(Amesbury MA) Gordon (15-7) scored twenty-three straight points against Endicott and shocked the Gulls in overtime, 85-77, in Beverly on Wednesday night.
The GC (11-4 in the CCC) win gives them control of second place in the Commonwealth Coast Conference, for the moment, with three games left.
Those two wins against the Gulls (15-7) mean that the team from Wenham owns the tie-breaker over Endicott (10-5 in the CCC) should that become relevant in the CCC tournament seedings.
The Scots needed sixteen of those unanswered twenty-three points to reach overtime. The next seven got Gordon off to a lead in overtime that did in the Gulls.
I decided to believe the forecast (snow) and not my lying eyes (rain) and watched this terrific game from the shores of the Merrimack River in Amesbury.
Tonight’s game featured two unbelievable scoring droughts, one for each team. Fortunately, for our Scots they had their shooting famine first and were able to recover. The Gulls weren’t so lucky.
Garrisson Duvivier set his best-game standard to a new high with a 31-points, 17-rebounds, six-blocks stat line. None of those numbers were career highs by themselves but together they did the trick at least as far as the Efficiency Chart revealed. Garrisson also moved into 10th place on the all-time Gordon career scoring list ahead of my friend Gene Fitzgerald. Garrisson is now one point out of 9th place.
It took career games by Hans Miersma and Jason Dempsey, three seasons ago, to take out Endicott in Gordon’s last win in Beverly. That game also went into overtime. It was also the first game that EC coach Kevin Bettencourt coached on the home court.
In this season’s first matchup with Endicott, the Scots were forced to come from behind to reach overtime. Once in OT the Scots put together an eight-point lead and EC couldn’t recover.
The sizable droughts by both teams were eye-catchers. With the Gulls in front, 62-52, with 12:28 left in the game, the Scots piled into the scoring freezer. For how long? Six minutes and eleven seconds! In that hard-to-watch segment Gordon missed all seven shot attempts and had three turnovers.
It was dreadful enough to watch that my wife talked of leaving the room! That’s dreadful!
The good news? Endicott wasn’t a whole lot better. They only expanded their lead to fifteen (67-52) and there was still over six minutes left.
That should have been enough for the Gulls, however, but it wasn’t because their time in the freezer was ahead and it would cost them the game.
With 4:44 left EC led, 72-56. Take care of the ball, make a few shots and this one’s history. The problem was that they didn’t make ANY shots for the rest of regulation, not one! They missed all seven shot attempts including five 3’s.
The Gulls wisely used plenty of clock in each possession but just couldn’t make a shot. Gordon, down the other end, was also more deliberate but their shots (4-for-7) began to fall. Eric Demers, who had been treated for frostbite he was so cold (Just kidding), hit a jump shot, two three’s, and assisted on Josh Ribeiro’s game-tying jump shot with fifteen seconds left in regulation.
In the overtime, the EC scoring freeze continued plus there was way too much Garrisson Duvivier for the Gulls to handle. The remarkable junior tallied GC’s first seven points and kept two possessions alive with offensive rebounds. Endicott, on this evening, had no answers and suffered a tough loss.
Vinny Clifford finally ended the 8+ minutes of scoring frustration for the Gulls three minutes into overtime.
Eric Demers finished with twenty-five points. He was a cool 3-for-12 from long range but two of those 3’s were part of the late-game run that pushed this game into OT.
Gordon is 10-2 in the new year and have won five of their last six games.
Trap game ahead! Eastern Nazarene on Saturday afternoon. The Lions may not make the playoffs, but this has been a rivalry that has been unrelated to win/loss records. Scots beware!
Garrisson Duvivier 46
Jaren Yang 20 (10 pts, 6 assists)
Nick Thibeault 18 (19 pts, 7 rebs)
Vinny Clifford 18 (14 pts, 7 rebs)