Scots get twenty-three from Garrisson Duvivier but still lose 80-73 to Endicott

Richie Armand breaks in after a steal.

Richie Armand breaks in after a steal.

Sam Johnson gets double-teamed by Kamahl Walker and Nick Thibeault

Sam Johnson gets double-teamed by Kamahl Walker and Nick Thibeault

(Beverly MA) I don’t know if Gordon put a scare into Endicott in their 80-73 loss in Beverly on Saturday afternoon.

I had hoped that they would because there is a pretty good chance that the two teams will meet in the first round of the playoffs on February 23rd.

A certainty after sixteen league games with two games remaining is that Nichols (14-2) will finish first and Curry (0-16) will finish last.

Another certainty is that Gordon (8-8) will not finish in the top four in the Commonwealth Coast Conference standings. After Nichols, are three teams (Endicott, Eastern Nazarene, Wentworth) with 11-5 records.

The Scots are currently in 5th place one game ahead of both Roger Williams and UNE. Roger Williams holds the tie-breaker over GC while UNE doesn’t.

Stephen Basden sets to launch a three as the EC bench watches

Stephen Basden sets to launch a three as the EC bench watches

Gordon plays Nichols at home on Tuesday night and Curry away on Saturday afternoon.

Nichols has won twelve straight and put a 66-point first half on Curry in today’s win. They can score!

Last year Nichols (#1 seed) lost in the first round to #8 UNE in the CCC playoffs. The year before Gordon won the championship at Nichols. Let’s just say Nichols is not only good but hungry. Gordon better prepare for Nichols’ best on Tuesday night.

“Best” would have won today’s game against Endicott. The Scots are not at the level where they can get by with mediocre in any area. The CCC’s defending champion can.

Chirs Lipscomb (11 points/10 rebounds)

Chirs Lipscomb (11 points/10 rebounds)

Endicott’s top player (Kamahl Walker) had seventeen points but it took him seventeen shots to get those points. He has five turnovers. But EC survived because Chris Lipscomb and his 4PPG average collected eleven points to go with ten rebounds to offset things.

The Scots hung around nicely in the first half but in the second half the Gulls got up by double figures and GC just couldn’t find answering offense.

The Scots weren’t blown out they just couldn’t get this one into a one-possession game. They did get it to two-possessions a couple of times but that wasn’t enough.

Gordon never reached the “blown-out” level because the Gulls struggled big-time from the line (18-for-29). In the game at Gordon in January the visitors were 20-for 24.

The most remarkable turnaround in today’s game was the play of freshman Garrisson Duvivier. First matchup in January Garrisson was an underwhelming 1-for-11. Those who thought the Gulls might have his number learned differently this afternoon. Garrisson had twenty-three points to go along with ten rebounds. It took him only fifteen shots to get those points, by the way.

Sam Johnson had his thirteenth double/double putting 15 points together with 11 rebounds. The 6-6 junior also added three blocks.

Eric Demers fires a three as the GC bench watches

Eric Demers fires a three as the GC bench watches

Eric Demers totaled seventeen points. Eric seemed to be the only perimeter player able to consistently get open space for shot attempts. It seems to me that the last open shots 3-point shooters Noah Szilagyi and Jake Haar have had lately have been in pre-game. Wide open looks have to be earned (by movement) at the college level.

The killer number for Gordon was second-half, three-point shooting. It is hard to put fear into an opponent if you’re trailing and only go 1-for-11 from long range.

Junior Kamahl Walker was honored before the game for having scored his 1000th point.

Daquan Sampson lines up a jam

Daquan Sampson lines up a jam

Daquan Sampson also had a double/double (11 points/10 rebounds) for the Gulls. The 6-6 junior just barely missed turning an alley-oop pass into a highlight-reel jam.

I don’t know if Gordon has played a daylight basketball game at Endicott before. It was interesting to actually be able to see some of the new buildings that EC has put up.

I am no expert on pep bands and cheerleading. Endicott had both and they worked extremely well together. Could a student-driven pep band work in the Bennett Center? I’m guessing it would.

Tuesday night (5:30PM) is the night the seniors (Richie Armand and Udoka Obiora) will be honored before the Nichols game. Richie and Udoka are two of the three holdovers from the 2013-14 championship team.

Efficiency Chart

Garrisson Duvivier 28

Sam Johnson 22

Chris Lipscomb 21

Daquan Sampson 14

Endicott 86

Gordon 81

Boxscore from the game

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Sam Johnson blocks Kamahl Walker's shot

Sam Johnson blocks Kamahl Walker’s shot

Kamahl Walker honored before the game

Kamahl Walker honored before the game

Jaren Yang defended by Max Motroni

Jaren Yang defended by Max Motroni

Daquan Sampson

Daquan Sampson

Kamahl Walker shoots past Noah Szilagyi

Kamahl Walker shoots past Noah Szilagyi

Senior Udoka Obiora sets a screen

Senior Udoka Obiora sets a screen

Eric Demers guarded by Stephen Basden

Eric Demers guarded by Stephen Basden

Garrisson Duvivier

Garrisson Duvivier

Max Motroni defends an inbounds pass

Max Motroni defends an inbounds pass

Kamahl Walker

Kamahl Walker

Eric Demers and Stephen Basden

Eric Demers and Stephen Basden

Garrisson Duviver (23 points) about to set up teammate Sam Johnson for a wide-open layup

Garrisson Duviver (23 points) about to set up teammate Sam Johnson for a wide-open layup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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