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Gordon loses tough one to Roger Williams, 92-85, in double OT

Nick Marini had 12 assists, 8 rebounds, and 14 points for Roger Williams

Nick Marini had 12 assists, 8 rebounds, and 14 points for Roger Williams

(Amesbury MA) Huge win for the Hawks.

In two overtimes, Roger Williams defeated Gordon, 92-85, on Wednesday night.

The victory moves the Hawks into a three-way tie for the top spot in the Commonwealth Coast Conference with Nichols and Endicott.  The Bison dropped the Gulls at Dudley tonight.

For the Scots, the loss was devastating.  Instead of getting back into contention for a possible third-place finish, GC is now tied with Wentworth for the final spot to earn a first-round home game in the CCC tournament.

Ahead Gordon has to face Wentworth, in Boston, on Saturday.  The Scots have lost six straight to the Leopards.

Things are not looking good for the team from Wenham.  Of course, we heard that same tune the other night about the team from Foxboro, didn’t we?

This loss to Roger Williams was about as frustrating as they come.  The Scots had some remarkably good stats (Sam Johnson 22 rebounds, Garrisson Duvivier 30 points, Jake Haar 5-for-5 from long range) and some remarkably bad stats (27 turnovers, 10 free throws missed). Sadly, in this game, those bad ones carried the day.

In the outcome-deciding second overtime, Gordon led 81-80.  In four of the next five possessions there were turnovers.  Meanwhile, RW had a three from Jaylen Jennings, and two free throws and a layup from Josh Syska to gain separation, 87-81.  Game. Set. Match.

Jaylen (16 points including 5 triples) had a big part in getting the home team into overtime.  Most of his made three’s were from NBA range.

Josh Syska is outstanding at drawing real and imagined charges

Josh Syska is outstanding at drawing real and imagined charges

Josh had seventeen points but his biggest contribution may well have been convincing the referees that Garrisson and Sam were knocking him to the floor by fouling him.  Their tendency to back opponents down played right into his “flopmeister” tactics.  In hockey, they have penalties for diving.  Not yet in basketball so the referees have to be in a position to determine whether the fall was connected to contact or a possible acting career.

Roger Williams struggled to make shots for the longest time.  The misfirings enabled GC to reach their biggest lead (43-27) two minutes into the second half.

Three-plus minutes later the Scots were still stuck on 43 and RW had run nine straight.  Again, turnovers played a part as GC had three of them during that stretch.

The thing about the turnovers is that Roger Williams never pressed.  Gordon was careless with the ball.  Dribbling in traffic or bad judgment on passing lanes, were involved often in the costly miscues.  Tonight’s twenty-seven tied a season high.

Garrisson Duvivier had thirty points for GC

Garrisson Duvivier had thirty points for GC

A team shouldn’t win with that many mistakes but Gordon nearly did.  There was no letup on the Scots’ part and a slight decrease in the TO’s and a slight elevation in free throw accuracy and they would have won.  Sounds like the Falcons talking!  Coulda. Shoulda.

Freshman Sam Traicoff has been elevated to the first player off the Gordon bench.  He drained two 3’s in thirty minutes of action.  The entire season prior to tonight he had played only fifty minutes.  Losing both Eric Demers and Noah Szilagyi has given Sam his chance.

Nick Marini was terrific for the Hawks.  The junior point guard had twelve assists, eight rebounds, and fourteen points.  RW needed his two free throws with six seconds left in the first overtime to reach the second overtime.

The Hawks (18-4) have now won four straight.  They will be at Endicott on Saturday.

Gordon (12-10 overall, 9-6 in the CCC) can now finish no higher than fourth.  Saturday’s game at WIT could very well decide that 4th spot.

Jake Haar was 5-for-5 from long range

Jake Haar was 5-for-5 from long range

Jake Haar was back in his CCC-leading, 3-point shooting form making 5-of-5.  He put a 6-for-20 stretch over the last three games behind him.  Finding the sophomore more shots has to be a priority.

