Siena losing players due to injury, other circumstances

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Siena College’s men’s basketball team continues to lose players due to injury or other circumstances.

The NCAA limits Division I men’s basketball teams to 13 scholarships. Siena started the year with 13 scholarship players, but the numbers game started going south for the Saints right away.

On November 11, starting center Imoh Silas found out he had a torn ACL and would be out for the season. December 5, starting forward Brett Bisping dislocated his toe during a game. He will be out for at least two months if not the whole year.

On November 9, the school announced Michael Wolfe would be transferring. About a week later, starting forward and the team’s leading rebounder Lavon Long sprained his ankle in practice and would be out for about two weeks.

Two days later, the team suspended sophomore guard Patrick Cole indefinitely making the Saints down five scholarship players.

In Monday’s practice, Willem Brandwijk went face first into the floor as he and Maurice White went for a loose ball. Head coach Jimmy Patsos said Brandwijk chipped his two front teeth, and he didn’t return to practice.

“I mean, that’s what happens when you play hard during practice every day,” senior guard Rob Poole said. “I mean, people get hurt, but people are just playing hard. So you just have to keep playing hard and hopefully things are gonna go our way.”

“He was visibly upset when he went down,” Patsos said. “There was some Netherlander talk, and that’s the first time I’ve ever heard that. You know, I’ve never heard him revert back. It’s not funny, but all of a sudden the Netherlander came out. And by the way, they’re an unbelievable soccer team. They’ve got a lot of toughness and pride and it kind of came out of him, so maybe that’s a sign of him coming along.”

Patsos is looking for toughness and pride from his players as they continue to compete despite their lack of depth. He said he expects Brandwijk will play against Cornell Tuesday night.

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