Wentworth survives late Gordon run to defeat Scots 86-78

Wentworth on the attack

Wentworth on the attack

Wentworth defense

Wentworth defense

(Wenham MA) The Wentworth Leopards have owned the Gordon College Fighting Scots in recent years and that ownership continued tonight.

The final was 86-78 at the Bennett Center on Tuesday evening.

Wentworth’s ability to dictate how the game will be played on both ends of the court has done in the Scots six straight times.

The Leopards executed their offense inside and outside and turned up high-percentage shots all night long.  The visitors shot over 65% for the WHOLE game.

Meanwhile, down the other end, Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier were double-teamed every time they got the ball so that shots for them were heavily contested.  You would think that concentrating on those two would open up Gordon shots elsewhere but you would be wrong.  There’s not an open look beyond the arc to be found.  Jake Haar, as fine a 3-point specialist as I have seen, had no shots in the first half.

Sam Knollmeyer and Jake Haar

Sam Knollmeyer and Jake Haar

WIT took a ten-point lead in the first half and were in control for most of the second half.

Up 78-62 with 5:42 to go, it appeared to be play-out-the-string time.

The Scots were not so inclined.  For the next 3+ minutes it was all Gordon.  Shots started falling and Wentworth couldn’t make any shots.  Two 3’s by Jake Haar, another by Noah Szilagyi, and two layups by Sam Johnson were all unanswered.  Suddenly it was 78-75 with 1:52 remaining.  Anyone’s game but since this is not the Hallmark Channel there won’t be a happy ending.

Wentworth recovered and had two points in each of their last four possessions including six straight free throws while Gordon reverted and had two turnovers, two misses from the floor, and a missed free throw to show for their end game.  A terrific comeback wasted.

Four of Wentworth’s starters combined to shoot 21-for-29 (72%).  The other starter, Sam Knollmeyer, may not have shot very well but he was the one eliminating Jake Haar’s shot attempts for most of the contest.

Stephen Azums (19 points)

Stephen Azums (19 points)

First look at 6-6 freshman Stephen Azums.  Impressive.  Wentworth’s offensive patterns turned up Stephen with one-on-one coverage close to the basket.  He capitalized with nineteen points on 7-for-9 shooting.

The most startling stat from this game was Gordon getting only twenty-seven rebounds.  I had to go back to a game against MIT opening the 2012-13 season to find one with fewer rebounds.  Considering how well the Leopards shot there just weren’t many rebounds to be had.

Sophomore Garrisson Duvivier, despite the heavy WIT coverage, had a big game for the home team.  In fact, in Efficiency, it was his best game of the season.  He had his sixth double/double (24 points/10 rebounds) and put with that four assists and five steals.  Those on hand could tell you that except for a breakaway jam there were no easy shot attempts for Garrisson.

Wentworth is now 5-4 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference win three straight victories.  The Scots are 6-3 in CCC play and had a 3-game win streak snapped with tonight’s loss.

Sam Johnson surrounded by Leopards

Sam Johnson surrounded by Leopards

Point guard Jaren Yang had seven assists for Gordon.

A year ago in Boston, Jason Ganley set a Wentworth scoring record (39 points) against Gordon.  This time it was sixteen points but fifteen of them were in the second half.

The rest of the regular season will be a nine-game re-run through CCC opponents.

Efficiency

Garrisson Duvivier 34

Stephen Azums 23 (19 points)

Sam Johnson 21 (15 points)

Dan DeVaux 17 (15 points/3 steals)

Wentworth 102

Gordon 78

Next game for GC is on Saturday afternoon against Western New England.  The students are back this week so the “sixth man” should be on hand.

Box from the game.

