Super Bowl Afterthoughts

They may tell us differently, but I am certain that Philadelphia Eagles’ fans were anxious before and during Super Bowl 52.

Why?  Many reasons.  The Patriots were “regulars” in these big games.  They knew the drill.  And then there’s ageless Tom Brady and the conniving Bill Belichick to be concerned about.

The game itself was certainly stressful for the Eagles’ faithful.  For a while, the Eagles were ahead, but the game wasn’t over.  There was still time for New England to make a comeback like the ones they had made in other Super Bowls.  And then the Patriots went into the lead.  I’m sure that the sentiment among many long-suffering Philly fans was: “Here we go again, finding a way to lose the big game.”

But can I add a certainty?  When the game was over, the Eagles’ fans watching the game lost their anxiety. They knew that their team had won.  It had actually happened.

I recall when Malcolm Butler rescued the Pats in the Super Bowl versus Seattle with his goal-line interception. It took a while for me to truly believe that “my” team had really won.  After seeing the replay, it sunk in.

How about another certainty: When the Philadelphia fans watch the replays of SB52, they will be stress free.  Yes, they’ll see negative plays, and the Patriots will take the lead, but there will not be an anxious moment.  Why? They know that the Eagles win in the end!

If you want to spend a pleasant afternoon (and you’re a Patriots’ fan) watch the replays of the Super Bowls that the Patriots have won.  They’re enjoyable because we win in the end!

Changing the subject “slightly”: There is going to be a Judgment Day.  We will stand before God and our eternal destination will be decided.

Harold Bussell (former pastor at Hamilton (MA) Congregational) regularly said at the end of Sunday services, and a paraphrase, “If your sins are forgiven you can face the graveyard across the street and know that before a holy and righteous God, you stand completely in the clear.”

If I know that my sins are forgiven, and they are, I do not have to worry about Judgment Day.  I win in the end!

Imagine watching the replay of SB52 with someone who claims to be an Eagles fan. They start expressing worry because negative things are happening in the game. You would have to conclude that this Eagles’ fan didn’t know how the game ended.

If you believe that your sins will not be counted against you on Judgment Day, you reflect that belief by facing life’s uncertainties differently than those who still wonder how things will turn out for them at the end of life.

Does that mean that a believer, whose sin record has been cleared, “enjoys” the pain and suffering along the way? Definitely, not.  But we know that we win in the end!  The broken will be fixed.  The tears will be dried.  Things will be better in the next life than we can possibly imagine.

I must live my life with the same optimism as a replay-watching Eagles’ fan who knows the ending.

I win in the end!

 

 

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Gordon holds off Western New England 84-77 on Senior Day

Gordon seniors and their families

Eric Demers (41 points) reached a new career high in points

(Wenham MA) Don’t let that final score fool you.

Western New England led by a point (74-73) with 2:38 left in this game. The outcome was anything but certain.

But the Scots (14-7) were offensively efficient down the stretch and posted a, 84-77, win on Saturday afternoon at the Bennett Center.

Special day for the Gordon faithful as the Scots four seniors (Jaren Yang, Steve Vampatella, Jake Hart, and Graham Tienhaara) were honored.

Traditionally, the Gordon seniors start on Senior Day.  That put first-time starters Steven Vampatella and Graham Tienhaara out there to open the game.

The senior foursome plus Eric Demers got off to a terrific start.  “I thought that Gordon came out with terrific energy,” said Western New England coach Colin Tabb afterwards.

Graham Tienhaara spins left for two in the early going.

By the time Graham Tienhaara went to the bench, he had six points and Gordon had a seven-point lead.  “Graham got us off to a great start,” said Gordon coach Tod Murphy.

Behind Eric Demers’ twenty-point first half the Scots were ahead, 48-38, at halftime.

Sixteen days ago, the Golden Bears (8-12) routed the Scots, 101-83, in Springfield so you had to expect that they would make things interesting in the second half.  And they did.

Mikey Pettway had thirty-one points and scored his 1000th point in the previous meeting.  This time around Mikey was off (13 points) but freshman EJ Day (28 points) more than made up for it.

