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Kyle Credle (24 points) leads Becker past Gordon 85-78

Jake Haar scored nineteen points against Becker on 7-for-8 shooting

Jake Haar scored nineteen points against Becker on 7-for-8 shooting

(Amesbury MA) The Becker Hawks had the go-to guy at the end and defeated Gordon, 85-78, on Friday night at Clark University.

The erratic feed from Clark prevented me from getting much of a look at the game but the stats offered a pretty clear visual of what went on.

This was a game that Gordon had a good chance to win but let get away in the final minutes.

The score was tied 75-75 with 3:51 left.  Put some offense together.  Play some defense and end the 2016 part of the season with a W.

Instead the Scots (6-4) fall apart on both ends of the court and suffered a non-league setback.

The hero for Becker (6-4) was clearly senior Kyle Credle (24 points).  Kyle recently joined the 1000-point club at Becker.  In this game, Kyle (5’10” guard) dominated the final 3:51 connecting on two 3’s, a jump shot, getting a rebound, and blocking a layup attempt.

If Gordon had come up with some answers, the impact of Kyle’s late-game heroics might have been lessened.  Didn’t happen on this evening.  The Scots missed four 3’s, three layups, and a free throw.  They did make three free throws but that wasn’t nearly enough.  The fatal missing was done by six different players.  It was a collective coolness down the stretch that let this one get away.

One person who wasn’t shooting in the end game was Jake Haar and he probably should have been.  Jake had another warm evening going seven-for-eight to get nineteen points.

Rough night for Gordon’s two inside threats.  The numbers might suggest otherwise (Garrisson Duvivier – 19 points, 13 rebounds & Sam Johnson – 16 rebounds, 9 points) but between the two of them they missed twenty-four shots around the basket.  Sometimes an inside shot from within a collapsed defense is a low-percentage shot.

Efficiency

Kyle Credle 37 (24 points, 7 rebounds)

Sam Johnson 21 (16 rebounds, 5 assists)

Jake Haar 20 (19 points)

Samuel Durodola 19 (13 points, 4 blocks)

Kareem Davis 17 (18 points)

Becker 104

Gordon 87

Becker defeated Nichols and Brandeis this season.

Becker is in the same conference as Daniel Webster.

Gordon had only eleven fouls.  I had to go back to 2009 to find a game with fewer fouls.  Maybe the defense wasn’t as tight as it could have been?

The Scots won’t be playing again until the new year.  First week in January there are three games (Nichols, Endicott, Salve Regina) in five days.  The Nichols game is home on Tuesday January 3rd.  With the student body still on vacation there will be PLENTY of good seats available.

Box from this game

Christmas is such a special time for believers.  Enjoy it with friends and family.

 

 

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Daniel Webster (6-1) defeats Gordon 84-68 in non-league matchup

Gordon turnovers were costly in loss to Daniel Webster

Gordon turnovers (22) were costly in loss to Daniel Webster

Inside shots were heavily contested by the Eagles' defense

Inside shots were heavily contested by the Eagles’ defense

(Wenham MA) You kind of saw this one coming.

The Scots struggled twice this week with winless teams before rallying to win.

Today’s opponent (Daniel Webster) was 5-1 with a win over Eastern Nazarene.

Despite a great start (11-0), Gordon got caught at 20-20, and fell behind for the rest of the game.  The final was 84-68.

The Scots (6-3) respect for the Eagles’ size and athleticism surfaced immediately as those on hand at the Bennett Center witnessed Gordon in a zone defense.  That seldom-used defense worked for a while because the visitors missed their first six shots and had two turnovers.

6-9 Jaquan Harrison defended by Graham Tienhaara

6-9 Jaquan Harrison defended by Graham Tienhaara

Daniel Webster (6-1) was too good, however, to stay down for long.  The Scots missed two 3’s and had three turnovers while the Eagles turned up ten straight points and were right back in the game.

Before the half was over GC had totaled a gruesome sixteen giveaways.  That they only trailed by six (31-25) at halftime was a miracle.

DW did not press.  They just capitalized on bad Gordon ball management in the frontcourt.

