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Michael Makiej debuts with 28 points as Gordon downs Curry 99-63 in opener

Freshman Michael Makiej had 28 points and 12 rebounds in his first game at Gordon

Plenty of inside shots turned up for Michael Makiej vs Curry

(Wenham MA) It’s always nice to make a good first impression.

And freshman Michael Makiej certainly did that collecting twenty-eight points as Gordon defeated Curry, 99-63, on Friday night at the Bennett Center.

“We’re just happy to be able to play basketball,” said Gordon coach Tod Murphy post-game.  “So many conferences in New England are not playing this year.”

The Scots (1-0) may end up with ten-to-twelve games.

“We have ten scheduled,” said Coach Murphy, “including one more tomorrow with Curry, as well as two each with Western New England, Nichols, Suffolk, and Endicott.  I am going to try to get a couple with Eastern Nazarene.  Everything depends on staying Covid-free.”

The visitors from Milton (MA) stayed with Gordon through the first 13 ½ minutes and were ahead, 27-26.

Zach Bennett – 8 points and 3 steals

The rest of the first half the Scots, led by Garrett Sattazahn and Zach Bennett, put a 17-3 segment together and were in command, 43-30, at the half.

Garrett had a triple, a jumper, and a steal during the good run while Zach had two steals that were turned into points.

Curry coach Joe Busacca was disappointed with the way things went.  “We’re so young that we’re going to make a ton of mistakes early,” he said.  “Gordon has some good upper classmen who know how to win and played in big games last year.  When we cooled off, we didn’t respond very well.  If the ball doesn’t go in, it doesn’t mean we can’t compete in the defensive end.”

Drew Thibeault had ten rebounds

Freshman Josh Vargas (6’8”) was a presence inside.  He put fifteen points together with fourteen rebounds.  Angelo Sardgna (12 points) and Jayquan Leonard (10 points) reached double figures for the Colonels.

Gordon’s late run in the first half spilled over into the entire second half.  The Scots put up fifty-six points and Michael Makiej had twenty-two of them.

Senior Parker Omslaer joked about Michael’s performance afterwards: “My all-time high is twenty-three points and he beats it in his first game.  I don’t even know what to say about that.”

There were nothing but inside shots in the points Michael collected.  “Credit my teammates,” he said, “they gave me the good looks on the high post.  It’s not about me.  It about the team.  I was just having fun out there.”

Angel Sardegna had twelve points for Curry

Michael came to Gordon from Lexington Christian Academy.  “He’s one of the most talented offensive players we’ve ever had here,” said Coach Murphy.  “He has some things to learn but he could be an absolute nightmare to defend.”

Michael (6’4”) had twelve rebounds to go with his twenty-eight points.

Newcomer Drew Thibeault had ten rebounds.

“Excited to be here,” said Drew.  “I transferred from RPI.  There’s something special going on here and I wanted to be part of it.  Putting up ninety-nine points in your first game is pretty good.”

Justin Yu (15 points)

Coach Murphy: “Justin Yu (15 points) had a great game off the bench.  Caleb (Scott) filled in nicely when Parker got into foul trouble.  Garrett (Sattazahn) will be our go-to guy this season.  His shooting was off a bit but in the 2nd half he distributed the ball and had several steals.”

The Scots played a zone defense for much of the game.  Coach Murphy is not a fan of it.  “I hate that defense.  It did work tonight but only because they weren’t hitting shots.  That may well be different against other teams we face.”

Josh Crutchfield: “I am so blessed to be back on the court and be with these guys.  I love them.  Michael had a phenomenal game.  He loves basketball and is a great kid.  We scored 99 points but out defense was very good too.”

Garrett Sattazahn (16 points)

Michael Makiej: “There are Christian aspects to being here at Gordon.  We pray together before each practice.  I really like that.”

I told Garrett Sattazahn afterwards that I wondered how this year’s team was going to make up for all the points Eric Demers’ scored the previous season.  “Tonight, Michael took care of the ‘Eric’ part,” he said.

The biggest surprise for me was seeing what the new Bennett Center looked like.  I wasn’t the only one pleasantly surprised.

“The court, the mats, the stands, are all awesome,” said Garrett.  “You couldn’t ask for a better facility.”

David Massillon, who wasn’t in uniform because of surgery, summed things up best. “It sure was nice to see all the guys with smiles on their faces after an opening night win in this fine facility.”

