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GC men rebound with win over Polk State

By The News Herald

Posted Nov 23, 2018 at 6:38 PM

DAYTONA BEACH — The Gulf Coast men’s basketball team bounced back from its worst defeat of the season on Thursday with a 74-60 victory over Polk State on Friday.

 

The Commodores improved to 6-3 this season with the win. KK Godwin led Gulf Coast with 23 points, followed by Cameron Holden with 15, Jacolbey Owens with 12, and Jerrel Kelly with 10. JJ Romer Rosario led Polk State with 23.

 

Gulf Coast trailed by four at halftime before exploding in the second half and outscoring Polk State 45-27 over the final 20 minutes. It was a far cry from Thursday when the Commodores were routed 95-54 by an undefeated Daytona State squad that is ranked No. 18 in the nation and No. 4 in the state.

 

Despite the lopsided margin, GC coach Jay Powell put Thursday’s result more on Daytona State than on his players.

 

“You’ve got to give a ton of credit to Daytona State,” he said. “They’re a seasoned team with a bunch of sophomores and they were just really ready to play on their home court. They were very sharp. They’re one of the most talented teams in the state and our guys were not quite ready for how hard and disciplined you have to be in those games.”

 

It was a different story on Friday, with Powell crediting his players’ intensity and effort from the opening tip for the win.

“Thursday was kind of disappointing, but then we come back today and the men just busted their rear ends and played together,” he said. “I think we took four charges today. I’m just really proud of our effort to come back after a day of adversity and fight back like they did.”

 

The Commodores will finally get to play in their home gym on Tuesday night as they make their season debut in the Billy Harrison Field House after repairs due to Hurricane Michael keeping them on the road for much of this month.

 

Gulf Coast will take on Lurleen B. Wallace at 7 p.m. in the second game of a doubleheader with the Lady Commodores, who also play LB Wallace at 5 p.m.

 

“We’re so thankful that the college worked so hard that we’re able to have a home game on Tuesday,” Powell said. “It’s a blessing and something to be thankful for. The guys are very excited to get to play on the home court in front of the home fans.”

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