Gordon gets overtime win (85-82) over ENC in conference opener

Jake Hart (#15) latches onto the final rebound between Christian Lynch (12) and Patrick Michel (5)

Jake Hart (#15) latches onto the final rebound between Christian Lynch (12) and Patrick Michel (5)

Garrisson Duvivier finished with thirty points.

Garrisson Duvivier finished with thirty points.

(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 gets one of his 23 rebounds

Sam Johnson gets one of his 23 rebounds

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.

Jake Haar (#20) gets room for a three

Jake Haar (#20) gets room for a three

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.

Ball in the air

Ball in the air

Efficiency

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)

Gordon 97

ENC 90

Next for Gordon is a league game on Saturday at Western New England.

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Christian Lynch goes for a block

Christian Lynch goes for a block

Garrisson Duvivier rejects Andrew Mitchell's shot

Garrisson Duvivier rejects Andrew Mitchell’s shot

Noah Cheney (#2) drives the middle

Noah Cheney (#2) drives the middle

Garrisson Duvivier gets in close

Garrisson Duvivier gets in close

Jaren Yang

Jaren Yang

Garrisson Duvivier looks to shoot

Garrisson Duvivier looks to shoot

Sam Johnson chases a loose ball

Sam Johnson chases a loose ball

Andrew Petrilli fires a three

Andrew Petrilli fires a three

 

 

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Gordon lapses lead to 92-82 loss to non-league Salem State

Jaren Yang (sixteen points and four rebounds)

Jaren Yang (sixteen points and four rebounds)

(Newtown CT) Breakdowns on both ends of the court cost Gordon and they were defeated by Salem State, 92-82, on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center.

The GC online feed was terrific.

The Scots (2-2) had no answers for senior Marcus Faison.  The 6-5 lefty poured in thirty-one points to go with ten rebounds and zero turnovers.  Eighteen of those points came in the first half for the (3-1) Vikings.

The quick visitors were able to get to the basket with alarming ease most of the time. The GC perimeter defense was shaky at best.

The home team might have gotten away with the porous defense if they had been better when they had the ball.  Not on this night.  Turnovers (22) messed up scoring opportunities and factored in two significant first-half scoring droughts.

Gordon had a 23-23 tie going before tallying only two points over the next five minutes.  Six of seven shooting and two turnovers happened during that stretch.

The final 3:53 minutes of the first half Gordon went scoreless.  Six missed shots and four turnovers were in this unfortunate run.

That’s nearly nine minutes of 2-point basketball and six turnovers.  Lessen that disaster and Gordon had a chance.

Salem State has now won four straight in the local rivalry.

Senior Sam Johnson’s run of double/double’s reached six with nineteen points and twelve rebounds.

The Scots were within four once (59-55) and five several times in the second half.  Kept thinking that a run to catch up was in the making as the Vikings began to settle for outside shots.  However, there were too many empty possessions (22 Vikings points off turnovers) by the home team to make a run.

It was obvious that the news of Jake Haar’s outside shooting success had reached the Salem State coaching staff.  Jake was blanketed by junior Shaquan Murray and his touches and shots were very limited.

Jake Lindland (son of former GC scoring machine Doug Lindland) saw action for the Vikings.

Salem State had thirteen steals without trapping.  Just solid one-on-one defense.

This was one of Jaren Yang’s best games.  Minimized the turnovers and collected sixteen points and four rebounds.

Josh Ribeiro has certainly played himself into regular minutes off the bench by hustling and making shots.  He was called for goaltending in this game.

Graham Tienhaara put up good numbers in short minutes (12) and came away with an efficiency grade of thirteen.

Efficiency

Marcus Faison 38

Sam Johnson 28

Shaquan Murray 19 (13 points/5 steals)

Shyheim Davis Smith 16 (11 points/3 steals)

Jaren Yang 15

Salem State 102

Gordon 92

Next game for the Scots is November 30th (Wednesday) at 5:30PM at the Bennett Center.

