(Wenham MA) Big doings in just one game.
Gordon (22-4) outlasted Roger Williams, 103-89, to reach the Commonwealth Coast Conference title game on Saturday at Holy Cross (4:30PM).
But that’s not all.
Senior Garrisson Duviver (28 points) passed Jim Petty to gain the top spot as Gordon’s all-time leading scorer.
The shooting in this game was remarkable. Defense was being played by both teams, but it didn’t seem to have much effect!
Roger Williams (15-12) made eleven three’s in the first half and still trailed by two (51-49).
“I didn’t know if they were ever going to miss a shot,” said GC coach Tod Murphy post-game. “At halftime I said, ‘I don’t know whether to be scared out of my mind because we’re shooting and playing so well and only up by two or if I should be thrilled that they’ve made so many three’s (11-for-19) that they can’t keep it up.’”
As it turned out, the Scots (23-4) never cooled off. In the second half they made nineteen of twenty-seven field goal attempts including an astonishing 7-for-8 from long range. They were also 7-for-7 from the foul line.
That sort of shooting is hard to match but credit the Hawks, they were still able to be close (85-85) with 5:43 left.
After that? The team from Bristol (RI) had unproductive possessions while the Scots rolled on in their happy shooting ways.
If you’re looking for big shots, Jake Haar’s two three’s (assisted by Eric Demers) in Gordon’s next three possessions will do. Garrisson Duvivier had a layup in between the two triples and suddenly Gordon was up, 93-85, with three minutes left.
Again credit RW for hanging in there. Two Austin Coene (36 points) layups surrounded a Garrisson Duviver turnoever and the Scots’ lead was only four (93-89) with 2:14 left.
Turning point alert: Over the final 2:14 the Hawks didn’t score again. Missed a jump shot, a layup, a three, and had two turnovers.
Meanwhile, the Scots added two points on each of their final five possessions; layups Eric Demers and Garrisson Duvivier, and free throws Noah Szilagyi (4) and Eric Demers (2).
That closing run was enough to give Gordon a 103-89 semifinals win.
“There is great competition in the CCC,” said Garrisson afterwards. “In the tournament everyone is coming to play. Roger Williams brought it tonight.”
There were seven ties and six lead changes.
“It was like the Nichols game and the Wentworth game,” said Coach Murphy. “I wish we could get up and stay up.”
“You go through highs and you go through lows,” said Garrisson, “but you do it together. It was our group of guys coming together. We just kept attacking.”
Gordon will face top seed Nichols (24-2) in the title game. Five years ago was the last time the Scots got this far. The opponent then? Nichols.
“The last time we were in this game was against Nichols,” said Coach Murphy, “and it turned out pretty well.”
Possibly lost in all the interest in Garrisson’s quest to be the GC all-time scorer was the play of the other four starters.
Parker Omslaer – eight points, nine rebounds, 4-for-5 shooting.
Eric Demers – thirty-four points on a very hot 13-for-17 shooting, four assists.
Noah Szilagyi – fourteen points, three steals.
Jake Haar – most 3’s (five) he’s had since Salem State in November, fifteen points, three assists.
It truly was, as Garrisson said, a team effort.
The CCC’s player-of-the year (Austin Coene) was good as usual: 36 points, 6 assists, 8 rebounds.
“Austin is an unbelievable player,” said Coach Murphy. “I’m thrilled not to have to play against him anymore.”
Freshman Eli Harris (20 points) hit six triples for the Hawks.
Coach Murphy on Garrisson: “I didn’t think that he’d score like he’s done. When I recruited him he weighed about 190 pounds. He showed up on campus and he was 220. I said, ‘this is a kid who wants to be the best.’ I knew he wanted it and would work at it.”
Garrisson on being the scoring leader: “It’s a blessing. I never thought it would happen. I knew I was close, but I didn’t know if I was going to get it or not. It’s just the grace of God that has allowed me to be here and doing what I’ve done. The record would have meant nothing if we hadn’t won the game.”
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