Wednesday, November 28, 2012

November Knight Knotes

* Gannon has officially announced the early signing of West Middlesex senior Matthew Dogan, which Gannon Hoops talked about Nov. 20. In the same press release, the Knights said they have signed New Castle senior guard Brandon Domenick (pictured here). Plus the New Castle News reported the signing, so it's really official. I have to admit, I was scratching my head a little bit on the Domenick signing because he's not physically imposing (5-foot-9, 160) and his scoring stats aren't eye-popping (9.1 ppg for his career). It wasn't until I saw this online scouting report on Domenick that I understood why John Reilly signed him early. "Outstanding defensive skills," the report says. "Has faced several D1 prospects and shut them down on offense and defense. Described as a 'pest' on defense. Fearless, does not back down, gets into opponents head. Always on opponent’s hip. Quick to read and exploit weaknesses." And I'm assuming Reilly also likes this quality: "Extreme work ethic. Plays entire game usually running full-court presses." Excellent -- I'll take all the tenacious defenders/hard workers you've got!

* The press release I mention above also included some statistical tidbits on this year's Knights. Gannon SID Dan Teliski writes, "Gannon is 4-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 NCAA Division II Elite Eight squad rolled off nine consecutive wins to begin the season. The Golden Knights won the 29th annual Gary Miller Classic championship last weekend with victories against NCAA Division II provisional members Roberts Wesleyan (66-45) and Daemen (65-46). The defensive effort resulted in consecutive opponents being held under 50 points for the first time since January of 1992, when Jim Roddy was a senior benchwarmer for the Knights." OK -- Dan didn't exactly write it that way, though it's true.

* PSAC teams continue their choppy play before conference games tip-off this weekend. Cal lost at home to NAIA Wilberforce (Oh.), 90-88. You have to love how the stats team crushes Vulcan Quentin Harding the box score, going out of their way to mention, "Harding (CAL) missing first of three free-throws with 0.2 seconds remaining." The next time Harding shoots free throws at home, we should look to see if folks at the scorer's table are coughing and making choking gestures. Give the kid a break!

* Only three PSAC teams will enter December undefeated. Can you name them? Answer below.

* Clarion finally grabbed a win after losses to two Division III squads (Thiel and LaRoche). The Golden Eagles knocked off DIII Houghton, 77-67, at Waldo Tippin Gymnasium. The win isn't all that impressive, though. Roberts Wesleyan drilled Houghton, 60-44, on Nov. 20.

* The spotless PSAC squads are all in the West: Gannon (4-0), Indiana (4-0), and Edinboro (3-0). The Knights host Kutztown (who just lost at home to Holy Family, 91-75) and Stroud this weekend while the Crimson Hawks and Fighting Scots are on the road. IUP travels to Cheyney and West Chester while EUP goes to Mansfield and Bloomsburg. Click here for complete PSAC standings, schedules, results, and statistics.

* As I finished typing this entry, my wife called me to the kitchen table to watch this video on her iPad. Do you think she's trying to tell me something?


  1. Good stat on holding opponents to under 50 points. Would have thought that it happened sooner. Makes defensive effort even more impressive.

    And New Castle's basketball uniforms really say just NEW on the front????

    1. If you look closely, you can see the top of the word "castle" just above his waist. The uniform, which is a little big, is folded over where it is tucked in.