Delly Edges Closer To The Record
What a sense of occasion St Mary’s Gaels Coach Randy Bennet must have, even if he may not admit it. With still almost ten minutes left on the game clock in St Mary’s one-sided 87 – 48 victory over Pepperdine, their star Point Guard and reigning WCC Player of the Week Matthew Dellavedova got pulled from the game.
Sitting on the pine with 25 points (5/8 3PM/A), Dellavedova only needed to make one more shot from beyond the arc to equal St Mary’s All-Time Scoring Record, currently held by fellow Aussie Daniel Kickert. Only twice this season has Dellavedova played less minutes than he did on Saturday night in Malibu; totalling 27. In the end, it was a pretty simple decision for Coach Bennett to end the Senior’s night early, and not only just because the Gaels were leading by such a tremendous margin.
Just think, there’s one regular season game to go in the 2012-13 season; Senior’s Night. It must have crossed Coach Bennett’s mind that a player as celebrated as Matthew Dellavedova, with the career he has had, must get the proper reception and the perfect end to his stellar college career.
To break the All-Time scoring record in front of home fans would cap off a tremendous season for the Bob Cousy finalist who, depending on how he performs in the Big Dance, could be a shot at getting drafted mid-year. The only way that this record-breaking event could be any more poetic, would be if the Gaels were facing Conference rivals Gonzaga. The fierce battles that Dellavedova has been a part of against the Zags has been nothing short of magical; almost a snapshot of Dellavedova’s career as a whole.
The Gaels take on Santa Clara for Senior’s Day, and it’s sure to be a full-blown, chocker-block Australian-esque celebration — Gaels fans don’t hesitate in chanting the traditional Aussie chant of Aussie, Aussie, Aussie; Oi, Oi, Oi — of what a terrific season it has been for the Gaels and what a journey the last four years has been.
The Gaels aren’t expected to make too much noise in March, but if they get quality output from Dellavedova, who historically has a very solid record in the big games, it could mean another Gael getting drafted to the NBA. The last? Fellow Australian Patrick Mills. And according to the experts, this boy is better.