It's been a heckuva ride this season, but I'm fearing that tonight's 66-61 home loss to Lake Erie could be the beginning of a very bumpy home stretch. This Golden Knight team has been scrappy every game, but they looked gassed tonight vs. the Storm. No wonder: on Saturday George Johnson and Alfonso Scandrett each played 44 minutes, and tonight they logged 40 and 28 minutes, respectively, in a physical, full-court game. Steve Piotrowicz (34 minutes vs. Clarion, 31 tonight -- 17 consecutive in the second half) played hard but his legs were gone before the final buzzer. When Lake Erie worked the ball side-to-side-to-side-to-side, the Knights couldn't keep up. And when the Storm got off a shot, GU couldn't fight them on the boards, giving up 16 offensive rebounds.
This game didn't matter in the PSAC playoff hunt, but my fear is that the low energy level will carry over to Wednesday. Tonight's output didn't appear to be a result of poor effort; the guys who are playing so many minutes just didn't have that burst needed to make plays. I'll be rooting like heck for Gannon Wednesday, though I'm worried that, like tonight, part way through the game they'll run out of