The scoreboard at the end of the game read 89-42, the student section was going nuts seeing Zach Hodskins come onto the court and the band was playing happy music, all is well in Gainesville right? The Gators quickly grabbed a massive 18-5 lead over the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish, but the scoreboard was deceiving. At halftime the Gators had 15 turnovers and it seemed nearly every possession there was a loose ball. Luckily the Gators sheer athleticism and size allowed them to recover most loose balls and play great transition defense but the turnovers are definitely a cause for concern. Coach Mike White used this game as a situational practice, every possession he could be heard yelling out a different scenario like “We’re tied in the 4th” or “Down by 1”.
Now for some positives, the Gators definitely are taking well to Coach White’s system. The entire game, threes were raining and fast break play was devastating for the reeling Sailfish. The Gators shot .407 from the three point line and also pounded the offensive glass for 12 offensive rebounds. Kevaughn Allen earned the starting shooting guard position and nobody can take that from him. The true freshman exploded for 12 points (2-4 3pt) in a great showing of athleticism and ability. New transfer center John Egbunu showed good signs for the Gators with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in only 20 minutes of play.
Overall, this game did not show much as it was a mauling of a far inferior team, nothing can really be analyzed for the new look Gators until they take on Navy on November 13th.
Tyler Murtha ’19