(Newtown CT) Gordon played better but better wasn’t enough.
Endicott defeated the Scots, 68-61, before a big house at the Bennett Center on Saturday afternoon.
(I continue to be about family business in Connecticut with plans to return to Amesbury on Sunday.)
The Gulls (13-5) ended a five-game losing streak to the Scots with the win.
Senior John Henault (18 points) was the difference-maker for the visitors. John is one of the top players in the Commonwealth Coast Conference but has struggled against Gordon in the past. He had an 0-for-13 afternoon last time he was at the Bennett Center in a 2-point loss. That sort of shooting was a distant memory this afternoon and his steadiness today held the Gulls together.
Missing again for GC was Jason Dempsey (knee injury). How do you replace the 20 points and 14 rebounds the senior had against the Gulls in December in a 75-71 win at Beverly? The short answer is, “You don’t.”
Neither team shot very well and so separation didn’t happen. The Scots trailed almost the entire half but for most of it were one made shot behind. Certainly frustrating for the Gordon faithful was that the big catchup or get-ahead shot never materializing.
Gordon (7-11) has now lost five of their last six and is a how-do-you-figure-it 1-7 at the Bennett Center.
Hans Miersma (20 points/12 rebounds) had his tenth double/double of the 2014-15 season.
How did this game get away from the Scots? Even without the Gulls pressing, Gordon had ten turnovers in a thirteen minute segment of the second half. The Scots were still within three points (59-56) with 5:15 left despite the miscues but at least ten shot attempts were squandered.
Just as the turnovers stopped, the GC shooting turned cold in the final five minutes as 2-for-8 FG attempts and 1-for-3 FT attempts indicates.
Two positive turnarounds since the Wentworth loss this week in the last game were 28 GC points in the paint and only giving up six points on turnovers.
Daquan Sampson had 10 points for the Gulls while Dominic Paradis added 13 points for Gordon.
I was very surprised that Endicott didn’t press.
I thought that Gordon was much more deliberate in this game.
Carter Bras saw his first action in over two weeks and contributed seven points.
It seems clear to me that in order for Gordon to win they must get double figures from a non-starter. Jake Hart (16 points) did that for GC in their last win.
Endicott (9-2) is tied for second in the CCC with Eastern Nazarene but currently owns the tie-breaker with the Lions.
Gordon (4-8) is seventh and let it not be forgotten that only eight teams make the playoffs. UNE has 3 wins while Salve Regina and Curry each have 2 wins. Hanging on to make the playoffs in the final six league games wasn’t in the heads of most of us at the outset of the season when Gordon was picked by the coaches to finish second.
Hans Miersma 23
John Henault 19
Daquan Sampson 17 (10 points)
Dominic Paradis 11 (13 points)