When you consider sixteen first-half possessions ending without a shot, you realize that lessening the frontcourt turnovers must be a priority for a team with a chance for a special season.

Turnovers bit our neighbors as well in Beverly this afternoon against Bridgewater State.  Endicott led almost the entire game but in the last twenty-eight seconds turned the ball over FOUR times and gave up the lead and lost 86-82.

Meanwhile, back at the Bennett Center the Scots fell behind by ten (44-34) early in the second half and DW never let GC get closer.  The Scots cut down the miscues and picked up their shooting but the Eagles had answers for every GC basket.

Daniel Webster’s sixteen steals were last matched by ENC almost a year ago.  That game (100-84) didn’t go so well for Gordon, either.

Efficiency

Ray Farmer 20 (12 points, 5 assists)

Sam Johnson 20 (17 rebounds)

Marquise Caudill 17 (18 points)

Michael Campbell (12 points, 6 rebounds)

Michael Campbell (12 points, 6 rebounds)

Michael Campbell 16 (12 points, 6 rebounds)

Jake Haar 14 (five 3’s)

Daniel Webster 105

Gordon 69

DW is in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC)

The Eagles have not had a winning record in the last seven years.  Wouldn’t have guessed that based on today’s game!

The team from Nashua (NH) defeated Nichols last year.

Garrisson Duvivier led all scorers with twenty-two hard-earned points.  There were no easy looks at the basket on this Saturday afternoon for GC inside shooters.  Garrisson had seven turnovers.

The loss snapped Gordon’s four-game win streak.  Next opponent is Becker from Leicester (MA) on Friday night. The game will be at Clark University in Worcester (MA). Becker is 4-4 and they beat Nichols, 97-92, late in November.

Spectators Hans Miersma (6-9), Greg Walker (6-6), and Jason Dempsey (6-7) would have helped today around the basket versus DW.

Box from the game

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Sam Johnson (#3) had seventeen rebounds

Sam Johnson (#3) had seventeen rebounds

Marquise Caudill (18 points) and Noah Szilagyi

Marquise Caudill (18 points) and Noah Szilagyi

Alex Cruz (35) gets to the rim

Alex Cruz (35) gets to the rim

Dylan Marshall defends

Dylan Marshall defends

Dylan Marshall dials long-distance

Dylan Marshall dials long-distance

Jared Harrington jams a turnover

Jared Harrington jams a turnover

Jared Harrington (#3) gets two

Jared Harrington (#3) gets two

Antwaun Boyc

Antwaun Boyd

Daniel Webster had shot blockers

Daniel Webster had shot blockers

Garrisson Duvivier finishes

Garrisson Duvivier finishes

Jaren Yang on the break

Jaren Yang on the break

Garrisson Duvivier (22 points) at the rim

Garrisson Duvivier (22 points) at the rim

 

 

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Reserves and free throw shooting key factors in 77-61 Gordon win over Worcester State

Garrisson Duvivier (20 points) had his best game of the season against Worcester State

Garrisson Duvivier (20 points) had his best game of the season against Worcester State

(Amesbury MA) Two minutes into this one Gordon was down 7-0 to 0-7 Worcester State University.

That was enough for GC coach Tod Murphy.  Out came the five starters and things settled down.

The work of the reserves in the first half combined with some amazing second-half free throw shooting enabled Gordon (6-2) to pull away from WS and win, 77-61, on Thursday in Worcester.

It certainly didn’t hurt the Scots chances to have sophomore Garrisson Duvivier contribute his best game of season, according to efficiency figuring.

For you new to efficiency it works like this; negative stats (turnovers, missed free throws and missed field goals) are subtracted from positive stats (points, assists, blocks, rebounds, steals) to arrive at a number.  In tonight’s game, Garrisson led everyone with a 32.  Among his positive stats were; 20 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals.

Paul Brooks of WS blocked four shots

Paul Brooks of WS blocked four shots

The Lancers (0-8) used a zone and had size inside (Paul Brooks 6’9”).  They pressed Gordon after baskets and in the early going the Scots made passing and dribbling blunders that allowed the home team to get off to a fast start.

