(Boston MA) It was the most exciting game of the year. Unfortunately, the exciting game was at Nichols and had the #1 seed Bison (17-1) getting ousted by #8 seed UNE (5-13) on a last-second three.
The game I was at (#5 Gordon versus #4 Wentworth) was a painful 60-53 season-ending defeat for the team from Wenham on Tuesday night.
The Scots (11-15) faced a very effective Wentworth zone that caused fifteen GC turnovers. The Leopards closed off the inside (Hans Miersma had three shots) and forced Gordon to look for points elsewhere. “Elsewhere” didn’t contribute much in this one as you‘ll realize when you check the Efficiency list below.
The end game was a nightmare again for the Scots. Gordon looked to be on the verge of mailing in the rest of the game after going down by twelve (49-37) with 6:12 to go. However, over the next 3+ minutes the visitors went on a 13-5 run (3’s by Taylor Bajema and Jaren Yang during this segment) revving up the Gordon faithful and putting themselves in position to get a win trailing only 54-51 with 2:43 left in someone’s season.
The rest of the way? Seven straight misses before Jake Hart notched a layup in the closing seconds. On the other side, the Leopards (13-13) tallied a layup and four free throws. Not much but on this night, and against Gordon, it was more than enough.
Tough loss especially when you consider the UNE upset. If Gordon had won they would have been hosting UNE at the Bennett Center on Thursday night. Instead Wentworth gets that opportunity. The winner of that semi-finals matchup will be in the Commonwealth Coast Conference championship on Saturday against either ENC or Endicott.
Senior Nico Donato had plenty to do with the Wentworth victory. The 6-1 guard collected twenty points getting ten in each half.
Hans Miersma closed out a remarkable career with a sixteen rebound effort. Hans ended with over 1000 rebounds and points.
Hans was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year by the CCC for the third straight season.
Wentworth senior John-Michael Fragnoli was named the Senior Scholar Athlete by the CCC.
Jason Dempsey was selected to the CCC All-League 3rd team.
The Scots tied season highs in three’s made (7) and three’s attempted (23).
Gordon missed seven free throws (14-for-21) while the Leopards managed to win despite missing thirteen freebies (19-for-32).
Hans Miersma 27
Nico Donato 22 (20 points/7rebounds)
Cesar Fulcar 14 (13 points/8 assists)
John-Michael Fragnoli 13 (12 points/8 rebounds)
Jason Ganley 11 (7 points/6 rebounds)
Julie and I expect to track down the four seniors and their families at graduation in May.
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