(Amesbury MA) Not sure I’ve seen anything quite like it.
Gordon looked to be in a back-and-forth affair with Clarkson but in a remarkable second half, blew out the Knights, 78-59, on Saturday afternoon at Westfield State.
It was the consolation game in Westfield State’s Rick Martin Invitational.
Read carefully: Gordon trailed 51-45 with 16:29 left in the second half. Over the next twelve minutes the Scots put up THIRTY unanswered points. That’s thirty as in 3-0!
After that amazing run, Gordon was coasting 75-51, probably wondering what had happened to Clarkson!
The Scots (2-1) trailed by nine (45-36) at halftime. I expected them to get back in the game because Clarkson was living long range against the GC zone, making nine 3’s. Gordon, on the other hand, was cold from beyond the arc (Eric, Jake, and Noah were a combined 0-for-9). That figured to change.
It was the size of the change that wowed me. Gordon did shoot better but it was how cold the team from Potsdam (NY) became that gave this one to GC.
Garrisson Duvivier carried the Scots in the first half already having a double/double in place. GD finished with 16 points, 21 rebounds, and 7 assists.
Sophomore Parker Omslaer (12 points/11 rebounds) put his 2nd double D together in the young season.
Eric Demers ended up with eighteen and Noah Szilagyi 10 with 8 boards.
Eric is now a point behind Brady Bajema for 19th on Gordon’s all-time scorers list. Garrisson is currently in 8th place just nine points behind David Dempsey.
The Scots stuck with the zone for the duration. The Knights were patient enough to get good looks in both halves, but couldn’t make anything in the second half. You can live and die from down town.
This is my final beatdown on Clarkson: During the second-half dry spell, they missed twenty-two straight shots, including 11 three’s and three free throws. And then there were four turnovers. I’m betting they want to move on from all of it.
Two of the Clarkson players were from places familiar to me. Liam Ellis is from Turners Falls (MA). I grew up there along the Connecticut River. Matthew Hornak is from Masuk in Monroe (CT). My Connecticut family is from Newtown, one town over from Monroe. Wednesday night, Lord willing, I will be covering Masuk at Newtown in Southwest Conference football.
It looked to me as if Jaren Yang was in the house. Maybe the ESPN employee had something to do with Gordon’s remarkable second half?
Freshman David Massillon left the game with an apparent leg injury. He has already proven to be an important addition to the team. Would surely be missed.
Josh Ribeiro on the bench but not in uniform. Maybe against Salem State on Tuesday night?
My plans are to cover that game.