Men’s Bears Basketball in Full Swing

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The NYIT men’s basketball team has reached the half-way point of the ’13-’14 season.  The Bears have posted an eight win and eight loss records so far and have played many close games in the first half of the season. Losing three of their games by one point and one of their games by three points, while winning two games by two points and one game by three points. The team has been extremely resilient in every contest and has fought to the bitter end in every game.  The Bears were recently on a four game winning streak, before having it snapped in a loss at Molloy College on January 25th.

Head Coach Sal Logano is extremely happy with the season so far. He is especially happy with the teams play as of late, stating that “We have won 6 of our last 8 ECC games and have competed at a high level every game.” Coach Logano also pointed out that he is extremely excited for the rest of the season, “We have developing talent and a great competitive attitude. Our team lost three heartbreaking games earlier in the season, but we came back to win the next game each time.  I think that showed tremendous character and resolve.” Coach Logano hopes the team takes that mentality into the upcoming games starting with the always interesting “Battle of the Boulevard” when NYIT takes on their bitter rival C.W. Post.

Senior guard Phil Izevbehai is a huge part of the teams’ success and has “Nothing but positive thoughts,” heading into the second half of the season. Izevbehai believes that his team “has what it takes to make a deep run in the playoffs.” He also stated that “there were a few tough losses early in the season that could have easily broken our team spirit, but I am glad how we responded, it shows great character in our team!” The Second Team All-ECC player last season says that his team “has the talent to compete for a championship and expects nothing less out of them.”

Junior guard Jahleel Felix also a vital part to the team succeeding in the future. Jahleel is a strong guard that (in coach Logano’s words) “has done a great job developing into a player who can compete at the highest level.” Felix believes the Bears are “in a great position”. He says, “the team has players that have been stepping up big time and our work, effort, and chemistry as a group is all falling in place and the future is looking great for us not only for this season, but also for seasons to come.”

At this point of the season the Bears are in excellent position to contend for a postseason spot.  The Bears were predicted to finish the season in 6th place according to a Pre-season ECC poll. They are currently in 3rd place in the ECC and continuously rising. Be sure to follow the Bears as they march towards a National Championship.

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