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Scots Rout Nonleague Newbury for 9th Straight

Garrett Harden - 6'2" sophomore has breakout game with eleven points

(Wenham) The Newbury Nighthawks (5-11) opted to play a zone defense and Gordon responded with season highs in shots (63) and assists (26) and routed the visitors, 79-51, in nonleague action at the Bennett Center.

That is nine straight for the Scots to go with an impressive 13-3 record. 

This game got out of hand early, with Gordon breaking a 3-3 tie after the first minute and following with a 16-2 spurt over the next nine minutes.  Greg Walker tallied eight of his game-high 16 points during a two-minute stretch in this run.  Greg is 5th in the Commonwealth Coast Conference in field goal percentage (55.8%) and thrives when teams choose to concentrate on Gordon’s long-range shooters.

The surprise on the stat sheet was Garrett Harden getting eleven points including eight in the first half.  These were not garbage time points.  The sophomore guard hit three of four 3’s in sixteen minutes setting career marks in points and playing time. 

The Gordon passing was impressive from beginning to end.  They scored 32 baskets and had 26 assists.  That is about as unselfish as a team can get and it was great to watch.

Newbury, on the other hand, had 22 baskets with only five assists.  They had some terrific athletes but setting each other up on offense is a work in progress.

About five minutes into the second half, Gordon’s lead was 47-28 before Greg and Aaron Trigg combined for seven straight.  Moments later, with the score 56-34, the Scots put up 14 unanswered points in a three minute segment to get to 70-34 with 8 ½ minutes remaining.  During this stretch, JT Himmelstein started things with a sweet drive down the lane and ended it with a pass to Timmy MacDonnell in front of the Gordon bench that the senior turned into three points. 

A 16-2 run by the Nighthawks against the Scot reserves closed the gap a bit and the final score was 79-51.

Brady took on Newbury’s top scorer, freshman Timothy Young.  He ended up with 15 points but few of them came early on when Brady was in coverage. 

One hold-your-breath moment was when Brady decided to take a charge from fast-moving, leaping Rondell Best.  He got the charge all right but also got himself embedded into the Bennett Center floor doing it.  He got up probably wondering how (why?) his teammate Timmy MacDonnell goes out of his way to take charges. With his six points tonight, the 1000-point club watch for Brady is at 973.

Aaron Trigg - 14 points in only 21 minutes

The best number of the night may have been Aaron’s 21 minutes of play.  He went into this game in seventh position in minutes (33+ per game) in the CCC.  Teams want to do well in the regular season but maybe just as important is having something left physically for the CCC postseason tournament that goes every other day. 

Rondell Best (13) and Timothy Young (15) paced Newbury in scoring.  These freshmen were together on Brockton’s 23-1 Division One team. 

You start to get a sense of the games ahead when you see Charlie Mason (New England College) in the stands as well as one of the assistants from Endicott. 

During this season, Newbury has played seven of the CCC teams.  They defeated Anna Maria, New England College, Regis, and ENC.  They lost to Curry, Wentworth, and now Gordon.

Last year Jeff Derr had a career high 23 points when Gordon played Newbury at Hellenic College. 

While Gordon has won nine straight, their next opponent (New England College) has lost nine straight.  Would the Scots be silly enough to look past the Pilgrims toward Saturday afternoon’s return matchup with Endicott?  I sure hope not.

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Gordon Wins Eighth Straight and Remains Undefeated in the CCC

Aaron Trigg - 23 points including 10 free throws

Brady Bajema - 21 points including five 3's

(Wenham) The last two undefeated teams in the Commonwealth Coast Conference met at the Bennett Center on Saturday afternoon.  When it was over (74-68), the Gordon College Fighting Scots (12-3/5-0) were still undefeated and the visiting Curry Colonels (7-9/4-1) were not.

After this game, I was very happy to have SID Matt Moran’s stats and could therewith confirm some of my in-game suspicions.  More than any game this season, there were obvious highlights and lowlights for both teams.

