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(updated 9:55 a.m. 10-1-13) Four suspended as BGSU men's basketball opens practice (9-30-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Monday, 30 September 2013 16:16
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File photo. BGSU mens basketball coach Louis Orr directs from the sidelines during a MAC Tournament game. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Four players were not on the floor when the Bowling Green State University men’s basketball team opened drills Monday afternoon.
Senior Craig Sealey, sophomore Spencer Parker, and redshirt sophomore Josh Gomez have been suspended for one week for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Gomez was cited for possession of marijuana on Sept. 26 by the Bowling Green Police Department. Sealey and Parker were in the vehicle with Gomez, but were not cited.
In a separate incident, junior Richaun Holmes was suspended for three days, also for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
‘‘If I have to deal with some team issues, I would rather deal with it early,’’ BG head coach Louis Orr said. ‘‘We want to make a point that we don’t need distractions off the court, and if you want to be on the court you have to do the right thing. Otherwise you won’t be on the court.
‘‘They understand it, and hopefully after this week we can move on from it.’’
Due to a new NCAA rule, men’s basketball teams are allowed to have a full team practice 30 times in a 42-day span before the first game.
‘‘I like it because you are not rushed; you can space things out,’’ Orr said about the new rule.
Orr plans to give the team weekends off and have three or four days of practice in a week until the middle of October. Then it will be four days on and one day off with weekend practices until the opener.
The Falcons face Malone in an exhibition game on Nov. 2 and open the regular season with a home game against Earlham on Nov. 9.
Orr said the focus in individual workouts and summer practices has been putting in some offensive plays. Now with the full team practices, there can be work done on defense.
‘‘This group, potentially, has a chance to have great chemistry on and off the court,’’ Orr said. ‘‘You have to stand the test of time, and chemistry has to be strong, it has to grow, it has to sustain.
‘‘You are going to have some ups and you might have a few downs,’’ he continued. ‘‘You are going to have a little adversity, but you are going to have some successes.
‘‘But that team bond, that chemistry has to continue to grow.’’
Sealey and Cameron Black are the two seniors on the 12-man roster. There are also five juniors, two sophomores, and three freshman. A walk-on might be added later.
‘‘I do believe this team’s strength is in the team, and that’s something I like about it,’’ Orr said. ‘‘We will get contributions from everybody.’’
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 10:03
 

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