(Springfield MA) Perfectly delightful final 1:40 for the Scots in Springfield tonight.
Gordon (8-10/5-6) had everything go their way in those final one hundred seconds and a discouraging four-game slide came to an end.
74-70 was the final score with Western New England (6-12/4-7) getting on the wrong end of it.
Crucial win for GC. Why? The Scots, at least temporarily, stopped their descent into can-we-make-the-playoffs territory. Gordon now holds the tie-breaker over Western New England with their two wins over the Bears this season.
A great web feed from WNE. I usually have an IPad going along with my computer to catch the play-by-play as I watch the game. Works for me.
Part of the delight in the end game tonight was watching the other team try the easy-fix, long-range approach. It didn’t work for them either. WNE made one-of-four tries but it wasn’t enough against a GC team that dominated the late-game little things, none of which included the launch-and-pray solution.
In the successful end game, Gordon missed a layup but there was Garrisson to turn a rebound into a basket. GC up two (69-67).
After a WNE miss, Garrisson was fouled. Made the first (70-67) and missed the second but there was Sam Johnson (top rebounder in the conference) to snare an offensive rebound and continue the Gordon possession.
Jaren Yang was fouled and made both free throws. GC up five (72-67) with twenty-three seconds left.
Mike Gelineau (24 points) connected long range putting the Bears close (72-70) with fifteen seconds to go.
A timeout gave Gordon coach Tod Murphy a chance to get Noah Szilagyi into the game. Why important? No question Western New England was going to foul. Noah was 23-for-26 from the foul line, including his last ten straight. In he came, got fouled, and put the game away with two straight money freebies.
As I said at the start, everything came together in a nice victory package in the final 1:40.
Before that? It was up for grabs. The home team had a 20-9 lead in the first half but the Scots closed in (31-29) by halftime. The second half was tight to the end. Unofficially I saw six ties and six lead changes. Anybody’s game for sure. On this night the visitors got the job done.
It was close enough so that even the efficiency numbers for the two teams came out to 72.
The heart of what Gordon does consistently well is the inside play of two of the best in the Commonwealth Coast Conference; Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier.
Sam (21 points/17 rebounds) hasn’t seen a rebound yet that he won’t go after with 100% effort. Garrisson (20 points) get shots to drop in the heaviest of traffic.
Good to see Josh Ribeiro get some first-half action.
Garrisson Duvivier 24 (4 steals)
Sam Johnson 23
Mike Gelineau 19 (24 points)
Zack Askew 14 (14 points)
Luis Agrait 14 (13 points/6 assists)
Next up for the Scots will be ENC on Saturday (3PM). The Lions have beaten Endicott twice in case you’re wondering how good they are. Gordon has not beaten any of the top five (Nichols, Endicott, Wentworth, ENC, Roger Williams) so far. A strongly supportive crowd at the Bennett Center might make the difference.