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Eric Demers and David Massillon

Garrett Sattazahn

Caleb Scott (7 rebounds, 7 points)

Josh Crutchfield guards Jayquan Leonard

Michael Makiej guards Nabi Mwesiga

Parker Omslaer (9 rebounds)

Josh Crutchfield

Drew Thibeault

Jordan Bretton

RJ Hadfield

Nabi Mwesiga

Zach Quanico

Michael Makiej to the basket

Marcus Retegues

Marcus Retegues from the corner

Jayson Clayton

 

 

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Gordon shoots past Curry 106-84

AJ Terry had a career night for Gordon with twenty points and fourteen rebounds

Eric Demers had thirty-one points and four assists

(Wenham MA) Gordon played its best game of the season and defeated Curry, 106-84, on Tuesday night.

“We needed a game like that,” said GC coach Tod Murphy afterwards. “We’ve been struggling lately.”

The Scots (9-9) had lost three straight before tonight’s stat-happy performance.

The Colonels (5-14) ended a 77-game losing streak in the Commonwealth Coast Conference with a win last week over Western New England.  Combine that with Gordon’s 3-game losing streak and tonight’s contest had some ominous possibilities for Gordon.

And that was the way it looked for the first 15 ½ minutes of the first half.

Jared Thorpe-Johnson (23 points and 9 rebounds)

The Colonels made shots and the Scots made shots.  The first team to cool off was going to be in trouble.

On this night, it was the team from Milton (MA).

Curry had a 33-32 lead with 4:50 left ‘til halftime.  Then the bottom fell out for them.

The Colonels didn’t score another point in the half.  They missed eight shots including five three’s.  They also had four turnovers.

Meanwhile, Gordon kept right on putting up points (sixteen unanswered) hitting six of eight shots including two three’s.

Daymeann Stewart (26 points) and Josh Crutchfield

Eric Demers (31 points) had two 3’s in this lengthy segment of good offense and defense.

The Scots led, 48-33, at the half.

The closest the visitors could get in the second half was thirteen points (64-51).  The lead reached twenty points for good with 6 ½ minutes left and the benches cleared for much of the rest of the game.

“I thought that Eric turned the game around for us with his unselfishness,” added Coach Murphy.  “He made some extra passes and suddenly his teammates were doing the same thing.”

Gordon had a season-high twenty assists.  Eric has a season-high four assists.

AJ Terry looks to pass

Senior AJ Terry had his best game as a Scot.  He recorded his third double/double with career highs in points (20) and rebounds (14).  AJ added five assists to an impressive outing.

Curry had big games from two seniors.  Daymeann Stewart put twenty-six points together with six assists.  Teammate Jared Thorpe-Johnson had twenty-three points and nine rebounds.

“We’d like to get hot in the final seven games and get a home game in the tournament,” said Coach Murphy afterwards.  “You get into the tournament and it’s anyone’s ballgame.”

Parker Omslaer (13 points) gets two

The current CCC standings would suggest that only Endicott (10-1) and Curry (1-9) seem destined to finish where they currently are.  After that everyone has a chance to move up………or down.  Nichols and Western New England are 6-4.  Wentworth and UNE are 5-5.  Gordon and Salve Regina are 4-5.  Roger Williams is 4-6.

The Scots face all the teams on the list and Endicott as well in the seven games left.

Only seven teams qualify for the post-season.  It’s like musical chairs; one of the teams in between Endicott and Curry won’t have a seat at the tournament table.

Coach Murphy: “One of the points of emphasis at halftime was that we need to attack the basket and kick it out and we’ll get open three’s.”

Josh Crutchfield

Josh Crutchfield: “We had a good energy level tonight.  It was nice to win and see everyone play.  This season has humbled me because during my first two years we were so successful.  We can always play better defense.  I’m ready for Saturday (Endicott).  It’s why we play basketball.  If you can’t get hyped up for Saturday, you’re in the wrong sport.”

Saturday (3PM) at the Bennett Center the nearby Gulls (Beverly) will be in the house.  It will also be Senior Day.  AJ Terry and Eric Demers are the two seniors on the team.  The Scots fell in overtime to Endicott earlier this month.

Eric Demers’ career point total is now at 2288.  He has scored 30+ points in ten straight games.  The new scoreboards provide the point totals for each of the players in the game so now there is some certainty as to how Eric is doing in each home game.

