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Maine Maritime finishes strong edging Gordon 52-50

Lauren Plissey blocks the final Gordon shot and saved the 2-point win for Maine Maritime

Meghan Foley (22 points) guarded by Melinda Ogden

(Wenham MA) A clutch three (Melinda Ogden) and a defensive gem (Lauren Plissey) at the final buzzer got a win on the road for Maine Maritime Academy over Gordon College, 52-50, on Friday night.

Gordon dominated the first quarter and Maine Maritime the second.

“The first quarter we looked really good, didn’t we,” recalled Gordon coach Carter Shaw. “Everything was easy.” The Scots made shots (7/14) and had a twenty-point quarter.

The second quarter was a chance for the team from Castine (Maine) to shine.

Clair Felix (44) an Seri Anderson (13)

“I’m really happy with the way our kids responded in the second quarter,” explained Maine Maritime coach Craig Dagan.  “We increased the tempo and that helped.” The Mariners made shots (6/16) and had an eighteen-point quarter.

We’d seen in the first half what the best of both teams looked like.

The second half was back-and-forth with little separation.  A good crowd at the Bennett Center witnessed six lead changes and six ties in that spirited second half.

You just sensed as time went on that the winner would be determined late in the game.

And they were.

Maddy Candage (4) guarded by Olivia Gagnon (10)

The Scots (3-1) took a two-point lead (50-48) into the final two minutes but never scored again.

Gordon, in fact, had a turnover, a missed jump shot, two missed free throws, and three missed layups over the final fatal minutes.

The Mariners (3-3) weren’t too much better during the exciting conclusion but they did get within one of the lead (Mikayla Charters free throw) before senior Melinda Ogden nailed a gutsy triple from the right corner with thirty-six seconds left to give MMA a 2-point lead (52-50).

“Melinda’s other three was early in the game,” said Coach Dagan.  “For her to have the courage to take that shot was a big moment for her and us.”  Melinda was a second-team all-conference (North Atlantic Conference) player last year.

Meghan Foley set to make a free throw. She was 5-for-5

The Scots had two chances to even things.

On the first one, Meghan Foley missed a tightly defended jump shot.

The final possession ended with sophomore Lauren Plissey blocking Meghan’s layup attempt just before the buzzer ended the game.

Lauren’s block was definitely the biggest play in the game.

“She’s a really good defensive player,” said Coach Dagan.  Lauren had five blocks in the game but none bigger than the one she had on the last possession of the game.

Sarah Gibbs (22) and Lauren Plissey (30)

“The way they were calling the game it probably wasn’t going to be a foul,” said Coach Shaw referencing Lauren Plissey’s block on Meghan Foley’s layup attempt, “but you really want those.”

Lauren (5-10 sophomore) had twenty-two points and eleven rebounds to go with her five blocks.  Her Efficiency Rating (subtracting negatives from positives) was an excellent thirty-two.

Gordon had only seven players in uniform for the game.  It seemed during pre-game warmups that the Scots had more players NOT in uniform than in uniform.

“Fatigue is an issue for us,” said Coach Shaw.  “I thought we’d be healthy at the beginning of the year with all the players we had but injuries have been a factor.  We have so many points sitting on the bench.”

Maureen Stanton (2) guarded by Olivia Gagnon (10)

Gordon struggled to make shots after the first quarter.  Going 10-for-50 over the last three quarters will get you into trouble.

“We couldn’t make a shot,” said Coach Shaw.  “Meghan had some good looks but not many were falling for her tonight.”

Meghan ended up with twenty-two points and ten rebounds.  However, it took twenty-nine shots for her to get there.  Lauren Plissey reached the same points total with only thirteen shots.

“They’re starting to scout us more, so they know what we’re capable of,” said senior Sarah Gibbs (16 rebounds) post-game.  “They’re trying to take that away.  It was harder tonight to rebound because they sent more players to box me out.”

Sarah Gibbs shoots over Lauren Plissey

Lauren Plissey limited Sarah to four points getting help from teammates to prevent drives to the basket.

Seeing that the Scots had gotten off to a 3-0 start drew me to tonight’s game.  To say that the women’s program has struggled is an understatement!  The Gordon women haven’t had a winning season in FOURTEEN years.  Their record during that time 78-275.  So when the team gets off to a good start it’s time to take notice……and I did.

I asked senior Meghan Foley about the good start: “We have some super-helpful freshman.  They don’t play like freshman.  They’re very composed.  They know when to take shots.”

