A pair of former Saint Mary’s point guards face off tonight when Patty Mills and the San Antonio Spurs visit Matthew Dellavedova’s Cleveland Cavaliers. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. (Pacific) and the game will be televised live by Fox Sports Ohio, Fox Sports Southwest & via the subscription-based NBA League Pass.
Mills has seen action in 59 games this season and is sixth on the Spurs with a 9.9 per game scoring average. He has surpassed 20 points on six occasions with a high of 32 points last month at Charlotte.
Dellavedova has seen action in 51 games and started four in his rookie season. He owns averages of 4.0 points, 1.8 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game.
The final Randy Bennett Gaels Basketball Show of the season takes place tonight at 7 p.m. at Stadium Pub in Walnut Creek.
The show will be streamed live on SMCGaels.com with host Alex Jensen talking with Coach Bennett about the season, the upcoming West Coast Conference Championships and the program’s prospects for the postseason.
The season’s first NCAA national stat rankings for baseball debuted late last night and there’s a Gael at the top of one of the categories.
SMC outfielder Anthony Gonsolin is one of just four players in the country with four triples, making him the national leader in the category. Joining Gonsolin at the top of the list are Western Michigan’s Jared Kujawa, UCLA’s Luke Persico and Oklahoma State’s Dustin Williams.
Saint Mary’s also appears near the top of the West Coast Conference in a few team categories, most notably base on balls. The Gaels lead the WCC and rank 17th in the country with a team total of 57 walks. Dallas Baptist leads the country with 88. Connor Hornsby is second in the WCC individually with 10 walks.
The Gaels get back to work tonight when they take on San Jose State at Municipal Stadium at 6. Follow live stats through SMCGaels.com and live updates via the @SMCGaels Twitter account.
Come on out to the final Paul Thomas Show tonight at 6:00 p.m. at Mangia in Lafayette. Here’s your final chance to see the Gaels off before departing for the West Coast Conference tournament. The team, along with coach Thomas, will be there to answer questions and talk hoops, along with eating some good food.
With a win on Saturday at Portland, the Gaels wrapped up the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament. Saint Mary’s has defeated everyone at least once on its side of the bracket. The Gaels spilt the season series with Gonzaga, San Diego and Loyola Marymount, and swept San Francisco.
Saint Mary’s is aiming to claim its first WCC Tournament Title since the 2000-01 campaign.
In case you missed it, San Francisco Chronicle über-scribe Steve Kroner produced a great feature story last weekend about seniors Stephen Holt and Beau Levesque – both who have fathers who played basketball in the West Coast Conference. Definitely worth a read.
In other news, the WCC Championships get underway this week in Las Vegas. Both the men and women’s teams are seeded fourth and will play a late quarterfinal game. The SMC Athletic Ticket Office still has tickets in the SMC section available. Call (925) 631-GoTx (4689).
A few key times/dates for Gaels fans in Las Vegas this week:
- WCC Kids Day, 3:30 p.m.
- Women vs. #5 San Diego, Approx 8:15 p.m. (BYUTV/TheW.tv)
- WCC Hall of Honor Brunch, 8:30 a.m.
- Men vs. #5 Pepperdine, Approx. 8:15 p.m. (ESPN2/WatchESPN.com)
- No competitions scheduled
- Women’s Semifinals vs #1/8/9 winner, Noon (BYUtv/TheW.tv)
- Men’s Semifinal vs. #1/8/9 winner, tba (ESPN or ESPN2)
- Women’s Championship Final, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
- Men’s Championship Final, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Former Saint Mary’s center Ali Peek retired yesterday after 16 seasons in the Philippine Basketball Association, he announced on his Twitter account (@mtnpeek).
The Hawai’i native played at Saint Mary’s from 1992-95. Peek shot .623 from the field as a senior, which still ranks tied for eighth on the school’s single-season record book. He was selected third overall in the 1998 PBA Rookie draft by the Pop Cola Panthers and went on to play 16 seasons in the PBL, the final four years of his career with Talk ‘N Text.
A 3-time All-Star, Peek averaged 11.5 points. 8.0 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 10 assists in 649 total games.