(Amesbury) This game was about who was there and who wasn’t there.
Gordon, with all hands on deck, defeated Roger Williams (without Chris Bardwell), 70-59, on a snowy Tuesday night in Bristol (RI).
The Gordon win, combined with Eastern Nazarene’s loss to Nichols, sets up the biggest non-tournament game at the Bennett Center ever (?).
ENC and Gordon are tied (12-5) for second place in the Commonwealth Coast Conference so Saturday’s regular-season finale matchup will decide who gets that important second spot.
Why so important? Second place guarantees two home games (if you win the first game) and a chance to avoid first-place Nichols for two rounds.
Like almost all of the Gordon faithful, I watched the Roger Williams game via the RWU website. Now having a Christmas IPad, I was able to watch the video on my old computer and follow the live stats on the IPad. It works for me.
Gordon defeated the Hawks by dominating the second half. Alex Carnes and Hans Miersma combined for twenty-five points in that half as the Scots were able to erase an eleven-point (26-15) first-half deficit.
Gordon (14-9) had the ball in the paint frequently throughout the game. The Scots collected thirty-eight points from in close during the game getting twenty-four of them in the decisive second half.
Roger Williams (9-15) had a convincing 68-52 win over Gordon at the Bennett Center on January 22nd. When the Hawks shot well in the first half in this one, and built up the eleven point advantage, I wondered if another loss was on its way.
But in the second half the Hawks missed twenty-four shots while the Scots misfired only ten times. Shooting was the game-decider.
This brings me to the missing player for Roger Williams…..Chris Bardwell. Chris did not play in either game against Gordon. Top scorer (13.8 PPG) on the team and in the top ten in the CCC in scoring. Certainly on a night where shooting was lacking (in the second half) by RW, Chris could have helped. I saw the Hawks’ freshman guard play last year for North Andover (MA).
While Chris Bardwell was missing, Hans, Jason, and Taylor were back for Gordon. And that definitely made a difference for the Scots.
Gordon was able to catch RW, 35-35 (15:34), on a Jason Dempsey layup. Three Hans Miersma layups later, the GC lead was eight (45-38) and they never trailed thereafter although RW got within one (53-52) with six minutes left.
Alex Carnes 20 (20 points/8 rebounds)
Hans Miersma 18 (16 points/10 rebounds/2 blocks)
Jason Dempsey 17 (10 points/7 rebounds)
Ryan Palumbo 16 (14 points/3 assists/2 blocks/5 steals)
Trevor Fahmy 13 (6 points/6 rebounds)
Roger Williams 49
In the RW win at Gordon, freshman Zac Campbell had a career game for the Hawks with 22 points while Alex Carnes was held to two points. This time around Zac was held to four points while Alex collected twenty points.
I’m excited about the matchup on Saturday with ENC. I’m just wondering if there will be any ENC support in the stands. I heard from someone who attended the January 18th GC win (67-60) at Quincy that the ENC fans, on that day, were all over the Scots’ players.
ENC has won eight of their last nine games. Within those games was a win over Nichols, and an 88-84, loss to Nichols last night.
Gordon has won six of seven, weathering two games playing shorthanded.
Saturday’s ENC game will also be Senior Recognition time. Roy Ray, Shaun Roach, Alex Carnes, Park Thomas, and Luke Hamilton will be honored.