Gordon Men’s Basketball Defeats Western New England in League Opener

David Dempsey (22 points) puts in a first half layup.......or was it a dunk?

Luke Hamilton (13 points) chases Andre Shaw (23 points).

(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.

Jon Himottu (50) deflects a pass intended for James Hock (33)

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.

Box Score

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David Dempsey

Andre Shaw

crowd organizer

Hans Miersma (34) surrounded

Park Thomas shoots late-game free throw

Shaun Roach (11) steals from Andre Shaw.

Taylor Bajema blocked by Daniel Minto (35)

Alex Carnes - 8 points and 5 assists

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