I've created a template which I should be able to use for the rest of the season. After four games, the most recent a 55-54 nail-biter over Alderson-Broaddus in the Gary Miller Classic consolation game, Gannon has established a script from which they rarely deviate. For each game I'll use this template and simply strikethrough the words that don't apply to this particular game. I'll add a handful of Knight Knotes at the end for extra details about the contest. Here we go ...
Once again, Gannon scored in the 50s,
Yes, I'm happy with a win, of course
* Of course I root for every Gannon player, but it was especially gratifying to see Matt Dogan hit all 4 of his field goal attempts. He entered the game just 4-for-18 from the field, but helped bust the A-B zone with a trio of long-distance shots in the first half. Watching Dogan's grandmother pump her fist after every make made my Thanksgiving weekend.
* Gannon was more prepared for the Battlers' zone Saturday than they were LeMoyne's extended 2-3 Friday night. Against the Dolphins, GU basically swung the ball wing-to-wing until the shot clock ran out. Gannon gave A-B several different looks -- including dribble penetration -- which led to relaxed, open shots for the Knights.
* The next time Alderson-Broaddus plays at Gannon, maybe they should just turn the ball over on their final possession. Against the Knights in the 2009 Atlantic Region Semifinals, A-B's Terrell Eargle missed a last-second three on the Hammermill Center's north hoop as Gannon advanced, 67-65. Saturday, Stuart Clark missed a three-point attempt on that same basket as GU survived by a point. No wonder moments after the game A-B head coach Greg Zimmerman looked as if he heard the Grinch actually did steal Christmas.
* The announced crowd for the game was 502, not anywhere close to what Gannon officials were hoping for, but you couldn't expect much more for a 5:30 consolation game. I had to race from my daughter's basketball practice to the Hammermill and still arrived several minutes into the contest. If you're wondering what the Audi looked like when I walked in, here you go: