Coach Gary Bailey summed up the 86-56 loss this way…….”We looked like we just traveled almost 5,000 miles to a different time zone, had too much sun, and had not touched a ball in three days. We didn’t have our normal energy tonight but the guys played hard but we were just a little flat.”
The Tigers fell behind by ten at the half while missing five free throws, missing two more attempts because of a lane violation, and committing eleven turnovers. The game remained the same in the second half with GBC down ten to sixteen points but could get no closer. “Every time we would make a little run they would counter with a run,” said Bailey. “The coaches knew that we could not close the gap so we went to the bench early to get some players some experience against a very good team. I was surprised that they left their first group in when they went up by twenty with five minutes to go. Their starters played 35-plus minutes so our bench players were able to get some good experience in spite of the loss.
Allen Durham led Grace with 21 points and 11 rebounds, and 6 assists. The Tigers could not put anyone else in double figures but put ten players in the scoring column. The Tigers bench outscored HPU 18-9. HPU held advantages in rebounds 47-37, steals 10-4, and assists 24-13.
The Tigers will fly to the island of Hilo on Tuesday to take on NCAA II, Hilo University.