Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Insanity Continues

We're 6 games into the season and I've already gone nuts. Gannon continued its mind-boggling string of close PSAC games with an 83-79 overtime loss at West Chester. With my brain and my emotions ragged, I won't offer much opinion in this post. Instead, I'll just state facts that if proposed for a movie script would be rejected for being unrealistic.

Here are the results for Gannon's last 13 PSAC games when both teams were still playoff eligible, including last season:
vs. California L 72-70
vs. Mercyhurst L 68-64 OT
@ Clarion W 76-67
@ Slippery Rock L 69-67 (SRU field goal at the buzzer)
@ Indiana PA L 73-58
vs. Edinboro L 69-68 (EUP field goal at the buzzer)
@ Mercyhurst W 79-71
@ California L 53-50
vs. Slippery Rock W 62-59
@ East Stroudsburg L 90-89
@ Kutztown W 80-79
@ Millersville W 98-97 OT
@ West Chester L 83-79 OT

An incredible 10 of those 13 games were decided by one possession or in overtime. It gets even crazier when you throw in Gannon's 64-63 independent win vs. Central State on Feb. 7 and their 67-65 loss to Daemen in this year's Gary Miller Classic.

I challenge you to find another basketball program with a string of that many close games. Heck, I challenge you to find a hockey team with a scoring differential greater than what Gannon's experienced.


  1. Missed the whole 2nd half and OT; stats on phone froze at 46-40 with 15:57 left in game. Refreshed a ton of times; nothing!

    Like to hear more about foul at end of game. Heard that Sean said the wrong person was sent to the line and that Coach Reilly questioned it with the refs and in the post game show. Wonder if he'd like to change his comments about yesterday's refereeing? (haha)

    Tough game though. How about the end of the girls game? Wow!!

    Can't wait to see both teams at home!!

  2. It is difficult to single one incident out that was a game changer, but the technical foul on Coach V late in regulation was costly. Turn-overs and west chester's 17 second chance opportunities would be my top three.

    This is a good team with some depth though I hear bubby is lost for the season due to a foot injury and is now red shirting. (Jim - can you verify?) Makes us lean in the post department though shown we can win with a smaller line up. Shoring up the defense should result in more wins - teams are penetrating too easily and weak side help seems helpless. Overall and to date, very pleased to see the team completing in every game.

  3. GUBBFWLR: Thanks for asking about Johnson. Dan Teliski sent me a statement on him that doesn't sound too promising:

    "He has an injury. His status has yet to be determined as the medical staff is still doing tests to determine his future status. It’s a waiting game at this point, but he is out indefinitely."

    Thanks to Dan for that info. In my opinion, if Johnson can't go, I think Gannon will still be fine this year because of their depth. It might work out better in the long run that Johnson will have 2 years without Furno and Martynenko instead of playing behind them for 2 years.

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  5. Darrell Blanton has been named PSAC West Player of the Week:

  6. As a long-time Gannon fan, I've been keeping an eye on this site for just over 2 years now, but finally found the time and motivation to post something. Here are some observations (get it?)

    Gannon going .500 on the road in conference play would once have been considered a miracle. But, Gannon is doing so this year, and so many people are unhappy? Doesn't make sense to me.

    Gannon has its tallest team since 2009, and a bonafide skywalker in Blanton, but opponents have been getting offensive rebounds by the bushelful. Doesn't make sense to me.

    Wondering about some people who criticize players. Had Steve P put up numbers like Adam B.(a fine player, by the way, but a freshman with consistency problems) did vs. West Chester (2-13 from the field with 4 turnovers), Steve would have been crucified. I haven't seen one word criticizing Adam. Doesn't make sense to me.

    How about Coach V? Guy has been trolling for a technical at a a key time for years now (see the Millersville game?), and now he finally gets one and it may have helped cost Gannon a game. What can you say about a guy whose primary skill is that he can yell loudly for long periods of time? Is his failure to act as a sounding board for players unhappy with Reilly's tactics (a common task performed by most assistant coaches at every level of basketball) one of the factors in the exodus of players from the GU program? Having him as #1 assistant doesn't make sense to me, either.

    The "minutes played" statistic is starting to concern me already. How many kids played nearly or over 40 minutes of an overtime game on Sunday after playing an overtime game Saturday, both on the road with a 6+ hour bus ride to start the weekend? It's only December 5, but are some (maybe all?) GU's starters already getting worn out by their unnecessarily high minutes played on top of Reilly's long, hard practices? Could explain Sunday's collapse. Pushing kids that hard in December doesn't make sense to me, either.

    Giving the team some time to get its legs under it at home and see if they can get it together a little makes a lot of sense to me. Let's see where we are after crossover games are over, now that the rest of them will be at the 'Mill.