(Amesbury MA) Three games in five days.
Tiring, for sure, and what I saw via the great Gordon feed was two tired teams.
But Gordon was home and it helped as they defeated Salve Regina, 80-71, on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors from Newport (RI) hung in for a while but late in the first half GC put unanswered offense together and got up by eight at halftime.
The Scots (7-6) ran their lead to double-figures in the second half and kept it there until a last-second three against the cleared Gordon bench.
Jake Haar (21 points) has refused to cool off and that sure helped in this game. Jake tied his career-high mark in 3-pointers (seven) making four in the first half and three in the second.
The Scots used three of Jake’s first-half triples after being tied with the Seahawks, 19-19, with 5 ½ minutes left, to break ahead to the 8-point, halftime advantage.
Second half, more Jake. He brought the Scots’ lead to ten (47-37) with a three and later pushed the GC margin to sixteen (55-39) with his final 3-pointer.
Maybe best of all, for long-term sake, was GC’s effort to deliberately find Jake. He had thirteen shots in this game up three from his highest in that category this season. Jaren Yang found Jake four times for made three’s.
Sam Johnson was back to his double-double self against Salve. This was his 9th of the season as he pulled down nineteen boards and put up fifteen points.
The disparity in rebounding was significant. GC collected 57 while SR (4-8) was held to 35.
The team combo of timely 3-point shooting and dominating rebounding was too much for Salve Regina to overcome.
Part of that 3-point efficiency was freshman Sam Traicoff. The Beverly native put up his first points of the season.
Junior Jaren Yang nearly had his own double-double with twelve points and eight assists. His assists-to-turnover ratio has been a remarkable 17-to-3 over the last two games.
Eric Demers was out of uniform wearing a boot on his right ankle. No way for me to know what’s going on there while sitting in Amesbury, although Eric hobbled off the court late in the Endicott game. I thought, at the time, that it might be cramps.
Jake Hart took Eric’s starting spot and played well enough to be on the Efficiency chart. His defense was solid as usual.
There was a segment of really sour offensive basketball in the first half. During a four-minute segment neither team scored a point. The Gordon part included five missed three’s. It was Sam Traicoff’s triple that broke the Scots out of it.
Senior Nick Bates is from nearby Danvers (MA).
Endicott was upset by Western New England this afternoon to get their first CCC loss. Nichols is still undefeated in the conference. Endicott and Nichols meet next Saturday in Beverly.
The next Gordon game will be in Biddeford (ME) against the University of New England on Wednesday night.
Sam Johnson 31 (15 pts, 19 reb)
Nick Bates 26 (17 pts, 12 reb)
Jake Haar 22 (21 pts)
Connor Costello (13 pts, 4 assists)
Jake Hart 14 (10 pts, 3 assists)
Gordon 102 (57 reb)
Salve Regina 77