(Amesbury MA) It wasn’t smooth (I’m not referring to the delivery of the “live stats”) but Gordon (6-6) got it done at Curry, 58-49, on Thursday night in a Commonwealth Coast Conference matchup.
Like Tuesday’s Western New England game, the Scots (3-2 in the CCC) built up what seemed to be a comfortable lead and then squandered it. But, also similar to the WN game, Gordon had the finishing touch needed to win.
Curry (2-10) lost its seventh straight game. They have not won since late November and are 0-5 in the CCC.
Gordon has now put four straight victories together. Their next game is hosting Salve Regina on Saturday (3PM).
Hans Miersma had season lows in points (5), rebounds (4), and shots attempted (2) but the 6-9 senior’s teammates picked up the slack on this evening in Milton.
Frustrating game for the Colonels. They came back from sixteen points down (30-14) in the first half to tie the score at 40-40 in the second half with 10:46 left. The Scots then put eight straight together and Curry never recovered.
Taylor Bajema (15 points) returned after missing a game and had nine points in the first half as Gordon led, 36-22, at the half. Glaring statistics revealed how uneven both teams were playing. Gordon had fourteen turnovers while Curry had one assist.
The Scots gave away the halftime margin in less than ten minutes. They did make two layups but they also missed four three’s and committed two turnovers. Meanwhile, the Colonels played better putting an 18-4 run together and had a 40-40 tie with almost half of the second half to play.
But Curry could never get the lead. In fact in the next 2+ minutes Gordon did all the scoring and restored an eight-point spread. A three by Dominic Paradis (he had three of them), a layup by Jason Dempsey, and a layup and a free throw by Sam Johnson produced the break-away points.
Curry did cut the lead to four (53-49) with 2:12 left but thereafter Gordon made 5-of-6 free throws, had a block (Hans Miersma) and a steal (Jaren Yang) to preserve the win.
Jason Dempsey 15 (15 points/9 rebounds)
Danny Brooks 15 (18 points/8 rebounds)
Hans Miersma 11 (3 blocks)
Taylor Bajema 10 (15 points)
Curry had one sequence in the first half in which they missed four shots and had three offensive rebounds. Shooting has hurt the Colonels all season. Three assists for the game would suggest that too much one-on-one play is going on.
When Hans gets only two shots you know even from Amesbury that the Curry defense was sagging in around him. That help-defense opened up the long shot for Hans’ teammates and they attempted a season-high twenty-one of them. They made seven.
Ukoka Obiora had four blocks.
Watching the live stats from Curry was an adventure. They would appear in a clump. In the second half a batch took Gordon from a comfortable lead to a tie game. Later Curry was within four with a couple of minutes left. Believe me, those few minutes of waiting seemed like ten minutes! But all is well, if the team you favor finds a way.