Bullets block Haverford 67-32

By Stephanie Karalis, Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Gettysburg Athletics. Junior Tanner Kirkpatrick grabbed sixteen points and seven rebounds in Saturday’s matchup against Haverford.

Photo courtesy of Gettysburg Athletics. Junior Tanner Kirkpatrick grabbed sixteen points and seven rebounds in Saturday’s matchup against Haverford.

Coming back after a loss against John Hopkins, the Gettysburg’s men’s basketball team went into their game against Haverford College with the incentive to win. The game was crucial for the team not only to reassure their abilities to win, but in the team’s ranking in the Centennial Conference (CC). If the Bullets won, they would have been tied for second place with Swarthmore College; a great position to be in with three games until the playoffs.

The first half started with a few missed baskets from the Gettysburg Bullets. Haverford’s first-year Joe Scibelli was able to score a three pointer and put Haverford in

the lead. A foul on senior captain Kevin Gladstone led to the first point for the Bullets, but the Fords were not going to stop. Ford’s Senior Henry Stevens put up another three pointer.

With the Bullets down by five, junior Pete Christ and first-year Cam Stewart pressured the ball and were able to obtain two steals. The momentum of Stewart’s fast break allowed for junior captain Cody Kiefer to make a good layup in the paint off the fast break. The Bullets continued the first half with this persistence and determination ending the half 32-18 Gettysburg.

The first five minutes of the second half proceeded with the Gettysburg basketball team making eleven points and the Ford’s scoring two. This twenty-one-point advantage gave Gettysburg the ability to maintain the lead for the rest of the game.

The Bullets beat Haverford College 67-32. Gettysburg’s victory was due to the team’s cohesion, which enabled them to make thirty-two shots in the paint, nineteen points off of turnovers, and four fast breaks.

The Bullets were able to hold Haverford College at thirty-two points for the duration of the game, which are the fewest points an opponent has had since a win over Lehigh University in 1964. This was possible because of the persistence and determination each player exemplified on the court.

The win against Haverford College also pushed Gettysburg College to second in the Centennial Conference (CC), where they are tied with Swarthmore College.

The men’s basketball team will be playing Dickinson on Feb. 10 8:00 p.m. and Ursinus on Feb. 12 at 2:00 p.m. in Bream Gym. Come out and support the team as they strive to achieve a position in the playoffs. The school hopes to see the team continue their astonishing performance against Haverford College in the next two games with the full support from our Bullet family!

 

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