Gordon scores 30 straight in second half to rout Clarkson 78-59

Garrisson Duvivier had 16 points, 21 rebounds, and 7 assists against Clarkson

(Amesbury MA) Not sure I’ve seen anything quite like it.

Gordon looked to be in a back-and-forth affair with Clarkson but in a remarkable second half, blew out the Knights, 78-59, on Saturday afternoon at Westfield State.

It was the consolation game in Westfield State’s Rick Martin Invitational.

Read carefully: Gordon trailed 51-45 with 16:29 left in the second half.  Over the next twelve minutes the Scots put up THIRTY unanswered points.  That’s thirty as in 3-0!

After that amazing run, Gordon was coasting 75-51, probably wondering what had happened to Clarkson!

The Scots (2-1) trailed by nine (45-36) at halftime.  I expected them to get back in the game because Clarkson was living long range against the GC zone, making nine 3’s.  Gordon, on the other hand, was cold from beyond the arc (Eric, Jake, and Noah were a combined 0-for-9).  That figured to change.

It was the size of the change that wowed me.  Gordon did shoot better but it was how cold the team from Potsdam (NY) became that gave this one to GC.

Garrisson Duvivier carried the Scots in the first half already having a double/double in place.  GD finished with 16 points, 21 rebounds, and 7 assists.

Parker Omslaer put together his second double-double of the season

Sophomore Parker Omslaer (12 points/11 rebounds) put his 2nd double D together in the young season.

Eric Demers ended up with eighteen and Noah Szilagyi 10 with 8 boards.

Eric is now a point behind Brady Bajema for 19th on Gordon’s all-time scorers list.  Garrisson is currently in 8th place just nine points behind David Dempsey.

The Scots stuck with the zone for the duration.  The Knights were patient enough to get good looks in both halves, but couldn’t make anything in the second half.  You can live and die from down town.

This is my final beatdown on Clarkson: During the second-half dry spell, they missed twenty-two straight shots, including 11 three’s and three free throws.  And then there were four turnovers.  I’m betting they want to move on from all of it.

Two of the Clarkson players were from places familiar to me.  Liam Ellis is from Turners Falls (MA).  I grew up there along the Connecticut River.  Matthew Hornak is from Masuk in Monroe (CT).  My Connecticut family is from Newtown, one town over from Monroe.  Wednesday night, Lord willing, I will be covering Masuk at Newtown in Southwest Conference football.

Jaren Yang – Was the graduate in the house at Westfield State?

It looked to me as if Jaren Yang was in the house.  Maybe the ESPN employee had something to do with Gordon’s remarkable second half?

Freshman David Massillon left the game with an apparent leg injury.  He has already proven to be an important addition to the team.  Would surely be missed.

Josh Ribeiro on the bench but not in uniform.  Maybe against Salem State on Tuesday night?

My plans are to cover that game.

Box from the game

 

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Gordon can’t contain Rob Lewis (35 points/16 rebounds) and lose 82-66 to Ramapo

Garrisson Duvivier (15 points/10 rebounds) put up most of those numbers in the second half

(Amesbury MA)  Ramapo had graduated all five starters from last year’s Final Four team so you thought there might be a chance.

But new starter Rob Lewis (35 points/16 rebounds) led the Roadrunners (3-0) past Gordon, 82-66, in the first round of the Rick Martin/Holiday Inn Express Tournament at Westfield State on Fridgay night.

The Scots (1-1) get Clarkson in the consolation game tomorrow afternoon.

Gordon used a zone defense and hung with the team from Mahwah, New Jersey for about fifteen minutes.  But the Ramapo offense was serious about getting the best shots possible and a narrow, 28-25, lead bulged to 44-32.  In the run, the Roadrunners scored points in eight straight possessions.  On this night, the Scots couldn’t match that consistency.

In the second half the deficit reached twenty (62-42) and GC turned to a man-to-man defense.  That change kept Ramapo from stretching the margin.

I was impressed that the Roadrunners distained the 3-point shot during the entire game taking only four of them.  They were content to get high percentage shots and ended up shooting 50%.

The Scots weren’t shy about shooting from deep but on this evening made only 7-of-24.

The Roadrunners pressure caused nineteen turnovers.  They were quick to turn miscues into points.

Eric Demers led GC with seventeen points while senior Noah Szilagyi added twelve.

Fouls were a factor in this game.  David Massillon, off the bench, was a foul magnet in both halves lasting only seven minutes.  Without Josh Ribeiro available, the Scots need the freshman to fill a spot inside while starting bigs are rested.

