Sunday, November 29, 2015

Back to the drawing board for Hawks

Martelli looks to make good use of time off.

Back to the drawing board for Hawks

Saint Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli talks to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Philadelphia. Villanova won 98-68. (Michael Perez/AP)
Saint Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli talks to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Philadelphia. Villanova won 98-68. (Michael Perez/AP)

After losing consecutive Big Five games to Temple and Villanova, it’s back to the drawing board for St. Joseph’s. Especially on the heels of its 98-68 loss to visiting Villanova in a game the Hawks were outscored, 59-33 in the second half.

“I know we are better than we played and we will show that,” coach Phil Martelli said after the Villanova loss.

Villanova spread the floor in the second half and shot 9 for 16 from beyond the arc, while the Hawks were 0 for 9 in the second half on three-point attempts.

The players are now getting ready for exams and so St. Joseph’s doesn’t play again until hosting Drexel on Dec. 18.

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“It’s good for us to have some time off and get our heads straight,” said forward Halil Kanacevic.

Against Villanova Kanacevic shot 3 for 9 from the field. Fellow senior Ronald Roberts Jr. took just five shots from the field (making four).

The Hawks will need to find ways to get more offensive production from both players.

There will be other things to work on. When asked why the Hawks struggled in the second half, Martelli said he wasn’t sure.

“I have to step back and digest it, just like I tell the players,” Martelli said. “It seems simplistic but we didn’t win possessions and that is what we have to be about.”

So Martelli will put the time off from games to good use. He knows the team must be much more effective on the defensive end while also displaying better consistency on offense.

There is a lot to work on and at least for now, the Hawks have time on their side in an attempt to make the appropriate corrections.

-Marc Narducci

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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 and follow him on Twitter.

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