(Amesbury MA) Gordon broke away from Salve Regina in the final 7+ minutes defeating the Seahawks, 67-50, on Saturday afternoon at Newport, RI.
The Scots (11-12) have two games left but they have already clinched fifth place in the Commonwealth Coast Conference and will be facing Wentworth in the quarterfinal round later this month.
The loss today eliminates Salve Regina from the playoffs. They have only two CCC victories, one of which was over Gordon the first time around at the Bennett Center.
Another dominating performance today by Hans Miersma. The 6-9 senior collected twenty-two points on an impressive 9-for-11 shooting. Hans’ season high in points is the twenty-three points he put up versus Endicott in December.
This was a two-point game (47-45) with 7:47 remaining. The rest of the way? All Gordon. The Scots put a 16-2 run together and SR was cooked.
That the Seahawks were even close in this one was quite remarkable because they did not take good care of the ball. Statistical proof? SR had twenty-three turnovers and you know that Gordon didn’t press. I had to go back to a December game in 2008 against Salem State to find an opponent committing as many TO’s as Salve did today. SSU had twenty-four.
The Scots continue to be drawn to turnovers (twenty) with eleven of them coming in the second half when the Seahawks applied some full-court pressure.
Any time the Scots combine reduced miscues with a patient offense that settles for high-percentage shots they do very well. That combo was what allowed GC to pull away from Salve in the last 7+ minutes and collect Win #11.
Freshman Jaren Yang had his best game of the season according the efficiency numbers. Jaren ended up with a 16 in an afternoon of sixteen points and three steals. His previous high was a 14 against Western New England.
Hans Miersma 27
Jaren Yang 16
Jason Dempsey 10 (11 points)
Freshman Steven Vampatella appeared in his second game both on the road. Will he be making his Bennett Center debut on Tuesday night against Roger Williams (7:30PM)?
The Scots finish at ENC next Saturday. The CCC playoffs will start, weather willing, the next Tuesday.
To repeat as CCC champions will almost certainly require Gordon to win three straight road games. The Scots have eight of their eleven wins this season in away games. Let’s be optimistic!