(Wenham) The Scots took the lead early and never let go as they opened the Commonwealth Coast Conference part of their schedule defeating Western New England, 63-56, at the Bennett Center on Wednesday night.
Junior David Dempsey paced Gordon with twenty-two points and ten rebounds.
The Scots started the season with three lopsided losses against very good D3 competition. I wondered how they’d match up in CCC competition. In this one……pretty good!
The keys to victory were: (1) getting off to a fast start, and (2) making Andre Shaw work hard for the points he scored.
A Jordan Kelly jumper put the Scots in front, 16-6, after 6 ½ minutes. That lead would get as high as thirteen (33-20) late in the first half before WNE ran seven straight to cut Gordon’s halftime lead to 33-27.
The Scots’ biggest second half spread was 53-41 after a Cooper Meyer jumper at 7:42. The rest of the way things got a little dicey, but the closest the Golden Bears could get was five (59-54) with a minute left. However, Ryan Mickiewicz had a clean look at a three with twenty-nine seconds left and WNE behind, 60-54. If he had dropped that three this one had a chance of getting more interesting than any of the faithful on hand would have enjoyed. But he missed and the Scots made enough free throws to seal the deal.
A lot of credit for the GC win goes to Luke Hamilton. He was assigned to Andre Shaw. Yes, Andre got twenty-three points but it took him fifteen shots to get there partly because of Luke’s pressure. Luke also added 13 points. The sophomore had five double-digit games last season.
The Scots lowered their turnovers to fifteen after averaging twenty per game in the three blowouts.
Those seventeen assists for twenty-three baskets reveal a trust-your-teammates side to the Gordon win.
Gordon (1-3) will travel to Curry (Milton MA) on Saturday for a 3PM match with the Colonels in the second CCC game of the season.
Western New England (2-3) will face Nichols at home.
I like what the Gordon women’s team does after home games. They gather at center court briefly and then they go into the crowd to greet/thank the folks in attendance. It looks like good manners to me.
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