(Amesbury MA) They came to see junior Mikey Pettway get his 1000th point and that’s not all they got.
The entire Western New England team played like thousand-point scorers as the Bears (7-8) dominated the Scots from beginning to end.
The GC winning streak ended abruptly at six. Also ending was a nine-game winning streak the Scots had against the team from Springfield (MA).
Mikey Pettway got his 1000th point in the first half and he got GC’s top scorer (Eric Demers) in foul trouble in that first half as well.
The Golden Bears feasted from long range in the first half making nine from out there. The home team never trailed.
Despite the loss, Garrisson Duvivier outdid his amazing game of two days ago against Roger Williams. Tonight’s was better because Garrisson missed only seven shots. Who knew that he would become such a good foul shooter (8-for-9)? 26 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists.
That six-game win streak carried some weight despite the fast start by WNE. The Bears will cool down and the Scots will shoot by them….at least that was what I thought would happen.
Into the second half, I was feeling pretty smart. Eric (Demers) came out making shots and 3+ minutes into the second half the score was 55-50. But then Eric picked up his 4th foul and had to come out.
I said to myself at the time, “Someone is going to have to pick up a lot of scoring or this game is going to get away from us.” That “someone” never appeared and Western New England continued to roll offensively. By the time Eric (and his four fouls) returned (9:39) the home team led, 74-57, and the cows had left the barn.
Eric put up some points, thereafter, and Garrisson had his way in close but the Bears offense never ran out of good shots as they collected 101 points. That is the third time an opponent has scored 100 points against GC and none of the games ended happily for the team from Wenham. Obviously, the Gordon defense had a subpar evening and it cost them.
Ahead, on Saturday, is a trip to Milton for a game with Curry. The Colonels have yet to win a Commonwealth Coast Conference game this season. Last year they nearly upset the Scots in Milton.
Jaren Yang continued his run of good numbers with fourteen points and six assists. Jaren made four three’s for GC.
A key to the recent Gordon successes has been the contributions of the second unit. Those contributions didn’t happen in this one. Instead of closing the gap against WNE, the gap widened.
Meanwhile, the Bears had six players in double figures. Their best stat? They had twenty-one assists and six turnovers.
You watch the way Western New England played tonight and you could see how they could defeat Nichols. The Bears consistently made shots and the Bison had some cool spots. The “cool spot” for Gordon tonight was early on and they never recovered.
Avelino Damoura made his Gordon debut in the final minutes.
Garrisson Duvivier 42
Mikey Pettway 25 (31 points,6 assists)
Jaren Yang 22 (14 points, 6 assists)
Eric Demers 21 (27 points)
Alex Sikorski 19 (14 points)
Western New England 121