Justin Yu reached a career high in assists (four).

Box from the game.

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Zach Quanico looks to pass

Zach Quanico tries a three in front of the Gordon bench

Adam Konicki at the rim

AJ Terry

Angelo Sardegna

David Massillon in for two

Garrett Sattazahn (13 points)

Justin Yu

Michael Ashley

 

 

 

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Eric Demers (31) and Garrisson Duvivier (24) lead Gordon to 20th win 88-75 over Curry

Garrisson Duvivier – tough inside

Eric Demers (31 points)

(Amesbury MA) Twenty wins.

Remarkable!

It was the Eric & Garrisson Show for the second straight game and that two-some led the Scots (20-2) past Curry, 88-75, on Tuesday night in Milton (MA).

Nichols kept pace with Gordon defeating Roger Williams.

The rematch with the Bison on the 13th at the Bennett Center is looking like the biggest regular season game in the Commonwealth Coast Conference this season.

I know that there’s a game this Saturday (Salve Regina) but……..just sayin’.

Tonight Eric Demers had thirty-one points and Garrisson Duvivier added twenty-four.  Curry (1-21) didn’t match up with either of them.

The Colonels seemed better able to play against the Gordon zone than some other teams do. At times they were excellent at passing into open shots and taking the ball at the Gordon shot blockers.  But they missed too many shots.

Parker Omslaer at the foul line

The Scots gained separation in the first half as they ran eleven unanswered points and turned a six-point lead (33-27) into 44-27.  Garrisson, Eric, Parker Omslaer, and Noah Szilagyi contributed.

In the second half, Curry closed to 68-61 before Garrisson put three layups and three free throws together and GC gained final separation, 77-63, with six minutes left.

Parker took full advantage of Curry’s smaller interior defenders dropping seventeen points and taking in fourteen rebounds.  This was his 4th double/double of the season.

No sign of starter Jake Haar and reserve David Massillon.  Trust that they will return soon.

This was Eric’s third straight game with 30+ points.  His seven turnovers were a big surprise.

Parker had a double/double but he missed seven free throws.

Turnovers and missed free throws could be decisive in the likely-to-be close games ahead.

I admire the enthusiasm I saw online from the Curry bench.  It can’t be easy.  The Colonels are now 2-92 over the past 3+ seasons.  They have lost 67 straight CCC games.  Last win?  Salve Regina in February of 2015.  This season they beat Clark on December 29th.

Seven seniors to be honored on Saturday before the game with Salve Regina.  Time goes by fast!

Wondering how others explain how Gordon has put together a season that exceeded expectations??

Maybe someone who has already won two CCC titles will finally get recognized by the league.

Box from the game

 

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Gordon scores a 105-89 win over Curry

Eric Demers (19 points) on his way to the basket

Freshman David Massillon gets a layup

(Wenham MA) The points were flowing.

The defense?  Not so much in the second half.

But when you build up a 36-point lead, some unpleasing defense in a second half isn’t fatal.

Gordon downed Curry, 105-89, on Saturday afternoon in a Commonwealth Coast Conference game at the Bennett Center.

The Scots (5-1) have now won four straight.

AJ Terry (12 points) sails to the hoop

Ahead for GC are three home games (Western New England, Colby, and Johnson & Wales) in the next seven days.

The big difference in this season’s Gordon team is their commitment to playing zone defense.

“I hate the zone,” said GC coach Tod Murphy after today’s game, “but I hate losing even more.  In order to get our five best players on the court we had to use it.”

Senior Garrisson Duvivier saw the new defense as a work in progress: “We still have a lot of work to do on the zone, but we’ve done pretty well using it so far.”

There have been no complaints about the offense.  “We’ve got a very explosive offense team,” explained Coach Murphy.  “If we play better defense than we did tonight I think we can compete with anyone.”

Jake Haar (12 points) lines up a three

The Scots did give up a ton of points but most of them came after GC had a 72-36 advantage with 12:41 remaining.

At that point the Gordon coaching staff remembered the New Testament verse that starts, “Blessed are the merciful……….”

The Gordon reserves finished the game and during that segment the Colonels (0-7) went nuts from long range and had a 53-point final 12:41.

“The idea of the zone defense is not only to keep our best players in the game but also to prevent/defend the three-point shot,” said Coach Murphy.  Obviously, the 53 points, many coming from downtown, didn’t settle well with the coach.