Efficiency

Nick Marini 30

Garrisson Duvivier 24 (30 points, 12 rebounds)

Sam Johnson 21 (8 points, 22 rebounds)

Austin Coene 19 (22 points)

Josh Syska 16 (17 points, 7 rebounds)

Roger Williams 105

Gordon 90

Roger Williams has beaten Endicott and Wentworth but lost to Nichols twice.

The feed from RW was very good.

The snow forecast tomorrow as well as for Saturday and Sunday could impact the games this weekend.  But this is New England!  Snow happens.

Box from this game.

 

 

 

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Gordon ends 8-game Roger Williams’ win streak 82-65

Jaren Yang had a career game in the Gordon win

Jaren Yang had a career game in the Gordon win

Garrisson Duvivier (20 points)

Garrisson Duvivier (20 points)

(Wenham MA) Roger Williams came into the Bennett Center riding an eight-game win streak and had only two losses in this season’s first fourteen game.

A worthy opponent for sure with only one loss in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

But on this afternoon, Gordon took the lead for good late in the first half and maintained a double-digit lead throughout most of the second half.  The final was 82-65.

The Scots (9-6) were impressive and the win should put GC in the conversation for best team in the CCC.  I know they lost to Endicott and Nichols, but only by a point each.

The “steadies” on the Scots have been Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier around the basket and Jake Haar long range.

Sam Johnson scored thirteen points and had sixteen rebounds

Sam Johnson scored thirteen points and had sixteen rebounds

I propose an addition to that group: Jaren Yang.  I’m not basing that only on Jaren’s career game this afternoon against the Hawks (12-3).  Consider that the junior point guard, who has the ball so often, has a 26/5 assist-to-turnover ratio over the last four games.  That’s taking good care of the ball!  Free throw shooting?  One of the best.  He has missed only two free throws all season and has made his last thirty-five.  His consistent, positive play of late has made the Scots a better team.

In the early going today, RW played like a team that hadn’t lost since November.  They passed well and found layups on fastbreaks when the Scots admired shots for too long.  The Hawks were up by six (28-22) with 9:36 to go in the first half.

But the visitors from Bristol (RI) went cold for three minutes and GC caught up and went ahead.  The go-ahead hoop was off a nifty feed from Garrisson Duvivier to Jake Haar.

With the score tied 35-35 the Hawks had a tough final 3 ½ minutes committing four turnovers and missing all four shots attempts.  That opened the door for GC.  Led by Noah Szilagyi (triple and layup assisted by Garrisson), Gordon moved in front by seven (42-35) at the half.

Jake Haar scored fifteen points

Jake Haar scored fifteen points

In the second half, the Scots pushed the lead to ten (45-35) on a Jake Haar three.  That margin would reach seventeen (58-41) with 11:26 remaining.  RW shot it down to nine a couple of times but on this day the Scots always had answers to keep the Hawks from getting closer.

Both teams cleared their benches in the final minute.

Students are still away and it seemed that Roger Williams had more support than GC did.

Next for GC is Tuesday (5:30PM) against Wentworth.  The Leopards have defeated Gordon five straight times.

Roger Williams will be hosting Endicott (7-1 in CCC) Tuesday night.  Be nice if the Hawks brought the Gulls back to the 6-2 Scots.

The Hawks may have lost, and gotten beaten up in Efficiency, but they had three players in the top five.  Beyond Austin Coene, Conor O’Brien, and Nick Marini, however, there weren’t many contributions.

Conor O'Brien gets a block

Conor O’Brien gets a block

Nick (6’1”) had twelve points, eleven rebounds, and seven assists.  That is an excellent stat line.

This was Jaren Yang’s best game and the Efficiency Stat confirms it.  Jaren ended up at 23 which is his best ever.  His nineteen points were one off his career-high twenty last season against Worcester State.  The most impressive stat to me in the assist-to-turnover ratio.  When your point guard is getting the ball to scorers while not committing turnovers, the team is in a good place.  The free throws are an end-game piece of gold.

