(Amesbury MA) A month ago Wentworth welcomed Gordon into the New Year by pinning a 55-51 loss on the Scots at Wenham.
Nothing like that happened in the second meeting, Saturday afternoon in Boston, as the Scots broke free in the second half and overwhelmed the Leopards, 59-45, in Commonwealth Coast Conference play.
Senior Alex Carnes (19 points/5 rebounds/3 assists) was the best player on the floor with an efficiency rating of twenty-one. Certainly not the highest score this season but in this game it was ELEVEN points better than Dominic Paradis’ second-place ten points.
Alex Carnes 21
Dominic Paradis 10
Speaking of Dominic, this was clearly his breakout game. The 6-5 freshman had season-high totals in points (eight), assists (three), and minutes (thirty-two). Dominic’s previous high in minutes had been fifteen. Obviously, versus WIT, Gordon coach Tod Murphy saw more than enough positives to keep Dominic on the floor.
The Leopards deliberate style frustrated Gordon the first time around, as the Scots fell behind and could never put up enough high-percentage shots to overtake Wentworth.
Equally frustrating (to watch) in the January 4th loss was undersized Wentworth’s twenty-eight points in the paint. Patient offense turned up numerous layup-drill opportunities for the visitors.
But none of those Gordon deficiencies were long-term problems this time around.
The Scots (10-8) put major runs of points together in both halves and never had to play from behind.
The first Gordon run (nine straight) turned a 6-6 tie into a 15-6 advantage with 7:54 left in the first half. Three Alex Carnes’ scores and a Richie Armand long one did the damage. The Scots led, 29-16, at the half.
Credit Wentworth for fighting back early in the second half. The Leopards (9-10) were able to pull within two (31-29) after 4+ minutes.
After that rally it was an Olympic downhill slope for Wentworth. While the Leopards missed four 3’s, four layups, and had a turnover over 6+ minutes the Scots put sixteen unanswered points together.
The game-deciding surge was started and ended with 3’s (Park Thomas and Dominic Paradis). In between were four inside scores and two free throws. The Scots had a commanding, 47-29, spread after it ended with nine minutes left.
Gordon was excellent at getting in close versus Wentworth, collecting an impressive 32 points in the paint. The Leopards, on the other hand, scored just 12 points in the lane.
Gordon’s 8-4 CCC record puts them in a tie for second place, behind rolling Nichols (10-1), which has won nine straight. GC has the tie-breaker over Endicott in second place. They have also beaten ENC once which is also tied at second.
Next game for the Scots is Tuesday night (7:30PM) against Western New England at the Bennett Center. The Bears have won three of their last four.