But the bigger picture was that when the starters played, the visitors struggled mightily.

Garrisson Duvivier in traffic

The Scots were up, 10-0, after three minutes and, 25-3, after eight minutes.  The lead at halftime was, 52-24.  There were few defensive issues that I could see.

Curry’s sixty-five points in the second half is a nice change for them.  How blessed we are to regularly have competitive teams!

How would you handle these numbers?  Curry is 2-80 over the last 3+ seasons.  They have now lost 55 consecutive Commonwealth Coast Conference games.  Last win in the CCC was against Salve Regina in February of 2015.  The Colonels have now lost thirty straight games.

Luke Meyer chases a loose ball

That is why is was good to see them happy/excited over their team’s second half performance.

All the Scots in uniform played and everyone scored.

Junior AJ Terry is an exciting player to watch.  His hustle is noticeable.  He made a great save of a ball going out-of-bounds that set up an Eric Demers’ triple.  AJ set a career high in points (12).

Gordon figured out early on that they could get to the basket for high-percentage shots.  They ended up with forty-eight points in the paint.  That’s smart basketball.

Freshman John Saxe eyes the basket

Eric Demers was the leading scorer with nineteen points in limited playing time.  Today’s points give the GC junior (1168) which moved him past Jered Stewart and Andrew Ellrod into 14th on the Gordon career scoring list.

Coach Murphy: “We’ve had a good start to the season but we haven’t played any of the top teams yet.  We have been getting production from a lot of different players.”

Last time Gordon played Curry at the Bennett Center, Garrisson reached 1000 points.

Today was my first in-person look at the team as the pictures will show.  I expect, Lord willing, to attend the three upcoming home games.

Social News: Jason Dempsey and Taylor McSherry are now engaged. Taylor was a terrific soccer player for the Scots.  She is an assistant soccer coach at Bentley.

Box from the game

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Facial

Ben North drives

Ben North heads in for a layup

Brett Bowman catches a high pass

Senior Brett Bowman lines up a three

Cody Hunt baseline

Cody Hunt free throw

Garrisson Duvivier in close

GD jams

Marcus Retegues drives

Parker Omslaer

Jake Haar finishes

Josh Crutchfield glides in

Senior Josh Ribeiro puts up a shot

 

 

 

 

 

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Gordon finishes road trip with 84-70 win over Curry

Garrisson Duvivier – 16 points and a career-high 20 rebounds against Curry

(Amesbury MA) The Scots did not fall into the trap of taking Curry lightly.

The Colonels (1-16) led very briefly in the first half and then slid to a twelve-point deficit (37-25) at the half.  After Gordon (11-6) scored the first eleven points of the second half, the game headed toward the assumed outcome.

Credit the Colonels for persistence.  Lhereif Kenku canned twenty for them in the second half to hold down the final Gordon margin.

Curry joined the ranks of teams unable to shut down Garrisson Duvivier.  GD already had a double/double by halftime and finished with sixteen points and a career-high twenty rebounds.

According to the Gordon website Garrisson is now 12th on the all-time scoring list.  My unofficial records have him in 11th with 1212 points.  I’ll need help getting that straight.

The Scots have now played three road games in the last five days.  The big win at Roger Williams was offset by the loss Thursday night at Western New England.  The win today at Curry gets Gordon set up for four straight home games.

How crucial are these home games?  Very!  Three of them are against teams (UNE, Nichols, Western New England) that have wins over GC.  A little revenge?  The other home game is against Wentworth, the team currently tied for second place in the Commonwealth Coast Conference with Gordon.

Kieran Carroll had twenty points for Curry

UNE defeated Endicott this afternoon in Biddeford (ME), dropping the Gulls into second play, so they will be a big challenge Wednesday night in the EARLY game (5:30).

Both Lheriet Kenku and teammate Kieran Carroll (20 points) put up good numbers for Curry.  The issue, for Curry, was the unproductive rest of the team.  Take away Lheriet and Kieran’s 17-for-32 overall field goal shooting and the rest of the team was a very low 8-for-38.

The Colonels have now lost fifteen straight this season.  Their stretch of losses in the CCC now reaches forty-five and counting.  Their last win was in February of 2015 against Salve Regina.

Eric Demers found enough open space to reach twenty-two points.  He also took in six rebounds.

