Aug. 23, 2003
Six Siena players scored in double figures and the Saints held a commanding 63-38 rebounding edge in a 97-60 romp of Cahuamenos de Quintana Roo on the Isle de Mujeres Saturday evening. After building a 22-15 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Saints dominated play in the second and third, out-scoring Cahuamenos 59-28 to take an 81-43 advantage to the final quarter of play.
Senior-to-be Tommy Mitchell again paced the Saints offense with 19 points. Justin Miller (14 points and 12 rebounds) and Antoine Jordan (10 points and 11 rebounds) registered double-doubles for the victors, and Michael Haddix scored 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds in limited action.
"It's encouraging to see our kids play with such energy and focus on defense," Head Coach Rob Lanier said following the game. "We have shown great improvement in each game, which was the point of this trip from the start. Our final game (against the Belize National Team Sunday night) will clearly provide our toughest challenge of the trip, but I am excited about the way we are playing going in."
Siena attempted an astounding 93 field goals (compared to just 67 for Cahuamenos) in falling just three points shy of the century mark for what would have been the second straight game. Austin Andrews and Paul Williams rounded out the Siena players in double figures with 14 and 10 points respectively. David Ryan added seven and Jamal Jackson, Gary Holle and Brent Sniezyk had four points a piece as every Saint scored for the third time in four games.
Marlos Preciado led Cahuamenos with 20 points in a losing effort.
Notes: The Saints took a half hour bus ride and 25 minutes boat ride to the scenic Isla de Mujeres for the game...Approximately 300 spectators witnessed the game in an air conditioned gym in the center of the Island...Every Siena player had at least one rebound...Jamal Jackson fouled out of the game for the third time in the four games...Mike Davis again suited up for the opposition, scoring seven points on just 1-of-9 shooting from the floor.