Just realized that before Nico McLean was the YAC Player of the Week, the first award of the season went to Geneseo's John Decker for the games that took place on November 13th, 14th and 15th.
The Knights only had one game that weekend but Mr. Decker made his presence known with 34 points in his debut for Geneseo. A junior transfer from Division II Dominican, the 6'1" guard was 9x20 from the field 2x8 from long distance, and 14x16 from the line. He grabbed 10 rebounds to complete his double-double, making for a nice day at the office, as the Knights defeated Medaille 89-85 to open the season.
In looking at John's next 3 games I get a little confused. He started that first game and logged 38 minutes. His next game he came in off the bench (
) and scored another 34 points in a win over Alfred 81-78. He had better stats as he was 7x12 from the field, 6x8 from 3 point land and 14x14 from the line, with 5 rebounds in only 25 minutes of court time. In his 3rd game against Misericordia, an 88-63 Geneseo win, John again comes in off the bench, only plays 18 minutes and scores just 7 points. The game on Tuesday the 24th, against Morrisville State, was won by Geneseo in a big way, 89-64, but John does not show up in the box score. John got less playing time with each succeeding game. Usually when you score 34 points in your first game the opposite occurs and your playing time increases.
Wish there was a Geneseo poster on this board that could come on and tell us what's up with that? Maybe an injury after the first game and he is being brought along slowly and re-injures it in his 3rd game? Something is strange.
The Knights also have received a solid contribution from another newcomer on the team, junior Justin Ringen. Justin is a 6'5" guard who has scored 20 or more points in every game this year. I'm guessing that he also, transferred into Geneseo. Justin has started all 4 games averaging 22 ppg. He also averages 6 rebounds per game, 2.3 assists per game and is getting 32.5 minutes per game
These 2 newcomers have provided the Knights with a whopping 47.0 points per game. I guess there is life after the loss of Gordon Lyons and Andy Drescher.