(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.
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)
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.