The best for Gordon?  They retrieved their 3-point game (11 for 21), which had vanished at Roger Williams (one for four) on Wednesday night.  The usual suspects, Brady Bajema (five for eight) and Aaron Trigg (three for six) did most of the damage, although in a close game you dare not underestimate Austin Bentsen’s two for three, and Garrett Harden’s one for three.

Okay, that was the good news.  The bad?  How about 26 turnovers, including 16 in the first half.  Many of the giveaways led to breakaway layups down the other end.  I checked back four years and couldn’t find a game where the turnover bug reached such a level.

Yah, but why didn’t Curry win then?  Believe me, they had their own problems.  They didn’t score for the first 2 ½ minutes and trailed 10-0.  Curry Coach Malcolm Wynn called a timeout and ranted and raved at his team in a fashion that had me remembering Mike Schauer.  That early deficit was an obstacle that the Colonels never completely recovered from.  They did tie the game in the second half but never held the lead.

The good news for Curry was the effectiveness of their pressure.  Fortunate they were to be able to generate points that way because their shooting in the first half (27.3%) was nowhere near their usual 45%.  Gordon had a 37-23 first half lead.

Mark Mastrullo gets one of his 22 second half points for Curry

I suspected at halftime that Gordon wasn’t this good and Curry wasn’t this bad.  The Scots had outrebounded Curry, 27-8, and the CCC’s 2nd leading scorer, Mark Mastrullo, who arrived with a 17.4 per game average, hadn’t scored yet.

Six minutes and forty seconds into the second half, Curry had outscored the Scots 16-3 and Mark Mastrullo had connected on a couple of three’s.  His second trey was clearly from NBA range and made the score, 40-39.  The final outcome was very much in doubt.

Curry did manage to tie the score at 46 with 11:40 to go but a Jeff Derr free throw followed and put Gordon back in front and they led thereafter thanks to some timely long-range accuracy.  Every time Curry threatened, the Scots dropped a three into the mix.  Their next six baskets were threes including the last two by Aaron and Austin unanswered that put Gordon on top 65-57 with 4 ½ left. 

The Colonels really turned up the defensive heat the rest of the way with the intent to steal or force Gordon to make free throws.  Remarkably, based on the way things were going turnover-wise up to that point, the Scots had just one turnover (3-second violation) over the closing 6 ½ minutes of play. 

Maybe Curry was exhausted, they had played on Thursday against Amherst, or maybe Gordon was just more careful with the ball.  Maybe it was a combination of both, but along with seven of ten free throws the Scots were in control in the end game and got the win.

Greg Walker (14 points/8 rebounds) had a field day facing one-on-one coverage in the first half, getting 12 of his points.  Curry appeared to go into some sort of zone coverage down low in the second half and shut Greg down. However, the openings on the outside increased and the Scots were 7-for-14 from long distance in the second half. 

Gordon has now won eight straight and with a 12-3 record should start getting some attention beyond the immediate area. 

Aaron finished with a game-high 23 points and seven rebounds. 

We saw Brady hobbling a bit at the end of the Roger Williams game.  He seemed fine in this one, though, getting 21 points.  Brady came into this one with the best 3-point shooting stats in the CCC and his 5-for-8 will keep him there.  By my stats, his 1000-point club march is now at 967. 

Ben Gaskill collected a game-high thirteen rebounds and gave 6’2” Philippe Jourdain a taller defender to deal with. 

Mark Mastrullo was shut out in the first half but went wild in the second half with 22 points, including five three’s. 

Jarrell Jackson (5’7” sophomore) added 19 points and had plenty to do with Curry’s early defensive successes.

Next up for the Scots is 5-10 non-league Newbury College on Tuesday night at 7PM at the Bennett Center. 

Brady and Aaron each put in 38 minutes against Curry’s full-court pressure.  Maybe their tired legs will get some rest for league games against New England College and Endicott later in the week.

Gordon's all-time basketball scorer (Sarah DeLuca - with flower) was elevated to the Gordon Hall of Honor tonight.

I was at the Hall of Honor ceremony at the Peabody Marriot after the game.  Gordon’s all-time basketball point scorer (Sarah DeLuca) was one of those honored.

