(Wenham) The Newbury Nighthawks (5-11) opted to play a zone defense and Gordon responded with season highs in shots (63) and assists (26) and routed the visitors, 79-51, in nonleague action at the Bennett Center.
That is nine straight for the Scots to go with an impressive 13-3 record.
This game got out of hand early, with Gordon breaking a 3-3 tie after the first minute and following with a 16-2 spurt over the next nine minutes. Greg Walker tallied eight of his game-high 16 points during a two-minute stretch in this run. Greg is 5th in the Commonwealth Coast Conference in field goal percentage (55.8%) and thrives when teams choose to concentrate on Gordon’s long-range shooters.
The surprise on the stat sheet was Garrett Harden getting eleven points including eight in the first half. These were not garbage time points. The sophomore guard hit three of four 3’s in sixteen minutes setting career marks in points and playing time.
The Gordon passing was impressive from beginning to end. They scored 32 baskets and had 26 assists. That is about as unselfish as a team can get and it was great to watch.
Newbury, on the other hand, had 22 baskets with only five assists. They had some terrific athletes but setting each other up on offense is a work in progress.
About five minutes into the second half, Gordon’s lead was 47-28 before Greg and Aaron Trigg combined for seven straight. Moments later, with the score 56-34, the Scots put up 14 unanswered points in a three minute segment to get to 70-34 with 8 ½ minutes remaining. During this stretch, JT Himmelstein started things with a sweet drive down the lane and ended it with a pass to Timmy MacDonnell in front of the Gordon bench that the senior turned into three points.
A 16-2 run by the Nighthawks against the Scot reserves closed the gap a bit and the final score was 79-51.
Brady took on Newbury’s top scorer, freshman Timothy Young. He ended up with 15 points but few of them came early on when Brady was in coverage.
One hold-your-breath moment was when Brady decided to take a charge from fast-moving, leaping Rondell Best. He got the charge all right but also got himself embedded into the Bennett Center floor doing it. He got up probably wondering how (why?) his teammate Timmy MacDonnell goes out of his way to take charges. With his six points tonight, the 1000-point club watch for Brady is at 973.
The best number of the night may have been Aaron’s 21 minutes of play. He went into this game in seventh position in minutes (33+ per game) in the CCC. Teams want to do well in the regular season but maybe just as important is having something left physically for the CCC postseason tournament that goes every other day.
Rondell Best (13) and Timothy Young (15) paced Newbury in scoring. These freshmen were together on Brockton’s 23-1 Division One team.
You start to get a sense of the games ahead when you see Charlie Mason (New England College) in the stands as well as one of the assistants from Endicott.
During this season, Newbury has played seven of the CCC teams. They defeated Anna Maria, New England College, Regis, and ENC. They lost to Curry, Wentworth, and now Gordon.
Last year Jeff Derr had a career high 23 points when Gordon played Newbury at Hellenic College.
While Gordon has won nine straight, their next opponent (New England College) has lost nine straight. Would the Scots be silly enough to look past the Pilgrims toward Saturday afternoon’s return matchup with Endicott? I sure hope not.