Phillips pours in 59 points in three-game set
By: Mack Drake/GCU Staff
If there was ever a time to get your first two wins of the season, this was it.
Entering last week’s three-game series with the Grand Canyon University Men’s Club Basketball White team, GCU Purple was still searching for its first victory of the year.
Enter Logan Phillips.
Powered by a pair of 20-point efforts from Phillips, GCU Purple took two of three games from GCU White in National Club Basketball Association (NCBBA) action at the Canyon Activity Center.
After dropping the first matchup, 87-65, GCU Purple found something defensively, going on to win the next two games by scores of 87-77 and 82-80, respectively.
The pair of wins up GCU Purple’s record to 2-7, while GCU White fell to 4-5 on the season. Both teams are chasing Arizona State University Downtown, which is currently running away with the NCBBA Southern Pacific East Conference title with a 9-1 mark. GCU White sits in a distant second place, with GCU Purple in fourth.
“We played really complete basketball,” said GCU Purple Head Coach Zane Pantil. “We played as a team, and that goes a long way in this game.”
The third and final game of the series was the most entertaining as GCU White mounted a big final-minute comeback. Down 10 with under 30 seconds left, GCU White guard Dante’ Nobles hit three consecutive 3-points to close the gap to two, despite made free throws from GCU Purple.
Up 82-80 and looking to ice the game at the foul line, GCU Purple’s Isaiah Saqui missed a pair of free throws. GCU White grabbed the rebound and pushed the ball up court, but the possession, and game, ended with a turnover as GCU Purple celebrated its second win of the series.
It was quite the turnaround for a team that lost the first game of the series by 22 points.
“We just made some simple adjustments,” Pantil said. “We focused on tweaking a few things defensively, and that seemed to work well for us. I think more than anything, the guys just realized they had to come together and play as a team and trust each other.”
Phillips paced GCU Purple with 22 points and five rebounds in the Game 3 win. He had 59 points in the series, adding a monstrous 29-point effort in Game 2’s victory.
Cameron Rawlings also played well for GCU Purple, scoring 31 points in the three-game set.
“Logan played really well for us,” Pantil said. “He was definitely our guy during the series. He kind of gave us the spark we needed.”
GCU Purple will return to NCBBA action with a three-game series against Southern Pacific East leader ASU Downtown next weekend in Phoenix. GCU White will go head-to-head with ASU Downtown this week at the Lopes Performance Center (Thursday, 8 pm) and Canyon Activity Center (Sunday, 2 pm, 4 pm).
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