Efficiency

Nick Marini 26

Sam Johnson 25 (13 pts, 16 rebs)

Jaren Yang 23

Austin Coene 17 (21 points, 3 assists)

Conor O’Brien 17 (13 points, 3 steals)

Gordon 97

Roger Williams 64

Sam Johnson snags a rebound

Sam Johnson snags a rebound

The Scots outrebounded RW 48-28.

Sam’s double/double was his eleventh of the season.

The new Jake Haar?  Guarded closely beyond the arc, the sophomore took the ball to the basket several times.

Jake Hart missed five shots but his defense, including nine rebounds, made up for it.

Garrisson Duvivier paced Gordon with twenty points.

Box from the game.

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Graham Tienhaara rebounds

Graham Tienhaara rebounds

Garrisson Duvivier

Garrisson Duvivier

rebound battle

rebound battle

Jake Haar looks to pass

Jake Haar looks to pass

Garrisson Duvivier finds a teammate in the lane

Garrisson Duvivier finds a teammate in the lane

Austin Coene (21 points) covered by Jake Haar

Austin Coene (21 points) covered by Jake Haar

Andrew Wasik

Andrew Wasik

battle on the boards

battle on the boards

Brett Bowman

Brett Bowman

Cody Hunt

Cody Hunt

Steve Vampatella

Steve Vampatella

Jaylen Jennings

Jaylen Jennings

 

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Roger Williams earns 2-2 tie with Gordon in men’s soccer

Josh Cochran (10), Charlie Mader (18), and Tyler Modzeleski (17) converge on the ball

Josh Cochran (10), Charlie Mader (18), and Tyler Modzeleski (17) converge on the ball

Freshman Garrett Bolton shadowed Gordon's Caleb Cole

Freshman Garrett Bolton shadowed Gordon’s Caleb Cole

(Wenham MA) Roger Williams (1-3-1) came away with a 2-2 tie against Gordon (2-1-1) in men’s soccer on Saturday afternoon at Gordon.

The Scots and the Hawks are about as familiar with each other as two teams can get having met seven times in the last 3+ years.  How do you do that?  In each of the last three years they have been matched up in the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament.

Two overtimes were played in declining daylight and RW nearly won the thing in the first OT.  Tyler Kuchenbecker was so sure that he had done just that that he had stripped off his shirt after putting in a rebound.  That celebrating was short lived, however, as the apparent game-winner was tallied on an off-sides and the goal was disallowed.

The Hawks kept tight coverage on the CCC’s best player (senior Caleb Cole) all game long as freshman Garrett Bolton was his full-time shadow.

GC coach Derek Potteiger hears an explanation from referee Adam Kilpatrick

GC coach Derek Potteiger hears an explanation from referee Adam Kilpatrick

Plenty of contact and plenty of fouls.  Twenty-six for RW while GC was whistled seventeen times.  Trying to sort out the hits from the dives put every call up for discussion.  Referee Adam Kilpatrick kept the red card in his pocket, however.

I was immediately surprised when I saw this year’s Gordon schedule.  They play eleven games at home and just five on the road.  How is that managed?

RW scored on a direct kick and a corner kick.  I don’t know where the Gordon wall was on Sean Janson’s direct kick.  Chris Chieffo’s corner kick perfectly set up a leaping Charlie Mader for a goal-producing header.

Tyler Modzeleski shoots past RW goalie Edmund Geschickter

Tyler Modzeleski shoots past RW goalie Edmund Geschickter

Caleb Cole was stepped on in the penalty area by Garrett Bolton and cashed the PK with a low shot near the left post.  Tyler Modzeleski took a pass from Danny Nkhalamba from the middle and fired a grounder past RW goalie Edmund Geschickter.

Gordon won the CCC championship last season and have back the defensive POY (Ben Gradert) and the offensive POY (Caleb Cole).  All-League selections Josh Spoonhour, Collin Surface, Josh Cochran, and Tyler Modzeleski are also on hand for the 2017 season.  Not surprisingly, the Scots were selected to finish first by the CCC coaches in their pre-season poll.  However, as Roger Williams showed (they were picked for 6th) there are plenty of good teams in the conference and wins will be hard to come by.

