(Medford) Call it a nonleague game if you like. I’ll settle for “glorified scrimmage.”
Both teams have crucial games on Saturday and this one didn’t matter in any way that I could discern. I should have figured that out BEFORE I took the trip to Medford.
Tufts (12-11) plays Bates in a battle for 5th place in the NESCAC. A 5th place finish gets a first round game with Trinity (13-9). A 6th place finish gets a first round game with Middlebury (18-1). Remember them last March in the NCAA’s?
Gordon (9-13) faces Western New England at home on Saturday and is currently in an uneasy 9th place. They need to move up to 8th or better during the next three games (WNEC, UNE, and Salve Regina) or end up out of the CCC tournament. They hold tie-breakers over Colby-Sawyer and Regis if either of those teams drops back even with the Scots.
The gymnasium at Tufts was an eye-opener. Built in 1932, there were arches, and wooden benches, and a locker room several stories above courtside. I learned before the game that this past summer they had removed the old floor and changed the direction the basketball court went. Apparently the old court didn’t meet NCAA standards.
This was Gordon’s third game this season with teams in the NESCAC:
Bates 85 Gordon 37
Wesleyan 81 Gordon 52
Tufts 69 Gordon 47
One noticeable difference between teams in the CCC and NESCAC is the size of the players. I am not talking about height. I’m talking about weight. Tufts, on a roster of thirteen players, had eight players weighing at least 200 pounds. Does Gordon have anyone?
One bright spot in the “scrimmage” was the return to form of freshman Luke Hamilton. He was 4-for-4 from long distance and led Gordon scorers with twelve points. From the how-do-you-explain-it department: Luke missed all five shots he took from inside the 3-point arc!
Two stats to give you a whiff of the flavor of the event I watched: (1) Greg Walker played twelve minutes and he wasn’t injured, and (2) Coach Murphy pulled all his starters after 2 ½ minutes. Let me add to #2 – the team was trailing 7-0 and had already served up three turnovers and missed two shots.
Saturday at 3PM at the Bennett Center will be the last home game of the regular season. Austin and Greg will be honored as the team’s seniors. Greg will also be getting a basketball commemorating his 1000+ points.