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Make that seven straight: Gordon 99 Johnson and Wales 91

Freshman David Massillon (23 points and 8 rebounds) for Gordon

Eric Demers (28 points) made five three’s in the first half

(Wenham MA) Welcome to the Gordon family, David Massillon.

The young man from Lynn and Pingree (Hamilton) moved from the “another-good-player” zone into the Wow zone.

David had twenty-three points (previous high nine) and eight rebounds (previous high six) and helped Gordon drop Johnson & Wales, 99-91, on Saturday afternoon.

The Scots (8-1) take a seven-game win streak into next week’s games with Eastern Nazarene and Framingham State.

This was another misleading final score.  Gordon was up by twenty/plenty in the closing moments and opted for the “Blessed are the merciful” approach.  JWU said “Thanks,” kept their starters in, pressed full-court, and narrowed the gap so quickly that Coach Tod Murphy had to return his starters for the closing seconds.

Garrisson Duvivier (19 points, 11 rebounds)

“I hated to put the starters back in and it’s my fault that the reserves didn’t do better against pressure,” said Coach Murphy.  “Some of them just don’t get the reps against pressure.”

Minus the late-game closeness, the Scots once again put a lot of points together.  They had fifty-six points in the first half.

Eric Demers finished with twenty-eight points and had twenty-four of them in a dazzling first half.  He canned five-of-seven three’s.

The Wildcats (3-5) didn’t have a starter over 6’4”.  “In the beginning we were exposing their bigs with Parker (6-10) and Garrison (6-6),” explained Jake Haar.  “They couldn’t contend with the size.”

Eric Demers gets in close

And then you add a red-hot Eric Demers to the mix.  “When Eric is scoring like he was, it just opens up so many things,” said Jake.

In the win streak there have been moments in each game where GC has bunched points to gain sizable separation.  Against Colby (Thursday night) it was late in the game.  Today it was late in the first half.

At 5:58 Gordon led, 35-24.  The next 3+ minutes were all Scots as they scored thirteen in a row.

Brian Hogan-Gary (32 points) had 25 of them in the second half

While JWU missed seven shots and had three turnovers, Gordon got a dunk by Parker Omslaer and three’s by Eric Demers and Jake Haar both set up by Garrisson Duvivier.

The resulting, 48-24, lead was a mountain the visitors from Providence (RI) couldn’t scale.

Coach Tod Murphy loved the “W” but was a little disappointed with some of the offense he saw in the second half when his team had the 20+ point lead. “It’s human nature,” he said, “when you get a big lead like that to start thinking that ‘I can go ahead and get mine now.’”

Parker Omslaer (12 points) in a crowd

Gordon’s use of a zone defense continues to stimulate plenty of discussion.  No question, it is a work in progress.  No question it looks exploitable at times.  But so far it has thrown teams off from their normal ways of scoring points.

But the defense still needs work.  “In terms of defensive effort, it wasn’t great,” said assistant coach Didier Dinh.  “It wasn’t terrible but it’s not where we need to be for a long run this season.”

It’s the open three’s that seem to be driving the GC coaching staff crazy.  “Near the end of the first half we left #0 (Donovian Maxfield) a couple of times because we didn’t get where we’re supposed to be,” said Coach Murphy.

“At halftime we told the guys that the score might as well be 0-0 because we gave them some life when we gave them a couple of three’s late in the half,” added Coach Dinh.

The defense may have flaws, but it still has been a plus in the 8-1 start.

David Massillon (11-for-12 from the foul line)

UNE came out last season with a “fire up three’s” approach and it was new to the Commonwealth Coast Conference.  They beat Gordon with it and even surprised Nichols with a win over them.  But the coaches in the CCC are talented enough to prepare their teams to handle new schemes and adjust.  UNE is off to a 2-8 start this season.  Point?  The GC zone must get better or it may eventually become a liability.

“The run so far shows that we have a good amount of talent,” said Coach Dinh.  “The ultimate goal is to still be playing in March.”

Eric Demers had twenty-four points in the first half and the Wildcats’ Brian Hogan-Gary dropped twenty-five in the second half.

Eric Demers gets off a three

Eric feasted on one-on-one coverage, creating shots from almost any spot he chose.  Brian (6’4”) attacked the Gordon big men and hustled for the full forty minutes.

The play of freshman David Massillon (6’4”) was exceptional. He was a handful for any defender near the basket.  He also had the good touch to make 11-of-12 free throws.  What’s not to like?

I checked in with Coach Murphy on why they were playing at home on New Year’s Eve afternoon. “There won’t be anyone here,” he conceded, “but I wanted a game before the league starts on January 3rd.  I also wanted to do it as late as possible so that our guys could stay home longer.”

