(Amesbury MA) Wow!
Richie Armand hit a three with five seconds left and Gordon pulled off a tense 59-57 Commonwealth Coast Conference win at Springfield over Western New England on Tuesday night.
Frustrating loss for the Golden Bears (8-12). The home team led most of the game and reached a 16-point margin (44-28) five minutes into the second half. But the Scots (8-11) ran twelve straight (baskets by Sam Johnson, Taylor Bajema, Dominic Paradis, and Hans Miersma) to get back into contention. With four minutes left, Hans tied the game, 52-52, with a free throw. The rest of the game was a search for a really big shot.
Taylor tied the score with a jump shot with 55 seconds left. WNE’s Musa Elsir followed with one of two free throws at 37 seconds putting the Golden Bears in front by a point (57-56).
The Scots needed two for the win but instead got a three from Richie with an assist to Taylor with five seconds left.
The last time the two teams played Mike Gelineau took a buzzer-beating shot from mid-court for a tie and missed. In this game it was Mike shooting again, this time from in front of the WNE bench. Mike’s shot just missed as the buzzer sounded. That make would have been a game-winner!
Gordon played without Jason Dempsey (fluid on the knee) again. Jason had 18 points and 10 rebounds in the first meeting.
Taylor Bajema, who had missed the first game versus Western New England, topped the Efficiency chart with an 18. He had twelve points and eight rebounds.
The GB’s had won four straight Commonwealth Coast Conference games before the Gordon loss.
Similar to Gordon, the Golden Bears struggle mightily at home (2-10) but are 6-2 on the road. Gordon is 1-7 at home and 6-4 away from the formerly friendly confines of the Bennett Center.
The Scots will be in Dudley, weather permitting, to face undefeated Nichols on Thursday night. Now that’s a road win that would get some serious attention!
Jaren Yang has now made twenty straight free throws.
Sam Johnson (six points/seven rebounds) and Dominic Paradis (10 points/six rebounds) came off the Gordon bench to make significant contributions.
Taylor Bajema 18
Hans Miersma 14 (14 points/9 rebounds)
Musa Elsir 14 (13 points)
Sam Johnson 12
Dominic Paradis 11
Western New England 63