(Wenham) Confronted with some of the softest defense they’ll ever see Gordon cruised to Win #3 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference defeating Anna Maria, 95-66, at the subdued Bennett Center on Tuesday evening.
Facing a team that surrendered 84.4 points per game coming in the Scots had no reason to be their usual deliberate selves. Good shots seemed to turn up early on almost every possession and Gordon took full advantage. “We were unselfish,” said Gordon Coach Mike Schauer in a very brief interview afterwards. No stat better reflects the way this game went then the Scots 28 assists – their previous high was 20.
Gordon, now 11-2 overall, takes its act on the road against ENC on Saturday and to Roger Williams on Tuesday. Believe me, the atmosphere in those places will be completely different from what we saw tonight. The Gordon students aren’t back until next week. I continue to wonder why college students miss so much of January.
7 ½ minutes into this game Gordon had a 19-9 advantage. Every starter had scored and the team had only missed one shot. The Amcats (6-8) had averaged 80 points per game against previous opponents. But even with an up-tempo style there were few easy baskets against a Gordon defense that had been keeping opponents under 60 points per game.
An Aaron Trigg (sophomore-6′1″-Overland Park KS) three in the last minute gave Gordon a 46-30 halftime advantage.
The visitors tallied the first five points of the second half but shortly thereafter their porous defense did them in. The Scots ran ten unanswered points and with 15 ½ minutes left the score reached 58-37. The issue was no longer which team would win but by how much would Gordon win by. Benches cleared and everyone able to play did play.
Mike Schnackenberg (senior-6′6″-South Portland ME) continued his high-percentage shooting going 8-for-9 to reach a team leading 17 points. As a team the Scots set a season high in shooting percentage – 64.9%.
Jon Marstaller (senior-6′5″-Naples ME) ended with 14 points but might well have gotten double that if he had played longer. He saw lanes to the basket that he probably won’t see again for the rest of the season.
Ben Gaskill (sophomore-6′9″-Columbus OH) was the leading rebounder in the game with seven. What I liked best was his full-speed slash to the basket in the first half.
Greg Walker (freshman-6′7″-Uxbridge MA) continues to look like a player deserving of more playing time. “Greg has been sensational in practice for a long time,” said Coach Schauer. “He’s ready to make the jump to more playing time.”
I didn’t see the Wheelock game so I got my first look at Austin Benston (freshman-6′2″-Branchville NJ) and Dain Scheibel (freshman-5′9″-Gambrills MD). Austin drilled a three and Dain showed that he’s familiar with the point-guard position.
The blowout status of this game benefited Aaron Trigg. His minutes were shortened to 24. He has been leading the entire Commonwealth Coast Conference in minutes with over 35 per game.
Next up for the Scots is ENC down in Quincy on Saturday afternoon. Last time the teams met it was the Blue Sea against the Red Sea. This time it’ll probably be the Red Sea against a team from Wenham. I wonder if the chicken and the gorilla will be running around loose again. Speaking of running around loose, a friend of mine arrived at the Anna Maria game late and reported seeing a deer running loose on Grapevine Road across from the Bennett Center.
Anna Maria’s next game is against Colby-Sawyer at home on Saturday. The Chargers had over 100 points against New England College tonight. Based on the shaky Anna Maria defense I witnessed tonight another 100 point game for Colby-Sawyer on Saturday would not surprise me at all.