It is the beginning of playoffs at the BSN Summer League at Dematha, and in the opening round it is a classic WCAC matchup with #1 seed Gonzaga competing against #16 seed Bishop McNamara. Although it may be summer league, both teams had the majority of their roster present at this game; Prentiss Hubb of Gonzaga was the only starter missing, while Brandon Joyner of McNamara, who is a key player, was present but did not suit up. It came as little surprise that the matchup had the feel of more a WCAC playoff game than a summer league bout.
Before the game had even begun it was clear that Gonzaga was the undersized team; with their tallest player standing 6’5 in forward Eddie Scott- facing the lengthy frontline of Mahki and Mahkel Mitchell, both standing at 6’8, for Bishop McNamara. What Gonzaga lacked in size they made up for with their athleticism, which led to a 34-24 lead over McNamara in the first half.
In the second half, McNamara’s smothering defense and offensive explosion was able to overwhelm Gonzaga, with their star guard, Jamir Moultrie, and the Mitchell twins leading the charge. With 11 minutes left in the second half, the score was tied at 42, and McNamara was showing no signs of slowing down, but Gonzaga would not back down without a fight; the Eagles continued to battle until 2:25 was left on the clock, with McNamara leading 63-60. Unfortunately for Gonzaga, turnovers and missed shots prevented a comeback. The Mustangs held the Eagles scoreless, while going on an 11-0 run making the final score of the game 74-60. Chris Lykes of Gonzaga led the Eagles in scoring with 20 points, while Jamir Moultrie of Bishop McNamara led the Mustangs in scoring with 31 points.