Garrisson Duvivier notched his second straight double/double (15 points/10 rebounds) but believe me it wasn’t easy.  Ramapo had size and athleticism on the inside and GD had only two points and one rebound in the first half.  But on came Garrisson in the second half to put up some solid numbers.

Cody Hunt

Senior Cody Hunt was called on for some first-half action for Gordon.

The Roadrunners are in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.  They were 25-7 last year.

The feed from Westfield State was very good.

I am hoping to get an in-person look at this year’s Scots in the home opener versus Salem State on Tuesday night.

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Five starters in double figures as Gordon opens 105-85 over Emerson

Parker Omslaer set career marks in points (19) and rebounds (11)

Garrisson Duvivier started the season with a double/double – 22 points and 16 rebounds.

(Amesbury MA) Nice start!

Gordon opened the 2018-19 season with a 105-85 win over the Emerson Lions in Boston.

I was impressed with the offense.  I am a big fan of good passing and few turnovers.  Saw plenty of positives in those areas.

The Scots were remarkable on the inside, registering 52 points in the paint.  Parker Omslaer and Garrisson Duvivier overpowered single coverage and passed out of double teams to open teammates.  There was an overflow of good looks.  Emerson had only 26 points in close.

First look at Parker Omslaer in the starter role.  He responded with career marks in points (19) and rebounds (11).

Noah Szilagyi set a career mark in rebounds (8) against Emerson

Jake Haar (21 points)

Eric Demers (18 points in the second half)

Another of the new starters was senior Noah Szilagyi.  He put up thirteen points while setting a career high (8) in rebounds.

The other three starters (Eric Demers, Jake Haar, Garrisson Duvivier) also scored in double figures.

Eric did it the hard way by spending most of the first half on the bench with two fouls and no points.  Second half?  Eighteen points.  He also led the team in assists.

Jake was locked in long range.  There was at least one from NBA range.  His best shooting move, to me, was when he missed, followed, and put in a floater in traffic.  He ended with twenty-one points one short of his career high last year (22) against Endicott.

Garrisson Duvivier has slimmed down and has added a headband to his look.  His style inside, however, was the same.  The GC senior powered his way inside and drew fouls.  He also showed his unselfish side.  When he drew a crowd tonight, he knew that Parker had space and set him up for several layin’s. He recorded his first double/double (22 points/16 rebounds).  Last year he had nineteen of them.

The points flowed non-stop.  The Lions did get to within eight (64-56) early in the second half but four minutes later it was a 78-61 game.  Gordon collected sixty points in the second half.

The Scots played an entire game of zone defense.  It dared the Lions to shoot from long range and limited drives that could get the Gordon bigs in foul trouble.

The Lions had way too many one-and-done’s to stay with GC.  The rebounding edge was 52-28.

Liked what I saw of newbie David Massillon.  The young man from Pingree (Hamilton MA) is athletic and seemed to be a very good defender.

Gordon will have two more games on the road at Westfield State starting Friday night.  Good start tonight.

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UNE scores in the closing seconds ousting Gordon from the playoffs

Katie Beaudoin (4) shoots as Kiersten Klose (5) defends

(Wenham MA) It’s not over ‘til it’s over.

The clock was winding down on a scoreless game and the Gordon announcer was counting down the seconds………and UNE’s Katie Beaudoin was full speeding down the left side.

“The countdown helped,” said Katie afterwards.  “I knew it was getting close and we didn’t want to go to overtime.  There was no time to pass.  I was definitely shooting.”

And shoot she did and off the hand of GC goalie Giselle Maso the shot went and into the far corner.

There were only 2.7 seconds left in the game!

Katie Beaudoin (4) under the scoreboard that shows the time but not the goal she just scored.

Happy Nor’Easters

“She (Katie Beaudoin) is one of the top players in the conference and she came through for them,” said Gordon coach Chuck Breton.

The win puts the Nor’Easters into the Commonwealth Coast Conference finals on Saturday.  Definitely a game they are not all that familiar with.  The last time?  Eighteen years ago.

Lexi Potter (19) forced wide by Erica Dimmick (2)

I expected that Gordon would find a way to win this game because they, on the other hand, had been to the championship game five of the last six years.  And furthermore, the Scots had won eight of their last meetings with the team from Biddeford (ME).

But that’s why you show up.  You don’t know how things will end up.  Today’s game certainly had a shocking ending.

