(New London NH) Let’s face it – we Gordon faithful were getting spoiled. And who could blame us after over two months of win after win.
And who would have expected our winning ways (thirteen straight) to end in New London (NH) where the Colby-Sawyer Chargers were coming off three straight losses?
However, the, “on any given night” reality bit the Scots (17-4/ 9-1) and they came out on the wrong end of a 74-63 score on Tuesday night in Commonwealth Coast Conference play.
Going undefeated in the CCC is now off the table. What remains, though, over the last four games (Bates/Western New England/UNE/Salve Regina) of the season, is trying to gain the most favorable position possible in the postseason CCC eight-team tournament that starts on February 23rd. Still sitting alone atop the current CCC standings (9-1), put the Scots in complete control of their destiny.
Gordon did not play well enough to defeat Colby-Sawyer (12-10/5-5). But those on hand will tell you that the Scots made a serious run late to steal this one but that mishandlings and misfirings kept the upset from happening.
One nearby Charger fan, was overheard to say during the game that, “this was the best I’ve seen them play,” referring to the home team. No doubt, he was referencing C-S’s red-hot, long-range shooting (nine for eighteen) and their well-schemed half-court defense (twenty-one Gordon turnovers).
An early Colby-Sawyer 8-2 deficit vanished as both of the Charger positives just mentioned kicked in and Gordon helplessly watched the scoreboard effects of first half C-S runs of twelve points and nine points that plunged them into a 37-28 hole.
Freshman Jason Chevrefils (19 points) gave the Scots nothing but trouble all night. He got good low-block position time after time and knew how to score from there. His jump hook, similar to Greg Walker’s, was never successfully defended.
In the second half, Jason combined with long-ranger David Rosso (fourteen points on four 3’s) to do most of the damage as the Chargers ventured into laugher territory (64-49) with just 4:20 left in the game.
It was easy to wonder at this point, why the Chargers could have lost to Regis, Curry, Roger Williams, Endicott, and Salve Regina. However, over the next two minutes the Scots put up points – eight straight at one point – and the home team started turning the ball over in the backcourt and missing shots down the other end.
Credit a “first-time-I’ve-seen-it” full-court trap, steal, or foul approach used by Gordon. It worked for the next two minutes and things got a very interesting (65-59) when Aaron Trigg made his only three of the game.
The last two minutes the Scots reverted to misfiring (1 for 6) and mishandling (3 turnovers) while C-S sealed the deal with seven of eight free throws.
The CCC’s top scorer, Jon Chaloux, collected ten points in the first half but Ben Gaskill limited him to only two more thereafter.
Ben had a game-high thirteen rebounds along with a hard foul on breaking away Jason Chevrefils attempting a layup. Ben got the ball but plenty of Jason along with it.
Dunks are unusual for Gordon and Greg Walker had one in the second half on a breakaway.
C-S did a great job on the perimeter containing Brady Bajema (11 points – 3 for 10) and Aaron (14 points – 5 for 13). Aaron has gone three-for-fifteen from long range over the last three games.
Bates is next in Lewiston at 7PM on Thursday. This is a nonleague game so the minutes of Aaron, Ben, and Brady may be impacted especially with a visit to Western New England in CCC action looming on Saturday. The need to secure home-court advantage during the remaining four games, including Bates, should be the top priority.
Another top priority at Bates is trying to keep cool in the gymnasium; at least it was two years ago. The ancient structure had an equally ancient heating system that puts out heat in a fashion that has spectators wondering how much of their clothing they can take off without being arrested.
More seriously, Bates has won five straight. We managed to defeat them for the first time ever last February at the Bennett Center thanks to a season-high, 20-point run in the second half.