OLEAN – There was the Banner Ceremony of Saint Bonaventure, and the presentation of the Championship Ring before the game.
Then there was a trophy to be handed out later.
In between, Sienna proved to be an odd opponent, not interested in the trapping of St Bonaventure’s 2020-21 celebration, at least in the first half. Then Bonnies, nationally for the first time in nearly 50 years, leaned on the beleaguered Saints in the second half for a 75-47 victory at the raucous Reilly Center on Tuesday night.
St. Bonaventure was fifth in the nation in defensive scoring average (60.4 ppg) last season, when the Bonnies won the Atlantic-10 Championship for the No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament. With a five-senior starting lineup, they are ranked 23rd in an Associated Press poll, and played similarly in the second half, limiting the Saints to 15 points and 24.0% on field goals.
In addition, St. Bonaventure organized the Franciscan Cup, a trophy awarded since 2010 between the two schools, with an A-10 title and pre-game banner recognizing NCAA attendance, as well as to returnees. The championship ring is given.
For Sienna, the first half provided a slightly more upset opportunity to the Reilly crowd of 4,617, trailing only 36–32, and the second half was an opportunity to see how the number 23 team worked when its Have enough number of teams. Stubborn opponent.
“If you watch the first 18 minutes, you’re really encouraged, aren’t you?” Siena’s head coach Carmen Maciarillo said. “We need to do it for 40 minutes. I never question these guys’ hearts, their motives, their work ethic, their desire to win. I wanted to start my season on the road against this team, to show that For how hard we have to work and what we have to do, where we want to reach.
“With a few guys down and people foul, this group showed some fighting. We’ve run out of gas, and you’re out of gas if you’re trying to win on the road against a national level rival.” Can’t leave.”
Macciarillo declined to make his players available for interviews after the game.
Aidan Carpenter and Joyce Johnson scored 10 for the Saints, and Kyle Laughton, A-10 Precision Player of the Year, and Jaren Holmes each scored 17 for the Bonnies.
Siena had a tough time against St Bonaventure’s centres, 6-foot-10 Osun Osunniyi and 6-9 Karim Koulibaly.
Osunniyi blocked seven shots in 22 minutes, including denying driving attempts by Anthony Gaines to start both the first and second half, and the more physical Kolibel got the bulk of the minutes in the second half, 6 off the ground. -K-7 done. for 12 marks.
“He had, what? Eight blocks, seven blocks,” Schmidt said of Osunni.
“Sheesh,” said Laughton, sitting on two chairs across from her coach in the media room.
“That makes up for a lot of these people’s mistakes,” Schmidt said.
“The other one,” said Laughton.
“He did a great job getting us out of rhythm,” said Maciarillo. “Their defensive intensity went up, and now we’re catching the ball away from the basket, people aren’t waiting on the screen, all those things that go out the window when you’re tired, and they put their foot on the choke.” .
“Him and Coolibli, I think it would be a nice two-headed monster for him to give him some rest, and guarding a Lefty in the post is a little different, as well.”
Sienna led 17-7 to begin the game with scoring from five different players, including back-to-back threes by Nick Hopkins.
St Bonaventure had the first lead as the score was 1–0 when Osunniyi sank it to 24-23, and a three by Holmes on the left wing gave Bonnies a 36–32 lead at halftime.
In the middle of the second half, Sienna went 5 minutes without a point, and Bonnies took the lead with a 16–2 run to take a 65–42 lead, a lob pass from Holmes capped by a collapsing layup. .
“The biggest concern – and I talked to seniors about it – is being able to unveil the ring ceremony and the banner, it’s emotional,” Schmidt said. “We needed to come back and focus, and I didn’t think we did a great job at the start of the game.”
Holmes said, “It felt like Gool Ol’ Reilly Center again… live, rowdy, with the best fans in the country and the best gym in the country, and it showed today, especially when we made that run.”
“Tough game. We knew what we were doing with coming to the Reilly Center against a national level opponent,” Macciarillo said. “I think it’s great for our ball club and for our people to understand that it’s not just a 20-minute game.
“We did some good things. At the end of the day, you guys have to finish the job. We can’t leave a second chance, can’t give the shooters a catch-and-shoot three.”
St. Bonaventure was presented with the Franciscan Cup after the game, a trophy named after Brother Ed Coughlin, a St. Bonaventure alum who served as president of Siena in 2014. He died in the summer of 2019.
“We love playing for this Franciscan Cup,” said Maciarillo. “Obviously this is more special to me, with the passing of Brother Ed, and it was the chairman who appointed me to be the head coach of the program.”
The Saints were without four players due to injuries, Javien McCullum, Jared Billup, Jordan Kellier and Taihland Owens. Maciarillo expects the Billups to be back by Saturday for the home opener against Delaware.
According to SBU Sports information, St. Bonaventure was missing one of five seniors on the 2020-21 Championship team, Jalen Adway, due to “minor NCAA rules violations” that would only cost him a Sienna game.
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