(Amesbury MA) Nichols is good….very good!
The Bison won their eleventh straight game as they ran away from Gordon, 76-49, on Thursday night in Dudley.
Nichols (16-4) is undefeated in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (13-0) with five CCC games left.
Junior Irving Eggleston (33 points) put the biggest hurt on the Scots getting twenty-one of those points in the second half. Irving drained five long ones in the Bison’s 44-28 second half explosion.
Nichols was quick to the basket getting thirty points in the paint. Numerous times the Nichols’ guards were able to break free of outside GC defenders and get into the paint. When GC interior defenders reacted the Bison were quick to feed teammates for layups. Nichols had fifteen assists.
Gordon (8-12) faced plenty of full-court pressure and turned the ball over 24 times. Nichols’ sixteen steals were the highest GC has had against them this season.
Gordon was competitive for twelve minutes tied at 17-17. The home team went on a 15-4 run the rest of that half. Minus Jason Dempsey and Taylor Bajema there was no rally button to be pressed.
The home crowd hadn’t forgotten Gordon’s upset at the end of last season that gave GC the conference title. There seemed to be quite a bit of chatter on the floor among the players.
Hans Miersma had his ninth double/double (14 points/14 rebounds) of the season. He also had five blocks.
Dominic Paradis had one of his best games with seventeen points and six rebounds.
With twenty-four turnovers, thirteen missed free throws (9-for-22), and two starters (Craig McFarlane and Udoka Obiora) held scoreless, the Scots had little chance to stay with a Nichols team that can score points. The Bison average 76 points per game.
The Scots may have lost but they didn’t get humiliated in the way that Curry was by Nichols at home two days ago. The final in that one was Nichols 124 and Curry 57.
Gordon returns home on Saturday to see if they can do something about their 1-7 record at the Bennett Center. They will face Curry.
Irving Eggleston 33 (33 points)
Hans Miersma 20
Dominic Paradis 18
Christian Horton 18 (4 steals/8 assists)
Chris Johnson 17 (10 rebounds)