View Full Version : Meehan's Game Story Zags v. Butler

12-20-2011, 11:04 PM
From the Spokesman-Review (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/dec/20/pangos-harris-lead-zags-past-butler/):

“I thought their guard play was so good,” Stevens said. “Those guards just controlled the game.”
“With all the sets they run, it’s an absolute nightmare,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said of defending Butler. “And if they find something they like, then it’s coming at you and they’ve got your bigs doing things your point guards are used to doing. By and large, even when we missed assignments we got a hand up and contested shots and I think that made a big difference.”

Few added that the best thing was “we didn’t get frustrated.” The Bulldogs kept attacking inside-out, despite not always having successful results in the paint, and kept working at both ends against an opponent that “competes and never quits competing.”
The teams traded baskets much of the second half until Pangos’ 3 capped an 8-2 spurt that gave Gonzaga a 59-47 lead. Butler closed within 59-52 before GU pulled away.

“We got hurt a little bit on (their drives), but the biggest issue was offensive rebounds,” Few said. “We corrected that in the last 5 minutes when we made our run.”

Another great Colin Mulvany Photo album for the SR (http://www.spokesman.com/picture-stories/gonzaga-vs-butler-dec-20/)

12-21-2011, 11:52 AM
Jim's Day-After Post (http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2011/dec/21/day-after-butler/):
—Kevin Pangos worked up an appetite scoring 19 points. He stacked up three pieces of pizza for a post-game snack before heading out of the locker room to greet his sister and dad, who were in attendance. (Mom is coming in for the Air Force game.) Pangos made 3 of 7 3s and 7 of 11 FGs to finish with 19 points, his second best scoring game of the season. Other than his 33-point effort against WSU, Pangos has been consistently in the 11-14 point range.

I watched the replay late last night and his move that froze Ronald Nored was impressive. He dribbled between his legs twice before connecting from 21 feet over Nored, a highly regarded defender. Pangos’ assist-to-turnover ratio (a solid 2.36 entering the game, tied for 46th nationally) took a bit of a hit with two assists and three turnovers.

Pangos said it was a challenge to defend Butler’s endless supply of set plays.

“We just had to communicate and finish the play with a box out and rebound because they never gave in,” he said. “We go through their stuff in practice, basic concepts, we know what we have to do. It’s just a matter of communicating.”

Pangos’ family will stay in town through the holiday and the Portland game on Dec. 28th and then take in GU’s road game against Xavier in Cincinnati.
—Harris leads the team in scoring (14.0) with Pangos (13.7) and Sacre (13.6) right behind.

—Who is Gonzaga's most accurate shooter? Try Stockton, by a considerable margin. He's at 56.8 percent. Dower is next at 50.9.

Stevens: “We took very contested shots at the rim. We need to find those (uncontested) shots.”

Few: “We didn’t get frustrated to the point where we quit attacking inside out, and I thought Kevin did a nice job of stepping up and making plays.”

Few on GU’s three-game winning streak: “They’ve been really hard, all different circumstances. Each team brought something, whether it was the experience and toughness of Oral Roberts, or the great athleticism and talent Arizona possesses or just the resilience and discipline and execution of Butler. Our guys have handled themselves really well.”