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Jason Ganley and Sam Johnson

Jason Ganley and Sam Johnson

Looking for a rebound

Looking for a rebound

Garrisson Duvivier jams

Garrisson Duvivier jams

Jaren Yang had seven assists

Jaren Yang had seven assists

Cesar Fulcar hits a three just before the first half ends

Cesar Fulcar hits a three just before the first half ends

Battle for control

Battle for control

Dylan Marshall heads for the hoop

Dylan Marshall heads for the hoop

Ben Kizel

Ben Kizel

Sam Johnson in close

Sam Johnson in close

 

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Gordon ends 8-game Roger Williams’ win streak 82-65

Jaren Yang had a career game in the Gordon win

Jaren Yang had a career game in the Gordon win

Garrisson Duvivier (20 points)

Garrisson Duvivier (20 points)

(Wenham MA) Roger Williams came into the Bennett Center riding an eight-game win streak and had only two losses in this season’s first fourteen game.

A worthy opponent for sure with only one loss in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

But on this afternoon, Gordon took the lead for good late in the first half and maintained a double-digit lead throughout most of the second half.  The final was 82-65.

The Scots (9-6) were impressive and the win should put GC in the conversation for best team in the CCC.  I know they lost to Endicott and Nichols, but only by a point each.

The “steadies” on the Scots have been Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier around the basket and Jake Haar long range.

Sam Johnson scored thirteen points and had sixteen rebounds

Sam Johnson scored thirteen points and had sixteen rebounds

I propose an addition to that group: Jaren Yang.  I’m not basing that only on Jaren’s career game this afternoon against the Hawks (12-3).  Consider that the junior point guard, who has the ball so often, has a 26/5 assist-to-turnover ratio over the last four games.  That’s taking good care of the ball!  Free throw shooting?  One of the best.  He has missed only two free throws all season and has made his last thirty-five.  His consistent, positive play of late has made the Scots a better team.

In the early going today, RW played like a team that hadn’t lost since November.  They passed well and found layups on fastbreaks when the Scots admired shots for too long.  The Hawks were up by six (28-22) with 9:36 to go in the first half.

But the visitors from Bristol (RI) went cold for three minutes and GC caught up and went ahead.  The go-ahead hoop was off a nifty feed from Garrisson Duvivier to Jake Haar.

With the score tied 35-35 the Hawks had a tough final 3 ½ minutes committing four turnovers and missing all four shots attempts.  That opened the door for GC.  Led by Noah Szilagyi (triple and layup assisted by Garrisson), Gordon moved in front by seven (42-35) at the half.

Jake Haar scored fifteen points

Jake Haar scored fifteen points

In the second half, the Scots pushed the lead to ten (45-35) on a Jake Haar three.  That margin would reach seventeen (58-41) with 11:26 remaining.  RW shot it down to nine a couple of times but on this day the Scots always had answers to keep the Hawks from getting closer.

Both teams cleared their benches in the final minute.

Students are still away and it seemed that Roger Williams had more support than GC did.

Next for GC is Tuesday (5:30PM) against Wentworth.  The Leopards have defeated Gordon five straight times.

Roger Williams will be hosting Endicott (7-1 in CCC) Tuesday night.  Be nice if the Hawks brought the Gulls back to the 6-2 Scots.

The Hawks may have lost, and gotten beaten up in Efficiency, but they had three players in the top five.  Beyond Austin Coene, Conor O’Brien, and Nick Marini, however, there weren’t many contributions.

Conor O'Brien gets a block

Conor O’Brien gets a block

Nick (6’1”) had twelve points, eleven rebounds, and seven assists.  That is an excellent stat line.

This was Jaren Yang’s best game and the Efficiency Stat confirms it.  Jaren ended up at 23 which is his best ever.  His nineteen points were one off his career-high twenty last season against Worcester State.  The most impressive stat to me in the assist-to-turnover ratio.  When your point guard is getting the ball to scorers while not committing turnovers, the team is in a good place.  The free throws are an end-game piece of gold.

Efficiency

Nick Marini 26

Sam Johnson 25 (13 pts, 16 rebs)

Jaren Yang 23

Austin Coene 17 (21 points, 3 assists)

Conor O’Brien 17 (13 points, 3 steals)

Gordon 97

Roger Williams 64

Sam Johnson snags a rebound

Sam Johnson snags a rebound

The Scots outrebounded RW 48-28.

