Suffolk ends season with 82-67 win over Gordon

(Wenham MA)  Change the pace.

Change the result.

Alex Jacovides (25 points) gets in the lane against Gordon

Suffolk defeated Gordon, 82-67, on Thursday night at Gordon.

Nate Hale (16 points) shoots over Zach Bennett

“We slowed it down a bit and we just tried to execute more in the halfcourt,” explained Suffolk coach Jeff Juron afterwards.

The Rams (6-2) had been averaging 100 points per game before they lost to the Scots (5-3), 84-82, on Wednesday in Boston.

“Suffolk played very well tonight,” said Gordon coach Tod Murphy.  “They have three very good seniors (Alex Jacovides, Nate Hale, Brendan Mulson).”

It was the last game for that trio and they each made significant contributions versus Gordon.

Alex was the game’s high scorer with twenty-five points.  “We knew we had to play more as a team against their hard zone,” he said, “by moving inside and out.”

“Alex is one of the best shooters in the country,” said Coach Juron, “you kind of knew that he was going to come back and shoot it better (nine points yesterday) today.”

Senior Josh Crutchfield )10 points) in for two

Nate added sixteen points on six-for-nine shooting including four from long range.

Brendan put up eleven points.  His defensive work versus GC top scorer Garrett Sattazahn was very much connected to the Ram result.  Brendan limited Garrett to only nine shots.

“Brendan is a great defender,” said Coach Juron.  “He can guard a lot of different positions.  He’s a senior and I thought he left it all out on the court tonight.  #12 (Garrett Sattazahn) is a heck of a player.”

The Rams took the lead for good, 13-11, on an Alex Jacovides layup 6 ½ minutes into the game. 

The Scots would get within seven twice in the second half (55-48 & 65-58) but the Rams quickly responded from long range and in close.

Senior Parker Omslaer (10 points)

“We haven’t had a 67-point game in quite a while,” said Coach Murphy.  “Generally, teams I coach outscore teams in the paint, but they killed us there tonight.”

“I don’t think we had our legs,” added Coach Murphy.  “We needed to do a better job of staying in condition during the break and we didn’t.”

The five Suffolk starters all played twenty-eight minutes or more.  The Scots had double-figure minutes with nine players.

Key stats for Gordon tonight were steals (six) and assists (nine).  In the win on Wednesday the Scots had twelve steals.

“Their press is really good,” said Coach Juron.  “They turned us over a lot in the first game.  Our guys just did a better job against it tonight.”

The nine assists were crucial because in the first win there were twenty-one assists.  “We didn’t shoot the ball as well as we are capable,” said Coach Murphy.

Garrett Sattazahn closely guarded by Brendan Mulson

Alex Jacovides on Suffolk’s first year in the Commonwealth Coast Conference: “It is a faster pace.  There’s more offense.  More firepower for every team.”

Gordon applies pressure

Alex told me he wasn’t sure about his post-Suffolk basketball plans.  “I might go overseas,” he said.

Gordon has two more games left.  Endicott will be the opponent on Wednesday (home) and Thursday (away).  The Gulls only loss this season was to Suffolk. 

“Our schedule has graded upward the whole time,” said Coach Murphy.  “It’ll be fun to end the season with them.”

Garrett Sattazahn led the GC scorers with twelve points.  Seniors Josh Crutchfield and Parker Omslaer each had ten points.

Junior Will Rowe (16 points, 10 rebounds) had a double/double for the Rams.

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Michael Makiej (8 points, 6 rebounds)
Will Rowe (16 points, 10 rebounds)
Alex Jacovides guarded by Caleb Scott
Jordan Bretton
Michael Makiej and Alex Jacovides
Aidan Sullivan (9 points, 4 assists, 40 minutes)
Michael Makiej on the floor
Garrett Sattazahn spots Parker Omslaer close to the basket
Drew Thibeault
Parker Omslaer in for two
Zach Quanico
Parker Omslaer
Josh Crutchfield

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Gordon bounces back with 75-53 win over Nichols

Senior Abby Vampatella (22 points, 9 rebounds)

(Wenham MA) Night and day.

Cara Andreotti Euro-steps in for a layup

Gordon avenged a Friday night loss (74-60) to Nichols by defeating the Bison, 75-53, this afternoon at Gordon.

The Scots (5-3) were all thumbs on Friday registering thirty turnovers.  Every player on the team “contributed” to the unfortunate total.

But that was yesterday……..as the song goes.  Today was different.

“Gordon was much more patient,” said NC coach MaryLynn Skarzenski afterwards.  “They definitely adjusted to our pressure.”

The Bison (3-5) wanted to pressure full court, but you need to score to set that up.  On this afternoon, the Gordon defense was stingy.

“Our one-on-one defense and our help defense was terrible yesterday,” said GC senior Abby Vampatella (22 points, 9 rebounds).  “We made the adjustments we needed to.”

It took the Bison five minutes to score points. However, their aggressive defense and ability to hit the long-range shot kept them in contention into the 3rd quarter.

Battle under the basket

The visitors from Dudley (MA), in fact, had the lead briefly early in the third quarter.

But a Caleigh Williams’ layup pushed GC ahead, 37-36, three minutes into that quarter and they never trailed again.

The Bison were still around (48-42) after three quarters but ahead was the final quarter and it was all Gordon (27 points).

“They pressed us full-time in the last game,” recalled freshman Caroline Sikkink (11 points, 6 rebounds).  “Today we were better breaking the press and getting easy layups off it.”

Those layups were flowing in the fourth quarter as Nichols tired (they had only seven players) and openings developed behind the press.