The Scots have won nine of their last eleven games.

Avelino Damoura made his debut last game.  In game he cashed a three to earn his first GC points.

Efficiency Chart

Garrisson Duvivier 34

Lheriet Kenku 22 (27 points,6 rebounds)

Eric Demers 21

Kieran Carroll 17 (20 points,6 rebounds)

Jake Haar 12 (10 points)

Gordon 97

Curry 65

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Garrisson Duvivier reaches 1000 points as Gordon defeats Curry 86-66

Junior Garrisson Duvivier jams his way past 1000 points

Garrisson Duvivier scores from the right

(Wenham MA) Junior Garrisson Duvivier crossed the 1000-point threshold in an easy, 86-66, win over Curry on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center.

A slam dunk did the trick tonight for the 6-6 player from Brockton in the first half in Gordon’s home opener.

Curry (1-7) has now lost thirty-nine straight Commonwealth Coast Conference games dating back to February of 2015.

I spoke to Curry’s assistant coach Lambros Papalambros at halftime.  Lambros was Curry’s excellent playmaker back when the Colonels were winning CCC titles.  He told me it was tough to watch the way things were going for Curry.  “I would love to be out there playing,” he told me.  The Colonels could have used him.

Jaren Yang had four assists in Gordon’s breakaway run

The visitors from Milton (MA) hung in there for thirteen minutes of the first half (32-29) but then the wheels came off.  The Scots (2-3) tallied the next sixteen points over a 3 ½ minute span to escape to a 48-29 advantage.  The offense during the breakaway stretch was provided by Eric Demers (two 3’s), Garrisson Duvivier (dunk), and Jake Haar (two 3’s and a jump shot).  The key player in the segment?  Jaren Yang.  The senior point-guard handed out four assists.

Jake Haar making three’s was a welcome sight for the GC faithful.  After a 2-for-3 first game (Elms) Jake had struggled (by his standards) through a 4-for-14 stretch during Gordon’s recent three-game losing streak.  Tonight he was 3-for-4.  Welcome back, Jake!

Justin Kelley in flight.

Curry got itself into trouble in the first half with 3 ½ minutes of scorelessness.  Another dry stretch showed up for Curry to start the second half.  It took them 6 ½ minutes to get points on the board and the GC lead bulged to 64-33 with over thirteen minutes left.

That large lead enabled the Bennett Center crowd to get a look at Gordon’s entire roster.  It also enabled me to get pictures of the newcomers.

Eric Demers paced Gordon (2-3) with twenty-two points and four steals.  Eric has scored 20+ points in three straight games.  His ability to create space for shots and make a bunch of them has been notable recently.  Eric is a warm 14-for-27 from long range over the last three games.  Shooting like that should draw more defenders and open up better looks for his teammates in the future.

Jaren Yang had nine assists tonight.  That matches his career high.  His other nine-assist game was versus Endicott last season.

Three Scots from the past (Greg Walker, Richie Armand, and Jason Dempsey) were in the house.  Richie has a job with the Patriots.

Gordon gets non-league Becker on Saturday afternoon.

Curry and Gordon both had wins over Elms this season.

Box score

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Freshman Marcus Retegues hears it from the crowd

Steve Vampatella

Luke Meyer in close

Brett Bowman fires

Graham Tienhaara

Cody Hunt

AJ Terry

Freshman Parker Omslaer

Josh Ribeiro

Noah Szilagyi

Freshman Josh Crutchfield

Freshman Matt Valles rebounds

Garrisson Duvivier from the left

Jake Hart layup

Freshman Parker Omslaer and senior John Coleman

Jake Haar finds his touch at the Bennett Center

 

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Gordon runs away from Curry in the 2nd half 88-69

Garrisson Duvivier (23 points) had a big night against Curry

Garrisson Duvivier (23 points) had a big night against Curry

Sam Johnson shoots over Kieran Carroll - both players had double/doubles

Sam Johnson shoots over Kieran Carroll – both players had double/doubles

(Wenham MA) It was a scoring drought of epic proportions.

Gordon (12-8) broke away from a competitive game with Curry (1-19) in the second half during that drought and rolled to a, 88-69, win on Tuesday night in Commonwealth Coast Conference action.

The Colonels’ offense was shut down entirely for six minutes in the second half and Scots put twenty-one unanswered points together.  That run turned a GC 64-52 lead into an 85-52 rout with 5 ½ minutes left.  Great time for the reserves for both squads the rest of the way.