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Tyler Kuchenbecker (right) starts to celebrate OT goal

Tyler Kuchenbecker (right) starts to celebrate OT goal

Save by RW in traffic

Save by RW in traffic

Elevating for a possible header

Elevating for a possible header

Charlie Mader's header goes past GC goalie Josh Spoonhour to tie the game

Charlie Mader’s header goes past GC goalie Josh Spoonhour to tie the game

Jerry Williams and Sean Janson

Jerry Williams and Sean Janson

Edmund Geschickter dives for Caleb Cole's PK attempt

Edmund Geschickter dives for Caleb Cole’s PK attempt

Garrett Bolton steps on Caleb Cole's foot in the penalty area

Garrett Bolton steps on Caleb Cole’s foot in the penalty area

Roger Williams gets the tying goal on a Charlie Mader header

Roger Williams gets their first goal on a Sean Janson direct kick

Tyler Modzeleski gets a shot on net

Tyler Modzeleski gets a shot on net

Greg Logue and Tyler Modzeleski

Greg Logue and Tyler Modzeleski

GC goalie Josh Spoonhour

GC goalie Josh Spoonhour

Referee cautions Garrett and Caleb

Referee cautions Garrett and Caleb

Lucas Watt (27) and Danny Nkhalamba (20)

Lucas Watt (27) and Danny Nkhalamba (20)

CCC Defensive Player of the Year Ben Gradert

CCC Defensive Player of the Year Ben Gradert

Charlie Mader and Tyler Modzeleski

Charlie Mader and Tyler Modzeleski

Sean Janson congratulated by teammates after first-half goal

Sean Janson congratulated by teammates after first-half goal

 

 

 

 

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Gordon bows to Roger Williams 67-62 losing fourth straight

Austin Coene (22 points) gets into the paint

Austin Coene (22 points) gets into the paint

Garrisson Duvivier (20 points-12 rebounds-5 assists)

Garrisson Duvivier (20 points-12 rebounds-5 assists)

(Wenham MA) Well, that didn’t go so good!

The second time through the Commonwealth Coast Conference gave Gordon a chance to better their 4-5 record of the first time.

That record bettering didn’t get off to a good start this afternoon as the Scots (7-10) fell to Roger Williams, 67-62, on Saturday afternoon at the Bennett Center.

That’s four straight losses for the reeling Scots and their second straight to Roger Williams (8-9) in the 2015-16 season.

Eight more games left in the regular season, so there’s still time to improve on the 4-5 first-time slate.

If the young Scots have been anything this season it would be consistently inconsistent in so many games. Missing is a team steadiness, a team reliability. Consistently good offensive and defensive games in a row are not this team’s norm. Let me be quick to add that this irregularity is not from lack of desire.

Versus the Hawks from Bristol (RI) the Scots held the lead in the first half and didn’t fall behind (37-36) until there were fourteen minutes left in the game. The rest of the way? Very frustrating for Gordon Nation. The team came close several times but just couldn’t combine enough good shooting with defensive stops to catch the Hawks.

The Scots were 3-for-19 from downtown

The Scots were 3-for-19 from downtown

The Hawks were there to be caught too. The visitors missed seven free throws with the lead but the Scots seemed to buy into the long-range fix and that approach didn’t work this afternoon.

Gordon missed six straight 3-pointers after losing the lead before Jake Haar connected with sixteen seconds left. But there wasn’t enough time left to possess the ball with a chance to tie or get ahead.

With the shooting off it was crucial that the Gordon defense step up. Not this time. Freshman Austin Coene (22 points) and sophomore Nick Marini (15 points) were huge in the second half. The two guards were 9-for-12 between them and most of their scores were in the paint. The GC defense has to get better.

Sam Johnson gets two

Sam Johnson gets two

One area that has been consistently good for Gordon has been rebounding. Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier are one and three in the CCC so far. Against RWU those two collected twenty-one caroms and in the process allowed GC for the 14th time this season to out-rebound an opponent.

