(Wenham) Trust me, this one was pretty………………pretty ugly and pretty close but when the game ended Gordon (16-3/8-0) had a 61-55 victory over Regis (8-12/4-4) on Wednesday night at the Bennett Center. That’s twelve straight for the Scots.
Both teams frustrated each other defensively. Undersized Regis was forced into solo basketball (they had only eight assists) and long-range attempts (2-for-17). Gordon struggled all night putting passes together and had an alarming 22 turnovers.
The Pride went through a seven-minute scoring drought that started late in the first half and extended four minutes into the second half. When its pointless segment began, Regis led 22-19. When it was over, they trailed 34-22. For those doing the math, that is a fifteen-point run.
Those of us sensing the scoring drought would be the beginning of the end for the visitors were in for a surprise. The Pride, led by Darrin Kelley (12 points/3 steals) and Jesse Vega (19 points/2 steals), started the climb back and used a 15-4 spurt to make things a very interesting 51-50 with 3:15 left.
After that, just like at Endicott, the Scots put up points at a pace that the opponent, Regis in this case, couldn’t match. Maybe it was fatigue because the minutes on Jesse Vega (40), Phil Alibrandi (39), and James Cooper (37) were significant considering that they pressed the entire game.
Anyhow, the end game was fun to watch. Gordon sank six pressure free throws and added a couple of crowd-pleasing baskets. The first of those was when David Dempsey turned a free throw miss (by Greg Walker) into a put-back layup. The second was Aaron Trigg finding a wide-open Jeff Derr for a jump shot.
The Scots closed at a 10-5 pace and that put this one in the win column.
There sure were some jump-out stats. 54 rebounds! That is the highest this season and could it be the highest ever??
Equally eye-catching was David Dempsey’s stat line – 18 points/13 rebounds. This was his first double/double and season highs in both categories. His quickness around the basket is still catching teams by surprise.
No, Brady Bajema did not get to 1000 points. Doesn’t surprise me because he has never been one to force his offense and on this night, Regis just wasn’t giving many open looks……to anyone. Brady made one three and that puts him at 997.
Gordon’s next game is home versus Nichols at 4PM. A year ago, Brady had the best game I ever saw him play getting 37 points at Nichols. I like his chances of reaching 1000 on Saturday afternoon.
Jesse Vega had a personal seven-point run that pushed Regis to within one point (51-50). He drained three straight free throws.
Aaron (19 points) led Gordon scorers. Against a tough defense, he took the ball to the basket, ended up getting ten free throws out of it, and made eight of them. Those seven turnovers come with the territory for a player, out of necessity, being asked to force his offense.