(Beverly) Lance Greene sparked a second half rally as Endicott defeated Gordon, 68-62, on a student-free Tuesday night at Endicott.
The students from both schools are on semester break.
The win was Endicott’s third straight in conference play. Both teams are now 5-2 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.
The Scots (6-7) have lost two straight CCC games and things won’t get much easier on Thursday night when they visit Wentworth. The Leopards knocked Salve Regina from the unbeaten conference ranks with a win tonight.
This was a game in which the Scots started slowly (7-0), but recovered and went ahead, 33-32, early in the second half. 6 ½ minutes into the second half the Scots led, 40-35, and things were looking good.
What happened next looked awfully familiar to those of us who had watched the Salve Regina game slip away in the second half. Why? Because once again the Scots and their followers saw a lead squandered because of a lengthy scoring drought.
That Gordon 5-point lead was long gone 10 ½ minutes later as the Scots 40-35 advantage became a 58-47 deficit. That’s a 23-7 run!
Gordon was 2-for-20 during that segment. They missed seven straight, made 2-of-5, and then missed eight straight.
Endicott (10-4) took full advantage of the scoring lapse led by Lance Greene. The talented junior guard had eleven points, two assists, and two rebounds to put the Gulls in front to stay.
A big part of the Gordon demise was their inability to hit triples. They notched just 1-of-12 during the game-slipping-away part. The rest of the time the triples fell at a 5-for-12 rate. You can live by them………and you can die by them.
Endicott used a zone on occasion and it gave Gordon trouble. It certainly took away David Dempsey’s usual inside moves as the Gulls had several shot blockers around the basket. David collected thirteen points but needed fifteen shots to get there.
Jordan Kelly set a career mark in rebounds – eleven.
The Scots had a season low (nine) in turnovers including a remarkable ONE in the second half. Wow to that!
Andre Makris had ten rebounds…….all in the second half.
Lance Greene had fourteen of his team-leading sixteen points in the second half.
Park Thomas paced Gordon with sixteen points making 2-of-4 three’s.
Senior Erik Callo had nine points, nine rebounds, and a good night of defense when matched up against David Dempsey.
Alex Carnes (8 points) and Luke Hamilton (10 points) were a very cool 2-for-14 from long range. However, some of those missed long ones were late-game desperation attempts.
Jon Himottu made several spectacular blocks just before the first half ended.
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