Gordon scores one point in final 3+ minutes and loses 69-67 to Wentworth

Senior Kyle Romich gets off the game winner for Wentworth

Senior Kyle Romich gets off the game winner for Wentworth

Garrisson Duvivier (24 points) puts up a floater

Garrisson Duvivier (24 points) puts up a floater

(Wenham MA) I thought that the best thing that happened at the Bennett Center tonight was the Gordon women breaking an 11-game losing streak in defeating Wentworth, 42-39, in the opening game.

The second game certainly was exciting but when it came time for a really big shot to be made the Scots weren’t up to it and lost, 69-67, to the Leopards.

The loss ended a very enjoyable four-game GC win streak. With Endicott Saturday and 13-2 Nichols next Tuesday it is clear that keeping a 3-game losing streak from happening won’t be easy.

Tonight’s loss against Wentworth is probably the end of Gordon’s chances to finish in the top four in the Commonwealth Coast Conference and earn a home game in the CCC playoffs.

Richie Armand shoots a free throw in the last minute

Richie Armand shoots a free throw in the last minute

The Scots (8-7/11-11) are still in 5th place but two games separate them from the 4th spot and there are only three games left. They could still get 4th but an awful lot of things would have to go their way to make it happen.

One thing that certainly went right against WIT was the play of Garrisson Duvivier. The freshman from Brockton put together a 24 points/14 rebounds evening.

Garrisson also put some pretty good defense on Jason Ganley limiting the sophomore to seventeen points. If you recall the game at Wentworth, Jason registered thirty-nine points setting the school record in the process in the Gordon defeat in Boston.

Tonight’s game came down to the very end. The Leopards (10-5/11-11) had the ball in a tie game. That ball intentionally ended up in the hands of senior Kyle Romich (17 points) and and his teammates gave him room to operate straight away. Kyle was able to get by defender Eric Demers and into the foul line area where his made jump shot gave WIT a 2-point lead with 4.5 seconds to go.

Last-second prayer

Last-second prayer

The Gordon response was a half-court prayer by Eric Demers before the buzzer. The shot hit the rim but did not become the game winner and the visitors had a 2-point victory.

The Scots wasted two terrific comebacks. In the first half the home team trailed by eleven (34-23) with 3:12 remaining. The Leopards didn’t score again the rest of the half. Garrisson Duvivier had a dunk and two layups. Noah had a layup and Jaren connected on a three. That run of good Gordon offense ended the first half in a 34-34 tie.

In the second half, another Wentworth lead (55-46) with 11:23 left in the game. By 7:59, the Scots had scored nine straight (Noah Szilagyi three, jumper by Eric Demers, layups by Garrisson Duvivier and Sam Johnson) to earn a 55-55 tie.

Gordon timeout

Gordon timeout

Those nifty comebacks were why the end game was so frustrating. This time GC had a lead. Not big but enough that some consistent offense might have maintained until the end. Not on this night!

The Scots were ahead 66-62 with 3:27 to go. Gordon was only able to get ONE POINT the rest of the way. The Scots had two turnovers, missed a free throw, a layup, a three, and two jump shots. That’s ugly.

Meanwhile Wentworth got a clutch three from Dan DeVaux and Kyle Romich’s end-game jump shot to win it.

Garrisson’s remarkable game included twenty points in the first half. Looking for a reason for the loss? Garrisson had fifteen shots in the first half and only four in the second half. The Wentworth defense didn’t improve that much in the second half. There is a fine line between taking your best shot and the team’s best shot. Sometimes those three’s go in but on this night there was first-half evidence that Garrisson and Sam Johnson were tough matchups for the interior of the WIT defense. Connect the dots.

Dan DeVaux has an open look

Dan DeVaux has an open look

I enjoy watching Wentworth in their offensive end. No team works the ball as effectively as they do. What it all adds up to are great open looks. You watch the perimeter guys shoot on any team in the CCC in pre-game and they make most of their long-range attempts. Wentworth is able to turn up similar shots during the game better than others teams do.

