Posted tagged ‘Coach Pecora’

Poor Second Half haunts Fordham in 85-66 loss to VCU

February 28, 2014

The Sports Cycle’s Donnie Dwyer is at the Rose Hill Gym as Fordham loses it’s 5th straight game 85-66 to VCU. Freshman Jon Severe and Sophomore Mandell Thomas had 14 points apiece while Senior Guard Branden Frazier had 10 points in the loss. Junior center Ryan Canty had 2 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. The Rams take on LaSalle this Saturday at 5pm on their home floor.


Fordham Basketball loses 5th straight as Dayton gets 80-68 road win

January 16, 2014

The Sports Cycle’s Donnie Dwyer is at the Rose Hill Gym as Fordham Men’s Basketball loses their 5th game in a row and 8th straight contest against Dayton 80-68. Ryan Rhoomes was the lone bright spot for the Rams, finishing with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Dayton Head Coach Archie Miller talks about Fordham’s future program success and Coach Pecora discusses how to stay positive during a tough stretch of basketball in the month of January.

Fordham Basketball wins 2 in a row with 79-48 win over Furman

December 5, 2013

The Sports Cycle’s Donnie Dwyer is at the Rose Hill Gym reporting on Fordham Basketball’s 31 point win over Furman. Ryan Rhoomes had a standout game with a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds (9 offensive), Mandell Thomas had 19 points and 4 rebounds, Jon Severe keeps up his 20+ streak with 23 points and knocking down 5 three point shots, and the Fordham defense didn’t allow the Paladins to make a three point shot in the game.

Fordham Basketball wins the Battle of the Bronx and the stats told the story

December 2, 2013
(Photo By: Paul J. Bereswill)

(Photo By: Paul J. Bereswill)

I was sitting on the baseline with my camera in hand for the 85-73 loss to Sacred Heart and I couldn’t help but think this season was lost after Fordham lost Manny Suarez, Antoine Anderson, and Ryan Canty for an uncertain time table. Plus, Bryan Smith suffered an injury in practice and has missed a couple of games. In the press conference, Coach Pecora was very upset and said things were going to change in the “Battle of the Bronx.” He practiced his players very hard to teach them that every possession matters. Well, it showed Tuesday night and here are my 5 reasons to why they were so successful in the victory against Manhattan.

#1 – Attack mode which led to 37 Free Throw Attempts

During the loss to the Pioneers, the Rams only took 20 free throw attempts in the game and only 1 in the first half. During the win against the Jaspers, Fordham took 37 free throw attempts and converted on 26 of them. Being aggressive led to Manhattan’s shot blocker Rhamel Brown, who finished the game with 9 blocks, to foul out of the contest.

Fordham has gone to a four guard lineup which allows quicker guards to matchup with slower forwards. Coach tells his guards to get to the basket and finish through contact. Having speed is an advantage the Rams want to exploit all season long. Freshman Jon Severe and Senior Branden Frazier each took 13 free throw attempts in the victory and the Jaspers totaled 28 personal fouls which takes away minutes from big time athletes.

Through 5 games, the main slashing guards (Frazier, Severe, and Thomas) have attempted 101 free throws combined up to this point. If these three continue to attack the defense, the Rams will have more W’s in the win column.

#2 – Force opponent to take perimeter shots

The Rams allowed 40 points in the paint and only 15 three point shot attempts to Sacred Heart in the rough loss. But in Tuesday night’s victory, Fordham forced Manhattan to take 32 three point shots and they only converted on 6.

The Rams have gone to a 2-3 or 2-1-2 zone for most of the season. They key to the zone is communication. Through 4 games, the communication was a work in progress. On Tuesday, Fordham gave Manhattan looks from deep and forced long jumpers which led Fordham to run out in transition and attack the rim.

If Fordham allows Furman to take 32 three point shots, they should have themselves a winning streak and a home victory.

#3 – Bigs Rebound the Basketball consistently

Through Fordham’s first four games, the guards have a combined 114 rebounds and the bigs have 63 rebounds. They key to the Rams success is having your forwards and centers rebound the rock. On Tuesday, the guards got some help.

In the win, Travion Leonard and Ryan Rhoomes had 13 of the 42 rebounds and 6 of the 14 offensive boards. If Fordham can get Leonard to average 7 rebounds and Rhoomes to average 6 rebounds, the Rams would get help on the glass and it would take pressure off the guards to crash the boards every time there is a miss.

If #2 and #30 continue to be consistent rebounding the basketball, Coach will find it easier to call their name during a game and give him confidence that they will produce.

