PANAMA CITY, FL (WJHG/WECP) The Gulf Coast men's basketball team is ready to get back on the home court to finish out the first round of Conference play. You see the league schedule is 12 games, you play the other four teams three times each.
So far the Commodores are 2-1, with the most recent game this win Wednesday night at Chipola. Coach Gaffney's team winning that one getting the 8 point win there.
Gulf Coast playing on without star point guard KK Godwin who's rehabbing a busted hand. Coach Gaffney inserting Devonta "Tank" Cook, a freshman out of Brooklyn into that role Wednesday. He took some lumps but also made some nice plays, 10 points, five assists. Coach Gaffney liked what he saw.
"And by inserting Tank in it kept our rotations the same and we asked him to grow up a little bit." coach Gaffney told me Friday afternoon. "But it was by far, the smartest thing we did. We went up to Chipola, kept all our rotations, our substitute patterns as well. And we like to start better ball handlers anyway. So the lineup we started against Pensacola you probably won't see again. The lineup you saw at Chipola is probably the one we'll stick with until KK gets back."
And getting that win at Chipola, was a large shot in the arm in terms of confidence, adds coach Gaffney!
"Huge, and as we talked about, a lot of coaches say play with confidence. Really what you need to do is tell them why they're good and why they should be playing with confidence. And how they've got to think they're the best player on the floor, and play with strength. Like with Devonta (Cook) 'hey you're a great ball-handler, you set the table great. You're a great shooter. All you've got to do is do these things, handle the ball with confidence. You know what you can do, go out on the court and do those kinds of things It makes a big difference, especially in the freshman."
The game with Tallahassee Saturday set for 4 o'clock, the ladies will tip it off at 2. Coach Gaffney says the league gives them the option of afternoon games on Saturdays and they thought they'd take advantage of that and see if the fan base responds to that positively.
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