(Wenham MA) Junior Garrisson Duvivier crossed the 1000-point threshold in an easy, 86-66, win over Curry on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center.
A slam dunk did the trick tonight for the 6-6 player from Brockton in the first half in Gordon’s home opener.
Curry (1-7) has now lost thirty-nine straight Commonwealth Coast Conference games dating back to February of 2015.
I spoke to Curry’s assistant coach Lambros Papalambros at halftime. Lambros was Curry’s excellent playmaker back when the Colonels were winning CCC titles. He told me it was tough to watch the way things were going for Curry. “I would love to be out there playing,” he told me. The Colonels could have used him.
The visitors from Milton (MA) hung in there for thirteen minutes of the first half (32-29) but then the wheels came off. The Scots (2-3) tallied the next sixteen points over a 3 ½ minute span to escape to a 48-29 advantage. The offense during the breakaway stretch was provided by Eric Demers (two 3’s), Garrisson Duvivier (dunk), and Jake Haar (two 3’s and a jump shot). The key player in the segment? Jaren Yang. The senior point-guard handed out four assists.
Jake Haar making three’s was a welcome sight for the GC faithful. After a 2-for-3 first game (Elms) Jake had struggled (by his standards) through a 4-for-14 stretch during Gordon’s recent three-game losing streak. Tonight he was 3-for-4. Welcome back, Jake!
Curry got itself into trouble in the first half with 3 ½ minutes of scorelessness. Another dry stretch showed up for Curry to start the second half. It took them 6 ½ minutes to get points on the board and the GC lead bulged to 64-33 with over thirteen minutes left.
That large lead enabled the Bennett Center crowd to get a look at Gordon’s entire roster. It also enabled me to get pictures of the newcomers.
Eric Demers paced Gordon (2-3) with twenty-two points and four steals. Eric has scored 20+ points in three straight games. His ability to create space for shots and make a bunch of them has been notable recently. Eric is a warm 14-for-27 from long range over the last three games. Shooting like that should draw more defenders and open up better looks for his teammates in the future.
Jaren Yang had nine assists tonight. That matches his career high. His other nine-assist game was versus Endicott last season.
Three Scots from the past (Greg Walker, Richie Armand, and Jason Dempsey) were in the house. Richie has a job with the Patriots.
Gordon gets non-league Becker on Saturday afternoon.
Curry and Gordon both had wins over Elms this season.
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