(Newtown CT) Gordon fell to non-league Salem State, 77-67, on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center.
I am still in Connecticut with family and probably, on this occasion, was spared from watching a pretty ugly game.
The Commonwealth Coast Conference part of Gordon’s schedule starts on December 3rd (Wednesday) at Endicott at 7:30PM. There appears to be plenty of work needed for the Scots to be ready for CCC play.
Gordon (1-3) trailed from beginning to end. They didn’t take care of the ball (21 turnovers) and missed an alarming twelve free throws.
What helped GC stay in the game was that the Vikings (3-1) missed eighteen free throws.
I suspect that Gordon got its first taste of serious defense from Salem State. The Vikings’ eleven steals is a testimony to its effectiveness. The twenty-eight points they tallied off turnovers will encourage every future GC opponent to try their own version of defensive pressure. And you can’t blame them!
The Scots have had seasons in the past where ball care was a problem. In most seasons things in this area got better as the season progressed. We’ll get a better idea of the progress in the five December games.
The big positive out of the Salem State game was the continued good play of Hans Miersma. His stats have improved in each of the four games. He dominated the Vikings with seventeen points, twelve rebounds, and six blocks.
Hans Miersma 28
Anthony Hodge 15 (11 points/3 assists)
Jason Dempsey 13 (12 points/5 rebounds)
Jon Perez 13 (15 points/1 steal)
Hamed Akanni 13 (12 points/1 assist)
Salem State 81
Julie and I have so much to be thankful for……….and so do you. I trust that Thanksgiving will be a time of doing exactly that for all of us.