Last season the Seton Hall Pirates took the Big East by storm defeating some of the best teams in the league such as Villanova, St.Johns and even Kentucky. Now starting the new season with returning players Myles Powell, Quincy McKnight, Romaro Gill, and Asiah Avent the Pirates are ready for another storm surge.
0 Quincy McKnight Sr. G 6-4 185 Bridgeport, Conn.
1 Takal Molson Jr. G 6-5 205 Buffalo, N.Y.
2 Anthony Nelson So. G 6-4 180 New York, N.Y.
4 Tyrese Samuel Fr. F 6-10 220 Montreal, Quebec
13 Myles Powell Sr. G 6-2 195 Trenton, N.J.
4 Jared Rhoden So. G/F 6-6 210 Baldwin, N.Y.
15 Taurean Thompson Jr. F 6-11 235New York, N.Y.
21 Ike Obiagu So. C 7-2 265 Abuja, Nigeria
22 Myles Cale Jr. G/F 6-6 210 Middletown, Del.
23 Sandro Mamukelashvili Jr. F 6-11 240 Tbilisi, Georgia
30 Asiah Avent Sr. G 6-3 190 Springfield, N.J.Franklin
32 Darnell Brodie So. F 6-9 265 Newark, N.J.Newark East Side /
33 Shavar Reynolds, Jr. Jr. G 6-2 190 Manchester, N.J.
35 Romaro Gill Sr. C 7-2 255 St. Thomas, Jamaica St. Thomas
Together the team has had a tremendous start during the preseason with two big wins against Bloomfield (81-52) and Misericordia (112-38). With Myles Powell at the front of the shooting line, Seton Hall will be ringing in the points this season.
Opening up the season Seton Hall faced off against Wagner at the Historic Walsh Gymnasium at Seton Hall’s Campus. Sandro Mamukelashvili took quick possession of the ball and fired it to the basket. Wagner with the ball gained a foul on Curtis Cobb that allowed Myles Powell to get a good free throw shot. The Pirates followed up with a 2pt shot by Sandro after Myles Cale rebounded the ball on defense. Wagner finally got to the basket after two minutes Alex Morales made a good jump to the basket.
The gap widened as Seton Hall got six points from three consecutive free throws putting them in the lead by eight. With strong offense, the Pirates constantly attacked the basket breaking up Wagner’s defensive formation. By the end of the first half, Seton Hall had 52 points to Wagner who only got 37. The Pirates have been talked about by the other teams throughout the preseason as being a destructive force on the court. Coming into the season as a nationally ranked team, and having the famous shooting power of Myles Powell who dominated the courts last season and was looking to go pro. Thankfully Powell decided to remain with the school to finish his college career.
The team didn’t slow down as they attacked the basket for the second half. The team scored five points with a little over two minutes into the first start. Coming fast down the court was Ike Obiagu who used his strength and height to slam the ball for a good dunk.
The points kept climbing as the Pirates released their skills. The points broke through double digits with just two minutes left in the game when Shavar Reynolds shot up to the basket within the paint. Seton Hall won the game 105- 71. This game was not more of a challenge game but a game to set the pace for the remainder of the season. The Pirates will be back to the historic Walsh Gym to play Stony Brook on Nov 9. Following this game, Seton Hall will be facing a large basketball giant, Michigan State. The game will be the first game for Pirates at their home stadium at the Prudential Center.
The Hall is looking stronger and demanding a powerful force on the court. The team will continue to refine and get stronger as the season brings new challenges their way.