continued The Gaelic Knights also defended well against junior Jon Carnegie, Grimes’ leading scorer for the season. Carnegie registered just two points, and senior Gai Ater, the squad’s No. 2 scorer, finished with nine.
“We are still a work in progress, so this was a big win for us,” Donnelly said. “It was a great atmosphere for the two teams, and we’ll have to be ready for them when they come to our place next month.”
Ludden and Grimes will tangle again on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.
With a young squad, especially since his team is playing well, Donnelly was a bit worried about the break the Gaelic Knights are currently on. The team won’t play again until Jan. 17, meaning crisp practices will be vital.
“We’ve got some drills and things we are going to do, because the practices basically become as important as games when you’ve got that much time off,” said Donnelly, in his 25th season at Ludden. “If we were struggling, I may be singing a different tune right now and saying a break might be helpful. But we are doing well, and while I know the guys would rather be playing games, we are really going to make sure we get as much out of the practices as we can.”
Following the Jan. 17 game at J-E, the Gaelic Knights host Westhill on Friday the 20th at 7 p.m. Westhill is currently third in the division behind Ludden and Grimes. The locals then travel to Watertown on Jan. 25 for an intriguing nonleague game against Watertown at 7 p.m.
“We like to play games, win or lose, we feel we can gain something from,” Donnelly said. “We lost to Bishop Kearney (64-51) in the final of our Christmas tournament, and they are one of the better teams upstate. We played well, and hopefully it helps us down the line.”