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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

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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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Gordon volleyball gets wins over Curry and Worcester State

Junior Carleigh Petersen pounds home a winner vs Curry

Junior Carleigh Petersen pounds home a winner vs Curry

Seniors Jessica Burdick and Krystal Vander Ark with family on Senior Day

Seniors Jessica Burdick and Krystal Vander Ark with family on Senior Day

(Wenham MA) The Gordon College women’s volleyball team won twice today (Saturday) at the Bennett Center defeating Curry 3-0 and Worcester State 3-1.

The Scots are now 18-9 with two matches left.

The team is 5-2 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference and has a league matchup on Tuesday night (7PM) versus Wentworth to close their regular-season home schedule.

I haven’t been to a volleyball game at GC since Val Gin coached and my wife was the secretary of the athletic department. That was a while ago!

This year, while checking in on men’s basketball, I started to see that this year’s VB team was something special. I decided on a Saturday morning/afternoon home look at them today against CCC opponent Curry.

Teammates celebrate the seniors on the team

Teammates celebrate the seniors on the team

It was Senior Day so I thought I would be getting some sort of award. Not really. GC seniors Jessica Burdick and Krystal Vander Ark were honored before the game.

I won’t try to impress you with my volleyball knowledge…….since I have little. The terminology is new to me so I’m hoping that the pictures I took will be better received than the thousand words of false insight I might have written.

In the Curry match, the Scots were well setup often and had a number of effective finishers. The Colonels (10-13) had too many unforced errors to put the home team in danger of losing a game. The visitors started strong in the 3rd game but the combo of GC hitters and CC miscues enabled Gordon to get their sixth sweep of the 2015 season.

GC coach Sue Kelly

GC coach Sue Kelly

Credit second-year coach Sue Kelly for putting together a team and style of play that has been very successful in 2015.

The Scots have been a big surprise all season. Picked for sixth in the CCC coach’s preseason poll, the team from Wenham have defeated three of the teams (Western New England, Endicott, and UNE) picked to finish ahead of them.

A win over Wentworth on Tuesday night will give them a 6-2 CCC slate in 2015. The Scots totaled six wins in the league over the previous four seasons!

I wonder if this team can pull off a few more surprises in the post-season tournament.

Post-game thanks

Post-game thanks

In my opinion,the women’s volleyball team, like the women’s basketball team, has the “thanks” thing figured out.  How’s that?  They pray together right afterward publicly thanking God, and then they go into the crowd thanking folks for coming.  No waiting around for either of those two important things.

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Meghan Hokanson tries to block the spike attempt of Nicole Rice

Meghan Hokanson tries to block the spike attempt of Nicole Rice

Krystal Vander Ark and Kristen Cooprider

Krystal Vander Ark and Kristen Cooprider

Another Mackenzie Hinds spike

Another Mackenzie Hinds spike

Mackenzie Hinds (#2) spikes

Mackenzie Hinds (#2) spikes

Dylan Marshall

Dylan Marshall

Sophomore Meghan Hokanson

Sophomore Meghan Hokanson

Junior Maggie Risma serves

Junior Maggie Risma serves

Maggie Risma digs as Carleigh Petersen looks on

Maggie Risma digs as Carleigh Petersen looks on

Jenna Labbadia ready to drive home a winner

Jenna Labbadia ready to drive home a winner

Action around the net

Action around the net

Freshman Renee Cooprider

Freshman Renee Cooprider

Jaren Yang

Jaren Yang

Courtney Carroll of Curry digs

Courtney Carroll of Curry digs

Jessica Burdick

Jessica Burdick

Carleigh Petersen spikes

Carleigh Petersen spikes

 

 

 

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Gordon routs Curry 5-1 in men’s soccer for sixth straight

Caleb Cole celebrates his goal versus Curry. Caleb also had an assist.

Caleb Cole celebrates his goal versus Curry. Caleb also had an assist.

(Wenham MA) It seemed as if the wind was to Gordon’s back both halves…………but it wasn’t.

The Scots (8-2) made the significant wind irrelevant defeating Curry, 5-1, in a men’s soccer game that wasn’t really that close.

The Colonels (10-2) came out a step slow and lost most of the 50/50 battles as Gordon entertained a sizable Homecoming crowd on a shivering Saturday afternoon.

How cold was it? At halftime many among the attendees, including my wife and I, checked into Winn Library………..and it wasn’t to check out any reading material!

The Scots found room to maneuver on the Curry side of the field frequently and were able to put tremendous pressure on the retreating Colonels’ defenders. GC had twenty-three shots in this game.

Two players you’ll see plenty of at a Gordon men’s soccer game are senior Evan Crocker and junior Caleb Cole. Both of them have the knack of coming out of crowds with the ball under control. Put them in one-on-one situations around the goal and trouble is being asked for.

In today’s sixth straight win, Evan and Caleb each cashed in on open spaces they worked into.

Caleb scored the first goal and assisted on the second.

Ball loose on the Curry doorstep turned into Tyler Modzeleski's first Gordon goal. Caleb Cole ($11) assisted from the left

Ball loose on the Curry doorstep turned into Tyler Modzeleski’s first Gordon goal. Caleb Cole (#11) assisted from the left

The second goal, by Tyler Modzeleski, was beautifully set up by Caleb. The GC junior came in from the left with no opening possible because of the positioning of the Curry GK and another defender. Caleb took a shot anyhow and the ball went on the ground between the goalie and two defenders to the front of the Curry net. The ball reached Tyler first with Ian Burkhart to his right. Tyler had one attempt at scoring and then another which went in. My picture shows the arms of Curry GK Dan Johnson as he tries to block the goal.

