Men’s basketball notches two wins; women hopeful
Coming into the season opener against Miami University Hamilton there were many people who were waiting to see not only what the new players for GC would do, but what the new coach, Chris Briggs, would do as well. As I took my seat in the stands, I knew that media and spectators alike were in for something special, I just didn’t know the Briggs era would start with a technical foul.
The technical was given for a pre-game dunking violation, but that was about the only thing negative in a game full of positives: 116 of them to be exact, as the Tigers went on to route MUH 116-43. This game, in my opinion, not only set the tone for this team and the year, but it also showed that this team has an attitude, an unspeakable will to win and win big.
The team was led by Allan Thomas, a junior from Queen’s New York who scored 22 points. Thomas was able to stretch the defense and show some range, hitting six-of-ten shots from three-point range. Even though Thomas showed a lot of flash as a newcomer, the veterans of GC weren’t going to let him steal the show. Seniors Maurice Pearson and Johonne Hamilton each finished with 19 and 17 points, respectively.
Garel Craig, a junior from Hackensack, N.J., also showed a lot of promise as he poured in 15 points. Aaron Morris and Tyrone Shelley each made a significant mark on the game as well, albeit the same: they each had 14 points and ten rebounds, notching them both double-doubles to start the season.
GC got a lot of participation and outstanding play across the board and that made Briggs happy: “We got a lot of good, solid play from everybody. It makes you feel good.” After a big win on Thursday, they were set for a matchup against Park, a team that has plagued GC in the past.
Working on short rest and not much time, things looked as if they would be a little closer and that Park would get a shot at a winded GC team—but not so fast. These Tigers have been working all summer long for days like this and they had just as much spring in their step on Sunday as they did on Thursday.
They dismantled Park, 82-67, mainly with some hot shooting in the second half. GC went 18/31 for 58 percent in the second half. Park’s undoing was in the first, when they shot a meager 20 percent. They trailed at the half by 17 and that was just too much of a deficit to come back from.
With Briggs at 2-0, things seem to be headed in the right direction, although I’m sure Briggs still isn’t satisfied. He wants to keep his team hungry and sharp as they head towards some stiffer competition like the University of Pikeville and St. Catharine, both traditional conference foes. Their next game is set for Nov. 5 against Florida Memorial College. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.
On the other side you have the GC women’s team being steered into their season by first year head coach Andrea McCloskey. She is not only looking to keep up the proud tradition set down by long time head coach Susan Johnson, but leave her own mark on this program as well. This team stuggled at times last season on their way to finishing 12-18 with an 8-10 record in conference play, but they also showed flashes of brilliance. Lucky for them, all of that brilliance is returning to hit the court hard this season: Mikkah Rogers, Gina Beining, Jes- sica Waddle, Devon Golden, Kourtney Tyra and Andrea Howard are all returning. Because of this, GC was receiving votes not only in the conference, but on the national stage as well.
Although they are returning several starters and have a fire to renew their winning ways after a dissapointing season, teams aren’t going to lay down for them. They have a very tough schedule this year with teams like Southern Polytechnic State University, Xavier and other fine institutions. The road is going to be tough.
If there is one thing I learned about this team last year it is this: no matter what kind of adversity they are facing, they face it head-on and they face it together. With all the talent returning, I think we are in for a real treat. Their season begins Nov. 4 against Cumberland at 8 p.m.
Football stays perfect; seniors to be honored Saturday
50-7. And I digress. I could stop this article here with the score of Saturday’s football game at UVA-Wise, but it’s more fun to boast about how good our football team really is. With another huge road win, they are sitting at 8-0 and have the number four national ranking heading back home to play Lindsey Wilson on senior day this Saturday.
The team rolled against UVA-Wise, putting 50 points on the board before the opponent could even muster a single touchdown. After their first possession and an 80-yard drive finished off by a Neal Pawsat pass to Chris Gohman, Coach Bill Cronin elected for an onside kick, which caught the home team off-guard.
When UVA-Wise finally gave the ball to its offense, they didn’t do anything but turn it back over to GC. Within the first eight minutes, GC had a 17-0 lead, which they wouldn’t even get close to relinquishing. This was another dominating win, underlined by a stiff defensive effort.
It seems that no matter who they are playing, either the best in the nation or the worst, this defense comes to play every time with their A game. There isn’t much more to say about this game except that GC dominated in all three phases of the game, just as they always do.
Another dominating performance kept GC in the top of the polls and they remain one of the favorites come post-season play, which will take place in about three weeks. They have two games left and their last home game, as already mentioned, is this Saturday against
Lindsey Wilson and they finish on the road against Belhaven University.
I want to personally ask and invite every student, staff and faculty member to come out and watch the Tigers finish up the regular season this Saturday. This team gave us so much more than just a spectacle on Saturday afternoon, they gave us a sense of pride in the orange and black and national recognition.
They deserve our thanks and gratitude and we can all do that for them this Sat- urday. These seniors have made an impact on this pro- gram in a profound way and each of them deserves to be recognized. Here is the GC football class of 2011-2012: