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Bates Forces 32 Turnovers in Rout of Scots

Little for The Pit to cheer about in a 85-37 loss to Bates.

(Wenham) When members of The Pit start filing out long before a game is over you know things aren’t going well for the home team at the Bennett Center.

That surely was the case, Thursday night, as Gordon (2-4) got in with a talented Bates team (5-1).  The Scots hung in for a half (34-20), thanks to some gritty defense, but fell completely apart in the second half and lost, 85-37.

Shaun Roach tries his hand at point guard while Reid Christian (#4) defends.

Gordon’s offense was the really big problem on this evening.  Every possession seemed to be a turnover-in-waiting.  I counted 72 possessions.  The stat sheet shows an incredible 32 turnovers – 15 in the first half and 17 in the second half.  I suspect that no team at any level has ever won with that many turnovers.  Mix in a meager SIX assists for the game and you have a team with a malfunctioning offense.

However, it must be remembered that this team, beyond Greg, David, and Austin, is very inexperienced.  Things will get better but slowly.  The transition will be hard to watch at times (like this game) and quite possibly next game (MIT – #20 in D3 Hoops poll) on Saturday afternoon.

The big news about the next game is that before the MIT game there will be a ceremony to unveil the 2009-10 Commonwealth Coast Conference championship banner.  The ceremony is scheduled for 2:45PM and the five graduates from that team (Aaron, Brady, Ben, Timmy, and Jeff) are expected to attend.  It is an event that will bring back sweet memories for the Gordon faithful.

Now I’m supposed to switch back to a game that won’t be a pleasant memory! 

A 14-2 run over five minutes put the Bobcats ahead, 17-6, after 7 ½ minutes.  With a streak of six straight points Greg Walker (12 points) closed the gap single-handedly to 20-14.  However, Bates scored the last six points of the half and led 34-20.

Brian Ellis - 6-5 senior paced Bates with 16 points

Brian Ellis (16 points/2 steals) paced Bates.  Brian had 24 points last year in Gordon’s win in Lewiston.  Brian’s sixteen points this time came in just seventeen minutes of playing time.  The 6-5 senior is one of the better players in New England.

Bates really put up the points (51) in the second half.  Along the way they had a ten-point run, an 11-1 run, and an 18-1 run.  The Scots had no answers on offense or defense.

David Dempsey topped the Gordon scorers with 16 points.  I am sure that during preseason the talented sophomore was told that he would have to take on more responsibility on offense this season.  I doubt that he expected to end up being the point guard as much as he has, however.  Desperate times call for desperate measures!

Gordon used an aggressive zone defense at times and I thought it was effective in the early going. 

Luke Hamilton returned to action after missing the Babson game Tuesday night. 

Roy Ray made his debut for Gordon.  Luke Perkins registered his first two points.

Assistant coach Keith Krass gives halftime instruction to Caleb Perkins.

 

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Scots Return to Winning Ways Versus Nonleague Bates

Aaron Trigg (25 points) and Brady Bajema (24 points-8 assists) lead Scots past Bates

(Lewiston ME)  Gordon 78 Bates 64

Trust me, that final score is very misleading.  It took two streaks, one (thirteen points) to get the lead, and another (ten points) to put the game out of reach on Thursday night at Lewiston.

Gordon (18-4/9-1) trailed 58-55 with 7 ½ minutes to go.  Having played Tuesday night (loss at Colby-Sawyer), you weren’t confident about their chances on the road in the end game versus a quality Bates (12-11) team on its own court.

However, the Scots played about as well as I’ve seen them play, during the next three minutes, collecting thirteen points over the next six possessions and shutting out the Bobcats.

Austin Bentson had a couple of big plays.  On one end, he somehow put a shot in after stumbling into the lane, and then followed that with a steal down the other end that sent Aaron Trigg off for a fastbreak layin. 

