(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.
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.
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 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 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.
Garrisson Duvivier 28
Sam Johnson 22
Chris Lipscomb 21
Daquan Sampson 14
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