Johnson’s 23 not enough, Gauchos loosing streak now at seven


Nick Spooner


The Glendale Community College men’s basketball team was defeated by the Chandler-Gilbert Coyotes Jan. 24 in a game played at GCC. The final score was 98-70.

The loss marked the seventh in a row for the Gauchos, and they have just two victories in their last ten games.

“The first half I thought our guys came out and didn’t execute defensively what we had game planned with sagging off their fours and cutting out passing angles. So, we just went back to guarding all five guys traditionally and made a few plays,” GCC head coach Guy Meyer said.

The officiating was a huge story in this contest as both sophomore Dom Bradley and Coach Meyer received technical fouls. Additionally, Meyer was ejected late in the first half. Bradley received an early exit as well when he fouled out late in the second half.

Phillip Nowlin resumed coaching duties after Meyers ejection. Photo by: Nick Spooner

“I was just trying to stick up for one of my guys and it just went south. Obviously, I said some things I shouldn’t have, and it is what it is. I thought Dom had some questionable calls made against him, and I had to have his back in that situation,” Meyer said.

Despite facing some early adversity, the Gauchos, lead by sophomore Kireed Johnson, made a run late in the first half to cut the deficit to six at the intermission. Johnson finished the game as the leading scorer with 23 points and seven 3-pointers.

Kireed Johnson pulls up for a three-point shot. All seven of his field goals came from beyond the arc. Photo By: Nick Spooner

“We caught hot, and hit a few shots to close out the first half, but in the second half the story was just about missing shots” Assistant Coach Phillip Nowlin said. Nowlin took over for Meyer after Meyer’s ejection in the first half.

The defense of Chandler-Gilbert in the second half was solid and really helped to propel them to victory as the Gauchos were held to just 25 points in the second half.

“They went into a 2-3 zone and cut off our passing lanes, dared us to shoot, and we missed shots. We had a hard time getting the ball inside. It just comes down to making shots. You miss shots on one end. they make shots on the other end. and it just kind of steam rolls. We got into a hole and couldn’t fight our way out,” Nowlin said.

The Gauchos were out-rebounded, 44-24, and had had a tough time competing with the bigger more physical team.

“We really got hurt on the boards. Their size hurt us,” Nowlin said.

The next home game for the Gauchos will take place on Wednesday Jan. 31 against Pima, that game will tip-off at 7:30.