Gordon clinches second with 71-58 win over Wentworth led by Hans Miersma

Hans Miersma, shown here against Wheaton, had 15 points, 15 rebounds, 7 blocks, and 3 assists against Wentworth.

Hans Miersma, shown here against Wheaton, had 15 points, 15 rebounds, 7 blocks, and 3 assists against Wentworth.

(Newburyport) Don’t wake me up if I’m dreaming this!

Gordon (17-6) gets another win and is now assured of at least second place in the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament that starts on Tuesday (February 19th).

This latest edition of good news happened as a result of the Scots defeating Wentworth, 71-58, at Wentworth on Tuesday night.

Gordon is a few if’s away from moving into the top spot in the CCC.  Curry is the team ahead of Gordon, but after a loss tonight to Eastern Nazarene, the Colonels are 13-3 in the CCC while the Scots are 12-4.

To get to the top Gordon will need to win their two remaining games (Salve Regina & Nichols) while Curry will have to drop their final two (Endicott & Wentworth).

A tie in the final standings will go in Curry’s favor since they defeated Gordon twice during the regular season.

A good idea would be for the Scots to concentrate on their two final opponents and not worry about what Curry does or doesn’t do.

The star of this game?  Easily Hans Miersma.  The 6-9 sophomore put up his best efficiency stat (+37) of the season.  The double/double (15 points and 15 rebounds) was in place but he also handed out three assists and had a career-high seven blocks.  Plus he never missed a field goal.

Wentworth (11-7 in the CCC) struggled to get rebounds (Gordon won that battle 40-23) and shooting (36.5%).

But despite being down by double figures most of the game, the Leopards put the Scots in the let’s-see-if-they’ll-blink territory with 4:36 left as they closed to six (52-46).

However, over the next nearly three minutes, Gordon put together a nice 10-1 package, and up the lead went to, 62-47, and the Scots had the spurt that assured them of a road win.

The damage doers in the decisive run were: David Dempsey (jump shot), Hans Miersma (jump hook and tip in), and two free throws each by Park Thomas and Alex Carnes.

Wentworth was just the latest team to make a run at the Scots late and discover that the team from Wenham can be special in crunch time.

Gordon made a significant breakaway early in this game, scoring twelve unanswered points to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 15-4 advantage in less than four minutes.  Three’s by Park Thomas (10 points) and Luke Hamilton, two layups by David Dempsey (14 points), and a Hans Miersma layup gave the Scots the twelve points.

Colin Johnson paced Wentworth with fourteen points.

Alex Carnes had fourteen points and six rebounds.  Alex didn’t play in Gordon’s 66-53 win over Wentworth at Gordon in December.

Gordon has won five straight and ten of their last eleven.  Who saw such a terrific season coming??

The video feed on the Wentworth website was outstanding.  The announcer was excellent.  The score was posted and the time was visible.

What struck me as ironic was that at a school noted for its technology the clock would be such a problem.

Salve Regina comes to the Bennett Center on Thursday night (7:30PM).  The Scots narrowly won the first meeting.

Top Five Players in this game in efficiency:
Hans Miersma +37
Alex Carnes +15
Luke Hamilton +12
Scott Moran +11
David Dempsey +10

Team stats for this game in efficiency:
Gordon +96
Wentworth +46

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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