The best part of that goal was afterwards. Tyler sought out Caleb and congratulated him immediately for his assistance on freshman Tyler’s first GC goal.

Evan Crocker (2 goals) dribbles past Curry GK Dan Johnson and into an clear look at the Curry goal.

Evan Crocker (2 goals) dribbles past Curry GK Dan Johnson and into a clear look at the Curry goal.

Evan Crocker had Gordon’s next two goals. In the first one Evan dribbled past two defenders and then the goalie before releasing the shot into an open net.

Plenty to like in this game for the GC faithful. Six games left in the regular season including home matches October 10th and 21st with Eastern Nazarene and UNE.

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Ian Burkhard (7) and Giancarlo Orsini (15)

Ian Burkhard (7) and Giancarlo Orsini (15)

Evan Crocker on the loose

Evan Crocker on the loose

Collin Surface

Collin Surface

Gaines Minton

Gaines Minton

Jerry Williams

Jerry Williams

Ben Lydick (9) and Ben Gradert (5)

Ben Lydick (9) and Ben Gradert (5)

GC goalie Josh Spooner

GC goalie Josh Spooner

Caleb Cole moves into shooting position

Caleb Cole moves into shooting position

Curry GK Dan Johnson

Curry GK Dan Johnson

Caleb Cole

Caleb Cole

Aaron Terjanian stretches for a ball in front of Roy Butlin

Aaron Terjanian stretches for a ball in front of Roy Butlin

Tyler Modzeleski with Ryan Madden in pursuit

Tyler Modzeleski with Ryan Madden in pursuit

clothing grab

clothing grab

Caleb Cole cuts past Giancarlo Orsini.

Caleb Cole cuts past Giancarlo Orsini.

 

 

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Hans Miersma dominates in Gordon’s 68-57 win over Curry

Hans Miersma (20 points) starts the Gordon scoring with a dunk

Hans Miersma (20 points) starts the Gordon scoring with a dunk

Hans Miersma gets one of his nineteen rebounds.

Hans Miersma gets one of his nineteen rebounds.

(Wenham MA) Hans Miersma didn’t take any chances on Senior Recognition Day.

The 6-9 senior already had his 38th career double/double taken care of by halftime as he led Gordon to a 68-57 win over Curry on Sunday afternoon.

Hans finished with 20 points and 19 rebounds in a dominating performance.  He also tied a career mark in made free throws with eight.

Curry (4-17) had an early lead at 10-8 but a 10-1 GC run followed, including two Sam Johnson layups, that put the Scots (9-12) in front for good.

Gordon would push their advantage to double figures and led at the half, 33-24.  Hans had three blocks in the final thirty-four seconds.

Antonio Jones (18 points) looks for an opening

Antonio Jones (18 points) looks for an opening

In a familiar pattern, the Scots looked very strong for part of the second half but then saw an opponent close on them.  Antonio Jones (18 points) dropped thirteen of those points in the second half and had the Colonels within six (63-57) with 1:45 left.  A loss on Seniors’ Day to the last-place team in the Commonwealth Coast Conference was averted by clutch shots in the end game.  Curry missed two 3’s while Gordon collected two free throws (Hans) and a run-down-the-clock three by Craig McFarlane to close the game on a happy note.

Plenty of returning players on hand for the Gordon Alumni game in the morning.

With the win the Scots broke an ugly string of four straight losses at the Bennett Center.  In a 9-12 season (so far) the 2-7 record at home probably tops the unexpected list for the 2014-15 season.  Gordon has two more chances (UNE and Roger Williams) to improve the home slate.

James Pina (12 points) drives baseline

James Pina (12 points) drives baseline

The win over Curry puts GC in a tie with Western New England for fifth place in the CCC.  The Scots hold the tie-breaker over Western New England and would face 4th place Wentworth at Wentworth if the CCC playoffs started this week.  However, there are four CCC games left.

Jason Dempsey was back after missing four games with a knee problem.

Taylor Bajema has a cast on the thumb he badly injured at the end of the Western New England game four days ago.  He could be back playing before the season is over.

Jaren Yang had a big second half making three 3’s.  With his quickness and dribbling skills he is able to create his own scoring opportunities.

Craig McFarlane (9 points) defends Danny Brooks

Craig McFarlane (9 points) defends Danny Brooks

Nice event after the game honoring GC’s four seniors (Craig McFarlane, Taylor Bajema, Hans Miersma, Jason Dempsey).

Efficiency
Hans Miersma 39 (he also had a 39 vs. Endicott)
James Pina 12 (12 points)
Jason Dempsey 10 (8 points/6 rebounds)
Sam Johnson 10 (9 points/5 rebounds)

Gordon 85
Curry 56

Boxscore

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Dominic Paradis and Paul Preziosi

Dominic Paradis and Paul Preziosi

Jaren Yang tries to save

Jaren Yang tries to save

Jake Hart breaks in

Jake Hart breaks in

Danny Brooks dunks

Danny Brooks dunks

Hans Miersma gets one of his six blocks

Hans Miersma gets one of his six blocks

Jaren Yang defended by Jordan Vieira

Jaren Yang defended by Jordan Vieira

Blasts from the past

Blasts from the past

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