(Wenham MA) It wasn’t until Jake Hart cradled the final rebound that this game was over.
Gordon and Eastern Nazarene battled into overtime before the home Scots came away 85-82 winners.
Back and forth it went with small leads and clutch baskets from both teams on Wednesday night at the Bennett Center.
This contest opened the Commonwealth Coast Conference part of both team’s schedules.
Last season’s highlight game for GC, in my opinion, was an 87-85 overtime win over ENC in January at Gordon.
Tonight’s game was just as exciting. The key to the win was Gordon’s dominance on the boards. The Scots ended up with fourteen more shots than the visitors.
Sam Johnson had a career-high fifteen offensive rebounds for GC.
Garrisson Duvivier poured in thirty points with plenty of them coming from in-traffic layups.
The Scots never trailed in overtime. Jaren Yang gave GC the lead right away with an old-fashioned 3-point play. Later the junior from California drained two pressure free throws with ten seconds left to get the GC lead to 3 points. The Lions did get a good look (Christian Lynch) at a tying three but the shot missed and Jake Hart gathered the rebound to end the game.
Earlier in regulation ENC freshman Josh Rice drilled a corner three in the closing seconds to send this game into overtime.
The Lions had six players in double figures and eighteen assisted baskets.
Gordon (3-2) got down by six (59-53) in regulation with 6:50 left but unanswered layups by Jaren, Garrison, and a three by Jake Haar sent GC back in front.
Gordon missed a ton of shots in close but their strength on the boards earned them numerous second chances.
It was a surprise to me that ENC never pressed. I was so used to them in previous years generating easy baskets off Gordon turnovers.
Jaren may have missed all five 3-point attempts but he was a clutch five-for-five from the foul line with the outcome hanging in the balance.
The Lions (3-3 overall) were picked to finish 8th in the CCC by the coaches. I can tell you now, that the team from Quincy can defend and make shots, and should end up much higher in the CCC than was expected.
Sam Johnson 26 (11 points/23 rebounds)
Garrisson Duvivier 24 (30 points/14 rebounds)
Corey Doran 21 (18 points)
Jake Haar 18 (16 points)
Josh Rice 15 (16 points/4-for-4 on 3’s)
Next for Gordon is a league game on Saturday at Western New England.
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