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Gordon upsets Endicott 83-77 on Senior Day

Eric Demers (35 points) ends up with the ball in the closing seconds

Xahn Frater and Josh Crutchfield celebrate with the Gordon student section

Eric Demers off a screen

(Wenham MA) This one didn’t get away like the OT loss in January did.

The Scots (10-9) took the lead for good with just under three minutes left and held off Endicott, 83-77, on Saturday afternoon.

“Obviously winning a game is a great thing,” said Gordon coach Tod Murphy postgame, “but when you do it against a team like Endicott, that’s pretty special.”

The Gulls (15-5) have the best record (9-2) in the Commonwealth Coast Conference despite the loss.

The records, however, are irrelevant to the excitement each of these games between EC and GC creates.

Rebound battle between Matt McDevitt (14 rebounds) and Parker Omslaer (13 rebounds)

“What a great college-game atmosphere,” said Endicott coach Kevin Bettencourt afterwards.  “We look forward to this game just like they do.”

The crowd was active.  The seats were filled and Gordon’s two seniors (Eric Demers and AJ Terry) were honored pre-game.

“The crowd was amazing,” added junior Josh Crutchfield.  “It felt like we were on top of the world.”

Eric Demers (35 points) continues to be productive despite drawing special defensive attention.

Eric has now scored at least thirty points in eleven straight games.  “What he did tonight is standard for him,” said Coach Murphy.

Asked about the game afterwards, Eric deflected the credit away from himself: “We stick together.  I think we’ve really matured over the last few weeks.  The beginning of the season was “get the ball to Eric and see what happens.”  Now we’re starting to jell as a team and trust one another.  That’s what it takes to win games.”

Today’s game featured eight ties and twelve lead changes.  Plenty to stir the hopes of each team!

However, with 2:53 left in the game, the last of those lead changes took place as Eric drained a three in front of the Gordon student section and the Scots were in front, 76-74.

Eric Demers drains the go-ahead three

“We had some shots late that we were comfortable with that just didn’t go in,” said Coach Bettencourt.  “Credit Gordon, they made a few extra plays down the stretch.”

Keith Brown (26 points)

Senior Keith Brown paced the Gulls with twenty-six points while freshman Jalen Echevarria added eighteen.

Junior Matt McDevitt also tallied eighteen points and had some impressive additional stats to go with his point production; fourteen rebounds and seven assists.  He only missed four shots.  It was his second double/double of the season.

The defeat ended a six-game win streak for the Gulls.  Gordon has now won two straight.

Coach Murphy ventured into new territory during our conversation afterwards: “Our defense made the difference tonight and I haven’t said that all season long.  We recognized where their shooters were for the most part and made plays when we needed to.”

In the January loss, Endicott picked the Gordon zone apart (28 assists) and forced Coach Murphy to abandon that defense.  That didn’t happen tonight.  The Gulls had only fourteen assists and the zone was still in place at game’s end.

Xahn Frater and Jalen Echevarria

Freshman Xahn Frater saw his longest minutes of the season (21) and contributed six points, all in the second half.

“Xahn and Zach (Bennett) stepped up today,” said Josh Crutchfield.  “They acted like they were seniors!”

Parker Omslaer (13 points/13 rebounds) had his fourth double/double of the season.  A key play for the 6-11 junior was his defense in a late Endicott possession.  Speedster Jalen Echevarria (5-9) drove toward the basket looking for points and/or a foul.  He got neither.  “When he came in, I just wanted to stay straight up,” said Parker.  “I was able to contest the shot without fouling.”

Parker Omslaer (13 points) jams

“When Parker jumps straight up, he has such an impact,” added Coach Murphy.

Eric Demers: “You do all that practicing for moments like this.”

Coach Murphy: “I can’t say enough about our two seniors.  Tonight, AJ was so active, rebounding and blocking shots.”

Coach Bettencourt: “This is the fun part of the season.  We’re getting into February and some big games are coming up.”

Josh Crutchfield: “Endicott has a wonderful team.  It’s always great to beat them.”

Parker Omslaer: “Out of anyone, Endicott is the one I want to beat.  That last game with them is still in my memory.  I appreciate all the support the crowd gave today.”

Senior AJ Terry was honored pre-game

AJ Terry: “I think we won it on the defensive end.  We got big rebounds late in the game.  I fouled out but my teammates stepped up.  Best crowd of the year.  I hope they show up for some more games.”

