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Parker Omslaer gets 1000th point in Gordon’s 84-62 win over Curry

Parker Omslaer reached 1000 points on this shot
Parker Omslaer celebrates with his parents afterwards
Parker spins into the lane

(Wenham MA) Big day for Parker Omslaer at Gordon on Wednesday night.

The 6’11” graduate student tallied twenty-four points and entered the 1000-point club at Gordon.

Parker and his teammates combined to defeat Curry, 84-62, to add to the evening’s pleasantries.

“I was just relying on my teammates to get me the ball,” said Parker afterwards.  “Thankfully, they trusted me to make my post moves and I was finishing.”

Frankie Santiago (18 points)

Parker ended his historic evening with twenty-four points which was a career high.

The Colonels (2-13) were certainly a good team for Parker to operate against since their tallest player (Lowelle Torres) is just 6-3.

“We should have dominated the inside more than we did tonight,” explained GC coach Tod Murphy.  “They were working with a 6-3 center who was working his tale off.”

Battle for a rebound

“The win wasn’t pretty but it’s better to win ugly than to lose ugly,” added Coach Murphy.

The Colonels entered the game with significant baggage; five straight losses, 0-6 on the road, sixteen straight losses to Gordon.

But that didn’t seem to matter in the first half.  The visitors made shots and capitalized on GC miscues (13 turnovers), in fact had a 33-30 lead with three minutes remaining in the first half.

Frankie Santiago had nine points for Curry and teammate JayQuan Leonard had five assists in a strong first half.

JayQuan Leonard

The Scots got their collective acts together in the second half.  They toned down the turnovers and ramped up the assists.

The GC lead became 51-40 seven minutes into the second half and the tiring Colonels had trouble preventing inside scores.  The Scots finished with fifty points in the paint.

Parker needed twenty-one points to reach 1000 at the start of the game.  As the game’s outcome began to be settled the big question was whether he could reach 1000.

With his parents watching from a distance, Parker joined the “club” with five minutes left in the game.  After receiving a pass inside, Parker turned right and banked home the special basket.

Bryce Smith (14 points)

“I’m happy for Parker to be able to get his 1000th point tonight at home,” said Coach Murphy.  “Hopefully that will take off some of the pressure on him moving ahead.”

Justin Yu (13 points), Bryce Smith (14 points), and Michael Makiej (14 points) combined to shoot a red-hot 16-for-22 for Gordon.

Garrett Sattazahn was out with Covid.  Treyton Tebbs took his place.  “Treyton was good defensively and got a lot of rebounds (10) for us,” said Coach Murphy.

Justin Yu (13 points)

Garrett is expected back on Saturday against Endicott.

The win tonight evens Gordon’s record at 7-7.

Frankie Santiago (18 points) was the top scorer for Curry.

I asked Parker if he remembered the first basket he scored for Gordon and he said he couldn’t.  But he did share this freshman year memory: “All I remember from freshman year was Garrisson (Duvivier) beating me up in practice every day.  He’s what got me to this point.  I thank Garrisson for that.”

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Coach Tod Murphy with Parker and his family
Ben North
Michael Makiej (14 points)
Todd Robinson
Ball on the floor
Gehrig Zimmerman
Treyton Tebbs holds off a defender
Parker in for two

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Gordon defeats UNE 76-72 despite 43 points from Alex Kravchuk

Alex Kravchuk (43 points) kept UNE in the game
David Massillon (15 points/12 rebounds)

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(Wenham MA) Alex Kravchuk (43 points) had a career game for UNE but it wasn’t enough.

Gordon defeated the Nor’easters, 76-72, on Wednesday night to end a two-game losing streak.

“Hats off to Alex,” said Gordon coach Tod Murphy afterwards.  “He kept them in the game and almost won it for them.”

UNE (2-11) led briefly in the first half (14-13) but quickly fell behind and trailed the rest of the way.

Parker Omslaer (12 points/11 rebounds)

However, in the late stages of the game the visitors were constantly within two possessions of taking the lead.

Coach Murphy was pleased with the win but lamented the way his team played.  “We’re in a funk and I don’t know why,” he said.  “The mental mistakes we made in the second half were hard to imagine.”

Taking care of the ball, making open shots were problems but when was the last time you saw a team get a technical foul for having too many players on the floor?  But it happened to the Scots in this game in the closing minute in a tight game.

How many Scots are on the floor in the closing minute?
Mark Rella (14 points/seven rebounds)

How did the Scots (5-6) win?

Credit seniors David Massillon (15 points/12 rebounds) and Parker Omslaer (12 points/11 rebounds).

David got the start tonight and went to the basket on almost every possession.  He scored points and he drew fouls.  It was easily his best game of this season. 

Parker had his first double/double of the season.  He added four blocks and two assists and didn’t have any turnovers.  It might well have been his best game of the season too.

Treyton Tebbs to the rim

Gordon had scoring production from all nine players who participated. 

UNE had 43 points from Alex and fourteen from Mark Rella.  After that, there were some serious shooting problems for the Nor’easters.  Three UNE players combined to go 4-for-43.

The Scots continue their mastery of UNE at home.  The Nor’easters are 1-16 all-time at Gordon.

Alex Kravchuk avoids a blocked shot

It was a special night for Alex Kravchuk.  The six-footer had ten rebounds to go with his forty-three points.  He did drain five 3’s but seven of his baskets were from in close and near potential shot blockers. 

“Alex was the toughest player on the court for sure,” said Coach Murphy, “and it wasn’t even close.”

“We going to have to go back to work,” added Coach Murphy.  “Hopefully we’ll gain some confidence from somewhere.  It doesn’t get any easier for us because we have Nichols next.”

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Justin Yu (six points)
Michael Makiej in close late in the game
Zach Boulay
Drake Gavin (10 rebounds)
Alex Kravchuk fouled on the way to the basket
Alex Kravchuk made five 3’s
Michael Makiej in for a layup
Caleb Scott rebounds
David Massillon powers to the basket
Treyton Tebbs
Bryce Smith
Michael Makiej (9 points/6 rebounds)
David Massillon at the line
Garrett Sattazahn (11 points/8 rebounds)

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