Sea-Hawks ready for new season
(Nov. 6, 2013) The Sea-Hawks men’s basketball team opens their AUS season at the Field House this weekend against the nationally ranked Saint Mary’s Huskies.
Memorial’s lineup is anchored by 6’9 second year Vasilije Curcic (pictured on right). The Serbian had an impressive pre-season. He is joined by Noel Moffatt, Ryan Wood, and Caleb Gould to give Memorial a number of veteran threats.
The Sea-Hawks welcome a number of talented rookies. Daniel Foo (pictured on lower right), a point guard from Corner Brook, has been seeing plenty of court time through the pre-season to help solidify the backcourt.
Waterloo native Jacob Ranton, a 6’8 forward, has also been a contributor with great potential for Memorial.
Second year guard Alpha Kisusi will be looking to continue to improve this season. The athletic guard has the potential be another key player for Memorial.
The Huskies are among the favorites to win the AUS title this season. Henry Ezenibe, Riley Halpin, Jeremy McAvoy and Brian Rouse are key returning players for Saint Mary’s.
The Huskies played a strong 6-2 preseason and took a loss to defending champions Carleton by just three points. Saint Mary’s will present a dynamic attack that can shoot the three well and attack the basket effectively.
The Sea-Hawks are coming off a pre-season that saw them make progress and strides towards further success including a win over Brock in the Naismith Classic.
Memorial comes into the weekend with a few injuries on the roster.
Coach Peter Benoite said, “Injuries have hampered us all pre-season. The next three weeks will be very tough as there is very little time to rest. Taking care of the basketball will be key against SMU as they like to create points off of turnovers and get energized as a result.”
Benoite also believes his team is in a good position to evolve throughout the season.
“I can see our teams consciousness evolving, and we are becoming much more in tune with each other, and understanding how to play together within the system,” said Benoite.
Benoite sees the team progressing as the season begins with individual players showing development.
“Vasilje [Curcic] is developing into a dominant player. Caleb [Gould]’s work ethic sets the tone for us. His willingness to put his body on the line every time he steps on the floor is inspiring,” he said, “Ryan [Wood] has the ability to be one of the top wing players in the conference. He has put in a long summer of training. Daniel Foo has also stepped in and helped anchor the guard position for us.”
Contributed by Patrick Quigley