(Wenham MA) Alex Carnes was the late-game hero as Gordon rallied to defeat Curry, 63-59, on Thursday night in Commonwealth Coast Conference play.
Alex (22 points) made two free throws to give the Scots a two-point lead with thirteen seconds left and followed that with shot block on Lambros Papalambros. Alex recovered the blocked shot, got fouled and went back down the other end and sank two more free throws with two seconds left to ice the game.
It certainly was a memorable ending to a conference game in which the Scots trailed by as many as eleven points (46-35) seven minutes into the second half.
Gordon (3-2 in the CCC/5-6 overall) still trailed by nine (49-40) with 11:50 left. But then came the big run for the Scots as they put up ten straight (two free throws each by Jason Dempsey and Park Thomas, a Jason Dempsey layup, and a dunk and layup by Hans Miersma) and took the lead four minutes later.
The game was tied (59-59) with 2:56 left and was clearly there for the taking by either team.
The Colonels (1-4 in the CCC/2-8 overall), however, never scored again. In three straight possessions they settled for the 3-pointer. Meanwhile the Scots missed on a jump shot before turning the ball over.
The third Gordon possession was crucial. Alex Carnes got in close and was fouled by Rodney Beldo with thirteen seconds left. Curry was over the limit so Alex was awarded two shots that set him up to be the hero for Gordon.
Those twenty-two points Alex scored were a season high for him and the second highest in his Gordon career.
Antonio Jones tallied eighteen points for Curry with scores driving and from long range.
Hans Miersma had his sixth double/double of the season with seventeen points (11 in the second half) and ten rebounds. Frequently when Hans moved away from the low block on the strong side he took defenders with him and Alex Carnes was able to slide in there and get points in close.
Nine players scored for Gordon.
AJ Stephens is no longer with the Curry team. His inside presence was sorely missed by the Colonels. I thought that Thomas McLean and Matthew Russell did a pretty good job denying Hans Miersma touches but in doing so opened space for other Scots to get good looks.
Lambros Papalambros (15 points) was guarded by Taylor Bajema. Lambros was all-in when it came to exchanging banter with the Gordon spectators. The 6-4 senior made first-team, all-conference last season.
The crowd was surprising since the students are still on break.
Gordon lost three times to Curry last season including the title game on February 23rd.
Gordon and Curry were picked 1-2 in the CCC preseason coaches’ poll.
The Scots will travel to Newport on Saturday to face the 4-1 Salve Regina Seahawks at 3PM.
Eye-catching stats: Curry had only three turnovers in the game. Gordon had only three turnovers in the second half.
Four of Gordon’s five wins have come when they have more assists than turnovers. When they take care of the ball good things usually happen.
Curry will host Endicott on Saturday. The Gulls are 4-1 in the CCC with their lone loss being to Gordon.
Curry is 0-4 at home and 2-4 on the road.
Hans Miersma leads the CCC in shooting percentage and rebounds.
Alex Carnes 28
Hans Miersma 21
Antonio Jones 16
Lambros Papalambros 13
Shaun Roach 9
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