#4 – Positive Assist to Turnover Ratio

One of Fordham’s strong statistics is their assist to turnover ratio through 5 games. They have a 1.2 assist to turnover ratio which is better than the -4.5 they had last season. This is due in large part to the four guard lineup, the great ball movement from sideline to sideline, and the lack of a post play in the offensive sets (like a Chris Gaston or Kervin Bristol) to be successful like in years past. Fordham can now attack off the dribble and use the spacing of the floor to their advantage rather than go into a motion offense and eat up clock.

#5 – Converting Second Chance Opportunities into points  

The Rams converted on 16 second chance points on 14 offensive rebounds in the win Tuesday Night. During the first four games the Rams averaged just 9.5 second chance points a contest, so to score 16 second chance points was a big improvement. Fordham showed that if they crash the glass, they can score on an easy bucket or start a new offensive possession to create more chances to put points on the scoreboard.

With Ryan Rhoomes having 17 offensive rebounds and 15 defensive rebounds so far this season, expect more offensive chances from him and expect the Rams to convert on those extra possessions. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————–

Fordham takes on Furman this Wednesday at 7 PM in the Rose Hill Gym. The Paladins are ranked 213th in rebounding with 35.2 boards a contest. The Rams need to take advantage of that weakness and continue to create points from the free throw stripe.

Fordham Basketball defeats Northwood University 98-80 in exhibition to start season

November 2, 2013

The Sports Cycle’s Donnie Dwyer is at the Rose Hill Gym for full recap of the exhibition contest between Fordham and Northwood University. The Rams got 23 points from Senior Branden Frazier, 20 from Sophomore Mandell Thomas, 17 from Travion Leonard, 15 from Freshman Jon Severe, and a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds by Junior Bryan Smith. Fordham won 98-80. They begin their regular season at home against the St. Francis University Red Flash at the Rose Hill Gym part of a double header with the women’s game first at 6 PM.



One on One with Fordham Head Coach Tom Pecora

January 9, 2013

The Sports Cycle and TV 6’s Donnie Dwyer goes one on one with head coach Tom Pecora of the Fordham Basketball team to talk about the year so far, player development, and the Atlantic 10 schedule which starts today against Duquesne.

Fordham has been missing a Jermaine, can the freshman be the missing link?

November 2, 2012

I write this post because to me, there hasn’t been an amazing point guard at Fordham since Jermaine Anderson. This year, we have a new Jermaine from Canada, and his last name is Myers.

Let me rebel in what was Jermaine Anderson. He was a good passer, he was a 90% free throw shooter, he could knock down 4-8 threes in a ball game, and most importantly, he was the fastest man on the court. (I did beat him in knockout during summer camp at Fordham University. My brother is still shocked that I was able to do it.)

What Fordham has been missing since 2008 is a point guard with speed and smart decision making. No nack on Kevin Anderson or Brenton Butler, but could you imagine 2008 Dunston, Stout, Greene, Binns, and Anderson’s Senior season with Jermaine? They would have been a top 25 team.

We saw what Jermaine could do. He could lead you to the A-10 semi-final game, he could be a court leader, and he could score the ball. Now, can the rookie do the same?

When Jermaine Anderson got the ball, he ran past everyone and was able to either get a shot off or find an open teammate for a shot. If Myers can do the same, we are in good shape folks.

What I have been hearing from Myers is that he has a High IQ and has developed at every single level he has played. Just hear from his coach.

“He does what he has to do to win,” Mantegna said. “He’s the best point guard I’ve ever had here and we’ve had some pretty good players. He has a real high IQ, he’s won at every level he’s been at and he makes everybody on the floor better. He’s just a winning player. He’s something special.”

Something special, eh? Well that’s what Fordham needs. Throughout scrimmages, I have heard he has been turning heads and making this team stronger and better. So Fordham has a real point guard?

Yes, they finally do. He will have growing pains with turnovers and mistakes but I am not worried about that because I see something special in this kid. It also now takes a big load off of Fatty and his shoulder surgery. He is expected to be back around Thanksgiving time and he can return as a compliment two guard rather than having to carry the load like last season.

From watching this kid play and from hearing the talk around the town, this kid is the REAL deal. I think we have got ourselves a point guard folks. If we didn’t have this kid, I would honestly have to say the year would have been difficult and losing would have been rough. But now, I see only positives and a great season out of this young guy.

Expect a few A-10 rookie of the weeks out of this kid too. He will finally make us forget about Jio Fontan (who?) and the other point guards that have been here since Jermaine Anderson.

It’s nice to have a Jermaine on campus again who could be better and that difference maker Fordham has been missing since 2007.