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Garrett Sattazahn key in Gordon’s 78-72 win over Western New England

Garrett Sattazahn (28 points) had a terrific all-around game for Gordon

Garrett Sattazahn seals the W at the line

Garrett Sattazahn gets open in close

(Wenham MA) Can one player take over a game?

Not usually, but sophomore Garrett Sattazahn (28 points) came close tonight in Gordon’s 78-72 win over Western New England.

The Bears (0-3) had the lead (69-66) with 3:40 left after an Alex Sikorski (19 points) three.

Enter Garrett.

The Scots (3-0) next eleven points came from the young man from Morris (CT).  There was a three, two layups, and four straight free throws.

The Bears couldn’t keep pace down the stretch.  They shot one-for-seven and had two turnovers and allowed Garrett and his teammates to secure the win.

Alex Sikorski (19 points) puts up a late-game three for Western New England

“We were there, and we had our chances,” said WNE coach Colin Tabb afterwards.  “We don’t shoot as well as we did last year so their zone was tough for us to play against.”

The Gordon defense in the second half was the key to their successful turnaround.

“It wasn’t looking good for the first fifteen minutes,” recalled Gordon coach Tod Murphy post-game.

“We didn’t play any defense in the first half but did in the second half,” said Coach Murphy.

Zach Bennett (six points) goes for a steal against Kenny Flynn

The numbers from the two halves spoke volumes as Western New England had forty-eight points in the first half but only twenty-four points in the second half.”

The jump-out stat from this game, other than Garrett’s 28 points, was Gordon’s twelve steals.

“The difference between last year and this year is that we’re putting a lot more effort into defense,” explained Garrett, “and it’s showing. Last year they came in here and scored nearly 120 points.”

GC went into seldom-seen, full-court pressure late in the first half and lowered a 45-33 WNE lead to 48-43 by halftime.

Caleb Scott (8 points) shoots over Zach Tavitian

Freshman Caleb Scott (8 points) scored twice from in close in the last minute, assisted by Garrett (seven assists) both times.

Garrett seemed to flourish in transition, either setting up teammates or finishing himself.

“He (Garrett) is a very good player,” said Coach Tabb, “It looks like he’s stepping nicely into the (Eric) Demers’ role.”

“Eric has been a great mentor to me,” explained Garrett.  “He’s taught me how to get open among other things.”

“I was feeling it a little bit tonight,” added Garrett.  “I definitely, however, give credit to my teammates.  They were looking for me and giving me good screens.”

“Garrett does everything,” said Coach Murphy.  Hard to argue with that after Garrett had a night with seven rebounds, seven assists, six steals, and twenty-eight points!

“I have to pull him out from time to time because he’ll run himself into the ground if I don’t,” added Coach Murphy.

Michael Makiej drives

Coach Tabb wasn’t pleased with his team’s defense.  “Our decisions on the defensive end weren’t good.  We didn’t defend well in transition or off the ball.”

“Defense wins ballgames,” said Coach Murphy.  “If we give the defensive energy we did in the second half, we’ll be okay.  We have to be aggressive because we’re a small team.”

Parker Omslaer, despite getting into foul trouble, was able to get thirteen points on the inside.

Kenny Flynn (16 points) and Gavin Greene (12 points) were the other Bears in double figures.

Off night, for sure for WNE senior Zach Tavitian (5 points).  Zach recently reached the 1000-point mark for the Bears.

Alex Villalobos and Josh Crutchfield

Got my first look at Gordon freshman Alex Villalobos.

The Scots will play on the road tomorrow (Saturday) in Springfield at Western New England.

Still impressed with the brightness of the Kanas Court.

I have been in quite a few gymnasiums lately (ask my wife), and the Kanas Court is as good as any of them.  Can’t wait to be in there when the crowds are back.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

The link to this coverage will be on Twitter (@mcclellandpeter) and pictures should appear on Instagram (@mcclellandmiscellanea) on Saturday.

Zach Tavitian

Zach Quanico and Justin Yu

Alex Sikorski (19 points) dunks

Kenny Flynn (16 points) dunks

Josh Crutchfield launches from long range

Parker Omslaer (13 points, 7 rebounds)

Josh Crutchfield loses a shoe

Zach Quanico (4 points)

Western New England coach Colin Tabb

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Western New England shoots by Gordon 112-98

Zach Tavitian (21 points) in close against Parker Omslaer

Alex Sikorski (24 points, 8 rebounds)

(Wenham MA) Gordon got on the wrong end of a shootout and lost to Western New England, 112-98, on Tuesday night in a Commonwealth Coast Conference game.

