Manhattan Upended By Feisty Hampton

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DAYTON, Ohio – As Manhattan struggled out of the gate Tuesday night as a fairly heavy favorite (nine points in Vegas), it seemed like a matter of time before its pressure and experience would wear down Hampton.

At halftime, with the Jaspers down seven, things still seemed theirs for the taking, after all, their two top scorers, Emmy Andujar and Ashton Pankey, had missed a good portion of the half in foul trouble. The Pirates weren’t turning it over necessarily, but there were more than a few near-misses, balls that momentarily got loose or forced time outs.

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Back-To-Back MAAC Titles For Masiello And Manhattan

Steve Masiello cut down the nets after his second straight MAAC title Monday night. But what a long, strange trip he took in between.

You can say what you want about Masiello, and plenty have over the last 12 months since Masiello took the head coaching job at South Florida, it was revealed he never got a degree, and the Jaspers eventually rehired him, but as far as coaching in big games, you have to say he’s been nothing short of brilliant.

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Sustaining a Championship the Challenge for Manhattan’s Steve Masiello

One thing Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello will tell you is that he is a devout New York Yankees fan.

While he might enjoy the exploits of a team that has won the most championships in any sport, his test comes with having his team defend their own championship. Manhattan can’t hold onto a ‘Core Four‘ for a decade, and while most of the group has had a taste of success, they will need to earn it again. Continue reading “Sustaining a Championship the Challenge for Manhattan’s Steve Masiello”

Kates and Nichols win awards

The season has started and awards have started to be handed out. Congratulations to Manhattan’s Donovan Kates, who was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week for his 10-point performance against NJIT, and Hofstra’s Nathaniel Lester, who was named the CAA Player of the Week after scoring 33 points against Long Island. Also, Travis Nichols, who was named the NEC’s Player of the Week by College Sports Madness for his 25-point, 14-rebound game in the overtime loss to Seton Hall on Saturday.

Masiello wants Jaspers to never give up

Steve Masiello wants to teach his new Manhattan squad to never give up, even when they’re playing each other.

The new Jaspers head coach started the first half on the sidelines, a patient observer, content to find teaching moments in Manhattan’s annual Green & White scrimmage and have assistants lead the way, but as the White team fell behind by 17 early in the second half, he moved over to the home bench to offer some encouragement.

“I was trying to get them to buy into a ‘Never give up’ attitude,” Masiello said. “I was trying to get them understand that the game is never out of reach and they actually cut it to five and had an opportunity.”
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Coming & Going Manhattan – Starting again

After finishing 6-25 last season and tying for last place in the MAAC with Marist at 3-15, Manhattan can only go up. Steve Masiello has inherited a tough task. He needs to rebuild the team with young talent that can stick around and be part of a revival for the Jaspers. This first class might not be enough to get Manhattan immediately out of its doldrums, but hopefully the class can help spur the rebuilding movement.

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