Garrisson Duvivier had his best statistical game of this season on short minutes (21).  The productive sophomore registered a career high in blocks (six) including two in the last minute of the first half.

Both Garrisson and Sam Johnson turned in double/doubles in this one.

Gordon had serious trouble with Curry in December, trailing by as many as fifteen in the second quarter.  No such lead the second time around but the visitors were tied with GC, 47-47, five minutes into the second half.

Battle for a rebound

Battle for a rebound

Two free throws by Garrisson, an old-fashioned 3-point play by Sam Johnson, and layups by Jaren Yang and Sam fashioned a 9-point run and Gordon gained separation, 56-47.

A couple of minutes later the disastrous scoring drought kicked in for Curry.  The Colonels misfired twelve straight times and had several turnovers added in.  That was no way to break a thirty game CCC losing streak.

Curry was missing its top two scorers and its best rebounder.  Jared Johnson led CC with twenty points.  Kiernan Carroll had a double/double for the Colonels.

Josh Ribeiro hit career highs in points (eleven) and efficiency (14).

Jake Hart had another solid game for GC with eleven points and five assists.

Jared Johnson (20 points)

Jared Johnson (20 points)

Efficiency

Garrisson Duvivier 36 (23 pts,16 rebs,6 blocks, 4 steals)

Kieran Carroll 17 (12 rebs, 10 pts)

Jared Johnson 16 (20 pts)

Sam Johnson 16 (12 pts, 13 rebs)

Jake Hart 15 (11 pts, 5 assists)

Gordon 111

Curry 70

Curry lost to Salve Regina by a point earlier this season.  Their last league win was on February 21, 2015 against Salve.

The only downer in this game for the home team was an elbow injury to Noah Szilagyi.  No way to know the severity of it at this point.

Next game is with our Beverly neighbors on Saturday at 3PM.  Sam Johnson (Gordon’s only senior) will be recognized.

The Gulls are 16-4 and have won four straight.  Last time the Scots trailed by one and had the ball with a chance to win the game.  Didn’t get it done that time.  Saturday would be an excellent time to upset the CCC’s top team.

Box from the game

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Sam Traicoff hit two 3's

Sam Traicoff hit two 3’s

Steve Vampatella

Steve Vampatella

Cody Hunt

Cody Hunt

Sam Traicoff sets to dial long distance

Sam Traicoff sets to dial long distance

Josh Ribeiro (11 points) gets two

Josh Ribeiro (11 points) gets two

Graham Tienhaara finds a teammate

Graham Tienhaara finds a teammate

Garrisson Duvivier finishes

Garrisson Duvivier finishes

Alex Paul and Jake Haar (15 points)

Alex Paul and Jake Haar (15 points)

Layup by Garrisson Duvivier

Layup by Garrisson Duvivier

 

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Gordon escapes an upset at Curry with 76-71 win

Eric Demers is averaging 22 points after two games

Eric Demers is averaging 22 points after two games

(Amesbury MA) One of the better Gordon comebacks.

The Scots (5-2) needed every ounce of comeback after fumbling their way through the first twenty-eight minutes versus Curry (0-7).

The satisfying end result was a 76-71 win in Milton on Tuesday night but from what I saw of the Live Stats and the shaky video, Gordon was verrry fortunate to take this one.

The Scots trailed by fifteen (58-43) with 11:50 left and it was nearly time to change the channel to something more pleasant such as the Chris Sale trade.

What was wrong with the Scots?  Turnovers.  Those unwanted “pastries” reached fifteen (!) in the first half and eight different Scots contributed.  This was not a case in which Coach Murphy could pull out a player and the problem would be solved.  This was team wide.

Fortunately, there was a second half.  After eight minutes of that 2nd half Curry, however, was still making shots and looked ready, after thirty-one straight losses, to win a game.

The rest of the way we saw the Curry team that trailed Roger Williams, 55-20, after one half.  Poor shooting combined with tiring defense did in the Colonels.

The Scots “won” the last 11:50, 33-13, and that was enough to win their third straight.

The same group that struggled in the first twenty-eight, took better care of the ball (only 5 turnovers in the 2nd half), and found points in bunches long-range and in close.

