Park Thomas leads Gordon to 86-73 win in home opener

Park Thomas (33) here guarded by sophomore Manny Cabral, had a terrific stat line against Worcester State.

Park Thomas (33) here guarded by sophomore Manny Cabral, had a terrific stat line against Worcester State.

Park Thomas passes ahead to teammate Jason Dempsey

Park Thomas passes ahead to teammate Jason Dempsey

(Wenham MA) Senior Park Thomas had a career game and plenty of teammate support as Gordon defeated nonleague Worcester State, 86-73, on the home opener on Friday night.

Park had a Rondo-like stat line (25 points/9 assists/8 rebounds) to completely turn around a tough three-game start to the 2013-14 season.

Gordon (1-3) shot 54% for the game including a sizzling 66% in the first half.

Worcester State (0-3) went down 15-4 after four minutes. However, led by senior Dane Jobst and junior Brendan Rios (both with twenty points), the Lancers worked their way back to 48-44 after 5+ minutes of the second half.

Hans Miersma gets a high percentage basket

Hans Miersma gets a high percentage basket

The Scots recovered their shooting touch and had the lead back up to eighteen (68-50) 6 1/2 minutes later.  The visitors would close to nine (77-68) but that was the best they could do.

Park Thomas had double-digit help from Alex Carnes (19), Hans Miersma (13), and Jason Dempsey (10).

I mentioned earlier how rough the first three games had been.  Consider Park’s numbers: field goals (3-for-23), 3-pointers (1-for-9), total points (15), and total assists (8).  That why his line versus Worcester State (9-for-10, 5-for-5, 25, and 9) were a “bit” unexpected!

Shaun Roach puts some defense on Dane Jobst (20 points)

Shaun Roach puts some defense on Dane Jobst (20 points)

This was only Park’s second 20-point game.  He had 20 points against Wentworth last season.  He had a 10-assist game versus ENC last season as well as 9 rebounds against UNE.  But he had never put such good numbers together in one game as he did tonight.

No need to mention the six turnovers and spoil all the fun!

We got out first home look at freshman Dominic Paradis of New Hampshire.  He gave Coach Murphy fifteen pretty good minutes.

Dane Jobst registered his eighth straight double/double collecting eleven rebounds to go with his twenty points.

Taylor Bajema’s older brother (Mitch) is an assistant coach at WSU.  I asked Mitch before the game how his parents were going to handle his being on one team and his brother being on the other.  He told me that they would be cheering for Taylor.

Alex Carnes (19 points) shoots inside

Alex Carnes (19 points) shoots inside

Gordon gets Salem State in Salem on Tuesday night.  Lord willing, I will be in Connecticut.  I’m optimistic about being on hand for the Endicott game on Wednesday (December 4th).

Efficiency results:
Park Thomas 36
Dane Jobst 24
Hans Miersma 18
Alex Carnes 17
Brendan Rios 16
Jason Dempsey 16

Gordon 113
Worcester State 71

Box scores

(All of the pictures above and below enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Noris Cuevas-Nova (34) and Taylor Bajema (2)

Noris Cuevas-Nova (34) and Taylor Bajema (2)

Jason Dempsey looks for an opening

Jason Dempsey looks for an opening

James Ek (23) leads a break

James Ek (23) leads a break

Brendan Rios (20 points) breaks by Shaun Roach

Brendan Rios (20 points) breaks by Shaun Roach

Freshman Marquez McKreith-Collins floats in the lane

Freshman Marquez McKreith-Collins floats in the lane

Jason Dempsey soars for two

Jason Dempsey soars for two

freshman Dominic Paradis

freshman Dominic Paradis

action under the basket

action under the basket

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