Gannon basketball is all about tradition, and I have one of mine I'd like to share with you. After every Gannon/Mercyhurst game for the past few years (including tonight's 73-44 pistol-whipping of the Lakers), I pull out a quote and re-read it. The quote is from Mercyhurst coach Gary Manchel after an 18-point loss to the Knights on Jan. 24, 2005.
Despite the humbling defeat, Manchel stated confidently: "The bottom line right now is, as of today, Gannon is a better basketball team than Mercyhurst and that's going to change as long as I'm here. In the near future, that will change. But right now, it's not."
Ironic, isn't it?