Seri Anderson (14), Cara Andreotti (12), and Caroline Sikkink (11) reached double figures.  Caleigh Williams (10 points, 10 rebounds) had a double-double.

“Our defense was a lot better today,” said Gordon coach Carter Shaw.  “We were able to contain their drivers a little better.  They were so successful yesterday driving that we played off them and they made open outside shots.”

Bri Vazquez (21 points)

Freshman Bri Vazquez stood out for Nichols.  “She makes us go,” said Coach Skarzenski.  “She’s a competitor.”  Bri finished with twenty-one points.

Two seniors, Gordon’s Abby Vampatella & Nichols Isabella Nerney, had history from their Connecticut pasts.

“I’ve been playing with Isabella since eighth grade,” said Abby afterwards.  “She’s close to 1000 points.  We had to get up on her and take away her shot and get gap help.”

The Scots limited Isabella to eleven points in this one.  Last two times versus Gordon, Isabella had collected twenty-five points in each outing.

Coach Shaw: “We rebounded well, and we took care of the ball.  I’ll take not turning the ball over any day.”

Coach Skarzenski: “It’s nice to be playing and have some sort of season.  We have a great group of seven.  They are all committed to each other and it’s really a team effort.”

Freshman Caroline Sikkink (11 points)

Caroline Sikkink: “They made a lot of transition points on us yesterday.  We wanted to cut our turnovers in half.”  They nearly did as they only had seventeen this afternoon.

Abby Vampatella on post-Gordon: “Hopefully, I’m going to get a graduate assistant coach job.  Then I can get my Master’s, and peek into the collegiate coaching world.  I am an education major so if that doesn’t work out, I’d love to be a teacher.”

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double-team
Freshman Caleigh Williams (10 points and 10 rebounds)
Gordon coach Carter Shaw
Freshman Cara Andreotti (12 points)
Triple-team
Addison Burlison
Shannon St.Lawrence (7 rebounds, 9 points)
Cara Andreotti guarded by Leandra Ortiz
Isabella Nerney steals from Abby Vampatella
Delaney McDonnell (5) on the move
Bri Vazquez
Summer Klein
Seri Anderson (14 points)
Jillian Spillane
Isabella Nerney
Nichols coach MaryLynn Skarzenski

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Garrett Sattazahn key in Gordon’s 78-72 win over Western New England

Garrett Sattazahn (28 points) had a terrific all-around game for Gordon

Garrett Sattazahn seals the W at the line

Garrett Sattazahn gets open in close

(Wenham MA) Can one player take over a game?

Not usually, but sophomore Garrett Sattazahn (28 points) came close tonight in Gordon’s 78-72 win over Western New England.

The Bears (0-3) had the lead (69-66) with 3:40 left after an Alex Sikorski (19 points) three.

Enter Garrett.

The Scots (3-0) next eleven points came from the young man from Morris (CT).  There was a three, two layups, and four straight free throws.

The Bears couldn’t keep pace down the stretch.  They shot one-for-seven and had two turnovers and allowed Garrett and his teammates to secure the win.

Alex Sikorski (19 points) puts up a late-game three for Western New England

“We were there, and we had our chances,” said WNE coach Colin Tabb afterwards.  “We don’t shoot as well as we did last year so their zone was tough for us to play against.”

The Gordon defense in the second half was the key to their successful turnaround.

“It wasn’t looking good for the first fifteen minutes,” recalled Gordon coach Tod Murphy post-game.

“We didn’t play any defense in the first half but did in the second half,” said Coach Murphy.

Zach Bennett (six points) goes for a steal against Kenny Flynn

The numbers from the two halves spoke volumes as Western New England had forty-eight points in the first half but only twenty-four points in the second half.”

The jump-out stat from this game, other than Garrett’s 28 points, was Gordon’s twelve steals.

“The difference between last year and this year is that we’re putting a lot more effort into defense,” explained Garrett, “and it’s showing. Last year they came in here and scored nearly 120 points.”

GC went into seldom-seen, full-court pressure late in the first half and lowered a 45-33 WNE lead to 48-43 by halftime.

Caleb Scott (8 points) shoots over Zach Tavitian

Freshman Caleb Scott (8 points) scored twice from in close in the last minute, assisted by Garrett (seven assists) both times.

Garrett seemed to flourish in transition, either setting up teammates or finishing himself.

“He (Garrett) is a very good player,” said Coach Tabb, “It looks like he’s stepping nicely into the (Eric) Demers’ role.”

“Eric has been a great mentor to me,” explained Garrett.  “He’s taught me how to get open among other things.”

“I was feeling it a little bit tonight,” added Garrett.  “I definitely, however, give credit to my teammates.  They were looking for me and giving me good screens.”

“Garrett does everything,” said Coach Murphy.  Hard to argue with that after Garrett had a night with seven rebounds, seven assists, six steals, and twenty-eight points!

“I have to pull him out from time to time because he’ll run himself into the ground if I don’t,” added Coach Murphy.

Michael Makiej drives

Coach Tabb wasn’t pleased with his team’s defense.  “Our decisions on the defensive end weren’t good.  We didn’t defend well in transition or off the ball.”

“Defense wins ballgames,” said Coach Murphy.  “If we give the defensive energy we did in the second half, we’ll be okay.  We have to be aggressive because we’re a small team.”

Parker Omslaer, despite getting into foul trouble, was able to get thirteen points on the inside.

Kenny Flynn (16 points) and Gavin Greene (12 points) were the other Bears in double figures.

Off night, for sure for WNE senior Zach Tavitian (5 points).  Zach recently reached the 1000-point mark for the Bears.

Alex Villalobos and Josh Crutchfield

Got my first look at Gordon freshman Alex Villalobos.

