(Wenham MA) Well, that didn’t go so good!
The second time through the Commonwealth Coast Conference gave Gordon a chance to better their 4-5 record of the first time.
That record bettering didn’t get off to a good start this afternoon as the Scots (7-10) fell to Roger Williams, 67-62, on Saturday afternoon at the Bennett Center.
That’s four straight losses for the reeling Scots and their second straight to Roger Williams (8-9) in the 2015-16 season.
Eight more games left in the regular season, so there’s still time to improve on the 4-5 first-time slate.
If the young Scots have been anything this season it would be consistently inconsistent in so many games. Missing is a team steadiness, a team reliability. Consistently good offensive and defensive games in a row are not this team’s norm. Let me be quick to add that this irregularity is not from lack of desire.
Versus the Hawks from Bristol (RI) the Scots held the lead in the first half and didn’t fall behind (37-36) until there were fourteen minutes left in the game. The rest of the way? Very frustrating for Gordon Nation. The team came close several times but just couldn’t combine enough good shooting with defensive stops to catch the Hawks.
The Hawks were there to be caught too. The visitors missed seven free throws with the lead but the Scots seemed to buy into the long-range fix and that approach didn’t work this afternoon.
Gordon missed six straight 3-pointers after losing the lead before Jake Haar connected with sixteen seconds left. But there wasn’t enough time left to possess the ball with a chance to tie or get ahead.
With the shooting off it was crucial that the Gordon defense step up. Not this time. Freshman Austin Coene (22 points) and sophomore Nick Marini (15 points) were huge in the second half. The two guards were 9-for-12 between them and most of their scores were in the paint. The GC defense has to get better.
One area that has been consistently good for Gordon has been rebounding. Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier are one and three in the CCC so far. Against RWU those two collected twenty-one caroms and in the process allowed GC for the 14th time this season to out-rebound an opponent.
Garrisson added twenty points in an afternoon of heavy inside RW defensive pressure.
Garrisson Duvivier 23
Austin Coene 22 (22 points)
Sam Johnson 15 (13 points/9 rebounds)
Nick Marini 14 (15 points/4 assists)
Graham Tienhaara 11
Roger Williams 72
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