(Wenham MA) You couldn’t tell the team with seven straight losses from the team that was on a four-game winning streak by the way they played.
Both teams has their moments (good and bad) but in the end it was Salve Regina defeating Gordon, 79-76, at the Bennett Center on Saturday afternoon in a Commonwealth Coast Conference game.
The Seahawks (4-9) hadn’t won since November and surely had a delightful ride back home to Newport, Rhode Island.
The Scots (6-7) had two good-look, 3-point attempts (Jaren Yang and Dominic Paradis) in the last twenty seconds to change the outcome but didn’t get it done.
The GC loss wasted career performances by Dominic Paradis (25 points) and Jason Dempsey (26 in efficiency).
Dominic was the go-to guy most of the night and nailed six from long-distance.
The Scots stood up well against an SRU team that couldn’t miss in parts of the first half. The Seahawks were up, 26-12, at 9:10 of that first half but Dominic hit a couple of three’s leading the Scots back close, 29-28, 3+ minutes later.
Salve was ahead by five (37-32) at the half but Gordon tied the score and even led, 66-60, with 8+ minutes left in the game.
SRU rallied back and led by Barrett Hanlon (17 points in the second half) forced Gordon to play catchup the rest of the way.
Chris O’Keefe (18 points) nailed the 3-pointer that gave the Seahawks the lead for good.
Barrett (22 points) tied for the top with Jason Dempsey. Barrett (5-10 guard) had six assists, and four steals to go with his points.
Jason (6-6 center/forward) had his career afternoon getting 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
Turnovers? The Scots had some grievous ones in this game. To me, the grievous ones happen in the backcourt and lead to quick baskets for the other team. Salve collected twenty-nine points off of turnovers. Something to think about in a 3-point loss. Last year the Scots got to the point where they could handle the pressure and teams stopped trying it. This season has passed the halfway mark. It’s time to lessen the turnovers.
Next game for Gordon will be in Biddeford (ME) against UNE. The Nor’Easters were buried by Nichols today falling behind 60-20 after one half!
That UNE game was well worth exiting early from in order to catch the Patriots playoff game with Baltimore. Meanwhile, at the Bennett Center, “fans?” left when the outcome of the Salve Regina/Gordon game was hardly known.
Jason Dempsey had an eye-catching, running-start dunk in the second half.
Barrett Hanlon 26
Jason Dempsey 26
Hans Miersma 23
Dominic Paradis 19
Rodney Morton 18
Chris O’Keefe 18
Salve Regina 78
Scott St. Lawrence was able to draw a charge on Hans Miersma (18 points/8 rebounds) early in the first half and retired Hans’ inside game to the Gordon bench. Some defenders will hold their ground against Hans while some try to draw a charging foul on him by falling backwards.
Chris O’Keefe was 5-for-6 on three’s while teammate Rodney Morton was 4-for-6.
The Gaskells and the Triggs made their annual trip to Gordon from Ohio and Kansas. Their sons Ben and Aaron were part of the 2009-10 CCC championship team that defeated Curry by two points at the Bennett Center to get the title. That team was a sweet 24-5.
Nick Bates from nearby Danvers played for Salve.
Gordon has lost four of their five home games. What’s with that? ENC is on hand next Saturday at the Bennett Center. That should be noisy!
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