(Amesbury MA) Ramapo had graduated all five starters from last year’s Final Four team so you thought there might be a chance.
But new starter Rob Lewis (35 points/16 rebounds) led the Roadrunners (3-0) past Gordon, 82-66, in the first round of the Rick Martin/Holiday Inn Express Tournament at Westfield State on Fridgay night.
The Scots (1-1) get Clarkson in the consolation game tomorrow afternoon.
Gordon used a zone defense and hung with the team from Mahwah, New Jersey for about fifteen minutes. But the Ramapo offense was serious about getting the best shots possible and a narrow, 28-25, lead bulged to 44-32. In the run, the Roadrunners scored points in eight straight possessions. On this night, the Scots couldn’t match that consistency.
In the second half the deficit reached twenty (62-42) and GC turned to a man-to-man defense. That change kept Ramapo from stretching the margin.
I was impressed that the Roadrunners distained the 3-point shot during the entire game taking only four of them. They were content to get high percentage shots and ended up shooting 50%.
The Scots weren’t shy about shooting from deep but on this evening made only 7-of-24.
The Roadrunners pressure caused nineteen turnovers. They were quick to turn miscues into points.
Eric Demers led GC with seventeen points while senior Noah Szilagyi added twelve.
Fouls were a factor in this game. David Massillon, off the bench, was a foul magnet in both halves lasting only seven minutes. Without Josh Ribeiro available, the Scots need the freshman to fill a spot inside while starting bigs are rested.
Garrisson Duvivier notched his second straight double/double (15 points/10 rebounds) but believe me it wasn’t easy. Ramapo had size and athleticism on the inside and GD had only two points and one rebound in the first half. But on came Garrisson in the second half to put up some solid numbers.
Senior Cody Hunt was called on for some first-half action for Gordon.
The Roadrunners are in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. They were 25-7 last year.
The feed from Westfield State was very good.
I am hoping to get an in-person look at this year’s Scots in the home opener versus Salem State on Tuesday night.