GENTILE ARENA – The Loyola Ramblers (1-4) christened the new Gentile Arena in astounding fashion, topping fellow Jesuit school Fordham (1-2) 64-50. In a game where a loss would be devastating to the fate of the season, Loyola held its own at the first home game in the newly renovated gym, controlling the tempo and rhythm for the duration of the game.
The early key to success for the Ramblers was their immediate quick play. The moment Ben Averkamp won the tip, Porter Moser had the Ramblers out and running. Ben Averkamp took note of this as well during his post game conference stating, ” It was great to get off to a fast start.” The start accounted for a 6-0 run for the first four minutes of the half.
Freshman guard Joe Crisman, 6-10 from the field for a team high 14 points was the pivotal player for Loyola. As well as his stellar performance, the low post play for Loyola boded well. Porter Moser worked the ball down low to force quick, easy points early on creating a gaping difference in points in favor of the Ramblers. A three pointer by Crisman extended the Rambler rout 22-9 with 8 minutes left in the first half.
Walt Gibler played a quiet 21 minutes, scoring the first ever points at the new stadium. Ben Averkamp, 13 points and 8 rebounds, got in foul trouble limiting his playing time to 31 minutes well below his average. Another big performance for the Ramblers came from guard Denzel Brito who was given the figurative game ball by Porter Moser.
Denzel commented on his success by saying, “Our teammates put in each in poisition to do well.” This win truly was a team effort bringing out all aspects of the Rambler roster. The game came to its climax when Averkamp threw down a nasty two handed slam with 1:25 to play.
Loyola (1-4) will travel to Milwaukee December 1 and hope to continue the play they showed today in the Gentile.