George Beamon, the league’s top returning scorer, has played just
four games, while point guard Michael Alvarado has missed the last two.
Both have ankle injuries.
Masiello said Beamon is unlikely to be back “any time soon” and that the school is exploring a redshirt option for him.
Alvarado, a junior, is closer to a return, but won’t play Thursday night against the Broncs.
“A little bit of black clouds in Riverdale,” Masiello said, “but I
give my kids a lot of credit because their attitude and character has
Beamon, a senior, is averaging 16.8 points per game in his four appearances, but he hasn’t played since Dec. 2.
Between them, Manhattan is missing close to 25 points per game.
“Sometimes it’s not just the points and numbers, it’s more of the
psychological approach when the guys step out on the court with that guy
with them,” Masiello said. “I think that’s what we struggle with the
Masiello is hopeful his team can keep its head above water without its starting backcourt.
“What I told our guys is, ‘I expect you to make mistakes. I expect
you to have turnovers. I don’t expect you to be George and Mike, and I’m
OK with that,’” Masiello said. “This could be a great blessing for us
because maybe you get those guys back down the road. Guys now have
minutes and experience they wouldn’t have got.”
Projected starting lineups: Rider: G-Jon Thompson (Sr. 10.6 ppg),
G-Anthony Myles (Jr. 12.7 ppg), G-Nurideen Lindsey (Jr. 11.1 ppg),
F-Danny Stewart (Jr. 10 ppg), C-Dera Nd-Ezuma (Sr. 2.7 ppg).
Manhattan: G-Mohamed Koita (Sr. 4.3 ppg), G-RaShawn Stores (So. 5.8
ppg), F-Emmy Andujar (So. 7.8 ppg), F-Rhamel Brown (Jr. 11.7 ppg),
F-Ryan McCoy (So. 0.9 ppg).