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Game #16 – Jeff Derr’s Shooting Leads Gordon Past Newbury

Jeff Derr (6-8 Junior) has career game versus Newbury.

Jeff Derr (6-8 Junior) has career game versus Newbury.

(Brookline) How hot is red hot?  I’m not sure but Jeff Derr might know.

This kid had a career game (23 points on eight-for-ten shooting) against nonleague Newbury on Tuesday night leading Gordon to an  84-66 win at Hellenic College in Brookline.

The 6-8 junior surpassed his previous point high of 17 (Wentworth last year) in just 18 minutes of playing time.

The Scots (12-4) took a double-digit lead (25-14) for good on a Ben Gaskill layup on a feed from Brady Bajema (eight assists) with eight minutes left in the first half.  Gordon approached a 20-point lead a couple of times in the second half but explosive Nighthawk guard John Rowley (14 in the second half) kept that from happening.

Coach Schauer told me last season after a similar scoring feast, “When you shoot like that, the game gets real easy.”

I’d say that Newbury contributed to Gordon’s scoring looks by trying at times to zone the Scots.  There were plenty of clear shots available most of the time.

Jeff led the way in this one but he was surrounded by teammates who were hot in their own right.  The Scots had their best game of the season from long range – 12 for 17.  Brady (3), Aaron Trigg (4), Austin Bentson (1), and Jeff (4) all dialed in successfully from long distance.

What led to many of the successful shots was Gordon’s willingness to pass, and pass, and pass around the perimeter looking to turn up wide open outside shots or to get the ball inside to Greg Walker.  This sort of patience led to a season-high 26 assists.

The Nighthawks (5-9) had just nine assists, which signals to me that the Gordon defense was tough enough to force them into one-on-one basketball.  Nighthawk sophomore John Rowley put on quite an impressive display of that type of basketball in the second half by getting to the rim and either making his shot or going to the foul line.

I continue to be impressed with the defensive efforts of Timmy MacDonnell and Austin.  They appear to take defending seriously every time they play.  Anyone heading to the basket with a head of steam up runs the risk of getting set up for a charging foul by either one of them.

The only flip side from this game is the avalanche of turnovers (21 in this one) that the Scots continue to commit.  In a game that saw numerous terrific passes for baskets there were plenty others that were intercepted.  Handling double-teams without panicking is a work in progress.  Arguably, the best team in the CCC, UNE, presses relentlessly.  They are the February 18th opponent at Gordon. They turned New England over 30 times.

Gordon players await start of Newbury game.

Gordon players await start of Newbury game.

There was a “crowd” of about 15, not counting the players and statisticians, when the game started at 5PM.  The numbers increased as players for the 7 o’clock women’s game arrived. 

Newbury AD Peter Centola told me afterwards that Hellenic had put down the new floor, which is beautiful, in the summer.  A very long time ago, the Celtics used Hellenic for their preseason workouts.

The Scots are scheduled to be in Henniker (NH) on Thursday night – weather permitting – to face the Pilgrims at 7:30 in a Commonwealth Coast Conference game. 

Plenty of skiing is available nearby, so why not come early and make a day of it.

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Justin Kaufman’s Defense Keys 4th Win (Game #5)

(Wenham) Justin Kaufman (senior-5′11″-Redding CT) excelled on defense and led Gordon past non-conference Newbury, 65-53, on Saturday afternoon at the Bennett Center.

The Scots (4-1) took the lead early (7-6 at four minutes in) and never trailed the rest of the way.  Because Gordon avoided lengthy dry spells they moved to sizable leads in both the first half (32-17) and second half (61-43).  The Nighthawks (2-3)  got to within seven (48-41) with ten minutes remaining but were far too inconsistent offensively to get any closer.

The biggest problem for the visitors was that top-scorer Arch Mitchell could not get untracked.  “They did a great job on Archie,” explained Newbury Coach LJ Harrington afterwards.