Zach Quanico: “It was surreal with all the people here.  To the upper classmen this game means a lot and we have to understand that.”

Justin Yu: “It is always a great game with them.  A three-point lead against Endicott is nothing.”

Nice gathering afterwards to honor Eric and AJ.

Two more regular-season home games left; Roger Williams (11th) and UNE (19th).  The Scots travel to Western New England on Wednesday.

Box from the game

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Sam Johnson, Cody Hunt, Josh Ribeiro, Graham Tienhaara, Garrisson Duvivier

Mike Schnackenberg and family

Matt McDevitt (18 points)

Josh Crutchfield in for a layup

Jalen Echevarria

Isaiah Godwin dives for a loose ball

Garrett Sattazahn (14 points)

Eric Demers tips in a rebound

Eric Demers leans in for a foul

Eric Demers draws a foul

Eric Demers was 10-for-10 from the free throw line

Eric Demers and Jordan Pettway

Eric Demers and family

Eric Demers three on the way

Cody Hunt and Josh Ribeiro

AJ Terry and family

Billy Arsenault

 

 

 

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Gordon shoots past Curry 106-84

AJ Terry had a career night for Gordon with twenty points and fourteen rebounds

Eric Demers had thirty-one points and four assists

(Wenham MA) Gordon played its best game of the season and defeated Curry, 106-84, on Tuesday night.

“We needed a game like that,” said GC coach Tod Murphy afterwards. “We’ve been struggling lately.”

The Scots (9-9) had lost three straight before tonight’s stat-happy performance.

The Colonels (5-14) ended a 77-game losing streak in the Commonwealth Coast Conference with a win last week over Western New England.  Combine that with Gordon’s 3-game losing streak and tonight’s contest had some ominous possibilities for Gordon.

And that was the way it looked for the first 15 ½ minutes of the first half.

Jared Thorpe-Johnson (23 points and 9 rebounds)

The Colonels made shots and the Scots made shots.  The first team to cool off was going to be in trouble.

On this night, it was the team from Milton (MA).

Curry had a 33-32 lead with 4:50 left ‘til halftime.  Then the bottom fell out for them.

The Colonels didn’t score another point in the half.  They missed eight shots including five three’s.  They also had four turnovers.

Meanwhile, Gordon kept right on putting up points (sixteen unanswered) hitting six of eight shots including two three’s.

Daymeann Stewart (26 points) and Josh Crutchfield

Eric Demers (31 points) had two 3’s in this lengthy segment of good offense and defense.

The Scots led, 48-33, at the half.

The closest the visitors could get in the second half was thirteen points (64-51).  The lead reached twenty points for good with 6 ½ minutes left and the benches cleared for much of the rest of the game.

“I thought that Eric turned the game around for us with his unselfishness,” added Coach Murphy.  “He made some extra passes and suddenly his teammates were doing the same thing.”

Gordon had a season-high twenty assists.  Eric has a season-high four assists.

AJ Terry looks to pass

Senior AJ Terry had his best game as a Scot.  He recorded his third double/double with career highs in points (20) and rebounds (14).  AJ added five assists to an impressive outing.

Curry had big games from two seniors.  Daymeann Stewart put twenty-six points together with six assists.  Teammate Jared Thorpe-Johnson had twenty-three points and nine rebounds.

“We’d like to get hot in the final seven games and get a home game in the tournament,” said Coach Murphy afterwards.  “You get into the tournament and it’s anyone’s ballgame.”

Parker Omslaer (13 points) gets two

The current CCC standings would suggest that only Endicott (10-1) and Curry (1-9) seem destined to finish where they currently are.  After that everyone has a chance to move up………or down.  Nichols and Western New England are 6-4.  Wentworth and UNE are 5-5.  Gordon and Salve Regina are 4-5.  Roger Williams is 4-6.

The Scots face all the teams on the list and Endicott as well in the seven games left.

Only seven teams qualify for the post-season.  It’s like musical chairs; one of the teams in between Endicott and Curry won’t have a seat at the tournament table.

Coach Murphy: “One of the points of emphasis at halftime was that we need to attack the basket and kick it out and we’ll get open three’s.”