“EJ Day is going to be a load to go against over the next three years,” said Coach Murphy.  EJ, like Mikey, displayed the ability to get shots off from anywhere despite being 5-10.  EJ made three’s and showed his quickness getting to the rim.

Freshman EJ Day (28 points) carried the Bears

Gordon led by sixteen (60-44) with 16:44 left.  But WNE didn’t go away.  Over the next 6+ minutes they overwhelmed the cooled off Scots.

An 18-2 run evened the teams at 62-62.  We had ourselves a ballgame!

What happened during that stretch?  Gordon made one of nine shots, including five three’s, and had three turnovers.  Then there’s Western New England: The Bears made seven of thirteen shots, with three of those seven baskets coming after they had grabbed offensive rebounds.

Gordon recovered to regain the lead but could never push their margin past three points.  Finally the Bears caught GC and went ahead (74-73) with 2:38 left on two EJ Day free throws.

Jaren Yang made pressure free throws late in the game

The rest of the way: “We made the plays we had to,” said Coach Murphy.  Eric Demers immediately made a three to give GC the lead for good as it turned out.  But there was also a key layup by Garrisson Duvivier in the last minute assisted by Jaren Yang.  Free throws were crucial and Jaren, Eric Demers, and Jake Hart made them.  Actually, Jake missed one but miraculously the ball stopped dead on the back of the rim with fifteen seconds left.  That’s a jump ball and the possession arrow favored the Scots. So Jake’s missed shot gave Gordon a fresh possession.

Eric Demers put up a career-high forty-one points with twenty in the first half and twenty-one in the second half.  In this breakout season, Eric has been able to get off shots against defenders of all sizes and speeds and shoot over 50% in twelve of the games.

Junior Garrisson Duvivier had his 15th double/double of this season.  He had sixteen points and fifteen rebounds.

Ahead is a neighborhood battle with Endicott on Wednesday night (7:30PM) in Beverly.  The winner of that game will be in second place in the Commonwealth Coast Conference behind Nichols.  In the previous Gulls/Scots matchup it was GC winning in overtime.  Realizing how hostile the atmosphere can be at Endicott, it would behoove the Scots to defeat the Gulls and avoid having to play a tournament game in Beverly.

Mikey Pettway (13 points) drives against Garrisson Duvivier

Two concerns in this game (for me) were the squandered lead and the twenty turnovers.  Players not named Eric and Garrisson need to lighten the scoring load on those two to prevent point-droughts when either of them cool off.  This afternoon’s twenty TO’s was the third time it has been that high.  The other two times were losses.  The Bears’ pressure had no part in the turnovers.  It was the passing.  Too many high-risk attempts.

Nice gathering afterward to hear the coaches retell the exploits of the four seniors.  The players will be missed.

Three weeks from now I could be writing about Gordon’s third CCC title in the last eight years.  Hope so.

Jaren Yang collected his 4th career block this afternoon for those keeping track at home!

“I was hoping to get Steve and Graham back into the game at the end, but it was so close,” said Coach Murphy.

Battle for a rebound – Garrisson had 15 rebounds vs Western New England

“Gordon took us out of the normal flow of our offense today,” said Coach Tabb.  “They didn’t leave certain shooters and it kept us from getting clean looks.”

“Good teams have to win tough games like this one,” said Coach Murphy.

Gordon has won ten of their last twelve games.

Gordon has now won nine of their last ten games with Western New England.

Western New England had a win over top-ranked Nichols at Nichols in early January.  They meet again in Springfield next Saturday.

Efficiency

Eric Demers 30

Garrisson Duvivier 28

EJ Day 23 (28 points)

Tim Reilly 17 (15 points)

Gordon 95

Western New England 70

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Jaren Yang with parents

Jake Hart and family

Graham Tienhaara and family

Steve Vampatella and family

Coach Tod Murphy talks about his four seniors

Eric Demers layup with senior Steve Vampatella in the background

Jake Hart

Garrisson Duvivier (16 points) puts up a shot

Jaren Yang shoots a technical foul shot

Tim Reilly (15 points) contests an Eric Demers’ layup attempt

Two of the CCC’s best go head-to-head

Eric Demers makes a tough shot late in the game

 

 

 

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Gordon controls Wentworth 83-62

Eric Demers (26 points) was covered by one of the CCC’s best defenders

Stephen Azums had nineteen points for Wentworth

(Wenham MA) For fourteen minutes Wentworth had the game under control.  The tempo was deliberate with plenty of passes and cuts.  The score was low and close.

