(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.”
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.”
“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.
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.
“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.
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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