(Amesbury MA) Now we know that Gordon has depth.
We found that out this afternoon in Milton as the foul-plagued Scots defeated Curry, 70-57, to win their fourth straight Commonwealth Coast Conference game.
Gordon was charged with an all-time high (?) thirty-two fouls and ended the game with Hans Miersma fouled out and four of his teammates with four fouls each.
But on this afternoon, the fouls weren’t costly. Gordon coach Tod Murphy was able to plug in replacement players and Curry misfired on thirteen of the free throws they were awarded.
After Hans picked up his second foul in the first half and was taken out, Sam Johnson and later Udoka Obiora provided the interior defense the Scots needed.
Hans Miersma played his second fewest minutes of the season (22) but still topped the efficiency list because he had five blocks to go with twelve rebounds and eleven points.
This was anyone’s game for a half (34-32) before Gordon (12-8 overall/ 10-4 in the CCC) pulled away in the second half.
Dominic Paradis (14 points) had nine points in the breakaway second half. The fourteen points were the freshman’s first trip into double figures. Dominic is a part of the depth that has kept the Scots from defensive/offensive droughts as game’s progress or, in the case of this game, fouls start to add up.
Junior Antonio Jones paced Curry with twenty points including fifteen in the first half.
Curry (4-17 overall/ 3-11 in CCC) has now lost four straight. The Colonels are currently one game behind 8th place Western New England. Only eight teams make the post-season tournament.
The culprit for Curry versus Gordon was poor shooting. They not only missed thirteen free throws but also shot a very low 27% from the field.
Last time Gordon played at Curry the result was a very painful defeat in the CCC championship game. Curry did get one of the important pieces back from that championship team today when AJ Stephens suited up. AJ has been out since December. Four games are left in the regular season and Curry will have to get more than the 1-for-10 shooting they got from AJ today to be able to make a move up to the final playoff spot.
Gordon is currently tied with ENC for second place, two games back of Nichols with four games left. The Scots will play four teams they have already defeated once. ENC will face three teams they’ve lost to plus have another game with Nichols. ENC beat Nichols two days ago.
The Scots tied their season high in turnovers (21) today. Better care of the ball will be essential if this team plans on finishing strong and doing something special in the tournament.
The Scots tied a season high in blocks.
Hans Miersma 25
Dominic Paradis 15
Lambros Papalambros 14
Antonio Jones 13
Jason Dempsey 11
Gordon travels to Biddeford for their next game on Wednesday night versus UNE. The Nor’Easters have lost fourteen straight and if there was ever a trap game this one would be it.