Gordon Shocks Curry to Win Second Straight in Men’s Basketball

David Dempsey (19 points) finishes a second half jam against Curry.

(Milton)  Looks like another team got caught looking at Gordon’s first three games and making a wrong assumption.

The Scots surprised Curry, 64-55, to win their second game in a row and their second game in the Commonwealth Coast Conference on Saturday afternoon at Curry.

Overheard along the Curry bench, “This is what league games are like, if you don’t come to play you’re going to lose.”

I also heard someone say near the end, “We’ve just lost to the worst team in the league.”  That’s cold!

Gordon (2-3) took the lead thirteen minutes into the first half (21-20 – Hans Miersma layup) and never trailed again.  After Hans’ basket the Colonels were defended into one-for-ten the rest of the half and ended up behind, 32-22.

Luke Hamilton (10 covers Sedale Jones (11) with Hans Miersma (34) and John Durkin (00) nearby.

The Scots took defending Curry’s two scoring threats, Sedale Jones and Lambros Papalambros, seriously.  Luke Hamilton, Taylor Bajema, and Shaun Roach all had turns with Sedale.  The Curry high scorer (6-4 junior) needed sixteen shots to get his twenty points.

Lambros (6-4 sophomore) scored only seven points making only two-of-nine.  Alex Carnes covered him most of the time.

The Colonels did run a classic backdoor on Taylor Bajema with Sedale sliding behind for the layup.

The second half was not without its moments of concern for the Gordon faithful.  After the Scots got what would be their largest lead (43-29 – 15:46 – David Dempsey layup), the visitors went over four minutes without scoring.

During the point drought, Curry pulled within six (43-37) with 11 ½ left on an Andrew Veilleux layup.  Plenty of time to overtake Gordon.

Shaun Roach (11) looks to pass to Park Thomas (33).

Gordon followed with a missed shot (Jason Dempsey) but got the rebound.  Park Thomas tried a three and it also missed but Shaun Roach took down the offensive rebound, converted and made the free throw.

Curry came back twice more to within six (50-44 & 52-46) but responding points from Alex Carnes and David Dempsey kept the Colonels from making things any more “interesting” the rest of the way.

A huge key in this one was Gordon’s rebounding.  53 rebounds!  The last time they had more than that was at Regis (54) on February 3, 2010 back in the 6-9 Ben Gaskill days.  Hans had fifteen rebounds versus Curry to go with eleven points.

Those 25 offensive rebounds against Curry might be a Gordon record.  Shaun’s basket, that stopped Curry from getting closer than six points, was one of the good things that can happen to a team that rebounds well.

David Dempsey again led the Scots with nineteen points including a second half dunk in the early going.  I was told that Hans had a dunk on Gordon’s first possession.  My stats tell me that David Dempsey set him up for it.

Sedale Jones (11) defended by Jason Dempsey (14)

I ended up being late for the game because I was in Lynn taking in Hamilton-Wenham’s heartbreaking loss (noon start) to Bourne in the Division 3A Super Bowl.

Jon Himottu and Jordan Kelly filled in nicely for Hans.

The Scots had 18 turnovers.  They faced a very aggressive Curry press.  I think that the team is taking much better care of the ball.  However, dribbling into traps and then trying to dribble out of them is still a no-no.

Jason Dempsey was back for the Scots after missing a game.

Gordon gets non-league Wheelock at home on Thursday night (7PM).

What better place to have a gymnasium then right next to the place where the students eat.  Why didn’t Gordon think of that?

Good to see Greg Walker (at Northeastern working on a degree in physical therapy) as well as his parents (Kevin/Suzanne) at the game.

(The pictures enlarge to normal size if you click on them.)

Lambros Papalambros

Park Thomas (7 points & 2 assists)

Sedale Jones (11) in sandwich between Hans Miersma (34) and Shaun Roach (11)

David Dempsey (19 points & 7 rebounds)

Park Thomas (33) scrambles for loose ball with Sedale Jones (11)

Jordan Kelly (3)

Lambros Papalambros (24) shoots over Alex Carnes (4)

 

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