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Gordon suffers first loss (78-67) to Clarkson in tourney final

Jake Haar scored nineteen points for a career high

Jake Haar scored nineteen points for a career high

(Amesbury MA) Everyone not named Jake Haar turned cold for Gordon and the Scots fell to Clarkson, 78-67, in the championship game of the North County Invitational at Potsdam, New York on Saturday afternoon.

The senior-laden Knights (2-1) were not overwhelming but they were consistent.  Clarkson shot over 50% from near and far while Gordon (2-1) did neither.

Jake Haar was the exception.  The GC sophomore collected nineteen points (new career high) during career-high minutes (32).  Teams in Gordon’s future study stats of previous games so Jake will be drawing more defensive attention for sure.

Sam Johnson ran his string of double-doubles to five stretching into last season.  He takes rebounding seriously!

Clarkson broke away from a 6-6 tie and held that separation to the end.  The Scots went down by double-figures much of the way but were back within four several times (43-39, 56-52) in the second half.  Certainly within range to contend but not on this afternoon.  Too inconsistent close to the basket and long range and not able to dig in defensively.

Credit two games in two days, with a long bus ride leading up to those days, as being factors in the loss.

The Scots (2-1) will host Salem State (7:30PM) at the Bennett Center on Tuesday night.

There’s something to be said for having experienced players at the college level.  As I mentioned before, Clarkson started five of them.  A key result was steadiness on offense and defense.  GC is still a young team with Sam as the only senior.  There will be good offense/defense games but there will also be the other kind.  The “other” is what happened versus Clarkson.

Efficiency Leaders

Sam Johnson 24 (10 points/17 rebounds)

Jake Haar 22 (19 points/3 rebounds)

Derek Hart 18 (17 points)

Drew Zlogar 18 (11 points/6 rebounds)

Mike Hayduk 13 (15 points)

Conrad Zampier 13 (11 points/3 assists)

Clarkson 93

Gordon 73

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Gordon wins tourney opener 87-72 over Potsdam

Sam Johnson collected 19 points to go with 14 rebounds

Sam Johnson collected 19 points to go with 14 rebounds

Garrisson Duvivier had 22 points to go with 5 assists

Garrisson Duvivier had 22 points to go with 5 assists

(Amesbury MA) Gordon needed a rousing comeback to win the opening round of the North County Invitational, 87-72, over Potsdam (0-2) on Friday night.

But comeback they did, from fourteen down (22-8), and now have started the 2016-17 season win two straight wins.

Tomorrow afternoon the Scots will take on Clarkson for the championship.

Excellent video feed from Potsdam that included commentary and a visible score.  It would be nice to have something like that for Gordon’s home games…….but I digress.

Two games in it is obvious that Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier have increased their effectiveness around the basket.  Single coverage on either of them has not gone well for opponents so far.

Garrisson led all scorers with twenty-two points while Sam added nineteen points to go with fourteen rebounds.

The Scots came out missing and the local team made shots and had a ten-point (42-32) halftime lead.  I’m guessing that things were real interesting at halftime in the GC locker room over the way the first half went.

Something kicked in after intermission and it was good news for Gordon.  The Scots broke out 16-5 and caught the Bears with 16:44 remaining.  The points piled up in a hurry as Gordon rolled up fifty-five points in the second half and won going away.

Josh Ribeiro set a career record with eight points

Josh Ribeiro set a career record with eight points

Graham Tienhaara set a career high in points (10) and added 8 rebounds

Graham Tienhaara set a career high in points (10) and added 8 rebounds

Sam and Garrisson played big roles as mentioned above.  In this game, we also saw some of the GC depth kick in.  Sophomore Josh Ribeiro had a career high eight points and collected four rebounds.  Also off the bench was junior Graham Tienhaara with a career high in points (ten) to go with eight rebounds.

Starters Jaren Yang (10 points/2 turnovers) and Jake Hart (9 points/4 assists) have provided a quiet consistency so far that limits scoring droughts and lessens turnovers.

Efficiency

Sam Johnson 29

Garrisson Duvivier 19

Jake Hart 13

Jaren Yang 13

Graham Tienhaara 13

Gordon College 100

Potsdam 61

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Gordon downs Elms 83-69 in opener

Sam Johnson (17 points) was part of an inside game that tallied 48 points in the paint.

