(Boston) Wentworth (6-6) dominated Gordon (4-8) defensively and had enough long-range firepower to torch the Scots’ zone defense. The result was a 66-40 loss to the Leopards in the opener for both teams in Commonwealth Coast Conference action.
This was Gordon’s second loss to Wentworth in ten days. In both losses Gordon shot poorly and in both losses Wentworth had its way with the Scot defenses.
I had some weather concerns regarding this Saturday afternoon game but they didn’t become an issue until the ride back.
That Gordon defense that frustrated Wheelock last Tuesday night, didn’t bother Wentworth very much. Unlike Wheelock, the Leopards were content to pass, pass, and pass on their way to open looks. On this afternoon, they had the shooters to cash in the openings.
Corey Therriault (22 points) killed the Scots with seventeen points in the first half including four 3’s. The 6-3 sophomore’s first half barrage had plenty to do with Gordon going down 32-18 in the first half.
The Scots never led in this one and were pitiful on offense for as long as this game was being contested by regulars. That breaking point was 9 ½ minutes into the second half with Wentworth comfortably ahead, 47-27.
The Leopard defense did a great job of taking away almost all of Gordon’s inside scoring. Greg Walker (6 points) was again confronted with 6-11 Sam Herrick and any nearby help whenever Gordon got the ball down low. The Scots were forced to be outside shooters. That’s not a strength of this team yet.
Gordon made just 3 of 15 from long range to go along with an ugly 5-for-13 from the foul line. You may have gathered by now that the Scots didn’t shoot well!
Let me beat that dead horse for one more paragraph’s worth. In the opening 10 ½ minutes our Scots had the ball sixteen times. What did they do with those possessions, you ask? Six points, four turnovers, nine missed shots.
This got Gordon down, 19-6. Later an eight-point Leopard run set the Scots back, 29-11.
A David Dempsey (10 points) jump shot had the Scots in sight of Wentworth, 38-25, 4 ½ minutes into the second half. But then Corey Therriault cashed a three and later had a possession in which he missed a jump shot and a 3-point shot before putting in the rebound. That activity gave Wentworth a 43-25 lead and a clean ride to the end of the game.
The eye-catching stat from this game is Wentworth’s 23 assists. Zones will help those assist stats but 23 assists on 27 baskets is very remarkable. During the game the Leopards turned down good shots to get even better ones.
Sam Herrick finished with a double/double (12 points/14 rebounds).
JT Himmelstein had his first turnover-free game of the season.
Gordon returns to action on Tuesday night at home (without students?) against Anna Maria. There should be plenty of good seats available.