Gann Drops Thriller in OT
Gann pushed Bancroft into OT but fell 86-79 closing out a thrilling week of action.
Playing its fourth game in four days, the last thing Gann needed was a game pushed into OT. That is exactly what they got tonight facing EIL power Bancroft in yet another thrilling, grind it out wire to wire game. For the 3rd night in a row, Gann fell behind early in the contest thanks to the hot shooting of Bancroft's Carlo Mennina who finished with 29 and Chris Shola who finished with 20. Facing a Bancroft front line featuring 6'6", 6'5", and 6'4" players, Gann for the 3rd night in a row refused to be denied, closing the gap from 9 to just 3 by halftime. Playing its typical high pressure, trapping defense, Gann was able to grind out an 8 point lead mid way through the 2nd half and holding a 6 point lead with just 2:45 to go in the contest. Multiple Gann turnovers down over the next two minutes allowed Bancroft to tie the score with :20 to go and with possession of the ball. A strong defensive stand by Gann at the end of regulation pushed the game in OT. With Yahm Rones and Jacob Starr both out of the game on fouls, Bancroft's Mannina caught fire in the extra period draining multiple 3's and pushing the Bancroft lead to 6 from which Gann could not recover. "Trust me, over the past two hours I've thought of a dozen things I could have or should have done differently down the stretch. Our boys gave us absolutely everything they had and I'm immensely proud of them, but I need to do a better job managing those situations," said Coach Nole. "One thing I do want to get out there is the immense and probably underestimated role of our bench players. It starts with how they push everyone to the maximum in practice and continues on during games with the energy they provide--even when not physically in the game. The energy and enthusiasm they provide has gotta be worth 10 points a game to us and I love watching how together we are as a team." Gann was led tonight by Eli Cole with 21, Dan Metser with 17, and Noah Lion with a varsity career high of 12, including a dramatic 4 point play late in the 2nd half. With the loss, Gann moves to 7-3 overall and remains 4-0 and atop the Mass Bay Div I league standings.