The Scots will play on the road tomorrow (Saturday) in Springfield at Western New England.

Still impressed with the brightness of the Kanas Court.

I have been in quite a few gymnasiums lately (ask my wife), and the Kanas Court is as good as any of them.  Can’t wait to be in there when the crowds are back.

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Zach Tavitian

Zach Quanico and Justin Yu

Alex Sikorski (19 points) dunks

Kenny Flynn (16 points) dunks

Josh Crutchfield launches from long range

Parker Omslaer (13 points, 7 rebounds)

Josh Crutchfield loses a shoe

Zach Quanico (4 points)

Western New England coach Colin Tabb

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Michael Makiej debuts with 28 points as Gordon downs Curry 99-63 in opener

Freshman Michael Makiej had 28 points and 12 rebounds in his first game at Gordon

Plenty of inside shots turned up for Michael Makiej vs Curry

(Wenham MA) It’s always nice to make a good first impression.

And freshman Michael Makiej certainly did that collecting twenty-eight points as Gordon defeated Curry, 99-63, on Friday night at the Bennett Center.

“We’re just happy to be able to play basketball,” said Gordon coach Tod Murphy post-game.  “So many conferences in New England are not playing this year.”

The Scots (1-0) may end up with ten-to-twelve games.

“We have ten scheduled,” said Coach Murphy, “including one more tomorrow with Curry, as well as two each with Western New England, Nichols, Suffolk, and Endicott.  I am going to try to get a couple with Eastern Nazarene.  Everything depends on staying Covid-free.”

The visitors from Milton (MA) stayed with Gordon through the first 13 ½ minutes and were ahead, 27-26.

Zach Bennett – 8 points and 3 steals

The rest of the first half the Scots, led by Garrett Sattazahn and Zach Bennett, put a 17-3 segment together and were in command, 43-30, at the half.

Garrett had a triple, a jumper, and a steal during the good run while Zach had two steals that were turned into points.

Curry coach Joe Busacca was disappointed with the way things went.  “We’re so young that we’re going to make a ton of mistakes early,” he said.  “Gordon has some good upper classmen who know how to win and played in big games last year.  When we cooled off, we didn’t respond very well.  If the ball doesn’t go in, it doesn’t mean we can’t compete in the defensive end.”

Drew Thibeault had ten rebounds

Freshman Josh Vargas (6’8”) was a presence inside.  He put fifteen points together with fourteen rebounds.  Angelo Sardgna (12 points) and Jayquan Leonard (10 points) reached double figures for the Colonels.

Gordon’s late run in the first half spilled over into the entire second half.  The Scots put up fifty-six points and Michael Makiej had twenty-two of them.

Senior Parker Omslaer joked about Michael’s performance afterwards: “My all-time high is twenty-three points and he beats it in his first game.  I don’t even know what to say about that.”

There were nothing but inside shots in the points Michael collected.  “Credit my teammates,” he said, “they gave me the good looks on the high post.  It’s not about me.  It about the team.  I was just having fun out there.”

Angel Sardegna had twelve points for Curry

Michael came to Gordon from Lexington Christian Academy.  “He’s one of the most talented offensive players we’ve ever had here,” said Coach Murphy.  “He has some things to learn but he could be an absolute nightmare to defend.”

Michael (6’4”) had twelve rebounds to go with his twenty-eight points.

Newcomer Drew Thibeault had ten rebounds.

“Excited to be here,” said Drew.  “I transferred from RPI.  There’s something special going on here and I wanted to be part of it.  Putting up ninety-nine points in your first game is pretty good.”

Justin Yu (15 points)

Coach Murphy: “Justin Yu (15 points) had a great game off the bench.  Caleb (Scott) filled in nicely when Parker got into foul trouble.  Garrett (Sattazahn) will be our go-to guy this season.  His shooting was off a bit but in the 2nd half he distributed the ball and had several steals.”

The Scots played a zone defense for much of the game.  Coach Murphy is not a fan of it.  “I hate that defense.  It did work tonight but only because they weren’t hitting shots.  That may well be different against other teams we face.”

Josh Crutchfield: “I am so blessed to be back on the court and be with these guys.  I love them.  Michael had a phenomenal game.  He loves basketball and is a great kid.  We scored 99 points but out defense was very good too.”

Garrett Sattazahn (16 points)

Michael Makiej: “There are Christian aspects to being here at Gordon.  We pray together before each practice.  I really like that.”

I told Garrett Sattazahn afterwards that I wondered how this year’s team was going to make up for all the points Eric Demers’ scored the previous season.  “Tonight, Michael took care of the ‘Eric’ part,” he said.

The biggest surprise for me was seeing what the new Bennett Center looked like.  I wasn’t the only one pleasantly surprised.

“The court, the mats, the stands, are all awesome,” said Garrett.  “You couldn’t ask for a better facility.”

David Massillon, who wasn’t in uniform because of surgery, summed things up best. “It sure was nice to see all the guys with smiles on their faces after an opening night win in this fine facility.”

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Eric Demers and David Massillon

Garrett Sattazahn

Caleb Scott (7 rebounds, 7 points)

Josh Crutchfield guards Jayquan Leonard

Michael Makiej guards Nabi Mwesiga

Parker Omslaer (9 rebounds)

Josh Crutchfield

Drew Thibeault

Jordan Bretton

RJ Hadfield

Nabi Mwesiga

Zach Quanico

Michael Makiej to the basket

Marcus Retegues

Marcus Retegues from the corner

Jayson Clayton

 

 

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Gordon clinches playoff spot with 83-67 win over UNE

Eric Demers (28 points) found ways to score on the inside against UNE

(Wenham MA) Eric was Eric.

