The last couple seasons, it seems like every Gannon game comes down to the final possession. For one stretch, 10 of 13 games were decided on the final possession or in overtime. (The fans at the Hammermill aren't actually all octogenarians; they just look that way from the stress.) Why should this year be any different? The Knights held off Glenville State, 70-67, in tonight's season opener, avoiding OT when a Pioneer three-pointer that banked in was ruled too late. We're just one game in and I already need to take nitroglycerin. Better refill my prescription, or I'll be out by the Gary Miller Classic.
The stat sheet bore some similarities to past games as well:
* Gannon outrebounded Glenville, 40-23, a staple of John Reilly teams
I hope it was opening night jitters, but the Knights committed 25
turnovers. Nine of them came in the first 10 minutes of the game when
Gannon fell behind 24-11.
* After a slow start, Darrell Blanton
turned the Ohio Valley gymnasium into the Jammermill, soaring for 21
points on 9-of-13 shooting while also securing 7 rebounds.
Blazek led Gannon's first half comeback. He finished the contest with 11
points and a game-high 9 rebounds before fouling out.
far as new players, the starting lineup included Jabs Newby (4 points, 5
assists), Robert Wilson (10 points, 7 rebounds), and Rogerio Livramento
(6 points). Algeron Torrence led bench players with 9 points on 5-of-6
shooting from the line. No minutes for returning big men Tanner Furno (injured) or Dmitry Martynenko.
not sure what the slogan will be on this year's team poster, but I'd
like to suggest this: Gannon Basketball -- Never Boring!