(Wenham MA) Park Thomas (21 points) connected from long range eleven seconds into the game and sent Gordon on its way to a 73-57 win over Western New England.
The Scots never trailed as the Bears had an off shooting night (30%) and struggled to run points together.
The Scots victory clinched a spot in the eight-team Commonwealth Coast Conference postseason tournament with five league games left.
Gordon (9-4 in the CCC) is currently in second place three games behind Nichols. The possibility of the Scots overtaking Nichols (won ten straight) is remote. However, finishing second will earn Gordon at least two postseason home games if they win their opener.
A second place finish would also keep Gordon away from Nichols (defeated Gordon twice) until the championship game. Plenty of speculation in what I’ve just written. We’ll have to wait and see where everyone is standing after the final regular season CCC games on Saturday February 22nd.
This was a big game for Park. The senior point guard reached twenty points for the third time in his GC career and the second time this season. He had 25 points versus Worcester State this year.
Park was hot from long distance (five 3’s) and contributed significantly to Gordon’s season high in three’s (eleven). Isn’t it amazing how easy the game is when shots are falling from the outside??
While Gordon was making shots, WNE struggled. Good defense? That was surely some of it but missing thirteen free throws (13-for-26) is hard to explain. The Bears’ shots just weren’t falling from anywhere.
Gordon got up 16-4 before WNE rallied back to trail only, 26-25, with 4:14 left in the first half. The Scots led by nine (39-30) at halftime.
In the second half, GC had a seventeen point spread (53-36) with 12:53 left before the Bears moved to within eight (58-50) with 7:29 to go. But on this night WNE couldn’t run points together and Gordon ended up winning, 73-57.
Alex Carnes, just off being CCC player-of-the-week, had a career high seven assists in this game to go along with 16 points.
One of the better matchups in this game was between the top two rebounders statistically in the conference; Dennis Rinaldi and Hans Miersma. Hans won the rebounding matchup 10-9. Dennis, however, did get twelve points (11 in the second half) while foul-plagued Hans was held to a season-low two points.
Plenty of interaction between Park Thomas and Nick DeFeo with both applying tight defense on the other. Park did run into a blind pick set by Musa Elsir that had him wondering for a minute whether he was on foot or horseback.
Park Thomas 21, Alex Carnes 19, Hans Miersma 13, and Dennis Rinaldi 11.
Gordon 94, Western New England 49
Western New England is currently in 8th place in the conference one game ahead of Curry.
The Scots will be in Milton on Saturday afternoon to face Curry. Reflecting on the last time Gordon was down there (CCC title game) will not bring back pleasant memories.
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