Gannon and Mercyhurst Men's Basketball Teams to Play for the Porreco Pride of Erie Trophy
Posted: January 18, 2016
The Gannon and Mercyhurst men's basketball rivalry just had
fuel added to the fire. School officials, along with Bianchi Honda
owner Jason Porreco, unveiled the Porreco Pride of Erie Games and
festivities around the rivalry games during a press conference
Monday afternoon at the Bianchi Honda showroom.
The Gannon-Mercyhurst men's basketball contests will be called the
Porreco Pride of Erie Games. The first match-up is scheduled for
Wednesday, January 20 at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center. The second
encounter is slated for Wednesday, February 24 at the Hammermill
Center. Tip time for both contests will be 7:30 p.m.
Much like the schools' football teams play for the Niagara Cup, the
winner of each game will receive the Porreco Pride of Erie trophy
and hold onto the honor until defending it during the next
match-up. Also presented after the game will be a "Game Changer
Award" given to the student-athlete who had the most impact on the
outcome of the game.
"My father really valued the Porreco Cup for many years and we
brought in a lot of big teams such as Georgetown and Navy, as well
as players like Julius Erving," said Porreco. "It was a great
tradition that most importantly brought the community together. We
thought about adding a new twist to the rivalry game within the
city between two great schools. We're really excited to get it kick
started Wednesday night."
Porreco and game organizers also plan to distribute Porreco Pride
of Erie Game t-shirts to each University's student fan base and
give away a gift card to a lucky fan in attendance.
"Jason (Porreco) has done a tremendous job creating more excitement
around the game," said Mercyhurst head coach Gary Manchel. "The
game has always been as much an event as a game in the 12 years
I've been here. And this just adds more to it."
Mercyhurst enters Wednesday's first showdown one-half game out
of first place in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC)
Western Division with a 9-3 conference record. The Lakers are 12-4
overall. Gannon enters the game with a 3-12 overall record and 2-10
"There have been a lot of crazy games in the series," said Gannon
head coach John Reilly. "These are two teams that compete at a high
level and are proud teams. It's always a challenge. That's what
makes this game so special. Every possession will be contested as
hard as it can be."
Gannon has won the last three games in the all-time series to
assume a 50-20 advantage. The Golden Knights are 27-8 all-time
against the Lakers at the Hammermill Center, 19-9 at the Mercyhurst
Athletic Center, 3-2 at the Erie Civic Center (now Erie Insurance
Arena) and 1-1 at the Erie Fieldhouse.