Dylan Marshall had a tree in Gordon's second-half comeback

Dylan Marshall had a three in Gordon’s second-half comeback

The Scots dissolved that 15-point lead (58-43) with a run of eleven unanswered points.  Layups by Eric Demers and Garrisson Duvivier combined with three’s from Noah Szilagyi, Dylan Marshall, and Eric Demers set the comeback in motion.

Credit Curry.  The Scots were within two (58-56) but the home team was still ahead 71-66 with 1:45 to go.  Make any kind of shots thereafter and the streak is history but on this frustrating night Curry was unable to get another point.

A Jaren Yang steal led to two Eric Demers free throws that tied the score.  Garrisson Duvivier put the Scots in front by two after Curry missed two shots.  Another CC miss and Sam Johnson was fouled after getting his 19th rebound.  Sam made the first but missed the second, however Garrisson grabbed the rebound and GC had another possession with a 3-point lead.  Jaren sealed this one with two free throws.

The Efficiency stats confirmed the closeness of this game as the Scots only edged Curry, 81-78.

James Pina 24 (15 points/6 assists)

Eric Demers 23 (27 points)

Garrisson Duvivier 22 (18 points/9 rebounds)

Sam Johnson 21 (13 points/19 rebounds)

Jordan Bellitti 15 (15 points)

Box from the game

Next game for Gordon is Thursday night (5:30 PM) at Worcester State.  Let’s hope that GC takes better care of the ball in that one.

Sam Johnson’s run of double/doubles reached nine.

Eric Demers is shooting 50% after two games and averaging twenty-two points.

Dylan Marshall collected his first three of the season and it was part of the Scots comeback run in the second half.

Teams can live by the 3’s and die by the 3’s.  Curry was 5-for-25 from long range.

 

 

 

 

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Scots down Curry 88-72 and now get Endicott in the CCC first round

(Amesbury/Milton MA) It wasn’t unexpected but it was necessary to earn the Scots a fifth place finish in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

Gordon (12-13) defeated winless Curry, 88-72, to close out the regular season schedule.

The win separated the Scots from Roger Williams, which lost to Wentworth, and secured 5th for the team from Wenham. Roger Williams held the tie-breaker against Gordon.

Curry (0-25) has had season-long struggles at both ends of the court. That pattern continued today as the Scots had plenty of good looks and the Colonels trailed by twenty, 49-29, at the half.

Things didn’t change much in the second half although the GC personnel certainly did. The starters minutes were less than usual as everyone in a Gordon uniform saw action.

The Curry roster included only nine players and one of them was their lone senior, Tim Flanagan, who collected twenty-six points while playing the entire game.

Efficiency Chart

Garrisson Duvivier 23 (16 points/8 rebounds)

Sam Johnson 22 (14 points/13 rebounds)

Paul Preziosi 20 (17 points/12 rebounds)

James Pina 19 (18 points/12 rebounds)

Jake Hart 15 (8 points/6 assists)

Tim Flanagan 15 (26 points)

Gordon 103

Curry 67

Boxscore from the game

If you’ve taken the time to read this far you may wonder, or already know, about Tuesday’s opponent in the opening round of the CCC tournament. It’s our “friends” down the street in Beverly. Yes, a third try against the Endicott Gulls.

Game time is at 5:30PM on Tuesday. Why so early? The EC girls’ basketball team is also opening at home in the tournament.

When I realized that it was Endicott again I looked back at my coverage of those two losses (75-60 and 80-73) to the Gulls.

Similar patterns emerged in both games: good first half and weak second half. Endicott pulled away in each second half because the Scots’ offense hit dry spells and Endicott’s didn’t.

The last meeting (a week ago) was particularly tough because in a 7-point loss the Scots missed ten of eleven 3-point attempts in the second half.

In the first loss, Gordon points from the inside vanished in the second half.

Either one of those deficiencies will spell trouble on Tuesday night. However, if the outside shooting is consistent then things will open up inside. If the inside game is productive there will be openings on the perimeter.

Can the Scots bring that sort of game to Beverly on Tuesday night? I believe that they can. If they can stay close the pressure builds up on the home team down the stretch and then anything can happen.

We can certainly look at this year’s GC men’s soccer team for inspiration. They ended up playing the #1 seed Gulls at Beverly in the CCC championship game and brought the league trophy to Wenham with an exciting win.

I have always believed that any win over Endicott is special. It’s like a Red Sox/Yankee thing to me. To win on their court in a tournament game would be extra special.

