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Gordon defeats UNE 76-72 despite 43 points from Alex Kravchuk

Alex Kravchuk (43 points) kept UNE in the game
David Massillon (15 points/12 rebounds)

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(Wenham MA) Alex Kravchuk (43 points) had a career game for UNE but it wasn’t enough.

Gordon defeated the Nor’easters, 76-72, on Wednesday night to end a two-game losing streak.

“Hats off to Alex,” said Gordon coach Tod Murphy afterwards.  “He kept them in the game and almost won it for them.”

UNE (2-11) led briefly in the first half (14-13) but quickly fell behind and trailed the rest of the way.

Parker Omslaer (12 points/11 rebounds)

However, in the late stages of the game the visitors were constantly within two possessions of taking the lead.

Coach Murphy was pleased with the win but lamented the way his team played.  “We’re in a funk and I don’t know why,” he said.  “The mental mistakes we made in the second half were hard to imagine.”

Taking care of the ball, making open shots were problems but when was the last time you saw a team get a technical foul for having too many players on the floor?  But it happened to the Scots in this game in the closing minute in a tight game.

How many Scots are on the floor in the closing minute?
Mark Rella (14 points/seven rebounds)

How did the Scots (5-6) win?

Credit seniors David Massillon (15 points/12 rebounds) and Parker Omslaer (12 points/11 rebounds).

David got the start tonight and went to the basket on almost every possession.  He scored points and he drew fouls.  It was easily his best game of this season. 

Parker had his first double/double of the season.  He added four blocks and two assists and didn’t have any turnovers.  It might well have been his best game of the season too.

Treyton Tebbs to the rim

Gordon had scoring production from all nine players who participated. 

UNE had 43 points from Alex and fourteen from Mark Rella.  After that, there were some serious shooting problems for the Nor’easters.  Three UNE players combined to go 4-for-43.

The Scots continue their mastery of UNE at home.  The Nor’easters are 1-16 all-time at Gordon.

Alex Kravchuk avoids a blocked shot

It was a special night for Alex Kravchuk.  The six-footer had ten rebounds to go with his forty-three points.  He did drain five 3’s but seven of his baskets were from in close and near potential shot blockers. 

“Alex was the toughest player on the court for sure,” said Coach Murphy, “and it wasn’t even close.”

“We going to have to go back to work,” added Coach Murphy.  “Hopefully we’ll gain some confidence from somewhere.  It doesn’t get any easier for us because we have Nichols next.”

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Justin Yu (six points)
Michael Makiej in close late in the game
Zach Boulay
Drake Gavin (10 rebounds)
Alex Kravchuk fouled on the way to the basket
Alex Kravchuk made five 3’s
Michael Makiej in for a layup
Caleb Scott rebounds
David Massillon powers to the basket
Treyton Tebbs
Bryce Smith
Michael Makiej (9 points/6 rebounds)
David Massillon at the line
Garrett Sattazahn (11 points/8 rebounds)

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Gordon clinches playoff spot with 83-67 win over UNE

Eric Demers (28 points) found ways to score on the inside against UNE

(Wenham MA) Eric was Eric.

Garrett Sattazahn (25 points) reached a career high

Garrett set a career high in points scored.

Parker took away the inside for UNE.

The result was an important 83-67 win over the Nor’Easters on Wednesday night at the Bennett Center.

“I’m thrilled with the victory,” said Gordon coach Tod Murphy afterwards. “Before tonight we had no guarantee that we would get into the playoffs.”

Combined with a Roger Williams’ loss tonight, the Scots are into the playoffs which start next Tuesday.

“The crazy thing,” added Coach Murphy, “is that if we win Saturday (at Nichols) there’s a way that we could host on Tuesday. Granted, about six different things have to happen for that to work.”

Ray Evans and Eric Demers

Eric Demers had his 15th straight 30+ points per game streak stopped with “only” twenty-eight tonight. He must be slipping!

UNE coach Ed Silva: “Eric is a stud.”

