Jabbi Leads The Way

By wbng sports

January 11, 2011 Updated Oct 23, 2013 at 1:33 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)

Mahamoud Jabbi transferred to Binghamton from d-3 SUNY Oswego.
But that's hardly his biggest move.

When he was 9 his family moved from Gambi to the Bronx.
He only started playing basketball when he was 16, and focussed his attention on defense.

But in this week's Mirabito Action Sports Spotlight, Gabe Osterhout looks how he's improved on the offensive end as well.

It's been a long road for senior Mahamoud Jabbi.
The 6 foot 7 forward started his playing career at SUNY Oswego, where he was the teams second leading scorer.

Last season he led the Bearcats in blocked shots, finishing second in the America East.
This year, he's stepped up his game on the offensive end.

Jabbi says it's simple, "Just repetition. I've been working with the coaching staff on different stuff and just keeping the defense honest but my role is still just to defend and if I'm scoring, it's a plus. Just to take pressure off of guys like Jimmy, Greer and Moussa."

So far, Jabbi has lead the team in scoring in 4 games.
He had a team high 13 points against Cornell, a game in which he burried the game winner with just a few seconds left.

Coach Mark Macon says he isn't surprised.
He says, "It's confidence. He's our ambassador. He just has confidence and I'm not going to try to take that away from him. I get crazy with him too, just like I do with everyone but when he shoots, once again, I'm thinking it's good. He has shooting confidence."

With leading scorer Greer Wright injured, Jabbi and the others must pick up the offensive slack.
And while he's scoring more, he insists he's still a defensive player.

"We had another scorer, so I didn't really do any scoring. I just needed to go out there, grab rebounds, hustle and defend. This year, with him being absent, I have to step up a little but and help the team...that's pretty much what it is, but I'm still the same player."

Jabbi says he'll continue to do whatever needs to be done to help this team be successful.
And if that means a little more scoring, that's just fine with him.

For this week's Mirabito Action Sports Spotlight, I'm Gabe Osterhout.

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