Monday, 26 February 2018 05:01

SunKings add Bahena in FA

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St. Louis, MO - Ever since last years free agency, the St. Louis Sunkings lacked defense on the wings. With the departure of Daniel Goodrum, who was lured to Denver with a max contract, the Sunkings lockdown defender was gone. They replaced Goodrums minutes with offensive force Trevon Booth. The franchise had another good season, but couldn't repeat the deep playoff run from the year before. This time the Anaheim Archers proved to be the ending station for St. Louis's playoff hopes, throwing them out after 6 games in round 1. So in order to get better, things had to change and defense had to be added - which worked during the free agency stage.

With Dominique Bahena the Sunkings added a great wing defender. The 6'8 Shooting Guard joined the Sunkings after a 2 year intermezzo with the Sharks. Bahena, 31, was signed to a 3 year contract. After a ninjury he missed 20 games during regular season, but came back right at playoff time to lead the Sharks into round 2, where they lost against former chapmpions London Knights. In 25 minutes, Bahena averaged 10 points, 3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.7 steals and commited less than 2 fouls - something that was a problem for St. Louis last year. However his ability to play great matchup defense was the main reason for St. Louis to sign him. They will now hope that Bahena can stay injury free and give them much needed defense stability at SG/SF.

Furthermore the Sunkings re-signed Trevon Booth, who had a great season off the bench. His offensive power will return to the Sunkings bench again. Under the rim the Sunkings acquired long term Buzzard John Lewandowski and rebounding machine veteran James Cooke. They also re-signed Aaron Schwartz at PG, which was much needed after Timothy Lawless signed elsewhere. To make up for his minutes, the Sunkings decided to go after Gus Mcculloch, who has a similar skillset.

Overall the Sunkings squad looks better than last year. It remains to be seen whether the records prove the squad strengthening.

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