Gulf Coast men's team looking to add to hot start
The Gulf Coast men's basketball team is off to a good start, and looking to build upon the momentum as they get set to play two games the next two days over at Northwest Florida.
They'll face Indian Hills, the nation's third ranked team, Thursday and East Mississippi Friday. The Commodores go west sporting a 4-0 mark, including a win last Saturday over No. 15 Daytona State.
First year coach Phil Gaffney says he's pleased with the attitude and effort his guys are putting in, especially from a core group of sophomores.
"Cam Holden has really stepped up," Gaffney said. "I didn't know how he'd do in our system, he's been great. 21 [points per] game, leading the Panhandle in scoring. He's done very, very well. And really all of our returners--KK Godwin's played terrific, really upped his scoring average. Jacolbey Owens fits in like a hand-in-glove, for what we do. Then Mo Gordon has actually played outstanding as well, so very excited about how all of them have done as returners."
Gaffney says he's especially impressed with the team's work ethic and the leadership shown by the sophomores, including Blountstown alum KK Godwin.
"You control two things in life: your attitude and your effort," Gaffney added. "I'm not going to coach attitude and effort. I'm going to coach basketball. You've got to give me attitude, you've got to give me effort, and everything else will go from there. KK is a great example of that. He comes in every day with a great attitude and great effort every day, and when your better players come in with a great attitude and effort, that rubs off on everybody. They all know they have to fall in line."
The game with Indian HIlls Thursday is set for 5:30, followed by Northwest Florida hosting East Mississippi at 7:30. NWF and GCSC swap opponents for Friday's games.