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February 06, 2009
Vol. 50 No. 14

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Team has right mix for a successful season

Any good recipe requires a perfect balance of ingredients. Ingredients alone are not very tasty; they must be mixed together in order to create an appetizing flavor.

When looking at the Susquehanna men's basketball team, it is hard not to wonder what ingredients are being used to create such a successful team.

Many may believe that the answer lies in one or two of the players while others may believe that the answer lies in the experienced players, who continue to create plays time and time again. This is not the answer, however.

Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said it best: "One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team." Basketball is and always will be a team sport. The Crusaders' players understand that philosophy and the coaches have used the perfect mixture of ingredients to create a successful team this year thus far.

For example, one of the most well-known freshmen both on and off the court is guard Spenser Spencer, who some think has set the bar for all incoming freshmen basketball players. In the last game alone Spencer sank four three-pointers and contributed four assists, two steals and a rebound at in last Saturday's dramatic victory over Scranton. Spencer finished with a game-high 26 points. Spencer's skill on the basketball court, along with his knack for teamwork, blend well with the success of the basketball team.

Nevertheless, there are other players that are used to form this melting pot of success. There is talent up and down the bench, as many skilled players are fighting for playing time. There are sophomores, juniors and seniors who are crucial to this basketball team--an indicator of a strong team--such as: senior co-captains Joel Patch and Chad Cohle; seniors Matt McDevitt, Zac Smith and Todd DeNapoli; juniors Bryan Majors and Marcus Burke; and sophomores Rob Cosgrove, Hunter McKain, Frank Marcinek Jr., Fran Brzyski and a talented Kenneth Anyanwu. "This is a great group of guys and they are used extremely well," said Malek Giet, a senior forward on the men's soccer team.

To top things off, the coaches stir the pot. The coaching staff is extremely crucial to the success of the team. Head coach Frank Marcinek, in his 20th season with the team, is known for having the most wins as head coach in the programs 106-season history. Marcinek is aided by Chad Bailey, along with new assistant coaches Matthew Blue and Brent Ferko. The coaching staff pushes the team above and beyond their limits, making the prospect of backing down and defeat not an option.

With all of these ingredients, it's no wonder why the team has had a successful season thus far. Although the team lost some key seniors, including Andy Gaebel, Josh Robinson, Kevin Cuff and Brad Okonak to graduation, the team has still managed to excel with new additions.

With a 13-6 record thus far, the Crusaders have shown new success on the hardwood. With a little bit of swagger, on top of plenty of hard work and dedication, this recipe should stay fresh for awhile.

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