“The previous coach told me that we (UNE) had struggled with Gordon in the past,” said UNE coach Carly Gettler.

“We just kept at it today,” she said.  “As the clock was winding down I was worrying about overtime because some of my key players were pretty gassed.”

Ball bounces to UNE goalie Jenna Pannone

But overtime never came and there was plenty of excitement among the visitors at the end of the game.

Devin Lacroix (12) and Amanda Gagne (7)

“UNE did a good job of imposing their style of play on us,” explained Coach Breton.  “We wanted to be more attack-minded.”

And why not?  The Scots have the two top scorers (Lexi Potter & Asha Steele) in the league.  Lexi was named the Offensive Player of the Year because of her seventeen goals and six assists.

Gordon wanted to shoot early and often as they had in the previous 1-0 win over UNE in September.  The Scots had 20 shots on that day and UNE just 8.  This time the shots were almost even.

Goal keeper Jenna Pannone was challenged several times but not too seriously.

Monet Marshall (24) redirects a corner kick

Gordon had several corner kicks but only a header on one of them by Monet Marshall was a serious threat.

UNE (9-72) gets to play another game.

Gordon (11-7-1) will have to wait until next year for another title attempt.  Last title? Twenty years ago.

GC’s Chuck Breton was the CCC Coach of the Year for the first time. “Today was a great game,” he said.  “It could have gone either way.”

This was my first time doing/seeing a game at the Brigham Athletic Complex.  Impressive field.  Plenty of seating.  Decent parking.

Excellent weather (low 50’s) for late October.

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Katie Beaudoin (4)

Katie Beaudoin

Jessie Maywalt (assisted on game winner)

Monet Marshall

Lexi Potter (19) shoots

Lexi Potter (19) looks to shoot

GK Jenna Pannone dives for a shot

Hannah Johnson

Devin Lacroix (12) turns the corner

Devin Lacroix (12) and Erica Dimmick (2)

Casey Hayes (3) and Jessie Maywalt (23)

Caroline Wilson (11), Tori Caswell (7), Brianna Cota (21)

Asha Steele lines up a shot

 

 

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Gordon College graduation 2018

(Wenham MA) Five players connected to the Gordon College men’s basketball program graduated today; Jaren Yang, Dylan Marshall, Graham Tienhaara, Jake Hart, and Steve Vampatella.

Jake Hart

Graham Tienhaara

Steve Vampatella

Jaren Yang

Dylan Marshall

For those just now paying attention, my wife and I do all we can to attend Gordon graduations.  Why?  We get attached to the players (and their families) and want to get one more look at them on campus.  Some will come back next season to see how their former teammates are doing.  Others will move away and move on, rarely seen again.

The weather was set to be an issue today.  The forecasts during the week had rain falling on Saturday morning.  If that happened, then the event would have been in the limited-space Bennett Center.  I wasn’t even sure if we could get in!

But God is gracious.  I looked on the Gordon website last night and the graduation time was moved up to 9:30 and it would be held outdoors rain or shine.  I shuttered to imagine a graduation in the rain.  My camera was totally against it!

Sky above at the Gordon Commencement today

But I got up this morning and saw that the rain had been “shifted” to the afternoon.  God was in the details and gave us sun for the event.  I noticed something special about the clouds over the campus today.

Plenty of beautiful trees on campus

We love to see the flowering trees on campus.  They always seem to be at their peak in mid-May.  I know that God provides the sun and the rain but the maintenance crew was really on their game too.

Our goal at these graduations is to get as many pictures as possible of “our” players in different graduation spots.  We also look for the unexpected people, that we know, that happen to be on hand.

They’ve probably done this before, but I liked hearing the faculty applaud the students when they marched by them at the start and later when the students reciprocated as the faculty filed out at the end of commencement.

Three people (Kenneth Elzinga, Richard Stearns, Polly Wilson) received honorary degrees.

Richard came up with a wonderful line: “God doesn’t want us to be successful, He wants us to be faithful.”

I have known Polly Wilson for a long time.  As kids we were both on the Rumney (NH) Bible Conference grounds for a lot of summers. She was a talented piano player even then.  I was keen on ping pong.

At the commencement I took pictures of three caps.  One of them had Phil 4:13 (I can do all this through him who gives me strength.) on it.  One of the teachers-to-be had “Now it’s my time to teach.”  And then there was Jaren’s.

I saw Gordon coach Tod Murphy afterwards and asked him if had found players to replace the graduated ones.  He told me that he had two 6-4 players coming as well as a point guard.

