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.