But with the score tied 22-22, Gordon went on to finish the final six minutes of the first half at a pace more to their liking and that tie score changed into a 40-25 halftime lead for the Scots.

The second half was more of the same and Gordon put the Leopards away in convincing fashion, 83-62, on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center.

The win keeps the Scots (13-7/9-4) in a tie with Endicott for second place in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

Wentworth (13-7/8-5) slides back to third in the CCC.

Garrisson Duvivier (15 points) powers to the hoop

In the first meeting with Wentworth, Gordon had a twenty-five point lead in the second half but the Leopards put a terrific comeback together to make things tight at the end.

“Tonight’s game looked very similar to the first time we played them,” recalled GC coach Tod Murphy afterwards.  “We had a big lead at halftime.  Bumped it up to twenty-five but this time we didn’t give away twenty of it as we did last time.”

The Leopards tonight were within thirteen (48-35) with 16:34 left in the second half before Gordon ran nine straight points to gain serious separation (57-35) 4 ½ minutes later.  On this evening, there was no WIT comeback.

There were plenty of positives for the home team.

Eric Demers, held to thirteen points in Boston, had eighteen points in the first half alone and ended up with twenty-six for the night.

Senior Jaren Yang gets two

It looked like it might be a tough game for the GC sophomore when Wentworth put last season’s CCC Defensive Player-of-the-Year (Sam Knollmeyer) on Eric.  Not on this night.  Eric had two fouls on the WIT senior in no time.

Eric was a key part of the Gordon surge in the last six minutes of the first half with a jump shot, two layups, and four free throws.

Jake Haar, known as “Ice,” became “Fire” in the final 1:24 of the first half with a free throw, a jump shot, and a three-point shot.

The breakaway segment (nine straight points) in the second half, that pushed the GC lead into the twenties, featured a layup by senior Jake Hart, a 3 and a jump shot by Eric Demers, and a layup by freshman Parker Omslaer.

The Gordon defense was impressive.  “I keep telling our guys that we’ve got to create our offense in the defensive end,” said Coach Murphy.  “We did that tonight.  We got some stops.  We got some rebounds.  We ran it down the floor.”

The Scots also had some steals.  The Leopards had sixteen turnovers.  Six of them happened because Garrisson Duvivier reached a career high in steals.

Garrisson Duvivier sets up teammate Noah Szilagyi for a layup

The best stat of the night?  I am very much interested in turnovers.  Tonight the Scots had only seven!  That’s taking good care of the ball.

You want to beat Wentworth you better be able to control Jason Ganley.  Jason set a school scoring record (39 points) against GC last year.  Tonight the defense of Matt Valles, Josh Ribeiro, and Graham Tianhaara limited Jason to eight points (He averages 20.7 points per game) on 3-for-13 shooting.

“Graham gave us great minutes after all of our top four bigs had two fouls each,” added Coach Murphy.

Defeating Wentworth twice in a season is certainly a pleasant change after the Leopards had won seven of the previous nine meetings.

Both teams had gone 5-2 since they last met three weeks ago.

Stephen Azums puts up a shot

Sophomore Stephen Azums reached nineteen points for WIT. Stephen leads the CCC in field goal percentage.  He had a season-high twenty-seven points in the Leopards win at UNE.

Eric Demers has averaged 27.5 points per game since the Wentworth loss.  “Eric, when he’s on, is really tough to stop,” said Coach Murphy.  “I know that he takes some shots that he shouldn’t, but I’ve got to let him take those because he’s so good right now.”

One thing that I’ve noticed in Eric’s play lately, is that those who choose to defend him on the perimeter get caught by his drives to the basket.  He has been drawing fouls and has made 33-of-36 free throw attempts in the last eight games.

