Bobcats of the week of Feb. 8, 2010

Alex Gallant '11
Bates junior Alex Gallant(Bangor, Maine) came off the bench and erupted for a career-high 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting while making three steals on Friday night as Bates defeated Amherst, 76-47, for the first time since January 23, 1988. Gallant scored 18 in the second half as the Bobcats pulled away with the historic win, which was the most lopsided the Lord Jeffs have suffered since 2002.The following day, Gallant picked up right where he left off. He scored a game-high 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in a 70-63 victory over Trinity, the Bobcats' fifth consecutive win.

Gallant was named NESCAC Men's Basketball Co-Player of the Week on Monday by the New England Small College Athletic Conference, sharing the honor with Demetrius Porter of Connecticut College.

Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan '10
This pretty much sums up how Bates senior Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan'sindoor track and field season is going so far: she is currently ranked third among all Division III athletes in the weight throw and second in the shot put.Duncan's weight throw ranking is based on what she did Friday night at the Maine Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships, held at Bowdoin. Her weight throw of 57-4 1/4 was her best in two years and hit the automatic qualifying distance for competing in the NCAA Indoor Championships, to be held in Cleveland, Ohio, March 12-14. (Junior teammate Sara Ellen Godek was second 50-10 3/4 in the weight throw, notching her first provisional qualifying mark for the NCAAs.)

Duncan (Topsham, Maine) also won the shot put at the meet with an indoor personal record of 43-9 3/4. While not an automatic NCAA qualifying mark, it raises her to second in the national rankings.