As I said above, the reserves came on to stabilize things in the first half.  GC eventually caught WS and led by six (34-28) before the Lancers ran seven unanswered in the last two minutes to lead, 35-34, at the half.

WS built up a 48-43 advantage with 12 ½ minutes to go.  Enter Graham Tienhaara.  The Whitinsville junior scored Gordon’s next eight points and had a steal that set up the tying point (52-52) with 9:23 left.

The team from Wenham (MA) trailed 56-55 with 6:53 remaining and this looked like a game that would be tight to the end.  Wasn’t that way at all.

Graham Tienhaara scored eight straight Gordon points in the second half

Graham Tienhaara scored eight straight Gordon points in the second half

The Lancers could only add five points the rest of the way while the Scots poured in twenty-two.  Gordon was only 4-for-11 from the floor during that stretch but at the foul line?   Oh, baby!  The Scots were 15-for-15 and turned possession after possession into two points.

Obviously, the sixteen-point spread at the end does not reflect how this game went for most of it.

The Worcester State zone made perfect sense.  Gordon’s top scorers (Sam Johnson & Garrisson Duvivier) are inside players.  The Lancers had a shot blocker (Paul Brooks – 4 in this game) near the basket.  When GC was patient and passed the ball, they turned up high-percentage shots.  Reserves Dylan Marshall (6) and Noah Szilagyi (12) cashed open looks.

I expect teams ahead to show zones on occasion to negate GC’s inside game.  WS had only one shot blocker and when he was in, Garrisson had openings.  When Paul Brooks was resting, Graham Tienhaara did damage for GC.

GC’s struggles against pressure surprised me.  Most teams prior to WS avoided trying it.  Those seeing this game might reconsider that.

Noah Szilagyi had 12 points off the bench

Noah Szilagyi had 12 points off the bench

Gordon has now won five straight.  They will be facing a very good Daniel Webster team (5-1) on Saturday afternoon (3PM) at the Bennett Center.  Last home game for the Scots before Christmas break.

Efficiency

Garrisson Duvivier 32

Paul Brooks 24 (15 points/7 rebounds/4 blocks)

Jamal Mustapha 15 (16 points)

Sam Johnson 15 (10 points/9 rebounds)

Corey Gatta 11 (12 points)

Gordon 88

Worcester State 66

Box from the game

 

 

 

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Gordon escapes an upset at Curry with 76-71 win

Eric Demers is averaging 22 points after two games

Eric Demers is averaging 22 points after two games

(Amesbury MA) One of the better Gordon comebacks.

The Scots (5-2) needed every ounce of comeback after fumbling their way through the first twenty-eight minutes versus Curry (0-7).

The satisfying end result was a 76-71 win in Milton on Tuesday night but from what I saw of the Live Stats and the shaky video, Gordon was verrry fortunate to take this one.

The Scots trailed by fifteen (58-43) with 11:50 left and it was nearly time to change the channel to something more pleasant such as the Chris Sale trade.

What was wrong with the Scots?  Turnovers.  Those unwanted “pastries” reached fifteen (!) in the first half and eight different Scots contributed.  This was not a case in which Coach Murphy could pull out a player and the problem would be solved.  This was team wide.

Fortunately, there was a second half.  After eight minutes of that 2nd half Curry, however, was still making shots and looked ready, after thirty-one straight losses, to win a game.

The rest of the way we saw the Curry team that trailed Roger Williams, 55-20, after one half.  Poor shooting combined with tiring defense did in the Colonels.

The Scots “won” the last 11:50, 33-13, and that was enough to win their third straight.

The same group that struggled in the first twenty-eight, took better care of the ball (only 5 turnovers in the 2nd half), and found points in bunches long-range and in close.

Dylan Marshall had a tree in Gordon's second-half comeback

Dylan Marshall had a three in Gordon’s second-half comeback

The Scots dissolved that 15-point lead (58-43) with a run of eleven unanswered points.  Layups by Eric Demers and Garrisson Duvivier combined with three’s from Noah Szilagyi, Dylan Marshall, and Eric Demers set the comeback in motion.

