What a game it was. The 7th ranked Florida Gators knocked off the 17th ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs 111-105 in double overtime. Both teams came to play in the PK80- Motion semifinals. The Florida Gators had to count on three of their veterans guards as their lead scorer, Egor Koulechov, was completely off. The Gonzaga Bulldogs did a lot of damages as well as they were killing the Gators in the paint as they are still missing John Egbunu and their top ranked freshman, Isaiah Stokes. It was a hard-fought win for the Gators as they showed a lot of grit in the first tough test on the season.
No. 17 Gonzaga Bulldogs
The starting lineup for the Gonzaga Bulldogs against the #7 Florida Gators featured Josh Perkins at point guard, Silas Melson at shooting guard, Corey Kispert at small forward, Jonathan Williams at power forward and Killian Tillie at center. It was a great performance by the Gonzaga Bulldogs but they ran into a very tough Florida Gators team. Gonzaga’s Jonathan Williams was their hot hand as he was putting up numbers. The redshirt-senior dropped 39 points with 12 rebounds for a double-double. The Zags also had a lot of contribution from Josh Perkins and Killian Tillie. Perkins dropped 17 points with seven rebounds and seven assists. Tillie also had 17 points with four rebounds. The Bulldogs bench wasn’t much of a factor as they were only reasonable for five of the 105 points.
No. 7 Florida Gators
The starting lineup for the Florida Gators against the #17 Gonzaga Bulldogs featured Chris Chiozza at point guard, Jalen Hudson at shooting guard, KeVaughn Allen at small forward, Egor Koulechov at power forward and Keith Stone as the man in the middle. The 7th ranked Florida Gators were grinded one out as they showed a lot against the Zags. Jalen Hudson also showed up last night as he dropped 35 points and five rebounds. Another Gator who was lights was Chris Chiozza. The senior had a career night. He put up 26 points with 10 assists and eight rebounds for a double-double. KeVaughn Allen also had a big night as he dropped 23 points and went 11-11 from the free throw line.
The 7th ranked Florida Gators are moving on to the PK80- Motion Championship. The Gators will take a day off before they go up against the #1 Duke Blue Devils. Duke has been the #1 ranked team in the country all season long led by freshman sensation Marvin Bagley III and senior Grayson Allen. Duke is also coming off an overtime win against the Texas Longhorns as Bagley dropped 34 points with 15 rebounds. You can watch the Duke-Florida game on Sunday night at 10:30 pm EST on ESPN.