Gordon Coach Mike Schauer added more details.  “The most dominant player on the floor tonight ended up with six points and four assists.  That was Justin (Kaufman).  He dominated the game because Arch Mitchell did not score in the half-court.  He had two breakaway baskets and that was it.  I don’t always think that young guys understand what it means to take a guy averaging 20 points and have him score four.  I was thrilled with his effort.”

The Scots were extremely deliberate on offense and that spelled trouble for Newbury.  “They’re a bad matchup for us,” said Coach Harrington.  “They require you to defend for 30 seconds and we’re not always ready to do that and it leads to breakdowns.  I don’t think Gordon ever took a bad shot.”

Coach Schauer had an explanation for the shot selection as well.  “I finally figured out at halftime that we ought to get Jon Marstaller (senior-6′5″-Naples ME) more touches around the basket – he only had four shots in the first half.  We also needed to get Brady Bajema (sophomore-6′2″-Whitinsville MA) and Aaron Trigg (sophomore-6′1″-Overland Park KS) more open looks.  And we did.”

It is one thing to get the ball into the hands of your top scorers and quite another to have them shoot well.  In this one, the shots were falling.  Note the 60.9% shooting in the second half and 52% for the game.

This was one of Aaron Trigg’s best games.  He matched his highest scoring total with 20 points.   He also had 20 points against Nichols last January.  Defensively he did a nice job on point-guard Steven Morris holding the speedy playmaker to just one long one in the second half.

“Sometimes Aaron gets compared to Jerry (Logan),” said Coach Schauer.  “It is an unfair comparison because Aaron is every bit the player that Jerry was as a sophomore.”  What sort of player will Aaron develop into over the rest of this season and the next two seasons?  Jerry was Defensive Player of the Year in the CCC for the 2006-07 season. 

The Scots used the long ball in the first half to push a 19-15 lead to 32-17.  Connecting long-range were Brady Bajema, Tim MacDonnell (sophomore-6′2″-Jericho VT), and Aaron Trigg. 

The game-sealing surge in the second half followed an awesome display by Newbury newcomer Albie Watson.  If they were going to show only one highlight from this game it would be Albie blowing by a defender from the Midwest for a slam dunk.  Two more normal layups for Albie moved Newbury closer at 48-41 but then the game sealer occurred.

 Mike Schnackenberg (senior-6′6″-South Portland ME) was the catalyst in this surge.  He maneuvered his way for three layups while Jon Marstaller put in a rebound and Aaron Trigg nailed a three over a Nighthawk zone.  This burst of scoring increased Gordon’s advantage to, 61-43, with six minutes left and stuck this one into the win column for the home team.

Top scorers for Newbury were Albie Watson (14) and Steven Morris (12).  Kevin Cleveland collected 11 rebounds.

Next up for the Nighthawks will be Salem State at home.  Gordon faces Salem State on the road on December 8th.

For the Scots the next game is the one you circle on the calendar when the schedule comes out – Endicott at home on Tuesday night.  This game is always a happening.  You could well see a college president or two.  The noise is significant and that’s good because occasionally unkind things are shouted but never heard except by those within five feet of the shouter.  In addition, year after year the games are usually very competitive.

“I am pleased that Coach Millette and the Endicott administration were willing to play this non-conference game,” said Coach Schauer.  “For most of us it is the most enjoyable home game we have.  They have played a tougher schedule than we have and their record (1-4) is misleading.  It should be another right-to-the-wire one.”

The game starts at 7PM with no women’s game before hand.  I absolutely guarantee you that some folks will show up at halftime because they’re thinking it’s the usual 8PM starting time.  Will you be one of them?

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(Game #17 – Newbury) Gordon Falters in Crunch Time in Loss to Newbury

By Peter McClelland

(Brookline) – Maybe the best news of the night happened elsewhere as Roger Williams took a second Commonwealth Coast Conference loss playing Salve Regina. That defeat ties them with Gordon & Endicott in the loss column and enables those three teams to control their own fate in the pursuit of the #1 seed in the CCC tournament at the end of February.

Meanwhile, at Hellenic College Gordon dropped a non-conference game to Newbury, 70-69, on Thursday night. This game was just as exciting as the Endicott game on Tuesday but the setting defied comparison. 

