Tigers go 2-2 during Canadian tour
With the 2013-2014 season in sight, Head Coach Pat Skerry took his ball club on a seven-day business trip to compete against some of the top teams from our neighbors to the north.
The trip, which lasted from Aug. 3-9, gave the Tigers the opportunity to visit Ottawa and Montreal, all while getting the opportunity to see where the team stands just months before the season begins.
Towson posted a 2-2 record during the trip, with wins over Brookwood (69-62) and the McGill/Brébeuf All-Stars (63-51), and losses against the Montreal All-Stars (67-62) and Carleton University (67-41).
“We were based out in Montreal and it’s a world-class city,” Skerry said. “We saw the Olympic Stadium, St. Joe’s [Oratory], Old Montreal. We got up to Ottawa to see Parliament … it was a good trip.”
The Tigers were without some key players, as senior forwards Jerrelle Benimon and Marcus Damas, along with sophomore point guard Jerome Hairston did not travel with the team.
None of the absences were due to serious injury or issues, according to Skerry.
However, this gave Skerry a chance to see who was ready to step up and secure their role on the team.
One of these players was sophomore transfer guard Four McGlynn, who is eligible to play this season after sitting out last season due to NCAA rules. McGlynn transferred to Towson following his freshman year at Vermont where he was named the America East Rookie of the Year for the 2011-12 season.
McGlynn scored in double figures in three of the Tigers’ four games, and led the team to its first win of the trip with 14 points – including four three-pointers – and a game-high four assists against the McGill/Brébeuf All-Stars.
Forward Timajh Parker-Rivera had a solid trip as well. The sophomore, who is battling for a starting role in the frontcourt next to Benimon, posted back-to-back double-doubles in Towson’s first two games of the trip.
Against the Montreal All-Stars, Parker-Rivera scored 11 points and grabbed 13 rebounds before scoring 10 points and securing 10 rebounds the following night against the McGill/Brébeuf All-Stars.
Another standout for the Tigers was senior guard Rafriel Guthrie.
The second-year Tiger provided a huge spark offensively during the trip, including a game-high 21 points to go along with five rebounds and three assists in the team’s win against Brookwood.
He also led the team in scoring with 15 points in the loss against the Montreal All-Stars.
“I think the one thing was that we didn’t have all of our more experienced guys all play well on the same night but different guys on different nights,” Skerry said. “Timajh was probably the most consistent. He averaged a double-double for the trip. Ralf and Four certainly had bursts where they scored the ball.”
Skerry continued to praise senior guard Mike Burwell especially for his performance against Carleton.
“Mike played well in our hardest game against Carleton,” Skerry said. “He rebounded, defended pretty well.”
Skerry also got the chance to see how incoming freshmen forwards John Davis and Walter Foster performed against quality competition.
“We saw flashes,” Skerry said of Davis and Foster. “Johnny is still making the transition to a perimeter player, in high school he was always playing down on the inside. Walt had a couple of pretty good rebounding games and he has a chance to become a pretty good scorer. I’m excited about the upside of those guys.”
Skerry and the rest of the Tigers now await for the 2013-14 basketball schedule to be released.