WSU Insider: Bramanti a pass-first point guard

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WSU Insider: Bramanti a pass-first point guard

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Wright State guard Joe Bramanti drives to the basket in the second half on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at the Nutter Center against Evansville. Photo by David Jablonski

Since taking over the starting point guard position six games ago, Wright State freshman Joe Bramanti has shot the ball eight times from the field, or once every 16 minutes he has played.

Bramanti is a true point guard in the old-fashioned sense that he rarely looks to shoot. In fact, among players who have received regular playing time, he’s the lowest-scoring player on the team with 1.5 points per game.

But Bramanti knows his role, and scoring isn’t part of it. Leading the offense while taking care of the ball and playing tough defense has kept him on the court.

“I see that as the point guard’s role,” Bramanti said. “I’ve been a point guard all my life from when I was very young. I need to be a little more aggressive offensively, but I think I’m doing a pretty good job of facilitating.”

Bramanti had two points, one assist and no turnovers in 27 minutes Tuesday in a 60-55 loss at Illinois-Chicago. His offensive numbers don’t stand out, but another reason he’s on the court is his defense. Even though the Raiders have the lowest-scoring offense in the Horizon League (61.6 points per game) and the stingiest defense (58.7), Bramanti believes the Raiders’ success on one end of the floor affects it on the other.

“I think the most important thing is getting defensive stops,” he said. “Those will lead to transition buckets. Also we’ve got to know what (offense) we’re in right away and get in our offense right away and run our sets to a tee.”

Reggie Arceneaux returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing two games with a concussion. Bramanti’s role grew in his absence.

“I’m not the type that’s going to shy away from the pressure,” he said. “I enjoyed getting that role. At the same time, he’s a key part of our team, so it was tough to see him go.

“I’m just trying to step in and help my team as best I can. It’s really not about me. It’s about the team. Whatever we need to do to win is what I’m trying to do.”

Softball: The Wright State softball team improved to 2-8 with an 11-9 victory over Lipscomb on Wednesday in Nashville. The Raiders rallied from a 7-0 deficit and won the game in the eighth inning when a single by Kortney Tackett scored Taylor Knore.

The Raiders play five games today through Sunday at the Woo Pig Classic in Fayetteville, Ark.

Baseball: After going 0-3 at Clemson last weekend to fall to 3-3 this season, Wright State’s home game against Xavier was cancelled on Tuesday. The Raiders play three games at UCLA today, Saturday and Sunday.

Wright State was outscored 18-3 in the three losses to Clemson and was shut out 6-0 and 7-0 in the last two games.

Swimming: On the first day of the Horizon League swimming and diving championships Wednesday, John Vigar and Pawel Grzebala placed second and third, respectively, in the 1,000-yard freestyle.

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