The Ramblers were able to withstand a big Golden Griffin run, and complete a stellar ten minute final performance to pull out their fourth straight victory and improve their record to 5-7. Once again, Ben Averkamp was the star for Loyola, reaching double figure’s for the seventh time in the past eight games.
Walt Gibler also contributed a double-double grabbing a team high 12 rebounds and scoring 17. Gibler’s efforts on the glass helped propel the Ramblers in the second half to surge right past fellow Jesuit school Canisius. Porter Moser lit some fire in this fiery red heads belly.”I took Walt out of the game and talked to him…then got three rebounds and hit all free throws down stretch. Love the will of this team.”
Gibler and Averkamp having outstanding games leading to victories has been a common theme during the four game winning streak Porter Moser has his team running. Averkamp scored a game high 22 points, 10-18 from the field, notching tonite’s “player of the game” award.
“Keep grinding, keep grinding, keep grinding. These kids never quit. We felt we were getting really good shots just got not making them. I told the guys, ‘keep defending and we’ll be in it ,'” said Porter Moser.
The fight inside this team did not dwindle whatsoever down the stretch, looking beyond the poor guard playing and focusing on their rebounding. After being beaten on the glass, Loyola finished ahead of the Golden Griffins in the second half with a strong showing from freshman forward Christian Thomas.
“Christian Thomas had huge hanging rebound. For an undersized athletic four, he’s really doing well as a freshman right now,” Moser added. Thomas has been hot of late and a key fill in for Loyola with the other freshman starter Joe Crisman sidelined.
Scoring 10 and pulling in 5 rebounds is not an easy feat for a freshman playing big down low, but Thomas held his own all 20 minutes of game play.
It is difficult to put Ben Averkamp’s play and value in words. The 6’ 8″ Junior has brought Loyola out of poor play to triumph in all late game wins the Ramblers have pulled off. Loyola was a combined 0-9 from beyond the arc, blanking from 3 point land for the first time in 93 games.