WRITTEN BY ROBERT DEVITA AND JOE PRATASIEWICZ
The suspension of four members of the St Francis Brooklyn men’s basketball team due to an alleged violation of school policy could really harm what could have been the team’s most serious campaign in the NEC tournament for years.
The Terriers were putting together one of their best seasons in college history and were well on their way to making a run for the NEC championship. With the suspension of Junior guard Brent Jones, Sophomore guard Anthony White, Freshman forward Wayne Martin and Junior guard P.J. Santavenere, those hopes could now be in question.
This team has come together to play an inspiring brand of basketball all season long. Going forward without these four players, it will be difficult for them to play to the same level that they once did.
“St. Francis looked like it was going to have little problem qualifying for the NEC tournament with a solid chance to win the entire thing. Without those four players that is going to be a big struggle though,” wrote Rob Abruzzese in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
On Saturday the Terriers looked well over matched against Robert Morris in what was their biggest game to date. But after the shock of the suspensions and the re-arranged roster, they lost 72-50. Players had to play out of position trying to fill the roles that were left by the four players that were suspended.
Here is Saturday’s postgame interview with Terriers head coach Glenn Bracia, Junior forward Jalen Cannon and Senior guard Ben Mockford. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGQguJre0Ug
“Long-term absences of Jones, Martin and White not only threaten St. Francis’ current campaign but also the team’s future, as all three players are expected to be key contributors next season,” wrote Michael Randazzo in the Brooklyn Heights Blog.
“The students in question are temporarily suspended pending a review,” said Richard Relkin, SFC spokesman.
What looked to be an extremely promising season for the Terriers has taken a significant hit. If the suspensions of these four players are long term, it will certainly have a substantial impact on the team going forward.