Gann Holds Off Strong CSW Comeback
After building a 20 point lead at the half, Gann hung on down the stretch to down CSW, 73-64 Monday evening in Waltham.
After a crushing 20-14 season ending defeat yesterday in New Orleans...(oops, sorry, wrong article).... Gann made the short trip to Waltham Monday afternoon for its second meeting with league rival CSW. In the first meeting 3 weeks ago, Gann pushed a 30+ point lead against CSW and had control of the contest from the tip that night. Tonight, through the first half it appeared Gann was on the way to a similar victory, building a 20 point lead by the half. But, Gann learned today how quickly things can change even within a single game. "Coming out of the locker room at the half I think we all felt we were in control," said Coach Nole in his post game interview. CSW started the 2nd half with a full court press that was enough to rattle Gann in the early minutes, cutting the lead down to 12 with 10:54 to go. CSW also began to find the range both inside and out, with their top scorer putting up 20 points in the second half (38 overall) and eventually cutting the Gann lead down to only 4 with 3 minutes to go. "Once CSW got on a roll we just couldn't find the button to turn things back on," said Nole, "but I'm impressed with how were able to grind through the final 3 minutes, maintain composure, and put the game back out of reach. I think tonight in the 2nd half was the first time I saw the effects of 5 games in 7 nights." Gann was led by Atty. Matt Gluck with 20, future ping pong hall of famer Yahm Rones with 17, and Dan Metser with 12. With the win Gann moves to 8- 3 overall and 5-0 with the MBIL conference. The win also keeps Gann's NEPSAC tournament bid hopes alive, moving to 5-3 within overall Class C standings. Gann enjoys a well deserved 4 day break from game action as it prepares for the rival Maimo game this coming Saturday.