The Leopards used a 1-3-1 defense quite effectively. The problem with any zone defense is that a team on the move can get shots before that defense is in place. I thought that Jaren Yang did a nice job of speeding up the tempo for GC.

Efficiency Chart

Garrison Duvivier 39

Sam Johnson 18 (10 points/11 rebounds)

Kyle Romich 18 (17 points/10 rebounds)

Jason Ganley 16 (17 points)

Wentworth 71

Gordon 79

Boxscore

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Kyle Romich and Eric Demers

Kyle Romich and Eric Demers

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Cesar Fulcar

WIT coach Arlen Galloway tries to make a point as Garrisson Duvivier watches

WIT coach Arlen Galloway tries to make a point as Garrisson Duvivier watches

Game on!

Game on!

Garrisson Duvivier fouled by Ian Therriault

Garrisson Duvivier fouled by Ian Therriault

Jason Ganley and Graham Tienhaara

Jason Ganley and Graham Tienhaara

Garrisson Duvivier and Jason Ganley

Garrisson Duvivier and Jason Ganley

Kyle Romich guards Jaren Yang

Kyle Romich guards Jaren Yang

Eric Demers tries to get past two WIT defenders

Eric Demers tries to get past two WIT defenders

 

 

 

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Gordon holds off Salve Regina 63-61 to reach 5th in the CCC standings

Happy Scots celebrate fourth straight victory

Happy Scots celebrate fourth straight victory

Jake Haar (13 points) gets off a floater in the lane that turned out to be the game-winner with eight seconds left

Jake Haar (13 points) gets off a floater in the lane that turned out to be the game-winner with eight seconds left

(Wenham MA) Gordon survived a hold-your-breath finish to defeat Salve Regina, 63-61, on Saturday afternoon at the Bennett Center.

The win, Gordon’s 4th straight, thrusts them into fifth place in the Commonwealth Coast Conference standings. The opportunity to move higher is clearly in place as three of their final regular CCC games are against teams above them (Wentworth, Endicott, Nichols).

A finish in the top four would get the Scots (8-6/11-10) a home game in the first round of the CCC playoffs.

Gordon will host Wentworth (9-5) next Wednesday night.

To win today’s game with the Seahawks the Scots had to overcome a 7-point deficit (61-54) in the final 2:49. Gordon’s shooting on this afternoon had been way off (37%) and a comeback seemed unlikely.

BUT back they came and the defense had plenty to do with it. SR didn’t score a point in the final 2:49. The visitors missed a jump shot (Bryce Boggs) and a layup (Nick Bates) and had two layups blocked by Garrisson Duvivier and Sam Johnson. They also committed two turnovers including one on the final play of the afternoon.

Graham Tienhaara and Sam Johnson positioned for a rebound

Graham Tienhaara and Sam Johnson positioned for a rebound

Meanwhile the Scots produced points in their last five possessions to get the lead. Two of the possessions were kept alive by offensive rebounds. (Rebounding has been a consistent positive all season.)

Jake Haar (13 points) hit a 3-pointer after the first offensive rebound. Then Garrison Duvivier (14 points) made one of two free throws, before he came back on the next possession to get an offensive rebound. This time Garrisson was fouled and made both free throws. Next GC possession it was Richie Armand’s chance at two at the line. Richie missed the first and made the second to tie the score at 61-61 with 58 seconds left.

Richie Armand shows plenty of knee brace and flair heading for the hoop in the last minute

Richie Armand shows plenty of knee brace and flair heading for the hoop in the last minute

Following a SR layup miss the Scots took over. After a timeout, there was plenty of dribbling/passing before the shot-clock countdown began. Jake Haar ended up with a pass from Richie Armand and instead of dialing long-distance he broke into the paint past defender Bryce Boggs and drained a floater with eight seconds to go to give GC the 63-61 lead.