I would expect that there will be plenty of GC support on hand come Tuesday night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scots win third straight in 103-64 rout of winless Curry

Jake Haar (#20) made five 3's against Curry

Jake Haar (#20) made five 3’s against Curry

Udoka Obiora (32) had his best game as a Scot

Udoka Obiora (32) had his best game as a Scot

(Wenham MA) It has been a very tough last 2 ½ years for the Curry men’s basketball program.

Three years ago in March the Colonels won the Commonwealth Coast Conference title. How do I know? I was there in Milton as the Gordon team lost in the championship game. I was also on hand to endure, with a large group of Gordon fans, the celebrations afterwards that championships bring.

Trey Jones (18 points) defended by Jake Hart

Trey Jones (18 points) defended by Jake Hart

Since that glorious time, the bottom has fallen out for Curry. How does 11-52 sound?

Today was more of the downward slope as Gordon coasted past the Colonels, 103-64, on Saturday afternoon at the Bennett Center.

Curry (0-13) was still in contention (13-12) after 5+ minutes but by the end of the half the GC lead had spread to 49-30. Ten minutes into the second half bad gave way to worse with the advantage growing to 77-47.

Noah Szilagyi puts up a floater in a crowd of Colonels

Noah Szilagyi puts up a floater in a crowd of Colonels

There was no turning back in this one. Gordon shots were falling off of plentiful good looks. The Scots also had twenty-one offensive rebounds that led to even more scoring opportunities.

Curry struggled on the boards (only 25 rebounds) and had few answers defensively. The Colonels dressed ten players and the long minutes of the starters made fatigue a factor.

Sam Johnson goes for a block against Luke Schreiner

Sam Johnson goes for a block against Luke Schreiner

Senior Richie Armand saw his first action of the season and was a spark in the early going. He came in to a 21-14 score and exited 4 ½ minutes later with the GC lead extended to 34-18. Richie found himself wide open behind the arc on his first possession and reluctantly took the shot. That 3-pointer drew the biggest cheer of the afternoon from the Gordon bench which obviously has noticed and appreciated Richie’s effort to get back on the floor after a serious injury last season.

Four Scots made the Efficiency Chart. Freshman Jake Haar and senior Udoka Obiora had career games to make the list.

Jake hit a season-high, five 3-pointers on just six attempts. The guard from California has gone a sizzling 14-for-22 from long range over the last four games.   Anticipate that folks from Nichols (Thursday) and Endicott (Saturday) will be locating #20 real early.

Udoka did not miss a shot and added eight rebounds to it in thirteen productive minutes.

Nichols is next for the 7-6 Scots on Thursday. The Bison (9-3) like a fast pace and love to press. Gordon, of late, hasn’t minded the fast pace but can they take care of the ball?

Rael Handy and Eric Demers

Rael Handy and Eric Demers

Eric Demers (18 points) had twelve points in the breakaway first half.

Everyone on the Gordon squad got minutes today. I loved seeing the regulars enthusiastically cheering on players with a lot less game time.

Efficiency Chart

Udoka Obiora 17

Jake Haar 17

Eric Demers 17

Sam Johnson 16 (14 rebounds/11 points)

Trey Jones 16 (18 points)

Gordon 133

Curry 52

Boxscore

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Eric Demers jams

Eric Demers jams

Brett Bowman

Brett Bowman

Ryan Beatty (25), Steven Vampatella (33), and Luke Schreiner (14) eye a free throw

Ryan Beatty (25), Steven Vampatella (33), and Luke Schreiner (14) eye a free throw

Aaron Maday sets for a free throw

Aaron Maday sets for a free throw

Cody Hunt shoots a contested layup

Cody Hunt shoots a contested layup

Kevin LeBlanc (22) launches from the corner

Kevin LeBlanc (22) launches from the corner

Tim Flanagan (3) guarded by Jaren Yang (5)

Tim Flanagan (3) guarded by Jaren Yang (5)

Josh Ribeiro tries to turn the corner

Josh Ribeiro tries to turn the corner

Cody Hunt on his way to the basket

Cody Hunt on his way to the basket

James Pina (33) in a defensive crowd

James Pina (33) in a defensive crowd

Jake Hart splits Rael Handy (12) and Trey Jones (11)

Jake Hart splits Rael Handy (12) and Trey Jones (11)

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