(Weston) I asked someone who had the answer, “Where’s Derrick Neal?” There reply was, “We can’t give out that information.”
Who knows what’s going on there but minus Derrick and his 13.4 points per game, Regis (12-8/5-3) lost to Gordon (7-12/3-5), 49-46, on Thursday night at Regis.
This game was scheduled for Wednesday but more than enough snow changed that arrangement.
Points were at a premium with both teams playing a lot of very active zone defenses. Most of the shots were from the outside.
The Pride erased a 3-point deficit (44-41) on a three by Darrin Kelly (10 points) and a layup from Robert Edwards (6 points) with 2:15 left. The rest of the way (four possessions) Regis came up empty.
Meanwhile the Scots tied the score (46-46) on a Greg Walker (10 points) jumper and followed that with the eventual game winner with 1:10 left as Garrett Harden (9 points) nailed a three on a pass from Austin Bentson.
The Pride had three possessions thereafter and Darrin was in the middle of all of them. First possession he missed a three, second possession he ran over Park Thomas and got a turnover, and third possession he took a last-second shot which was blocked by JT Himmelstein.
You never know how a game will go. After the first half I had a bad feeling about how this one was going to go. The Scots were down eight (31-23) at halftime and already had ten turnovers.
However, Gordon started fast in the second half with seven straight (jumpers from Austin and Greg and a Garrett trey) and the Scots were right back in it. Little did we know then that Regis would only make FOUR baskets in the second half!
The Scots scored only one basket (Greg Walker rebound conversion) over the next 3 ½ minutes and actually added two points to their lead! Such was the state of the shooting for both teams in this game.
The Pride hit five of six free throws to pull ahead 41-40 with 5:50 left. Back came Park and Greg with jump shots to regain the lead for Gordon, 44-41 with 3:40 left.
This led into Regis’ 5-point run answered by Greg and Garrett to win the game for the Scots.
Not only was Derrick Neal missing but Regis’ second scorer (Phil Alibrandi) had only five points. He’s been averaging eleven. This is the 3rd team that the Scots have beaten (Endicott, ENC, and now Regis) that had key player(s) missing.
The key to this game, in my opinion, was Gordon having only five turnovers in the second half. Regis pressed after made baskets but they only had four in the entire second half. Regis shot just 18.2% (4-for-22) in the second half.
I did not clearly see the collision involving Park and Darrin that led to a Regis turnover very late in the game. Park went down and then left the game with what looked like a nose bleed. That gave JT a chance to be in the game late and block Darrin’s last-second bid for a tie.
David Dempsey (13 points) and Greg Walker (10 points) saw all sorts of defenders whenever the ball came their way.
Freshman Ryan Chambers led the Regis scorers with eleven points.
Regis had twelve steals but ten of them were in the first half.
Gordon plays at Nichols on Saturday. The game is scheduled for 2PM which is earlier than usual. Could that “wintry mix” forecast have something to do with it?