When the wonderful three minutes ended, Gordon had an unlikely 68-58 lead with 4 ½ to go.  Bates came out of a timeout and scored points on three straight possessions while the Scots turned the ball over twice in succession.  So now, we’ve got a 68-64 game with 2:50 left.  Plenty of time for good or bad things to happen.

Only the ultimate Gordon optimist would have predicted, however, what actually happened the rest of the way – Bates never scored again and the Scots collected the last ten points of the game.  Pretty amazing on both counts.

Ben Gaskill - An assist, rebound, layup, and free throw in closing minutes

Ben Gaskill, minus the beard, came up big at the end.  He started with an assist on a Brady Bajema three.  The next time Gordon had the ball they were clearly (with a seven point lead) into a hold-onto-the-ball mode.  You’re thinking that Aaron or Brady will get the shot as the 35-second clock runs out.  However, Ben ends up with the ball with everyone yelling for him to shoot.  He takes an off-balanced jump shot as the shot-clock buzzer sounds.  The defense seemed to freeze, hearing the buzzer, just for an instant.  Ben follows his shot, gets his own rebound, and puts in the layup and is fouled.  He makes the free throw and with 1:16 left, the ten-point lead (74-64) was a mountain Bates wasn’t going to climb in such a short time.

The stat sheet revealed plenty of goodies.  Brady reached a season-high in assists with eight.  The free throw shooting (13-for-14) was also a season high.  Greg Walker’s three blocks were a season high.

Aaron’s 25 points put him into a tie with Jon Marstaller (parents and sister were on hand at Bates) for 5th place on the all-time scoring list. 

Aaron and Brady were deadly shooting from anywhere.  How about a combined 11-for-11 from the foul line!

Brian Ellis (24 points) had the Bates offense run through him for much of the evening.  He was 10-for-15 and seemed like a bad matchup for the Scots no matter what sized Gordon player attempted to guard the 6’5” junior.

Ahead for Gordon is a trip to Springfield on Saturday to face Western New England (12-10/7-3).  As nice as it was to beat Bates, the matchup was nonleague.  The results of the last three games of the season (WNEC/UNE/Salve Regina) affect seeding in the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament.  I’d like to see three games played during tourney week at the Bennett Center.

When I looked earlier at the trio of road games, two of which we just played, I imagined weather issues being a factor.  Dry roads to New Hampshire, and now Maine, in February!  God is good!

The heating system in the Alumni Gym did not disappoint.  You just have to be prepared for it.  Every Bates student I saw in attendance was wearing a short-sleeved shirt.  The gym is 84 years old and has always given off a warm welcome, I’m told.

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Gordon’s Thirteen Game Winning Streak Ends vs Colby-Sawyer

Dave Rosso - Hits four 3's for Colby-Sawyer

Jason Chevrefils - 19 points/2 steals

(New London NH) Let’s face it – we Gordon faithful were getting spoiled.  And who could blame us after over two months of win after win. 

And who would have expected our winning ways (thirteen straight) to end in New London (NH) where the Colby-Sawyer Chargers were coming off three straight losses?

However, the, “on any given night” reality bit the Scots (17-4/ 9-1) and they came out on the wrong end of a 74-63 score on Tuesday night in Commonwealth Coast Conference play.

Going undefeated in the CCC is now off the table.  What remains, though, over the last four games (Bates/Western New England/UNE/Salve Regina) of the season, is trying to gain the most favorable position possible in the postseason CCC eight-team tournament that starts on February 23rd.  Still sitting alone atop the current CCC standings (9-1), put the Scots in complete control of their destiny. 

Gordon did not play well enough to defeat Colby-Sawyer (12-10/5-5).  But those on hand will tell you that the Scots made a serious run late to steal this one but that mishandlings and misfirings kept the upset from happening.

One nearby Charger fan, was overheard to say during the game that, “this was the best I’ve seen them play,” referring to the home team.  No doubt, he was referencing C-S’s red-hot, long-range shooting (nine for eighteen) and their well-schemed half-court defense (twenty-one Gordon turnovers). 

