By Peter McClelland
(Lewiston) Well, at least the nonleague part of the schedule is over. And not a game too soon as Gordon lost to the Bates Bobcats, 75-57, in frigid Lewiston (0 degrees at game time) on Thursday evening. That’s four straight losses for the Fighting Scots, all to non-CCC foes.
“We need to focus now on being 1-0 (win over Nichols in Commonwealth Coast Conference in December) instead of 4-6,” explained Gordon coach Mike Schauer afterwards. “We have a very discouraged basketball team right now. We need to be ready for Curry on Saturday.
This was a game in which the Scots could never seem to put together some good offense with some good defense. Maybe only having high-scoring Hayes Murray for short minutes (11 minutes) made that big of a difference.
“Hayes didn’t play in California because of a groin pull,” said coach Schauer. “At times in this game we could have used him a lot. This game, however, was to see if he’d be ready for Curry on Saturday.”
Gordon never led in this one but the final score betrays the fact that the Scots had their chances to do much better. “The last three times we’ve played Gordon it’s come down to the last possession,” explained Bates coach Joe Reilly. “We expected this game to get us ready for the NESCAC schedule ahead.”
After Rob Stockwell’s lay-up gave the Bobcats a 48-39 lead four minutes into the second half, the home team went into a four minute scoreless segment. Instead of catching up the Scots joined the offensive comedy and were shut out as well!
Coach Reilly’s take on the drought was that, “both teams were working so hard on defense that the other team’s shooting was affected.”
Not long after this John Beebe drained a floater in the lane and Scott Allenby followed with his 4th trey of the second half. Gordon was only down 50-44 with eleven minutes left.
That would be the end of the good news for the Fighting Scots. Bates kept up the tight man-to-man defense and started to hurt Gordon on the inside and outside at the other end. The result was a 20-6 run over the next 7 ½ minutes – game, set, match.
Ryan Smith had a strong first half (11 points) while Scott Allenby had a strong second half (16 points). Unfortunately, their offensive production vanished in the opposite halves.
Alex Yeats had a very productive evening collecting a double/double (14 points/10 rebounds). He even led the team in assists with four.
Bates (now 8-3) was led by Ramon Garcia and Rob Stockwell with 16 each. Elliott Linsley also registered a double/double getting 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Bates starts its NESCAC schedule on Saturday hosting Colby.
The Scots face Curry at the Bennett Center at 3PM on Saturday.