The key word for the Gavilan men’s basketball team is
Wins are nice, but experience is what the Rams are after in the
early part of the season.
BY Jimmy Durkin
Livermore – The key word for the Gavilan men’s basketball team is experience.
Wins are nice, but experience is what the Rams are after in the early part of the season.
The latter is what Gavilan picked up over the weekend at the Las Positas Tipoff Classic, where it dropped a pair of games. The Rams fell 87-65 to the College of the Redwoods on Friday and saw a late 15-point lead disappear in an 85-82 loss to Columbia on Saturday.
“We have a roster full of very inexperienced guys,” first-year coach Tito Addison said. “I think the fact that they got the chance to play back to back days, it just gave them experience.”
In the loss to Columbia, the Rams saw starting point guard Django Evans leave the game early with an ankle injury. Sophomore Ryan Blake also left the game with an ankle injury and 7-foot center Eric Van Vliet and Daniel Wynn both fouled out.
“We were actually doing pretty well with Evans,” Addison said. “The point guard play was sort of the concern I had going into the season. With our starting point guard going down, it kind of took a toll on us.”
Gavilan will host West Hills College on Thursday at 6pm in its only home game in its first 16 contests.
“They’re excited not to travel,” Addison said. “To not get in those vans and play an hour and a half later.”