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Bates Forces 32 Turnovers in Rout of Scots

Little for The Pit to cheer about in a 85-37 loss to Bates.

(Wenham) When members of The Pit start filing out long before a game is over you know things aren’t going well for the home team at the Bennett Center.

That surely was the case, Thursday night, as Gordon (2-4) got in with a talented Bates team (5-1).  The Scots hung in for a half (34-20), thanks to some gritty defense, but fell completely apart in the second half and lost, 85-37.

Shaun Roach tries his hand at point guard while Reid Christian (#4) defends.

Gordon’s offense was the really big problem on this evening.  Every possession seemed to be a turnover-in-waiting.  I counted 72 possessions.  The stat sheet shows an incredible 32 turnovers – 15 in the first half and 17 in the second half.  I suspect that no team at any level has ever won with that many turnovers.  Mix in a meager SIX assists for the game and you have a team with a malfunctioning offense.

However, it must be remembered that this team, beyond Greg, David, and Austin, is very inexperienced.  Things will get better but slowly.  The transition will be hard to watch at times (like this game) and quite possibly next game (MIT – #20 in D3 Hoops poll) on Saturday afternoon.

The big news about the next game is that before the MIT game there will be a ceremony to unveil the 2009-10 Commonwealth Coast Conference championship banner.  The ceremony is scheduled for 2:45PM and the five graduates from that team (Aaron, Brady, Ben, Timmy, and Jeff) are expected to attend.  It is an event that will bring back sweet memories for the Gordon faithful.

Now I’m supposed to switch back to a game that won’t be a pleasant memory! 

A 14-2 run over five minutes put the Bobcats ahead, 17-6, after 7 ½ minutes.  With a streak of six straight points Greg Walker (12 points) closed the gap single-handedly to 20-14.  However, Bates scored the last six points of the half and led 34-20.

Brian Ellis - 6-5 senior paced Bates with 16 points

Brian Ellis (16 points/2 steals) paced Bates.  Brian had 24 points last year in Gordon’s win in Lewiston.  Brian’s sixteen points this time came in just seventeen minutes of playing time.  The 6-5 senior is one of the better players in New England.

Bates really put up the points (51) in the second half.  Along the way they had a ten-point run, an 11-1 run, and an 18-1 run.  The Scots had no answers on offense or defense.

David Dempsey topped the Gordon scorers with 16 points.  I am sure that during preseason the talented sophomore was told that he would have to take on more responsibility on offense this season.  I doubt that he expected to end up being the point guard as much as he has, however.  Desperate times call for desperate measures!

Gordon used an aggressive zone defense at times and I thought it was effective in the early going. 

Luke Hamilton returned to action after missing the Babson game Tuesday night. 

Roy Ray made his debut for Gordon.  Luke Perkins registered his first two points.

Assistant coach Keith Krass gives halftime instruction to Caleb Perkins.

 

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Scots Return to Winning Ways Versus Nonleague Bates

Aaron Trigg (25 points) and Brady Bajema (24 points-8 assists) lead Scots past Bates

(Lewiston ME)  Gordon 78 Bates 64

Trust me, that final score is very misleading.  It took two streaks, one (thirteen points) to get the lead, and another (ten points) to put the game out of reach on Thursday night at Lewiston.

Gordon (18-4/9-1) trailed 58-55 with 7 ½ minutes to go.  Having played Tuesday night (loss at Colby-Sawyer), you weren’t confident about their chances on the road in the end game versus a quality Bates (12-11) team on its own court.

However, the Scots played about as well as I’ve seen them play, during the next three minutes, collecting thirteen points over the next six possessions and shutting out the Bobcats.

Austin Bentson had a couple of big plays.  On one end, he somehow put a shot in after stumbling into the lane, and then followed that with a steal down the other end that sent Aaron Trigg off for a fastbreak layin. 

When the wonderful three minutes ended, Gordon had an unlikely 68-58 lead with 4 ½ to go.  Bates came out of a timeout and scored points on three straight possessions while the Scots turned the ball over twice in succession.  So now, we’ve got a 68-64 game with 2:50 left.  Plenty of time for good or bad things to happen.

Only the ultimate Gordon optimist would have predicted, however, what actually happened the rest of the way – Bates never scored again and the Scots collected the last ten points of the game.  Pretty amazing on both counts.

