The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 17, 2013

College basketball: Senior class to power Susquehanna


It is this mixture of youth and veteran leadership that has Marcinek excited for the season ahead.

"I think we have really good chemistry," he said. "We have good leadership. I think we have a lot of players that have been in the trenches before. We can play some veterans who have been through the battles come January and February, but we also have some young guys that I think can challenge and make us better and build some depth."

The young players include six incoming freshmen, such as guard Phil Madison from Johnstown.

Picked to finish fifth in the preseason Landmark Conference poll, Marcinek said that isn't indicative of the type of team the Crusaders will put on floor, and he expects big results from this year's team.

In the past two years, Susquehanna has gone from one extreme to the other. Two years ago they qualified for the Landmark Conference tournament where they fell in the semifinals to Juniata, while last year they didn't qualify, finishing with a conference record of 5-9.

"Last year was just one of those years we never pulled it together. This year I feel like we have the makings of a good, solid team," he said.

Marcinek said while he doesn't see the first six games of the season as critical in terms of wins and losses, it will certainly help the team build chemistry.

"I think it will help our confidence. I'm putting a lot of stock on the first six games," he said.

"I'm really looking for a good start to our season," Marcinek added. "We want to take advantage of that [five game home stand]."

Marcinek said he's particularly focused on their home matchup against Scranton on Dec. 7, which is their first Landmark Conference game of the season.

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