Gonzaga was lucky to scrape a victory with yet another suspect performance against a gritty, tough Montana team. Montana came in with a gameplan we've seen employed a lot against the Zags this year, and almost executed it to perfection. If not for Gonzaga holding them to 36% shooting, Montana very well might have pulled it off.
While Gonzaga probably should have won this game a bit more comfortably, in the end, Perkins and McClellan really stepped up, and helped change the course of the last 10 minutes of the second half. It was good to see Perkins and McClellan step up, both defensively and offensively, and perform. McClellan had a few great 50/50 plays, diving on the court to secure the ball for the Zag, and his defensive intensity really helped wake up the team. Another solid game for Wiltjer and Sabonis with 16 points each, the latter registering another double double.
Gonzaga needs to improve the flow offensively, there are times it clicks, and others where they go ice cold, leading to some very streaky performances. Shooting 40% as a team is something Gonzaga fans are not accustomed to.
All in all, while it was an ugly win, a win is a win, and our young guards showed good grit and determination to close out this game.
On to the ratings! Here's how it works:
A few days after this post, we'll compile all of the results of the ratings, and post them in another fan post. As the season goes along, we'll be compiling average player ratings, and listing their ratings by game, so you can see player rating trends and such.
- 10: Professional level play
- 9: Very good
- 8: Good
- 7: Above Average
- 6: Average
- 5: Below Average
- 4: Bad
- 3: Very bad
- 2: Abysmal
- 1: I don't know what this would look like. Hopefully no one will earn this rating.
Now that all the technicalities are out of the way, it's time to do the actual rating.