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The two sides of Gonzaga’s Domantas Sabonis

There are a few ways this can go. The entry pass can find Domantas Sabonis, who maneuvers for a soft, left-handed jump hook. Or the entry pass leads Sabonis for a two-handed dunk, followed by a double-arm flex and primal shouts. Or the entry pass never comes, despite Sabonis demanding the ball with a post defender pinned deep in the paint.

Kyle Dranginis: Steady contributor with versatile skills

The 6-5 senior from Nampa, Idaho, has been a steady contributor the last three seasons. He stepped in as a starter for eight games for an injured Bell two years ago and delivered 12 points and four assists in a rout over Saint Mary’s. He scored in double figures twice in last year’s WCC Tournament. Dranginis had a 30-point outburst in his freshman season against Lewis-Clark State College.

Bell’s aim was true

SAN DIEGO – A year ago during the NCAA tournament, Gary Bell Jr. was battling several nagging injuries, including severe pain near the top of his foot that would later be diagnosed as a stress fracture. He went scoreless in the loss to Wichita State and barely played in the second half.

Gonzaga notebook: Bell thoroughly enjoys this victory

A year ago during the NCAA tournament, Gary Bell Jr. was battling several nagging injuries, including severe pain near the top of his foot that would later be diagnosed as a stress fracture.

Zags’ Dranginis has evolved into jack-of-all-trades

Gonzaga’s eighth-leading scorer has become one of its most important players. That’s primarily because sophomore guard Kyle Dranginis ranks second or third on the team in a handful of other statistical categories.

Plenty of options

It’s been a month since Gonzaga held off visiting Saint Mary’s 83-78 and here’s how things can change in that period of time: Two Bulldogs who didn’t see the court in the first game figure to play a larger role when the WCC men’s basketball rivals collide Thursday in Moraga, Calif. Drew Barham and Kyle Dranginis have seen a steady bump in their playing time the last few weeks at the “3” position.

Gonzaga rolls over Lewis-Clark State 104-57

Kyle Dranginis essentially introduced himself to Gonzaga basketball followers Thursday night. The redshirt freshman guard poured in 30 points, had seven assists and grabbed six rebounds to help the 12th-ranked Bulldogs cruise past Lewis-Clark State College 104-57 in front of 6,000 at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Zags trio in line to redshirt

Gonzaga’s coaching staff and junior forward Kelly Olynyk discussed the possibility of redshirting numerous times. Then they talked some more. After careful deliberation, they reached a decision: It’s in Olynyk’s and the program’s best interests that the 7-footer from Canada redshirt.

Gonzaga redshirts looking at bright side

Gonzaga’s coaching staff and junior forward Kelly Olynyk discussed the possibility of redshirting numerous times. Then they talked some more. After careful deliberation, they reached a decision: It’s in Olynyk’s and the program’s best interests that the 7-footer from Canada redshirt.