As the beat wore on, and the Spiece Indy Heat was cruising to another easy victory, perhaps no one noticed he was absent.
That's because in show business, the show must go on. Saturday, the show did go on.
When an actor or actress leaves a successful series, any Hollywood producer is adamant he or she must find a capable replacement so that the show doesn't lose its ratings. There is little chance a team containing Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Aaron Pogue and Eric Gordon would suffer even in Cook's absence. But perhaps Gordon just isn't your average replacement.
The 6-3 sophomore guard from Indianapolis North Central averaged 26 points a game this season, and harmoniously plays in the shadows of a loaded backcourt including Conley and Cook—both consensus top 25 players nationally.
However, he doesn't complain, he doesn't force, he sits back and waits for moments like these where he can showcase why he is ScoutHoops.com' number-one ranked shooting guard in the entire country in the class of 2007.
"Well since he's not here, and he's probably our leading scorer, so someone needs to step up and pick up the slack and scoring ability for our team," an understanding Gordon proclaimed. "I helped pick up a lot of his slack this game."
And every other game he played in while Cook was gone Saturday for his high school prom.
Gordon scored over 20 points twice on Saturday, and in another game, he scored 16 in a balanced effort that the starters played less than half the game in a blowout.
It's not just that Gordon is a great scorer, it's that he's smooth in doing it. He's got a pure stroke, but beyond that, he can score in many different ways.
Gordon is truly a scorer who can beat you off the dribble, hit from long-range, mid-range, or even inside. He also rebounds well and is able to catch and shoot a rebound very quickly.
Beyond just his scoring, he's very unselfish with the basketball, also playing tough defense. This past season, Gordon was among the Indianapolis metro-area leaders in steals with 3.0 a game.
He takes pride, as much as anything, as his passing—something the whole Indy Heat team does well.
"I like to get everyone else together, and make everyone else feel comfortable shooting," Gordon explained. " I just want to play my part and fill my role on the team."
Modeling after the entire team has taken its toll on more than just his playing ability. It has spread to the recruiting process.
As Gordon has stated in the past his expressed interest in Ohio State and Illinois, as well as home-state Indiana, the immense amount of talk among his teammates in the Buckeyes has really got him thinking about joining them in Columbus.
Gordon doesn't hesitate in saying Ohio State is ahead of the pack.
"I'd say right now Ohio State is my leader of all my choices," he noted when being asked if he has any one favorite that stood out above the rest.
The talk has intensified, and Gordon has been caught up in it.
"Oh yes, there's a lot of talk with Daequan going there and possibly Mike (Conley) and Greg (Oden)," he admitted. "We've always had them on our list and we just like the coach a lot.
"I can really see us playing together again in college," Gordon added.
Normally a guard that can go nearly anywhere and step in immediately would be hard pressed to join such a talented group just a class ahead of him, especially with Cook, the 6-5 guard from Dayton Dunbar committed to Ohio State.
But in Gordon's case, it's all about familiarity and team.
"We play so well together, and we want to continue that for a while longer," Gordon said. "We like playing with each other."
And, if Spiece is the hit production and they want to go Hollywood, there are no stars. Only a supporting cast, and the show must go on.
It will. Gordon will see to it.