Endicott takes down Gordon 75-60 in neighborhood battle

Stephen Basden (9 points/11 rebounds) was very effective inside

Stephen Basden (9 points/11 rebounds) was very effective inside

Daquan Sampson fires from in front of a large GC crowd at the Bennett Center

Daquan Sampson fires from in front of a large GC crowd at the Bennett Center

(Wenham MA) There were optimists thinking that Gordon was ready to take down some of the upper echelon teams in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

However, after seeing the webcast loss to Nichols two days ago and this afternoon’s 75-60 defeat against Endicott, it may be time to temper that enthusiasm.

A good crowd (the students are back) at the Bennett Center saw their Scots (7-8) take and make enough difficult shots to hang with the Gulls (9-6) early into the second half.

But after a 38-38 tie the visitors began to gain separation and over the final 7 ½ minutes maintained a double-digit lead.

Endicott played in this game, especially the second half, the way you hope the young Scots will play after more time together. EC passed the ball. They set screens to get teammates open shots. They frustrated Gordon’s interior game and they limited GC to low-percentage, long-range shots.

Long-range GC shooter Jake Haar was limited to two shots

Long-range GC shooter Jake Haar was limited to two shots

In the Nichols game the Bison struggled in some areas but made up the difference in other areas. Endicott the same way. Top CCC scorer Kamahl Walker and Max Motrondi (#3 in scoring) were off (nine-for-thirty) but teammates more than made up the difference. Chris Lipscomb (13 points) had a career game while Stephen Basdin at 6’2” collected eleven rebounds and nine points in close to the basket.

The Gulls picked up thirty-two points in the paint getting most of them on drives and offensive rebounds. There was very little action from EC in the post.

Sam Johnson looks for a rebound. He had ten against Endicott

Sam Johnson looks for a rebound. He had ten against Endicott

One of the solid pieces for Gordon so far has been their play in the post. Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier had fourteen double/doubles between them coming into the game. Sam got #15 with his 10/10 effort but the collapsing defense of EC forced seven turnovers on the hustling junior. The quicker Garrisson forgets this game (1-for-11) the better.

Freshman Jake Haar had taken the CCC by surprise over the past five games with remarkable 3-point accuracy. His over 60% touch (17-for-27) obviously was no secret to Endicott and the result was tight coverage with limited touches and only two long-range attempts.

Eric Demers (15 points) shoots over Stephen Basden

Eric Demers (15 points) shoots over Stephen Basden

The team efficiency results (Endicott 97, Gordon 60) highlight the difference between the two teams on this afternoon. The “on this afternoon” part is crucial. The Scots can play much better. For many of the GC players it was their first taste of the Gordon/Endicott rivalry. A rematch is scheduled for February 13th at Beverly.

Gordon will be traveling to Boston for their next game to face Wentworth on Tuesday night. The Leopards are tied at the top of the CCC with Nichols and Endicott. Wentworth downed Endicott two nights ago. It won’t be easy!

Graham Tienhaara tries to drive

Graham Tienhaara tries to drive

The loyalty of some of the Bennett Center faithful was severely tested in the second half with GC down by double-digits and the Patriots/Chiefs playoff game already started.

Efficiency Chart

Stephen Basden 23

Chris Lipscomb 21

Sam Johnson 14

Eric Demers 13 (15 points)

Daquan Sampson 10 (11 points)

Endicott 97

Gordon 60

Boxscore

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Game on!

Game on!

Sam Johnson cornered by defenders

Sam Johnson cornered by defenders

Daquan Sampson

Daquan Sampson

Drew Sawyer in the lane

Drew Sawyer in the lane

Looking for a rebound

Looking for a rebound

Max Motroni shoots a three

Max Motroni shoots a three

Ukoka Obiora gets two

Ukoka Obiora gets two

Kamahl Walker shoots long range

Kamahl Walker shoots long range

Young Endicott fan

Young Endicott fan

Eric Demers denied Max Motroni's breakaway layup with a hustling block

Eric Demers denied Max Motroni’s breakaway layup with a hustling block

Kamahl Walker floats in

Kamahl Walker floats in

Noah Szilagyi fires a three

Noah Szilagyi fires a three

Garrisson Duvivier saw heavy defense all game long

Garrisson Duvivier saw heavy defense all game long

 

 

 

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