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Gonzaga answers






Ron Bailey, Publisher

Eagles responded to a test.


January 22, 2016 - During last night's 73-69 overtime win over Paul VI (VA), Gonzaga (DC) was full of answers; every time Paul VI made a charge, the home standing Eagles responded. It was as if head coach Steve Turner's team was taking a test, only to supply the correct answers.

Take into account Paul VI's changing defenses - in overtime alone head coach Glenn Farrello utilized man to man along with 2-3 and 1-2-2 zones in an effort to slow down Gonzaga. The Eagles still managed to outscore them by four in that bonus period.

Myles Dread is a prime time player for Gonzaga.

Another correct response occurred following a fourth quarter outburst from PVI's Louisville-bound swingman V.J. King (game high tying 21 points); now down 53-51 Gonzaga managed a mini-run of their own, one centered around Prentiss Hubb. The sophomore guard backcut and was found by junior guard Chris Lykes (20 points), only seconds later also stealing the ball and finishing a resulting fastbreak. By PVI's timeout with 3:30 remaining, Gonzaga now led 59-53.

Want yet another Eagle answer? Just look at their response to junior guard Aaron Thompson's jumper at the end of regulation, sending this contest into overtime. Lykes heated up, scoring six straight points, responding to both King and Thompson in the process.

Gonzaga then got a bucket from senior Nigel Stewart, a free throw from Lykes, the team's key defensive stop with under ten seconds on the clock and Hubb's charity stripe make at 1.2 seconds on the clock, thereby sealing the deal.

Turner was happy with his team passing the test. He also knew they could have failed, as "Talent for talent, Paul VI is one of the best teams in our league".

Gonzaga is now 14-2 overall and 6-2 in WCAC action.

Sophomore Eagle forward Myles Dread shared game high point man honors with King, pouring in 21, including a trio of three pointers. Teammate Hubb had 11 points, as did junior forward Eddie Scott.

Myles Douglass, a junior forward, had 14 key points for PVI (12-6, 5-4). Thompson finished with 10 points, while sophomore swingman Brandon Slater chipped in seven points.

Next up for the Panthers is WCAC rival St. John's. Played at the Cadet's NW, DC gym, that contest starts at 730p.
Gonzaga faces another stiff test - DeMatha, on the road, Wednesday at 730p.

Recruiting Update:

Myles Dread - 6'4"+, 210 pound forward, Gonzaga HS - George Mason has offered Dred, while the likes of Cincinnati, Ohio State, Georgetown, Notre Dame and others have shown interest. What do they see?

He's a rugged forward playing out of position for Gonzaga, one who bangs with big men, while tickling the twine from outside.

His likely college position will be swingman. To make that happen, improved ball handling is necessary, which he recognizes.

Dread is a key Gonzaga performer, one with a motor, good spot up shooting skills and a will to win.

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