Credit Curry.  The Scots were within two (58-56) but the home team was still ahead 71-66 with 1:45 to go.  Make any kind of shots thereafter and the streak is history but on this frustrating night Curry was unable to get another point.

A Jaren Yang steal led to two Eric Demers free throws that tied the score.  Garrisson Duvivier put the Scots in front by two after Curry missed two shots.  Another CC miss and Sam Johnson was fouled after getting his 19th rebound.  Sam made the first but missed the second, however Garrisson grabbed the rebound and GC had another possession with a 3-point lead.  Jaren sealed this one with two free throws.

The Efficiency stats confirmed the closeness of this game as the Scots only edged Curry, 81-78.

James Pina 24 (15 points/6 assists)

Eric Demers 23 (27 points)

Garrisson Duvivier 22 (18 points/9 rebounds)

Sam Johnson 21 (13 points/19 rebounds)

Jordan Bellitti 15 (15 points)

Box from the game

Next game for Gordon is Thursday night (5:30 PM) at Worcester State.  Let’s hope that GC takes better care of the ball in that one.

Sam Johnson’s run of double/doubles reached nine.

Eric Demers is shooting 50% after two games and averaging twenty-two points.

Dylan Marshall collected his first three of the season and it was part of the Scots comeback run in the second half.

Teams can live by the 3’s and die by the 3’s.  Curry was 5-for-25 from long range.

 

 

 

 

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Eric Demers returns and helps Gordon defeat Western New England 92-80

Sophomore Eric Demers collected 23 points in his first game back for the Scots

Sophomore Eric Demers shown here against Fisher collected 23 points in his first game back for the Scots

(Amesbury MA) Welcome back, Eric Demers!

The Scots (4-2) had a rousing second half and used it to defeat Western New England, 92-80, on Saturday afternoon in Springfield.

Eric Demers?  First game this season after sitting out Gordon’s first five with a hand injury.  Eric earned third-team a spot on the Commonwealth Coast Conference last year as a freshman.

Put in the mix of an established GC inside game against Western New England (1-5), Eric found openings and dropped twenty-three points on the Bears.

After a lethargic first half, the Scots put everything together in arguably their best half of the season.  How do 54 points, 50% shooting, and twenty-seven rebounds sound?

Gordon caught WN at 62 (9:13 left) and rolled away from there.  It certainly helped to have four Scots (Garrisson Duvivier, Jaren Yang, Sam Johnson, Eric Demers) in double figures in the second half alone.  Balance like that will win a lot of games!

Gordon is now 4-2 and on a two-game win streak in the CCC.

Garrisson Duvivier had a double/double to go with 5 blocks in GC's win over WN

Garrisson Duvivier had a double/double to go with 5 blocks in GC’s win over WN

The Scots “board twins” were at it again.  Garrisson stayed out of foul trouble and earned more rebounds (18) on this afternoon.  Sam Johnson was not so fortunate in the foul department and needed an 8-rebound second half to reach eleven boards.

Sam ran his string of double/double’s to eight with fourteen points.

Garrisson put together his best game of the season.  The GC sophomore had an impressive line of 23 points, 18 rebounds, and 5 blocks.

Jaren Yang continues to fly under the radar this season.  He is off to a terrific start. The turnovers are down and the point production has been consistent.  Jaren has scored ten or more points in each of GC’s first six games.  He totaled seven games like that in all of the 2015-16 season.  Jaren added five assists against the Bears.

Eric Demers’ point total (23) was the second highest of his Gordon career.  He had twenty-five against Roger Williams last season.

Efficiency

Garrisson Duvivier 28

Eric Demers 21

Sam Johnson 19

Daniel Silva 18 (18 points)

Jaren Yang 16

Gordon 101

Western New England 71

Gordon has three games this coming week: Curry (Tuesday away), Worcester State (Thursday away), and Daniel Webster (Saturday home).

The first two opponents?  Both are 0-6 this season.  Curry has lost thirty-one straight.  Last game versus Roger Williams the Colonels trailed 55-20 at the half! Both opponents will be gunning for that first win.  Think trap games!

