Roger Williams sends Gordon to seventh straight defeat – 61-55

Players on the Gordon bench watch and hope as Luke Hamilton launches a three

David Dempsey (17 points) tries to drive by Pat Flanagan late in the game

(Wenham)  Another disappointing loss.

This time it was Roger Williams escaping with a, 61-55, win on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center.

The Scots started their Commonwealth Coast Conference schedule by winning five straight.  Since then they’ve dropped seven straight and instead of challenging for a top spot in the eight-team post-season tournament are now hoping to make that event.

Gordon (6-13 overall / 5-7 CCC) will face one of the three teams below them in the standings (UNE) on Thursday night.  The Nor’Easters are 4-8 in the CCC and tonight defeated Curry (73-61) as Charles Fenner poured in 31 points.

The seven straight losses have been frustratingly similar: Gordon is competitive in the first half, ahead in the second half, and unravels late in the game.

Against RW, Gordon fought back from a 10-point deficit (18-8) to be ahead at halftime.  The Scots were in front, 52-51, with 9:03 left.  Certainly in a position to break the losing streak.

Park Thomas puts up the only points Gordon would score in the last nine minutes of the game

The rest of the way?  The Scots made only one-of-thirteen shots and had three turnovers!  They had only a Park Thomas triple (at 4:28) in the final 9:03.  Adding to the frustration was that RW had just two free throws to show for their last seven possessions.  A made shot or two by the home team down the stretch and this could have been a W.

If if’s and but’s were candy and nuts we’d all have a fine Christmas.

Pat Flanagan came in as the league’s top scorer (19.8) and was held to eleven points by the trio of Hans Miersma, Jon Himottu, and Jason Dempsey.  The 6-9 senior did have eleven rebounds and five blocks.  He guarded Hans Miersma into a one-for-eleven evening.

Freshman Cooper Meyer (9 points) had a breakout game for Gordon.  He had a big part in the rally back from the 10-point deficit.

The Hawks (12-7 overall / 8-4 CCC) have won six of seven since the loss to Gordon nineteen days ago.  The Scots made 9-of-15 triples in that oh-so-long-ago victory.

David Dempsey paced the Gordon scorers with seventeen points.

Joe Henry - thirteen points including three long ones

Joe Henry (13), Mike Engelmann (11), Pat Flanagan (11), and Adam Cook (10) reached double figures for Roger Williams.

Jason Dempsey has scored six points in each of the last three games.

Six games left in the regular season.  Both ENC and Western New England are still two games back, in the loss column, in the battle for the 8th spot, after defeats tonight.  Gordon faces ENC on Saturday afternoon in Quincy.

The Scots took good care of the ball (13 turnovers) and for ¾ of the game shot very well.  Winning their remaining six games is not out of the question. Of course, the flip side is also possible.  I guess that’s why we show up……to find out what happens.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge significantly if you click on them.)

Hans Miersma tries late layup

Ryan Palumbo

Hans Miersma in close

Cooper Meyer - 9 points

David Dempsey and Hans Miersma surround Pat Flanagan

Jason Dempsey tries to draw charge

6-9 Pat Flanagan scores two

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