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The Tournament 2018: The Gael Force blow A Few Good Men out of the building

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The Saint Mary’s alumni group looks good for this tournament.

NCAA Basketball: West Coast Conference Tournament-Saint Mary’s vs Pepperdine Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

If there was any surprise, it was probably that the final score was so blown out, but the No. 2 seeded Gael Force, a team mainly made up of Saint Mary’s alums, defeated the No. 6 seeded A Few Good Men, 95-48.

The writing was almost on the wall on Friday’s contest over Team Utah, which AFGM won 84-83. AFGM’s offense looked disjointed and struggled with creating open looks. None of this was really a surprise, however, because the squad had managed to practice as a team only a couple of times.

Gael Force, on the other hand, have been balling with each other for three to four weeks, and they looked the part. Their offense was crisp and the defense haggled AFGM every step of the way, taking a 47-22 lead at half. After that, it was all down hill. Omar Samhan was brutally efficient, finishing with 20 points, and Calvin Hermanson reminded us of his beyond ugly jump shot that still somehow manages to go in, hitting five of eight three pointers to finish with 18 points.

A Few Good Men just couldn’t get any consistent offense going. They missed three pointer after three pointer and struggled to find any sort of open look. The data is in the box score: the leading scorer, Robert Upshaw only had 11 points at the end of the night.

It was a disappointing affair and not nearly as much fun to watch as Friday night, but The Tournament is a fantastic toe to dip into if you are craving college basketball. There are still other teams to root for, specifically, the three-time defending champions Overseas Elite, who successfully recruited Jeremy Pargo to the squad this year.