Rhode Island Basketball: Rhody Falls to Manhattan in Secret Scrimmage

Mar 20, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Manhattan Jaspers forward Emmy Andujar (13) dribbles the ball against the Louisville Cardinals during the first half of a men’s college basketball game during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Or is it “secret” scrimmage?

Rhody hoops played their first of two so-called secret scrimmages yesterday as they continue to prep for the 2014-15 season. The Rams faced off against the Manhattan Jaspers, and word started to trickle out today regarding the results of the closed event. Here’s a little recap, courtesy of Twitter.


Well as we speculated on Twitter, this information most likely came from a Manhattan source. The reasoning behind that thinking is this: do you think Rhody would announce the struggles of E.C. Matthews and Hassan Martin? Probably not. So either URI is planting seeds to start hustling some teams (“Jeez, yeah, Matthews isn’t very good. You probably don’t need to guard him much.”) or that was the report from someone close to the Jaspers.

So what about people close to the Rams? As usual, Chris DiSano and Bill Koch have the scoop.

So despite the loss, there’s a lot to like here. It sounds like Rhody dominated both defensively and in the paint. They scored inside, controlled the glass, forced turnovers, and held Manhattan to a relatively low shooting percentage. Wait – how did they lose again?

Ah yes, the fouls. Who knows who refs these games (probably a *ahem* “secret”), but that tidbit is a little concerning. Way more concerning that Matthews or Martin not playing well. Just a hunch: those two guys will be fine.

As for the foul trouble, there’s still some time to sort that all out. Plus, let’s wait and see if it actually happens in a real game before putting any stock into it. This was essentially a joint practice, after all. The fact that no one was injured is perhaps the best news to come across the Rhody Twitter feed.

As mentioned this was the first of two secret scrimmages for the Rams. They’ll play their second one this coming Saturday at Harvard, which should provide yet another solid test. Tip-off is set for secret o’clock.