Garrett Sattazahn (25 points) reached a career high

Garrett set a career high in points scored.

Parker took away the inside for UNE.

The result was an important 83-67 win over the Nor’Easters on Wednesday night at the Bennett Center.

“I’m thrilled with the victory,” said Gordon coach Tod Murphy afterwards. “Before tonight we had no guarantee that we would get into the playoffs.”

Combined with a Roger Williams’ loss tonight, the Scots are into the playoffs which start next Tuesday.

“The crazy thing,” added Coach Murphy, “is that if we win Saturday (at Nichols) there’s a way that we could host on Tuesday. Granted, about six different things have to happen for that to work.”

Ray Evans and Eric Demers

Eric Demers had his 15th straight 30+ points per game streak stopped with “only” twenty-eight tonight. He must be slipping!

UNE coach Ed Silva: “Eric is a stud.”

The Scots (12-12) pulled away from the Nor’Easters at the end of the first half, building up a ten-point lead (43-33).

UNE was also looking for some CCC playoff guarantee tonight.

“Tonight would have solidified a playoff spot for us,” said Coach Silva. “Now we have to win Saturday (vs Roger Williams) to guarantee us a spot.”

Parker Omslaer had ten rebounds

UNE can still get in with a loss Saturday, but they would have to rely on other teams winning/losing to make it happen.

Eric Demers had a little extra incentive in tonight’s game: “I didn’t want to leave this school with a loss on this court. It’s been an up-and-down season, but I wanted to win my last game here.”

There was a sense of urgency for both teams, but the Scots did a better job of not showing it. They stayed with UNE in the early going and then rode the hot shooting of Eric and Garrett Sattazahn to a 23-point lead in the second half. The Nor’Easters would get to within twelve points in the final 2 ½ minutes but the Scots held on.

Garrett Sattazahn guarded by Siddiq Canty

Garrett hit five of ten three’s and reached a career-high twenty-five points. His heated performance certainly took the pressure off Eric to have to score 30+ points for the Scots to have a chance.

“Garrett is next,” said Eric. “He coming up right after me. He’s going to be great here for a long time.”

“Next year Garrett might have to be like Eric,” reported Coach Murphy. “It depends on how recruiting goes. There’s a lot of playing time available and we’ll have 40+ points per game (Eric and AJ Terry) to make up somewhere.”

“I thought they (Gordon) competed harder than we did,” said Coach Silva. “They had a sense of urgency and we didn’t.”

Coach Silva cited one particular play relating to urgency: “We turned the ball over at the end of the second quarter (Eric steal) and Josh (Crutchfield) raced full court to get a layup. Those are the types of plays that earn you playoff spots.”

Josh Crutchfield breaks in

Gordon’s zone defense lasted the whole game. It’s been “pulled” several times recently.

Parker Omslaer protects the inside

“When Parker (Omslaer) is a force inside it makes all the difference in the world,” said Coach Murphy.

UNE missed fifty shots (25/75) and Parker’s 6-11 presence had something to do with the inaccuracies.

“We knew that they’d stay with the zone if we didn’t score against it easily,” said Coach Silva.

Asked about tonight’s defense, Eric said, “The defense was good. It’s crazy because we didn’t change anything. It’s just a matter of which team shows up.”

“The defense was good,” said Josh Crutchfield. “We all bought into it tonight.”

Parker finished with his fifth double/double (10 points/12 rebounds) of the season.

Avery DeBrito (16 points & 10 rebounds)

Avery DeBrito (16 points/10 rebounds) and Siddiq Canty (16 points) paced the Nor’Easters. Alex Kravchuk added fourteen points for the team from Biddeford (ME).

Last year’s UNE team pressed full-court, shot three’s, and substituted frequently. Not this year. “At the end of last season, we changed our style of play based on guys we had coming in.”

One of the players coming in was freshman Siddiq Canty. “He’s a very smooth player,” said Coach Silva. “A friend of mine was head coach at Woodstock Academy (Connecticut) and he told me about Siddiq when he came on campus.”

The Scots end their regular season at Nichols Saturday. “It will be tough,” admitted Coach Murphy. “It’s their Senior Day.” Gordon lost in overtime to Nichols at the Bennett Center in December.

I asked Coach Murphy what his memories were of Eric playing at the Bennett Center: “My memory of his playing here will be his raining shots on people left and right. Tonight he didn’t shoot that well from the outside so he went inside on post-ups and drives. He was probably our leading post scorer tonight.”

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Siddiq Canty tries to shoot against David Massillon

Siddiq Canty hears it from the Gordon student section

Parker Omslaer gets ready to finish

Garrett Sattazahn dials up a three in front of the Gordon bench

Eric Demers shoots a free throw

Eric Demers draws a crowd

David Massillon after a loose ball

Alex Kravchuk passes

Alex Kravchuk (14 points)

AJ Terry gets a rebound

 

 

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Gordon ends slide with 83-74 win over Roger Williams – Eric Demers 31 points

Eric Demers (31 points) splits two Hawks to get a layup

Parker Omslaer (23 points) made 9-of-10 free throws

(Wenham MA) “We were dying for a win, for sure,” said Eric Demers afterwards.

Gordon defeated Roger Williams, 83-74, and stopped their slide toward exclusion from the post-season Commonwealth Coast Conference post-season tournament.

Gordon (6-7) has three games remaining (Salve Regina,UNE,Nichols) against teams with something in common….they all beat the Scots in the first meeting.

The Hawks (6-8) now have lost twice to Gordon giving the Scots the tie-breaker over them.

“We have to win another game to have a chance to make the tournament,” said RW coach Mike Tully.

The Hawks trailed the entire way tonight.