Garrisson added twenty points in an afternoon of heavy inside RW defensive pressure.

Efficiency Chart

Garrisson Duvivier 23

Austin Coene 22 (22 points)

Sam Johnson 15 (13 points/9 rebounds)

Nick Marini 14 (15 points/4 assists)

Graham Tienhaara 11

Roger Williams 72

Gordon 65

Boxscore

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Noah Szilagyi tries a 3-pointer

Noah Szilagyi tries a 3-pointer

Garrisson Duvivier near the rim

Garrisson Duvivier near the rim

Roger Williams won despite missing twelve free throws

Roger Williams won despite missing twelve free throws

Richie Armand

Richie Armand

Garrisson Duvivier had two dunks in the game including this one

Garrisson Duvivier had two dunks in the game including this one

Austin Coene defends

Austin Coene defends

Nick Marini (15 points)

Nick Marini (15 points)

Josh Syska draws a charge on Sam Johnson

Josh Syska draws a charge on Sam Johnson

Eric Demers splits the RW defense

Eric Demers splits the RW defense

 

 

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Another tough road loss…….73-71 to Roger Williams

(Amesbury/Bristol RI) Second straight 2-point loss on the road for Gordon.

The Scots (3-3) dropped this tough one to Roger Williams, 73-71, on Saturday afternoon.

Gordon was down all day but never completely out until Eric Demers missed a half-court prayer as the final buzzer sounded.

The Scots trailed 8-0 at the start, 33-24 at the half, and 68-56 with 3+ minutes left. Anyone of those deficits could have been fatal but each time the youthful visitors found their way back into contention.

Gordon was within two (72-70) with six seconds left and two free throws (Eric Demers). Chance for a tie but only one was made. The Scots had to foul and the game slipped away from them.

It was certainly a game that could have been won. A 24-point first half and a 47-point second half? Another factor was the frequency in which the Hawks blew by defenders for layups. Hans Miersma is gone from the inside so the perimeter defense must get better.

Big game for junior Andrew Wasik. He not only had twenty points but also tacked on five assists and four steals.

Sam Johnson registered his fourth double/double (18 points/11 rebounds) of the season. He had fourteen of those points in the second half when the Scots rallied back.

Freshman Eric Demers had a season-high 25 points, proving that he is past his road-shooting struggles. He hit four 3’s including one from in front of the GC bench with a defender in his face late in the game. Missed free throw in the last minute and no assists……………….there’s still work to do.

Noah Szilagyi helped the Scots back from a nine-point halftime deficit with two 3-pointers.

Efficiency Stats

Andrew Wasik 25

Sam Johnson 22

Eric Demers 15

Garrisson Duvivier 14 (10 points/6 assists/3 steals)

Conor O’Brien 11 (11 points)

Gordon 78

Roger Williams 77

Interesting to see that the efficiency numbers had Gordon as the better team. Minus a tough first half the Scots win this one by double-digits.

Good video from the Roger Williams website.

Seriously challenging next game for Gordon. They will be in Quincy Tuesday night facing undefeated Eastern Nazarene. ENC took out our neighbors in Beverly today just to give you a sense of how good they are. But I refuse to underestimate what Gordon is capable of. When a team can get shots off and always hustles, the possibility of winning anywhere is always there. How about Tuesday night in Quincy?

Box Score

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Underdog Saturday offers title chances to 3 Gordon teams

Saturday (November 7th) is travel day for GC volleyball, women’s soccer, and men’s soccer.

All three made it to Commonwealth Coast Conference championship games. All are underdogs.

The two women’s teams will be at Roger Williams in Bristol, Rhode Island while the men’s team will be down the street at Endicott.

All three GC teams lost to their Saturday opponents in their last matchup. The GC teams are lower seeds. You don’t like their chances………….on paper.

But one of the sweetest memories I have of Gordon sports happened in March of 2014 when the GC men’s basketball team took down #1 seed Nichols. You never saw a crowd as stunned as that raucous home crowd as the Scots pulled the upset. And I never was at a celebration that felt so good.