Ben Gaskill - An assist, rebound, layup, and free throw in closing minutes

Ben Gaskill, minus the beard, came up big at the end.  He started with an assist on a Brady Bajema three.  The next time Gordon had the ball they were clearly (with a seven point lead) into a hold-onto-the-ball mode.  You’re thinking that Aaron or Brady will get the shot as the 35-second clock runs out.  However, Ben ends up with the ball with everyone yelling for him to shoot.  He takes an off-balanced jump shot as the shot-clock buzzer sounds.  The defense seemed to freeze, hearing the buzzer, just for an instant.  Ben follows his shot, gets his own rebound, and puts in the layup and is fouled.  He makes the free throw and with 1:16 left, the ten-point lead (74-64) was a mountain Bates wasn’t going to climb in such a short time.

The stat sheet revealed plenty of goodies.  Brady reached a season-high in assists with eight.  The free throw shooting (13-for-14) was also a season high.  Greg Walker’s three blocks were a season high.

Aaron’s 25 points put him into a tie with Jon Marstaller (parents and sister were on hand at Bates) for 5th place on the all-time scoring list. 

Aaron and Brady were deadly shooting from anywhere.  How about a combined 11-for-11 from the foul line!

Brian Ellis (24 points) had the Bates offense run through him for much of the evening.  He was 10-for-15 and seemed like a bad matchup for the Scots no matter what sized Gordon player attempted to guard the 6’5” junior.

Ahead for Gordon is a trip to Springfield on Saturday to face Western New England (12-10/7-3).  As nice as it was to beat Bates, the matchup was nonleague.  The results of the last three games of the season (WNEC/UNE/Salve Regina) affect seeding in the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament.  I’d like to see three games played during tourney week at the Bennett Center.

When I looked earlier at the trio of road games, two of which we just played, I imagined weather issues being a factor.  Dry roads to New Hampshire, and now Maine, in February!  God is good!

The heating system in the Alumni Gym did not disappoint.  You just have to be prepared for it.  Every Bates student I saw in attendance was wearing a short-sleeved shirt.  The gym is 84 years old and has always given off a warm welcome, I’m told.

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Game #22 – Scots Score Twenty Straight in Defeat of Bates

Brady Bajema - 20 points including 15-of-16 free throws

Brady Bajema - 20 points including 15-of-16 free throws

(Wenham) Gordon returned to its winning ways with some of the sweetest foul shooting (24 of 26) you will ever see and defeated non-league Bates, 64-52, at the Bennett Center (That’s right!) on Thursday night.

The Scots (16-6 overall/ 6-4 in the CCC) were down 33-31 with 10 ½ minutes left in the game. Without any sort of warning, Gordon then proceeded to score the next twenty points before Bates finally lit their side of the scoreboard with a layup from Nick Schmiemann with 3:17 left.

That amazing 20-point run (easily the longest of the season) had the Scots in front, 51-33, and, unlike at Nichols, the free throw shooting the rest of the way by Aaron and Brady (combined 13 of 14) kept the Bobcats a safe distance away.

The win ended a three game slide at home, which had begun to be troubling for all of us. Now the team moves ahead with some confidence to face Western New England (5-5 in the CCC) at 3PM in Wenham.

The race for the six playoff spots after UNE and Colby-Sawyer is way too close at this point with three CCC games to go. The possibility of being on the outside looking in when the season ends still exists. This fact will add to the tension of the last three contests, two of which are at home.

Mike Schauer and Keith Krass look on as Gordon regains its winning touch at home.

Mike Schauer and Keith Krass look on as Gordon regains its winning touch at home - courtesy Ron Harden

Bates (12-11) is a team that Gordon had never beaten until tonight. That is yet another first in the Mike Schauer era. We also have never beaten Western New England at the Bennett Center – okay, we’ve never played them at home. But it could be another Coach Schauer first in the making.

Both coaches could take away a statistical goody from the game. For Gordon it was the delightful season-high foul shooting percentage (92.3%). For Bates it was their rebounding. Their 46 rebounds, including 18 offensive rebounds, were season highs against your Scots.

The field goal shooting was nothing special for either team. The Scots hit their third lowest percentage (34%) of the season. The other lower ones led to losses to Roger Williams and Salem State.

