Alright, away we go. First, a note on attendance: there wasn't very much of it. However, there were welcome appearances from many of last year's star sixth men, who ended up comprising over half of the student section. This, of course, is a very promising sign for fan turnout once the sixth men of yesteryear return to college.
Meanwhile, about the game: Gunn faced Mt. Pleasant in the season opener. Suffice it to say that if Mt. Pleasant is as bad at academics as it is at basketball, its graduates will make for some excellent gas station attendants some time in the near future. By the way, what is up with Gunn having only six home games? That's barely any games at all. That means about six blog posts, because certain bloggers this year are
Anyway, Mt. Pleasant's lineup was comprised of three second-graders, Kwame Brown Jr., and a really tall kid who was probably called The Bearded One, or at least should have been. They also had some kid who looked like a heavier and glasses-free version of this dude from "Attack the Block," and could almost run up and down the court without becoming exhausted and needing a water break, as well as some more second-graders for reinforcement.
Unsurprisingly, Gunn buried the Pleasantonians early behind a barrage of outside shooting from Shang Yip, Patrick Skelly, Nicholas Kao, and Chris Rea. Contributions of points and rebounds also came from Malik Gill, Max Girod, Sean Berry, and Brian Yu made at least one successful inbounds pass. Usual starter and manchild Keenan Venuti was injured, and did not appear at the game to cheer on his teammates due to being "grounded" by his parents.
The showing was one of all-around success for the Titans, although there was a tense moment after Kwame Brown Jr. hit one of two free throws to cut the lead to 21 and proceeded to stare down the twelve occupants of the Sixth Man Club as if he had just hit an NBA-title winning buzzer beater. Also, to give credit where credit is due, one of the second-graders did take a break from dribbling out of bounds and shooting off-balance "jump shot"-heaves to make a nice layup.
Still, the Titans showed their mettle and gave their legion fans great hope that they may have a shot at defeating crosstown rivals Paly if the Vikings' eight leading scorers are all struck by fast-moving vehicles. This figure is encouraging when keeping in mind that previously it was believed Paly's twelve leading scorers would need to be unavailable to pull of the upset. Make sure to show up Friday, January 6, at 7:45 PM, for the Titan's next home game against Cupertino. See you there. (By the way, new readers should definitely become followers of this blog with the "Join this Site" button on the right--no commitment involved, just showing support. Thanks!)