Curry trio orchestrates 73-62 win over Gordon

AJ Stephens (32) had fourteen points and sixteen rebounds in the Curry victory.

AJ Stephens (32) had fourteen points and sixteen rebounds in the Curry victory.

David Dempsey gives his 1000-point ball to his sister Megan

David Dempsey gives his 1000-point ball to his sister Megan

(Wenham) I’m betting that few folks at the Gordon/Curry game knew that Alexander Graham Bell (telephone) was Curry’s first chancellor.

I’m also betting most folks could pick out the heroes for Curry (3-3) in their 73-62 Commonwealth Coast Conference win over Gordon (1-3) on Saturday afternoon.

AJ Stephens (14 points/16 rebounds), Sedale Jones (17 points/10 rebounds), and point guard Lambros Papalambros (13 points/4 assists/1 turnover) had exceptional games for the Colonels.

But as good as that trio was, there were the Scots down only by three (61-58) with 2:51 remaining.   However, that was as close as Gordon would get.

After two Sedale Jones free throws (he was 12-for-14), a steal by senior Eric Guglielmello (off David Dempsey) sent Lambros Papalambros away for a layup and a seven-point lead less than a minute later.  Game-set-match!

Curry is now 2-0 in the CCC while the Scots are 0-2.

Sedale Jones (17 points) defended in the corner

Sedale Jones (17 points) defended in the corner

Sedale Jones was a first-team CCC player last year carrying a 21-point per game average.  Against the Scots the points were expected (17) but the rebounds weren’t.  He also played 39 minutes.

AJ Stephens is listed at 6-5/255 pounds on the Curry website.  The 6-5 the Scots could deal with.  His weight enabled him to establish position close to the basket.  Once he got the ball he was strong/agile enough to score or get fouled.  He had both Hans Miersma and David Dempsey in foul trouble midway through the second half and that put two of Gordon’s top scorers on the bench instead of on the floor for way too many minutes.

Lambros Papalambros performed the point-guard role very well.  He had just one turnover despite handling the ball most of the time.

The Colonel trio combined to shoot 12-for-23 from the floor and 18-for-22 from the foul line.

Gordon was able to hang around in this one because the rest of the Colonels did not shoot as well.

Speaking of shooting, where has Gordon’s touch gone?  36-for-71 from the foul line so far.  That a little over 50%!  (In a bad dream I imagine Gordon with a twenty-point lead in a second half with ten minutes left and the other team starts fouling on every possession.)

When the talk is of 3’s, it is often said that you can live by them and you can die by them.  That shot was available against Curry but as 5-for-23 suggests the long-ball wasn’t falling.

Hans Miersma awaits an entry pass

Hans Miersma awaits an entry pass

I was impressed with the play of sophomores Taylor Bajema and Hans Miersma.  Taylor looks comfortable playing starter’s minutes.  Hans has improved his positioning on offense and once he gets the ball has shot a dazzling 20-for-26 so far.

Luke Hamilton had two surprises (to me) on offense.  One time he took the ball to the basket – was this a first?  Another time he put in a three-point shot off the backboard.

David Dempsey was honored before the game.  He reached 1000 points in February at Nichols.  His sister Megan was instrumental in getting the ball from that game for her brother.

AJ Stephens (32) and David Dempsey (25) in action under the basket

AJ Stephens (32) and David Dempsey (25) in action under the basket

With his fifteen points versus Curry, David’s point total is now (by my unofficial count) at 1089 which puts him one point ahead of Justin Kauffman on the all-time Gordon scoring list.

Gordon travels to Wheaton (MA) on Tuesday for a non-league 7PM game.  Wheaton is 5-1 after losing to Bridgewater State today.

JT Himmelstein was in the house today.  The 2012 graduate is a student at Gordon Conwell.

Myra/Jim Marstaller were also on hand.  Jim reported that son Jon is working in Hawaii.  Why didn’t I think of that when I was his age?

box score

Top five players in efficiency in Gordon/Curry game:

Sedale Jones +23
AJ Stephens +23
Lambros Papalambros +21
Hans Miersma +16
Taylor Bajema +10

Team efficiency?
Curry +82  Gordon +59

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.

The pictures above and below enlarge considerably if you click on them.

Luke Hamilton shoots a three in front of the Gordon bench

Luke Hamilton shoots a three in front of the Gordon bench

David Dempsey leaps to defend a shot

David Dempsey leaps to defend a shot

Sedale Jones defended by Taylor Bajema

Sedale Jones defended by Taylor Bajema

Pam Bajema and Val Gin

Pam Bajema and Val Gin

Curry coach Malcolm Wynn

Curry coach Malcolm Wynn

David Dempsey heavily defended

David Dempsey heavily defended

action under the basket

action under the basket

Eric Guglielmello (14)

Eric Guglielmello (14)

Lambros Papalambros (24)

Lambros Papalambros (24)

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