Sam’s double/double was his eleventh of the season.

The new Jake Haar?  Guarded closely beyond the arc, the sophomore took the ball to the basket several times.

Jake Hart missed five shots but his defense, including nine rebounds, made up for it.

Garrisson Duvivier paced Gordon with twenty points.

Box from the game.

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Graham Tienhaara rebounds

Graham Tienhaara rebounds

Garrisson Duvivier

Garrisson Duvivier

rebound battle

rebound battle

Jake Haar looks to pass

Jake Haar looks to pass

Garrisson Duvivier finds a teammate in the lane

Garrisson Duvivier finds a teammate in the lane

Austin Coene (21 points) covered by Jake Haar

Austin Coene (21 points) covered by Jake Haar

Andrew Wasik

Andrew Wasik

battle on the boards

battle on the boards

Brett Bowman

Brett Bowman

Cody Hunt

Cody Hunt

Steve Vampatella

Steve Vampatella

Jaylen Jennings

Jaylen Jennings

 

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Strong finish earns Gordon 74-62 win over UNE

Garrisson Duvivier had sixteen points and a career-high eight assists

Garrisson Duvivier had sixteen points and a career-high eight assists

(Amesbury MA) The Scots squandered a big first-half league but came on strong in the final seven minutes of the game to defeat The University of New England, 74-62, on Wednesday night in Biddeford (ME).

Long-range shooting was important for both teams.

Jake Haar (13 pts in the first half) helped Gordon (8-6) to a lead as big as sixteen (36-20) in the first half.

In the second half, it was CJ Autry’s turn to light up from long-distance.  CJ’s five triples were part of UNE rally that had the Nor’Easters ahead, 45-44, with 12 minutes left.

This was now anyone’s game.  Could somebody cool off CJ Autry?  Could Gordon find some consistent offense?

The answers turned out to be “Yes,” and “Yes.”

Jake Hart played some important defense for Gordon

Jake Hart played some important defense for Gordon

Sam Johnson made eight free throws against UNE

Sam Johnson made eight free throws against UNE

Junior Jake Hart applied the glue to CJ and the clean looks vanished.  The UNE shooting (bottom in the CCC in field-goal percentage) went south and it was costly for the home team.

At 7:12 GC had a 54-53 lead.  3 ½ minutes later the lead was 63-53.  UNE never recovered.

Where did the late-game offense come from for GC?  Close to the basket and the foul line.  For a while it was Garrisson Duvivier (14 second-half points) and then it was Sam Johnson (11 second-half points including 7-of-8 from the free throw line).

What interested me in the late-game breakaway was that Garrisson and Sam were not in the game together.  The strategy worked because with four shooters in the game with Garrisson or Sam, UNE’s help defense was limited.  Give Garrisson or Sam one-on-one coverage without additional defenders nearby and points and/or free throws will soon follow.  That was the way it was as GC pulled away to a double-digit lead in the closing minutes.

Jake Haar (16 points) lit up the UNE zone in the first half

Jake Haar (16 points) lit up the UNE zone in the first half

The Nor’Easters (4-10) started the game in a zone and I could only think of two words: “Jake Haar.”  Sure enough; bang, bang, and bang and Jake and the Scots were off to a fast start.  That zone was discarded before the half was over.

As UNE struggled to score in the first half, GC coach Tod Murphy used his bench.  Ten different Gordon players registered points in the first half.

Sophomore Garrisson Duvivier reached a career-high in assists with eight.  His behind-the-back pass to uncovered Jake Hart near the basket in the second half got Jake an easy layup.

Sam Johnson registered his 11th double/double of the season.  He had to deal with 6’10” defenders in this one.

