(Beverly MA) What a crowd!
And for that matter what a game!
Gordon (9-8) did everything right late in the game and held off Endicott, 80-75, on Wednesday night.
The crowd at the MacDonald Gymnasium was estimated at 1200 and there didn’t appear to be a person in that crowd who wasn’t emotionally and verbally involved.
Most games I attend I hear folks complaining about the loud music played in the pregame. Tonight you couldn’t even hear the music in the pregame!
Gordon had some fans as well and there was plenty for both teams to get excited about.
Endicott (13-5) got off to a 13-4 start but after Gordon erased the deficit this one settled down into a tense struggle with very little separation between the teams.
This game reached its excitement peak in the final 2:41 after the Scots had taken a 74-72 lead.
The Gulls missed three layups in their next three possessions including one (by Greg Jacques) that was blocked by Hans Miersma.
The Scots had a turnover and a missed layup in their next two possessions. It was the third possession where things worked nicely for the visitors from Wenham.
After a timeout with fifty seconds left, Gordon seemed content to dribble as much time off the clock as possible. Finally with the shot clock running down, Park Thomas found teammate Luke Hamilton on the right wing. Luke, with defender Stephen Basden all over him, swished a three with two seconds on the shot clock and twenty-four seconds left in the game to put GC up by five (77-72).
John Henault got three of those points back. Then Alex Carnes was fouled getting an inbounds pass with seven seconds left. GC had a slim two-point lead at the time. Alex, shooting one-and-one, made the first but missed the second. However, Jason Dempsey got his career-high 7th offensive rebound on the miss and was fouled. Endicott was over the limit in fouls so Jason got two free throws and made both. The resulting five-point lead (80-75) turned out to be the final score.
That Alex and Jason would make 3-of-4 free throws was very surprising since Gordon ended up missing thirteen free throw attempts (26-for-39).
The Scots have now beaten Endicott four straight times. The games this year have been very close. I would suspect that the last thing the Gordon coaching staff would want would be a tournament game in front of the Endicott crowd in late February.
Lachlan Magee (21 points) topped all scorers. The Gulls’ senior had sixteen of those points in the second half.
Junior John Henault had fourteen points including a big three in the last minute. It did take Endicott’s top scorer sixteen shots to get the 14 points, however.
Hans Miersma (16), Alex Carnes (16), Park Thomas (15), and Jason Dempsey (11) all ended up in double figures.
Park Thomas and Richie Armand did a pretty good job dribbling and distributing against tight Endicott pressure.
Sam Johnson’s return to Endicott did not escape the notice of the Endicott crowd. Sam may have been the one savoring the Gordon win over the Gulls the most when it was all over.
Endicott missed two dunk attempts.
Endicott coach Mike Rowe found a way to get seventeen of his players into the game.
Lachlan Magee 21 (22 points/9-for-9 free throws)
Alex Carnes 18
Hans Miersma 17 (16 points/11 rebounds)
Jason Dempsey 14
Park Thomas 14
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