Down as many as 12 in the first half, Gann mounted a 2nd half comeback to win the MBIL Championship, 61-59 over rival Boston Trinity Academy.
Heading into tonights MBIL League Championship contest, Gann brought a 9-0 MBIL conference record which included two regular season victories over BTA by margins of 15 and 3. As history would suggest, defeating a team 3 times in on season is a surmountable task, especially when that task involves doing so against perennial rival BTA, who ended Gann's season last year with a buzzer beat two pointer. From the opening tip, it looked like this would again be BTA's night, grinding out a double digit lead mid way through the first half which found Gann struggling to find any rhythm offensively and looking like a team just not ready to play in a league final. But tonight was clearly a story of two completely different halves, with Gann pulling itself by its collective bootstraps and mounting a wild 2nd half comeback led by some extremely hot shooting and by finding its intensity on defense. "The first half was simply one we'd like to forgot, but you've got to fight your way through those periods in games. While we started to lose some composure in the first half, we gathered ourselves at the half and came out and played the way we can play--and the final results speaks for itself." said Coach Nole after the post game trophy presentation. The 2nd half charge was sparked by Eli Cole, who dropped 19 points over the final 10 minutes after scoring just one point in the first half. Cole's hot hand seemed to generate confidence throughout the team, which carried over into Dan Metser's 3 three pointers (12 pts overall), Matt Gluck's 2 three's (14 pts overall) during the comeback and the game winning 3 by Izy Altman-Sagan with under one minute to go. WIth Gann gaining confidence on the offensive end and the deficit closing, the defense was then sparked over the final 7 minutes keeping the BTA offensive at bay led by a standout effort by Senior Yahm Rones who notched key rebounds, blocks, and steals in the 2nd half as well as chipping in with 12 pts. "At this point in the season I didn't do a lot of coaching tonight. The boys knew what they werent doing--and knew what they needed to do--and I just had to try and guide them towards that goal," said Nole. WIth the win Gann captures its 3rd MBIL Championship in the past 10 years, finishing undefeated at 10-0 in MBIL action and moving to 16-5 overall as they await a possible NEPSAC tournament selection to be announced on Feb 24th.