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Hannah Brigida Infantado/Albany Student Press: UAlbany will open the season against #1 Kentucky
Hannah Brigida Infantado/Albany Student Press: UAlbany will open the season against #1 Kentucky

By Hannah Brigida Infantado


Basketball season is just around the corner and the University at Albany men’s team is already preparing to defend their America East championship. The first chance for fans to see the new team was at the Purple & Gold scrimmage on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Despite the cold weather after the UAlbany football game, fans gathered together to watch at SEFCU Arena, where Peter Hooley’s buzzer beating three-pointer gave UAlbany a championship in their last game in the arena.

“I think we are going to be very successful. We have a lot of good talent and it’s a new group. We are very excited. I think [the 4th title] is within reach,” Hooley said.

Hooley, from Adelaide, Australia, is the returning star who made history at last season’s America East Championship game after making the winning shot with 1.6 seconds left in the game.

He recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in both journalism and psychology, earning the Reggie Lewis Most Outstanding Player honors for the second time and receiving the 2015 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence Recipient. He is currently enrolled in the master’s program for communications at UAlbany for his final season.

Also returning this season are Dallas Ennema, Greig Stire, Ray Sanders, Evan Singletary, Richard Peters, and Mike Rowley.

“They did a fantastic job tonight. I like being on the team,” JP Honsinger said.

Honsinger, a seventh grader, has childhood Alzheimer’s. He loves sports and was brought onto the team as a point guard last November after signing a National Letter of Intent with the UAlbany men’s basketball team. His mother and friend Riley Wisdowski watched the game with him.

“I’m excited for the season. We got a really great group of guys and we are looking forward in getting after it. Practices have been going well, workouts and everything,” freshman Joe Cremo said.

Cremo is one of three new players on the team. He was a three-year team captain MVP from Scotia-Glenville High School, where he led the Tartans to an overall record of 92-7 over four years, averaging 22.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game.

“To be honest with you, we practiced this morning a couple hours so my main goal was for these guys to get up and down to get some conditioning,” Head Coach Will Brown said. “I thought they all showed flashes. This is really for our season ticket holders and our fans but I think each guy did something well.”

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