Efficiency

Garrisson Duvivier 25

CJ Autry 21 (15 points,6 rebounds)

Sam Johnson 20

Jake Haar 15 (16 points)

Gordon 94

UNE 61

Good feed from UNE.  The sound came on later and it turned out to be Mike Antonellis who also broadcasts the Portland Sea Dogs games.

Nichols took its first CCC defeat as Eastern Nazarene got them by two points at Dudley.

Next for Gordon is Roger Williams at the Bennett Center on Saturday (3PM).  The Hawks have won eight straight.

Box from this game.

 

 

 

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Jake Haar (21 points) and Sam Johnson (19 rebounds) lead Gordon past Salve Regina 80-71

Sam Johnson (19 rebounds)

Sam Johnson (19 rebounds)

Jake Haar (21 points)

Jake Haar (21 points)

(Amesbury MA) Three games in five days.

Tiring, for sure, and what I saw via the great Gordon feed was two tired teams.

But Gordon was home and it helped as they defeated Salve Regina, 80-71, on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors from Newport (RI) hung in for a while but late in the first half GC put unanswered offense together and got up by eight at halftime.

The Scots (7-6) ran their lead to double-figures in the second half and kept it there until a last-second three against the cleared Gordon bench.

Jake Haar (21 points) has refused to cool off and that sure helped in this game.  Jake tied his career-high mark in 3-pointers (seven) making four in the first half and three in the second.

The Scots used three of Jake’s first-half triples after being tied with the Seahawks, 19-19, with 5 ½ minutes left, to break ahead to the 8-point, halftime advantage.

Second half, more Jake.  He brought the Scots’ lead to ten (47-37) with a three and later pushed the GC margin to sixteen (55-39) with his final 3-pointer.

 Jaren Yang (seventeen assists over the last two games)

Jaren Yang (seventeen assists over the last two games)

Maybe best of all, for long-term sake, was GC’s effort to deliberately find Jake.  He had thirteen shots in this game up three from his highest in that category this season.  Jaren Yang found Jake four times for made three’s.

Sam Johnson was back to his double-double self against Salve.  This was his 9th of the season as he pulled down nineteen boards and put up fifteen points.

The disparity in rebounding was significant.  GC collected 57 while SR (4-8) was held to 35.

The team combo of timely 3-point shooting and dominating rebounding was too much for Salve Regina to overcome.

Part of that 3-point efficiency was freshman Sam Traicoff.  The Beverly native put up his first points of the season.

Junior Jaren Yang nearly had his own double-double with twelve points and eight assists.  His assists-to-turnover ratio has been a remarkable 17-to-3 over the last two games.

Eric Demers was out of uniform wearing a boot on his right ankle.  No way for me to know what’s going on there while sitting in Amesbury, although Eric hobbled off the court late in the Endicott game.  I thought, at the time, that it might be cramps.

Jake Hart took Eric’s starting spot and played well enough to be on the Efficiency chart.  His defense was solid as usual.

Freshman Sam Traicoff brought a scoring drought with a three

Freshman Sam Traicoff broke a scoring drought with a three

Nick Bates from Danvers

Nick Bates from Danvers

There was a segment of really sour offensive basketball in the first half.  During a four-minute segment neither team scored a point.  The Gordon part included five missed three’s.  It was Sam Traicoff’s triple that broke the Scots out of it.

Senior Nick Bates is from nearby Danvers (MA).

Endicott was upset by Western New England this afternoon to get their first CCC loss.  Nichols is still undefeated in the conference.  Endicott and Nichols meet next Saturday in Beverly.

The next Gordon game will be in Biddeford (ME) against the University of New England on Wednesday night.

Efficiency

Sam Johnson 31 (15 pts, 19 reb)

Nick Bates 26 (17 pts, 12 reb)

Jake Haar 22 (21 pts)

Connor Costello (13 pts, 4 assists)

Jake Hart 14 (10 pts, 3 assists)

Gordon 102 (57 reb)

Salve Regina 77

Box from the game

 

 

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Gordon loses second tough one in three days 84-83 to Endicott

Kamahl Walker (22 points) and Jake Haar (23 points) go one-on-one

Kamahl Walker (22 points) and Jake Haar (23 points) go one-on-one

Game ends with the ball stuck!

