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Garrisson Duvivier leads Gordon by ENC 83-73 in rematch

Garrisson Duvivier – big game for the Scots

(Newtown CT) That’s ten straight.

Who knows what the rest of the season will bring but so far, very good.

The Scots moved to 11-1 with an 83-73 win over Eastern Nazarene in a New Year’s Eve afternoon non-league matchup at the Bennett Center.

Based on the Efficiency Stat (subtract the negatives from the positives), Garrisson Duvivier put together his best game of the season.

The talented senior was able to tone down the turnovers (only one) and nicely fill the rest of the stat sheet: 21 points, 9 rebounds, 6 steals, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

Eric Demers (21 points)

The Lions (3-7) nearly got the Scots nineteen days ago in Quincy.  Only a seventeen-point streak in the closing six minutes gave GC a 77-75 W that time.

In that tight one, ENC picked Gordon’s zone apart and for much of the game passed/dribbled into open looks and made shots.  Things got so bad for the Scots that they switched to a man-to-man in the second half.

This afternoon, the Lions came out making shots but most of them were by junior Garrett Crandell (26 points/6-for-8 on 3’s).

The visitors sat on a 26-17 spread with 8 ½ minutes left in the first half.  And that was about where they sat for the next 7 ½ minutes!

ENC shot 0-for-11 and had four turnovers during the lose the lead/fall behind segment.  The Scots featured all inside scoring, including a dunk by Garrisson, and came out with a 34-27 advantage at the other end of the 7 ½ minutes.

Gordon would never trail again.

The Lions were able to get within four points in the second half, but the Scots had plenty of offense (49 points) to offset any ENC upset plans.

Garrisson tallied thirteen in the 2nd half while teammate Eric Demers (21 points)g put up fifteen.

The Gordon zone, by the way, survived both halves.  At times it thrived, causing twenty turnovers.  A lot of the successful passes/dribbles in the first game led to shotless possessions for the former Commonwealth Coast Conference member this time.

Avelino Damoura came off the bench to contribute for the Scots.  The sophomore made two 3’s in short minutes.

Noah Szilagyi and Jake Haar struggled from long range (2-for-10) but keyed the improved GC defense.

Garrisson’s 21-points moved him up the all-time scorer’s list (1601 points) into 4th place ahead of Aaron Trigg.  The status of #3 Woody Anderson (1622) and #2 Doug Lindland (1645) would appear to be in jeopardy.

AJ Terry was not in uniform.

Nothing but CCC opponents the rest of the way. UNE on Thursday and Nichols on Saturday.  Both teams are dangerous.

UNE shoots the first open shot, presses full-court, and plays everyone.  Points will be flowing.  Can the GC offense keep pace?

Nichols?  Best team in the CCC.  Won the league last year.  Took their first loss recently against Salisbury which is 11-1.  Can the GC offense get production from all five starters and how will the zone hold up against a team with so many shooters?  We’ll have the answers to those question in a week.

The seating at the Bennett Center was consolidated and it looked like a good-sized crowd ended 2018 on campus.

The Gordon link worked perfectly.

It was interesting to look at the ENC video recap of the last game with Gordon.  The recap ended abruptly with six minutes left just as one of the Lions drained a three to give ENC a big lead and force a Gordon timeout.  A Gordon recap might have only included the six minutes AFTER the ENC video recap ended.  To each his own!

Box from the game

 

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Scots scored seventeen straight in final six minutes to catch ENC 77-75

Eric Demers (21 points) dropped three 3’s in the closing minutes comeback

(Amesbury MA) It has been a season where points can come in bunches.

That happened again tonight in Quincy as Gordon (9-1) put shutout defense together with a run of seventeen straight points and pulled out a, 77-75, struggle against Eastern Nazarene on Wednesday night.

That run-of-points thing appeared to have been left somewhere in Wenham for seventy-four of this game’s eighty minutes.  The only runs were by the Lions (3-6) as they sat with, what seemed like, a comfortable, double-digit lead most of the time.

However, with six minutes left The Run kicked in and ENC became the most recent part of the Scots eight-game win streak.

The Lions may have entered the game with a 3-5 record but against Gordon’s zone defense in the first half they had answers.  The team from Quincy shot 70%, made nine three’s, had fifteen assists, and led by eight (47-39) at the half.

Senior Garrisson Duvivier had another double-double

What to do?

Somewhere on the trip to the locker room at the half the GC coaching staff decided that something had to give.

Gordon coach Tod Murphy explained to me earlier in the season why the zone defense was being used, “I hate the zone but if it will help us win, I’ll use it.”

Against ENC it was quite clear that the zone was not working.  Whether it was a problem with Gordon’s execution or ENC’s ability to work against it, is not for me to say.  Maybe it was a little of both.

My internet went out at halftime and I was on the phone with Comcast getting that resolved.  My connection was returned six minutes into the second half.  First thing I noticed was that Gordon was now playing a man-to-man defense.  My suspicion was that the zone had been left in the locker room at halftime for repairs!

Anyhow, the Lions still had separation and kept it against the new defense.

Noah Szilagyi – part of a great defensive effort in the final minutes

Maybe playing at ENC was the problem.  Last year in January the Scots buried ENC, 81-59, at the Bennett Center.  A month later GC was at ENC and lost, 93-88.

I began to prepare the “jinxy location” explanation for the likely loss as the minutes went by.

With 6:05 it was ENC 72, Gordon 59.  The Scots would need to put defense and offense together in a near-perfect package to pull this one out.  And that was exactly what they did!

The only shot the Lions made was a Josh Rice three with less than a second left and the outcome decided.

Clean looks vanished.  Every shot was heavily contested.  Dribbling and passing became risky.

Eastern Nazarene missed all six shots they took and had three turnovers in those fatal six minutes.  The scoring window was no longer open.

David Massillon – continues to impress on both ends of the court

My fondest memory of the comeback minutes is that all five players contributed.  All the parts needed to be working to pull this one out.

Jake Haar – steal, assist.

Noah Szilagyi – steal, assist, rebound.

Garrisson Duvivier – 2 layups, 1 free throw, 1 offensive rebound, 1 defensive rebound.

David Massillon – 2 offensive rebounds, 2 defensive rebounds, 2 assists, 2 free throws, 1 layup.

Eric Demers – 3 three’s.

Garrisson finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds.  Most of that was in the second half since he had quick fouls in the first half.

Eric ended with 21 points.

Eric (1251 career points) moved past Mike Herr into 12th place on the Gordon scoring list.

Jake Haar – Had a steal and an assist in the comeback

Garrisson (1560 career points) passed Steve Heintz to reach 5th place.

The Scots will visit Framingham State on Friday night (7PM).

The team has vacation time beyond that game and then back to Wenham for a New Year’s Eve afternoon revisit with Eastern Nazarene.  I will most likely be absent from the Bennett Center and sitting in front of my computer in Connecticut wondering what type of defense will be used.

Garrett Crandall led ENC with twenty-one points.

The Lions had an astounding twenty-five assists in this game including fifteen in the first half.  I couldn’t find a number like that 25 in any of the ten years of stats that I have collected.  Another half of tonight’s zone might have enabled ENC to set an NCAA record?

Sophomore Avelino Damoura made his debut tonight.  In a 5-minute stint he hit a three and had two assists.

Box from the game.

Avelino Damoura returned to action for the first time this season

 

 

 

 

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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

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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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