Difficult season ends for Red Flash
LORETTO — The Saint Francis Red Flash’s senior night at DeGol Arena Thursday also served as the concluding chapter to a challenging regular season.
Despite a promising first half and controlling the scoreboard for the majority of the second, Saint Francis ended its 2020-21 season, suffering a 72-65 overtime defeat to Mount St. Mary’s.
It was the Red Flash’s second game against the Mountaineers for this season, also losing 75-57 at Emmitsburg on Dec. 8.
The Red Flash finished with an overall record of 6-16 and 5-13 in the Northeast Conference. This season, the Red Flash team averaged 68.9 points per game with a scoring margin of minus-4.5.
Coach Rob Krimmel praised the “tremendous” contributions of the team and staff “for helping navigate a very different, at times difficult, season.”
Saint Francis’ 2020-21 season opened up with a serious bang when the Red Flash managed to make program history by achieving a monumental 80-70 victory against Pitt on the Panthers’ home court.
This momentum was short-lived as the Red Flash started a six-game losing streak.
On top of this, their season continued to experience multiple unexpected changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Saint Francis was placed on a temporary event hiatus due to multiple confirmed cases, and the entire conference schedule was adjusted to have back-to-back contests in order to avoid exposure to the virus as much as possible.
“We’re a resilient team,” SFU’s Josh Cohen said. “We’ve been through a lot this year — individually and as a team. We had a set of protocols we had to follow. We stayed masked up, stayed socially distant and we were able to play, and I’m very happy that we had this season.”
Saint Francis eventually broke its streak of defeats during its first series game against Bryant, but the Flash went on to split that series with the Bulldogs along with the next three series. Saint Francis fell into a four-game losing streak and then won one of its last four games.
“The thing we need to work on is being more disciplined,” Myles Thompson said. “If we can do that, we can win more games.”
The Red Flash team was without the integral efforts of Ramiir Dixon-Conover and Maxwell Land on Thursday with Dixon-Conover’s absence due to injuries sustained last weekend against Wagner. Dixon-Conover will return alongside fellow senior Mark Flagg to play for the Red Flash next season.
MOUNT ST. MARY’S (10-10): M.Jefferson 4-8 2-4 10, Offurum 3-8 1-2 7, Opoku 4-7 2-4 10, Chong Qui 5-18 4-5 16, Reaves 5-10 0-0 13, Thomas 5-10 2-3 16, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, J.Jefferson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-61 11-18 72.
SAINT FRANCIS (6-16): Flagg 4-6 2-4 10, Thompson 2-7 3-4 8, Giles 5-13 4-4 14, Henry 0-1 0-0 0, Laskey 1-7 2-4 4, Harrison 2-10 2-4 6, Hargis 4-7 2-2 12, Cohen 5-6 1-4 11. Totals 23-57 16-26 65.
Halftime–Saint Francis 35-25. 3-Point Goals–Mount St. Mary’s 9-22 (Thomas 4-6, Reaves 3-7, Chong Qui 2-7, Offurum 0-2), Saint Francis 3-18 (Hargis 2-5, Thompson 1-4, Cohen 0-1, Giles 0-1, Harrison 0-3, Laskey 0-4). Fouled Out–Opoku. Rebounds–Mount St. Mary’s 38 (M.Jefferson 12), Saint Francis 32 (Hargis 8). Assists–Mount St. Mary’s 12 (Chong Qui 9), Saint Francis 9 (Giles, Harrison 4). Total Fouls–Mount St. Mary’s 21, Saint Francis 17.