Too little, too late: Bonnies fall to Siena

By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

It has often been said that in rivalry games, you can toss records and statistics from previous games out the window.

Wednesday night’s Franciscan Cup game between the St. Bonaventure Bonnies and Siena Saints was a shining example of that old adage.

The inexperienced Bonnies saw their frenetic comeback attempt fall short on Wednesday night, dropping a 73-70 contest to a Siena Saints team that entered the game 0-2.

The young Bona team showed flashes of offensive brilliance, but they couldn’t find a consistent shooting stroke, shooting just 38.7 percent from the field and 58.3 percent from the free throw line in an abysmal offensive performance.

One of the main factors in the poor shooting performance was Siena’s 2-3 zone, which worked like a charm for the first time in the young season and proved to be too much for Bonaventure to handle.

“We didn’t attack the zone like we needed to,” said Bonnies coach Mark Schmidt. “Siena was smart to stay in it.”

“We need to execute better both offensively and defensively,” Schmidt continued. “We’re going to come back tomorrow and see what we did wrong.”

Back-to-back three-pointers by Marcus Posley and Jaylen Adams cut the Siena lead to just four with two minutes left, but the Saints made a couple layups to pull away again with a minute left. Andell Cumberbatch’s two threes and Marcus Posley’s buzzer-beating triple proved to be mere stat-stuffers on the score sheet in the end.

“It’s a good sign that we kept on fighting,” said Schmidt. “We could have easily laid down, but no one on this team is going to quit.”

Cumberbatch led SBU with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Marcus Posley added 22 and seven. Unfortunately, for the brown and white, the rest of the team was only able to muster 26 points combined.

The 1-1 Bonnies face Canisius in another rivalry game on Saturday afternoon. If Golden Griffins coach Jim Baron is wise, he will take advantage of the Bonnies’ lack of execution against the zone and implement that into his game plan.

It’s up to Mark Schmidt’s team to learn how to execute against a zone defense to avoid another long game of misses and disappointments.

Adams and Adams lead #Bonnies to victory

By Jeff Fasoldt @Jeff_Fasoldt

The St. Bonaventure University Bonnies defeated the Dartmouth Big Green in front of a jam-packed Reilly Center crowd Saturday evening, to start the season off with a win.

Marcus Posley, who was second in scoring to Dion Wright in the Bonnies exhibition win last weekend over Mansfield had another dominate game as he went 7 for 16 from the field, with 16 points, including two three-pointers—both in the first half.

Wright had another solid, consistent game as well going for 14 points on 6-13 shooting.

The first half was a struggle for the brown and white as sloppy turnovers only left them with a one-point lead on a miserable 31-percent from the field over the Ivy League Dartmouth after 20 minutes. But, luckily for the Bonnies—freshmen Adams and Adams stole the show of their first game as college basketball players in the second half.

Point-guard Jaylen Adams went 4-5 from beyond the arc in the second half and finished tied with Posley for a team-leading 16 points.

“Coach put a lot of confidence in me and I just went out there and played basketball,” said Adams. “My team kept my head up and kept me positive and we just went out and played a way better second half.”

Shooting-guard Jalen Adams went 2-2 from beyond the arc and finished with 11 points while the Bonnies shot an incredible 48-percent in the second half.

“I just had to wait my turn,” said Adams. “Marcus (Posley) was doing good and so was the rest of the team so when they needed someone off the bench to bring some energy I guess I was that guy.”

Andell Cumberbatch was the leader for Bonaventure on the boards as he grabbed 10 rebounds and recorded 10 points for the double-double.

It’s worth noting that starting center Youssou Ndoye was suspended for this game due to his involvement in an impermissible summer league game, and Denzel Gregg missed this game and will sit out the next five for an unidentified violation of team rules.

“It’s next man up,” said Bonaventure head coach, Mark Schmidt. “You can’t worry about who’s not playing.”

St. Bonaventure’s next game will be against a tough Siena team in the battle of the Franciscan Cup on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Reilly Center. Siena beat the Bonnies on a last-second shot last season at the Times-Union Center.

Men’s basketball: Cumberbatch plans to step up as #Bonnies leader

By Jeff Fasoldt, @Jeff_Fasoldt 

The NCAA basketball season is just around the corner, and St. Bonaventure students and fans are ready to pack the Reilly Center to watch a young team with mammoth expectations.

New names and fresh talent with the likes of Jalen Adams, Jaylen Adams, Iakeem Alston, Jordan Tyson, Marcus Posley and Idris Taqqee will no doubt help the Bonnies this season, but don’t forget about the key returners on a talented squad—and do not overlook senior Andell Cumberbatch.

Last season, after transferring from Barton Community College in Kansas, the 195- pound guard was just a rookie on the team, but contributed immediately and started 25 games as a junior.

Cumberbatch showed incredible poise on the road as he led the team in points both at Iona, with 19, and at Wake Forest, with a career-high 25.

Even with fellow seniors, Jordan Gathers, Youssou Ndoye and Chris Dees on the team, the roster is young, and this year the senior knows that even though it’s only his second year at Bonaventure, it’s his time to take the reigns.

“We have new leaders on this team,” said Cumberbatch. “We had veteran guys last year but now I see myself as a leader because I’m one of the veterans on the team and it’s my senior year.”

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Men’s basketball: #Bonnies’ Cumberbatch poised to make an impact

By Mike Bednarowicz, @MBed10

Junior Andell Cumberbatch looks to have a big impact in his first season with the Bonnies.

Cumberbatch, who transferred to St. Bonaventure from Barton Community College in Kansas, averaged 14.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game to lead his team last season.

Cumberbatch said the biggest difference in jumping from junior college to Division I basketball has been the speed of the game and just trying to learn the system.

He took a liking to the school rather quick which helped his decision.

“I felt comfortable with everybody,” said Cumberbatch. “The Bona family really welcomed me and the whole coaching staff made me feel comfortable when I came here.”

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