Josh Crutchfield

Josh Crutchfield: “We had a good energy level tonight.  It was nice to win and see everyone play.  This season has humbled me because during my first two years we were so successful.  We can always play better defense.  I’m ready for Saturday (Endicott).  It’s why we play basketball.  If you can’t get hyped up for Saturday, you’re in the wrong sport.”

Saturday (3PM) at the Bennett Center the nearby Gulls (Beverly) will be in the house.  It will also be Senior Day.  AJ Terry and Eric Demers are the two seniors on the team.  The Scots fell in overtime to Endicott earlier this month.

Eric Demers’ career point total is now at 2288.  He has scored 30+ points in ten straight games.  The new scoreboards provide the point totals for each of the players in the game so now there is some certainty as to how Eric is doing in each home game.

Justin Yu reached a career high in assists (four).

Box from the game.

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Zach Quanico looks to pass

Zach Quanico tries a three in front of the Gordon bench

Adam Konicki at the rim

AJ Terry

Angelo Sardegna

David Massillon in for two

Garrett Sattazahn (13 points)

Justin Yu

Michael Ashley

 

 

 

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Endicott edges Gordon in OT 88-86

Two free throws by Matt McDevitt with one second left sealed the game for Endicott in overtime

Eric Demers (31 points) works against two Gulls

(Beverly MA) Both teams needed the rally caps in this one.

Endicott went down by ten (39-29) in the first half.

Gordon went down by thirteen (70-57) in the second half.

But in the end, it was Matt McDevitt’s two free throws with one second left in overtime that won it for the Gulls, 88-86.

“It’s always an interesting one with them,” said Endicott coach Kevin Bettencourt afterwards.  “It’s a great rivalry and we’ve had some crazy finishes.”

loose ball

“It was a typical Gordon/Endicott game,” added GC coach Tod Murphy.

The Scots (6-6) now have a 1-3 record in the Commonwealth Coast Conference while Endicott (10-4) is 4-1 in the CCC.

Two of the CCC’s best players (Keith Brown and Eric Demers) had 31-point nights.

“Keith is our go-to guy,” said Coach Bettencourt.  “He’s been great for us his whole career.  We’re really lucky to have him.”

Keith Brown (31 points) shoots over AJ Terry

Keith rebounded from a seven-point game in the Gulls 71-70 loss to Nichols on Tuesday to fill the stat sheet against Gordon.  Beyond the thirty-one points, Keith had seven steals, six rebounds and five assists.  His most important contribution to the Endicott win may have been his steal near the end of regulation.  Josh Crutchfield was by his defender and heading for the basket when Keith slid over and stole the ball to preserve the tie game.

Eric continues to be a consistent point getter.  Opposing coaches continue to marvel.  “He’s leading the country in scoring for good reason,” said Coach Bettencourt.  “Some of the ones he made were NBA-type shots.”

When Gordon was down by thirteen (70-57) with six minutes left, it looked like “turn-on-the-bus” time for sure.  Endicott busted away from a tie game (53-53) with six assisted baskets against the Gordon zone.  The Scots were down but not out.  Coach Murphy switched to a man-to-man defense and Eric connected on three 3’s as GC tied the score 72-72 with two minutes left.

“I’m proud of the way we battled back from being down thirteen,” said Coach Murphy.  “We didn’t give up.”

In the last minute of overtime the Gulls had a three-point lead but AJ Terry’s clutch three from the top of the key evened things, 86-86.

Eric Demers shoots a three in the final seconds of overtime

Seconds later the Scots had a chance for the win as Eric fired from the left side.  The shot missed but Parker Omslaer crashed the boards from the other side and put in the rebound at the buzzer.  Not so fast!  Parker, to get the rebound, plowed over Endicott’s Matt McDevitt with one second left and was called for a foul.  Matt sank both free throws to provide the two-point margin of victory.  AJ put up a beyond half-court shot at the final buzzer that hit the backboard as the game ended.

“It was a tough one to swallow,” said Eric Demers afterwards.  “I like it better when we make the final shot.”

Senior Jimmy Campbell (Hamilton-Wenham) was huge in the first half.  In only eleven minutes he put in ten points and had seven rebounds.

Matt McDevitt (24 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists)

Junior Matt McDevitt (24 points) was very good long range.  The former Maine player-of-the-year added six rebounds and six assists.

