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Alumni Update: Siyani Chambers Stars in Austria

Published by Joseph W. Minatel on November 08, 2017 at 10:14PM
Getting to the Hole

Co-captain Siyani Chambers drives to the hoop against Penn during his senior season.

In an illustrious career in Cambridge, former Harvard point guard Siyani Chambers ’16 was an integral member of the team for four years. Now across the pond in Austria, Chambers is proving to be equally essential to his new team.

The former Crimson standout, now a member of BC Raiffeisen Flyers Wels in the Austria-A Bundesliga, has settled into a crucial role as the new point guard. The team leader in multiple categories, Chambers is averaging 15.7 points, 4.2 assists, and 1.5 steals, all tops on the team. He also leads his side with eight three-pointers made.

While in college, Chambers established himself as a top performer in his rookie year. In the 2012-2013 season, Chambers won Ivy League Rookie of the Year and was named All-Ivy League. This campaign was far from his ceiling, as Chambers continued to dazzle on the court, landing on the all-conference team in each of his four years.

Chambers finished his career 12th all time with 1,287 career points, sixth all time with 163 career steals, and second all time with 605 career assists.

His distinguished career was not devoid of challenges, however. In the summer of 2015, before what was to be his final season, Chambers suffered a torn ACL. In order to rehab his knee and return for his senior season, Chambers took a voluntary leave of absence for the school year.

Returning for the 2016-2017 season as team captain, Chambers posted a fantastic season, leading the Ancient Eight in assists per game and propelling the Crimson into the first-ever Ivy League Tournament.

Now taking Austria by storm, the former Leverett resident from Golden Valley, Minnesota, is a star for his new squad. If his history at Harvard is any indication, Chambers’ rookie season is just the beginning.

Ranking Men's Basketball's Nonconference Opponents: No. 6

Published by Stephen J. Gleason on November 07, 2017 at 5:33PM
Posting Up

Junior forward Weisner Perez will be a part of a deep Crimson frontcourt in 2017-2018.

In a series that began on Sunday and will continue through the Crimson’s season opener on Nov. 10 against MIT, men’s basketball beat writer Stephen Gleason will look at Harvard’s 13 nonconference opponents. Coming in at No. 6 is George Washington.

No. 13: MIT

No. 12: Holy Cross

No. 11: Fordham

No. 10: Manhattan

No. 9: Massachusetts

No. 8: Wofford

No. 7: Northeastern

George Washington

2017-2018 Matchup: Saturday, December 23 at Charles E. Smith Athletic Center, Washington, D.C. (1:00 p.m.)

2016-2017 Record: 20-15 overall, 10-8 Atlantic Ten

2016-2017 Matchup: George Washington, 77, Harvard, 74

Head Coach: Maurice Joseph (2nd season)

Key Returning Players: senior guard Yuta Watanabe (averaged 35.1 minutes a season ago and brings size to the GW backcourt, put up 12.2 points per game); graduate forward Patrick Steeves (transfer from Harvard shot 48.2 percent from the field and started 10 games)

Stat to Watch: 6: the Colonials won six of their final seven games, including a victory over regular season conference champion Dayton

Overview: GW was picked to finish 11th in the 14-team Atlantic Ten. Maurice Joseph returns Watanabe and Steeves as wings but the rest of his bunch lacks experience. The Colonials will look to ride the momentum that they generated toward the end of last season to make their first NCAA Tournament since 2014.

—Staff writer Stephen J. Gleason can be reached at stephen.gleason@thecrimson.com.

Tweets of the Week

Published by Stuti R. Telidevara on November 06, 2017 at 6:13PM

Fall sports are winding down and winter sports are gearing up, so there’s even more Twitter shenanigans to enjoy from Harvard athletes.

10. Bryce Aiken, sophomore, Harvard men’s basketball

#Whiplash

Have fun trying to figure out what the context of this one was.

9. Harvard women’s basketball

Happy Halloween from Harvard Women's Basketball! #GoCrimson

8. Kirby Porter, women’s basketball

black mirror is such a crazy show

Can’t argue that.

7. Katey Stone, women’s hockey head coach

Just had some great smoked wings from Shed's BBQ in downtown Boston. Glad they're open Thursday and Friday nights 'til 8pm. Worth the trip!

Man, now I want wings. Thanks for the rec, Coach!

6. Tim Murphy, football coach

Good weekend for Crimson Athletics! Congrats to @HarvardFH, @Harvard_WSoccer, @HarvardH2OPolo, and @Harvard_Hockey! #CrimFamily

Appreciate sharing the love, and Coach Murphy’s dedication to the CrimFamily hashtag.

5. Emerance Maschmeyer, Harvard women’s hockey alum

“How lucky am I that she hired me?! #shes #a #legend”

Finally, standouts Maschmeyer and Julie Chu are on the same side of games…

4. Julie Chu, Harvard women’s hockey alum

“Hahahaha another way of saying #She #Is #Old buttttt glad we get to work together

...which means double the fun for everyone.

