November 1, 2017 – The Santa Fe Saints men’s basketball team starts their regular season Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, when they open up at home against Impact Academy. SF will have home contests for their first three games of the season before traveling to Barnesville, Georgia to compete in the Gordon State Classic Nov. 10 – 11.
“Our guys are excited to get out there and play against someone else,” said SF Coach Chris Mowry. “They’ve been battling in practice and working hard to get ready for opening day.”
Mowry, in his 15th year at the helm of the Saints, says the team will be a little undersized, but will use their quickness and shooting ability to create mismatches with teams that are bigger in the front court.
“We have a lot of guys that can get up and down the floor and can shoot the basketball,” said Mowry. “We will have to be efficient to make up for our lack of size and rebounding ability. Guys will have to really work hard and execute on the defensive end as well.”
SF returns eight starters, including Mid-Florida Conference 1st Team honoree D-Juan Taylor-Hodge, a guard who averaged 11.7 points and six rebounds per game.
“D-Juan is a savvy player and plays hard on both ends of the court,” Mowry said. “He can create with his driving ability as well as his ability to help us get defensive stops.”
Also returning are forward Darrell Jones (10 ppg, 5.0 rpg), a MFC Second Team honoree, and guard Jake Dawkins (9.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg) an Academic All-American from a year ago.
Joining the returners are six newcomers, led by wing Malik Morrow, a transfer from Lynn University, guard Alsean Evans from Lakeland, and guard Brady Fernandes from Kissimmee. Fernandes led Kissimmee Osceola to the 9A FHSAA State Championship while leading the team in scoring.
SF will play 16 games at home and fans are encouraged to come out and support the Saints.
General admission to all Saints home games is $5. Seniors, active or retired military, and children under 12 are $3. SF students, faculty and staff are free with their valid SFID.