Excitement brewing for Bobcat Hoops
By Michael T. Lyle, Jr.
October 13, 2007
HAMDEN — Sporting new jerseys, a new head coach and a new-look roster, the spotlight was on the Quinnipiac men’s basketball team as they took to the floor of the TD Banknorth Sports Center for “Midnight Madness” Friday night. Led by first-year coach Tom Moore, the Bobcats got one of the loudest ovations from a raucous crowd who came out to show their support as a new era in Quinnipiac hoops officially began.
Indeed, expectations are high as this year’s squad sees the return of four key players from last season, led by senior guard DeMario Anderson. But the Bobcats boast a bevy of freshman talent, highlighted by the off-season signings of two highly-touted prospects in guards Evann Baker, and his brother, Jeremy Baker. Although it’s too early to say they’ll be the talk of the Northeast Conference, Moore is pleased with how well both have adapted to his coaching style.
“I like their confidence and toughness”, said Moore. “They have a chance to be very good players in this league.” Unfortunately, fans eager to see the type of talent these two Washington, DC natives bring to program will have to wait until the season-opener here against Hartford on November 11. The same could also be said for DeMario, who sat out the night to rest his knee after having surgery to repair a sprained MCL during the off-season.
“It looks pretty good,” said Moore. “Fortunately for us, we’re expecting him at the start of the season.”
The rest of the Bobcats did get a chance to woo the crowd with a display of accuracy and athleticism. Sophomore guards Casey Cosgrove and James Feldeine battled it out in a 3-point shooting contest, with Feldeine besting his teammate by knocking down 14 treys. That was preceded by a slam dunk display from the likes of Evann and Louis Brookins. Following the event, Moore addressed the crowd and had one simple request from the Bobcat faithful for this young season.
“Please keep coming out in big groups and help get us over the hump.”
As confetti fell from the rafters of the “The Bank”, Moore is optimistic about his team’s chances that a similar scene will occur at the end of the NEC tournament in mid-March.
“It’s do-able. How long it takes to get there, I’m not sure. But we’re pushing everyday to reach that goal.”