BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - The Binghamton Bearcats men's basketball team is hitting the floor in Canada this week. The Bearcats will play four exhibition games in five days to gear up for the upcoming season.
Binghamton lost nine games in a row to end last season, making the team eager to taste victory again, even in exhibition play. The Bearcats returns its top five leading scorers. More importantly, Willie Rodriguez and J.C. Show, who missed portions of last season with injuries, are fully healthy. Throw in the additions of Caleb Stewart and Tyler Stewart, who are coming off redshirt seasons, and Binghamton is excited to develop some chemistry up north of the border.
"A lot of the guys haven't played together through whether it be injuries or guys that were redshirts," said Binghamton head coach Tommy Dempsey. "Caleb Stewart who is going to play a big role for us, who sat out last year. Tyler Stewart who redshirted. Getting J.C. back. Those guys are really important focal points of the team, so this gives us a chance to integrate them this summer."
"We haven't been on the court together for a little while now," said Binghamton senior forward Bobby Ahearn. "At least a few months. (I'm looking forward to) just playing a real live game situation with refs and everything. Just to get out there, get more comfortable with each other, and kinda getting that taste out of our mouths from the last loss last season."
The Bearcats leave for Canada on Tuesday. Binghamton opens the trip against Brock University in St. Catharines on August 9.