The visitors from Bristol (RI) started the night with a segment that included five missed shots and four turnovers. That got them down, 10-0.

In the second half, RW was within two (47-45) three minutes into the half. Four minutes later the Hawks were still stuck at 45 while the home team had put fourteen unanswered points together.

Doug Hostetler (19 points) finishes

Five missed three’s and two turnovers caused this RW scoring drought.

Meanwhile, the Scots shot 5-for-6 with Eric Demers (31 points) getting two layups and a triple and GC had a 61-45 lead.

The Hawks would get within nine twice the rest of the way but never closer.

“Every time we made a run, they answered it,” said Coach Tully.

Eric was part of the Gordon “answer” with his thirty-one points. This is the 14th straight game he’s reached at least thirty.

“If you’d told me at the beginning of the season that this would happen, I wouldn’t have believed you,” said Eric.

How has it been possible? “My teammates find me, and my coach gives me the green light. They believe in me and that builds my confidence.”

Gordon coach Tod Murphy wasn’t feeling sorry for Roger Williams but added, “Two of our best defensive games turned out to be against them. If we play defense, we can beat everyone in the conference, if we don’t play defense, we can lose to everyone.”

Parker Omslaer shoots

Junior Parker Omslaer was strong on both ends against Roger Williams.

“He had zero fouls and he protected the rim,” said Eric.

On offense, he tied a career high with 23 points including nine-of-ten free throws.

“I knew that I could beat any one of them,” explained Parker afterwards. “So I knew that they’d have to double me or I’d do my thing down low.”

“Parker is starting to get his confidence back,” said Coach Murphy. “He’s getting his stroke back at the foul line. When he’s hitting free throws, he’s doing much more inside. When he’s not making them, he doesn’t go to the basket aggressively because he doesn’t want to get fouled.”

Eli Harris (18 points) drives

Parker talked about Gordon’s good defense: “Whenever the guards funneled their guys to me, I made sure to stay straight up and made sure that they didn’t get any easy buckets on me.”

Coach Murphy: “They weren’t real effective against Parker and our bigs. We were able to get spread out and get to the other shooters. This is what the defense is supposed to look like.”

The Scots win tonight ends a 2-game losing streak in which the defense was anything but good. “Our problem in our last two games has been our defense,” said Parker. “We weren’t rotating and getting to the shooters.”

Coach Murphy: “Parker is capable of scoring against any of the bigs in our conference. He’s not as explosive as Hans (Miersma) but he has a great right and left hand. When Parker’s on, we’re pretty tough to beat.”

Eric for three

The new Gordon scoreboard that came into use in the new year has the point totals of the players on the floor. I asked Eric if he ever sneaks a look at it during the game. “I see the numbers up there, but I try not to pay attention to it. But the new scoreboard is really bright and it’s hard not to look at it.”

Doug Hosteller (19 points) and Eli Harris (18 points) were the top scorers for RW. JJ Pfohl handed out seven assists.

Gordon will be in Newport (Salve Regina) on Saturday. Their next (and last?) home game will be on Wednesday against UNE. The Scots finish the regular season, and hopefully not the season, at Nichols on February 22nd.

Among the spectators was Austin Coene. The former Hawk and former CCC MVP now works in Waltham. “I work with pension plans and everything else. It’s awful watching. I want to play so bad. I still play in men’s leagues, so I’m not totally washed up yet!”

The Gordon women added another victory to their already remarkable season defeating Roger Williams, 58-56.

Gordon women celebrate a win over Roger Williams

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AJ Terry (13 rebounds)

Drew Hart and Garrett Sattazahn

EJ Nelson

EJ Nelson and Eric Demers

Eric Demers – top scorer in all divisions

Eric Demers draws a foul

Ian Carmichael blocks AJ Terry

James Clarkson and Justin Yu

Josh Crutchfield drives

Justin Yu tries a three

Parker Omslaer and Drew Hart

Tie up

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gordon upsets Endicott 83-77 on Senior Day

Eric Demers (35 points) ends up with the ball in the closing seconds

Xahn Frater and Josh Crutchfield celebrate with the Gordon student section

Eric Demers off a screen

(Wenham MA) This one didn’t get away like the OT loss in January did.

The Scots (10-9) took the lead for good with just under three minutes left and held off Endicott, 83-77, on Saturday afternoon.

“Obviously winning a game is a great thing,” said Gordon coach Tod Murphy postgame, “but when you do it against a team like Endicott, that’s pretty special.”

The Gulls (15-5) have the best record (9-2) in the Commonwealth Coast Conference despite the loss.

The records, however, are irrelevant to the excitement each of these games between EC and GC creates.

Rebound battle between Matt McDevitt (14 rebounds) and Parker Omslaer (13 rebounds)

“What a great college-game atmosphere,” said Endicott coach Kevin Bettencourt afterwards.  “We look forward to this game just like they do.”

The crowd was active.  The seats were filled and Gordon’s two seniors (Eric Demers and AJ Terry) were honored pre-game.

“The crowd was amazing,” added junior Josh Crutchfield.  “It felt like we were on top of the world.”

Eric Demers (35 points) continues to be productive despite drawing special defensive attention.

Eric has now scored at least thirty points in eleven straight games.  “What he did tonight is standard for him,” said Coach Murphy.

Asked about the game afterwards, Eric deflected the credit away from himself: “We stick together.  I think we’ve really matured over the last few weeks.  The beginning of the season was “get the ball to Eric and see what happens.”  Now we’re starting to jell as a team and trust one another.  That’s what it takes to win games.”

Today’s game featured eight ties and twelve lead changes.  Plenty to stir the hopes of each team!