Jake Haar, Noah Szilagyi, Luke Meyer, Garrisson Duvivier

Good to see four seniors-to-be, from the team, on hand cheering on their graduating teammates.  Some of them will be on the Gordon Quadrangle next year, about this time, wondering where their four years have gone.

Good luck to the five seniors.  We hope to see them again.

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Graham and friend

Jaren and Julie

Jaren meets President Lindsay

Jake Hart and Julie

Julie and Val Gin

Teachers applaud students

Ivy George

David Rox

President Michael Lindsay

Susan Bobb is the Junior Distinguished Faculty award winner

Gordon graduate

Julie with Donna Loy

The Yangs

With Jerry Logan, a remarkable guard back in the day

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Endicott ends Gordon’s season 86-70 in the CCC semi-finals

Matt McDevitt lifts a corner three. The Endicott freshman hit five 3’s in the second half

Eric Demers was well covered by the Gulls

(Wenham MA) Gordon had beaten their neighbors from Beverly twice this season but a third time didn’t happen as the Scots fell to Endicott, 86-70, on Thursday night in the conference semi-finals.

The battle was for the right to face top-seed Nichols on Saturday afternoon for the Commonwealth Coast Conference title.

The Gulls (19-8) have two losses to the Bison this season but as one spectator was overheard saying after tonight’s game, “If they play the way they did tonight, they might have a chance.”

The two previous games between the Scots (18-9) and the Gulls were down-to-the-wire close.  This game appeared headed in the same direction in the second half.  Neither team had heated up for a serious run and EC only had a 56-54 lead with 10:45 left.

But less than four minutes later this game had gotten away from Gordon.  What happened?  The Gulls put a 17-2 run together, sparked by lights-out, long-range shooting by freshman Matt McDevitt.

Matt, who was the Player-of-the-Year in Maine (Greeley) last year, had four three’s in the separation segment.  Senior Joey Villa had an old-fashioned three as part of this decisive run.

Sophomore Keith Brown had a 19-point second half

The player who didn’t score a point in the run was Keith Brown, but the EC sophomore had nineteen points during the rest of the second half to keep the Scots from getting any late-game, comeback ideas.

Gordon, on this night, landed only eight 3-pointers while the visitors drained fifteen from long range.

“We didn’t play very well,” said Coach Tod Murphy afterwards, “but that’s a really good team.”

The Gulls defense was impressive: “We don’t get held to 70 points very often but that happened tonight,” said Coach Murphy.

The Scots had only 54 points in California against Redlands during Christmas break with tonight’s 70 being the second lowest of this season.

Eric Demers shoots over Joe Shehadi as Coach Tod Murphy watches

The Gordon students turned out and Endicott had some folks at the Bennett Center too.  Some of the missing EC students may have been in Bristol (RI) tonight watching the EC women in the CCC semifinals against Roger Williams.

One of the keys to the EC win was doing a better job defending Eric Demers. In the first two games Eric had 33 points and 25 points.  This time around, 14 points.  He had defenders everywhere he went tonight, and the rare open shots weren’t falling.

Eric reached 1000 points this season and tonight he moved into 21st place (1056 points) ahead of Park Thomas.  Jim Petty is the all-time Gordon scorer with 1902 points.  Eric is only a sophomore.  You have to like his chances. But we’ll see what happens.

Garrisson Duvivier (20 points) looks to shoot over Vinny Clifford

Garrison Duvivier continued to do what he does best; reach double figures in points and rebounds (19th time this season) and discourage shots around the basket. Joe Shehadi (5-10) tried one with GD nearby and the sound of his hand blocking the ball was like a volleyball spike!

Garrisson joined the 1000-point club this season and he now has 1401 points.  He is currently in 8th place on the all-time list passing Tim Kehoe tonight.  I mentioned Jim Petty’s all-time total (1902) earlier.  We’ll see how Garrisson does in his senior season.

The last game is always memorable because it’s the last look we get at the departing seniors.  The Scots lose four; Jaren Yang, Jake Hart, Steven Vampatella, and Graham Tienhaara.

Noah Szilagyi gets a steal

My wife Julie and I usually appear at the Gordon graduation in May to say our farewells and to take a few photos of the graduating players.

A special thanks to Gordon coach Tod Murphy for talking to me after games whether they were wins or losses.  Most coaches have plenty to say after wins but will retreat to the locker-room after losses.  Not Tod.  Class act!

