(Wenham) You ever wonder what goes on at halftime in the locker rooms?
I wondered after Gordon began the second half with an uncomfortable, 30-26, lead and then played a dazzling five minutes of both-ends basketball to start the visiting Wheelock Wildcats on their way to a 67-53 defeat.
Who saw it coming? The surging, second-half Scots made five of their first six shots collecting thirteen unanswered points to break away, 43-26, while Wheelock missed seven shots, had a turnover and went through two timeouts.
The Wildcats (2-5) never recovered from that slow start. The Gordon lead would get as high as twenty-two (65-43) later before the reserves on both sides took over.
The Scots (3-3) continue to be a team of surprises. Who could have guessed they would win three straight after the way they lost the first three games? Some wondered if they could win ANY games after those first three! But win they have, and now they get three weeks off before being part of the Vanguard Tournament in Costa Mesa, California on December 29th.
The very pleasant surprise in this game was the scoring of Luke Hamilton. The 6-3 sophomore had a career high eighteen points, including a remarkable fifteen in the second half. His previous high in points was sixteen versus Coast Guard last season.
Luke was five-for-eight from long range. His last one was a set play out of a timeout where screens gave him an open look from in front of the Gordon bench. All this from a player entering the game averaging 5 points per game!
Junior David Dempsey has been very steady during the 3-game win streak. In this one he had eleven rebounds/fifteen points. If you’re looking to find an opponent’s best defender note who’s covering David. That’s why it has been good to watch the Scot offense moving the ball around enough so that David can get the ball in a position to score from.
Hans Miersma has only been in the mix for six games but his numbers are impressive. After last game’s career high in rebounds versus Curry (15) he followed with a career high in points (14) against Wheelock. The more attention team’s pay to 6-9 Hans in close the more open opportunities his teammates will find.
Elliott Hernandez paced the Wildcats with eleven points nailing 3-for-3 from long range.
Max Kaim came in with a team-leading 14 points per game but was held to five points by the Scots.
6-1 Bashir Hudson leads the Wildcats in rebounding with 9.5 per game. One of my pictures shows his amazing leaping ability that makes it possible.
This was a non-league game. Wheelock, from Boston, is in its 5th season of basketball. Similar to Gordon’s early days, they do not have their own gym and play their home games at Pine Manor College in Wellesley.
Last year the game was at Pine Manor. The Wildcats came into it having beaten Wentworth, Endicott, and Curry. The Scots trailed 17-5 early on but stuck with a zone defense the whole way. Wheelock cooled off from the outside and Gordon came home, 72-65, winners in the January 4th contest. Park Thomas made his Gordon debut in that one. David Dempsey had sixteen rebounds.
If you go to enough games you know that the National Anthem is always an adventure. Sometimes the singer gets a little nervous. Sometimes the music is slow getting started. Then of course there are the times when the music doesn’t work at all. Who expected the rookie public address announcer at this game to take on the song himself? But this guy did and pulled it off nicely.
I guess you have to be ready for anything. One spectator even came wearing a whistle……….but he never got his chance to use it.
Christianity is different from all other religions because it is news about what God did so that we can connect to Him. All others are advice on what we have to do to connect to Him.
Our Savior was born on Christmas Day. What a gift to each of us!
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