(Amesbury MA) That’s two straight last-minute thrillers with Alex Carnes making free throws to win it!
Gordon escaped Salve Regina with a 71-70 victory on Saturday afternoon.
The Scots have evened their season record (6-6) and jumped into the hunt in the Commonwealth Coast Conference with a 4-2 record.
A week ago the Scots fell to Wentworth leaving them 1-2 in the CCC. A chant of “over-rated” would have made perfect sense at that time for the CCC Coaches’ Preseason Poll favorites.
But after three straight wins (Western New England, Curry, and Salve Regina) this week, Gordon has moved up to second place in the conference just a game back.
Gordon played well enough to beat the team from Newport (RI) according to the Efficiency Rating. In fact, the ER had the Scots 10 points better than the Seahawks. But, stat formulas aside, it still took two clutch free throws (again) by Alex Carnes to get the job done. And even after Alex’s free throws gave Gordon a one-point lead, SR still had a shot (Barrett Hanlon jumper) before the final buzzer. It wasn’t over ’til it was over!
This is what the final 1:23 were like:
1:23 – Patrick Dinneen jump shot gives SR 70-69 lead
1:04 – turnover Hans Miersma
:32 – 3-point shot missed by Nick Bates
:28 – turnover Alex Carnes
:22 – Barrett Hanlon misses two free throws
:07 – Alex Carnes makes two free throws giving Gordon 71-70 lead
:00 – Barrett Hanlon misses jump shot
That recap looks as if we nearly fumbled the game away but their missed free throws and our made free throws made the difference.
The Seahawks (9-4/4-2 in the CCC) missed eleven free throws during the game. Surprising, to me, was that Gordon missed only two FTs. That disparity was certainly a key to the outcome.
Hans Miersma 22
Barrett Hanlon 20 (22 points/4 assists/2 steals)
Alex Carnes 18
Chris O’Keefe 16 (13 points)
Salve Regina 71
Alex Carnes had his third double/double (10 points/10 rebounds) in the last five games. Teams that over-worry about Hans Miersma are opening opportunities for other GC players.
Hans Miersma had his fourth career twenty-point game. His field goals made (ten) were a career high. Gordon had 38 points in the paint versus Salve.
The Scots got some significant help off the bench in this one. Senior Shaun Roach hit three 3’s to get a season-high nine points. Freshman Dominic Paradis contributed a career-high seven points.
Gordon had sixteen assists and fourteen turnovers. Five of GC’s wins have come when they have more assists than turnovers.
The next game for Gordon is Wednesday night (5:30PM) against the University of New England. If there was ever a “trap” game this one is it. UNE is 1-12 overall with six straight losses. How easy it would be to take them lightly and instead look ahead to the Scots visit to Eastern Nazarene (10-2/4-2) on Saturday. Big mistake! A year ago, UNE came to the Bennett Center and upset the Scots, 59-50.
I saw SR’s Nick Bates play the last three years for a very good Danvers High School team (state champs twice).