Tomorrow there will be three more chances to stun some home-crowd folks and celebrate on the road.

If the GC squads can get early leads, or at least hang close, the pressure starts to mount on the favored home teams.

How many titles can GC come away with on Underdog Saturday?

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Roger Williams ends 8-game slide defeating Gordon 57-52

Ryan Palumbo (16 points) defended by Jake Hart

Ryan Palumbo (16 points) defended by Jake Hart

Trevor Fahmy (shooting) gave Roger Williams the lead for good

Trevor Fahmy (shooting) gave Roger Williams the lead for good

(Wenham MA) Those looking for a happy home ending to Gordon’s regular season left the Bennett Center disappointed as the Scots fell to revved up Roger Williams, 57-52, on Tuesday night.

The Hawks (8-16) hadn’t won in a month and had given up at least thirty points in the paint in each of their last two games.

I suspected that Gordon’s inside game might light up RW but on this evening the Scots had only eighteen points in the paint.

The biggest cause for the Gordon loss was poor shooting.  In the second half alone the Scots missed ten more shots than the Hawks did.

Jaren Yang dials long-distance late in the game

Jaren Yang dials long-distance late in the game

The score was tied, 45-45, with 5:19 remaining.  RW had played better but Gordon was still in a position to win their fourth straight.  But the rest of the way the Scots were 1-for-8 and the visitors escaped with a win.

I started to think that it might be Roger Williams’ night when the 45-45 tie was broken on a three by 6-8 Trevor Fahmy.  It was one of those clock-is-running-out attempts by someone who had shot only one other three all season.  Let’s just say that Trevor probably wasn’t one of the likely 3-point shooters on the floor.  But the shot went in and the RW bench reacted as if it was the game winner.  As it turned out, Trevor’s shot gave the Hawks the lead for good.

Trevor was also part of an RW interior defense that turned Hans Miersma (5 points) into a non-factor.  When Hans did get the ball there was no room for him to turn.  He did get to the basket one time with a head of steam but ran over Josh Syska in the process.

Hans Miersma called for a charge

Hans Miersma called for a charge

Shutting down’s Gordon’s interior opened up shots on the perimeter for the Scots.  Jake Hart had sixteen points in Gordon’s win over Roger Williams at Bristol (RI) but no one stepped up in a similar fashion this time around.

Gordon (11-13) was not impacted in the Commonwealth Coast Conference standings with the loss.  They stayed in 5th place and still will end up there after Saturday afternoon’s game at Eastern Nazarene no matter what happens.

With the win, the Hawks move into a tie with Western New England for 6th place.  Eight of the ten CCC teams make the post-season and Curry and Salve Regina have now been eliminated.

Richie Armand helped off the court

Richie Armand helped off the court

The saddest part of this game was seeing Richie Armand go down in pain with a knee injury in the first half.  Richie worked very hard rehabbing that knee in order to join the team in January.  The 5-10 junior had worked his way into the starting lineup with his terrific defense and decision making.

The best player on the court was Ryan Palumbo.  The 5-10 senior was the top scorer with sixteen points and, as usual, played with the energy you wish every player could have.

Efficiency
Ryan Palumbo 13
Josh McCourt 13 (11 points/5 rebounds)
Jason Dempsey 12 (11 points/7 rebounds)
Hans Miersma 11 (9 rebounds)
Sam Johnson 10 (7 points/4 rebounds)

Roger Williams 66
Gordon 49

Boxscore

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Alex Puzone sees an opening

Alex Puzone sees an opening

Josh McCourt (10 points) drives

Josh McCourt (10 points) drives

Hans Miersma tries for a block

Hans Miersma tries for a block

Ball heading in my direction

Ball heading in my direction

Alex Puzone (#34) puts up a shot

Alex Puzone (#34) puts up a shot

Jaren Yang defended by Ryan Palumbo

Jaren Yang defended by Ryan Palumbo

Steve Vampatella warms up

Steve Vampatella warms up

Dominic Paradis

Dominic Paradis

 

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