GC men’s basketball wins again
By ANDY RUSSELL, Sports Editor
With another year gone and a new one arising, there is only one thing on the minds and hearts of the students and faculty here at GC: Basketball. This season, the basketball team has already played many impressive games against many excellent teams (Kentucky Wesleyan, University of Louisville) but there is still so much more to come. With games coming up against Campbellsville and Cumberlands, there is still plenty of excitement out there. The most recent game the Tigers took hold of was against Pikeville College.
As interesting as the game sounded, several spectators noted that it was never close at any point in the game. Here is a recap of what took place that night: In the first half, GC shot
56 percent from the field compared to Pikeville only going 9-of-28 from the field (32 percent). The game was very fast paced as both teams continued to get up and down the floor the entire first half. Going into the half GC led by a large margin, 23-43. The second half started much like the first, with both teams getting up and down the floor. With the large lead
and the fast pace of play, GC coach Happy Osborne was able to get some extra guys into the game with some fresh legs who were ready to give it their all.
The leading scorer of the game was Sophomore Vincent Crutcher. He came off the bench and scored 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and had four assists and one rebound in 19 minutes of play. Another set of fresh legs off the bench in the second half was super Sophomore Matt Walls. He managed to score nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from the perimeter and threw in one assist as well. In the second half GC managed to stay hot as Pikeville managed to keep sputtering down the stretch. Pikeville ended up having a better second half, shooting 13-of-30 (42 percent) but GC did them one better yet again. They shot 48 percent in the second half on 14-of-49 shooting. In the end, Pikeville was no match for the number three rated team in the NAIA polls and GC was able to cash in on an easy game, 58-84.
This win moved the team to 19-1 (3-0) for the season total. The scoring came from more than just Crutcher and Walls however. Freshman Vic Moses had 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting and two rebounds in19 minutes of play. He might just be a freshman, but he is putting up some veteran-like numbers for the season. Another of the starting five, senior point guard Jerry Turner, had a great game as well. He put up 11 points on 4-of-7 from the field and grabbed five rebounds and dished one assist in 21 minutes of work. Coach Osborne got a great all-around game from senior guard Demetrius Guions. He had nine points on 3-of-6 from the field, four assists, and three rebounds in 17 minutes of action.
Overall, GC dominated in every statistical category with the most dominant being shooting percentage (GC-52 percent, Pikeville-37 percent). The Tigers had another game this past week against West Virginia Tech. Although the game was close, GC was able to pull off a great road victory 80-78. The leading scorer of the game was freshman sensation Vic Moses who had 19 points on 9-for-14 shooting. This victory capped off a two win week for the tigers. Overall, both games were thrilling times for players and fans alike. The next game for the Tigers will come on Thursday, Jan. 29 against St. Catherine.
Regardless of the weather or any other situation, go out and support your Tigers toward the home stretch of the season. This team is looking to make a deep playoff run and they need some fan support.
Jon Elrod stars on the hardwood
Hometown: Foster, Ky.
High school: Pendleton County
Favorite class: Tropical Biology in Belize
Favorite food: Seafood
Favorite movie: “Dumb and Dumber”
Favorite song: “Meet Virginia”
Favorite place on campus: My apartment on East Campus
Favorite Proffesor: Dr. Livingston
Favorite Singer: Jason Aldean
Favorite proffesional sports team: Cincinnati Bengals
Favorite candy: Twix
Most memorable basketball moment: Playing in the Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena my junior year against current teammate Vincent Crutcher and sending the game into overtime with a three-point bucket.
One interesting fact: I live on a farm.
Notable Accomplishments: 2008 NAIA Academic All-American, Presidents Ambassador, 2007 Champions of Character, Respect award recipient
Interview conducted by Christopher Simpson
Football’s Gaby and Janning honored
The College Fanz Sports Network has released their 2008 NAIA All-American football teams marking the seventh season of the selections. The team was voted on by select group of 10 NAIA football coaches as well as NAIA expert Jason Dannelly of the College Fanz Sports Network. Tiger Football’s Jeff Gaby and Robbie Janning were both named All-American Honorable Mention by the group. At defensive line, Gaby tallied 39 total tackles last season, including seven for a loss and six sacks. Janning, a center from Fort Mitchell, Ky., was key to the offensive line throughout his Tiger career. “This season’s team is just another representation of how great football is at the NAIA level,” said Jason Dannelly of College Fanz.