(Amesbury/Milton MA) It wasn’t unexpected but it was necessary to earn the Scots a fifth place finish in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.
Gordon (12-13) defeated winless Curry, 88-72, to close out the regular season schedule.
The win separated the Scots from Roger Williams, which lost to Wentworth, and secured 5th for the team from Wenham. Roger Williams held the tie-breaker against Gordon.
Curry (0-25) has had season-long struggles at both ends of the court. That pattern continued today as the Scots had plenty of good looks and the Colonels trailed by twenty, 49-29, at the half.
Things didn’t change much in the second half although the GC personnel certainly did. The starters minutes were less than usual as everyone in a Gordon uniform saw action.
The Curry roster included only nine players and one of them was their lone senior, Tim Flanagan, who collected twenty-six points while playing the entire game.
Garrisson Duvivier 23 (16 points/8 rebounds)
Sam Johnson 22 (14 points/13 rebounds)
Paul Preziosi 20 (17 points/12 rebounds)
James Pina 19 (18 points/12 rebounds)
Jake Hart 15 (8 points/6 assists)
Tim Flanagan 15 (26 points)
If you’ve taken the time to read this far you may wonder, or already know, about Tuesday’s opponent in the opening round of the CCC tournament. It’s our “friends” down the street in Beverly. Yes, a third try against the Endicott Gulls.
Game time is at 5:30PM on Tuesday. Why so early? The EC girls’ basketball team is also opening at home in the tournament.
When I realized that it was Endicott again I looked back at my coverage of those two losses (75-60 and 80-73) to the Gulls.
Similar patterns emerged in both games: good first half and weak second half. Endicott pulled away in each second half because the Scots’ offense hit dry spells and Endicott’s didn’t.
The last meeting (a week ago) was particularly tough because in a 7-point loss the Scots missed ten of eleven 3-point attempts in the second half.
In the first loss, Gordon points from the inside vanished in the second half.
Either one of those deficiencies will spell trouble on Tuesday night. However, if the outside shooting is consistent then things will open up inside. If the inside game is productive there will be openings on the perimeter.
Can the Scots bring that sort of game to Beverly on Tuesday night? I believe that they can. If they can stay close the pressure builds up on the home team down the stretch and then anything can happen.
We can certainly look at this year’s GC men’s soccer team for inspiration. They ended up playing the #1 seed Gulls at Beverly in the CCC championship game and brought the league trophy to Wenham with an exciting win.
I have always believed that any win over Endicott is special. It’s like a Red Sox/Yankee thing to me. To win on their court in a tournament game would be extra special.
I would expect that there will be plenty of GC support on hand come Tuesday night.