(Henniker NH) You put the team with the best field goal percentage (Gordon) in a game with a team with the worst scoring defense (New England College) and the result should be predictable and was.
Gordon routed defenseless New England College, 87-58, on Thursday night on the road in Commonwealth Coast Conference play.
The Scots (13-4 overall/ 4-2 in the CCC) return to action on Saturday afternoon against our neighbors from Beverly (Endicott) at the Bennett Center and I guarantee you that Gordon will not light them up for 87 points.
The two rivals went at it in early December and Gordon won (barely) over there, 67-66. Remember the shot Aaron hit from the corner near the end? Remember the shot that Jon Marstaller hit from the same corner the year before? These games are usually memorable.
In the game I’m supposed to be writing about, New England College (2-15 overall/ 0-6 in the CCC) simply could not defend the Scots.
A quick look at the CCC website will tell the viewer that Aaron Trigg went into this game #1 in 3-point field goal percentage in the conference and Brady Bajema #5. Those gentlemen require special defending beyond the arc but the Pilgrims couldn’t get the job done and the result was a deficit of 50-25 at halftime.
In that decisive first half, Aaron was 5-for-7 and Brady was 4-for-6 from long distance. Jeff Derr hit the other first half three when he was left all by his lonesome beyond the arc. NEC coach Charlie Mason called an immediate timeout and there was some shouting heard but this was not a night where the Pilgrims had any defensive answers.
New England began the second half with several starters on the bench and it took them 5 ½ minutes to score. Meanwhile the Scots ran off nine straight with birthday boy David Flight getting the last two on a nice pass off a turnover from Austin Bentson.
The 59-25 cushion gave Coach Mike Schauer 14 ½ minutes to take a look at the rest of his bench and everyone got some playing time. It gave me a chance to get confused because I haven’t seen the Herod twins play enough to know one from the other. I should have asked the Herod twin’s parents, who were sitting nearby, for help.
JT Himelstein filled the score sheet a bit in his nine minutes with three steals, two assists, and nine points. Being from Arizona, could he possibly think that the Cardinals have a chance against the Steelers on Sunday?
It was wonderful to have dry roads up and back after some serious snow on Wednesday morning.
Not surprising that an assistant coach from nearby Colby-Sawyer was in the house. The preseason favorites visit the Bennett Center on February 10th.
Nice to see the team being helpful after the game.