Posted tagged ‘Kervin Bristol’

It’s time to unleash the beast, Ryan Canty style

December 4, 2012
(AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

(AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

Fordham has a big match up tonight with the Lehigh Mountain Hawks on the road and one player is becoming a huge force under the basket. That is Mr. Ryan Canty.

The big man from Massachusetts played minimal minutes last year due to fouling issues. He would enter the game and pick up two fouls in 3 minutes and would have to go right to the bench. This year however, is a new year and Mr. Canty is asserting himself offensively.

Many alumni and fans were disappointed at Canty’s performance last season but I saw it as a stepping stone. He was a highly touted recruit coming in as a high energy, good rebounding, high-flying big man.  Now that we are into the month of December, we are starting to see a lot more of why he can be so dominant on Fordham’s roster.

In his last two games, Ryan has averaged 14 points, 7 rebounds, and two blocks. In the Manhattan game he has shown that he can hit the offensive glass and be a force in the paint with put back layups and dunks that not only ignited his team but got the crowd on their feet again. He finished that game with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Then against Harvard, he hit the glass more and hauled in 9 rebounds and chipped in 10 points in the starting role.

The aggressiveness he shows when grabs a rebound cannot be taught and that mindset has allowed him to put up these productive numbers the past two games.

The only thing Ryan needs to learn is to not pick up silly, ticky-tacky fouls. Ryan only played 13 minutes in the Harvard game due to fouling out and that cannot happen in the next few games. He needs to try to control a lot of that high energy and play aggressive but within his limits. His recent play right now is too valuable to the team right now and he needs to play more with his feet and not with his hands. The more the big fella can shuffle those puppies, it gives the Rams a better chance to win a ball game.

I like that this is a coming out party for Canty. Many lose sight when production goes down in a player. But now that the beast is unleashed, Fordham needs to take advantage of his production and his skill set and execute it into tonight’s ball game.

Everyone remembers how effective Kervin Bristol was defensively and offensively on this Rams squad last season. I think Ryan learned a lot from his predecessor and has used that knowledge to display it out on the floor this season.

8366428Now that I see this production from #42, Alley-Oop passes need to be thrown his way, passes need to be thrown inside the post a little more often to set up the big guy for an offensive rebound if needed, and opponents need to start getting scared about defending the paint and worry that Ryan can take over a ball game.

Tonight will be a big test for Ryan and his Fordham squad because Lehigh is a very good Patriot League team with Senior All-American guard C.J. McCollum leading his team with 25.7 points per a game.

Let’s see if Ryan mans the center position for a lot of minutes and provides a double-double and a spark in Fordham’s spirits to earn a nice road victory tonight.

2011-2012 Fordham Basketball Season Highlight Video

June 4, 2012

Fordham Men’s Basketball team went 10-19 overall and 3-13 during the Atlantic 10 conference season. The team was led by Chris Gaston who was averaging 17.1 ppg and 9.9 rpg. The Rams look to compete and be at the top of the Atlantic 10 next season.

Fordham Basketball Photos (Texas St. – Xavier)

January 25, 2012

Here is a Photo Gallery of Fordham Basketball Players warming up from the Texas State game through the Xavier game over my break. Got some cool and emotional shots! Hope you enjoy it fans…

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Fordham upended by Xavier 67-59 and move to 0-2 in conference play

January 8, 2012

The Sports Cycle’s Donnie Dwyer travels to the Rose Hill Gym to report on the game between Xavier and Fordham. Fordham hasn’t beaten Xavier since 2005 on Kevin Anderson’s dunk. This year was another loss as Xavier’s toughness and physicality lead the Rams to shooting 37% from the field. Branden Frazier had 22 pts in the game and was the leading scorer in the contest. That was Fordham’s 3rd game in 5 days…

Fordham defeats Georgia Tech 72-66

December 30, 2011

The Sports Cycle’s Donnie Dwyer goes down to the Rose Hill Gym to report on Fordham taking on Georgia Tech. First time in 47 year since an ACC team has come to the Rose Hill Gym and Fordham did not disappoint. Chris Gaston’s 10th double double and Branden Frazier’s 19 points lead them to another victory and improve their record to 6-6. The #23 ranked Harvard Crimson visit the Rose Hill Gym Tuesday January 2nd.

Fordham defeats Texas State 81-70 thanks to Chris Gaston’s monster game

December 23, 2011

The Sports Cycle’s Donnie Dwyer travels to the Rose Hill Gym to report on the matchup between Fordham and Texas State. It was all Fordham early until Kervin Bristol was injured with 5 minutes left in the first half. The Rams only needed Chris Gaston who had a monster 35 pts and 15 reb game. The Rams improve to 5-6 and face Georgia Tech on December 29th at 8pm…

Video: Fordham upended by St. John’s 56-50 at MSG

December 19, 2011

The Sports Cycle’s Donnie Dwyer travels to the Mecca of Basketball in Madison Square Garden to report on the Fordham-St. John’s game. Last year Fordham came out on top 84-81 at the Rose Hill Gym thanks to Senior Brenton Butler. However in 2011, the youth was a huge factor in the loss. Tom Pecora and Chris Gaston talk to the media about this contest and what is next for the Rams…