(Newtown CT) Western New England did everything right in the last fifty-four seconds and rallied past Gordon, 68-67, in Springfield on Wednesday night.
The game opened the Commonwealth Coast Conference part of their schedules for both teams.
The win in the home opener was the first for the Bears after three losses.
For Gordon (1-2) this game was eerily like the Salem State win on November 20th without the happy ending. There was David Dempsey taking the last shot, with Gordon down one point, but no sign of Hans Miersma for the game-winning putback.
I watched WNEU’s online live stats coverage of the game. You get the numbers that way but not the player-to-player interactions.
The last minute had cheer-worthy occurrences for both teams.
First for the Scots: Jason Dempsey (10 points) put Gordon ahead, 67-64, assisted by Taylor Bajema with fifty-five seconds left.
The rest was all WNEU: Ryan Mickiewicz sank two clutch free throws after being fouled by Park Thomas to narrow the Gordon margin to, 67-66. Dewayne Wynn stole from Park Thomas and put in a layup to give the Bears the lead with seven seconds left (68-67).
This was a game in which the Scots had the lead most of the time but couldn’t get enough separation to avoid the last-minute Bear rally.
Park Thomas paced the Scots with sixteen points. He also managed to get as many rebounds (seven) as Hans Miersma did.
Credit the WNEU defense with doing a number on David Dempsey. When you can hold the returning first team CCC player to five points you’re doing something special. That is two single-digit games in a row for the Gordon senior. He had only one of those all last year! No question the broken nose and the distracting face mask, that resulted, are factors in the startling early-season numbers.
Luke Hamilton (13), Shaun Roach (10), and Jason Dempsey (10) reached double figures for Gordon. That was Shaun’s first double-digit game ever.
Top Five Players in Efficiency
Park Thomas +18
Luke Hamilton +15
Jason Dempsey +14
Zack Askew +13
Damon Alston +12
When NBA coaches evaluate a player’s game performance they use the following stats:
#1 – good stats (rebounds, points, assists, blocks, steals). #2 – bad stats (missed field goals, missed free throws, turnovers).
A player’s efficiency in a particular game is arrived at by subtracting the sum of the bad stats from the sum of good stats.
Gordon’s next game is Saturday (3PM) versus Curry. It will be their second CCC game.