(Wenham) When members of The Pit start filing out long before a game is over you know things aren’t going well for the home team at the Bennett Center.
That surely was the case, Thursday night, as Gordon (2-4) got in with a talented Bates team (5-1). The Scots hung in for a half (34-20), thanks to some gritty defense, but fell completely apart in the second half and lost, 85-37.
Gordon’s offense was the really big problem on this evening. Every possession seemed to be a turnover-in-waiting. I counted 72 possessions. The stat sheet shows an incredible 32 turnovers – 15 in the first half and 17 in the second half. I suspect that no team at any level has ever won with that many turnovers. Mix in a meager SIX assists for the game and you have a team with a malfunctioning offense.
However, it must be remembered that this team, beyond Greg, David, and Austin, is very inexperienced. Things will get better but slowly. The transition will be hard to watch at times (like this game) and quite possibly next game (MIT – #20 in D3 Hoops poll) on Saturday afternoon.
The big news about the next game is that before the MIT game there will be a ceremony to unveil the 2009-10 Commonwealth Coast Conference championship banner. The ceremony is scheduled for 2:45PM and the five graduates from that team (Aaron, Brady, Ben, Timmy, and Jeff) are expected to attend. It is an event that will bring back sweet memories for the Gordon faithful.
Now I’m supposed to switch back to a game that won’t be a pleasant memory!
A 14-2 run over five minutes put the Bobcats ahead, 17-6, after 7 ½ minutes. With a streak of six straight points Greg Walker (12 points) closed the gap single-handedly to 20-14. However, Bates scored the last six points of the half and led 34-20.
Brian Ellis (16 points/2 steals) paced Bates. Brian had 24 points last year in Gordon’s win in Lewiston. Brian’s sixteen points this time came in just seventeen minutes of playing time. The 6-5 senior is one of the better players in New England.
Bates really put up the points (51) in the second half. Along the way they had a ten-point run, an 11-1 run, and an 18-1 run. The Scots had no answers on offense or defense.
David Dempsey topped the Gordon scorers with 16 points. I am sure that during preseason the talented sophomore was told that he would have to take on more responsibility on offense this season. I doubt that he expected to end up being the point guard as much as he has, however. Desperate times call for desperate measures!
Gordon used an aggressive zone defense at times and I thought it was effective in the early going.
Luke Hamilton returned to action after missing the Babson game Tuesday night.
Roy Ray made his debut for Gordon. Luke Perkins registered his first two points.