Game ends with the ball stuck!

(Beverly MA) As a party of one, I couldn’t be prouder of the way the Scots played their last two games.

Hey, they were losses but after the initial disappointment the positives far outnumber the negatives.

Tonight, it was 84-83 to Endicott.  Two nights ago, it was 85-84 to Nichols.

In both games the outcome came down to the final possession.  A stop defeats Nichols while a clutch hoop downs Endicott.

But neither happened and the Gordon (6-6) losing streak reaches four.

Endicott is now 10-2 and I can’t wait for their get-together with Nichols (10-2) on Saturday (January 14th) at Endicott.

I can also not wait for Gordon’s rematch with the two of them.  The Efficiency rating for both games showed GC to be the better team statistically.  Now to make it happen on the scoreboard!

Tonight’s game with the Gulls had so many attention-getting stats.  Where do you start?

Jake Haar – career high (7) in made 3’s.

Jaren Yang – career high (9) in assists.

Gordon team – 27 assists (most in four years).

Noah Szilagyi (10 points) came off the bench taking and making

Noah Szilagyi (10 points) came off the bench taking and making

Gordon reserves (Noah Szilagyi, Jake Hart, Josh Ribeiro, Graham Tienhaara) – 12-for-15 totaling twenty-seven points.

What also was appealing about this game was how close it was.  The score was tied five times in each half.  There were four lead changes in each half.  There was almost no breathing room for either team.

The Gulls won this game despite not scoring a single point over the final 3:49 of it.  Remarkable GC defense limited Endicott to four (missed) shots and caused a turnover.

That was the good news.  The bad news was that the Scots did not capitalize.  They did get a free throw (Garrisson Duvivier) and a last-minute three (Jake Haar) but missed five other field goals and two free throws.  There was also a turnover.  The opportunities were certainly there.

Last possession: Plenty of time (nearly ten seconds) but no timeout.  The Scots ended up with a heavily defended jumper by Garrisson in the last second that actually wedged itself between the rim and the backboard…….I’m not making this up!  And that was the game.

Sam Johnson grabs one of his eighteen rebounds

Sam Johnson grabs one of his eighteen rebounds

The Gulls did an excellent job of limiting Sam Johnson inside.  But they couldn’t keep the non-stop senior from gathering eighteen rebounds.  Twelve of them were on the offensive end.  In the last minute, Sam collected a missed free throw (his own) and set up Jake Haar in front of the GC bench for his seventh triple.

Jake Haar led all scorers with twenty-three points.  He matched his season high in shot attempts with ten.  Finding him more shots would make complete sense.

The Scots will be at the Bennett Center on Saturday afternoon (3PM) to take on Salve Regina.

Odd to be at Endicott for a game with most of the students away.  That place can get noisy and nasty (?).

Efficiency

Max Motroni 22 (19 points)

Jake Haar 22 (23 points)

Sam Johnson 19 (18 points, 5 assists)

Chris Lipscomb 18 (7 rebounds, 5 assists)

Kamahl Walker (22 points, 5 assists)

Gordon 108 (27 assists)

Endicott 98

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Eric Demers shoots from the corner

Eric Demers shoots from the corner

Kamahl Walker on defense

Kamahl Walker on defense

Garrisson Duvivier (18 points) shoots over Christien Morneweck

Garrisson Duvivier (18 points) shoots over Christien Morneweck

Max Motroni (19 points) makes a tough shot

Max Motroni (19 points) makes a tough shot

Loose ball

Loose ball

Chasing a rebound

Chasing a rebound

 

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Marcos Echevarria (25 points) beats Gordon at the buzzer 85-84

Turnovers hurt the Scots. Here Marcos Echevarria breaks away with one.

Turnovers hurt the Scots. Here Marcos Echevarria breaks away with one.

