(Wenham MA) You had to wonder:
“Which team is 14-3?”
“Which team lost by twenty the last time the two teams played?”
Salve Regina was the first and Gordon was the second.
On this afternoon, as the game unfolded, it was easy to be confused.
Gordon clearly dominated Salve Regina from beginning to end and earned a satisfying, 93-70, win on Saturday afternoon’s Senior Day.
“That was something special out there for sure,” said Gordon coach Tod Murphy afterwards.
The Scots (8-10) in the Commonwealth Coast Conference jumped out by ten points early (18-7) and had the margin up to twenty (44-23) at halftime.
Passes were connecting and shots were falling for the home team.
A loss or win in this last game of the regular season wasn’t going to change either team’s place in the standings. SR was assured of second and GC was assured of seventh.
The Scots will host a play-in game with Curry on Monday night. A win there (Curry is 0-12 on the road and have lost sixteen straight games) and Gordon will travel to Newport to face Salve Regina again.
“We wanted Salve to know that they won’t be getting a rollover game if we play them on Tuesday,” said Coach Murphy.
Gordon honored their seniors (Parker Omslaer, Ben North, David Massillon) before the game.
“It’s always a good time when you get to win on Senior Night,” said David Massillon post-game.
You expected that the Seahawks would make things more competitive in the second half, but they didn’t.
The Scots scored the first ten points of the half and their lead enlarged to thirty points after three minutes.
Two Parker Omslaer layups (one assisted by Bryce Smith) surrounded three’s by Ben North and Bryce Smith provided the ten unanswered points for Gordon.
“Parker and Ben were getting a ton of good looks,” recalled David Massillon.
Parker (17 points) was a perfect 8-for-8 from the floor.
Bryce had a double/double with ten points and a season-high ten assists.
Michael Makiej totaled sixteen points while leading everyone with eight rebounds.
Gordon has now won three straight games. “We’ve had a couple of games lately where we’ve shown what we’re capable of,” said Coach Murphy. “When we put together defense and offense, we can beat the top teams in the conference.”
The 30-point Gordon lead early in the half turned the rest of the half into a more relaxed state. The only tense moment was when Parker went down with a knee injury with five minutes left.
“I saw the season pass before me when he went down,” said Coach Murphy. “I panicked when it happened because he has been playing so well.”
I asked Parker about the knee afterwards. “I think I’ll be okay for Monday,” he said. “It’s a big game. I’ll play through it.”
Junior Garrett Sattazahn continues to put up big numbers. Today it was twenty-five points, including seven made three’s.
“G (Garrett) is on a roll right now,” said David Massillon. “I love it when he makes a ton of shots.”
“Garrett has been one of the top players in the CCC the last 3-4 weeks,” added Coach Murphy.
How far can the Scots go in the tournament?
“We came out today with aggression and passion,” said Ben North afterwards. “We have to play each game ahead the same way.”
Parker: “The five years here went by like a flash. I’m happy to play with my brothers and I’m glad we got the win. I’m ready for the playoffs.”
Ben: “It’s been a long road for me to get here. It’s been a wild four years and I wouldn’t trade any second of it.”
The score differential gave both coaches the opportunity to use all their players.
Gordon’s representative in the G-League (Eric Demers) was in the crowd with Lauren and their son. “I’m getting paid to do something I enjoy, play basketball,” Eric said.
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