HIALEAH, FL – ASA College Miami released its 2018-19 men’s basketball schedule Tuesday.
The Silver Storm is slated to play 29 games this coming season, with 14 home games – which will be played at Bucky Dent Gym – with the hopes of securing the program’s first double-digit-win season.
ASA Miami head coach Jean Dubuisson decided to put a team that he called the “most talented group I’ve had at ASA” to the test right out of the gate.
The Silver Storm will open the season with a 10-hour road trip to Niceville, Florida where Northwestern Florida State College is hosting a multiple-team round-robin. ASA Miami will open regular season play against Coastal Alabama-North on November 2nd and will then go toe-to-toe with host Northwest Florida State College the following night.
Playing back to back games is always an arduous task, but having to go up against an NWFSC team that is ranked No. 1 in the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) preseason poll will be an even taller order.
Dubuisson said that he chose to open the season with such a tough slate so that he can really see what his team is made of.
“I always try to schedule the best competition that I can, I feel that it makes your team better in the long run,” Dubuisson said.
“Northwest Florida [State College] is the No. 1 team in the state…maybe the No. 1 team in the country and we’re going to go in there and play with them. It’s going to be tough, but that’s what I want – I want to see how guys are going to react being in that kind of environment, see who’s ready to step and play big roles, and see where we’re better from previous years and see where we still need work.”
After the long trip to Niceville, the Silver Storm will play another game on the road – at Eastern Florida State College (Nov. 6) – before coming home to play its first home game of the season.
ASA will host Game Changers Academy on November 14 at Bucky Dent but will then hit the road again for a four-game stretch.
That four-game road trip will test ASA’s resolve – and their brake pads – as the Silver Storm will be in three different cities in as many days. Dubuisson and crew will travel to Lake City, Florida to face Florida Gateway College on Nov. 16; get on the road right after to be in Gainesville the following afternoon to take on Santa Fe College; then hop on the bus again to travel to Ocala, Florida to square off with the College of Central Florida on Nov. 18. The Silver Storm will then have a day in between to catch their breath before they will travel to Fort Myers, Florida to take on rival Florida Southwestern State College on November 20.
Dubuisson said that road trip is a yearly rite for his team.
“I do that trip every year…just driving down I-75 picking exits to play games,” Dubuisson joked. “That trip is really about us being road warriors. That’s the mentality that I want to instill in the team. Also, each one of those games is going to put us to the test. Florida Gateway is a new program, so they’re going to be hungry, Santa Fe is solid, and [College of] Central Florida is consistently one of the better programs in the state – so you hope you win Friday, hope you win Saturday, then give it all you’ve got Sunday.”
“It is a crazy stretch, though,” Dubuisson added.
Following the Thanksgiving holiday, ASA Miami will have its first and longest homestand of the season – playing four games in friendly confines beginning with a Nov. 30 tilt with Florida Gateway College and capping it with a December 5 game against Eastern Florida State.
The Silver Storm will then have four games – two on the road and two at home – to serve as a final tune-up before the turn of the calendar and the opening of conference play.
ASA opens conference play at Broward College on January 9th and will play each of its conference foes (Miami Dade College, Indian River State College, Palm Beach State College and Broward College) three times over the final six weeks of the season – capping the regular season with a February 23rd “Sophomore Day” meeting with Palm Beach State at Bucky Dent.
While the Silver Storm have seen incremental improvements in total wins over the past three seasons – from three wins in 2016, to seven wins in 2017, to nine victories this past season, Dubuisson said he’s hoping for a tangible jump forward this season.
“It’s one thing to have talented players, but now we have to start winning games,” Dubuisson said. “We’re going to continue developing guys and making sure that we move them on to the next level, but we also need to capitalize on this talented group and earn some victories.”
ASA Miami Men’s Basketball 2018-19 Schedule
|11/2 – at Coastal Alabama-North||12/1 – Victory Rock Prep||1/9 – at Broward College||2/2 – Indian River State|
|11/3 – at Northwest Florida State||12/3 – Advance Prep Academy||1/12 – Miami Dade College||2/6 – at Palm Beach State|
|11/6 – at Eastern Florida State||12/5 – Eastern Florida State||1/16 – at Indian River State||2/9 – Advance Prep Academy|
|11/14 – Game Changers Acad.||12/8 – at Santa Fe College||1/19 – Palm Beach State||2/13 – at Broward College|
|11/16 – Florida Gateway College||12/9 – at Gulf Coast State College||1/26 – Broward College||2/16 – Miami Dade College|
|11/17 – at Santa Fe College||12/13 – Florida SW State||1/30 – at Miami Dade College||2/20 – at Indian River State|
|11/18 – at College of Central Florida||12/15 – Hillsborough CC||2/23 – Palm Beach State|
|11/20 – at Florida SW State|
|11/30 – Florida Gateway College|
*Home games are BOLD; Home games played at Bucky Dent Gymnasium unless noted otherwise.