(Wenham MA) Outside the snow was falling.
Inside the Bennett Center, however, the shots weren’t falling for Gordon in overtime.
The result was a 79-75 loss to Becker in non-league action on Saturday afternoon.
The Scots (2-4) have become a frustrating team to watch. Why? They have been streaky in either direction. They will dazzle and then they will fizzle.
In this one, GC rallied from a ten-point deficit midway through the second half exciting the crowd along the way with nifty long-range shooting by Noah Szilagyi and Jake Haar.
Gordon looked to have the last shot in regulation but after Eric Demers went out of bounds it was Kareem Davis rimming out a shot from the left corner that would have won it for the visitors.
The dazzle/fizzle thing reared its ugly head in overtime. After staying with the Hawks (5-4) for 2:32 of the OT, the bottom dropped out for GC when Garrisson Duvivier fouled out. The home team never scored another point.
Becker didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard for a while as two missed free throws, a missed layup, and two turnovers would indicate. But when Eric Demers missed a three, Becker called a timeout with thirty-six seconds left.
You had to think that the Hawks would look to get either Kareem Davis (20.8 PPG) or Sam Durodola (18.6 PPG) the last shot but two freshman defenders (Josh Crutchfield and Matt Valles) prevented that from happening.
“We told Jalen Robinson that if Kareem was overplayed that he should take the ball to the basket,” explained Becker coach Brian Gorman afterward. The 5-10 sophomore noted the coverage and drove to the basket with what turned out to be the winning basket with twenty-seven seconds left.
Plenty of time for the Scots to rally from a two-point deficit but a Josh Crutchfield pass intended for Eric Demers was intercepted by sophomore Donzell Cunningham. Two Kareem Davis free throws followed and this game was history.
“I’ll take the win and the 5-4 record,” said Becker Coach Gorman afterwards, “but we are making too many mistakes.”
The key play in the game? Garrisson Duvivier fouling out. “That was big,” added Coach Gorman. “We couldn’t cover him.”
Garrisson had a career game rebounding (19) and added 17 points.
With Garrisson gone, the idea of going to the basket and possibly getting baskets or free throws vanished from the offensive schemes. Another around-the-basket option needs to emerge.
I loved the tight defense Josh Crutchfield applied to Kareem Davis late in the game. The BC junior had trouble even touching the ball!
Eric Demers made a gutsy triple near the end of regulation to tie the score. That 3-pointer, however, would be the only one he was able to make out of eight attempts. This follows 14-for-27 from long range in the previous three games. Go figure!
The team from Leicester (MA) has losses to Nichols and Western New England. Both are Commonwealth Coast Conference teams.
The Hawks were 19-9 last season. The team has one senior (Sam Durodola). Sam was the MVP of the New England Collegiate Conference in 2016-17.
Sam and teammate Dewayne Thomas both registered double/double’s against Gordon.
Someone appears to have convinced Jake Haar that he has to take more shots.
I am quite sure that I heard one of the Gordon spectators quoting Scripture when a Becker player was taking free throws. Using Scripture that way crosses a line for me.
Pretty good crowd at the Bennett Center on a snowy afternoon.
The Scots visit Johnson & Wales (Providence RI) on Tuesday night.
Turnovers always get my attention. Gordon will continue to struggle winning games when their usual top two scorers have TWELVE giveaways between them.
One of Eric Demers’ turnovers could well have been the result of Kareem Davis trying to take the lower part of his uniform off.
Becker kept Gordon around by missing fourteen free throws.
Garrisson Duvivier 24
Sam Durodola 23 (23 points,13 rebounds)
Jake Haar 17 (13 points,7 rebounds)
Dewayne Thomas 16 (13 points,12 rebounds)
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