3. Marc Mangiacotti, track and field coach

"One of life's greatest gifts is having a teacher who sees something in you that you don't see in yourself." - Dean Rakesh Khurana”

Quotable idols are closer than you think!

2. Harvard track and field

“Pumpkin chucking! Go Crimson”

Who says training has no real-world applications?

And there’s no better way to conclude this list than with a show of sibling support...

1. Tyler Moy, Harvard men’s hockey alum

“So proud of this girl scoring her first collegiate goal tonight! Many more to come! #ThatsMySis"

Ranking Men's Basketball's Nonconference Opponents: No. 7

Published by Stephen J. Gleason on November 06, 2017 at 2:52AM
Reeling It In

Junior forward Balsa Dragovic corrals a rebound during the Crimson Madness scrimmage.

In a series that began on Sunday and will continue through the Crimson’s season opener on Nov. 10 against MIT, men’s basketball beat writer Stephen Gleason will look at Harvard’s 13 nonconference opponents. Coming in at No. 7 is Northeastern.

No. 13: MIT

No. 12: Holy Cross

No. 11: Fordham

No. 10: Manhattan

No. 9: Massachusetts

No. 8: Wofford

Northeastern

2017-2018 Matchup: Thursday, November 30 at Matthews Arena, Boston, Mass. (7:00 p.m.)

2016-2017 Record: 15-16 overall, 8-10 Colonial Athletic Association

2016-2017 Matchup: Harvard, 86, Northeastern, 80

Head Coach: Bill Coen (12th season)

Key Returning Players: senior guard Devon Begley (lone senior on roster, started 21 games a season ago, averaged 9.7 points per game and 3.7 assists); sophomore guard Bolden Brace (6’8” wing, made 56 three-pointers a season ago)

Stat to Watch: 86: the number of points that the Huskies conceded to Harvard a season ago. It was the second-most points that Northeastern gave up last season and was the third-most that the Crimson scored in a game.

Overview: Northeastern is a young team that will be searching for its identity after losing its top two players in T.J. Williams and Alex Murphy. The Huskies’ strength will be in their backcourt, which returns three impact players from a season ago (Devon Begley, Bolden Brace, and Donnell Gresham). Juniors Anthony Green and Jeremy Miller (both 6’10”) will need to take steps forward (most likely as starters) to shore up Bill Coen’s frontcourt.

—Staff writer Stephen J. Gleason can be reached at stephen.gleason@thecrimson.com.

Red Card Proves Fatal for Men's Soccer

Published by Eamon J. McLoughlin on November 06, 2017 at 12:46AM

A case of mistaken identity, coupled with tight play-calling, may have helped to put an end to Harvard men’s soccer’s Ivy League hopes.

The Crimson (2-9-4, 1-3-2 Ivy) fell to Ivy League champions Dartmouth (11-3-1, 5-0-1 Ivy) on a wonder-goal that came in the final minute of the game, after senior midfielder Matt Danilack’s bicycle kick found the back of the net.

The Crimson was forced to play the majority of the game with only 10 men, after freshman midfielder Paolo Belloni-Urso was ejected for receiving his second yellow card of the evening. The Delray Beach, Fla., native had previously picked up his penalty for pulling down a Dartmouth player with 25 ticks on the clock, just shortly after coming onto the field. There weren’t many complaints to be had from the Harvard players, as it was a clear pull, and it took place within a few yards of the referee.

Just under 10 minutes later though, the Crimson players, coaching staff, and fans were left puzzled as Belloni-Urso was issued a second yellow card for a late, but tame, challenge on a Dartmouth player around midfield. The referee quickly showed a yellow to the rookie, but hesitated for a very long time before pulling out the red card to send him off the field.

The unusual delay was a fairly obvious indication that the referee did not initially realize that it was Belloni-Urso who made the challenge, which means that the referee could have thought that he was issuing a first yellow card to him. This makes sense, as the second offense may have been worthy of a first yellow card, (even this is debatable) but it was by no means a challenge worth sending him off for. Thus, without meaning to, the referee had sentenced Harvard to playing the game, with a whole hour remaining on the clock, with one less player than its opponent.

Although the Crimson battled well to the end, the man-advantage proved to be too much for it to handle. Harvard spent most of the rest of the game defending, but the contest was not an outrageously one-sided affair. The Crimson definitely had its chances going forward. One can only wonder how the game would have turned out if Harvard had been able to play 11 strong.

The loss on October 28th was enough to eliminate Harvard from Ivy League contention this year. With two games remaining on the schedule, a win would have put the Crimson two points off the top spot, while a tie would have left it four back. In either scenario, the team would have had a lot to play for heading into its last two contests, but as it stands, the Crimson will have to wait until next year for a shot at Ancient Eight glory.

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