Sam Johnson (17 points) was part of an inside game that tallied 48 points in the paint.

Jake Haar (18 points) netted six 3's in the first half.

Jake Haar (18 points) netted six 3’s in the first half.

(Wenham MA) Gordon dominated Elms inside and defeating the Blazers, 83-69, on a rainy season-opener at the Bennett Center on Tuesday night.

The best rebounding tandem (Sam Johnson & Garrisson Duvivier) in the Commonwealth Coast Conference last year was at it again to start the 2016-17 season.

Senior Sam Johnson had fifteen double/double’s last year.  Against the undersized Blazers, Sam added to his career total with a solid 17 points and 22 rebounds.

The twenty-two rebounds was one shy of his GC best which was twenty-three against Nichols last season.

Sam’s lofty totals were part of an excellent thirty-seven in Efficiency.

Garrisson Duvivier (23 points) scores despite Chris Connolly holding his arm

Garrisson Duvivier (23 points) scores despite Chris Connolly holding his arm

Garrisson also found plenty of space inside and led all scorers with twenty-three points.

Elms tried early on to limit the Scots inside but that just opened the outside to Jake Haar.  Jake reached the “where’s-the-fire-extinguisher” level with six treys (18 points) in the first half.

The Blazers lived long-range and connected ten times.  Symon Smith and Conny Ihearahu each tallied twenty points for the team from Chicopee (MA).

The team from the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) was done in by scoring droughts in each half.

Elms had their only lead (8-7) with 17:57 left in the first half.  Within the next 2+ minutes the Scots ran off ten straight points on Garrisson’s layup and dunk, Sam’s two layups, and Noah Szilagyi’s jumper.

Jaren Yang floats over Symon Smith

Jaren Yang floats over Symon Smith

In the second half, a trey by DeAngelo Cousar brought Elms within three (52-49) with 17:24 remaining.  In the next three minutes two layups by Garrisson, two by Jaren Yang, and one by Sam turned a close game into a double-digit GC spread.

The Scots head out to the Clarkson Tournament in Potsdam (NY) on Friday/Saturday.

A good crowd had a chance to see all twelve players on the team take part in at least some action.  We got our first looks at AJ Terry and Sam Traicoff.

I liked the way GC handled zone/man pressure in the backcourt.

The Scots had nineteen assisted baskets.

Efficiency Chart (subtracts negative stats from positive stats)

Sam Johnson 37 (22 rebs/17 pts)

Garrisson Duvivier 23 (23 pts/9 rebs)

Symon Smith 18 (20 pts/3 assists)

Conny Ihearahu 17 (20 pts/5 steals)

Jake Haar 17 (18 pts)

Conny Ihearahu tries to stop Sam Johnson

Conny Ihearahu tries to stop Sam Johnson

A driving rainstorm delayed the arrival of the Elms team.

Elms opened last season against Endicott and only lost by four points.

Eric Demers had a cast on his hand after injuring himself in practice.

Former Scots Greg Walker and Jason Dempsey were in the house.

I saw one soccer player studying a science (?) book during the breaks in the action.  That’s dedication to the academics!

The next Gordon home game will be November 22nd against Salem State.

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Symon Smith finds an opening

Symon Smith finds an opening

Dylan Marshall and Sam Johnson defend

Dylan Marshall and Sam Johnson defend

Symon Smith (20 points) gets a layup

Symon Smith (20 points) gets a layup

Eric Demers

Eric Demers

Luke Meyer tries to score over 6-6 DeAngelo Cousar

Luke Meyer tries to score over 6-6 DeAngelo Cousar

Graham Tienhaara

Graham Tienhaara

Freshman Sam Traicoff

Freshman Sam Traicoff

Garrisson Duvivier dunks

Garrisson Duvivier dunks

Not much room for Elms in close to the basket

Not much room for Elms in close to the basket

Sam Johnson finishes

Sam Johnson finishes

Dimitri Tessier picks Josh Ribeiro's pocket.

