(Amesbury/Bristol RI) Second straight 2-point loss on the road for Gordon.
The Scots (3-3) dropped this tough one to Roger Williams, 73-71, on Saturday afternoon.
Gordon was down all day but never completely out until Eric Demers missed a half-court prayer as the final buzzer sounded.
The Scots trailed 8-0 at the start, 33-24 at the half, and 68-56 with 3+ minutes left. Anyone of those deficits could have been fatal but each time the youthful visitors found their way back into contention.
Gordon was within two (72-70) with six seconds left and two free throws (Eric Demers). Chance for a tie but only one was made. The Scots had to foul and the game slipped away from them.
It was certainly a game that could have been won. A 24-point first half and a 47-point second half? Another factor was the frequency in which the Hawks blew by defenders for layups. Hans Miersma is gone from the inside so the perimeter defense must get better.
Big game for junior Andrew Wasik. He not only had twenty points but also tacked on five assists and four steals.
Sam Johnson registered his fourth double/double (18 points/11 rebounds) of the season. He had fourteen of those points in the second half when the Scots rallied back.
Freshman Eric Demers had a season-high 25 points, proving that he is past his road-shooting struggles. He hit four 3’s including one from in front of the GC bench with a defender in his face late in the game. Missed free throw in the last minute and no assists……………….there’s still work to do.
Noah Szilagyi helped the Scots back from a nine-point halftime deficit with two 3-pointers.
Andrew Wasik 25
Sam Johnson 22
Eric Demers 15
Garrisson Duvivier 14 (10 points/6 assists/3 steals)
Conor O’Brien 11 (11 points)
Roger Williams 77
Interesting to see that the efficiency numbers had Gordon as the better team. Minus a tough first half the Scots win this one by double-digits.
Good video from the Roger Williams website.
Seriously challenging next game for Gordon. They will be in Quincy Tuesday night facing undefeated Eastern Nazarene. ENC took out our neighbors in Beverly today just to give you a sense of how good they are. But I refuse to underestimate what Gordon is capable of. When a team can get shots off and always hustles, the possibility of winning anywhere is always there. How about Tuesday night in Quincy?