Daniel Webster?  They are currently 4-1 with a win over ENC.  I noticed that AJ Stephens is an assistant coach at DW.  Yes, he did go to Curry back in their championship years.

Box from this game.

Where have I been?  I opted yesterday afternoon to cover the Division 1 Super Bowl football game between Everett and Xaverian at Manning Field in Lynn.  The two-time defending champs (Xaverian) went down, 21-7.

 

 

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Gordon gets overtime win (85-82) over ENC in conference opener

Jake Hart (#15) latches onto the final rebound between Christian Lynch (12) and Patrick Michel (5)

Jake Hart (#15) latches onto the final rebound between Christian Lynch (12) and Patrick Michel (5)

Garrisson Duvivier finished with thirty points.

Garrisson Duvivier finished with thirty points.

(Wenham MA) It wasn’t until Jake Hart cradled the final rebound that this game was over.

Gordon and Eastern Nazarene battled into overtime before the home Scots came away 85-82 winners.

Back and forth it went with small leads and clutch baskets from both teams on Wednesday night at the Bennett Center.

This contest opened the Commonwealth Coast Conference part of both team’s schedules.

Last season’s highlight game for GC, in my opinion, was an 87-85 overtime win over ENC in January at Gordon.

Tonight’s game was just as exciting.  The key to the win was Gordon’s dominance on the boards.  The Scots ended up with fourteen more shots than the visitors.

Sam Johnson gets one of his 23 rebounds

Sam Johnson gets one of his 23 rebounds

Sam Johnson had a career-high fifteen offensive rebounds for GC.

Garrisson Duvivier poured in thirty points with plenty of them coming from in-traffic layups.

The Scots never trailed in overtime.  Jaren Yang gave GC the lead right away with an old-fashioned 3-point play.  Later the junior from California drained two pressure free throws with ten seconds left to get the GC lead to 3 points.  The Lions did get a good look (Christian Lynch) at a tying three but the shot missed and Jake Hart gathered the rebound to end the game.

Earlier in regulation ENC freshman Josh Rice drilled a corner three in the closing seconds to send this game into overtime.

The Lions had six players in double figures and eighteen assisted baskets.

Jake Haar (#20) gets room for a three

Jake Haar (#20) gets room for a three

Gordon (3-2) got down by six (59-53) in regulation with 6:50 left but unanswered layups by Jaren, Garrison, and a three by Jake Haar sent GC back in front.

Gordon missed a ton of shots in close but their strength on the boards earned them numerous second chances.

It was a surprise to me that ENC never pressed.  I was so used to them in previous years generating easy baskets off Gordon turnovers.

Jaren may have missed all five 3-point attempts but he was a clutch five-for-five from the foul line with the outcome hanging in the balance.

The Lions (3-3 overall) were picked to finish 8th in the CCC by the coaches.  I can tell you now, that the team from Quincy can defend and make shots, and should end up much higher in the CCC than was expected.

Ball in the air

Ball in the air

Efficiency

Sam Johnson 26 (11 points/23 rebounds)

Garrisson Duvivier 24 (30 points/14 rebounds)

Corey Doran 21 (18 points)

Jake Haar 18 (16 points)

Josh Rice 15 (16 points/4-for-4 on 3’s)

Gordon 97

ENC 90

Next for Gordon is a league game on Saturday at Western New England.

Box from the game

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Christian Lynch goes for a block

Christian Lynch goes for a block

Garrisson Duvivier rejects Andrew Mitchell's shot

Garrisson Duvivier rejects Andrew Mitchell’s shot

Noah Cheney (#2) drives the middle

Noah Cheney (#2) drives the middle

Garrisson Duvivier gets in close

Garrisson Duvivier gets in close

Jaren Yang

Jaren Yang

Garrisson Duvivier looks to shoot

Garrisson Duvivier looks to shoot

Sam Johnson chases a loose ball

Sam Johnson chases a loose ball

Andrew Petrilli fires a three

Andrew Petrilli fires a three

 

 

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