What would Salve do? A good bet would have been on Bryce Boggs (23 points) to take the shot. After all, the sophomore had nineteen of his points in the second half. He had hit from long range and he had gotten to the basket.

Bryce did get the ball but was swarmed by at least two defenders above the foul line. Bryce had the presence of mind to spot teammate Kevin Mannix uncovered in close. A quick pass got the ball there but over came Sam Johnson to block Kevin’s shot attempt in the last second.

With less than a second left, SR still had time for an inbounds play. A two-pointer ties it and a 3-pointer wins it. I don’t know what play Salve coach Sean Foster had drawn up but my pictures show that SR nearly got a wide-open three-point attempt by Rodney Morton from the left corner. The pass, however, ended up going out of bounds and the game ended there. I think what happened was that inbounds passer (Barrett Hanlon) saw Rodney aboutn to get open in the corner but teammate Nick Bates didn’t. Nick reached for what he thought was a bad pass and deflected it past Rodney. If that pass had reached Rodney, he would have had a very clean look at the game winner. One of the Gordon defenders was extremely fortunate, to say the least.srgc-final-shot-one-halfsrgc-A14-final-shot-#1

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But it all came out good for the home team. It isn’t how you win, it’s did you. And the answer was “Yes” today.

Bryce Boggs (23 points) powers into the lane

Bryce Boggs (23 points) powers into the lane

Gordon had points from ten different players. It was indeed one of those games where I wondered afterwards where the GC points had come from. For Salve it was easy; Bryce Boggs and Nick Bates.

Bryce looked like a miniature Marcus Smart (Celtics) to me. Muscular with a good outside shot as well as a willingness to challenge the GD shot blockers.

Nick, from nearby Danvers, is a certain All-CCC player. Today he had 18 points and 15 rebounds. Garrisson Duvivier kept him from doing more damage. I was surprised that he didn’t cash in either of his two layups in the end game.

Gordon was fortunate to see very little of senior Barrett Hanlon. Barrett got three fouls in the first half and he also still appears to be having knee problems. Shutting him out was huge when you consider his history at the Bennett Center: 2014 – 32 points in SR win, 2015 – 22 points, including 17 in the second half in SR win.

Juniors Nick Bates and Sam Johnson

Juniors Nick Bates and Sam Johnson

If you’re a guard with a nice 3-point shot, you probably scored a lot of points in high school. In college the defense will take that shot away most of the time. That is why it has been good to see newcomers Eric Demers, Noah Szilaygi, and Jake Haar, arrive with a second shot. I call it a floater. The guard gets past the over-playing perimeter defender and gets closer to the basket. With shot blockers ahead, the guard lofts a higher-than-usual shot over the bigger defenders rushing at him. That type of shot by freshman Jake Haar turned out to be the game winning basket in today’s win over Salve Regina.

Efficiency Chart

Bryce Boggs 22 (23 pts)

Nick Bates 21 (18 pts/15 rebs)

Garrisson Duvivier 20 (14 pts/12 rebs/3 blocks)

Sam Johnson 15 (9 pts/12 rebs)

Jake Haar 11 (13 pts)

Gordon 79

Salve Regina 55

Tremendous discrepancy in the team totals.

Nick Bates and Bryce Boggs were 16-for-32 for Salve. The rest of the team? 7-for-29.

Salve’s decline at the end of the game may have had something to do with the long minutes starters Nick Bates (39), Bryce Boggs (36), and Rodney Morton (38) played.

Game boxscore

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Richie Armand ties the game with this free throw in the last minute

Richie Armand ties the game with this free throw in the last minute

Senior Udoka Obiora (#32) eyes the basket

Senior Udoka Obiora (#32) eyes the basket

Richie Armand chased by Patrick O'Rourke

Richie Armand chased by Patrick O’Rourke

Bryce Boggs shoots over Noah Szilagyi

Bryce Boggs shoots over Noah Szilagyi

Jake Haar dials long-distance

Jake Haar dials long-distance

Barrett Hanlon spent most of the game on the sidelines which was a big break for Gordon

Barrett Hanlon spent most of the game on the sidelines which was a big break for Gordon

Garrisson Duvivier defends Nick Bates

Garrisson Duvivier defends Nick Bates

Rodney Morton drives in past Richie Armand and Graham Tienhaara

Rodney Morton drives in past Richie Armand and Graham Tienhaara

 

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12-point streak in the second half gets Gordon by UNE 76-67

(Biddeford ME/Amesbury) This game was not fun to watch for the longest time.

