The Gators’ (12-3, 7-1) opponent was to be Richmond Heights, and the tournament was the Dunk 4 Diabetes tournament at Walsh University in North Canton, OH. Richmond Heights was (and is) one of the highest ranked teams in the state of Ohio.
But the game was postponed. The tri-state area received as many as six inches of snow between Friday and Saturday, and temperatures barely reached the teens.
Nonetheless, the Gators played in the PBC classic tournament (at LaRoche College) on Sunday, a day when temperatures reached a balmy 29 degrees. Upper St. Clair beat Gateway 59-56, but the Gators had played a good team game. Only Deon Cottrell-Baker is listed as a Gatway double-digit scorer in the game. He had 16 points.
So what’s making Gateway take on an ambitious tournament schedule this late in the section season?
“It gets you a look at different teams,” said head coach Mitch Adams. “You’re not playing the same teams you play in your section day after day. It’s something new for the kids to go to.”
The Gators will continue in section, hosting Franklin Regional tonight.