However, with 2:53 left in the game, the last of those lead changes took place as Eric drained a three in front of the Gordon student section and the Scots were in front, 76-74.

Eric Demers drains the go-ahead three

“We had some shots late that we were comfortable with that just didn’t go in,” said Coach Bettencourt.  “Credit Gordon, they made a few extra plays down the stretch.”

Keith Brown (26 points)

Senior Keith Brown paced the Gulls with twenty-six points while freshman Jalen Echevarria added eighteen.

Junior Matt McDevitt also tallied eighteen points and had some impressive additional stats to go with his point production; fourteen rebounds and seven assists.  He only missed four shots.  It was his second double/double of the season.

The defeat ended a six-game win streak for the Gulls.  Gordon has now won two straight.

Coach Murphy ventured into new territory during our conversation afterwards: “Our defense made the difference tonight and I haven’t said that all season long.  We recognized where their shooters were for the most part and made plays when we needed to.”

In the January loss, Endicott picked the Gordon zone apart (28 assists) and forced Coach Murphy to abandon that defense.  That didn’t happen tonight.  The Gulls had only fourteen assists and the zone was still in place at game’s end.

Xahn Frater and Jalen Echevarria

Freshman Xahn Frater saw his longest minutes of the season (21) and contributed six points, all in the second half.

“Xahn and Zach (Bennett) stepped up today,” said Josh Crutchfield.  “They acted like they were seniors!”

Parker Omslaer (13 points/13 rebounds) had his fourth double/double of the season.  A key play for the 6-11 junior was his defense in a late Endicott possession.  Speedster Jalen Echevarria (5-9) drove toward the basket looking for points and/or a foul.  He got neither.  “When he came in, I just wanted to stay straight up,” said Parker.  “I was able to contest the shot without fouling.”

Parker Omslaer (13 points) jams

“When Parker jumps straight up, he has such an impact,” added Coach Murphy.

Eric Demers: “You do all that practicing for moments like this.”

Coach Murphy: “I can’t say enough about our two seniors.  Tonight, AJ was so active, rebounding and blocking shots.”

Coach Bettencourt: “This is the fun part of the season.  We’re getting into February and some big games are coming up.”

Josh Crutchfield: “Endicott has a wonderful team.  It’s always great to beat them.”

Parker Omslaer: “Out of anyone, Endicott is the one I want to beat.  That last game with them is still in my memory.  I appreciate all the support the crowd gave today.”

Senior AJ Terry was honored pre-game

AJ Terry: “I think we won it on the defensive end.  We got big rebounds late in the game.  I fouled out but my teammates stepped up.  Best crowd of the year.  I hope they show up for some more games.”

Zach Quanico: “It was surreal with all the people here.  To the upper classmen this game means a lot and we have to understand that.”

Justin Yu: “It is always a great game with them.  A three-point lead against Endicott is nothing.”

Nice gathering afterwards to honor Eric and AJ.

Two more regular-season home games left; Roger Williams (11th) and UNE (19th).  The Scots travel to Western New England on Wednesday.

Box from the game

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Sam Johnson, Cody Hunt, Josh Ribeiro, Graham Tienhaara, Garrisson Duvivier

Mike Schnackenberg and family

Matt McDevitt (18 points)

Josh Crutchfield in for a layup

Jalen Echevarria

Isaiah Godwin dives for a loose ball

Garrett Sattazahn (14 points)

Eric Demers tips in a rebound

Eric Demers leans in for a foul

Eric Demers draws a foul

Eric Demers was 10-for-10 from the free throw line

Eric Demers and Jordan Pettway

Eric Demers and family

Eric Demers three on the way

Cody Hunt and Josh Ribeiro

AJ Terry and family

Billy Arsenault

 

 

 

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Gordon shoots past Curry 106-84

AJ Terry had a career night for Gordon with twenty points and fourteen rebounds

Eric Demers had thirty-one points and four assists

(Wenham MA) Gordon played its best game of the season and defeated Curry, 106-84, on Tuesday night.

“We needed a game like that,” said GC coach Tod Murphy afterwards. “We’ve been struggling lately.”

The Scots (9-9) had lost three straight before tonight’s stat-happy performance.

The Colonels (5-14) ended a 77-game losing streak in the Commonwealth Coast Conference with a win last week over Western New England.  Combine that with Gordon’s 3-game losing streak and tonight’s contest had some ominous possibilities for Gordon.

And that was the way it looked for the first 15 ½ minutes of the first half.

Jared Thorpe-Johnson (23 points and 9 rebounds)

The Colonels made shots and the Scots made shots.  The first team to cool off was going to be in trouble.

On this night, it was the team from Milton (MA).

Curry had a 33-32 lead with 4:50 left ‘til halftime.  Then the bottom fell out for them.

The Colonels didn’t score another point in the half.  They missed eight shots including five three’s.  They also had four turnovers.

Meanwhile, Gordon kept right on putting up points (sixteen unanswered) hitting six of eight shots including two three’s.

Daymeann Stewart (26 points) and Josh Crutchfield

Eric Demers (31 points) had two 3’s in this lengthy segment of good offense and defense.

The Scots led, 48-33, at the half.

The closest the visitors could get in the second half was thirteen points (64-51).  The lead reached twenty points for good with 6 ½ minutes left and the benches cleared for much of the rest of the game.

“I thought that Eric turned the game around for us with his unselfishness,” added Coach Murphy.  “He made some extra passes and suddenly his teammates were doing the same thing.”

Gordon had a season-high twenty assists.  Eric has a season-high four assists.

AJ Terry looks to pass

Senior AJ Terry had his best game as a Scot.  He recorded his third double/double with career highs in points (20) and rebounds (14).  AJ added five assists to an impressive outing.

