Monday, October 17, 2011

Knights End Canadian Tour 3-1

So, if Gannon goes 15-0 at home and then wins 75% of its road games, they'll end the regular season 24-3. I'd take that ... or maybe I'm getting ahead of myself. Here are some random thoughts after Gannon's week in the great white north:

* First, here's info on the Knights' final two games north of the border:
Saturday: Gannon 88, Ontario Revolution 82
Sunday: Gannon 76, Niagara College 53
Brandon Belt was the leading scorer both games, hitting for 14 points Saturday and 16 Sunday. Dtanya "Bubby" Johnson also reached double digits both games, tallying 13 and 12.

* It's hard to draw accurate conclusions about games you didn't see and opponents you know nothing about, but looking at just the scoring numbers I think it's safe to say that John Reilly recruited a bunch of guys who can put the ball in the basket. That's something this team hasn't had since the Elite 8 run a few years back. In fact, it's a rarity for most Gannon teams. I recall when Tom Chapman described his team that featured high scoring Butch Warner, Mike Runski, and a bunch of no-names as, "Butch, Ski, and three guys named Bob."

* To build on that last point, Coach Reilly has proven repeatedly that he can take anybody and mold them into a gritty team that hustles for loose balls, rebounds, and defends. He did that with some relatively unskilled teams, so you'd think he could do that with what appears to be a talented bunch of ballplayers this year.

* I wonder if Reilly is comfortable enough with his depth that he'll use a rotation system this year instead of his usual pattern of going with his gut and riding a handful of guys who he thinks can get the job done. Or maybe it's just an early season/preseason thing.

* What the heck do we do now? The Knights don't open the season for another month after teasing us with these exhibition game. I guess we'll do lots of research on opponent #1 East Stroudsburg. Did you know the Warriors drew 1,200 fans for their first practice this season? That's more than they drew for any home game last season.


  1. I received this press release from Gannon today. When's the last time you heard the name "Terrell Kittleberger"?

    Erie Alumni Basketball Game Scheduled for October 22; Nine Former Golden Knights to Renew Mercyhurst Rivalry for a Good Cause

    ERIE, Pa. – The Erie Alumni Basketball Game is set to tip-off on Saturday, October 22 at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center. Edinboro alumni will take on the Penn State Behrend alumni at 5 p.m., followed by the Gannon alumni taking on the Mercyhurst alumni at 7 p.m.

    The game will feature some of the best players from each school over the last decade. This will not only make for two great match-ups, but it will also bring all basketball fans together for one night to help raise money for a new local charter school.

    The Erie Alumni Basketball Game will benefit the Erie Rise Leadership Academy Charter School with the net proceeds going to the Rise Academy to help their students have a successful first year. There will be 50/50 tickets available prior to the game. Admission for all current college students will be free of charge with a valid student ID. Tickets for students 18-years old or younger will be $1 or free with a school supply donation. Adult tickets will cost $5 and children under four are admitted free of charge.

    If you cannot attend the game and would like to donate to the Erie Rise Academy or purchase a 50/50 ticket, please contact Brent Swain at for more information.

    Complete rosters for all four teams are as follows.

    Gannon Alumni Squad
    Cory Knight
    Cory Coleman
    Terrel Kittleberger
    Joe Lindsey
    Darmel Whitfield
    Joe Rivera
    Tyler Stoczynski
    Khyl Horton
    Robert Buckner

    Mercyhurst Alumni Squad
    Brent Swain
    Maurice Profit
    Rahsaah Roland
    Jody Crymes
    Matt Thielker
    Scott Melle
    Darren Angell
    David Lanahan
    Jeff Daisley

    Edinboro Alumni Squad
    Torry Mitchel
    Rob Schodt
    Darren Tielsch
    Joe Jones
    Curt Ingram
    Chris Ravello
    Duke Gartrell
    Gill Cummings
    Joe Cephas

    Penn State Behrend Alumni Squad
    Doug Straub
    Jacoby Curtis
    Brian Emick
    Dan Zeigler
    Dave Hairston
    Chad Sutton
    John Park
    J.J. Ferguson
    Adam Potter

  2. last time i heard the name Terrell Kittleberger was in last year's Alumbi game :)

  3. Had to be free beer and pizza for the ESU