In a losers bracket game at the Maui Invitation, Gonzaga took down the host team Chaminade by a score 113 to 81.
The Bulldogs offense was humming today and seven Zags finished in double figures today. At the top of that group were Gerard Coleman and Sam Dower Jr., who finished with 19 points apiece. Pangos was not far behind with 18.
The Gonzaga backcourt was very unselfish today as well. Gary Bell Jr. and Pangos finished with 6 and 7 assists respectively. David Stockton, Kyle Dranginis, and Coleman. Those 5 players only combined for 5 turnovers on top of that.
Przemek Karnowski recorded a double-double today with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
ON the Chaminade side of things, Lee Bailey was the player that really paced the Silverswords offensively. His 29 points led all scorers in the game, and Bailey scored 19 more points than the next Chaminade scorer, who finished with 10.
Stat of the Game
After averaging only 7 minutes per game in the last two games, Gerard Coleman came off the bench and played 23 minutes, which was third for the Bulldogs only behind Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr.
Keys to the Game Checklist
Don’t Get Torched – X
Although it wasn’t Florida Gulf Coast transfer Christophe Varibel, the Bulldogs were torched by an opposing teams guard. Lee Bailey had 28 points on 10 of 21 shooting from the field and 3 of 7 shooting from three point range.
They are Who We Thought They Were – Check?
The Bulldogs didn’t have much of a problem with Chaminade on the offensive end, but the Zags looked shaky on the defensive end at times, allowing the Silverswords to drop 81 points on them.
Despite the Bulldogs stellar offensive night, these defensive struggles should linger in the back of the brains of Gonzaga enthusiasts.
The Bottom Line
As the Bulldogs rolled on the offensive end of things, defensive struggles continue to arise.
However, as Gerard Coleman started to settle in, the Bulldogs played a lot better defense when he was in the game.
Coleman is a long, lengthy, and athletic wing that Gonzaga will need moving forward against better competition. Plain and simple.