Both teams rallied back from significant deficits to set up an exciting finish.  The Scots battled all the way back after trailing 53-43 with 14 minutes left to tie the game at 64-64 on two Jerry Logan (Marietta, GA) free throws with 3:12 left. 

Gordon’s next basket was a three by freshman Brady Bajema (Whitinsville,MA) from Jerry Logan and it gave the Scots a 67-66 lead with just 1:15 to play.

The rest of the way we saw a season-long weakness (interior defense) and a recent weakness (free throw shooting) both kick in together and send Gordon to defeat.

First it was freshman Kevin Cleveland getting a pass from senior Steven Morris for a layup to give the lead back to the Nighthawks, 68-67.  Junior Justin Kaufman answered with one of two free throws to tie things at 68 with 45 seconds left.

After a timeout and a number of looks inside junior Ivan DaSilva penetrated and found freshman Heman Honore alone for a layup that put Newbury ahead, 70-68, with 15 seconds to go. 

The Scots then got off a couple of shots including a potential game-winning three by Brady Bajema before Justin Kaufman again was back at the foul line with 4.5 seconds remaining.  He missed the first and made the second to pull the Scots within one point – 70-69.

Gordon was given one last chance when Newbury lost the ball out of bounds due to Scot pressure.  With 3.5 seconds left there was still time. However, after a timeout to set up a play things went south as a perimeter pass intended for Jerry Logan was picked off by Ivan DaSilva to seal the win for the Nighthawks.

Second year Coach LJ Harrington admitted afterwards that it was his biggest win.  “I thought that our guys were a little more excited and energized to play.  I know it’s difficult to play a non-conference game in the middle of what are a lot of rivalries.”

The setting of the game itself was eye-opening.  Having experienced two days prior a boisterous crowd estimated at over 1000 (against Endicott)it took a bit of getting used to when there wasn’t a single Newbury fan on hand when the Nighthawks started warming up.

Unfortunately, the sound system didn’t work so there were no player introductions or a rendition of the national anthem.  Naturally no stats were available. 

I asked Coach Harrington about where they practice and he told me, “We use Hellenic and Pine Manor and we practice outdoors when the weather is good. It builds up a certain resiliency among the kids.” He wasn’t kidding about that outdoors stuff, I don’t think.

I asked him about when he thought Newbury would get it own gym. He told me, “Not in our lifetime. We’re a school with limited resources.” Hats off to them for their perseverance.  The Scots played under similar negative conditions and prospects but that was 40 years ago.

Despite their limitations Newbury moves to 9-7 and have now defeated three CCC teams – New England, ENC, and Gordon. 

Junior Jon Marstaller (Naples, ME) was a major bright spot for the Scots. He rolled up his second game in a row with at least 20 points netting 26.  He was on the layup end of some nifty passes and also drove well from the outside.  Even more appealing has been his 3-point touch.  He’s 10-for-16 from out there over the last five games and went 2-for-3 in this one. He also had three blocks.

Gordon drops to 12-5 overall and I’ve been informed that they won’t have an 18-game win streak like last year. However, they are in a position to control their own destiny in the CCC.  There are seven conference games ahead starting with Nichols at home on Saturday afternoon at the Bennett Center. 

Luckily they don’t have to play New England College again.  Somehow tonight the Pilgrims put up 120 points in a 120-96 shootathon against a pretty good Colby-Sawyer team at New England.  I’m glad I wasn’t trying to chart that one!

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Freshman Ben Gaskill (Columbus,OH) had a couple of blocks, by my count, in one sequence………Sophomore Tim DeLuca (Gray,ME) saw some action after missing the last seven games.  The team could use his instant offense in the schedule ahead……………Sophomore Michael Barile (Windsor Locks,CT) arrived at the Bennett Center on a skateboard……………If nothing else a visit to play Newbury helps me appreciate more than ever the Bennett Center and the work of Sports Information Director Patrick Byrnes.
 

