(Wenham MA) Impressive win for the visiting Nichols Bison, 68-57, over Gordon on a rainy Tuesday night of Commonwealth Coast Conference basketball.
Nichols (5-3/3-0) continues undefeated in the CCC despite their lack of size and depth.
How do the Bison do it? Defense. They pressured the Scots to death in the backcourt and swarmed them in the halfcourt. On this night that ever-present defense was done without any of their starters getting into foul trouble despite playing long minutes.
The short answer reason for the Gordon loss? Seventeen turnovers in the first half! That may be a record but I’m not checking to find out.
Gordon (2-5/1-2) put four of those turnovers together in the first half with two missed shots and slid from a 15-13 advantage at 9:56 to a 24-15 deficit 2 1/2 minutes later. There was no recovering on this evening. Gordon was within seven (57-50) with four minutes left in the game but never got closer.
Nichols went with three guards (Christian Horton -5-9, Gustave Koumare – 6-1, and Irving Eggleston – 6-1) and made it work. Not only did they create turnovers with their quickness but they were also able to get past taller defenders around the basket. The Bison had thirty points in the paint…….most of them were layups off drives.
Gordon has two non-league games (Fisher away Thursday and Lesley away Saturday) before the Christmas break. Lots of work to be done and plenty of season left to get it done in. Those seventeen first-half turnovers will surely cause every future opponent to try full-court pressuring Gordon. The quicker the Scots show they can handle it the sooner it will go away as something opponents try.
Irving Eggleston (23 points/3 assists/2 steals) and Matt Langadas (19 points/6 rebounds) put up the big numbers for the team from Dudley. Matt had fifteen points in the Scots error-filled first half.
Lost in the loss was yet another career game for Jason Dempsey. The senior’s twenty-one points tops the twenty he had less than a week ago at Endicott. As teams continue to double (triple?) team Hans Miersma, Jason has discovered and capitalized on openings like he never has before. I wonder if his 1000-point brother David has finally shared some of his how-to-score secrets?
I have to give credit to anyone driving to tonight’s game. I found road closings and deep water where roads used to be.
GC won the battle of the boards by a whopping 47 to 21 including nineteen offensive rebounds. That would normally be the key to why a team won………but not in this game.
It was interesting to me to hear Jaren Yang call for “Laker” on offense. That was a play from the Mike Schauer era that was run for Jon Marstaller who played for the Lake Region Lakers. Why interesting? Matt Langadas of Nichols played for the Lake Region Lakers.
Jason Dempsey 24
Irving Eggleston 21
Matt Langadas 18
Hans Miersma 15
(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)