LOUDONVILLE — At one point, Siena women’s basketball head coach Jim Jabir joked earlier this year that he loved his new team, saying it would be fine if the All Saints practiced.
Now that it’s time to play?
“I wish we had one more month’s practice before we played because I think we’re not really ready,” Jabir said during an availability with field reporters on Monday, “but I think I have to go every year.” It seems like.
Jabir has coached more than 30 seasons during his career, and his second tour of Siena begins with a 5:30 p.m. game in Binghamton on Tuesday. Jabir was hired during the offseason to replace Ali Zak, as Jabir returned to the school from 1987–90 after coaching four other schools over the past three decades. Most recently, Jabir coached at Florida Atlantic.
Leaving aside the desire for more practice time at the end, which is perhaps felt by more than some Division I basketball coaches, Jabir has expressed optimism over the past several months about what to expect from the Siena program, which last season. Was finished 4-9. The campaign which was abbreviated due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. His team is a mix of returning players and newcomers, and the Saints displayed the fast-paced, free-flowing offensive system that Jabir wants him to do in his 18-point exhibition win against the Division II Dominican this past weekend. use during. In that game with over 70 possessions, Sienna scored 99 points.
From that competition, however, Jabir said he wants to see improvement in all areas. The defense could have been tighter, the Saints could rebound better and the offensive execution was far from perfect. Sienna made 26 turnovers in that matchup, with eight different Saints doing multiple turnovers.
However, Jabir said he was “very excited” for the Saints season to begin. Sienna will play four road games to begin its campaign, and its season-opening game comes against the upcoming Binghamton event from the 5–11 season. The Saints will begin their session as a task, but Jabir said he feels he has a group that is capable of making great progress.
“I really think we’re going to have some cool things this year,” Jabir said, “and I think it’s just a matter of figuring out what pieces to turn.”
Sienna’s first regular-season home game is its November 27 matchup versus Duquesne, a matchup that follows four road games to start the Saints’ campaign.
Siena’s home opener started nearly two months in which the Saints would not leave the state. Beginning with their November 27 game against Duquesne, Sienna will play seven home games and street events at Ulbani, Iona, Manhattan, Marist and Syracuse before playing a January 20 game at Ryder in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
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