The Golden Bears had a 71-point second half and the Scots (6-5) could only hang around for so long under such a barrage.

“Defensively, we’re not good,” said GC coach Tod Murphy afterwards.

Gordon (1-2 in the CCC) plays zone defense almost exclusively but for the final eight minutes tonight they went man-to-man.

Josh Crutchfield (14 points) looks to get the ball inside

“We don’t see a zone defense all year, certainly for this length of time,” said WN coach Colin Tabb post-game.  “I thought that we did a good job of getting the ball to the middle against their zone.”

Western New England (8-5) had six players in double figures led by Alex Sikorski (24), Tim Reilly (24), and Zach Tavitian (21).

“Alex Sikorski and Mike McGuire (15 points) are two of the top shooters in the conference,” said Coach Murphy.  “(Tim) Reilly is another good player.  I don’t think he missed a shot all night.”

The Bears (3-1 in CCC) took the lead for good in the first half.

Despite WNE’s 71-point second half the Scots were within four points three different times; 50-46, 78-74, and 86-82 in that second half.  Knowing the way Gordon can put up points, there was always a chance that they could catch the Bears.  But on this night, the Bears had so many contributors that they had answers when GC got close.

“We’ve got the talent to beat teams but until we put a priority on the defensive end of the floor, it’s going to be a struggle,” admitted Coach Murphy.

Eric Demers (32 points) with three Bears on alert

The least kept secret in the CCC could be Eric Demer’s ability to put up points.  Teams come in with a plan and WNE was no different.  “We knew how good he is,” said Colin Tabb.  “We tried to limit his touches and find him early.  Multiple players took turns guarding him.”

Eric still found 32 points.  On this night many of his points were free throws.  At least there he wasn’t guarded tightly by one player with several other defenders nearby ready to help.

Junior Josh Crutchfield (14 points) had a career high in points.  He has the quickness to get to the basket and did it several times.

Sophomores Ben North and David Massillon, as well as junior Avelino Damoura, were unavailable for Gordon.  “Right now, we’re so depleted with injuries,” explained Coach Murphy.  “We have three of our top eight or nine players sitting on the bench.”

Zach Bennett in for two

Coach Murphy was optimistic about the future: “Don’t get me wrong.  I haven’t lost hope on the season. We can still beat a lot of teams.  We need to get hot at the right time.  We also need to discover the ability and desire to get stops.”

The stat that seemed to please Coach Tabb the most was assists: “We’re 3rd in the country in assists.  We had twenty-two more tonight.  It’s nice to see the guys looking for each other.  Hunting shots for each other.  Passing up good for great.  Sometimes I get frustrated when we pass up good shots but often they find better shots.”

Coach Murphy: “Western New England is a very good team.  What we saw tonight is the way they have been playing most of the season.”

Coach Tabb thought that the 112 points his team scored might be a program high.  If that isn’t a program high, I’m guessing that the 71-point second half would be.

Parker Omslaer (19 points)

Parker Omslaer (19 points) had a strong second half.  When the 6-11 junior gets the ball in close, other teams have to send help, which should create openings for GC perimeter shooters.

The students still aren’t back so it was mostly teammates and relatives in the house.

Junior Zach Tavitian had eleven rebounds to go with his twenty-one points.  He also had three blocks.

Senior Mike McGuire finished with nine assists and three steals to go with his fifteen points.

Freshman Garrett Sattazahn added six assists to his ten points.

Ahead for the Scots is Endicott in Beverly on Thursday night.  The Gulls were nipped (71-70) by Nichols tonight.

Western New England’s only league loss was to Endicott.  “We didn’t shoot well,” explained Coach Tabb.

Box from the game

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Nick DeGennaro (15 points)

Loose ball

Justin Yu defends Nick DeGennaro

Garrett Sattazahn (10 points, 6 assists)

Eric Demers to the rim with the left hand

Eric Demers from straight away

Eric Demers at the foul line

Eric Demers tries a three from the right

Cole Eiber spent time defending Eric Demers

Tim Reilly (24 points)

 

 

 

 

 

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