(Amesbury) I was going to leave this one alone. But that was then.
I turned Wednesday’s Gordon/UNE game on in the second half and it didn’t take too long for me to join any of you also watching in saying, “Hey, what’s going on?”
UNE’s absolutely outstanding game coverage not only had the video going but beside it you could follow the accumulating stats for both teams.
A quick look at the Gordon stats revealed that freshman Sam Johnson (22 points) was having a remarkable game. However, an even closer look revealed that three starters (Hans Miersma, Taylor Bajema, and Jason Dempsey) were unlisted. Something was definitely going on.
From my vantage point in Amesbury (my road-game, on-site coverage will start in the tournament) I couldn’t get an answer to the, “Where are they?” question.
I continued to watch and wonder as the game unfolded and the Scots came away with a nifty, 66-59, win on Wednesday night in Biddeford (ME).
In this game, Gordon (13-8/11-4 in the CCC) was able to hang around in the first half (29-25) thanks to fourteen points from Sam Johnson.
In the second half, the Scots took the lead for good at 9:35 (44-42) on a three by senior Shaun Roach. UNE, however, was within four (58-54) with 1:54 to go but senior Luke Hamilton doused UNE’s chances with a 3-point shot.
Last time Luke hit a shot like that was in the Gordon win at Endicott in the final minute as a two-point Gulls’ lead vanished during a delightful evening in Beverly on January 29th.
In most games there are players that get into double figures in efficiency with some occasionally getting into the 20’s. Nothing like that in this game. It was Sam Johnson and then everyone else.
Sam had twenty-two points and ten rebounds to register a nice 26 in efficiency. No one else, on either team reached double figures. The team totals weren’t pretty either.
Sam Johnson 26
I loved the way Gordon played on despite missing three starters. Players stepped up offensively and defensively to fill the void and pulled off the ugly win.
Commendable performance by 6-5 sophomore Udoka Obiora. Udoka had played a total of twelve minutes in the previous sixteen games but in this one gave GC Coach Tod Murphy fourteen minutes, five points, and three rebounds.
Gordon will face Salve Regina (9-6) on Saturday afternoon at the Bennett Center (3PM) weather permitting. Isn’t there always a storm in the forecast??
The three missing players? The three of them live off campus with James Ek. Something happened there earlier this week that led to a two-game suspension for all four of them. They will be out of uniform and on the Gordon bench for the Salve game.
Why was I going to avoid covering this game? I didn’t want to get into the issue of the missing players. I just knew that the missing players had to be part of any coverage I would give.
But a wiser head in my household, asked me these questions, “Don’t the players who were available to play deserve recognition for what they did without the three starters? Why should those who weren’t there eliminate the coverage of those who were there?” Good questions, I thought. So I have ended up putting together this belated coverage of a great Gordon effort.