(Wenham MA) Eric Demers reached the 1000-point club as Gordon (16-8) defeated Roger Williams, 87-71, at the Bennett Center on Tuesday night.
Eric’s teammate, Garrisson Duvivier, joined that same club during this year’s home game versus Curry five games into the season.
Eric needed nineteen points against the Hawks to reach 1000 points. The historic point came on a free throw in the second half. The game was then stopped. Eric went into the stands and hugged his parents and then joined his celebrating teammates for the second 1000-club photo of the season.
“I’m proud of Eric for scoring his 1000th point,” said Coach Tod Murphy afterwards. “I think that he forced it a little bit early to get there quicker, but then he settled down. He also had quite a few assists (five).”
The Hawks came to the Bennett Center on a six-game roll but on this night couldn’t make shots consistently. Their final total of twenty-two field goals was the lowest against the Scots this season.
“I thought that our defense tonight was great,” said Coach Murphy. Who could argue? Austin Coene (23.2 points per game) had a 4-for-14 night for twelve points. Nick Marini (14.5 points per game) had eight on 3-for-14 shooting. Conor O’Brien, who had thirty-four points in the first RW/GC meeting had just eleven this time around.
The Hawks (17-7) fell behind by twenty-one in the first half. The team from Bristol (RI) would reduce the lead to nine (55-46) before the Scots scored the next eight points to boost the margin to seventeen. Later, with 1:54 remaining, RW was back within ten (81-71) forcing Coach Murphy to get his starters back in the game to keep the score from getting closer.
“I didn’t want to put the starters back in,” said Coach Murphy, “but we were playing silly. I keep telling the team that every possession matters. They need to treat each possession as if the game is on the line.”
It did not take much of a memory to recall Saturday’s shocking loss to ENC during which a seventeen-point lead disappeared. It didn’t happen against RW but there were times when GC lacked the organized offense that winning tournament games requires.
Junior Garrisson Duvivier, currently 9th on the all-time scoring list, put twenty-five points together with four blocks and three steals. There is no stat for it, but there were several occasions when Hawks’ drivers saw Garrisson in the lane and changed their driving plans.
While most of the RW players struggled, freshman JJ Pfohl (25 points) had the game of his life filling for injured Jaylen Jennings. The young man from Trumbull (CT) had been averaging only five points per game before catching fire at Gordon.
The win over Roger Williams combined with Endicott’s loss tonight to Salve Regina, guarantees that the Scots will finish second in the Commonwealth Coast Conference no matter what happens at Salve Regina on Saturday.
“I don’t know when the last time was that we swept Roger Williams, Endicott, and Wentworth in one season,” wondered Coach Murphy. “We need to figure out a way to beat Nichols if we can get that far.” The CCC tournament starts next Tuesday.
The stat that worried me from this game was Gordon’s twenty turnovers. Too many pointless possessions. All of the TOs were in the half-court since the Hawks didn’t press. Most of the miscues were the result of low percentage passes.
But the team won anyhow. Stop whining!
Seniors Graham Tienhaara and Jake Hart continue to use limited minutes to energize the Scots with their all-out hustle. The two of them kept several possessions alive by coming out of nowhere to take control of 50/50 balls.
The Scots have a 9-5 record against Roger Williams over the past six seasons.
Gordon is now 12-5 in the CCC. Roger Williams drops back into a tie with Endicott at 11-6. Those two teams will face off this Saturday in Bristol with the winner earning the #3 seed in the tournament.
Garrisson Duvivier 34
JJ Pfohl 29
Eric Demers 21
Roger Williams 64
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