men’s basketball

Athlete endures religious fast to grow in spirit and discipline

Story and photo by Eric Albury |

New year’s resolutions are never easy. Nor are they always followed through to the end. But for Elijah Hayes, backup point guard for the Flagler Saints, his first resolution is already coming to a successful close.

Hayes’ aim was to abstain from meat, dairy, refined sugar, starches and flour for 21 days. No easy task when he had practice six days a week and played 1 to 3 games a week. But Hayes said it was worth it.

Student assistant coach working toward dream job

By Anthony Norwood |

When Chris Ryan didn’t make the basketball team after his sophomore year of high school, he didn’t want to give up on his dreams.

“I knew that I would never be able to make it to the NBA,” Ryan said. “That’s when I decided I wanted to coach.” Now he’s doing just that.

Team chemistry helping men’s basketball team succeed

For Senior John Pietkiewicz the main reason for the men’s basketball team’s success this season is team chemistry.

Pietkiewicz said there is no attitude among the players on the team which is not commonly found in a college basketball program. Most teams he said have players who are unhappy about minutes and shots.

Basketball player’s hard work pays off

By Jaycob Ammerman |

After high school, Jared Hammock never thought the opportunity would arise to play college basketball.

Hammock, originally from Melbourne, Fla., played high school basketball at Covenant Christian. As a senior, he led the county in several statistical categories.

Men’s basketball frustrated, but still determined

Men’s basketball loses seventh straight.
By Matthew Osterhouse |

Junior guard and captain D.J. Ferguson could not hide his disappointment as he walked out of the locker room following Saturday’s game at Flagler Gym.

The Flagler College men’s basketball team lost its seventh-straight game against the University of North Carolina Pembroke Braves, a Peach Belt Conference battle they desperately needed for their fading playoff hopes.

Saints seek consistency

Men’s basketball looks to Dixon, Ferguson, Pietkiewicz to lead
By Matthew Osterhouse |
Photo contributed by John Jordan

The Flagler College men’s basketball team is learning by doing. In the first year of Peach Belt Conference play, the Saints are 7-6 overall and 2-2 in the conference.

The heart of the season is still to come.

Mustard Stains: Saints duke it out with Embry-Riddle in basketball

By Lawrence Griffin |
Photo by Ben Matthews

The entire arena smelt of sweat, cheap deodorant and spilt mustard. The crowd was whipped into a frenzy as the ball smashed through the net – a slam dunk! Fans cheered all around the stadium, both insults and whooping joy. The basketball game between Flagler College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautics University on Dec. 2 was heated and exciting for all parties involved.