Basketball Blog: No need to panic

Freshman Junior Fortunat (second from right) will help alleviate Rider's rebounding issues once he receives eligibility by the NCAA.

 By Corey Donetz

Many are beginning to already write off the Rider men’s basketball team, but the season has just begun and it is by no means time to panic. No one wants to start off 0-4, but just because the Broncs are winless doesn’t mean they haven’t done things right. 

All four games have been tough out-of-conference games, including two very tough road games. In all four of the losses, the team has done things to aid the opposition. Luckily for the Broncs, a lot of their problems can be addressed fairly easily.

The major problem has been rebounding. Height is not a strong point for Rider, but the team is also without freshman forward Junior Fortunat. He was recruited and signed by Head Coach Tommy Demspsey to help solidify the paint along side sophomore forward Daniel Stewart. Fortunat is currently sidelined awaiting clearance to play from the NCAA, but when he’s able to make his debut, he will contribute instantly.

Another big reason why the Broncs have fallen to 0-4 has been their poor shooting from both the field as well as the foul line. Rider has too many talented players to keep shooting this badly. The shots will begin to fall and once all of the rust is shaken off, and all of the new additions settle into their roles, the team will begin to earn some victories in the win column.

It’s better for the Broncs to struggle now, and learn from their mistakes early in non-conference play, than when it matters most during conference play.


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