2013-14 Hunter College Men’s Basketball Season Preview
Added by Bernadette Pasley on November 4, 2013.
(Image via HunterCollegeAthletics.com)
With 11 newcomers on its roster, the Hunter College men’s basketball team finished the 2012-13 season with an 8-18 record. Though their inexperience contributed to a seven game losing streak, the Hawks were able to overcome that and make it to the first round of the City University Of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) Championships, before losing to the College Of Staten Island.
On assessing the season his young team had, Head Coach Shay Berry said, “We were not a very strong defensive team and we turned the ball over too much.”
Berry believes that the experience the team gained last year will help lead them to a better record this season. That experience should be evident in the nine returners on the 2013-14 roster. The team also has five newcomers: transfers Frankie Drayton, Chris Garcia, Bryan Silvera and Andreas Arrieta, and freshman Ishmael Nausurdeen. This is the second recruiting class for Berry, who is entering his third year as head coach.
The year begins on November 12th with an exhibition game at Queens College, a Division 2 school. The regular season gets underway three days later against Gwynedd-Mercy College. Hunter’s first CUNYAC game will take place on November 26th against Baruch College.
Though Baruch is considered a big rival, Berry is wary of branding them in such a manner.
“Everyone likes to say our rival is Baruch,” he said. “I like to think that we have a lot of work to do–because they beat us twice last year–before I call them a real rival.” He believes the rivalry simply boils down to the fact that both schools are located on Lexington Avenue. “We need to earn the right for Baruch to be a rival, by beating them or making the games closer,” he said.
The regular season concludes on February 18th against York College (NY). After that, Hunter hopes to return to the CUNYAC Championships, this time getting past the first round. Berry believes that getting out of that first round is key. “Then,” he said, “the four teams go to City College for the semi-final and the final, and at that point anything can happen. But you have to put yourself in a position to win that first round game.”
Making it to the semi-final or final will be gravy if the Hawks can put together a winning record this season. It has been years since they finished above the .500 mark. Doing so would complete phase three of a rebuilding process that started two years ago. Berry looks at it differently, however: “Rebuilding is a bad word,” he said. “Revival is maybe the best word. We’re reviving something that was very good here.”
It will be interesting to see if they can complete that revival this season and bring back what was good all those years ago.