Curry had big games from two seniors.  Daymeann Stewart put twenty-six points together with six assists.  Teammate Jared Thorpe-Johnson had twenty-three points and nine rebounds.

“We’d like to get hot in the final seven games and get a home game in the tournament,” said Coach Murphy afterwards.  “You get into the tournament and it’s anyone’s ballgame.”

Parker Omslaer (13 points) gets two

The current CCC standings would suggest that only Endicott (10-1) and Curry (1-9) seem destined to finish where they currently are.  After that everyone has a chance to move up………or down.  Nichols and Western New England are 6-4.  Wentworth and UNE are 5-5.  Gordon and Salve Regina are 4-5.  Roger Williams is 4-6.

The Scots face all the teams on the list and Endicott as well in the seven games left.

Only seven teams qualify for the post-season.  It’s like musical chairs; one of the teams in between Endicott and Curry won’t have a seat at the tournament table.

Coach Murphy: “One of the points of emphasis at halftime was that we need to attack the basket and kick it out and we’ll get open three’s.”

Josh Crutchfield

Josh Crutchfield: “We had a good energy level tonight.  It was nice to win and see everyone play.  This season has humbled me because during my first two years we were so successful.  We can always play better defense.  I’m ready for Saturday (Endicott).  It’s why we play basketball.  If you can’t get hyped up for Saturday, you’re in the wrong sport.”

Saturday (3PM) at the Bennett Center the nearby Gulls (Beverly) will be in the house.  It will also be Senior Day.  AJ Terry and Eric Demers are the two seniors on the team.  The Scots fell in overtime to Endicott earlier this month.

Eric Demers’ career point total is now at 2288.  He has scored 30+ points in ten straight games.  The new scoreboards provide the point totals for each of the players in the game so now there is some certainty as to how Eric is doing in each home game.

Justin Yu reached a career high in assists (four).

Box from the game.

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Zach Quanico looks to pass

Zach Quanico tries a three in front of the Gordon bench

Adam Konicki at the rim

AJ Terry

Angelo Sardegna

David Massillon in for two

Garrett Sattazahn (13 points)

Justin Yu

Michael Ashley

 

 

 

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Buzzer-beater negated as Gordon falls in OT to Salve Regina 100-99

Gordon coach Tod Murphy argues that Eric Demer’s last shot should count.

(Wenham MA) Did Eric Demers get the shot off in time?

Has the ball left his hands with time still on the clock in the distance?

Looked like it, don’t you think?

But three gentlemen closer to the action didn’t see it that way and Salve Regina had a 100-99 win instead of a 102-100 loss.

Cam Collins – Thirty-six points and a key block in overtime

“It was going to be an unhappy ending for someone,” said Salve coach Sean Foster afterwards.  “He (Eric Demers) caught the ball, turned, pivoted and let it go.  All that takes time.  I think the officials got it right.  I’m glad they did.”

Wednesday night against Wentworth, the Scots (8-7) trailed by ten in the first half and twenty in the second half before rallying to steal a win.

This afternoon the Seahawks trailed by twenty (38-18) in the first half before catching Gordon at, 67-67, ten minutes into the second half.

Like the Wentworth game, Coach Tod Murphy ditched the zone defense and went man-to-man the final nine minutes of regulation.  Things improved and the Scots rebuilt their lead to 87-79 with 3:12 left.  Make a few shots.  Drain some free throws and the W was theirs.

Not this time.  Gordon missed every shot they attempted (jumper, layup, two free throws, triple) in the final 3:12 and Salve was able to get into overtime.

Eric Demers makes a great pass at the end of regulation

Freshman Justin Yu took the final shot in regulation.  Eric set him up beautifully after driving baseline, drawing two defenders, and passing.  Justin’s shot didn’t go in.

The one Eric took in overtime did go in but wasn’t even considered a shot because the game had ended…….at least that was how the officials saw it.

Eric finished with thirty-eight points including ten in overtime.

“Eric is as good as it gets in this league,” said Coach Foster.  “He’s a tough cover.  He just continues to make shots.”

Cam Collins closely guards Garrett Sattazahn in overtime

Junior Cam Collins (36 points) was immense for SR.  Cam carried the Seahawks during a dismal first half with nineteen points.  He added eleven in the second half and six in OT.  He also blocked Garrett Sattazahn’s go-ahead layup attempt in the closing seconds of overtime.

Gordon shot an unbelievable 63.6% (21/33) in the first half with ten assists and nine steals.  That’s about as good a half as you’ll ever get!  SR “only” trailed by eighteen (51-33) at the half.

“In the first half we were really stagnant,” said Coach Foster. “We turned the ball over a ton against their zone.  Defensively we let up a lot of points right at the halo and deep into the paint.  I thought that if we could correct those things, we could compete a little better in the second half.”

They sure did that!  The Seahawks shot 61.3% (19/31) with ten assists and only two turnovers piling up fifty-four points in a stellar second half.

Kevin Kelly (22 points)

Junior Kevin Kelly (22 points) had twenty of them in the second half.

Salve Regina (6-9) was five-for-five in the overtime and forced a turnover and blocked a shot.

The victory was significant for the visitors from Newport (RI).  Why?  They had been 0-6 on the road before today.  Also, they had lost ten straight to the Scots stretching back to 2015.

Both teams are now 3-4 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

 

AJ Terry was limited to short minutes because of fouls

Gordon leads the CCC in scoring and points given up.  Just one defensive stop in overtime would have been enough for a victory.

Starter AJ Terry was a foul magnet for GC and only played eight minutes.  AJ is fifth in the CCC in rebounding (8 per game).