Garrisson Duvivier ended his streak of double/doubles at eight.  He had nine rebounds.  He did set a career record for steals and, also had three blocks.

Saturday ends Gordon’s four-game homestand.  They will be facing Western New England.  Last time the teams met the Bears celebrated Mikey Pettway’s 1000th points and a 101-83 victory.

Meghan Foley (31 points) was 8-for-8 from the line in their OT win over Wentworth

Enjoyed seeing the GC women’s team win again.  It has been the best season they’ve had in a while.  Meghan Foley had thirty-one points versus Wentworth in tonight’s overtime win and was eight-for-eight from the line.  I keep wanting to do one of their games.

Efficiency Chart

Garrisson Duvivier 24

Eric Demers 19

Stephen Azums 18

Jaren Yang 13

Jake Haar 11

Gordon 103

Wentworth 48

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Eric Demers splits two Leopards

Eric Demers tries to drive past Ellis Christmas

Garrisson Duvivier at the rim

Graham Tienhaara and Sam Knollmeyer

Jason Ganley between Garrisson Duvivier and Matt Valles

Garrisson Duvivier had three blocks

Graham Tienhaara and Stephen Azums battle for a rebound

Jason Ganley shoots over Jake Hart

 

 

 

 

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Nichols wins eighth straight over Gordon 97-74

Daequon Antoine (24 points) underhands a layup

Nichols coach Tom Glynn looks on as Marcos Echevarria (22 points) heads to the baseline

(Wenham MA) Some teams you just can’t beat.

Nichols has become one of those for Gordon.  The Scots have lost eight straight times to the Bison.

The last win against them is starting to become a distant memory but it will never go away.  That was the game in which Gordon won the Commonwealth Coast Conference title in March of 2014.

Nichols has lost two CCC games this year.  Watching them demolish Gordon this afternoon, 97-74, you wonder how that is possible.

But upon reflection, you realize that the Scots have been having games like Nichols had today, most of January.

Tyler Dion – One of the five starters scoring double figures

The winning difference?  Shots steadily falling.

Gordon has had some successful shootouts this month.  This wasn’t one of them.

“Nichols definitely felt it this afternoon,” said GC coach Tod Murphy.

All five Bison starters reached double digits.

The bad-news stat was that the visitors had sixteen offensive rebounds and seventeen second-chance points.  The Scots were not good on the boards!

Gordon totaled only thirty-three rebounds which was a season low.

Factor this: the Bison were without the CCC’s #3 rebounder (Jerome Cunningham) and yet they dominated the Scots on the glass anyhow.  “I would like to think that we would have had a better game if he (Jerome Cunningham) had played but I don’t think that that is possible,” said Coach Murphy.

Gordon’s Eric Demers (29 points) continues to be a player capable of getting his points against any defense.  Eric saw plenty of Marcos Echevarria’s tight defense today but still put up points.

Eric Demers ended up with 29 points

Meanwhile, down the other end, Nichols (16-3) worked their way into great looks and cashed them mercilessly. Senior Daequon Antoine led the Bison with eleven in the first and thirteen in the second.

Marcos Echevarria notched eighteen points in the second half.

Garrisson Duvivier stretched his run of double/doubles to eight with twelve points and eleven rebounds.  The Bison were tough inside and Garrisson earned everything he got.

Quietly, in this game, Garrisson slipped into 11th place on the GC all-time scorer’s list.  Tonight’s 12 got him past Mike Herr and gives Garrisson a total of 1242 career points.

My college friend/teammate and a member of our wedding party, Gene Fitzgerald, is currently in 10th place with 1297 points.  With six regular-season games left, plus the tournament, I think it is safe to say that Gene’s hold on the 10th spot may not last the season.

Nichols’ Jerome Cunningham told me before the game that he is out with a concussion but expects to return to playing next week.

Garrisson Duvivier is now GC’s 11th all-time leading scorer

“The only good news out of this game is that it counts as one loss instead of four or five,” said Coach Murphy. “We will certainly lose a lot of games playing like we did today.”

The consistent NC offense gained significant separation in both halves.

In the first half, the Bison transformed a 22-16 advantage into a 34-16 advantage by making four-of-five shots over 3+ minutes while GC countered with a missed three and three turnovers.

