(Wenham MA) “Good if it goes!”
Fortunately, on this evening Mike Gelineau’s half-court, last-second shot did not connect and Gordon survived, 64-61, against Western New England on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center.
The win evens the Scots record at 2-2 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference and runs their undefeated streak to three. Gordon (5-6) will resume play in Milton versus Curry on Thursday night at 7:30PM.
That the Scots were even in a position to be caught at the end was a stunner to those on hand who saw the home team dominate the first fifteen minutes of the second half.
Gordon led, 58-41, with 5 1/2 minutes left. You assumed the victory and wondered what the size of it would be. However, as this one wound down the size of the victory became a distant memory replaced by wondering if GC could hold on and win.
Turnovers happen and missed free throws happen. Put five turnovers together with four straight misses from the foul line and the door becomes wide open for an opponent’s comeback. And that is exactly what happened.
The visitors from Springfield tallied fourteen straight points in a 4:21 span of time and had their deficit down to three (58-55) with 1:11 left.
But the Scots responded with clutch plays by Hans Miersma (rebound/dunk), Jaren Yang (two free throws), and Jason Dempsey (offensive rebound) to offset WN three’s by Luis Agrait and Lucien Fortier and saved the win.
Gordon had a three-point lead when Mike Gelineau (15 points) launched the last-second shot. If Mike had nailed that half-court shot the game would have gone into overtime.
The Scots dominated the boards led by Hans Miersma’s 18 rebounds and Jason Dempsey’s 10 rebounds. Their two offensive rebounds in the last minute led to needed Gordon points in crunch time.
Both Hans and Jason reached double figures in points as well. It is obvious that most teams in the CCC cannot match up with both of them. WN didn’t have the size to match up with either of them but worked hard to deny the ball inside. And once the ball did get inside the defensive help came.
Hans Miersma 22
Jason Dempsey 19
Jaren Yang 14 (15 points/4 assists/3 rebounds)
Lucian Fortier 12 (9 points/4 rebounds)
Western New England 58
In the fix-it-before-it-costs-us-a game category: Gordon was a worrisome 17-for-31 from the foul lane. Twelve of those misses came in the second half.
Taylor Bajema missed the game as a result of a concussion he suffered in practice.
Dominic Paradis recovered from an injury and gave GC coach Tod Murphy twenty-seven minutes versus WN.
Gordon was down 16-9 midway in the first half. Freshman Jake Hart canned three jump shots leading the Scots to a 17-17 tie.
Jaren Yang made a layup in heavy traffic to end the first half.
Scary moment in the first half was when junior Tizauni Boyles went down hard on his back getting a rebound. He did recover. Tizauni went to school at nearby Lynn English.
Former GC hoopsters Shaun Roach and Greg Walker were in the house. Both are getting married this summer.
This was the first I have seen of Craig McFarlane as a starter. Seldom used until the Lesley game in December, Craig has been productive getting two 3-pointers in each of the last three games. The senior will continue to get looks from the outside as teams slide outside defenders inside to help against Hans and Jason.
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