Thursday, January 22, 2015

Knights At Their Worst, Lose Grip On First

I won't say much about Gannon's gutwrenching 63-58 loss at home to California (Pa.) for a few reasons. First, there's a quick GLIAC-like turnaround with the Knights playing at Seton Hill Saturday afternoon. Also, I only saw the second half and overtime via video feed because my daughter's third and fourth grade girls basketball team had practice from 7-8 Thursday. I felt like I was re-watching the season-opening games at the WACO Classic at Glenville State (W. Va.) where the Knights struggled to break 50 each game.

But I also don't need to blah blah blah on and on because Golden89 was dead on -- unlike Gannon's offense which sputtered to 26% shooting chart in the second half -- with his comment: "What a killer loss. You can stub your toe once in the combo of games at Millersville, at UPJ, and home against Cal. Losing two is tough, but recoverable. Losing all three is an absolute killer. It just can't happen. You have to take care of business in the winnable games when you have only three of the remaining ten games left at home. No, I'm not giving up. But this is a damaging loss."

Gannon is now tied for second in the PSAC West with IUP and trails Mercyhurst by a half game. After a 6-0 December, the Knights are a pedestrian 3-3 in January and end the month at Slippery Rock and hosting the red-hot Lakers. Gannon needs to make adjustments on offense, or they will lose a grip on not just first place but this entire season.

12 comments:

  1. Couldn't make game and just got to seeing stats. See Adam H-W didn't start and hasn't played. Anyone know if it's an injury/illness or just a change in lineup?

    Also see we've only used 2 subs... Starters doing pretty well then?

    Lastly, attendance says 1024, which is highest in a while. That a legit 1024?

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  2. EWensel and all Gannon fans feel very deflated about this loss.

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  3. Was not at the game today (I scheduled an activity on Thursday because I wanted to keep Wednesdays free) ...

    All kidding in the above post aside, what a killer loss. You can stub your toe once in the combo of games at Millersville, at UPJ, and home against Cal. Losing two is tough, but recoverable. Losing all three is an absolute killer. It just can't happen. You have to take care of business in the winnable games when you have only three of the remaining ten games left at home.

    No, I'm not giving up. But this is a damaging loss.


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  4. If they weren't keeping score you'd say Gannon out played Cal and was the better team. But they did keep score. Really struggled on offense in the second half (18 points) and overtime. It's the same old story on offense. Scoring points really does matter. The defense let the Cal guards penetrate for buckets a few too many times and the two wide open Cal dunks in the second half got the Vulcans pumped up. Still, the guys played their hearts out, just wasn't enough against a team they should have beaten.

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  5. If the GU Men end up missing the NCAA's, the back to back losses to UPJ and Cal are going to be a major reason why. 25 points in the last 25 minutes is not going to win many games. At this point I think they have to win the PSAC in order to get in the NCAA's.

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  6. It would have been nice to see Austin in the game during the closing minutes, to give the Knights the option for a nice little quick inside hookshot. Porter has size but doesn't match Austin's ability to get the ball and go up with it quick for a shot. That may have given the guards more breathing room too.

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  7. Of note statistically: Austin matched Porter's rebound total (7) and was only two points shy offensively (7 Porter, 5 Austin), in 30 less minutes of action (43 Porter, 13 Austin). This post isn't intended as a slam on Porter, its just that Austin has shown some quality output in that short time, and it seems that working him into the game more might pay off.

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    1. Why are we playing one player against the other? We can say the same about Blazek only had 7 points with 43 minutes. Go Gannon Go

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    2. Again, not a slam on Porter, and any additional minutes for Austin need not all come at Porter's expense. Just saying that if you do the math, Austin scored points at a higher rate late night (one point every 2.5 minutes; Porter one point every 6 minutes). Austin has by far the highest field goal percentage of any player on the team.

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  8. Indeed, not much to add to above comments. But, this team has been there before, and, knows what has to be done. Hate to say it, though, but, instead of being in complete control of things, a bit of "help" will perhaps need to come in handy in the form of the other teams beating each other up. (I think the entire league dreads having to play the PSAC playoffs up at Mercyhurst......)





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  9. This team is too talented to score only 58 points in 45 minutes. Gu early on in the season appeared to have a deep bench but Reilly seems to have dumbed down the spread of pt compared to earlier this year. I think gu has room for one more reg season loss if it wants an ncaa bid

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  10. I have said it before and I will say it again. We are a one dimensional team. I know defense wins games but as I said you can play the best defense in the league but you still have to score more points then the other team does. California came in averaging 72 points a game and giving up 68 a game. We hold them to 51 in regulation and only score 51 are selves. We should NEVER loose game when you held them to 51 points.

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