Dimitri Tessier picks Josh Ribeiro’s pocket.

Freshman AJ Terry finishes

Freshman AJ Terry finishes

 

 

 

 

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Gordon men’s soccer overwhelms UNE 5-0 in Homecoming matchup

Erik Holmqvist (12) tries to stop Caleb Cole.

Erik Holmqvist (12) tries to stop Caleb Cole.

Action in front of the UNE net

Action in front of the UNE net

(Wenham MA) The game-long moisture did not slow down the Scots (7-1-1) one drop.

Gordon controlled the ball and applied pressure on the University of New England most of this damp afternoon in Saturday’s Homecoming encounter.

UNE (1-6-4) has now lost four straight and are winless since a September 4th victory over St. Joseph’s (ME).

The Nor’easters tallied two goals in the win over St.Joseph’s.  In the other ten games, the team from Biddeford, has just three scores.

With scoring a problem, UNE needed to keep Gordon off the scoreboard.  Didn’t happen as the Scots passed and passed for good chances and put up two goals in the first half.

Senior Caleb Cole had both of them.  On the first goal he finished a Danny Nkhalamba feed with a header.  Later in the first half CC was able to put a serious charge into a left-footed shot. UNE Goalie Elijah Leverett had no chance on either goal.gcune-a1-cc-heads-toward-goalgcune-a2-cc-sees-header-go-into-net-for-2nd-goal

There was no holding back for Gordon.  Despite the sometimes slippery conditions, completed passes and scoring chances added up.  GC would get three more goals before the afternoon was over.

Josh Cochran drew a penalty kick and Tyler Modzeleski turned it into Gordon’s third goal.

Less than three minutes later, Danny Nklalamba got an open look from the left that led to his second goal of the season.  Josh Beveridge had the assist.gcune-a10-danny-1gcune-a11-danny-2gcune-a12-danny-3gcune-a13-danny-4gcune-a14-danny-5gcune-a15-danny-6

Later, freshman Matt Chartier got his 6th goal off a wonderful setup by Danny.

Obviously, Danny Nklalamba was huge on the scoresheet with a goal and two assists.

Plenty of substitutions in the second half for both teams.

UNE clears with a header

UNE clears with a header

Gordon GK Josh Spoonhour was called on to make a couple of tough saves but on this afternoon most of the action was in the UNE side of the field.

One of the things I really liked about this game was that the whistles and the whining were at a minimum.  The last GC game I saw, other than on the Gordon feed, was the Roger Williams OT tie game.  The whining on both sides was endless.  Today’s contest was a different game entirely with much more of a flow to it.

UNE was picked to finish 9th by the Commonwealth Coast Conference coaches.   They returned only five starters.

Gordon was picked to win the CCC.  They have a roster with talented players in every class.  There are some very good teams in the CCC so nothing is certain for the rest of the season but the Scots have a great chance to get a second straight title.

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Soccer ball on the roof of a Gordon dorm

Soccer ball on the roof of a Gordon dorm

Caleb Cole puts a hard shot on net

Caleb Cole puts a hard shot on net

Callum Heaslewood (8) and Colin Surface (2)

Callum Heaslewood (8) and Colin Surface (2)

Danny Nkhalamba settles a high pass

Danny Nkhalamba settles a high pass

Ricardo Infantozzi in UNE traffic

Ricardo Infantozzi in UNE traffic

Matt Chartier breaks free for his 6th goal

Matt Chartier breaks free for his 6th goal

Tyler Modzeleski about to tally a penalty kick

Tyler Modzeleski about to tally a penalty kick

 

 

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Roger Williams earns 2-2 tie with Gordon in men’s soccer

Josh Cochran (10), Charlie Mader (18), and Tyler Modzeleski (17) converge on the ball

Josh Cochran (10), Charlie Mader (18), and Tyler Modzeleski (17) converge on the ball

Freshman Garrett Bolton shadowed Gordon's Caleb Cole

Freshman Garrett Bolton shadowed Gordon’s Caleb Cole

(Wenham MA) Roger Williams (1-3-1) came away with a 2-2 tie against Gordon (2-1-1) in men’s soccer on Saturday afternoon at Gordon.

