(Newtown CT) Hans Miersma’s eighth double/double of the season combined with a stunning sixteen-point contribution by newcomer Jake Hart guided Gordon to a 66-61 Commonwealth Coast Conference win over Roger Williams on Tuesday night.
Hans’ nineteen points elevated the 6-9 senior into Gordon’s 1000-point club. Hans is the best scoring/rebounding big man Gordon has ever had. Good luck to Coach Tod Murphy trying to carry on after the GC graduation in May!
The Scots started slowly against the Hawks trailing by nine (17-8) and at halftime (37-29).
Gordon (7-9) did rally back from the 17-8 deficit to tie the score at 19-19 on Jake Hart’s first 3-pointer. The Scots also recovered from their halftime deficit with Jake Hart’s long ball knotting the game at 48-48 with eleven minutes left.
After that the game turned “entertaining.” Both teams offered glimpses that they could be ahead at the end. With GC on a 3-game losing streak and the home team on a 3-game winning streak you had to give the nod to RW (7-9).
But on this evening, Gordon took the lead (58-57) on a Jason Dempsey layup with 3:37 left and never gave it back. Another basket by Jason and a layup by Hans padded the spread to five with 1:26 remaining. A late three by Conor O’Brien (20 points) cut the margin to two (63-61) but free throws by Richie Armand and Jason closed out the Hawks.
I only was able to see the second half on the excellent Roger Williams’ video. The stats would suggest that the first half would have been painful viewing. GC had a total of fifteen turnovers in that half done by NINE different players. That’s ugly!
Ryan Palumbo is now in the Roger Williams’ record book for his individual stat of nine steals in this game including seven in the first half.
The Scots “survived” the miscue-laced first half by shooting 52%.
In the second half GC lowered the TO’s to seven and Jake Hart surprised with eleven points. Jake led the Scots with 18 minutes of playing time in the second half.
Ahead for Gordon is a trip to Dudley on Saturday to face undefeated (in the CCC) Nichols. Last time GC was there was for their stunner over the Bison in the 2014 championship game.
Nichols held off ENC by a point last night on the road. The win-or-lose moment in that game was a last-second, three-point shot by ENC’s Justin Wagner. Against GC Justin makes the shot and ENC wins by three. Against Nichols he misses.
In the Gordon/Roger Williams game both teams hurt themselves in the second half: Gordon was 13-for-22 from the foul line while Roger Williams’ field goal percentage was 25% (7-for-28).
Conor O’Brien led RW with twenty points including 5-for-6 on 3-pointers.
Senior Ryan Palumbo scored eighteen points to go along with nine steals.
Hans Miersma 28
Ryan Palumbo 23
Conor O’Brien 19
Jake Hart 15
Jason Dempsey 10
Roger Williams 60