Maybe it was UNE’s feed which had its visual problems.

More likely it was the thirty minutes of mediocre, at best, offense in which neither team could put points together.

But then, trailing 50-45 with 9:47 remaining, some switch was turned and the Scots, for 2+ minutes, scored twelve unanswered points. Up 57-50, Gordon had enough left on both ends to keep UNE from getting closer the rest of the way.

That run was certainly the difference as Gordon (10-10/7-6) defeated UNE, 76-67, on Tuesday night.

That’s three straight for the Scots and my wondering if they can make the Final Eight in the Commonwealth Coast Conference has significantly lessened. My curiosity now is whether they can break into the top four in the standings. From there a team gets at least one home game in the CCC playoffs.

Let’s return to that spurt of good consistent offense. Who saw it coming? But come it did and within were ingredients that have powered the Scots to recent wins. Rebounding is certainly one of them. Gordon abused UNE on the boards (52-28). The team from Wenham had twenty-three second chance points.

In the run that won, Garrisson Duvivier (13 rebounds/11 points) got loose inside for a score and was fouled. Shortly after that Garrisson again was in close and was fouled. He made the first but missed the second. You knew things were heading GC’s way when they got the rebound (Jake Hart) of the missed free throw and it turned into a Noah Szilagyi 3-pointer.

Still no answer from the Nor’Easters. A Richie Armand steal then set up a Jake Haar three. Next, Jake went to the line for two. The UNE announcer, and I thought he was outstanding, did everything in his power to jinx the Californian. “He hasn’t missed a free throw all season. Might as well just give him the two points.” It didn’t work. Jake sank both of them. And yes, he is 17-for-17!

That is where the twelve points came from and against poor-shooting UNE it was enough to carry the day.

UNE (10-10/5-8) sat back in a zone for some of the game and it worked for quite a while. They were daring the launch-and-pray. In the pull away second half GC launched and scored making 5-of-10 from long range.

When the home team was forced to play man-to-man they just didn’t have the ability to protect the inside consistently. Sam Johnson had fifteen points from around the basket.

If you’re a fan of the team and you’re short of things to worry about, how about putting some time into worrying about the GC foul shooting? The Scots missed eleven second-half free throws (14-for-25). Maybe Jake could do a seminar??

Efficiency Chart

Drew Coveney 19 (8 pts/8 assists/4 steals)

Sam Johnson 17 (15 pts/9 rebounds)

Garrisson Duvivier 17 (11 pts/13 rebounds/3 assists)

CJ Autry 12 (14 pts)

Jake Hart 10 (3 assists/3 steals/6 pts)

Eric Demers 10 (11 pts/4 rebounds)

Gordon 95

UNE 72

Game Boxscore

Gordon plays at the Bennett Center on Saturday (3PM) against a much improved Salve Regina team. Last Saturday’s crowd at the ENC thriller was a difference maker.

I know that this is none of my business but I can’t help myself. What pleasure could the UNE women’s team have gotten in building up a 70-point lead over GC’s team? I know that GC is struggling and bears some responsibility for keeping a game competitive but did it need to take UNE three quarters to figure out that GC wasn’t likely to make a 50-point comeback? Long ago I used to watch boxing. When an opponent was defenseless the referee would step in and end the fight to prevent serious injury. In my opinion, when a basketball opponent is losing badly it is the place of the winning coach to do whatever it takes to minimize the damage. Run the clock. Stop pressing and fast breaking. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”

 

 

 

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Gordon surprises ENC 87-85 in overtime

Garrisson Duvivier deflects Laquan Gomes' last-second shot in overtime

Garrisson Duvivier deflects Laquan Gomes’ last-second shot in overtime

The Gordon team and their fans celebrate the win

The Gordon team and their fans celebrate the win

(Wenham MA) Wondering what those loud noises you heard this afternoon on the Gordon campus in Wenham were all about?

