By Peter McClelland
(Newton) – Mount Ida came into this one flying high after two big home wins in their conference this past weekend but Gordon brought them back to earth with a decisive, 72-45, win on Wednesday evening.
The Scots are now 10-3 and move back into Commonwealth Coast Conference action on Saturday afternoon against the leader of the Southern Division, Roger Williams. That game will surely be a lot tougher than this one.
The Mustangs made the game interesting for about eight minutes by finding opportunities on the inside and trailing just, 12-11. Gordon, however, took over the rest of the half to the tune of, 30-10, and cruised to an insurmountable 42-21 halftime lead.
The second half was played, I guess because it’s required, but the Scots had at least a 20-point advantage throughout most of it and had too many weapons, especially on defense, for the Mustangs to seriously threaten.
The whole game was discouraging to Mount Ida Coach Rico Cabral. “Just about everything out there was disappointing. We were coming off a big weekend but tonight we were lacking in effort, execution, and attitude.”
The Mustangs are now 3-12 and should be pleased that they won’t see anymore CCC opponents until next season. Wentworth and UNE also beat them but they did catch a victory against ENC.
Gordon Coach Mike Schauer was glad he was facing a non-conference opponent in the first game after losing Jerry Logan. “We’re a team in transition now without Jerry. He could get the ball inside off the dribble. Without him we’re trying to get bigger and use our size advantage in close off of post-ups.”
There was a steady flow of bodies in and out and the defensive effort showed it. “When you can hold a team to 45 points in their own building you’re doing well,” said Coach Schauer. The Mustangs had been averaging 75 points a game but fared poorly against the smothering Scot man-to-man defense.
That persistent defense not only slowed down the high-scoring Mount Ida offense in the first half but it led to some costly Mustang reactions. During a 3-minute stretch both Otis Thompson and Scott Chamberlain drew technicals for complaining about the tight defense and a game within reach, 18-13, went out the door to, 31-17.
The Scots won this one despite a rather large 19 turnovers. Only once this season (Westfield State – 20) did they commit more. “We turned the ball over way too many times, “said Coach Schauer. Most of the miscues were from trying to pass the ball in closer to the basket. Blame it on Jerry! Hey, that’s not fair. He could be back in a couple of weeks but I suspect that in the meantime entry passes and post passing will see a good bit of practice time.
Ten players scored for Gordon with Jon Marstaller (sophomore Naples ME) topping the list with 18 points, followed by Mike Herr (junior Lampeter PA) with 14 points and Aaron Vogelzang (senior Jericho VT) getting 13 points.
Matt McGaughran (15 points) was the lone Mustang in double figures. Mount Ida visits Mitchell College on Saturday.
Coach Cabral said that Gordon did as he expected but his team didn’t play to the Scots level. “They are efficient, effective and methodical on offense. They have players that can hurt you on the inside and outside. They executed their offense in such a way that they got many open shots.”
Aaron tallied 11 points in the second half and never missed a shot in the game. Quietly he has become a high-percentage shooter from a variety of distances……………There must have been a door open in the second half and some of that high wind outside pouring through. How else can you explain a foul shot air ball from Pete Hassler as well as a 3-point air ball from Justin Kaufman?……………..How often has Gordon out-rebounded anybody by 12 rebounds? Not this season, might be a safe answer………………….Mike Herr took the ball to the basket effectively a number of times. And if he continues to make a good percentage of 3’s it’ll certainly open up the inside for Jon Marstaller………………I’m thinking that Nick Marino would lead the CCC in blocked shots if he played more minutes. He had 2 in 8 minutes against Mount Ida………..Talk about hot and cold. Mustang Doug Williams had 28 points and 14 rebounds in Sunday’s win over Thomas. Against Gordon he was limited to 4 points without a rebound. He also missed a breakaway dunk that had the home crowd moaning and groaning………………John Beebe played his longest minutes (28) of the season. He traveled the first time Gordon had the ball but was flawless thereafter…………It is a pleasure to watch Justin Kaufman handle any individual backcourt pressure he faces and the way the team handles pressure when opponents try to trap………………The Scots don’t see many zone defenses but Mount Ida used one for some of the game. It left Gordon with far too many open shots…………..It was nice of the Coach Company to give us the best bus in their fleet for just a non-conference game. Might be more appropriate for the CCC tournament championship game in February…………….Sports Information Director Mike Raposo overcame internet problems at Mount Ida to deliver a superb stat package.