(Wenham) Great timing, Shaun Roach!
The Gordon junior celebrated his birthday in front of a huge Bennett Center gathering by having a career game and leading the Scots to a, 70-63, crowd-pleaser over Endicott on Tuesday night in Commonwealth Coast Conference action.
Shaun’s scoring performance (sixteen points including thirteen in the second half) came out of nowhere. There was a ten-point game earlier this season against Western New England but that was it. In fact, Shaun scored only twenty-four points during the entire 2011-12 season!
But on this night he had it going especially in the second half.
Trailing 48-47, Shaun sent the Scots on a seven-point run with a layup, a three, and an assist on Hans Miersma’s layup to put Gordon ahead, 54-48, with 11 ½ minutes left.
The Gulls not only didn’t go away they would tie the score at 60-60 with just under five minutes left. Last year Endicott beat Gordon twice and both times the games reached this point (close with little time left) and the Scots blinked and lost.
This time, there’s more Shaun Roach. The next six points scored in the game were two old-fashioned three’s by the Gordon junior. That gave the Scots a 66-60 lead with 2 ½ minutes remaining.
But Lance Greene (14 points) nailed a three with 2:06 left and this suddenly became a nail-biting, one-possession game, 66-63.
However, the Gulls wouldn’t score the rest of the game. They launched four 3’s with no success. Twice the Endicott misses led to Gordon free throws and David Dempsey made both of his as did Luke Hamilton to seal the deal.
Where was Shaun in this late stuff? He extended two of the Gordon possessions with offensive rebounds and later had a defensive rebound on one of the Gulls’ missed three’s.
I can’t imagine what Shaun could come up with for a suitable encore Saturday at Nichols during Gordon’s next game.
The visitors from Beverly broke out to a strong start. The Gulls (7-7) put nine unanswered points together to break away from a 5-5 tie. Bennett Knowlton contributed a three and a jump shot while Andre Makris and Lance Greene added the other baskets.
The Gull lead would reach eleven (27-16) with eight minutes left before the Scots began turning up the offense and the defense.
Over the last 4 ½ minutes Endicott was held scoreless while Gordon dropped ten straight. The Scots got those ten points from Park Thomas (2 free throws), Taylor Bajema (three), David Dempsey (jump shot), and of course Shaun Roach with a three. The late run gave Gordon a 35-34 halftime lead.
The Gulls tried a variety of pressure defenses on the Scots and picked up a few easy baskets.
David Dempsey (18 points) led all scorers and is now the tenth all-time Scot scorer with 1244 points. He just passed Mike Herr (1232). Ahead, and currently in the ninth spot, is Gene Fitzgerald with 1297.
The battle between point guards Park Thomas (12 points) and Lance Greene (14 points) was a good one. They came out even in the efficiency stats. Park ended up with six assists and only two turnovers. Lance took in twelve rebounds including one on a missed free throw.
John Hennault led the EC scorers with fifteen points but it took the sophomore fifteen shots to get there.
Matt Kneece collected ten rebounds for Endicott. Hans Miersma had eleven boards for Gordon.
Gordon (10-5 overall and 5-3 in the conference) is on a serious roll having won eight of their last nine. Their next game is at Nichols at noon on Saturday. The Bison were the ones on the winning end of a 130-106 shootout against Endicott recently at Endicott.
It was good to see the Scots make four straight free throws late in the game to ice this one.
David Dempsey had two jams and his brother Jason had one.
The crowd was fabulous. No question that they energized the home team with their full-game vocal support.
Gordon leadership past and present was on hand for this exciting game.
Top Five Players in this game in efficiency:
David Dempsey +21
Shaun Roach +18
Lance Greene +16
Park Thomas +16
Hans Miersma +15
Team stats for this game in efficiency:
Efficiency is arrived at by subtracting the bad stats (missed field goals, missed free throws, turnovers) from the good stats (rebounds, points, assists, blocks, steals).
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