Six minutes into the second half Gordon was within ten (57-47) but again off went Nichols.  They made fields goals in five straight possessions while the Scots were one-of-four and had a turnover in their five possessions.  The lead became twenty (69-49) after this and a good Bennett Center crowd had little to cheer about the rest of the way.

I asked Coach Murphy how you recover from a loss like today’s: “It’s only one loss.  That’s the only way we can look at it.  We’ve got to think about the things we did poorly and get better the next time.”

Next game for the Scots is Tuesday night at home against Wentworth (7:30PM).  The Leopards are also 8-4 in league play.  They lost today to ENC.  The Leopards trailed by three late in the game.  Jason Ganley was fouled shooting a three with three seconds left. Jason made the first two but missed the third.

Efficiency Chart

Daequon Antoine 31 (24 pts,7 reb, 4 steals)

Eric Demers 25 (29 pts)

Marcos Echevarria 21 (22 pts, 4 assists)

Garrisson Duvivier 17 (5 blocks, 12 pts, 11 reb)

DeAnte Bruton 17 (15 pts, 4 assists)

Nichols 112

Gordon 82

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Parker Omslaer gets a first-half jam

Eric Demers (29 pts) guarded by Marcos Echevarria

Matt Valles (35) tries covering Daequon Antoine

Action under the basket

Matt Morrow (10 points) finishes

Under the basket

Graham Tienhaara guards Dakota Nicoll

Avelino Damoura and Nate Tenaglia

 

 

 

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Gordon wins shootout 126-108 over UNE

Eric Demers (37 points) made seven 3’s in win over UNE

UNE frequently changed players to keep them fresh

(Wenham MA) If you try to cover a game with the University of New England you better have career stats handy.

UNE coach Ed Silva told me before the game, “We play everyone. We try to create chaos.  We want to press and score points in a hurry.  We’re hoping to wear down our opponents and finish strong.”

The Nor’Easters did all that, but it wasn’t enough as Gordon defeated them, 126-108, on Wednesday night in Commonwealth Coast Conference action.

The Scots (12-6) had been on the wrong side of a 121-113 score at UNE earlier in the season and were better prepared this time around for what UNE would do.

The Scots wasted little time getting the ball down the court.

“We didn’t turn the ball over as much,” recalled GC coach Tod Murphy.  “We were a lot more aggressive going to the basket when we broke their press.  Last time we didn’t do that.”

Coach Murphy was quick to admit that Eric Demers (37 points) was a key to the win. “It sure helps when Eric is shooting the way he did tonight.  It felt like he had forty!”

Actually, Eric had thirty-seven, including twenty in the first half.  “Everyone gets open looks when they double-team,” said Eric afterwards.  “We moved the ball great and I was fortunate to be the open guy all night long.”

The game was certainly enjoyable to watch with all the fast back-and-forths but not everyone on the GC side was happy about the style of play.  “I like the final score but I don’t ever want to play a game like that in my life,” said Coach Murphy. Why?  “You just never feel comfortable because they score so many points and they score them so fast.  I didn’t clear my bench until there were two minutes left and we had a twenty-point lead!”

Garrisson Duvivier had his 13th Double D of the season

This was anyone’s game, considering how fast points were being scored, 7 ½ minutes into the second half.  The Scots were in front, 84-79, but it was far from a comfortable lead.

Five + minutes later, things were a whole lot different. During that time, UNE missed all eleven shots from the floor, while the Scots went off with twenty-four points.

The beauty of those breakaway twenty-four points was that seven different players (Eric Demers, Jaren Yang, Josh Crutchfield, Avelino Damoura, Matt Valles, Josh Ribeiro, and Jake Haar) contributed.

That sparkling display of scoring separated GC from the team from Biddeford, 108-81, with seven minutes to go.  Still time enough for UNE’s instant offense and turnover-causing pressure to usher them back into the game but on this evening the Scots turned the UNE pressure into open looks (and points) the rest of the way and took the victory.