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(Game #16 – Newbury) Aaron Vogelzang Leads Gordon Defenders Past Newbury

By Peter McClelland

(Wenham) – Gordon turned in an extraordinary defensive effort in the second half and took out non-conference foe Newbury, 57-42, on Thursday night at the Bennett Center.  That’s eight straight for you counting at home!

That “defensive effort” I mentioned was the Scots limiting the Nighthawks to just 13 points in the second half.  For the second game in a row the Gordon defense was so good that the other team resorted to blatant pushing and shoving just to get some breathing room and got caught doing it.

Gordon Coach Mike Schauer wasn’t sure anyone noticed but he thought this was Aaron Vogelzang’s (6’4” senior Jericho VT) best game.  “We only had one player who could cover Arch Mitchell (6’2” sophomore – averaging 20 points per game) and that was Aaron.  When Aaron got into foul trouble in the first half he had to sit and then we had defensive problems.  However, Aaron returned in the second half and held Arch Mitchell scoreless.”

Maybe it’s my weird sense of humor but I couldn’t help but laugh at an incident that happened with about five minutes left. The Nighthawk high-scorer finally lost his patience with Aaron’s defense and basically tossed him out-of-bounds.  The referees took note and Aaron couldn’t help but smirk as he walked the length of the court to the foul line. 

With two of their better offensive players (Jerry Logan & Mark Beebe) injured the Scots have had to change their approach to games.  “I don’t worry about our offense as much as some people do,” explained Coach Schauer.  “We won’t be as good offensively without Jerry and Mark so we have to do things differently to win.  One way is to hold the other team to 42 points.”

The Scots poured in 52 points in the second half against New England College on Tuesday night and came out warm in this one.  Justin Kaufman (5’11” sophomore – Redding CT), Aaron Vogelzang, and Tim DeLuca (6’2” freshman – Gray ME) hit consecutive 3’s and Gordon raced ahead, 11-2, with just 4 ½ minutes played.  I’ll admit that I thought that the visitors might be in trouble especially after witnessing the way Gordon routed them last year.

But that wasn’t the way it went.  Newbury would put together a run of nine straight and pull ahead, 19-18, with 9 minutes left.

“We had breakdowns in the first half on defense,” said Coach Schauer.  “The team didn’t execute the way I wanted it to and that’s just poor coaching on my part.”

The key to Newbury’s success, in my opinion, was their use of a very active zone defense.  Most teams will show an occasional zone but it generally looks under-practiced and crisp passing can usually break it down.  Not the way Newbury used it, however.  Their defense shifted so effectively that open shots were hard to come by.  

“Newbury is a very good team,” said Coach Schauer.  “They beat Roger Williams by 20 and had 3-point losses to Salem State and Clark.  I don’t think that they could win our league but they’d win their share of games.”

Gordon relied on the long-shots of Justin Kaufman and Mike Herr (6’5” junior – Lampeter PA) to regain the lead and get in front, 28-22, with 5 ½ left in the half.  They then proceeded to go on the longest drought they’ve suffered, certainly on this winning streak, and didn’t put up another point the rest of the half.  They left down, 29-28.

At the start of the second half the Scot defense really kicked in shutting the Nighthawks out for nearly 6 minutes.  Meanwhile, Gordon tallied nine unanswered points, including 7 from Jon Marstaller (6’5” sophomore – Naples ME), and took the lead for good, 37-29. 

A trey and lay-up from Justin Kaufman and a Tim DeLuca lay-up on a goaltending call pushed the advantage to 46-34 with 11 minutes left.  A Walky Magloire lay-up followed by a Steve Morris free throw pulled the Nighthawks to, 48-40, with seven minutes to go. 

That was as close as it would get.  The Gordon defense limited Newbury to two free throws the rest of the way and the Gordon offense found scoring openings when the Nighthawks had to extend their defense.

Now 13-3 the Scots entertain Wentworth Institute on Saturday afternoon. 

Newbury (7-10) will be at Framingham State on Saturday.

Justin Kaufman topped all scorers with 15 points.  Put that next to seven assists and zero turnovers and you get an idea of how well he did in this game. 

