(Quincy/Amesbury) Undefeated ENC (9-0) is awfully, awfully good.
Not awfully, awfully tall (tallest player on the team is 6-3) but it didn’t make a bit of difference in a 100-84 win over Gordon (3-4) on Tuesday night in Quincy.
The Lions lived in the paint and that gave them a night full of high-percentage shots. They collected forty-six points in that area in this one.
ENC also forced mistakes all game long. The Scots got burned for a season high twenty-five turnovers that led directly to thirty-five ENC points. In the first half Jaren Yang and Luke Meyer collected seven of GC’s fourteen. The second half saw the TO number drop to eleven but remarkably nine different players contributed to that total.
The Scots started well and were still tied (24-24) with 8+ minutes left in the first half. After that? The slide to a double-digit deficit was quick (three minutes) and the Scots could not defend well enough to generate hopes of a comeback.
The key to this loss, in my opinion, was ENC’s ability to get so many easy shots. The Scots scored a ton of points but gave up a ton +. In the half-court offense, ENC seemed to have little trouble dribbling into the lane. The Scots also paid dearly almost every time a Gordon guard got below the foul line. How? On any missed shot the Lions were quick to outlet and fast break. On the ENC video feed I saw far too many 3-on-2’s and 2-on-1’s that led to layups for the home team. The Lions’ unselfishness produced twenty-two assists.
Sam Johnson turned in a double/double (16 points/11 rebounds) and an efficiency score of 27 which is his best in a GC uniform. Three assists, two blocks, and a steal were part of special performance for the GC junior.
The rest of the performers of note were all Lions.
Sam Johnson 27
Jaylen Owens 23 (20 points/7 assists/3 steals)
Lequan Gomes 23 (20 points/6 rebounds/4 steals)
Christian Lynch 18 (13 points/7 rebounds)
Jeremy Wagner 15 (9 points/5 rebounds)
Eastern Nazarene 119
There was little wrong with Gordon’s shooting in this one. They shot over 50% and made eleven three’s. But there were a season-high twenty-five empty possessions. Also giving up 100 points might get you a win in the NBA but not in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.
The Scots are winless (0-4) on the road and their next two games are on the road this weekend (Friday/Saturday) in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. It would be nice to go into the Christmas break with at least one win away from home.