(Quincy) What’s not to like?
Gordon wins. David Dempsey pours in twenty-eight points. Hans Miersma has his fourth straight double/double. Alex Carnes is back. The Scots have now won five straight.
The final score was, 81-67, in a Commonwealth Coast Conference game played on Saturday afternoon at Eastern Nazarene.
The Scots (7-4) took the lead in the first 1 ½ minutes and pushed it to double figures before the half was over.
The Lions could not break the double-digit barrier thereafter. They came close (42-31) five minutes into the second half but then Gordon put together a 17-8 run and were in charge, 59-39, with nine minutes left.
The Lions rallied in the final four minutes, nailing three 3’s, but couldn’t seriously threaten the final outcome.
David Dempsey had his best game of the season. The 6-5 senior had plenty to do with the Scots fast start, getting seventeen points and seven rebounds in the first half.
ENC had no defensive answers for him inside in either half. Once he had the ball in close the trouble started for the Lions. There were times when ENC had freshman covering him and that never seemed to work well defensively.
Minus the mask, David put up twenty on Thursday (Wheelock) and twenty-eight this afternoon. He has now moved into 11th place on the GC all-time scoring list ahead of Joe Witherspoon. David now has 1206 points. Sitting (currently) in 10th spot is Mike Herr with 1232.
The Lions were shut out for six minutes in the first half and that was when Gordon jumped ahead 30-15.
Impressive was Gordon’s rebounding margin, 56-32, over the Lions. Hans Miersma led the way with fourteen and he also had four blocks. Hans did a nice job neutralizing talented 6-8 Chima Ezeigbo (10 points/eight rebounds).
Alex Carnes was one of five Gordon players in double figures. His return gives the Scots another solid two-way player.
Eastern Nazarene (6-3) had won four straight at home before today‘s loss.
Gordon runs its win streak to five and counting. They host the University of New England on Tuesday night at 5:30PM at the Bennett Center. Yes, 5:30PM! UNE has lost five straight games. I am quite sure that there will plenty of excellent seats available for that one!
Shaun Roach had a sizable rooting section on hand at ENC. He made the most of his seven minutes getting a basket, a steal, and three assists.
Jason Dempsey (11 points) is 10-for-14 over the last two games and has made all of his free throws.
ENC has ten freshman on their seventeen-man roster.
Things that I like about the way Gordon is playing: (1) the three-ball is a smaller part of the offense, (2) the free throw shooting has moved from frightening to respectable, and (3) full-court pressure is not leading to a deer-in-the-headlight reaction.
The first one makes sense because the team has been able to pass its way into high-percentage shooting possibilities in close. GC has only taken a total of twelve three’s over the last two games.
The second one had to get better with practice.
The third one was a matter of players getting a year more of experience and knowing instinctively where pressure gives up openings and finding the openings.
The Scots are 2-2 in the CCC with conference home games ahead on Tuesday (UNE) and Thursday (Roger Williams).
The seven wins are nice for all of us who went through last year’s nine win season.
Top Five Players in Efficiency in ENC game:
David Dempsey +27
Hans Miersma +24
Park Thomas +14
Alex Carnes +13
Jason Dempsey +13
Team Totals: Gordon +101 ENC +61
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.
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