(Wenham MA) Those looking for a happy home ending to Gordon’s regular season left the Bennett Center disappointed as the Scots fell to revved up Roger Williams, 57-52, on Tuesday night.
The Hawks (8-16) hadn’t won in a month and had given up at least thirty points in the paint in each of their last two games.
I suspected that Gordon’s inside game might light up RW but on this evening the Scots had only eighteen points in the paint.
The biggest cause for the Gordon loss was poor shooting. In the second half alone the Scots missed ten more shots than the Hawks did.
The score was tied, 45-45, with 5:19 remaining. RW had played better but Gordon was still in a position to win their fourth straight. But the rest of the way the Scots were 1-for-8 and the visitors escaped with a win.
I started to think that it might be Roger Williams’ night when the 45-45 tie was broken on a three by 6-8 Trevor Fahmy. It was one of those clock-is-running-out attempts by someone who had shot only one other three all season. Let’s just say that Trevor probably wasn’t one of the likely 3-point shooters on the floor. But the shot went in and the RW bench reacted as if it was the game winner. As it turned out, Trevor’s shot gave the Hawks the lead for good.
Trevor was also part of an RW interior defense that turned Hans Miersma (5 points) into a non-factor. When Hans did get the ball there was no room for him to turn. He did get to the basket one time with a head of steam but ran over Josh Syska in the process.
Shutting down’s Gordon’s interior opened up shots on the perimeter for the Scots. Jake Hart had sixteen points in Gordon’s win over Roger Williams at Bristol (RI) but no one stepped up in a similar fashion this time around.
Gordon (11-13) was not impacted in the Commonwealth Coast Conference standings with the loss. They stayed in 5th place and still will end up there after Saturday afternoon’s game at Eastern Nazarene no matter what happens.
With the win, the Hawks move into a tie with Western New England for 6th place. Eight of the ten CCC teams make the post-season and Curry and Salve Regina have now been eliminated.
The saddest part of this game was seeing Richie Armand go down in pain with a knee injury in the first half. Richie worked very hard rehabbing that knee in order to join the team in January. The 5-10 junior had worked his way into the starting lineup with his terrific defense and decision making.
The best player on the court was Ryan Palumbo. The 5-10 senior was the top scorer with sixteen points and, as usual, played with the energy you wish every player could have.
Ryan Palumbo 13
Josh McCourt 13 (11 points/5 rebounds)
Jason Dempsey 12 (11 points/7 rebounds)
Hans Miersma 11 (9 rebounds)
Sam Johnson 10 (7 points/4 rebounds)
Roger Williams 66
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