Efficiency Chart

Keith Brown 27 (25 points,12 rebounds, no turnovers)

Garrisson Duvivier 25 (20 points,13 rebounds)

Joe Shehadi 23 (12 points,8 rebounds)

Matt McDevitt 20 (19 points)

Jaren Yang 19 (11 points,7 assists)

Endicott 101

Gordon 79

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Jaren Yang with Coach Tod Murphy

Steven Vampatella and Graham Tienhaara finished their GC careers tonight

Freshmen point guards Josh Crutchfield and Jordan Pettway

Jaren Yang (four-year starter)

Eric Demers (14 points) shoots a three over Joey Villa

Joey Villa guards Jaren Yang

Garrisson Duvivier gets fouled by Matt McDevitt

Junior Jake Haar (11 points)

 

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Gordon advances in the CCC tourney with 99-85 win over Salve Regina

Jake Haar (20 points) made six of seven 3-point attempts

Garrisson Duvivier gets inside for two

(Wenham MA) No surprise here.

Gordon advanced to the Commonwealth Coast Conference semi-finals after a 99-85 win over Salve Regina on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center.

This was the third victory over the Seahawks this season.  Pattern has been similar each time: Gordon gets a big lead, Salve narrows the lead but doesn’t have enough offense to get things to the dicey level.

“We didn’t finish the way I’d hoped,” said Coach Murphy, “but it was nice to get most of the bench into a playoff game.”

The beauty of this game (to me) was the balanced scoring.  There were six Scots in double figures.  Usually the two first-team All-CCC’ers (Garrisson Duvivier and Eric Demers) get there with an occasional 3rd player joining them.  Tonight, every starter got there, and reserve Noah Szilagyi added ten points.

Jake Haar gets a steal

The one they were talking about afterwards was junior Jake Haar.  You watch enough GC games and you have seen “The Iceman” drain three’s.  Nothing like tonight, however.  Jake was six-for-seven from long range. “When the Iceman has it going, if you’re not right up in his shirt, he’s going to hit the shot,” said Coach Murphy.

I’ll call this Jake’s best game.  He put up twenty points, missing only one shot, and added four assists.

Gordon (18-8) gained separation late in the first half.  A 36-34 lead bulged to 47-34 in less than three minutes.  The Scots had four baskets in the breakaway run and ALL of them were assisted.  That’s called, finding your teammates.  On the night, GC had twenty-four assisted baskets and ONLY ten turnovers.  You win games with those numbers!

Two of the CCC’s best players; Rodney Morton and Garrisson Duvivier

In the second half, you knew it would happen.  What?  The lead got big (twenty points) and then SR, led by Rodney Morton (28 points) cut into it.

With seven minutes left, the Gordon lead was 83-69.  Coach Murphy called a timeout, and those paying attention, heard his “outdoor” voice.  No doubt the team caught it loud and clear.  The next 2+ minutes GC turned to layups and free throws and pushed things to the safety zone (93-72).

The Scots shot over 60% in the first half.  “Offensively we were unbelievable in the first half,” said Coach Murphy.

Garrisson Duvivier turned in his 18th Double D of this season.  He added five assists.  The immeasurable stat would be the number of shots opponents don’t take close to the basket because GD is lurking ready to hand out a rejection.

Jake Hart shows some hops in a pass reception

Next for Gordon will be Endicott at the Bennett Center (7PM) on Thursday night.  The Scots have beaten EC twice this season but both games were tight.

“Anytime you can play a great team that is your cross-town rival in a big game it’s fun,” said Coach Murphy.  I have to confess that “fun” isn’t the first thing I think of when we face the Gulls!  I think of Yankees/Red Sox where wins are exhilarating, and losses hurt for days.  To each his own on that one!

The bleachers were pulled out at the Bennett Center for this game.  The crowd was underwhelming in my opinion.  That should not be the case on Thursday night.  Playing/Beating Endicott is a happening!

Efficiency Chart

Garrisson Duvivier 35 (19 points,14 rebounds,5 assists)

Jake Haar 27 (20 points,4 assists)

Jaren Yang 18 (14 points)

Rodney Morton 18 (28 points)

Gordon 122

Salve Regina 81

Box from the game

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Jake Hart (15) in for two points

Eric Demers challenges Rodney Morton’s layup atteampt

Parker Omslaer fouled on a layup

Freshman Kevin Kelly forces a turnover

Josh Ribeiro drives in Seahawks traffic

Noah Szilagyi (10 points) takes off with a steal

 

 

 

 

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