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When the guy (administrator Steve MacLeod) in charge of keeping track of the time shows up five minutes late you suspect it could be a long night!…………………..The Gordon fan section counted Matthew Stanton (6’2” senior) down into a forced three that he didn’t have to take.  Who says they can’t impact a game?……………………Marcal Matthews (6’7” freshman) was one of the better shot blockers I’ve seen this year………………….Coach Schauer admitted that the Newbury zone was very effective but added, “It would have been nice to let Mark (Beebe) get some shots against it and have Jerry (Logan) break down some of the defenders.”………………….Someone ought to get a copy made of Emily Sydow’s rendition of the National Anthem and have it played at the home games she misses…………………….I can assure you that the MIN (minutes played) on the stat sheet are not accurate.
 

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(Game #16 – Newbury) Mark Beebe Arrives – Gordon Thrives

By Peter McClelland

(Brookline MA) – When I travel with this team I now expect the unexpected to occur.

We arrive at Newbury College after getting an extended look at every traffic light in downtown Boston.  The driver of the bus asks the first student he sees, “Where’s the gym?” To which the Newbury student replies, “We don’t have a gym!”

And it’s true.  They don’t have their own gym.  They play at nearby Hellenic College.  Needless to say we arrive there a little late and a bit frazzled.

“I was pleased to win because it was a bit chaotic getting here,” said Gordon Coach Mike Schauer after seeing his team overpower the Newbury Nighthawks, 74-43, on Thursday evening.  “I wondered if the trip in would have led to a slow start but it didn’t.”

The Scots clamped a tight man-to-man defense on the young (3 juniors/1 sophomore/6 freshmen) Hawks and never gave them much of a chance.

 “It was brutal,” said Hawk Coach Adam Nelson afterwards.  “We’re just not physically as strong as Gordon is.  They must lift weights all the time.  They manhandled us.  They fronted the post anytime they wanted to.  It was like men against boys.”

There were no Gordon spectators on hand but if they had been they would have left saying two words – “Mark Beebe” (freshman-Clive Iowa).  In this one we got a taste of what all the excitement was about when he decided to join his brothers (Scott & John) at Gordon.  We saw the long ones fall and a slash to the basket as well.  He ended up being the top scorer (18 points) in the game.

  “I was really excited with the play of Mark Beebe tonight.  I’d been saying for a long time, when people talk about our fine freshmen, that Mark’s going to be as good as any of them.

“We have relegated him so far this season to being a 3-point shooter because of necessity.  He scored a lot of points in high school against defenses that were geared to only stopping him.  So he can post.  He can score off the dribble and he’s a good passer.  He just needs defensive seasoning.  He’s going to be a great player.”

While Mark was nailing three’s Jon Marstaller (freshman- Naples ME) owned the inside in the first half.  According to the Gordon scorebook Jon had 15 in the first half and Mark had 9.  The Scots built a lead to 21-12 with 8 ½ to go and then outscored the Hawks 17-6 the rest of the way to take complete control 38-18 at the half.

The second half reminded me of the recent New England game.  The outcome had been decided but in college ball you have to play the second half anyhow!  Coach Schauer found plenty of minutes for his bench players and rest for his starters.  According to the Newbury statisticians Keith Krass played and actually fired one up although I was sure that I saw him wearing a suit and tie and filming the game! 

Mike Herr (sophomore-Lampeter PA) and Jon Marstaller had double/doubles.  Matthew Stanton (junior-Lynnfield MA) did likewise for Newbury.  I was impressed with his tenacity.

The Scots are now 10-6 overall and get back to Commonwealth Coast Conference play for the rest of the schedule.  They face Wentworth on the road at 1 o’clock on Saturday.

Newbury drops to 2-13 and with Framingham State, MIT, and Elms coming up I’m suspecting that their 6-game losing streak could get extended.

NOTES

I tried to use a stat program instead of scripting the game like I usually do.  Big mistake.  The result was that I lost when the runs took place and who fueled those runs.  Back to scripting for me.

Pete Hassler forced Assistant Coach Ryan Smith to take his first charge of the season. 

