(Newtown CT) In a game against a team called, Beavers, you’d have to expect some chipping, wouldn’t you? Was I in the sun too long?
Unfortunately, it was Gordon (2-3) unable to chip enough off the Babson (3-2) lead late that cost the Scots in a 71-61 loss in Tuesday night at Wellesley.
(I returned from Anguilla in time to hear the audio of the last two minutes of the Gordon/Babson game. I am hoping to do some on-hand coverage of Thursday’s 7PM game versus Bates at the Bennett Center.)
The Beavers got themselves into a need to chip by getting down, 31-14, after 13+ minutes in the first half. Your Scots were hitting and had few turnovers (four) during this good section.
Thirteen minutes of playing time later, Babson had completely whittled the lead to zip – 45-45.
Babson then began to pull away (60-52 – 6:41 left) but the unpredictable Scots rallied close (63-59) on a Greg Walker (21 points/3 blocks) jumper with 1:25 to go. Gordon even got the ball back (Shaun Roach steal) but couldn’t get closer. Babson sealed things with eight straight free throws – they were 16-for-16 for the game.
So the game ended (71-61) reading like a 10-point loss but it was hardly that. Credit the team from Wenham for making things interesting.
Gordon continues to be hard to figure out. In this one the shooting (51%) was terrific but those turnovers (20) just keep coming.
Those turnovers seem to be the key. How? The Scots built up the 17-point lead with just four giveaways in the first 13 ½ minutes. Take care of the ball and good things are possible.
A key name missing from the box score was Luke Hamilton. The young sharpshooter might have been a difference-maker in this one. I should be able to update his status after the Bates game.
All five games in December are at the Bennett Center. The team has the month to get ready for Commonwealth Coast Conference play. Have you figured out yet, five games in, how they’ll do in CCC action?
Bates beat Babson by fourteen, so Thursday’s game will involve another tough opponent for our work-in-progress team.
No one asked about Anguilla but if you ever get a chance……book it!