The Scots and the Hawks are about as familiar with each other as two teams can get having met seven times in the last 3+ years.  How do you do that?  In each of the last three years they have been matched up in the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament.

Two overtimes were played in declining daylight and RW nearly won the thing in the first OT.  Tyler Kuchenbecker was so sure that he had done just that that he had stripped off his shirt after putting in a rebound.  That celebrating was short lived, however, as the apparent game-winner was tallied on an off-sides and the goal was disallowed.

The Hawks kept tight coverage on the CCC’s best player (senior Caleb Cole) all game long as freshman Garrett Bolton was his full-time shadow.

GC coach Derek Potteiger hears an explanation from referee Adam Kilpatrick

GC coach Derek Potteiger hears an explanation from referee Adam Kilpatrick

Plenty of contact and plenty of fouls.  Twenty-six for RW while GC was whistled seventeen times.  Trying to sort out the hits from the dives put every call up for discussion.  Referee Adam Kilpatrick kept the red card in his pocket, however.

I was immediately surprised when I saw this year’s Gordon schedule.  They play eleven games at home and just five on the road.  How is that managed?

RW scored on a direct kick and a corner kick.  I don’t know where the Gordon wall was on Sean Janson’s direct kick.  Chris Chieffo’s corner kick perfectly set up a leaping Charlie Mader for a goal-producing header.

Tyler Modzeleski shoots past RW goalie Edmund Geschickter

Tyler Modzeleski shoots past RW goalie Edmund Geschickter

Caleb Cole was stepped on in the penalty area by Garrett Bolton and cashed the PK with a low shot near the left post.  Tyler Modzeleski took a pass from Danny Nkhalamba from the middle and fired a grounder past RW goalie Edmund Geschickter.

Gordon won the CCC championship last season and have back the defensive POY (Ben Gradert) and the offensive POY (Caleb Cole).  All-League selections Josh Spoonhour, Collin Surface, Josh Cochran, and Tyler Modzeleski are also on hand for the 2017 season.  Not surprisingly, the Scots were selected to finish first by the CCC coaches in their pre-season poll.  However, as Roger Williams showed (they were picked for 6th) there are plenty of good teams in the conference and wins will be hard to come by.

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Tyler Kuchenbecker (right) starts to celebrate OT goal

Tyler Kuchenbecker (right) starts to celebrate OT goal

Save by RW in traffic

Save by RW in traffic

Elevating for a possible header

Elevating for a possible header

Charlie Mader's header goes past GC goalie Josh Spoonhour to tie the game

Charlie Mader’s header goes past GC goalie Josh Spoonhour to tie the game

Jerry Williams and Sean Janson

Jerry Williams and Sean Janson

Edmund Geschickter dives for Caleb Cole's PK attempt

Edmund Geschickter dives for Caleb Cole’s PK attempt

Garrett Bolton steps on Caleb Cole's foot in the penalty area

Garrett Bolton steps on Caleb Cole’s foot in the penalty area

Roger Williams gets the tying goal on a Charlie Mader header

Roger Williams gets their first goal on a Sean Janson direct kick

Tyler Modzeleski gets a shot on net

Tyler Modzeleski gets a shot on net

Greg Logue and Tyler Modzeleski

Greg Logue and Tyler Modzeleski

GC goalie Josh Spoonhour

GC goalie Josh Spoonhour

Referee cautions Garrett and Caleb

Referee cautions Garrett and Caleb

Lucas Watt (27) and Danny Nkhalamba (20)

Lucas Watt (27) and Danny Nkhalamba (20)

CCC Defensive Player of the Year Ben Gradert

CCC Defensive Player of the Year Ben Gradert

Charlie Mader and Tyler Modzeleski

Charlie Mader and Tyler Modzeleski

Sean Janson congratulated by teammates after first-half goal

Sean Janson congratulated by teammates after first-half goal

 

 

 

 

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