By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Gwynedd Mercy University men’s basketball team has enjoyed an outstanding season to this point. As they prepare to host Baptist Bible College on Saturday, the Griffins sit at 12-4 (8-1 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference) and they have won five in a row.
“We were kind of cruising along a little bit, jelling” Gwynedd Mercy head coach John Baron tells KYW Newsradio. “And we just had an unfortunate injury to arguably our best player, Arron Goodman from Council Rock North, he just broke his arm in a game last Wednesday.”
Goodman, a 6’6″ freshman forward, was having a wonderful season, averaging 19.9 points and 10.5 rebounds a game, while shooting 52% from the field. He is expected to miss the rest of the season. Now that’s a big blow for the Griffins. But even without their leading scorer, Baron says the talent pool is still pretty deep for this squad, a squad that does not have a senior on it.
“(Junior) Justin Knight from Oakcrest (High School) down the (Jersey) shore, he is probably our best guard,” Baron says. “He was second team all-league last year, he’s been playing very well. And Darnell Artis, who was the rookie of the year last year in our league, is a sophomore from La Salle College High School. Those two guys have been really filling up the stats, etc. And the kid from Florida, (junior guard/forward) Colin Gates, has kind of been our glue guy, to keep us all together. We have a good balance of athleticism, fundamental players and this is probably my most complete team and one of my favorite teams that I’ve had in my time.”