(Amesbury MA) Everyone not named Jake Haar turned cold for Gordon and the Scots fell to Clarkson, 78-67, in the championship game of the North County Invitational at Potsdam, New York on Saturday afternoon.
The senior-laden Knights (2-1) were not overwhelming but they were consistent. Clarkson shot over 50% from near and far while Gordon (2-1) did neither.
Jake Haar was the exception. The GC sophomore collected nineteen points (new career high) during career-high minutes (32). Teams in Gordon’s future study stats of previous games so Jake will be drawing more defensive attention for sure.
Sam Johnson ran his string of double-doubles to five stretching into last season. He takes rebounding seriously!
Clarkson broke away from a 6-6 tie and held that separation to the end. The Scots went down by double-figures much of the way but were back within four several times (43-39, 56-52) in the second half. Certainly within range to contend but not on this afternoon. Too inconsistent close to the basket and long range and not able to dig in defensively.
Credit two games in two days, with a long bus ride leading up to those days, as being factors in the loss.
The Scots (2-1) will host Salem State (7:30PM) at the Bennett Center on Tuesday night.
There’s something to be said for having experienced players at the college level. As I mentioned before, Clarkson started five of them. A key result was steadiness on offense and defense. GC is still a young team with Sam as the only senior. There will be good offense/defense games but there will also be the other kind. The “other” is what happened versus Clarkson.
Sam Johnson 24 (10 points/17 rebounds)
Jake Haar 22 (19 points/3 rebounds)
Derek Hart 18 (17 points)
Drew Zlogar 18 (11 points/6 rebounds)
Mike Hayduk 13 (15 points)
Conrad Zampier 13 (11 points/3 assists)