Coach Foster: “We were up by twenty last week at Wentworth and they came back.  The game is never over.  You play to the end and maybe good things will happen to you.”

Cam Collins had been averaging 16.6 points per game before today’s scoring explosion.

The Scots gave up an alarming fifty points in the paint.

Gordon travels to UNE on Wednesday.

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Andrew Bronstein

Andrew Richards

Chris Peasley (12 points)

Contested layup

David Massillon to the basket

Clutch free throws in overtime

Eric Demers guarded by four Seahawks

Salve coach Sean Foster looks on as Justin Yun gets a wide-open three

Zach Bennett on the floor

Garrett Sattazahn drives

Josh Crutchfield (11 points) shoots a runner

Winning basket for Salve Regina

Mikey Spencer guarded by Garrett Sattazahn

Mikey Spencer guards Eric Demers

Patrick Williamson (15) defends Parker Omslaer

 

 

 

 

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Down twenty in the second half Gordon rallies past Wentworth 81-77

Eric Demers (32 points) in a crowd of Leopards

Kevin Fernandez 15 points) guarded by Jusin Yu

(Wenham MA) Did you ever watch a game on TV in which your team is playing so badly that you decide to change the channel and watch something else?

Later, you learn that your team somehow transformed themselves into a winner while you were away…….and you missed it!

There were no channels to be changed tonight at the Bennett Center. The Scots went down ten points (36-26) in the first half and twenty points (60-40) in the second half to Wentworth before rallying to pull out an exciting, 81-77 victory on Wednesday night.

“They were picking us apart,” understated Gordon coach Tod Murphy.

The final thirteen minutes of the second half, however, turned completely the Scots way.

Garrett Sattazahn (23 points) had a career game for Gordon

The shooting, the defense, and the recently returned GC students all hit the “on” button in the second half and the Scots got an impressive win.

“We just kept fighting no matter what,” said Garrett Sattazahn afterwards.  “Coach always tells us not to give up.”

Eric Demers (32 points) and Garrett Sattazahn (23 points) totaled thirty-seven of those points in the second half.  Eric had twenty and Garrett seventeen.

Eric has done thirty or better eight times this season.  For Garrett it was the first time he’s reached the twenty’s.

“Garrett got really, really hot and had a great second half,” said Wentworth coach Arlen Galloway post-game.  “That certainly played into their comeback.”

The Leopards (11-5) looked awfully good in the first twenty-seven minutes.

Parker Omslaer and Stephen Azums (16 points & 11 rebounds)

“We played good zone offense,” recalled Coach Galloway.  “We moved the ball and we trusted ourselves.  We were efficient and smart on offense.  We didn’t have too many turnovers and built a good lead……….then the tide turned.”

Coach Murphy saw his leaky zone defense as the problem in the early going: “I knew that we had been playing terribly on defense.  It was so lackluster compared to the second half in our last game against Roger Williams.  In that one we defended like crazy and got a win.”

Tonight Wentworth had a comfortable 65-50 lead with 10:18 left.

“Coach called a timeout and he said, ‘Let’s go man and let’s get it going,” recalled Garrett.  And that was exactly what happened.

Parker Omslaer battles for a rebound

The Scots (8-6) switched to man-to-man and (6-11) Parker Omslaer took over the inside.  The uncontested layups ended for the visitors.

“Parker’s offense wasn’t very good, but he turned the game around defensively,” said Coach Murphy.

Gordon went on an 18-2 run over the next four minutes and vaulted to a 68-67 lead with six minutes left.

“We showed a lot of heart making that comeback,” said Coach Murphy.

During the surge of points, Eric had two three’s, while Justin Yu and Garrett had one each.  Justin’s triple came after the Scots hustled for two offensive rebounds (Garrett & AJ Terry) and extended the possession.

The Leopards would regain the lead by a point but free throws (Garrett, AJ, and Eric) in the final minute clinched the win for GC.

Kyle Henseler (17 points)

Wentworth had four players in double figures; Kyle Henseler (17), Stephen Azums (16), Kevin Fernandez (15), and Trey Carrier (12).

Coach Galloway: “We weren’t comfortable at all in the last ten minutes.  Their man-to-man worked really well.  The matchups made sense for them.  Handling the loss of the lead can be difficult emotionally.”

Coach Murphy: “Eric did what he ordinarily does…..hit big shots.  The comeback happened because we’ve got tough-minded kids.  Garrett hit shot after shot.  He was the one kind of leading the timeouts trying to get the guys going.  He hates losing.”

New scoreboards were in place for tonight’s game.

Wentworth lost in the final minute against Western New England in their previous game.

The Leopards have only one senior (Stephen Azums).

David Massillon played in his third game of the season

Tonight’s matchup featured contrasting styles; Gordon led the Commonwealth Coast Conference in offense (89 points per game) while Wentworth led the conference in defense (69 points per game).

The Scots are now 3-3 in the CCC.  Wentworth is 4-3.

Gordon hosts Salve Regina on Saturday.

Stephen Azums had a double/double for WIT.  Eric Demers collected ten rebounds to register his second D/D for the 2019-20 Scots.

Box from the game

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Garrett Sattazahn hit five three’s

AJ shoots free throws

Battle for a rebound

David Massillon and Stephen Azums

Trey Carrier (12 points) and Eric Demers

Tyler Lennon puts up a runner

Zach Bennett in close

Eric Demers shoots free throws late in the game

Eric Demers shoots in traffic

Garrett Sattazahn sets up Eric Demers for a layup

Josh Crutchfield

Josh Crutchfield drives past Tommy Dooling

Kevin Fernandez

Kyle Henseler and AJ Terry

 

 

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