Daniss Jenkins holding himself accountable for frustrating St. John’s loss
Forget the missed shots.
The questionable officiating.
The painful ending.
All that mattered to Daniss Jenkins about Saturdays gut-punch of a loss was that St. Johns learns from it and adjusts accordingly.
That means getting tougher.
That means being more resilient.
And it starts with the fifth-year, senior point guard who was unable to come down with a key rebound that couldve helped the Johnnies ice the upset.
I think Im a tough guy, I think our team is tough and I just dont think I showed it on that play regardless of what happened, Jenkins said as St. Johns prepared to face local rival Seton Hall on Tuesday night at Prudential Center. If Creighton center Ryan Kalkbrenner took my leg out, I still have to come down with the ball. I did take blame for that because I felt like if I couldve gotten that rebound, I knew we wouldve won that game.
3Daniss Jenkins, pictured Saturday, couldn’t collect a late rebound in St. John’s loss to Creighton. APAfter the defeat to No. 22 Creighton in ice-cold Omaha, Neb., coach Rick Pitino refused to use the one-sided whistle as an excuse.
Even though Jenkins was clearly fouled by Kalkbrenner while going for a defensive rebound with St. Johns (12-5, 4-2) up one and 18 seconds left.
Even though Jordan Dingle appeared to be fouled as well on his put-back attempt as time expired.
Even though Creighton held an 18-4 edge in free throw attempts in the second half.
Jenkins reiterated what the Hall of Fame coach had said.
The game shouldve never come down to a final possession, but he still felt it was important as one of the teams leaders to take accountability.
3Daniss Jenkins, pictured earlier this season, took responsibility for the St. John’s loss Saturday. Charles WenzelbergFor that reason, he blamed himself in the locker room, telling teammates the loss was on him for being unable to corral the loose ball.
They, in turn, took blame as well.
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Check out more newslettersThere was no finger-pointing, just frustration and disappointment.
Most importantly, everyone agreed, was responding to the loss the right way: With intensity and focus, by moving on quickly and not letting the setback linger.
Jenkins felt they had a spirited practice Sunday and are in the right frame of mind for Tuesdays showdown against Seton Hall.
We should come out with more passion, more grit, more hunger, Jenkins said. Thats how we should play every possession, like it really means something. Play every possession like its our last. Thats the message that were trying to get across. Just a little more urgency to each possession and play with a lot more passion and play with a lot more heart and determination.
Leaving Newark victorious will be no easy task.
Seton Hall has been the biggest surprise in the Big East, tied with top-ranked Connecticut atop the standings.
Lead guard Kadary Richmond is a conference Player of the Year candidate, the two-time Player of the Week in the Big East.
3Kadary Richmond and Seton Hall have emerged as a Big East surprise to start the season. Getty ImagesThe Pirates (12-5, 5-1) dont overwhelm you with talent they arent deep, playing just eight players rotation minutes and limited ones at that but they have been very good of late in close games.
Their last four wins have all come by six points or fewer, and they have lost just once at home in nine contests.
St. Johns, meanwhile, is only 5-4 in games decided by single figures this season.
Im really eager to see how we respond to a team that plays really, really hard like Seton Hall does. Theyve got a lot of dogs on their team, and they play hard, Jenkins said. When I was watching their film, I kind of said to myself, we need to show that we can play that way. Seton Hall, every game, theyre the aggressor. Thats why they come out on top all the time. Theyre always tough. The tougher team always wins.
We need to come out and show we can be tough and come out with a tough win.
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