Meghan Foley (4) jump shot

Sarah Gibbs agreed: “The freshman have helped us a lot.  The team this year is way different from any I’ve been on here.  We feel it on the court.  Everyone is close.  The skills are at a higher level.”

The GC freshman in tonight’s game were Olivia Gagnon and Seri Anderson.

Coach Dagan: “We were well aware that they had a kid (Meghan Foley) averaging thirty points and another one (Sarah Gibbs) averaging twenty rebounds.  I thought that our kids did a good job on #4 (Megan Foley).  Gordon had a lot of players who weren’t healthy.”

Box from the game

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Freshman Olivia Gagnon had 12 points, 3 assists, and 2 steals

Hannah Vincent lines up a free throw

Lauren Plissey in for two

Mikayla Charters (34) shoots free throw late in the game

Maureen Stanton had five assists including one on the winning basket

Meghan Foley (4) between Melinda Ogden (25) and Mikayla Charters (34)

Melinda Ogden (25) shoots a three

Mikayla Charters (34) and Meghan Foley (4) chase a pass

 

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Strong second half gives Emerson 99-79 win over Gordon

Freshman Zach Bennett guards Chad DiCenzo

Jack O’Connor paced Emerson with 25 points and 12 rebounds

(Wenham MA) “It’s only one game,” said Coach Tod Murphy afterwards, “and I’m not going to throw in the towel.”

The Scots (0-1) led at the half and were only down by a point (63-62) with eleven minutes left in the game.

Then reality set in!

Emerson put together a 57-point second half while Gordon self-destructed in the last eleven minutes.  The final was 99-79.

Seven players graduated from last season’s 23-5 team including GC’s all-time leading scorer Garrisson Duvivier.  The limited number of go-to guys set the Scots up for a sizable dry spell as the game wore on.

Avelino Damoura

“We’re using players who haven’t played very much at Gordon,” said Coach Murphy.  “We were counting on David (Massillon) to be a role player for us, but he’s injured.”

Emerson (2-0) was a bad matchup for Gordon because they have most of last year’s good team (16-12) still in place.  The Lions won the NEWMAC post-season tournament last year.

That 63-62 deficit turned into an 83-67 advantage 4+ minutes later.  The Lions made six-of-eight field goals during the run and added seven-of-eight free throws.

Jack O’Connor (25 points/12 rebounds) and Zach Waterhouse (24 points/8 rebounds) paced the visitors.

Eric Demers led Gordon with 24 points

Gordon’s 3rd all-time scorer (Eric Demers) totaled twenty-four points on 7-for-20 shooting.

Junior Parker Omslaer paced GC with nine rebounds and also added eighteen points.  Parker was very good around the basket.

During Emerson’s decisive second-half, 20-5 run the Scots made just 2-of-8 shots and had nine turnovers.

“We’ve got to be smarter when the other team makes a run,” added Coach Murphy.  “Tonight we just compounded the problem.”

Gordon had difficulties long-range in the second half and the Emerson defense was good enough to make drives to the hoop a challenge.

Goodly number of folks in the student section tonight.  They were very active in the competitive first half but became quieter and quieter as the game got away from the home team in the second half.

Freshman Justin Yu

Coach Murphy played some freshman in the first half out of necessity.  In the second half, Emerson’s separation on the scoreboard enabled us to catch a glimpse of all the newcomers.

One noticeable stat was assists.  Emerson had eighteen successful shares.  Gordon had only nine.  Poor shooting is partly to blame for GC’s small number.

The Scots won’t play again for a week.

Gordon’s next six games are all away from the Bennett Center. The Commonwealth Coast Conference reigning champion Nichols Bison will be in for the next home game (December 10th).

Most Efficient?  Jack O’Connor 35.

Team Efficiency?  Emerson 113, Gordon 63.

Efficiency is arrived at by subtracting the negative stats from the positive stats.  In the decisive second half Emerson was 80 and Gordon 27.

One enterprising young man visited with both coaches afterwards.  Why?  Both Bill Curley and Tod Murphy had NBA careers and cards.  The collector came away with two signed cards.

Box from the game

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Adam Konicki

AJ Terry (13 points) lines up a free throw

Eric Demers finishes

Eric Demers (24 points) looks for an opening

Freshman Garrett Sattazahn

Parker Omslaer (18 points and 9 rebounds)

Freshman Zach Bennett

Freshman Zach Quanico puts up a three

Zach Waterhouse (24 points and 8 rebounds)

Josh Crutchfield

Looking for a rebound

Nate Martin (16 points)

Parker Omslaer and Ben Allen

 

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