Gann Drops First of Season
Gann made its final appearance of 2018 and suffered its first loss of the season, falling to Berwick Academy, 64-49.
Gann made the long journey to South Berwick, ME Thursday night to face off against non-league foe Berwick Academy (EIL Conference). Berwick currently sits near the top of the strong EIL conference and with 6 EIL opponents on the 2018-19 slate, the visiting Heifers were looking to send another message that they can be competitive against all of the EIL conference teams. With two starters already on the DL heading into the game and another that wound up missing a key stretch of tonight's game due to illness, Gann put together a feisty ‘next man up’ effort and gave the Bulldogs all they could handle. Despite 3 three pointers by Eli Cole in the opening minutes, Gann found themselves down by 8 early in the contest with Berwick eventually pushing the lead to 11 with 6:50 to go in the 1st half. A late first half push by Gann led by a tenacious defensive effort cut that lead down to only 3 points by the intermission. With Senior Yahm Rones unable to take the court at the start of the 2nd half due to illness, Berwick was able to quickly push the lead back to 12 before Rones was able to muster enough strength to reenter the game at about the 10 minute to-go mark. “As bad as he (Yahm) was feeling all day, there was no keeping him off the court in that kind of game,” said Coach Nole. Over the next several minutes Gann again was again able to cut into the Berwick lead, closing the gap down to 8 with about 6 minutes to go, but could not push any closer with Berwick hitting a number of key three pointers down the stretch to put the game out of reach. “Tremendous, tremendous effort. No excuses from us. Every one of our guys that took the court today gave absolutely everything they had. I think we proved to ourselves that we can stick with just about anyone we face this year.” said Nole. Gann was led by Matt Gluck 13, Izy Altman-Sagan 11, Eli Cole and Yahm Rones with 12, and Jacob Starr with 7. With the loss Gann moves to 4-1 overall and remains 3-0 in MBIL league play.