Marcos Echevarria (25 points) penetrates the Gordon defense

Marcos Echevarria (25 points) penetrates the Gordon defense

(Wenham MA) You just knew that he would get the last shot.

Marcos Echevarria (25 points) had nine seconds to get the shot he wanted and his last-second connection was enough to give Nichols an 85-84 win over Gordon on Tuesday night.

Marcos leads the Commonwealth Coast Conference in scoring (26 PPG) and despite a troublesome back made plays on both ends.

Tough loss for Gordon.  The Scots (6-5) had a four-point lead (82-78) with 1:15 left.

Next possession scrappy Nichols (9-2) hustled their way to a three-shot possession that ended with a DeAnte Bruton (22 points) 3-pointer.  A GC rebound there and NC would have to foul and GC would have had a chance to build on their 4-point spread.

Gordon, however, still had a one-point lead and that was still in place after Marcos and Garrisson Duvivier (23 points) had matching sets of free throws.

That put the game into Marcos’ hands for the last shot with nine seconds to use.  His ability to hit free throws, get to the basket, or make three’s, made him a serious defensive problem for GC.ncgc-a18-ws-1ncgc-a19-ws-2ncgc-a19-ws-3

As the pictures show, Marcos split two defenders and found a narrow window to shoot over shot-blocker Garrisson and win the game just before the final horn sounded.  If the Scots had gotten a rebound in NC’s 3-shot possession they would never have been in this high-risk defensive predicament.

There was some contact

There was some contact

In the first half, the Scots were able to smoothly handle NC’s full-court zone pressure.  Second half the Bison switched to full-court man-to-man pressure with double-teams on dribblers and made it work.

Eric Demers (7 turnovers) and Jaren Yang (5 turnovers) were on the receiving end of much of NC’s pressure.

Gordon has now lost five straight times to Nichols.

The Bison style of play is predictable.  They will put up 3’s, press, and fast break. I noticed that NC opened up some great-look three’s by penetrating into the lane and then passing outside.  NC’s twelve made three’s were a season high against Gordon.

If Marcos had missed that last shot I wouldn’t have been waiting this long to rave about the play of Garrisson and Sam Johnson.  You go in knowing that these two will give you rebounds and points around the basket.  Tonight we saw some stellar shot-blocking.  The talented two-some combined for seven blocks against the quick Bison.

Garrisson Duvivier (23 points) also had three blocks

Garrisson Duvivier (23 points) also had three blocks

Gordon had an eleven-point lead (64-53) at 12:33 of the second half.  Two + minutes later the score was tied.  The Scots missed four shots and had two turnovers during the lapse.  Against a scoring team like Nichols the lapses erase a bunch of good offense in a hurry.

The Scots have now lost three straight.  Things will not get any easier next game when they travel to Beverly to face Endicott on Thursday night.  The Gulls (9-2) won the CCC last year and were not hurt by graduation.  Nice place for an upset!

It appeared to me that there were more Nichols fans at the Bennett Center than Gordon fans.  Marcos Echevarria is from nearby Lynn (MA) and I think he had a significant following on hand.  They had plenty to cheer about in the second half in which Marcos scored eighteen points, made four 3’s, and had three steals.

Efficiency

Garrisson Duvivier 28 (23 points, 4 assists, 3 blocks)

Sam Johnson 26 (13 points, 14 rebounds, 4 blocks)

Marcos Echevarria 22 (25 points, 4 assists)

DeAnte Bruton 16 (22 points, 6 assists)

Eric Demers 14 (19 points)

Nichols 98 (19 assists, 8 steals)

Gordon 108

Box from the game

Alisha Henderson

Alisha Henderson

Meghan Foley

Meghan Foley

I have to say some things about the GC women’s game.  The women defeated Nichols, 80-75, in overtime.  The play of freshmen Alisha Henderson (14 points) and Meghan Foley (21 points) in that OT was noteworthy.  Alisha had a stretch where she made a three from NBA distance, followed that with a layup, and then assisted on a Kristen Smith basket.  Teammate Meghan was at the foul line twice in the last eleven seconds and drained 4-of-4 to seal the win.

