(Amesbury/Boston) Wentworth’s sophomore Jason Ganley had a remarkable night as he led the Leopards past Gordon, 81-72, on Tuesday night.
The Scots (7-9) came into this one intent on minimizing senior Kyle Romich (18 points per game average) and they did limiting him to twelve points.
They also wanted to keep an eye on reserve Dan DeVaux who came off the bench last game to hit Salve Regina with twenty-six points. Dan had six against Gordon.
But then there was Jason and his 18 points per game. Gordon answers for him were the wrong ones all night. At 6-5 he was able to shoot three’s over GC’s guards (6-for-8 long range) and quick enough to get open inside.
The Northbridge High School alum torched Gordon for sixteen points in the first half and twenty-three points in the second half. And watching on the very good Wentworth (9-7) feed, I did not think that Jason was forcing his offense. He just seemed to get openings, and on this night he cashed in big-time.
This was another game in which the Scots could have won. Down by ten (54-44) in the second half they rallied to even things (57-57) with eight minutes left. The point getters in the comeback were Eric Demers (2 three’s), Noah Szilagyi (1 three), Graham Tienhaara (2 free throws) and Udoka Obiora (layup).
Still tied (65-65) with five minutes left the opportunity was there to beat one of the top three teams in the Commonwealth Coast Conference. But a turnover, two missed layups, and two missed free throws later the Leopards had a five-point lead.
The Scots were still within five with 2:49 to go before Jason Ganley hit his sixth three-pointer of the night and it was game-set-match.
Garrisson Duvivier recovered from a very tough outing against Endicott to put a 19 points/14 rebounds evening together.
Stats that caught my eye: Gordon had fewer turnovers (11) than Wentworth (12) and Wentworth outrebounded the Scots by one.
Gordon did not do itself any favors at the foul line: 18-for-30. WIT wasn’t a whole lot better missing eleven freebies.
Jason Ganley 35 (39 points/6 rebounds)
Garrisson Duvivier 25
Kyle Romich 14 (12 points/8 rebounds)
Udoka Obiora 12 (2 blocks/no missed shots)
Gordon has faced the top three teams (Nichols, Endicott, Wentworth) in the CCC over the past six days and come away empty. There will be a second time with each of them. The distance between the Scots and wins against these three in the second meeting do not appear to me to be insurmountable. A lot fewer missed layups would help. A lot fewer forced three’s would also help. Each of the top three teams was able to get double-digit offensive rebounds in the first meeting. That’s getting out-hustled in my book. If the team gets the little things right, then I suspect that consecutive wins will fall into place over the final nine regular season games.
Gordon’s next game is against Roger Williams at home on Saturday. The weather forecast strongly suggests that there might have to be a snow-check on that one, however.
The Leopards have now won four straight from Gordon. Most painful of that batch was last year’s loss in the first round of the CCC tournament. Probably the most painful part of that loss was that on the same night UNE had upset #1 seed Nichols. A Gordon win at Wentworth would have put them into the semi-finals at home against UNE.