This Sunday afternoon at 1 PM, the Yeshiva University Maccabees (8-5, 6-1) will travel east to take on the St. Joseph's-Long Island Golden Eagles (4-5, 0-2) inside the Danzi Center. Coming off strong back-to-back Skyline Conference victories, the Macs will look to keep the good times rolling as they face another tough Skyline team. The Golden Eagles are coming into this matchup having dropped their previous two games by a total margin of just six points. One of those losses was against an excellent Farmingdale team which currently sits at the top of the Skyline Conference. The Golden Eagles will be seeking revenge on Sunday, as the Macs defeated them in the Skyline Conference Quarterfinals last year by a score of 67-58. The Macs will need to be on the top of their game in order to extend their winning streak.
The Macs will look to extend their winning streak on Sunday against the Eagles. (Photo Credit: Akiva Poppers/MacsLive)
The Golden Eagles are not a particularly tall team, as their tallest player measures in at 6 foot 6. Yet, they have dominated the boards this year, averaging almost 43 boards a game and keeping their opponents under an average of 40. Forwards Spencer Malloy and Alec Tabada both stand at just 6’4”, yet both average close to 10 boards a game. The Macs will have to be strong in the paint and box the Golden Eagles out in order to limit their rebounding numbers.
Winning on the Road:
The Macs have struggled so far this year in away games, with a disappointing record of 2-3. Being able to stay mentally tough and structured on the road against a tough SJULI crowd is a key aspect which all great teams have. In order to show that they belong at the top of the Skyline Conference, the Macs need to be able to execute on the road.
Coming Out Strong:
In last year's Quarterfinal game against the Eagles, and for much of this year, the Macs have started out games slow and sluggish, failing to properly execute their offense. Against one of the top teams of the Skyline Conference, the Macs will need to start the game strong in order to compete.
How to Watch:
Tip off is scheduled for 1 PM on Sunday afternoon in the Danzi Center. You can watch the game live here.