The Scots (12-12) pulled away from the Nor’Easters at the end of the first half, building up a ten-point lead (43-33).

UNE was also looking for some CCC playoff guarantee tonight.

“Tonight would have solidified a playoff spot for us,” said Coach Silva. “Now we have to win Saturday (vs Roger Williams) to guarantee us a spot.”

Parker Omslaer had ten rebounds

UNE can still get in with a loss Saturday, but they would have to rely on other teams winning/losing to make it happen.

Eric Demers had a little extra incentive in tonight’s game: “I didn’t want to leave this school with a loss on this court. It’s been an up-and-down season, but I wanted to win my last game here.”

There was a sense of urgency for both teams, but the Scots did a better job of not showing it. They stayed with UNE in the early going and then rode the hot shooting of Eric and Garrett Sattazahn to a 23-point lead in the second half. The Nor’Easters would get to within twelve points in the final 2 ½ minutes but the Scots held on.

Garrett Sattazahn guarded by Siddiq Canty

Garrett hit five of ten three’s and reached a career-high twenty-five points. His heated performance certainly took the pressure off Eric to have to score 30+ points for the Scots to have a chance.

“Garrett is next,” said Eric. “He coming up right after me. He’s going to be great here for a long time.”

“Next year Garrett might have to be like Eric,” reported Coach Murphy. “It depends on how recruiting goes. There’s a lot of playing time available and we’ll have 40+ points per game (Eric and AJ Terry) to make up somewhere.”

“I thought they (Gordon) competed harder than we did,” said Coach Silva. “They had a sense of urgency and we didn’t.”

Coach Silva cited one particular play relating to urgency: “We turned the ball over at the end of the second quarter (Eric steal) and Josh (Crutchfield) raced full court to get a layup. Those are the types of plays that earn you playoff spots.”

Josh Crutchfield breaks in

Gordon’s zone defense lasted the whole game. It’s been “pulled” several times recently.

Parker Omslaer protects the inside

“When Parker (Omslaer) is a force inside it makes all the difference in the world,” said Coach Murphy.

UNE missed fifty shots (25/75) and Parker’s 6-11 presence had something to do with the inaccuracies.

“We knew that they’d stay with the zone if we didn’t score against it easily,” said Coach Silva.

Asked about tonight’s defense, Eric said, “The defense was good. It’s crazy because we didn’t change anything. It’s just a matter of which team shows up.”

“The defense was good,” said Josh Crutchfield. “We all bought into it tonight.”

Parker finished with his fifth double/double (10 points/12 rebounds) of the season.

Avery DeBrito (16 points & 10 rebounds)

Avery DeBrito (16 points/10 rebounds) and Siddiq Canty (16 points) paced the Nor’Easters. Alex Kravchuk added fourteen points for the team from Biddeford (ME).

Last year’s UNE team pressed full-court, shot three’s, and substituted frequently. Not this year. “At the end of last season, we changed our style of play based on guys we had coming in.”

One of the players coming in was freshman Siddiq Canty. “He’s a very smooth player,” said Coach Silva. “A friend of mine was head coach at Woodstock Academy (Connecticut) and he told me about Siddiq when he came on campus.”

The Scots end their regular season at Nichols Saturday. “It will be tough,” admitted Coach Murphy. “It’s their Senior Day.” Gordon lost in overtime to Nichols at the Bennett Center in December.

I asked Coach Murphy what his memories were of Eric playing at the Bennett Center: “My memory of his playing here will be his raining shots on people left and right. Tonight he didn’t shoot that well from the outside so he went inside on post-ups and drives. He was probably our leading post scorer tonight.”

Box from the game

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Siddiq Canty tries to shoot against David Massillon

Siddiq Canty hears it from the Gordon student section

Parker Omslaer gets ready to finish

Garrett Sattazahn dials up a three in front of the Gordon bench

Eric Demers shoots a free throw

Eric Demers draws a crowd

David Massillon after a loose ball

Alex Kravchuk passes

Alex Kravchuk (14 points)

AJ Terry gets a rebound

 

 

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