(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.
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.
Ray Farmer 20 (12 points, 5 assists)
Sam Johnson 20 (17 rebounds)
Marquise Caudill 17 (18 points)
Michael Campbell 16 (12 points, 6 rebounds)
Jake Haar 14 (five 3’s)
Daniel Webster 105
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.
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