GSC Men’s basketball 2-1 after close victory against the Golden BearsBy Chris Hunter | November 15th, 2012 | Category: Sports | 1 Comment »
Well it wasn’t pretty but the Glenville State men are above .500 for the first time this season. That is because through three nailbiting games, the Pioneers came out on top of two of those and dropped a heartbreaker to out-of-conference foe Gannon University.
Tuesday night was a great night for the young Pioneers to show off in front of fellow Pioneer faithful as it was their home opener against WVU Tech. Showing off is a bit of an understatement as the Pioneers were a flying display of a variety of dunks courtesy of Lamar Malloy and Joe Ballard.
The first half was a bit of a struggle in the beginning for the Pioneers as they fell behind early, 17-11. However, the Pioneers found their groove, offensively and defensively, and took a 43-37 lead into the next half. The second half the Pioneers pretty much picked up where they left off. Point Guard DJ Blanks continued finding holes in the opposition’s defense that enabled him to throw some nifty assists and Kevin Gray couldn’t be stopped from behind the arc. This led to the Pioneers building an 18 point lead but from there the Pioneers play became sloppy. The Golden Bears clawed their way back into it and had a chance to swipe victory from the Pioneers with less than ten seconds on the game clock. That wouldn’t be the case as the open three point shot fell harmlessly into their center, David Ward’s hands, who made a meaningless layup.
The Pioneers were led by Kevin Gray who scored 21 points offof three pointers alone. On the post, Lamar Malloy couldn’t be stopped as he finished with 18 points and an equally important 12 rebounds on the night. DJ Blanks led the Pioneers with 7 assists.
The Pioneers don’t play again for five days, November 20th, but what an important game it is. Conference action opens up with the Pioneers hosting the Cardinals of Wheeling Jesuit. Look for the Cardinals to try some new strategies on both ends of the court to avenge last season’s upset.