Men’s basketball: #Bonnies Vs. Mansfield Quick-Hitters

By Jeff Fasoldt @jeff_fasoldt

Here are some quick-hitters from St. Bonaventure’s 86-45 exhibition victory over D-II Mansfield.

Dominate D: The Bonnies started out in a man-to-man full-court press to start the game and it was enough to suffocate the Mansfield offense and accumulate key turnovers. The Mountaineers had a lot of trouble hanging on to the ball as they committed an astounding 28 turnovers. And, give your Bonnies credit, they had 14 steals.

Dion gets buckets: Dion Wright was a force at the 4-spot for the Bonnies. He went 10 for 12 from the field for 20 points and also had six rebounds for the brown and white. Marcus Posley was second for the Bonnies in points as he went 4-9 from the field for 14.

Everybody gets a slice: Head coach Mark Schmidt used all of his scholarship players in this exhibition and 10 of the 12 players that saw court time recorded at least one field goal.

There’s always a second chance:  While the Bonnies shot well from the field, close to 50-percent, they capitalized heavily off of second-chance points off of 17 rebounds on the offensive glass.

Idris for 3: Idris Taqqee, a fresh recruit for the Bonnies from Cushing Academy, was nothing but impressive in his debut. Last season Bonaventure had it’s struggles from three-point land and they desperately need someone to fill in this season as there key shooter. Taqqee went 2-4 from beyond the arc, hitting two of Bonaventure’s three field goals. Marcus Posley had two, and Jaylen Adams had the other one.

Have to take whats free: In what was a blowout victory for the Bonnies, there was one weak spot. The Bonnies were only 9 for 19 from the line, a mere 49-percent. Last season, missed free-throws seemed to hurt the Bonnies down the stretch in the middle of the season. One exhibition game is not enough to judge how good the Bonnies will be from the line this year but hopefullytheyt will be better than last year.

Key quotes:

“I thought the performance was a good one. I thought we got what we wanted out of the game.” – Bonnies head coach, Mark Schmidt

“The competition’s going to get better.” “I thought our guys played well and hopefully it gives them some confidence going into Dartmouth.” – Schmidt

“We’ll be more athletic than some teams (like Mansfield) but there will definitely be teams that are more athletic than us.” – Schmidt

“The big question for our team is our backcourt, losing to key guys last year, we’ll see who steps up” -Schmidt



Behind the Wolfpack: Bench is key to the Bonnies’ success

By Ryan Lazo, feature columnist, @RMLazo13

St. Bonaventure’s bench could have been mistaken for a barren wasteland last season. 

But if the Bonnies’ 87-61 exhibition win over Mansfield is any indication, they have solved their issues.

Coach Mark Schmidt talked extensively about having no depth on last year’s squad, resulting in three players being among the tops in the nation in minutes played. He added on any individual day, any player knew they could start. 

Sure, the Bonnies return four of five starters from last season —- though losing captain Ogo Adegboye -— but there is no guarantee they will all be on the court come the Nov. 11 tipoff against Cornell.

If the Bonnies bench was a wasteland last season, its bench may be the team’s Garden of Eden this season. 

The Bonnies bench scored 42 points Friday. The Bonnies bench scored 54 points in last season’s last four games combined. 

With no other reliable point guard option last season, Schmidt leaned heavily on Adegboye, the nation’s leader in minutes played. But newcomers Eric Mosley and Charlon Kloof combined for 22 points, five assists and seven rebounds, making them a two-headed monster that can take over games. 

However, their seven turnovers can lose games, too.

But it’s not just the newcomers that produced. 

Matthew Wright came off the bench and exploded for 11 points, despite missing four free throws, in only 17 minutes of action.

The sophomore is known for his silky smooth stroke and, like an artist painting a masterpiece, displayed it to the Bona faithful by hitting 2-of-4 3-pointers, one of which a fade away off of one leg which capped a 24-to-6 run to start the game.

In the power forward competition, neither junior Marquise Simmons nor senior Da’Quan Cook stood out from one another, totaling the same number of rebounds and making a similar impact on the game.

However, it’s never a bad problem to have for a coach when you have two forwards battling for playing time when others have a lack of bigs.

Having this kind of depth will help keep players rested down the stretch, something that seemed to bother last year’s team as they faded to the finish, losing four out their last five contests.

Schmidt turning toward his bench was a rarity last season, but that should change this year.

Now when Schmidt turns toward his bench, he won’t be looking at a graveyard, but at a wealth of talent that could determine the Bonnies success this season.