That was Gordon and Eastern Nazarene going at it in men’s basketball.

The families and friends of both teams packed the Bennett Center and both collections of fans had plenty to get excited about.

The biggest cheer of all? It came after the final buzzer as the Gordon side enjoyed the realization that they had just taken down ENC, 87-85, in overtime.

Garrisson Duvivier (27 points/16 rebounds) had a huge game for Gordon

Garrisson Duvivier (27 points/16 rebounds) had a huge game for Gordon

The win was no small task. The Lions (13-6) took the first meeting, 100-84, and had won five straight. ENC had two wins over Endicott. They’re very good!

But on this afternoon the Scots (9-10) were just enough better to stun the visitors.

How did the Scots do it? How much time do you have to read? Trust me, there was no straight line to the finish.

Gordon, coming off twenty-five turnovers in the first meeting, picked up right where they left off at the start of this game. Four turnovers, and an 11-1 deficit later, Coach Tod Murphy pulled the plug on all five starters. The reserves were able to stop the bleeding and GC reached a 17-17 tie.

ENC led, 36-34, at halftime.

In their previous game, the Lions were only in front by four against Curry before exploding for a 54-point second half to blow out the Colonels.

Noah Szilagyi hit this floater in OT

Noah Szilagyi hit this floater in OT

Could the Scots keep such a barrage from being dropped on them? It turns out that they could. The shot blockers were out (GC had nine of them) and Gordon had multiple shot makers.

Garrisson Duvivier had the game of his young Gordon life overpowering the Lions for an impressive twenty-seven inside points.   Add on long-range accuracy (5-for-7) by Noah Szilagyi and the Scots weren’t going away.

But ENC has arguably the best player in the Commonwealth Coast Conference in senior Jaylen Owens. The guard’s defense (four steals) and shooting touch from anywhere (29 points) were a big part of keeping the Lions in the lead in the second half.

With 3:56 to go ENC was up 69-62 and seemed to have enough on both ends of the court to finish off the Scots. But the Lions would only score once the rest of regulation.

Jaren Yang faces some Jaylen Owens defense

Jaren Yang faces some Jaylen Owens defense

The teams went in two different directions: Gordon shot from in close while ENC opted for launch-and-pray.

The Scots style worked and they were able to run ten unanswered points to take a 72-69 lead. Eight free throws (out of twelve) and a Garrisson layin were where the points came from. Those four missed free throws, however, turned out to be important.

After Noah Szilagyi missed the second of two free throws, Jaylen Owens crossed midcourt and let fly with a “Hail, Mary” basketball style. The shot went in to send the game into OT and believe me every Lions’ fan in the house let out a roar.

That may have been more of a roar of relief because prior to the tying three-pointer, the visitors had missed five straight long ones and had two turnovers. ENC was fortunate to still be playing.

Jaylen Owens (29 points) sends the game into overtime

Jaylen Owens (29 points) sends the game into overtime

Overtime? Six lead changes. Jaylen and Noah each collected eight points. Three different times Noah answered baskets by Jaylen with two 3’s and a layup of his own. Noah’s last basket was a floater in the lane with eight seconds to go to put GC ahead, 86-85.

After a timeout, there wasn’t a person in the house doubting that Jaylen Owens would somehow, some way get the final shot. It made sense. But on this possession, after Jaylen raced into the frontcourt, he passed, instead, inside to a cutting teammate (Laquan Gomes). Laquan had shot-blocking Garrisson nearby and rushed the layup and missed it.