Parker Omslaer had another double/double – 12 points and 13 rebounds.  Gordon needs him to be able to play long minutes…….and stay out of foul trouble.

This may have been freshman Garrett Sattazahn’s best game.  He played all but three minutes of the game and had fourteen points and six assists.  When the Scots went man-to-man, he ended up with Keith Brown.

Sophomore David Massillon saw his first action in over a month.

Crucial stats of the game?

Garrett Sattazahn (14 points, 6 assists)

Although the Scots shot well (50%), they had twenty-one turnovers against a team that wasn’t pressing in the backcourt.  Trying to get the ball to places that were well covered was the primary culprit.  Gordon did tie its season high in assists (18) so there were some good connections.  Garrett Sattazahn set up Parker Omslaer for a dunk with a nifty no-look pass.

Although the Gulls did not shoot well (43%) they passed very well (28 assists).  They also had fourteen steals.

Coach Bettencourt: “I’m glad our team hung in there.  It’s always tough when you lose the lead and have to come back.  Our team made one extra play.  It was an exciting finish.”

Eric Demers gets a rare open shot

Eric Demers: “I like the way we competed after our tough loss to Western New England.  It’s always a roller coaster with a young team.  Any night we show fight we’ve got to be encouraged by it.”

Coach Murphy: “We just need to get better.  That man-to-man defense worked because they had a non-shooter in there and Parker could sag away from him and help defensively.  Roger Williams (Gordon’s next opponent – Saturday) has five shooters so I don’t know what we’ll do.”

Box from the game

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Isaiah Godwin

Jalen Echevarria

Jalen Echevarria and AJ Terry

Jimmy Campbell – 10 points, 7 rebounds

Josh Crutchfield about to be double-teamed at the end of regulation

Parker Omslaer shoots over Matt McDevitt

Billy Arsenault

Billy Arsenault passes to Keith Brown

David Massillon plays in his second game of the season

Garrett Sattazahn makes a no-look pass

Gordon women celebrate a win over Endicott

 

 

 

 

 

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Gordon (10-1) tops Framingham State 86-70 for 9th straight win

Eric Demers (17 points) was part of an 11-point Gordon run

(Amesbury MA) Another game, another surge of points that were significant in the outcome.

Gordon dropped non-league Framingham State, 86-70, on Friday night at Framingham.

The Scots (10-1) remarkable run continues as this makes nine straight for the team from Wenham.

In this one GC put eleven unanswered points together scoring on four straight possessions in the second half between 12:24 and 10:38. That run of eleven turned a one-possession 52-49 lead into a many-possession 63-49 spread.

The Rams (1-9) managed to hang around but a mini-run of six points between 4:41 and 3:27 did them in as the lead stretched to 77-60.

Eric Demers, AJ Terry, and Avelino Damoura were the sparks during the collection of eleven.  Eric nailed consecutive three’s to start it.  The first was after AJ grabbed an offensive rebound and the second was assisted by AJ.  Then AJ hit his own three assisted by Avelino.  Avelino finished the run with a layup.

Josh Ribeiro was a big part of Gordon’s final separation from FSU

The six-point run that sealed any Framingham rally plans featured a Josh Ribeiro layup and two free throws plus a layup by Garrisson Duvivier.

The variety of contributors is a good thing.  The team does not lack scorers.

The Gordon zone did return after being exiled after a dismal first half against Eastern Nazarene.  Unlike ENC, the Rams looked uncomfortable against the zone in the half-court offense.  Where they did look comfortable was during high-speed transitions.  Too often missed GC shots turned into drives and fouls down the other end.

And there I go whining after the team has just won its 9th straight!

Garrisson Duvivier – Had 20 points and 14 rebounds

The Scots took advantage of their size-edge down low and owned the boards all night.  Garrisson Duvivier finished with his ninth double/double (20 points/14 rebounds) of the season.

Eric Demers had a quiet first half (five points) but registered thirteen points in the second half.  Tonight featured his outside game.

Jake Haar added twelve points while Parker Omslaer put in ten with eight rebounds and three blocks.

FSU’s Manny Payton (17 points) had the speed and the green light to keep GC defenders busy.  The senior had 32 points last game vs Tufts.

The Rams are now 0-6 at home.  They had a 6-20 record last season.

The Scots have exams and a vacation before returning for a rematch with Eastern Nazarene on New Year’s Eve afternoon (1PM).  Many in attendance will be dressed up as empty seats!