Newbury used a zone on occasion.  Gordon passed the ball around and through it but missed some open shots.  Fortunately, they had a 20+-point cushion for most of the zone attempts.

The gym at Hellenic College was used many years ago by the Celtics for training camp.  However, unlike the Boston Garden it still exists. 
 

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(Game #3 – Newbury) Ryan Smith Catches Fire and Gordon Wins Home Opener

By Peter McClelland

This game guarantees senior Ryan Smith special attention in the near future, if not for the rest of the season.  His 35 points will catch the eye of box score perusers and future opponents alike.

“He has all the shots.  He just has to be willing to keep putting them up,” said Gordon coach Mike Schauer after Smith’s 26 second-half points enabled the Scots to hold off the visiting nonleague Newbury Nighthawks 90-79 before a vacation-effected crowd at the Bennett Center on Tuesday evening’s home opener.  The Scots are now 2-1 while Newbury is 1-2.

Coach Schauer came into this game knowing that Newbury would be a problem to defend.  “I saw both of their first two games and knew that they could shoot.”

And shoot they did.  Guard Loren Green was unstoppable pouring in 22 points in the first half from near and far.  In the second half the junior from Lynn (MA) added 10 more. 

Meanwhile Hayes Murray was in the zone in the first half (17 points) and then along came Ryan Smith with 26 points in the second half.   “I like to win games by successfully defending the other team,” explained coach Schauer.  “This was one in which the offense carried the day.”

Newbury hoped to put a lot of points on the board.  “We have to score in the 80s to win,” said Nighthawk coach Adam Nelson.  “Of course you can’t give up 90 and have much of a chance.”

The visitors looked like a blowout candidate as they watched Gordon drill four treys (three by Murray) and jump out 14-2 after three minutes.  But the Nighthawks fought back and the lead was narrowed to 18-17 at the 10 minute mark.

Andrew Swenson turned some heads with a cluster of points (rebound conversion, 4 foul shots, and a 3-pointer) and Gordon moved ahead 32-21 with six minutes to go.  “Andrew is a streaky player,” said coach Schauer.  “He can make a lot of good things happen in a hurry.”

Again Newbury had answers and when Roland Matthews drained two treys in the last minute the Gordon lead had shrunk to 44-43 and only a last second three by Hayes Murray saw the Scots leave the floor up 47-43.

The first basket of the second half had Ryan Smith successfully dialing long distance after a feed from Alex Yeats.  And that was just the beginning!  He had three more treys, a jumper, and eight foul shots before the half ended.

Even though Newbury couldn’t contain Smith they didn’t go away.  A 3-point play by Jarred King knotted things at 50 after two minutes.  Six minutes later Newbury was still there tied at 61-61.

But then it was time for a surge that Newbury couldn’t respond to.  Jerry Logan took the ball to the basket for two and then Smith went wild cashing a three, a four, and a three.  Murray added yet another three and Gordon was in command 76-63 with 7 ½ to go.

The fouls and frustration began to take its toll on the Nighthawks.  The Scots spent the rest of the night at the foul line, in fact, Scott Allenby and Ryan Smith did not miss any of the 14 attempts they were given during the last six minutes as Gordon won 90-79.

“Our plan coming in was to be aggressive defensively,” explained coach Nelson.  “We knew that they’d be able to shoot the 3’s.  We lost our composure down the stretch and just fouled way too much.  We’ve got seven new faces with no seniors so mistakes are expected.  There is a long way to go and we should be okay.

“I told the team that Gordon would be one of the better Division 3 teams we’d face this season.  Despite losing some players I think that they’ll be fine in their conference.”

Ryan Smith led all scorers with 35 points followed by Hayes Murray (22) and junior Andrew Swenson (13).

Loren Green paced Newbury with 32 points (despite fouling out and missing the last six minutes of the game) and Julius Hobert added 14. 

This game was a bit of an adventure to write about since the stat program didn’t work.  Can machines have opening game jitters??

Next up for Gordon is a trip next Tuesday to Connecticut College in New Haven, Connecticut.  This team is part of the attempt to upgrade the competition the Scots face.  This one will be a major challenge.
 

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