An early Colby-Sawyer 8-2 deficit vanished as both of the Charger positives just mentioned kicked in and Gordon helplessly watched the scoreboard effects of first half C-S runs of twelve points and nine points that plunged them into a 37-28 hole.

Freshman Jason Chevrefils (19 points) gave the Scots nothing but trouble all night.  He got good low-block position time after time and knew how to score from there.  His jump hook, similar to Greg Walker’s, was never successfully defended. 

In the second half, Jason combined with long-ranger David Rosso (fourteen points on four 3’s) to do most of the damage as the Chargers ventured into laugher territory (64-49) with just 4:20 left in the game. 

It was easy to wonder at this point, why the Chargers could have lost to Regis, Curry, Roger Williams, Endicott, and Salve Regina.  However, over the next two minutes the Scots put up points – eight straight at one point – and the home team started turning the ball over in the backcourt and missing shots down the other end. 

Credit a “first-time-I’ve-seen-it” full-court trap, steal, or foul approach used by Gordon.  It worked for the next two minutes and things got a very interesting (65-59) when Aaron Trigg made his only three of the game. 

The last two minutes the Scots reverted to misfiring (1 for 6) and mishandling (3 turnovers) while C-S sealed the deal with seven of eight free throws.

The CCC’s top scorer, Jon Chaloux, collected ten points in the first half but Ben Gaskill limited him to only two more thereafter. 

Ben Gaskill - Grabs 13 rebounds and defends the CCC's top scorer

Ben had a game-high thirteen rebounds along with a hard foul on breaking away Jason Chevrefils attempting a layup.  Ben got the ball but plenty of Jason along with it.

Dunks are unusual for Gordon and Greg Walker had one in the second half on a breakaway. 

C-S did a great job on the perimeter containing Brady Bajema (11 points – 3 for 10) and Aaron (14 points – 5 for 13).  Aaron has gone three-for-fifteen from long range over the last three games.

Bates is next in Lewiston at 7PM on Thursday.  This is a nonleague game so the minutes of Aaron, Ben, and Brady may be impacted especially with a visit to Western New England in CCC action looming on Saturday.  The need to secure home-court advantage during the remaining four games, including Bates, should be the top priority.

Another top priority at Bates is trying to keep cool in the gymnasium; at least it was two years ago.  The ancient structure had an equally ancient heating system that puts out heat in a fashion that has spectators wondering how much of their clothing they can take off without being arrested. 

More seriously, Bates has won five straight.  We managed to defeat them for the first time ever last February at the Bennett Center thanks to a season-high, 20-point run in the second half. 

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Brady Bajema Reaches 1000 with 23 Points in Win Over Nichols

Plenty of friends/family were on hand to watch Brady gets his 1000th point for Gordon

Brady collects 23 points on a special afternoon

(Wenham) Brady Bajema tallied 23 points, including the three that put him over 1000 career points, as the Scots (17-3/9-0) defeated Nichols (10-10/3-6) at the Bennett Center, 62-49, on Saturday afternoon. That’s thirteen straight and counting in this remarkable season.

Before the game, Aaron Trigg was given a basketball commemorating him getting to 1000 points in a game played last February 10th.  Aaron’s parents joined him as Coach Tod Murphy presented the special basketball.  My picture-taking abilities fall off considerably when the subjects don’t cooperate. 

Young and old from Whitinsville Christian (Brady’s high school) were on hand hoping to see Brady get the three points he needed.  He did not disappoint as he nailed a long one on his first shot 1 ½ minutes into the game.

Fortunately, for Gordon, that wasn’t the end of his scoring because Nichols defended the Scots other two top scorers (Greg Walker 5-for-15 and Aaron 2-for-12) into lower than usual production.

However, good teams have other options and on this afternoon, it was Brady, who actually was caught smiling afterwards.  I was told that a picture catching this would be a rarity.

While Brady had fourteen in the first half, the Bison had Pete Atkin’s 16 over the same half and the teams were tied at halftime, 25-25.