David Massillon was injured against Framingham State and saw short minutes.

One way to attack a zone has always been to fast break and not let it get set up.  I saw some of that happening tonight.

Box from the game

Christmas thought: Jesus came down to earth because we can’t get up to Him.  What a Savior!

 

 

 

 

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Gordon scores a 105-89 win over Curry

Eric Demers (19 points) on his way to the basket

Freshman David Massillon gets a layup

(Wenham MA) The points were flowing.

The defense?  Not so much in the second half.

But when you build up a 36-point lead, some unpleasing defense in a second half isn’t fatal.

Gordon downed Curry, 105-89, on Saturday afternoon in a Commonwealth Coast Conference game at the Bennett Center.

The Scots (5-1) have now won four straight.

AJ Terry (12 points) sails to the hoop

Ahead for GC are three home games (Western New England, Colby, and Johnson & Wales) in the next seven days.

The big difference in this season’s Gordon team is their commitment to playing zone defense.

“I hate the zone,” said GC coach Tod Murphy after today’s game, “but I hate losing even more.  In order to get our five best players on the court we had to use it.”

Senior Garrisson Duvivier saw the new defense as a work in progress: “We still have a lot of work to do on the zone, but we’ve done pretty well using it so far.”

There have been no complaints about the offense.  “We’ve got a very explosive offense team,” explained Coach Murphy.  “If we play better defense than we did tonight I think we can compete with anyone.”

Jake Haar (12 points) lines up a three

The Scots did give up a ton of points but most of them came after GC had a 72-36 advantage with 12:41 remaining.

At that point the Gordon coaching staff remembered the New Testament verse that starts, “Blessed are the merciful……….”

The Gordon reserves finished the game and during that segment the Colonels (0-7) went nuts from long range and had a 53-point final 12:41.

“The idea of the zone defense is not only to keep our best players in the game but also to prevent/defend the three-point shot,” said Coach Murphy.  Obviously, the 53 points, many coming from downtown, didn’t settle well with the coach.

But the bigger picture was that when the starters played, the visitors struggled mightily.

Garrisson Duvivier in traffic

The Scots were up, 10-0, after three minutes and, 25-3, after eight minutes.  The lead at halftime was, 52-24.  There were few defensive issues that I could see.

Curry’s sixty-five points in the second half is a nice change for them.  How blessed we are to regularly have competitive teams!

How would you handle these numbers?  Curry is 2-80 over the last 3+ seasons.  They have now lost 55 consecutive Commonwealth Coast Conference games.  Last win in the CCC was against Salve Regina in February of 2015.  The Colonels have now lost thirty straight games.

Luke Meyer chases a loose ball

That is why is was good to see them happy/excited over their team’s second half performance.

All the Scots in uniform played and everyone scored.

Junior AJ Terry is an exciting player to watch.  His hustle is noticeable.  He made a great save of a ball going out-of-bounds that set up an Eric Demers’ triple.  AJ set a career high in points (12).

Gordon figured out early on that they could get to the basket for high-percentage shots.  They ended up with forty-eight points in the paint.  That’s smart basketball.

Freshman John Saxe eyes the basket

Eric Demers was the leading scorer with nineteen points in limited playing time.  Today’s points give the GC junior (1168) which moved him past Jered Stewart and Andrew Ellrod into 14th on the Gordon career scoring list.

Coach Murphy: “We’ve had a good start to the season but we haven’t played any of the top teams yet.  We have been getting production from a lot of different players.”

Last time Gordon played Curry at the Bennett Center, Garrisson reached 1000 points.

Today was my first in-person look at the team as the pictures will show.  I expect, Lord willing, to attend the three upcoming home games.

Social News: Jason Dempsey and Taylor McSherry are now engaged. Taylor was a terrific soccer player for the Scots.  She is an assistant soccer coach at Bentley.

Box from the game

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Ben North drives

Ben North heads in for a layup

Brett Bowman catches a high pass

Senior Brett Bowman lines up a three

Cody Hunt baseline

Cody Hunt free throw

Garrisson Duvivier in close

GD jams

Marcus Retegues drives

Parker Omslaer

Jake Haar finishes

Josh Crutchfield glides in

Senior Josh Ribeiro puts up a shot

 

 

 

 

 

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