Looking at the women’s archives reveals how special this season has been.  The Scots now have three CCC wins.  The last seven seasons they never had more than two wins in a season in the CCC.

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Marcos Echevarria and Garrisson Duvivier

Marcos Echevarria and Garrisson Duvivier

Marcos Echevarria in heavy traffic

Marcos Echevarria in heavy traffic

Jerome Cunningham sets for a breakaway jam

Jerome Cunningham sets for a breakaway jam

Devin Stallings goes for a block

Devin Stallings goes for a block

Back pain for Marcos Echevarria

Back pain for Marcos Echevarria

Sam Johnson blocks

Sam Johnson blocks

DeAnte Bruton (22 points, six assists)

DeAnte Bruton (22 points, six assists)

Noah Szilagyi tries a three

Noah Szilagyi tries a three

Brandon Marshall at the rim

Brandon Marshall at the rim

Josh Ribeiro gets to the rim

Josh Ribeiro gets to the rim

Jerome Cunningham and Garrisson Duviver

Jerome Cunningham and Garrisson Duviver

 

 

 

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Kyle Credle (24 points) leads Becker past Gordon 85-78

Jake Haar scored nineteen points against Becker on 7-for-8 shooting

Jake Haar scored nineteen points against Becker on 7-for-8 shooting

(Amesbury MA) The Becker Hawks had the go-to guy at the end and defeated Gordon, 85-78, on Friday night at Clark University.

The erratic feed from Clark prevented me from getting much of a look at the game but the stats offered a pretty clear visual of what went on.

This was a game that Gordon had a good chance to win but let get away in the final minutes.

The score was tied 75-75 with 3:51 left.  Put some offense together.  Play some defense and end the 2016 part of the season with a W.

Instead the Scots (6-4) fall apart on both ends of the court and suffered a non-league setback.

The hero for Becker (6-4) was clearly senior Kyle Credle (24 points).  Kyle recently joined the 1000-point club at Becker.  In this game, Kyle (5’10” guard) dominated the final 3:51 connecting on two 3’s, a jump shot, getting a rebound, and blocking a layup attempt.

If Gordon had come up with some answers, the impact of Kyle’s late-game heroics might have been lessened.  Didn’t happen on this evening.  The Scots missed four 3’s, three layups, and a free throw.  They did make three free throws but that wasn’t nearly enough.  The fatal missing was done by six different players.  It was a collective coolness down the stretch that let this one get away.

One person who wasn’t shooting in the end game was Jake Haar and he probably should have been.  Jake had another warm evening going seven-for-eight to get nineteen points.

Rough night for Gordon’s two inside threats.  The numbers might suggest otherwise (Garrisson Duvivier – 19 points, 13 rebounds & Sam Johnson – 16 rebounds, 9 points) but between the two of them they missed twenty-four shots around the basket.  Sometimes an inside shot from within a collapsed defense is a low-percentage shot.

Efficiency

Kyle Credle 37 (24 points, 7 rebounds)

Sam Johnson 21 (16 rebounds, 5 assists)

Jake Haar 20 (19 points)

Samuel Durodola 19 (13 points, 4 blocks)

Kareem Davis 17 (18 points)

Becker 104

Gordon 87

Becker defeated Nichols and Brandeis this season.

Becker is in the same conference as Daniel Webster.

Gordon had only eleven fouls.  I had to go back to 2009 to find a game with fewer fouls.  Maybe the defense wasn’t as tight as it could have been?

The Scots won’t be playing again until the new year.  First week in January there are three games (Nichols, Endicott, Salve Regina) in five days.  The Nichols game is home on Tuesday January 3rd.  With the student body still on vacation there will be PLENTY of good seats available.

Box from this game

Christmas is such a special time for believers.  Enjoy it with friends and family.

 

 

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