(Amesbury MA) Huge win for the Hawks.
In two overtimes, Roger Williams defeated Gordon, 92-85, on Wednesday night.
The victory moves the Hawks into a three-way tie for the top spot in the Commonwealth Coast Conference with Nichols and Endicott. The Bison dropped the Gulls at Dudley tonight.
For the Scots, the loss was devastating. Instead of getting back into contention for a possible third-place finish, GC is now tied with Wentworth for the final spot to earn a first-round home game in the CCC tournament.
Ahead Gordon has to face Wentworth, in Boston, on Saturday. The Scots have lost six straight to the Leopards.
Things are not looking good for the team from Wenham. Of course, we heard that same tune the other night about the team from Foxboro, didn’t we?
This loss to Roger Williams was about as frustrating as they come. The Scots had some remarkably good stats (Sam Johnson 22 rebounds, Garrisson Duvivier 30 points, Jake Haar 5-for-5 from long range) and some remarkably bad stats (27 turnovers, 10 free throws missed). Sadly, in this game, those bad ones carried the day.
In the outcome-deciding second overtime, Gordon led 81-80. In four of the next five possessions there were turnovers. Meanwhile, RW had a three from Jaylen Jennings, and two free throws and a layup from Josh Syska to gain separation, 87-81. Game. Set. Match.
Jaylen (16 points including 5 triples) had a big part in getting the home team into overtime. Most of his made three’s were from NBA range.
Josh had seventeen points but his biggest contribution may well have been convincing the referees that Garrisson and Sam were knocking him to the floor by fouling him. Their tendency to back opponents down played right into his “flopmeister” tactics. In hockey, they have penalties for diving. Not yet in basketball so the referees have to be in a position to determine whether the fall was connected to contact or a possible acting career.
Roger Williams struggled to make shots for the longest time. The misfirings enabled GC to reach their biggest lead (43-27) two minutes into the second half.
Three-plus minutes later the Scots were still stuck on 43 and RW had run nine straight. Again, turnovers played a part as GC had three of them during that stretch.
The thing about the turnovers is that Roger Williams never pressed. Gordon was careless with the ball. Dribbling in traffic or bad judgment on passing lanes, were involved often in the costly miscues. Tonight’s twenty-seven tied a season high.
A team shouldn’t win with that many mistakes but Gordon nearly did. There was no letup on the Scots’ part and a slight decrease in the TO’s and a slight elevation in free throw accuracy and they would have won. Sounds like the Falcons talking! Coulda. Shoulda.
Freshman Sam Traicoff has been elevated to the first player off the Gordon bench. He drained two 3’s in thirty minutes of action. The entire season prior to tonight he had played only fifty minutes. Losing both Eric Demers and Noah Szilagyi has given Sam his chance.
Nick Marini was terrific for the Hawks. The junior point guard had twelve assists, eight rebounds, and fourteen points. RW needed his two free throws with six seconds left in the first overtime to reach the second overtime.
The Hawks (18-4) have now won four straight. They will be at Endicott on Saturday.
Gordon (12-10 overall, 9-6 in the CCC) can now finish no higher than fourth. Saturday’s game at WIT could very well decide that 4th spot.
Jake Haar was back in his CCC-leading, 3-point shooting form making 5-of-5. He put a 6-for-20 stretch over the last three games behind him. Finding the sophomore more shots has to be a priority.
Nick Marini 30
Garrisson Duvivier 24 (30 points, 12 rebounds)
Sam Johnson 21 (8 points, 22 rebounds)
Austin Coene 19 (22 points)
Josh Syska 16 (17 points, 7 rebounds)
Roger Williams 105
Roger Williams has beaten Endicott and Wentworth but lost to Nichols twice.
The feed from RW was very good.
The snow forecast tomorrow as well as for Saturday and Sunday could impact the games this weekend. But this is New England! Snow happens.