Plenty of “formers” in the house this afternoon.  I saw Greg Walker, Dave Dempsey, Keith Krass, Jerry Logan, Jake Hart, Graham Tienhaara, and Sam Johnson.  All are gainfully employed.  Most of them liked what they were seeing of the zone defense.

Sam Johnson, Jake Hart, Graham Tienhaara

Jake Haar on the team: “When we move the ball, we’re pretty unstoppable. We’ve got five starters that are unselfish.”

Jake Haar (from Californina) on the current New England weather: “I wear three jackets and a hat when I go outside.”

Jake told me that it was going to be in the 80’s in the part of California that he is from next week.  He’ll be there for a week over Christmas.

Instructions

Johnson & Wales will be hosting Nichols on Tuesday.  The result will give us a comparative score before our two CCC matches with the Bison.

J&W are part of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC).  They were 19-10 last year and 28-3 in 2015-16.

I will be watching the next five games from Amesbury and Newtown.  Lord willing I’ll catch the Endicott game on January 10th.  The away league games (Jan 3rd UNE and Jan 5th Nichols) will be tough ones.

“We want to finish the semester strong,” said Coach Murphy.  “Our league is going to be a title bout every single night.”

Box from the game

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

AJ Terry (2) finds Parker Omslaer (44)

Arms

David Massillon eyes the hoop

Donovian Maxfield (22 points)

Jake Haar (20) leads the attack

Lane humor

Matt Madoian (5) blocks

Facial

Garrisson Duvivier to the hoop

 

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Gordon in the zone defeating Johnson and Wales 88-80

Eric Demers had 24 points and made 8-of-8 free throws

Garrisson Duvivier poured in 27 points and had 9 rebounds

(Amesbury MA) The Scots broke out a zone defense and it worked against non-league Johnson & Wales on Tuesday night in Providence, Rhode Island.

The final was 88-80.

GC had lost three of their previous four games.

Zone defenses don’t always work because too many open shots turn up.  On this night the Wildcats, however, couldn’t capitalize long-range missing twenty-three of thirty-one attempts. While J&W struggled from beyond the arc, the Scots had a season low in attempts (seventeen) but a season high in 3-point percentage (47%).

The Scots had terrific games from Garrisson Duvivier and Eric Demers.  Garrisson had twenty-seven points and nine rebounds.  Eric contributed twenty-four points and made eight-of-eight free throws.

This game had a crunch time and the talented two-some were both there to make sure that this one didn’t slip away from Gordon.

The visitors led by nine (79-70) with five minutes left.  Credit J&W, they rallied to 81-79 in three minutes assuring us of an exciting final two minutes.

The Scots produced points in every possession down the stretch while the home team marred their’s with a turnover, two missed three’s, and a missed free throw.  Eric Demers made both free throw attempts while his junior teammate, Garrisson, got to the basket for a layup, made a free throw, and had the GC bench jumping up and down with a thunderous dunk set up by Jaren Yang.

Sometimes the difference between winning and losing is taking good care of the ball.  Three days ago, Eric and Garrisson combined for twelve turnovers. Tonight? ONE turnover.

The Wildcats did get quite a few good looks on the perimeter but inside was a different story.  J&W had few drives to the basket.  They did pass their way into layups on occasion, but they were, for the most part, content to fire from long range.

Just as zone defenses can lead to good looks, so can full-court pressure lead to the same thing.  The Wildcats applied the pressure and when GC handled it they often turned up high-percentage shots.

A key player for Gordon was Josh Ribeiro.  The Scots struggled to score points in the first half, but Josh came off the bench and gave them ten points in ten minutes of playing time.

GC Coach Tod Murphy probably wondered about that zone defense in the first half as junior Matt Madoian poured in sixteen points to establish a career high in points.  You expected that a cooling off period might follow and it did.

Brian Hogan-Gary was terrific for the Wildcats.  His stat line included; twenty points, eleven rebounds, and seven assists.  Brian was closing in on a triple/double!

The Wildcats had won four straight.

I couldn’t tell from the J&W feed whether Wildcat Willie (official mascot) or Emiril Lagasse (celebrity chef who graduated from J&W) were in the house.

Gordon (3-4) host Emerson on Saturday afternoon in non-league play.  I wonder if we’ll see some more of that zone?

Johnson & Wales was 28-3 in 2015-16.

Efficiency Chart

Garrisson Duvivier 27

Brian Hogan-Gary 27

Eric Demers 24 (8-for-8 on free throws)

Matt Madoian 21 (24 points)

Jaren Yang 12 (13 points, 6 rebounds)

Gordon 92

Johnson & Wales 86

Box from the game

 

 

 

 

 

 

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