(Amesbury MA) Gordon ran seventeen unanswered points in the second half and that gained them permanent separation from Elms College (Chicopee MA) on Wednesday night.
The final was 85-66 in this non-league opener for both squads.
Junior Garrisson Duvivier started the season with a double/double scoring nineteen points with twelve rebounds. Garrisson collected two of his baskets during the decisive run in the second half.
The top scorer was sophomore Eric Demers putting eighteen points together with four assists. Eric had two 3’s and an assist during GC’s 17-point streak.
The Blazers (0-1) had enough rebounding and firepower to stay with the Scots. If you could delete their 5 ½ minutes of shutout basketball the finish would have been very tight. But when you miss twelve shots in a row, including three layups, bad things are bound to happen.
Elms has now dropped nine straight games.
The Scots (1-0) shot fifty percent relying on open three’s as well as attempts in the paint.
It was instantly evident that Gordon will need to find ways to replace the inside presence of graduated Sam Johnson. Freshmen Matty Valles (6-6) and Parker Omslaer (6-11), however, showed promise rebounding and blocking shots.
I watch Jake Haar play and I immediately think of Brady Bajema of the 2009-10 Gordon title team. Both absolutely refuse to shoot a low-percentage shot. They seldom drive, being content to stay beyond the arc waiting for an open look. When that look comes they generally cash it. Jake was 6-for-8 from long range last year against Elms. This year he was 2-for-3.
Gordon did a nice shot of sharing the ball. The twenty assists they had tonight in western Massachusetts happened only four times last season.
Getting the ball to Garrisson Duvivier anywhere in the paint is a high-percentage way to get an assist.
Missed free throws did not cost the team from Wenham this game. Better teams are ahead (Salem State Tuesday night), however, and those ten freebie misses tonight would be disastrous against them.
Yes, I still believe that the Efficiency Stat gives a pretty good picture of how players and teams performed. How does it work? You subtract the negative stats (turnovers, missed free throws, missed field goals) from the positive stats (rebounds, points, steals, blocks, assists, steals).
Garrison Duvivier 27
Eric Demers 19
Keeshaun King 13 (11 points)
Parker Omlaer 13 (8 points, 3 blocks)
Pablo Ortiz 12
The Scots did well against the Elms pressure. Good passing.
Elms is in the New England Collegiate Conference. The Blazers were 4-21 last season.
Biggest GC deficiency in my opinion is this game? It had to be blocking out. Too many extra shots for a smaller opponent.
My first actual look at this year’s team will be the home opener on December 5th. I will be relying on the computer feeds in the next three games. The Elms’ one was a good view for a while then it slipped into a freeze while Gordon put their game-deciding surge together.
Gordon was 15-11 last season. Picked by the Commonwealth Coast Conference coaches to finish 2nd this season.
Any picture I use will be from a previous season until after I see the Curry game in December.