Freshman Justin Kuntz gave Nichols its last lead, 31-30, with a jumper at 14:49.  The next 3+ minutes the Scots put together an eight-point run.  David Dempsey hit a couple of shots and Brady added a jumper in the lane.  It was, however, Jeff Derr’s offensive rebound conversion that excited the lively home crowd the most.

The lead grew to ten (50-40) with five minutes left on another David Dempsey inside move.  Have I mentioned that he is a tough matchup for most teams – too big for fast defenders and too fast for big defenders?

The Scots then hit eight of eleven free throws in the last two minutes of the game to keep Nichols from getting closer than nine points in the end game.

The Bison struggled mightily to find any kind of offense in the second half.  Credit the Gordon defense for a lot of that.  Good defense always forces a team into one-on-one offense with few assists.  Imagine this: Nichols had zero assists in the second half! 

Pete Atkins (#15) led Nichols with 18 points

Pete Atkins paced Nichols with 18 points but had just two of them in the second half.  He did take a hard fall midway through the second half but returned to play some more.  Ben Gaskill (6’9”) did a nice defensive job on the 6’3” sophomore.

I am getting more and more comfortable with Gordon’s ability to handle fullcourt pressure.  The Bison pressed some but never got a backcourt turnover doing it. 

Gordon’s next three games are on the road and what a road trip it will be.  New London(NH) on Tuesday, Lewiston(ME) on Thursday, and Chicopee(MA) on Saturday afternoon.  That’s a lot of miles over a five-day stretch against very good teams in Colby-Sawyer, Bates, and Western New England on their home courts. 

That schedule means some early AMs for those of us planning, Lord willing, on being in the audience, but after thirteen straight who wants to miss any part of this extraordinary season by not being there.  Not I!

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Game #22 – Scots Score Twenty Straight in Defeat of Bates

Brady Bajema - 20 points including 15-of-16 free throws

Brady Bajema - 20 points including 15-of-16 free throws

(Wenham) Gordon returned to its winning ways with some of the sweetest foul shooting (24 of 26) you will ever see and defeated non-league Bates, 64-52, at the Bennett Center (That’s right!) on Thursday night.

The Scots (16-6 overall/ 6-4 in the CCC) were down 33-31 with 10 ½ minutes left in the game. Without any sort of warning, Gordon then proceeded to score the next twenty points before Bates finally lit their side of the scoreboard with a layup from Nick Schmiemann with 3:17 left.

That amazing 20-point run (easily the longest of the season) had the Scots in front, 51-33, and, unlike at Nichols, the free throw shooting the rest of the way by Aaron and Brady (combined 13 of 14) kept the Bobcats a safe distance away.

The win ended a three game slide at home, which had begun to be troubling for all of us. Now the team moves ahead with some confidence to face Western New England (5-5 in the CCC) at 3PM in Wenham.

The race for the six playoff spots after UNE and Colby-Sawyer is way too close at this point with three CCC games to go. The possibility of being on the outside looking in when the season ends still exists. This fact will add to the tension of the last three contests, two of which are at home.

Mike Schauer and Keith Krass look on as Gordon regains its winning touch at home.

Mike Schauer and Keith Krass look on as Gordon regains its winning touch at home - courtesy Ron Harden

Bates (12-11) is a team that Gordon had never beaten until tonight. That is yet another first in the Mike Schauer era. We also have never beaten Western New England at the Bennett Center – okay, we’ve never played them at home. But it could be another Coach Schauer first in the making.

Both coaches could take away a statistical goody from the game. For Gordon it was the delightful season-high foul shooting percentage (92.3%). For Bates it was their rebounding. Their 46 rebounds, including 18 offensive rebounds, were season highs against your Scots.

The field goal shooting was nothing special for either team. The Scots hit their third lowest percentage (34%) of the season. The other lower ones led to losses to Roger Williams and Salem State.

