(Wenham MA) The recent snowstorm didn’t do the Gordon College men’s basketball team any favors.
That storm forced the cancellation of Gordon’s get-the-rust-out nonleague game on Thursday with Wheaton.
So the Scots rusty rendition instead reared its ugly head on Saturday afternoon in a Commonwealth Coast Conference loss to Wentworth, 55-51, at the Bennett Center.
The Leopards (5-5 overall/2-1 in the CCC) won because they made a bunch of keep-the-lead shots in the second half. Many of the Wentworth scores were on all-alone layups after well-run offense late on the shot clock.
Gordon (3-6 overall/1-2 in the CCC) could never make a shot in the second half to take the lead. It was frustrating to see the Scots so close down the stretch and not able to pull out a winnable game.
Credit Wentworth. Though undersized, they were still able to take away the inside from Hans Miersma. Cam Sennick and John-Michael Fragnoli took turns applying physical defense on the 6-9 CCC second-team All-Star. Hans ended up with thirteen points but on this afternoon Gordon needed more. The difference between the number of times the Scots wanted to get the ball inside to Hans and the number of times they were able to actually do it were miles apart.
On this afternoon the Scots didn’t make enough shots outside to open up the inside. Credit the three week layoff for some of that.
A key point in this game was after the Leopards took their biggest lead (34-24) 2 1/2 minutes into the second half. Gordon coach Tod Murphy yanked four starters and went with; Richie Armand, Dominic Paradis, Shaun Roach, and newcomer Sam Johnson (transfer from Endicott). The play of that foursome had plenty to do with bringing the Scots all the way back to a 38-38 tie with 10:10 remaining. But the get-the-lead shot never materialized although plenty of opportunities were there.
The biggest shots in the game? Jherson Colon’s two free throws with nineteen seconds left to give Wentworth a five-point lead. The Leopards had missed the front end of two one-and-one chances prior to Jherson’s free throws.
I had seen freshman guard Jherson Colon play before. Last year he was with a terrific Beaver Country Day School team that I saw/covered overwhelming Pingree last January. His quickness caught my eye that day.
Gordon newcomer Sam Johnson (6-6) played briefly and did not look out of place. He had two assists in short minutes. I’m betting he has the away game at Endicott (January 29th) circled on his calendar.
Next for Gordon is a road game on Tuesday night in Springfield versus Western New England University. WNEU is 2-7 overall and 0-3 in the CCC.
Salve Regina is the only undefeated CCC team after only three conference games. There’s parity in the air!
Gordon defeated Wentworth three times during the 2012-13 season.
Arlen Galloway is a first-year coach at WIT.
Nico Donato did an effective job guarding Park Thomas (8 points).
Hans Miersma 16
Alex Carnes 13
Cam Sennick 12
Ray Bessette 11
Nico Donato 10
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