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Fordham Basketbal falls to St. John’s 104-58 in Holiday Festival 2013

December 8, 2013

The Sports Cycle’s Donnie Dwyer went to Madison Square Garden for the 2013 Holiday Festival. Mandell Thomas led the Rams with 15 points but it was St. John’s shooting that stole the show as the Red Storm shot 66 percent in the 104-58 win. Fordham has not beaten St. John’s in the Garden since 2000.

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.



Fordham Basketball off season workouts shows change in body

October 16, 2013

I have been looking at a lot of the Fordham players pictures in their new jerseys and I can’t help but notice the players change from this years off season workouts. Travion Leonard went from 341 lbs. down to 268 lb. this season and can do basketball activities without being limited, Ryan Rhoomes never had been this strong when being recruited from High School, Bryan Smith was never this ripped and bulky as a shooting guard in the Bronx, and Ryan Canty looks like he went from a raw lengthy big man to a filled out more polished center.

I hope these changes lead to a better result on the court. It should be great to see the team in action Friday night.

2012 change

2012 Rams

Trav and Ryan

2013 New Travion and Ryan


Freshman Bryan Smith

Freshman Bryan Smith


Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith and Jared Fay

High School Canty

High School Canty



Fay, Ryan Canty, and Smith

Photo Gallery: Fordham beats Duquesne 82-75

January 22, 2013

Here is the photos taken at Fordham’s 82-75 win over the Dukes. I hope you enjoy them.

One on One with Fordham Freshman Center Travion Leonard

January 10, 2013

The Sports Cycle and TV 6’s Donnie Dwyer talks wtih Fordham Freshman Center Travion Leonard and his adjustment to college ball and what he has learned so far through 15 games.

Fordham opens up A-10 season with 82-75 win over Duquesne

January 10, 2013

The Sports Cyle and TV 6’s Donnie Dwyer reports from the Rose Hill Gym after Fordham defeats Duquesne 82-75. This is the first season the Rams started 1-0 in A-10 play since 2006. Chris Gaston had 18 points and 10 rebounds while Branden Frazier had 16 points and 13 assists in the victory.