The fingernails-on-the-blackboard stat for the Bobcats was definitely having only four assists combined with 17 turnovers. They had five of those turnovers during the game-deciding, 20-point streak in the second half.

No doubt, Bobcat first-year coach Jon Furbush wasn’t thrilled with his team getting only nine free throws while Gordon had 26. He shared those sentiments with the officials in a loud voice and next thing you knew Brady was shooting two technical foul shots.

By the way, Brady was 14-for-14 from the line in the second half and led all scorers for the game with 20 points.

A memorable play in this one took place in the midst of the big run. Jeff Derr and Jimmy O’Keefe of Bates got tied up chasing a rebound in the Bates end and both went to the floor in a heap. Jeff got up first, hustled down the other end, and nailed a wide-open three.

Austin Bentson - Reaches double figures for the second time this season

Austin Bentson - Reaches double figures for the second time this season

Austin Bentson had his first double-digit (11 points) game since the opener at ENC when he had 16 points. There will never be a question about his passion to defend.

Greg Walker has struggled since the breakout game (22 points/19 rebounds) at Regis. He has had a horde of shots rim out over the last couple of games.

We did get to see quite a shooting show by Marshall Hatch in the last few minutes of the game. He connected on three long shots and totaled 13 points in the second half.

The turnout was better than Tuesday night’s was. I am told that there is a lot of academic activity going on at this time. Students have to make choices over time use. That is why it is always good to see the team salute the home fans after the game.

I noticed that the 7PM start caught a few folks by surprise. At least they saw some of the second half. The game-of-the-year between UNE and Colby-Sawyer starts at 1PM on Saturday afternoon. I’m guessing that some folks will miss that game entirely.

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Super Tuesday?? Not where I was! – Game #19

(Lewiston)  Blame it on the Gordon players.  They proved on Saturday afternoon that they could win on the toughest away court (Endicott) in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

Understandably, that Endicott win elevated the expectations of Gordon coach Mike Schauer as his team faced a quality (13-5) non-league opponent (Bates) on the road.

After watching his team fall to the Bobcats, 66-61, on Tuesday evening Coach Schauer was willing to give himself very low marks for their performance.  “We are poorly coached,” he said.  “The team just didn’t believe that they could beat a team like Bates and that’s coaching.” 

To Coach Schauer an important part of his job is motivational.  He believes that the Scots are a very good team.  He has seen them dominate at home and he had just seen them break through a long-standing road barrier at Endicott.  Naturally, the coach was not thrilled when the team reverted to its early season road flaws – getting off to a slow start, vanishing on the boards, and failing to perform in crunch time.  He does not think that a team playing with confidence should display that trifecta in any game no matter where it is played at.

The tough loss overshadowed some noteworthy performances by several Scots.  Let’s start with Justin Kaufman (senior-5′11″-Redding CT) – he recorded his 400th assist and moved to within one point of the 1000-point club.  Mike Schnackenberg (senior-6′6″-South Portland ME) had a career game as he continued to shoot over 50% and turned in his first double/double (14 points/12 rebounds).  Aaron Trigg (sophomore-6′1″-Overland Park KS) had a 17-point second half and defended the Bobcats tops scorer (Bryan Wholey) into a 2-for-12 evening.

However, because of the loss those remarkable positives fall by the wayside. 

We are left to wonder how the team could fall asleep tied 7-7 and awaken five minutes later trailing 18-7.  Flashbacks of the 16-2 deficit at Endicott came to my mind.

Poor rebounding plagued the Scots from beginning to end.  The fourteen offensive rebounds that the Bobcats hustled for were a major issue.  The top three rebounding performances against Gordon have been turned in by; Salem State (53), MIT (46), and now Bates (45).  Note the similarities – all road games, all nonconference, and all losses.  Can you see why the coach is upset?