Sam Johnson took in the rebound and got fouled with one second left. Sam missed the first free throw and then tried to miss the second one (to get the clock to run out) but it went in. The miss gave ENC a chance to get a final launch-and-pray (Lequan Gomes) which Garrisson deflected to end the game. WHEW!

Laquan Gomes misses a layup in overtime

Laquan Gomes misses a layup in overtime

Now you know what all the shouting was about.

The real beauty of the overtime was that the team with twenty-five turnovers (Gordon) didn’t have any in those five minutes.

The remarkable game by Garrisson (27 points/16 rebounds) overshadowed the quiet double/double turned in by junior teammate Sam Johnson. Sam registered his 11th double/double (14 points/11 rebounds) of the season.

Unsung hero? Sophomore Jake Hart. Jake spent thirty-six minutes chasing Jaylen Owens around. Jaylen did get 29 points but it took him 26 shots to get them thanks in part to Jake’s defense. The one getting the “MVP” chants from the ENC fans also had six turnovers. Jake also found a way to get eight points and take in six rebounds. Easily his best game of the season.

Efficiency Chart

Garrisson Duvivier 44

Sam Johnson 20

Lequan Gomes 19 (16 points)

Noah Szilagyi 17 (18 points)

Christian Lynch 16 (15 points)

Jaylen Owens 16 (29 points/4 steals)

Gordon 102

ENC 90

Jake Hart (8 points) gets inside for two of them

Jake Hart (8 points) gets inside for two of them

Next for Gordon will be a visit on Tuesday night to UNE in Biddeford (ME).

Boxscore

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Noah Szilagyi (eight points in OT)

Noah Szilagyi (eight points in OT)

Jaren Yang tries to split the Wagner twins

Jaren Yang tries to split the Wagner twins

Udoka Obiora (3 blocks) waits for Eric Lynch

Udoka Obiora (3 blocks) waits for Eric Lynch

Jaylen Owens steals and then looks for defenders

Jaylen Owens steals and then looks for defenders

Sam Johnson gets two

Sam Johnson gets two

Game on!

Game on!

Noah Szilagyi charges

Noah Szilagyi charges

Jaylen Owens shoots over Jake Hart

Jaylen Owens shoots over Jake Hart

Sam Johnson comes face-to-face with a bad pass

Sam Johnson comes face-to-face with a bad pass

Look away pass?

Look away pass?

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Late-game perfection gets it done for Gordon 74-70 over Western New England

(Springfield MA) Perfectly delightful final 1:40 for the Scots in Springfield tonight.

Gordon (8-10/5-6) had everything go their way in those final one hundred seconds and a discouraging four-game slide came to an end.

74-70 was the final score with Western New England (6-12/4-7) getting on the wrong end of it.

Crucial win for GC. Why? The Scots, at least temporarily, stopped their descent into can-we-make-the-playoffs territory. Gordon now holds the tie-breaker over Western New England with their two wins over the Bears this season.

A great web feed from WNE. I usually have an IPad going along with my computer to catch the play-by-play as I watch the game. Works for me.

Part of the delight in the end game tonight was watching the other team try the easy-fix, long-range approach. It didn’t work for them either. WNE made one-of-four tries but it wasn’t enough against a GC team that dominated the late-game little things, none of which included the launch-and-pray solution.

In the successful end game, Gordon missed a layup but there was Garrisson to turn a rebound into a basket. GC up two (69-67).

After a WNE miss, Garrisson was fouled. Made the first (70-67) and missed the second but there was Sam Johnson (top rebounder in the conference) to snare an offensive rebound and continue the Gordon possession.

Jaren Yang was fouled and made both free throws. GC up five (72-67) with twenty-three seconds left.

Mike Gelineau (24 points) connected long range putting the Bears close (72-70) with fifteen seconds to go.

A timeout gave Gordon coach Tod Murphy a chance to get Noah Szilagyi into the game. Why important? No question Western New England was going to foul. Noah was 23-for-26 from the foul line, including his last ten straight. In he came, got fouled, and put the game away with two straight money freebies.

