I know I wrote just a few weeks ago that Gannon won the Gary Miller Classic because their defense made Daemen uncomfortable in a 65-46 victory. The Knights took it a step further in the Porreco Cup title game. Virginia State was downright distressed as GU suffocated them 67-42. As Golden 89 mentions in the comments below, the 42 points ties a 45-year old Porreco Cup/Gem City Bowl record for fewest points allowed. In the first half, Gannon allowed just 13 points; the Trojans didn't score their first field goal until 4:30 into the game and didn't hit double figures until 18:34 in.
Those stats are
impressive, but they still don't do justice to just how flustered Gannon
made Virginia State. Let me add some details that I observed sitting
behind the Trojan bench:
1. During pre-game and early game
timeouts, head coach Darryl Jacobs controlled the entire conversation.
Halfway through the first period, two coaches and a reserve player
desperately pleaded with the five on the floor to make something happen
2. On back-to-back possessions late in the first half,
State rushed down the floor hoping to catch the Knights off guard
before setting their defense. Instead, an alley-oop pass was thrown so
high even a Bud Light Daredevil
couldn't snag it and the ball sailed way out of bounds. The next pass,
down the left sideline, skipped into the concession stand.
when a State player dunked to make the score 34-13, only 4 players on
the Trojan bench could muster the energy to applaud.
defense was as good as ever, but the most improved aspect of the
Knights' game was their offense. Cup MVP Darrell Blanton was Superman
Friday vs. Notre Dame (Oh.) with 26 points, 12 rebounds, and several
resounding dunks, but his passing out of double-teams really opened up
things Saturday. Blanton had only 12 points but a team-high 4 assists,
leading to an 18-point outing for Oscar Macias and a 14-point night for
all-tourney member Robert Wilson.
Speaking of Wilson, when the Knights are back in town after the new year, watch him hold
his position on the defensive boards -- especially if you're a youth
basketball coach. Wilson's form is textbook, and it's matched by his desire
to secure the rebound. The junior transfer from Urbana didn't shoot
lights out for the tournament (8-for-22), but he deserved to be on the
all-tourney team for his box outs alone.
of the all-tourney team, I came across a comment on the Gannon Athletics
Facebook page related to that topic. Here's what some guy named David Sheridan wrote:
"I don't know who the idiots are that voted for the all-tourney team,
but voting two players on from the 3rd place team was just plain stupid.
Oscar had a great game tonight and deserved to be on the all-tourney
team. Give me a call, and I'll be happy to vote and clue the rest in
about how it should be done."
I agree with David that
Macias was outstanding Saturday and deserved all-tourney consideration.
But to call the all-tourney selection crew "idiots" and using the word
"stupid" is completely uncalled for. But since David brought it up,
let's do a blind statistical comparison between Macias
and all-tournament selections Noah Cottrill and Kelsey Williams of third
place West Virginia Wesleyan:
vs. Notre Dame (Oh.)
PLAYER A: 34 min, 26 pts, 10 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk, 1 TO, 11-of-15 FG, 1-of-1 3FG, 3-of-4 FT
PLAYER B: 31 min, 8 pts, 3 reb, 0 ast, 0 stl, 0 blk, 5 TO, 1-of-4 FG, 0-of-3 3FG, 6-of-6 FT
PLAYER C: 32 min, 31 pts, 9 reb, 3 ast, 0 stl, 0 blk, 2 TO, 10-of-14 FG, 8-of-10 3FG, 3-of-3 FT
vs. Virginia State
PLAYER A: 37 min, 20 pts, 10 reb, 1 ast, 0 stl, 3 blk, 5 TO, 8-of-13 FG, 4-for-7 FT
PLAYER B: 39 min, 18 pts, 5 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk, 1 TO, 5-of-10 FG, 4-of-8 3FG, 4-of-4 FT
PLAYER C: 40 min, 16 pts, 4 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk, 5 TO, 5-of-13 FG, 5-of-11 3FG, 1-of-2 FT
without applying any bias, which two would you put on the Porreco Cup
all-tournament team? If you chose the guy with 46
points and two double-doubles (Player A - Williams) and the guy with 47
points and Porreco Cup record tying 13 three-pointers (Player C-
Cottrill), then David Sheridan thinks you're a stupid idiot!
was outstanding -- he's playing his best ball ever in a Gannon uniform
-- but you can't deny the Wesleyan duo deserved trophies for their
tremendous performances. If you disagree, then I think you're ... entitled to your opinion.