(Newburyport) Hans, there you go again with the last-second heroics while I’m elsewhere!
Hans Miersma made a free throw with no time left on the clock to give Gordon (4-4) an exciting, 62-61, win over Lesley University (3-6) on Tuesday night.
The Lynx do not have a gymnasium. They play their games at Buckingham, Browne, and Nichols in Cambridge. On the BBN website, parking was described as, “very limited,” with the best alternative being to park across the Charles River and wait for the hourly shuttle. This information convinced me to seek alternate transportation that didn’t materialize.
Anyhow, the game was at BBN. The game stat sheets reveal a game that could have been won/lost by either team.
Hans had a huge game (12 points/12 rebounds/5 blocks) and his play in the final two minutes was key to the Gordon victory.
Hans had four rebounds in those last two minutes and none bigger than his offensive rebound of a Park Thomas miss in the closing seconds in a tie (61-61) game.
After Hans took down the rebound he was fouled by Brian Glodowski just before the game-ending buzzer went off. According to the LU website, the officials discussed the timing of the foul before giving Hans a chance to win the game……which he did.
For those paying attention at home, this is the second time this season that Hans has come up big near the end of a game. Remember the Salem State game? Hans converted Dave Dempsey’s miss in the closing second as the Scots edged the Vikings, 69-68, on November 20th.
This game has some serious ups and downs for both teams. After a 25-25 first half, the Scots put together a 20-10 segment during the first seven minutes and led 45-35. David Dempsey (18 points) put up eight to pace Gordon while Park Thomas (15 points) nailed two 3’s.
However, somebody pressed the off button on the Scot scoring and over the next 7 ½ minutes they tallied only two points! Not surprising, that ten-point lead vanished into a seven point deficit (54-47) with 5 ½ minutes remaining in the game. (Matt Gibson had ten points during the Lynx comeback)
The Scots rallied to regain the lead with a 10-2 spurt featuring layups by Hans and Taylor Bajema as well as 3’s from Tom Hurley and Park Thomas.
David Dempsey had a block in the final minute before Hans’ free throw clinched the win.
David had a season-high in points (18). The team had season highs in blocks (9) and offensive rebounds (19).
Tom Hurley went from observer to contributor with five points (his first points at Gordon) in fourteen minutes of playing time.
Appearing for the first time this season was senior Jordan Kelly. His rebounding and inside presence is sure to help the Scots as the season progresses.
Last year the 9-17 Scots lost eleven conference games in which they led in the second half. A year older, Gordon has lost only two such games (Curry & Lynchburg) overall in a similar manner. So in six of this season’s eight games, the Scots have been in a position to win late and have done it four times. None of Gordon’s four wins have been by more than seven points.
Top Five Players in Efficiency in the Gordon/Lesley game:
Hans Miersma +27
David Dempsey +21
Matt Gibson +16
Brian Godowsky +15
Park Thomas +11
Team totals: Gordon +70 Lesley +62
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.
A well-known sports line, regarding a traded player who returns to play well against the team that traded him, is: “Why can’t we get players like that?” There was senior point guard Matt Gibson of Lesley producing a stat line against Gordon that included; two assists, four steals, and no turnovers in twenty-seven minutes. Yes, Matt was at Gordon two years ago. He played very rarely and scored only twenty points during the 2010-11 Scot season.
Gordon returns to Commonwealth Coast Conference play on Saturday (3PM) at the Bennett Center against Wentworth. Last time the Leopards were at Gordon was Seniors Day. The five Gordon seniors came off the bench to start and, led by the Herod twins, rushed off to a nice lead in a game the Scots won by twenty-three points. One week later, however, in the opening round of the CCC tournament the Scots lost to Wentworth to end their season.
The Scots are 0-2 in the CCC so far and would surely enjoy the Christmas break a whole lot more with a win in their last game of 2012.
Wentworth (5-2) has won five straight games.