(Newtown CT) That’s ten straight.
Who knows what the rest of the season will bring but so far, very good.
The Scots moved to 11-1 with an 83-73 win over Eastern Nazarene in a New Year’s Eve afternoon non-league matchup at the Bennett Center.
Based on the Efficiency Stat (subtract the negatives from the positives), Garrisson Duvivier put together his best game of the season.
The talented senior was able to tone down the turnovers (only one) and nicely fill the rest of the stat sheet: 21 points, 9 rebounds, 6 steals, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
The Lions (3-7) nearly got the Scots nineteen days ago in Quincy. Only a seventeen-point streak in the closing six minutes gave GC a 77-75 W that time.
In that tight one, ENC picked Gordon’s zone apart and for much of the game passed/dribbled into open looks and made shots. Things got so bad for the Scots that they switched to a man-to-man in the second half.
This afternoon, the Lions came out making shots but most of them were by junior Garrett Crandell (26 points/6-for-8 on 3’s).
The visitors sat on a 26-17 spread with 8 ½ minutes left in the first half. And that was about where they sat for the next 7 ½ minutes!
ENC shot 0-for-11 and had four turnovers during the lose the lead/fall behind segment. The Scots featured all inside scoring, including a dunk by Garrisson, and came out with a 34-27 advantage at the other end of the 7 ½ minutes.
Gordon would never trail again.
The Lions were able to get within four points in the second half, but the Scots had plenty of offense (49 points) to offset any ENC upset plans.
Garrisson tallied thirteen in the 2nd half while teammate Eric Demers (21 points)g put up fifteen.
The Gordon zone, by the way, survived both halves. At times it thrived, causing twenty turnovers. A lot of the successful passes/dribbles in the first game led to shotless possessions for the former Commonwealth Coast Conference member this time.
Avelino Damoura came off the bench to contribute for the Scots. The sophomore made two 3’s in short minutes.
Noah Szilagyi and Jake Haar struggled from long range (2-for-10) but keyed the improved GC defense.
Garrisson’s 21-points moved him up the all-time scorer’s list (1601 points) into 4th place ahead of Aaron Trigg. The status of #3 Woody Anderson (1622) and #2 Doug Lindland (1645) would appear to be in jeopardy.
AJ Terry was not in uniform.
Nothing but CCC opponents the rest of the way. UNE on Thursday and Nichols on Saturday. Both teams are dangerous.
UNE shoots the first open shot, presses full-court, and plays everyone. Points will be flowing. Can the GC offense keep pace?
Nichols? Best team in the CCC. Won the league last year. Took their first loss recently against Salisbury which is 11-1. Can the GC offense get production from all five starters and how will the zone hold up against a team with so many shooters? We’ll have the answers to those question in a week.
The seating at the Bennett Center was consolidated and it looked like a good-sized crowd ended 2018 on campus.
The Gordon link worked perfectly.
It was interesting to look at the ENC video recap of the last game with Gordon. The recap ended abruptly with six minutes left just as one of the Lions drained a three to give ENC a big lead and force a Gordon timeout. A Gordon recap might have only included the six minutes AFTER the ENC video recap ended. To each his own!