-10 in NEC, record last season.
This finish qualified the Terriers with the sixth seed in the Northeast Conference Tournament where they lost to the Robert Morris Colonials in the opening round.
This season Head Coach Glenn Braica has the same goal as always.
He said, “I want to win the league. I want guys to act the right way, graduate, and be good people. These are my goals every year.”
This year, SFBK is returning four starters from last year.
The first starter is NEC Preseason All-Conference selection Jalen Cannon.
Last season, Cannon averaged 14.7 points per-game and 8.7 rebound per game. Cannon was also All-NEC Second Team last season.
Another starter returning for the Terriers is senior guard Ben Mockford, who averaged 11.1 points per game.
He finished third in the NEC last season in three point percentage, shooting 39.8%.
Junior Kevin Douglas, who missed the majority of last season due to a broken wrist, also returns for SFBK.
Douglas started 14 contest and averaged 7.4 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game.
The fourth starter returning is junior point guard Brent Jones. Last season, Jones averaged six points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
The Terriers are also returning some key players.
Senior Alex Isailovic started 15 games for the Terriers when Douglas went down last year. They are also return junior P.J. Santavenere, and sophomore Anthony White.
SFBK returns senior center Matt Milk and junior forword Lowell Ulmer.
Each made contributions off the bench last season.
The Terriers also welcome four newcomers this season, including sophomore forward Amdy Fall, who won a NJCAA Division I Championship last season.
The Terriers also have three freshmen: Forward Wayne Martin , and guards Yunus Hopkins and Sheldon Hagigal.
Coach Braica likes what he sees so far from his team. “We have a good mix of veterans and new guys. This year our new guys kind of spiced it up a little bit.
“They are tough kids, and they have brought a lot of completion in practice,” the fourth year head coach said.
The Terriers open up the 2013-14 season when they head to Florida on Nov. 8, 2013, to face Miami University at 10 pm.
This game will be aired on ESPN 3.