As I said at the start, everything came together in a nice victory package in the final 1:40.

Before that? It was up for grabs. The home team had a 20-9 lead in the first half but the Scots closed in (31-29) by halftime. The second half was tight to the end. Unofficially I saw six ties and six lead changes. Anybody’s game for sure. On this night the visitors got the job done.

It was close enough so that even the efficiency numbers for the two teams came out to 72.

The heart of what Gordon does consistently well is the inside play of two of the best in the Commonwealth Coast Conference; Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier.

Sam (21 points/17 rebounds) hasn’t seen a rebound yet that he won’t go after with 100% effort. Garrisson (20 points) get shots to drop in the heaviest of traffic.

Good to see Josh Ribeiro get some first-half action.

Boxscore

Efficiency chart

Garrisson Duvivier 24 (4 steals)

Sam Johnson 23

Mike Gelineau 19 (24 points)

Zack Askew 14 (14 points)

Luis Agrait 14 (13 points/6 assists)

Next up for the Scots will be ENC on Saturday (3PM). The Lions have beaten Endicott twice in case you’re wondering how good they are. Gordon has not beaten any of the top five (Nichols, Endicott, Wentworth, ENC, Roger Williams) so far. A strongly supportive crowd at the Bennett Center might make the difference.

 

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Gordon bows to Roger Williams 67-62 losing fourth straight

Austin Coene (22 points) gets into the paint

Austin Coene (22 points) gets into the paint

Garrisson Duvivier (20 points-12 rebounds-5 assists)

Garrisson Duvivier (20 points-12 rebounds-5 assists)

(Wenham MA) Well, that didn’t go so good!

The second time through the Commonwealth Coast Conference gave Gordon a chance to better their 4-5 record of the first time.

That record bettering didn’t get off to a good start this afternoon as the Scots (7-10) fell to Roger Williams, 67-62, on Saturday afternoon at the Bennett Center.

That’s four straight losses for the reeling Scots and their second straight to Roger Williams (8-9) in the 2015-16 season.

Eight more games left in the regular season, so there’s still time to improve on the 4-5 first-time slate.

If the young Scots have been anything this season it would be consistently inconsistent in so many games. Missing is a team steadiness, a team reliability. Consistently good offensive and defensive games in a row are not this team’s norm. Let me be quick to add that this irregularity is not from lack of desire.

Versus the Hawks from Bristol (RI) the Scots held the lead in the first half and didn’t fall behind (37-36) until there were fourteen minutes left in the game. The rest of the way? Very frustrating for Gordon Nation. The team came close several times but just couldn’t combine enough good shooting with defensive stops to catch the Hawks.

The Scots were 3-for-19 from downtown

The Scots were 3-for-19 from downtown

The Hawks were there to be caught too. The visitors missed seven free throws with the lead but the Scots seemed to buy into the long-range fix and that approach didn’t work this afternoon.

Gordon missed six straight 3-pointers after losing the lead before Jake Haar connected with sixteen seconds left. But there wasn’t enough time left to possess the ball with a chance to tie or get ahead.

With the shooting off it was crucial that the Gordon defense step up. Not this time. Freshman Austin Coene (22 points) and sophomore Nick Marini (15 points) were huge in the second half. The two guards were 9-for-12 between them and most of their scores were in the paint. The GC defense has to get better.

Sam Johnson gets two

Sam Johnson gets two

One area that has been consistently good for Gordon has been rebounding. Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier are one and three in the CCC so far. Against RWU those two collected twenty-one caroms and in the process allowed GC for the 14th time this season to out-rebound an opponent.

Garrisson added twenty points in an afternoon of heavy inside RW defensive pressure.