Parker Omslaer was one of several GC freshmen achieving a career stat in this game

I have a hunch that several Gordon single-game records were broken in tonight’s win: most points (126), most assists (30), most blocks (11), and most made 3-point shots (18).

Quietly, among all the long-range shooting, Garrisson Duvivier had yet another double/double.  The talented junior put 18 points together with 15 rebounds.  Garrisson now has seven straight games with Double D’s and thirteen for the season.

After a look at the scoresheet I found additional good news: the GC freshman had a remarkable night.

Career highs for the Class of 2020: Matt Valles 9 rebounds, Parker Omslaer 10 points, Josh Crutchfield 8 assists, and Avelino Damoura 9 points.

Who’s Avelino Damoura?  “He transferred from WPI,” explained Coach Murphy, “and they don’t recruit slouches.  He’s going to be a good one for us.”

Eric Demers added, “He (Avelino) is going to help us a lot in the future.”

Missing from the game was Noah Szilagyi.  Noah has been hospitalized with pneumonia.  “I was a little nervous going into the game without Noah because he spreads the floor for us,” said Eric of his teammate.

Senior Jake Hart (15) defends

I mentioned after the last game (Curry) how important the following four home games were.  Three of the teams had beaten GC the first time around.  UNE was one of those.

Next opponent will be Nichols on Saturday (3PM).  The top-seeded Bison shot over 50% against Gordon last time and collected 100 points and won convincingly in Dudley.

Nichols is 9-2 in the CCC.  The Scots are 8-3.  A battle for the top spot will play out on Saturday afternoon.

I saw, via the excellent UNE web broadcast, the Nor’Easters defeat Endicott and Nichols in Biddeford this past week.

UNE (9-9) is now 2-6 on the road.

I asked UNE coach Silva about transforming his team into the new style of play.  “I looked at the players we were returning, as well as the recruits, and knew that we didn’t have the size to match up with other teams.  The running/pressing style was the best fit to get the most out of the players we would have.  The returning players were shocked by the change at first but they’ve made it work.”

Wentworth is tied for second in the CCC.  Tonight Curry almost got them in overtime.

Efficiency chart

Eric Demers 31

Garrisson Duvivier 28

Josh Crutchfield 17 (8 assists)

Parker Omslaer 16

Jaren Yang 15 (8 assists)

Gordon 169

UNE 109

Box from the game

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Josh Ribeiro reaches in

UNE coach Ed Silva questions a call

Drew Munoz (from Gloucester MA) gets two

Josh Crutchfield (10) goes one-on-one against Jacob Hickey

Steve Vampatella (33) looks for a rebound with Sean Walsh (20)

Newcomer Avelino Damoura lifts a three

Matt Lorman heads past Jaren Yang

Jaren Yang tries to slow down Daron Hoges

Eric Demers (21) sets up for a resounding block of Matt Lorman’s layup attempt

Senior Gavin Dibble takes an inbounds pass

 

 

 

 

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Gordon finishes road trip with 84-70 win over Curry

Garrisson Duvivier – 16 points and a career-high 20 rebounds against Curry

(Amesbury MA) The Scots did not fall into the trap of taking Curry lightly.

The Colonels (1-16) led very briefly in the first half and then slid to a twelve-point deficit (37-25) at the half.  After Gordon (11-6) scored the first eleven points of the second half, the game headed toward the assumed outcome.

Credit the Colonels for persistence.  Lhereif Kenku canned twenty for them in the second half to hold down the final Gordon margin.

Curry joined the ranks of teams unable to shut down Garrisson Duvivier.  GD already had a double/double by halftime and finished with sixteen points and a career-high twenty rebounds.

According to the Gordon website Garrisson is now 12th on the all-time scoring list.  My unofficial records have him in 11th with 1212 points.  I’ll need help getting that straight.

The Scots have now played three road games in the last five days.  The big win at Roger Williams was offset by the loss Thursday night at Western New England.  The win today at Curry gets Gordon set up for four straight home games.

How crucial are these home games?  Very!  Three of them are against teams (UNE, Nichols, Western New England) that have wins over GC.  A little revenge?  The other home game is against Wentworth, the team currently tied for second place in the Commonwealth Coast Conference with Gordon.

