(Amesbury/Newport RI) I am not going to claim that I have figured the 2015-16 Gordon team out.
And after watching them on the Salve Regina “freeze” stream win a 71-70 tight one on Thursday night I’m not sure that other teams have figured them out either.
The Seahawks (5-7) had no answer for Garrisson Duvivier in the first half (12 points/10 rebounds) and the 6-6 freshman almost single-handedly took GC to a 38-27 halftime lead.
But then in the second half, led by David Hanson (16 points), the Seahawks started making shots while the Scots started making turnovers (13). That deadly combination enabled the home team to get even at 55-55 with just under eight minutes to go.
It began to look like another road loss in the making but that isn’t what happened. Jake Haar connected on a three-point shot and up when Gordon and remarkably they never were tied or trailed the rest of the way.
Don’t think for a second that SR went away the rest of the game! They were close, very close as the final score indicates.
The Scots earned separation (68-59) with 3:53 to go but back came Salve Regina getting to within three (69-66) with 2:11 remaining.
Garrisson answered with a layup with 1:39 left and GC was in front, 71-66. Take care of the ball and make free throws and things won’t get late-game interesting. But one turnover and THREE misses, on the front end of one-and-one’s, later Gordon somehow escaped with a one-point win. Whew!!
But win they did and GC has evened their overall record to 6-6 and their Commonwealth Coast Conference record to 3-2.
Ahead for Gordon is a Bennett Center get together on Saturday (3PM) against winless (0-12) Curry. If there was ever a trap game for the Scots, it will be this one.
Garrisson and Sam Johnson overwhelmed the Seahawks in close to the basket. Salve didn’t have the shot blockers to discourage shots from either of them as 42 points in the paint indicates.
SR was limited to only eight offensive rebounds.
What Salve lacked in rebounds they made up for by getting thirty of their points off of GC turnovers.
From what I could see on the Salve website the turnovers were almost all of the front-court variety. Most of the miscues came off of low-percentage passes. Sometimes the pass receiver had responsibility on turnovers.
Garrisson Duvivier 29 (21 points/14 rebounds)
David Hanson 22 (16 points/6 assists/4 steals)
Sam Johnson 18 (12 points/11 rebounds)
Bryce Boggs 16 (17 points/8 rebounds)
Nick Bates 11 (10 rebounds)
Salve Regina 72
I saw quite a few of Nick Bates’ games in high school playing for Danvers. That team won state titles in his junior and senior years. http://bit.ly/1TIJ23l