(Wenham MA) Gordon finally registered a home win.
“Last year we only lost once at home,” explained Eric Demers afterwards. “This year it took us four tries to get the first one!”
But the Scots (6-4) did get it defeating non-league Fisher, 95-86, on a rare Friday night game at the Bennett Center.
Besides a visit to Eastern Nazarene, the rest of the schedule is filled with Commonwealth Coast Conference matches.
“The league is really strong this year,” said Coach Murphy. “There are literally 7-8 teams who could compete for the top spot.”
The Scots showed again tonight that they will score points. There may be occasional droughts, but they don’t last.
Eric Demers added thirty-nine points tonight and continues to lead all of Division 3 in scoring.
“With shooting,” said Eric, “you just have to stay the course. We play forty minutes not five.”
Fisher (6-7) came out hot and Parker Omslaer came out fouling. In less that two minutes, GC’s tallest player (6-11) had two fouls and eighteen minutes of first-half bench time awaiting him.
“Sitting on the bench was obviously something I didn’t like,” said Parker, “but it was nice to see that my teammates could get out there and do their thing while I was in foul trouble.”
Jason Augliera (16 first half points) was the spark as Fisher led 18-7 (13:43) and 48-38 (1:46). But the Scots closed fast with seven unanswered points in the closing 1:46 to only trail by three at the half, 48-45. Several of Gordon’s points in the final minute came on technical called on Fisher coach Rob Blouin.
Coach Murphy recalled feeling good about his team’s chances in this game’s second half: “For Parker to sit out eighteen minutes and we were only down three with the way they were shooting, I felt confident.”
Five minutes into the second half, however, the team from Boston (MA) still had a 59-58 advantage. Then the D3’s top scorer went off.
While Fisher missed three 3’s and had three turnovers, Eric started to consistently connect from long distance.
Eric’s hot shooting vaulted Gordon to a 77-63 lead and they had enough offense to keep Fisher at least five points away the rest of the game.
Eric, in the breakaway five-minute segment, notched four 3’s and three free throws for a nifty fifteen points. Freshman Garrett Sattazahn (13 points) added a three.
Late in the game Fisher did get to within five points (88-83) but two AJ Terry steals turned things back Gordon’s way.
“The game got close late,” said AJ post-game. “I’m good at jumping into passing lanes and that’s what happened.”
Jason Augliera led the Falcons with nineteen points and three assists. Jhalen Lumpkins added eighteen points, four assists, and three steals.
“Out-stop” is not a word you’ll find in a dictionary, but Coach Murphy introduced it post-game: “We can’t rely on out-scoring teams. I would rather ‘out-stop’ teams. If we can hold a team under eighty points, I think we’ll win.”
Eric’s best move of the night that he made on the baseline in the first half. He received a pass and spun so quickly to the basket that his defender hardly moved to defend.
It was good to see recent graduates Jaren, Dylan, Josh, and Luke in the house.
Also nice to see Don Dempsey back on the GC bench.
Parker came back from vacation with a new look.
Gordon will be back at the Bennett Center next Tuesday night against Western New England.
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