Lynchburg downs Gordon 69-54 in tourney opener in New York

Michael Wims (22 points) defends a stumbling David Dempsey

Michael Wims (22 points) defends a stumbling David Dempsey

Park Thomas pressured by Tyri Morring (11)

Park Thomas pressured by Tyri Morring (11)

(Purchase NY)  The Lynchburg Hornets (6-2) took the lead for good thirty seconds into the game and defeated Gordon, 69-54, on Friday night in the first round of the 1st Annual AJ Buchanan Classic.

The combination of good passing and great pressure gave the Scots (2-4) fits for the first 13 ½ minutes of the first half and later in the final ten minutes of the second half.  How does a 54-23 difference sound?

However, during the minutes in the middle, the Scots played really well.  How does 31-15 sound?

But Lynchburg’s beginning and ending were more than enough to do in Gordon.

Tomorrow the Scots play in the consolation game against Berkeley at 2PM.

This game had blowout written all over it in the first half as the visitors from Virginia had there way on both ends of the court forcing turnovers (26 for the game) and displaying unselfishness (18 assists in 26 baskets for the game).

All this good Hornet play had them up, 30-13, with 6 ½ minutes left in the first half.

But credit the team from Wenham.  Instead of giving up, the Scots played a terrific next seventeen minutes of playing time stretching into the second half.

Taylor Bajema (11 points) lays one in

Taylor Bajema (11 points) lays one in

During this positive Gordon segment, the Scots outscored Lynchburg, 31-15, getting nine points from Taylor Bajema, seven from David Dempsey, and six from Luke Hamilton.

All this good stuff had Gordon trailing by just one point (45-44) with nearly ten minutes left.

The rest of the way?  Let’s just say that one team ran out of gas and the other team started harvesting points off of nine Gordon turnovers.  Lynchburg closed out the game with a 24-10 run and will now face host Manhattanville tomorrow in the finals at 4PM.

Senior Michael Wims (22 points) paced the Hornets.  Brandan Connor added ten points to go along with six steals.

David Dempsey (13) and Taylor Bajema (11) led the Scots.

David Dempsey (13 points) beats Alex Graves to the rim

David Dempsey (13 points) beats Alex Graves to the rim

The Hornet pressure was intense from end to end.  They often had Gordon going at a faster pace then they would have liked.

Lynchburg’s interior pressure was so effective that usual Gordon scoring option (Hans Miersma) was only able to get off three shots.

One thing that wasn’t good by either team was 3-point shooting.  Lynchburg was 5-for-26 while Gordon shot 3-for-14.

David Dempsey, Luke Hamilton, and Park Thomas all played at least thirty minutes versus Lynchburg.  You have to wonder what their legs will feel like tomorrow afternoon in the consolation game.

Box score

Top Five Players in Efficiency in Lynchburg/Gordon game:
Michael Wims +22
Brandan Connor +19
David Dempsey +12
Alex Graves +11
Gary Boone +9

Team Scores?  Lynchburg +82 Gordon +46

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.)

David Dempsey gets shot blocked by Gary Boone (25)

David Dempsey gets shot blocked by Gary Boone (25)

Harry West (0) and Tyri Morring (11)

Harry West (0) and Tyri Morring (11)

Park Thomas gets into the lane

Park Thomas gets into the lane

Brandan Connor (10 points and 6 steals) looks for an opening

Brandan Connor (10 points and 6 steals) looks for an opening

Xavier Parham (2) breaks away after a steal

Xavier Parham (2) breaks away after a steal

Xavier Parham (2) on the baseline guarded by Chris Alderson (1)

Xavier Parham (2) on the baseline guarded by Chris Alderson (1)

Manny Hernandez (24) puts up a floater in the lane

Manny Hernandez (24) puts up a floater in the lane

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