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Men’s Basketball Struggles, Opens with Consecutive Losses

Sophomore guard Henry O’Reilly has carried the Bulldogs offensively, a silver lining in their dreadful start to the season. PHOTO/ Damion Reid
Sophomore guard Henry O’Reilly has carried the Bulldogs offensively, a silver lining in their dreadful start to the season. PHOTO/ Damion Reid

By Adam Zaki

Published: November 22nd, 2017 

The Brooklyn College men’s basketball team has lost by ten or more points in each of their first three contests. As a unit, it has failed to lead a game at the half thus far. They are losing games on an average differential of 15 points and are allowing a 49 percent field goal percentage by their opponents.

They have been completely out-rebounded as a unit, are giving up lots of points at the beginning of games and haven’t been able to create much chemistry when it comes to team play, a familiar problem for the Bulldogs from a season ago. 

The Bulldogs have been relying on Henry O’Reilly, a sophomore guard who suffered an injury early last December that ended his season. In just seven games, O’Reilly was a relative non-factor, averaging four points and just over two rebounds per game in his appearances. His 11-point, five-assist, and six-rebound performance against Hunter College on Nov. 29 was his best as a Bulldog.

O’Reilly has completely transformed his game this season, as he has shot an even 50 percent (15-for-30) from the field, along with an impressive 10-for-17 from distance. He leads the Bulldogs in scoring, averaging 13.3 points per game thus far. He has started all three contests and looks improved with and without the basketball from a season ago.

Senior guard Ben Batash has also been a leader for the Bulldogs in their losses. He is shooting 40% from the field and is averaging 12 points and four rebounds to start the season. Against Drew University on Nov. 19, Batash had 15 points and four rebounds. 

Junior forward/center Roki Mendoza has struggled in his young career as a Bulldog. The Laguardia Community College transfer has gone 4for-12 from the field thus far and hasn’t made a three-point shot or a free throw in his first three games. He is averaging 2.7 points in just 13 minutes per game, despite being in the starting lineup for all three contests.

Sophomore guard Michael Tesoriero missed all four of his shots in the team’s opening match against William Paterson on Nov. 15 and was only on the court for 16 minutes, despite being in the starting lineup. In the two following games, Tesoriero has improved in each contest with more productive performances in each subsequent outing. 

If his performance can continue to improve, the Bulldogs may have the go-to point guard they desperately need in Tesoriero. As senior guard Niv Konfino has been unable to lock up that spot for himself, the Bulldogs are still in search for a productive, ball-handling and floor-facilitating point guard.

If Konfino is unable to step up and be the facilitator, Tesoriero is ready to take charge, already taking the role of the starting guard. Although the two play an almost equal amount of minutes, Tesoriero has started over Konfino in all of the Bulldogs games this season. In what may be a message from head coach Rich Micallef, Konfino has yet to start a game this season after starting 19 of the 22 games he played last season.

The Bulldogs look to get their first win on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at home against College of New Rochelle. The West Quad will have all of its homecoming festivities for the Bulldogs home opener. 

Brooklyn College hasn’t won on their home court in, at the day of tipoff, 364 days, the last time being the thrilling overtime home-opener last season against St. Joseph’s Brooklyn. An update of Tuesday’s score is available on the Brooklyn College website.

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