(Wenham) The last time Curry played at Gordon (February 27, 2010), the crowd at game’s end, poured onto the court to salute the Commonwealth Coast Champions after a Timmy MacDonnell steal preserved a 56-54 win.
After today’s game the crowd left the stands and went out the door wondering how the Scots can continue to fold late and squander winnable games.
The “had-and-lost” number reached six on Saturday afternoon as Gordon played a brutal final 6 ½ minutes blowing a nine-point lead (getting outscored 21-4) and losing to Curry, 61-53, at the Bennett Center.
Gordon (6-12 overall / 5-6 in CCC), despite the loss, holds the 7th spot in the ten-team CCC standings. Eight teams make the post-season playoffs. Fortunately today the three teams below them (ENC, UNE, WNEC) all picked up their 8th loss. The Scots play UNE on Thursday and ENC on Saturday.
At 6:22 of the second half a Dave Dempsey (13 points) free throw put Gordon in front, 49-40. You had to like the team’s chances at this juncture unless you had been around for the previous five games.
Off came the wheels over the next 3 ½ minutes and the Colonels collected eleven straight points. The Scots had five empty possessions low-lighted by three turnovers and stumbled behind, 51-49, with 2:43 left.
But as was the case in most of the recent losses, the Scots went down but recovered to renew the hope of a win. Dave Dempsey hit two free throws to tie the score. Then after a Sedale Jones miss, Dave drove the left side to give Gordon a 53-51 lead with 1:40 left. Beware, excruciation ahead!
Curry scored ten straight points the rest of the way while the Scots turned the ball over (Alex Carnes), missed a 3 (Park Thomas), missed a 3 (Luke Hamilton), missed a putback (Hans Miersma), and missed a 3 (Luke Hamilton).
The Colonels made five of eleven triples in the game but were 3-for-3 in the late-game rally. Brian Boyajian’s long one gave Curry the lead (54-53) after Dave’s layup. Michael Connery’s triple on the Colonels’ next possession increased the Curry spread to 57-53 with thirty-seven seconds left.
Sedale Jones had a terrific stat line for Curry – 19 points / 7 rebounds / 2 blocks / 6 steals.
Dave Dempsey led Gordon with thirteen points but it took him fourteen shots to get there.
Dead Horse Assault Alert: Turnovers continue to be Gordon’s biggest problem. Twenty-three more were served up this afternoon. Those turnovers led to an alarming twenty Curry points! Would a first-of-the-season backdoor cut dissuade every team’s overly zealous passing lane defenders? The goal should be to produce a good scoring chance on each possession.
Good crowd on hand with numerous alumni in the house. I saw Aaron Vogelzang, John Beebe, Ben Gaskill, and Timmy MacDonnell.
Curry (8-10 overall / 6-5 in CCC) faces UNE next Tuesday.
The Scots host Roger Williams on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center (8PM). Gordon defeated RWU last time at Bristol. Today RWU defeated Endicott at Bristol – go figure!
I think that it is accurate to say that in this year’s CCC there are no easy wins and no certain losses. Any team (I’m looking at you, Gordon) can win if they play well……for an entire game. C’mon, stop the bleeding on Tuesday night!
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