Efficiency Chart

Garrisson Duvivier 23

Austin Coene 22 (22 points)

Sam Johnson 15 (13 points/9 rebounds)

Nick Marini 14 (15 points/4 assists)

Graham Tienhaara 11

Roger Williams 72

Gordon 65

Boxscore

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Noah Szilagyi tries a 3-pointer

Noah Szilagyi tries a 3-pointer

Garrisson Duvivier near the rim

Garrisson Duvivier near the rim

Roger Williams won despite missing twelve free throws

Roger Williams won despite missing twelve free throws

Richie Armand

Richie Armand

Garrisson Duvivier had two dunks in the game including this one

Garrisson Duvivier had two dunks in the game including this one

Austin Coene defends

Austin Coene defends

Nick Marini (15 points)

Nick Marini (15 points)

Josh Syska draws a charge on Sam Johnson

Josh Syska draws a charge on Sam Johnson

Eric Demers splits the RW defense

Eric Demers splits the RW defense

 

 

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Jason Ganley (39 points) shoots Wentworth past Gordon 81-72

(Amesbury/Boston) Wentworth’s sophomore Jason Ganley had a remarkable night as he led the Leopards past Gordon, 81-72, on Tuesday night.

The Scots (7-9) came into this one intent on minimizing senior Kyle Romich (18 points per game average) and they did limiting him to twelve points.

They also wanted to keep an eye on reserve Dan DeVaux who came off the bench last game to hit Salve Regina with twenty-six points. Dan had six against Gordon.

But then there was Jason and his 18 points per game. Gordon answers for him were the wrong ones all night. At 6-5 he was able to shoot three’s over GC’s guards (6-for-8 long range) and quick enough to get open inside.

The Northbridge High School alum torched Gordon for sixteen points in the first half and twenty-three points in the second half. And watching on the very good Wentworth (9-7) feed, I did not think that Jason was forcing his offense. He just seemed to get openings, and on this night he cashed in big-time.

This was another game in which the Scots could have won. Down by ten (54-44) in the second half they rallied to even things (57-57) with eight minutes left. The point getters in the comeback were Eric Demers (2 three’s), Noah Szilagyi (1 three), Graham Tienhaara (2 free throws) and Udoka Obiora (layup).

Still tied (65-65) with five minutes left the opportunity was there to beat one of the top three teams in the Commonwealth Coast Conference. But a turnover, two missed layups, and two missed free throws later the Leopards had a five-point lead.

The Scots were still within five with 2:49 to go before Jason Ganley hit his sixth three-pointer of the night and it was game-set-match.

Garrisson Duvivier recovered from a very tough outing against Endicott to put a 19 points/14 rebounds evening together.

Stats that caught my eye: Gordon had fewer turnovers (11) than Wentworth (12) and Wentworth outrebounded the Scots by one.

Gordon did not do itself any favors at the foul line: 18-for-30. WIT wasn’t a whole lot better missing eleven freebies.

Efficiency Chart

Jason Ganley 35 (39 points/6 rebounds)

Garrisson Duvivier 25

Kyle Romich 14 (12 points/8 rebounds)

Udoka Obiora 12 (2 blocks/no missed shots)

Wentworth 97

Gordon 83

Gordon has faced the top three teams (Nichols, Endicott, Wentworth) in the CCC over the past six days and come away empty. There will be a second time with each of them. The distance between the Scots and wins against these three in the second meeting do not appear to me to be insurmountable. A lot fewer missed layups would help. A lot fewer forced three’s would also help. Each of the top three teams was able to get double-digit offensive rebounds in the first meeting. That’s getting out-hustled in my book. If the team gets the little things right, then I suspect that consecutive wins will fall into place over the final nine regular season games.

Gordon’s next game is against Roger Williams at home on Saturday. The weather forecast strongly suggests that there might have to be a snow-check on that one, however.

The Leopards have now won four straight from Gordon. Most painful of that batch was last year’s loss in the first round of the CCC tournament. Probably the most painful part of that loss was that on the same night UNE had upset #1 seed Nichols. A Gordon win at Wentworth would have put them into the semi-finals at home against UNE.

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