(Milton) Gordon’s Greg Walker led all scorers with 22 points in the game but it took Aaron Trigg’s five points in the last 1:54 to give the Scots an exciting 66-61 win against Curry College on Saturday afternoon in Commonwealth Coast Conference action.
Gordon (11-4 overall/ 3-2 in the CCC) came close to letting this one get away. They ran up a 45-32 advantage five minutes into the second half but Curry (4-12 overall/1-4 in the CCC) followed with 14 unanswered points in the next five minutes and took the lead, 46-45.
Sophomore Austin Bentson finally stopped the bleeding with a couple of offensive rebounds that he turned into five points.
The teams were even, 61-61 with just under two minutes left. This is how the Scots took over and won the game.
A well run inbounds play gave Aaron an opening on the left and Tim MacDonnell found him. Bang. After Greg drew an offensive foul to give Gordon the ball back, Aaron ended up with a loose ball down the other end and squirmed in for a layup with 40 seconds to go. Now up by four the Scots fouled Gerald Cohen on a put back but saw him miss both attempts with 23 seconds left. Aaron was fouled after collecting his eighth rebound and closed the scoring with a free throw.
What helped make this game close was that the Colonels had no one who could guard 6-7 Greg Walker while the Scots were left defenseless by the moves to the basket of 5-9 Quashed Simmons.
Greg was able to get position in the lane most of the game and when he got the ball in there his assortment of shots produced five baskets in each half. He also gathered five rebounds in each half to get his first career double/double.
Quashed took the game over for Curry in the second half. After just two points in the first half the speedy senior totaled 19 points in the second half. Everyone in the stands, and on the floor for that matter, knew he would drive to the basket on nearly every possession but he still pulled it off time after time. Fortunately, for Gordon, TMac and Aaron were able to keep Quashed from getting a shot after the game was tied at 61.
This one produced several eye-catching stats. The Scots were awesome on the boards with 46 rebounds including a season-high 17 offensive rebounds. The Colonels came in averaging 36 rebounds but had just eight boards in the first half and 23 for the game.
The stat of concern was another Gordon game with 25 turnovers. Aaron and Brady Bajema had 15 between them. Way too many passes to the wrong team! Curry’s 14 steals were a season-high for Gordon opponents.
Coach Schauer shortened his bench in this one and came away with twelve points, twelve rebounds, and only one turnover from Austin, Jeff Derr, and Jon Himottu. They were difference makers.
The Scots are now an impressive 7-2 on the road. That’s good because the next two games are also away from home. Tuesday night they’ll be at Hellenic College in Brookline to face nonleague Newbury at 5PM. Thursday night it is off to Henniker (NH) for a date at 7:30 with New England College.
Miller Gymnasium is the only gym that I have ever been at where the folks in the stands are library-quiet when either team shoots free throws. Why?
Trivia learned in the stands: Erin Thames of the Gordon women’s team and Aaron Trigg were born on the same day. Interested me because my daughter (Stephanie) and Gordon coach Jeannine Cavallaro were also born on that day – November 28th.