Despite the poor start and the lousy rebounding this was a game that the Scots could have won down the stretch.  By my unofficial count, and that count changes every time I look at my notes, Gordon had eight chances in the last 9:42 to tie the game or go ahead.  Amazingly, they did not capitalize on any of them.  Jon Marstaller (Remember him from the Endicott game?) let the last one fly – a game-tying three – with three seconds left and it missed.

Bates coach Joe Reilly was glad to escape with a win.  “Gordon is one of the better programs in New England.  They are on the level of the teams in our conference (NESCAC).”

The Bobcats (14-5) host Williams on Friday night.  I hope that the Ephs come in prepared for the heat that they’ll experience at Alumni Gym.  Most of us worked up a full lather just breathing!

Gordon (14-5) faces nonleague Husson at the Bennett Center tomorrow (Wednesday) night.  The visiting Eagles from Bangor are a tough opponent.  They mauled the Scots up there last year.

The accomplishments of the 2007-08 edition of the Gordon College Fighting Scots have been significant so far; 14 wins, Justin’s 400th assist, Jon’s move up the all-time scoring ladder, defeating nationally-ranked Plattsburgh State, capturing the tournament at Union College, and breaking the losing streak at Endicott. 

I wonder if the team is willing to rest on those substantial laurels or will it finish the rest of the regular season (six games) in a fashion that pleases not only the Gordon faithful but Coach Schauer too? 

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(Game #21 – Bates) Bates Dominates in Overtime Wins 18th

By Peter McClelland

(Wenham) This was a game with eleven lead changes in regulation and about as fast-paced and exciting as you would want a game to be.  However, in the five minute overtime Bates took over immediately, running up eight straight points in the first three minutes, and cruised home with an, 82-74, win at the Bennett Center on Tuesday night.

This was a nonleague game but it was real interesting to watch two of the heavyweights in the region go at it.  Bates, now 18-4, has been in the top 25 nationally this season in Division 3.  While Gordon, now 15-6, has the best record in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

Both teams shot very well in regulation and Gordon seemed to feed off the sizable Blue Sea cheering section.  The Scots built up a number of leads (17-9, 26-22, 39-32, in the first half and 57-51 in the second half) only to have the visiting Bobcats fight back thanks especially to the efforts of their two terrific seniors, Zak Ray and Rob Stockwell. 

Both Ray and Stockwell have scored over 1000 points in their careers at Bates.  In this one the amazingly quick 5’11” Ray tallied 23 points even with Jerry Logan (Marietta, GA) hounding him.

Stockwell at 6’5” dominated the inside grabbing 15 rebounds to go along with 19 points.  Any number of times he could have added to that point total but handed out seven assists instead.  He also had three steals.

Despite how good Bates was Gordon came very, very close to winning the game in regulation and that is what will be a painful memory for the Scot faithful on hand. 

After Rob Stockwell made one of two free throws with 32 seconds left Bates had a 69-67 edge.  That gave the Scots plenty of time to get organized.  They worked the perimeter before freshman Brady Bajema (Whitinsville, MA) delivered the ball inside to junior Jon Marstaller (Naples,Me).  Jon spun left for a shot that went around the rim and out with 4.9 seconds to go.  To the cheers of the home crowd and overcoming an icing attempt timeout by the Bobcats the Gordon junior made both pressure shots.  Zak Ray then raced up the court and missed a wild three and the game went into overtime.

Those of us into the “what if’s” could only imagine what would have happened if Jon had made the shot that rimmed out and added the free throw. 

Gordon Coach Mike Schauer was eager to resist being negative after the loss.  “We played every bit as well as we did against UNE and Curry.  It’s just that Bates is a lot better and plays a lot harder.  So I’m not disappointed at all.”

The Scots return to CCC play this Saturday at 1PM (note the earlier time) at Colby-Sawyer.  C-S lost to Curry tonight at C-S.  The Chargers get to play at Endicott on Thursday night.  It might be a good one to check out if you’re in the area.

“Winning or losing against Bates wouldn’t change our conference goals,” said Coach Schauer afterwards.  “We still have to go to Colby-Sawyer and find a way to win.”

