Hans Miersma and Jason Dempsey dazzle in 75-71 Gordon OT win over Endicott

Jason Dempsey (20 points and 14 rebounds)

Jason Dempsey (20 points and 14 rebounds)

Hans Miersma had career highs in points (23) and rebounds (24)

Hans Miersma had career highs in points (23) and rebounds (24)

Gordon fans celebrate

Gordon fans celebrate

(Beverly MA) It took overtime and career games by Jason Dempsey and Hans Miersma for Gordon to defeat Endicott, 75-71, on Wednesday night at revved up MacDonald Gymnasium.

This was the Commonwealth Coast Conference opener for both squads.

The Scots (2-3) nearly won this game in regulation.  In overtime inside scores by Taylor Bajema and Jason Dempsey put GC in front for good.  Gordon converted nine-of-eleven free throws the rest of the way to offset two Endicott 3’s to get their fifth straight win over the Gulls.

Hans Miersma dunk

Hans Miersma dunk

The big story in this one is about the remarkable games of Jason and Hans.  Both seniors broke their career records in points, rebounds, and efficiency.

Here are their numbers versus Endicott:
Hans – 23 points, 24 rebounds, efficiency 39
Jason – 20 points, 14 rebounds, efficiency 24

Despite two opponents having career games, EC (2-2) rode the long ball (made twelve 3’s), Gordon miscues (twenty-four turnovers), and a loudly supportive home crowd and came very close to winning.

The Gulls scored the first ten points and later had a two-point (63-61) lead with 1:17 left to play after a Max Motroni 3-pointer.  But Gordon recovered from the bad start and had a 40-28 advantage at halftime.  After Max’s late three near the end of regulation, Hans Miersma made a layup to send the game into overtime.

Endicott was content to fire from long range.  Although they made twelve, they also missed twenty.  Meanwhile, Gordon opted for the high-percentage approach getting forty-four points in the paint.

Daquan Sampson had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Gulls

Daquan Sampson had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Gulls

Sophomore Daquan Sampson had a terrific game for the Gulls.  He had a double/double (21 points/11 rebounds) and three steals.  Daquan also drove a dunk over Hans Miersma that ignited the home folks.

Hans had a dunk of his own earlier.

Efficiency:
Hans Miersma 39
Daquan Sampson 25
Jason Dempsey 24
Max Motroni 12

Gordon 75
Endicott 69

Got my first look at freshman Carter Bras.  Carter saw twenty-two minutes of action filling in for foul-plagued Dominic Paradis.

Endicott visits UNE on Saturday while Gordon will be in Boston versus Wentworth on the same afternoon.

Boxscore

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Great chance for GC late in regulation

Great chance for GC late in regulation

Andre Makris charges Jason Dempsey

Andre Makris charges Jason Dempsey

Hans Miersma guarded by Tell White

Hans Miersma guarded by Tell White

Carter Bras blocked by John Henault

Carter Bras blocked by John Henault

Jake Hart (15) chased by Max Motroni

Jake Hart (15) chased by Max Motroni

Mine!

Mine!

Jaren Yang organizes the GC offense

Jaren Yang organizes the GC offense

Dominic Paradis drives on John Henault

Dominic Paradis drives on John Henault

Hans Miersma secures one of his 24 rebounds

Hans Miersma secures one of his 24 rebounds

Hans Miersma comes up a little short from the foul line in the last minute

Hans Miersma comes up a little short from the foul line in the last minute

Max Motroni (four 3-pointers) shoots over Dominic Paradis

Max Motroni (four 3-pointers) shoots over Dominic Paradis

Daquan Sampson jams over Hans Miersma

Daquan Sampson jams over Hans Miersma

 

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