Kieran Carroll had twenty points for Curry

UNE defeated Endicott this afternoon in Biddeford (ME), dropping the Gulls into second play, so they will be a big challenge Wednesday night in the EARLY game (5:30).

Both Lheriet Kenku and teammate Kieran Carroll (20 points) put up good numbers for Curry.  The issue, for Curry, was the unproductive rest of the team.  Take away Lheriet and Kieran’s 17-for-32 overall field goal shooting and the rest of the team was a very low 8-for-38.

The Colonels have now lost fifteen straight this season.  Their stretch of losses in the CCC now reaches forty-five and counting.  Their last win was in February of 2015 against Salve Regina.

Eric Demers found enough open space to reach twenty-two points.  He also took in six rebounds.

The Scots have won nine of their last eleven games.

Avelino Damoura made his debut last game.  In game he cashed a three to earn his first GC points.

Efficiency Chart

Garrisson Duvivier 34

Lheriet Kenku 22 (27 points,6 rebounds)

Eric Demers 21

Kieran Carroll 17 (20 points,6 rebounds)

Jake Haar 12 (10 points)

Gordon 97

Curry 65

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Western New England ends Gordon’s win streak 101-83

Junior Mikey Pettway reached 1000 points in tonight’s game.

Garrisson Duvivier (26 points, 17 rebounds)

(Amesbury MA) They came to see junior Mikey Pettway get his 1000th point and that’s not all they got.

The entire Western New England team played like thousand-point scorers as the Bears (7-8) dominated the Scots from beginning to end.

The GC winning streak ended abruptly at six. Also ending was a nine-game winning streak the Scots had against the team from Springfield (MA).

Mikey Pettway got his 1000th point in the first half and he got GC’s top scorer (Eric Demers) in foul trouble in that first half as well.

The Golden Bears feasted from long range in the first half making nine from out there.  The home team never trailed.

Despite the loss, Garrisson Duvivier outdid his amazing game of two days ago against Roger Williams.  Tonight’s was better because Garrisson missed only seven shots.  Who knew that he would become such a good foul shooter (8-for-9)?  26 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists.

That six-game win streak carried some weight despite the fast start by WNE.  The Bears will cool down and the Scots will shoot by them….at least that was what I thought would happen.

Eric Demers had 27 points in limited minutes

Into the second half, I was feeling pretty smart.  Eric (Demers) came out making shots and 3+ minutes into the second half the score was 55-50.  But then Eric picked up his 4th foul and had to come out.

I said to myself at the time, “Someone is going to have to pick up a lot of scoring or this game is going to get away from us.”  That “someone” never appeared and Western New England continued to roll offensively.  By the time Eric (and his four fouls) returned (9:39) the home team led, 74-57, and the cows had left the barn.

Eric put up some points, thereafter, and Garrisson had his way in close but the Bears offense never ran out of good shots as they collected 101 points.  That is the third time an opponent has scored 100 points against GC and none of the games ended happily for the team from Wenham.  Obviously, the Gordon defense had a subpar evening and it cost them.

Ahead, on Saturday, is a trip to Milton for a game with Curry.  The Colonels have yet to win a Commonwealth Coast Conference game this season.  Last year they nearly upset the Scots in Milton.

Jaren Yang continued his run of good numbers with fourteen points and six assists.  Jaren made four three’s for GC.

A key to the recent Gordon successes has been the contributions of the second unit.  Those contributions didn’t happen in this one.  Instead of closing the gap against WNE, the gap widened.

Meanwhile, the Bears had six players in double figures.  Their best stat?  They had twenty-one assists and six turnovers.

You watch the way Western New England played tonight and you could see how they could defeat Nichols.  The Bears consistently made shots and the Bison had some cool spots.  The “cool spot” for Gordon tonight was early on and they never recovered.

Avelino Damoura made his Gordon debut in the final minutes.

Efficiency Chart

Garrisson Duvivier 42

Mikey Pettway 25 (31 points,6 assists)

Jaren Yang 22 (14 points, 6 assists)

Eric Demers 21 (27 points)

Alex Sikorski 19 (14 points)

Western New England 121

Gordon 91

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