Bates Coach Joe Reilly was impressed with Gordon.  “They can do it all.  They can penetrate.  They can score.  (Jon) Marstaller and Mike Herr are very good players.  They are one of the best teams in the region.”

Like Gordon Bates has the best home crowd support in their conference (NESCAC).  “It was a good, loud crowd,” said Coach Reilly.  “Nice college atmosphere.”

Mike Herr (Lampeter,PA) collected 17 points which was his biggest output since he had 26 points the last time Gordon faced Colby-Sawyer on January 9th at home.  The five 3’s he had against the Bobcats were the most he’s had in a game since he had six against MIT in November.  Let’s hope his long-range shooting touch is here to stay.

The Bobcats were very effective on defense.  They registered 12 steals which is the most anyone has gotten against the Scots this year.  A number of those steals were turned into fastbreak layups.

Bates tried a zone defense late in the game and in the overtime and it surprised this writer that the zone was effective and even caused a number of turnovers.  You would assume that a good-shooting team such as Gordon would feast on a zone but it didn’t work out that way.

“We took a chance with that zone,” explained Coach Riley.  “We don’t use it much or practice it very much but I went with our veterans.  They know what the expectations are and what their responsibilities are.” 

“It was funny that the zone bothered us,” said Coach Schauer.  “We obviously practice a lot against it.  In a couple of instances we had guys pass up shots.”  I think that it was the quickness in which Bates shifted around in that zone that made it troublesome for Gordon.

Gordon has four games left – Colby-Sawyer & Endicott away followed by Anna Maria & UNE at home.  “If we play like we did tonight against Bates in our remaining games I think our chances are pretty good,” added Coach Schauer.

What will certainly help the team’s chances the rest of the way will be to cut back on the turnovers.  The 18 turnovers the team had tonight were the second highest of the season.  How unusual it was for our normally sure-handed guards to have nine turnovers between them.

The next two games are against the teams (Colby-Sawyer & Endicott) that have dominated the CCC for the last six years.  Colby-Sawyer is always tough at home and I don’t think we’ve ever won at Endicott.  However, the way the Scots are playing they are capable of having command of the CCC a week from tonight.  Let’s hope so.
 (Morning) After Thoughts – That’s four overtime games this season (Philadelphia Bible,Salem State,Nichols,Bates).  Getting off to a good start in the overtimes has been the difference maker…………Jerry Logan’s opening three attempt in OT was deflected but not detected by three important observers……………Freshman Chris Wilson (Brewer,ME) ended up at Bates but Coach Schauer said that they “recruited him some.”……………Zak Ray (Bangor,ME) is NBA quick. Mike Schnackenberg (South Portland/Cheverus) played against him in a Maine state championship.  I’ll leave the details to Mike……………I continue to be surprised by the number of times frontcourt inbounds plays turn into baskets…………Gordon foul shooting has scared me plenty this season in crunch time.  That’s why it was so impressive to see Jon Marstaller make both of his with the game on the line in regulation…………Every now and then it’s good to stop and look at the level Gordon basketball has reached.  In the CCC there isn’t a team that the Scots haven’t beaten and cannot beat if playing well. The team and its fans expect to win.  Going 15-1 in the CCC last year and 10-2 so far this season will do that to you……………So much of the Gordon success has to do with coaching.  Mike Schauer and Jeremy Martin have made the Scots a force by managing efficiently every detail of building a program that we can be proud of.  I talk to other coaches after almost every game and hear often that Gordon is “well coached” and that compliment is not said in a pandering manner. The only flaw that I’ve noticed about the coaching staff this season was Jeremy Martin crossing into Maine wearing a pink tie.  That was irresponsible and dangerous……… Obstacles ahead.  Is this the year that a short trip to Beverly can finally end the team’s losing streak at Endicott?  In two weeks the first round of the CCC tournament will be over.  I want to be writing about a Gordon victory in the championship game in that tournament two weeks from Saturday.

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