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Martelli says Hawks need to develop depth

St. Joseph's has an excellent six-man rotation but coach Phil Martelli knows the Hawks have to develop more depth as the Atlantic 10 season approaches.

Martelli says Hawks need to develop depth

Saint Joseph´s head coach Phil Martelli watches his team late in the second half against Villanova on Tuesday, December 11, 2012.  (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Saint Joseph's head coach Phil Martelli watches his team late in the second half against Villanova on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

St. Joseph’s possesses one of the better six-man rotations in the Atlantic 10. But coach Phil Martelli is reluctant to go any deeper, and knows that he needs to develop some depth as the conference season approaches.

“It’s on me to figure out, we’ve got to get something off of our bench,” Martelli said Tuesday night after the Hawks lost to Villanova, 65-61.

St. Joe’s top six all played 32 minutes or more against the Wildcats. Sophomore forward Papa Ndao was the only other Hawk to see action on the court, playing the last 2 minutes, 26 seconds of the first half after Ronald Roberts picked up his second personal foul.

Combined, the Hawks’ top six has missed three games – Carl Jones the first two because of a suspension and Halil Kanacevic the fifth game against American with a back strain. Their average minutes range from Roberts’ 31.4 to Langston Galloway’s 34.1.

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From their seventh player down, the Hawks have gotten only 168 minutes (10.3 percent) and 43 points (8.1 percent). It may not be a fair comparison but Villanova’s seventh through ninth players – Achraf Yacoubou, Tony Chennault and Daniel Ochefu – account for 22.7 percent of the Wildcats’ minutes and 105 points (15.2 percent).

Junior forward Daryus Quarles started all 63 games for which he was healthy in his first two seasons with the Hawks and saw 19 minutes of action in this year’s season opener. But he played just 36 minutes in his next five games, and never left the bench in St. Joe’s last two contests, against Coppin State and Villanova.

--Joe Juliano

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Marc Narducci has performed a variety of jobs at The Inquirer since beginning with the paper in 1983. A long-time high school sports reporter in South Jersey, Narducci has also served as a beat writer for the 76ers, a backup Eagles and Sixers writer and has covered all the professional and colleges in the Philadelphia area. Among his duties at The Inquirer over the years, Narducci has covered one Super Bowl, two World Series and three NBA all-star games. Most recently he has covered the Philadelphia Union soccer team and this season will be adding college basketball duties, paying specific attention to St. Joseph’s. A life-long Southern New Jersey resident, Narducci is a 1977 graduate of Paul VI High and 1981 graduate of Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). Email Marc at mnarducci@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

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