(Biddeford ME) Gordon found some offense in the second half and defeated the University of New England, 54-40, at UNE’s new facility on Thursday night in Commonwealth Coast Conference play.
The GC win combined with losses by Endicott, Roger Williams, and UNE (they all have ten losses) assures the 9-4 Scots of a playoff spot with five regular season games remaining.
After tonight’s games, Curry is still on top with only two losses while Gordon is tied for second with Wentworth. Eastern Nazarene was beaten by Salve Regina to get their fifth defeat and slide into third place.
Next game for Gordon will be hosting ENC on Saturday afternoon.
The Scots (14-6) broke away from the Nor’Easters (4-16 overall / 3-10 in the CCC) in the second half with 3-pointers playing a big part.
The slim GC lead (30-26) turned into ten (36-26 with 14:43 left) after Park Thomas drained two long ones in less than a minute.
A Taylor Bajema old-fashioned three, a Hans Miersma dunk, and then an Alex Carnes long one boosted the Scots advantage to 44-28 with 12:15 left.
In the put-the-game-out-of-reach surge, it was David Dempsey’s layup, Chris Alderson’s three, and Jason Dempsey’s free throw doing the damage. The work of that trio increased Gordon’s spread to twenty (50-30) with nine minutes remaining.
UNE struggled mightily to put points together in both halves. Devin Thompson was held to a quiet seven points by Luke Hamilton and Shaun Roach. (He had twenty-one points in the first meeting won by UNE, 59-50).
Certainly a problem for the home team was that Josh Butler was on crutches (foot injury – out for the season). Josh delivered ten points and fifteen rebounds for UNE in the first meeting.
Gordon had no excuse for their first half (19 points). They were heavily defended inside and couldn’t make shots from elsewhere. It looked to me at the time as if the team was setting themselves up for a tight finish that could go either way.
But the GC three’s in the second half took the closeness out of the game. UNE shot an unfortunate 2-for-16 from long range and once they went down by double digits were in serious trouble.
The stunning statistic in this game was that Gordon didn’t score a single point in the last 7:06 of this game! They had a 54-35 lead at the time and UNE would only get five points during that segment. Granted reserves for both teams were on the court in full force but really!
David Dempsey was the top player in the game according to the efficiency stats. He was limited to eight points but combined that low number (for him) with eight rebounds, four assists, and three blocks.
Hans Miersma (11 points) was the top GC scorer. He also outdid his former Whitinsville Christian teammate Jesse Dykstra of UNE who finished with ten points.
Chris Alderson saw his first action since early January.
James Ek played thirteen minutes in front of family members.
The new facility at UNE is impressive. The lighting was remarkable. It did have seating under each basket with no padding in front of the seats which could be a problem on a full-speed drive to the hoop. Charles Fenner went into those seats in front of me in the second half after being fouled on a drive. Overall, though the facility is very nice.
Top Five Players in this game in efficiency:
David Dempsey +18
Hans Miersma +12
Taylor Bajema +11
Jason Dempsey +11
Jesse Dykstra +11
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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