Jessup’s Phillips named GSAC Player of the Week for third time this seasonBy: Brie Campbell
ROCKLIN– For the third time this season, senior starter Keith Phillips has been named Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Week after a 48-point performance in two conference wins last week.
“Keith is proving to be one of the best players in the country as he has become a consistent force in our GSAC conference,” head coach Lance Von Vogt commented. “To see him respond to a broken nose the week before with two double-doubles the following week is impressive. His progression as a player only helps our progression as a team and with Keith leading the way I’ve seen great improvement with many of our other guys learning to play off of him successfully.”
The Warriors handed the undefeated No. 15 Vanguard Lions last Thursday their first loss of the season by a 24-point led by Phillips’ 29 points and 11 rebounds. He continued that double-digit performance against San Diego Christian Saturday with 19 points and 10 rebounds, his seventh double-double and his 10th straight double-digit game in a row.
Nationally, Phillips is fourth in the country for total points (359) and sixth in points per game (21.1). He closes out his top-10 appearance being eighth in the NAIA for offensive rebounds per game (3.35). In the GSAC, he is No. 1 in scoring, fifth overall in rebounds and first with a total 57 offensive rebounds.
Alongside Keith, teammates Tyras Rattler, Jr. and Antonio Lewis have followed suit in the double-digit performances as Lewis has logged nine in his last 10 games and Rattler, Jr. recorded his fifth straight this past week
Von Vogt comments on Phillips’ leadership and team mentality: “The fantastic part is that Keith is such a great teammate and he looks at these accolades as team accomplishments rather than an individual. He is a special player to coach and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to do so.”
The Warriors head on back-to-back road trips the next two weeks tipping it off with Arizona this Thursday to take on the Firestorm and new GSAC member Ottawa University in Arizona Saturday.