(Newburyport) This one was hard to watch…….and I’m not just writing about the live video from Wentworth.
Gordon squandered another second half lead, and lost to Wentworth, 60-59, at Wentworth on Thursday night. That “now-you-have-it-now-you-don’t” routine reached three.
(After a slippery drive out of Boston after a Monday night Celtics game, I chose not to be back in there with snow in the forecast after this game.)
Gordon (6-9 overall / 5-3 CCC) may not suffer a more painful loss then this one. If so, I beg for some warning so that I will miss such a game!
The Scots shot very well (60%) in the first half to get ahead, got caught briefly (41-40 – 12:23) in the second half, then built up a solid eight-point lead (57-49) with 3:12 left.
After that? Fingernails on the chalkboard time! This was the sequence of Gordon possessions:
turnover (Luke Hamilton),
missed 3 (Park Thomas),
turnover (Hans Miersma) which gave Derek Mayo a layup, missed front end of 1-and-1 (Park Thomas),
turnover (Hans Miersma),
2 made free throws (Park Thomas) with 21 seconds left to give GC a 2-point lead (59-57),
missed 3 (David Dempsey) at buzzer.
Wentworth (9-5 overall / 5-3 CCC) got two huge plays from sophomore Derek Mayo in the late, 12-2, run that pulled this one out for the Leopards.
On Derek’s first big play, one second Hans had a rebound and the next thing you saw was Derek making a layup. So instead of GC with a 57-53 lead, with the ball, and 1:28 left, the lead was cut to two points.
After Park’s two made free throws the Scots went in front by two with 21 seconds left. After a timeout, the Leopards were very patient passing around the perimeter. I thought they would try to get to the basket and at least get free throws but Derek got a pretty clear look from long range from the top of the key and connected for the game winner with five seconds left. David Dempsey had a last-second shot from long range but missed.
The pain doesn’t get any less describing it! This was truly one that got away.
Let me segue into a piece of information. In the ten-team Commonwealth Coast Conference, eight teams make the playoffs. When the Scots were 5-0 in the CCC that information didn’t mean much. Now at 5-3, you start to wonder where the team will be after the next ten league games.
However, a discernable pattern has developed: 3 losses, 3 wins, 3 losses, 3 wins, and now 3 losses. Gordon’s next three opponents (Nichols, Western New England, and Curry) should now know what to expect!
The Nichols game is Saturday afternoon (3PM) at the Bennett Center. The Scots need some serious student support.
Park Thomas paced Gordon with a season-high seventeen points. He has had only four turnovers in the last two games.
Hans Miersma had his second double/double (10 points/11 rebounds) of the season and added a season-high five blocks. Should I mention his season-high also in turnovers (five) including two in the last 1 ½ minutes? Didn’t think so!
Wentworth collected seventeen points off of Gordon giveaways. In a low-scoring game, that’s a lot of points.
But there will be a second chance against Wentworth at home and Gordon certainly played well enough for the faithful to be able to look ahead optimistically at the rematch.
I don’t see many games on live video but after watching this one I can now feel the pain of those of you out there who do. My eyes are old but it seemed as if almost everything was out of focus. I appreciated the announcer keeping me up-to-date on player’s names (It’s BADGE-a-ma not bah-JAHM-a) but did he know that we have no view of the scoreboard?? And then there were the inopportune-time commercials. We got to watch a 30-second commercial with play going on in the last minute……..now that was painful! But, if you’re from Wentworth reading this, I appreciated the video coverage. It is a work in progress as it is for other colleges and it certainly beats looking at just the final score or a box score.