(Amesbury MA) Well, the long road home is finally over!
Tuesday night (5:30PM) the surroundings will be familiar to our 1-3 Scots as they’ll finally host a home game under the Bennett Center lights.
The last two games, UNE and Nichols, have been Commonwealth Coast Conference matches and the need for improvement is certain after two straight losses.
The high hopes (picked for second) of challenging for the top of the ten-team CCC have given way to the reality of having a defense that can’t get stops along with an offense that can’t score 100 points a night.
Nichols was the winner Saturday in Dudley (MA), 100-86. That wasn’t a surprise. They’re the defending champs and they still have enough weapons to shoot long range and break down one-on-one matchups.
But when you’re picked to challenge for the top you need to be competitive, at least, with the top team. Gordon wasn’t.
I did watch the game on the good Nichols feed and enjoyed the strong (shooting) start by Gordon. But when that shooting cooled off, and it did in both halves, the wheels fell off for GC.
In one five minute span in the first half the Scots were 2-for-10 with three turnovers and a 39-35 lead became a 52-44 deficit.
In one four minute span in the second half the Scots were 1-for-5 from the floor with four turnovers. Garrisson Duvivier missed three-of-four free throws during this segment. A 70-59 Nichols lead ballooned to 84-62 and there was no way Gordon recovers even with 10 ½ minutes left.
My harp is well played regarding the inconsistent offense, but a bigger issue is GC’s struggling defense. Both UNE and Nichols found ways to get 100 points against Gordon. That’s embarrassing.
That wide-open style that GC has gotten itself into in both losses has enabled sophomore Eric Demers to put up some serious numbers. Eric tallied 29 and 22 and was 10-for-19 long range. However, as much as it fits Eric’s style, the rest of the team does not appear comfortable or capable in the run-and-shoot approach. Something has to give on that one.
24 Daequon Antoine (21 points)
23 Eric Demers (25 points)
22 Jerome Cunningham (13 points, 11 rebounds)
19 Tyler Dion (19 points)
18 Marco Echevarria (20 points, 5 assists)
18 Garrisson Duvivier (12 points, 13 rebounds)
The Scots face Curry on Tuesday night. The Colonels have lost thirty-eight straight CCC games dating back to 2015. They are 2-55 over the last 2+ seasons. Gordon, however, nearly lost to them last year in Milton. Be a nice time to put a three-game losing streak to rest.