(Amesbury MA) Gordon needed a rousing comeback to win the opening round of the North County Invitational, 87-72, over Potsdam (0-2) on Friday night.
But comeback they did, from fourteen down (22-8), and now have started the 2016-17 season win two straight wins.
Tomorrow afternoon the Scots will take on Clarkson for the championship.
Excellent video feed from Potsdam that included commentary and a visible score. It would be nice to have something like that for Gordon’s home games…….but I digress.
Two games in it is obvious that Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier have increased their effectiveness around the basket. Single coverage on either of them has not gone well for opponents so far.
Garrisson led all scorers with twenty-two points while Sam added nineteen points to go with fourteen rebounds.
The Scots came out missing and the local team made shots and had a ten-point (42-32) halftime lead. I’m guessing that things were real interesting at halftime in the GC locker room over the way the first half went.
Something kicked in after intermission and it was good news for Gordon. The Scots broke out 16-5 and caught the Bears with 16:44 remaining. The points piled up in a hurry as Gordon rolled up fifty-five points in the second half and won going away.
Sam and Garrisson played big roles as mentioned above. In this game, we also saw some of the GC depth kick in. Sophomore Josh Ribeiro had a career high eight points and collected four rebounds. Also off the bench was junior Graham Tienhaara with a career high in points (ten) to go with eight rebounds.
Starters Jaren Yang (10 points/2 turnovers) and Jake Hart (9 points/4 assists) have provided a quiet consistency so far that limits scoring droughts and lessens turnovers.
Sam Johnson 29
Garrisson Duvivier 19
Jake Hart 13
Jaren Yang 13
Graham Tienhaara 13
Gordon College 100