The fingernails-on-the-blackboard stat for the Bobcats was definitely having only four assists combined with 17 turnovers. They had five of those turnovers during the game-deciding, 20-point streak in the second half.

No doubt, Bobcat first-year coach Jon Furbush wasn’t thrilled with his team getting only nine free throws while Gordon had 26. He shared those sentiments with the officials in a loud voice and next thing you knew Brady was shooting two technical foul shots.

By the way, Brady was 14-for-14 from the line in the second half and led all scorers for the game with 20 points.

A memorable play in this one took place in the midst of the big run. Jeff Derr and Jimmy O’Keefe of Bates got tied up chasing a rebound in the Bates end and both went to the floor in a heap. Jeff got up first, hustled down the other end, and nailed a wide-open three.

Austin Bentson - Reaches double figures for the second time this season

Austin Bentson - Reaches double figures for the second time this season

Austin Bentson had his first double-digit (11 points) game since the opener at ENC when he had 16 points. There will never be a question about his passion to defend.

Greg Walker has struggled since the breakout game (22 points/19 rebounds) at Regis. He has had a horde of shots rim out over the last couple of games.

We did get to see quite a shooting show by Marshall Hatch in the last few minutes of the game. He connected on three long shots and totaled 13 points in the second half.

The turnout was better than Tuesday night’s was. I am told that there is a lot of academic activity going on at this time. Students have to make choices over time use. That is why it is always good to see the team salute the home fans after the game.

I noticed that the 7PM start caught a few folks by surprise. At least they saw some of the second half. The game-of-the-year between UNE and Colby-Sawyer starts at 1PM on Saturday afternoon. I’m guessing that some folks will miss that game entirely.

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Super Tuesday?? Not where I was! – Game #19

(Lewiston)  Blame it on the Gordon players.  They proved on Saturday afternoon that they could win on the toughest away court (Endicott) in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

Understandably, that Endicott win elevated the expectations of Gordon coach Mike Schauer as his team faced a quality (13-5) non-league opponent (Bates) on the road.

After watching his team fall to the Bobcats, 66-61, on Tuesday evening Coach Schauer was willing to give himself very low marks for their performance.  “We are poorly coached,” he said.  “The team just didn’t believe that they could beat a team like Bates and that’s coaching.” 

To Coach Schauer an important part of his job is motivational.  He believes that the Scots are a very good team.  He has seen them dominate at home and he had just seen them break through a long-standing road barrier at Endicott.  Naturally, the coach was not thrilled when the team reverted to its early season road flaws – getting off to a slow start, vanishing on the boards, and failing to perform in crunch time.  He does not think that a team playing with confidence should display that trifecta in any game no matter where it is played at.

The tough loss overshadowed some noteworthy performances by several Scots.  Let’s start with Justin Kaufman (senior-5′11″-Redding CT) – he recorded his 400th assist and moved to within one point of the 1000-point club.  Mike Schnackenberg (senior-6′6″-South Portland ME) had a career game as he continued to shoot over 50% and turned in his first double/double (14 points/12 rebounds).  Aaron Trigg (sophomore-6′1″-Overland Park KS) had a 17-point second half and defended the Bobcats tops scorer (Bryan Wholey) into a 2-for-12 evening.

However, because of the loss those remarkable positives fall by the wayside. 

We are left to wonder how the team could fall asleep tied 7-7 and awaken five minutes later trailing 18-7.  Flashbacks of the 16-2 deficit at Endicott came to my mind.

Poor rebounding plagued the Scots from beginning to end.  The fourteen offensive rebounds that the Bobcats hustled for were a major issue.  The top three rebounding performances against Gordon have been turned in by; Salem State (53), MIT (46), and now Bates (45).  Note the similarities – all road games, all nonconference, and all losses.  Can you see why the coach is upset?

Despite the poor start and the lousy rebounding this was a game that the Scots could have won down the stretch.  By my unofficial count, and that count changes every time I look at my notes, Gordon had eight chances in the last 9:42 to tie the game or go ahead.  Amazingly, they did not capitalize on any of them.  Jon Marstaller (Remember him from the Endicott game?) let the last one fly – a game-tying three – with three seconds left and it missed.

Bates coach Joe Reilly was glad to escape with a win.  “Gordon is one of the better programs in New England.  They are on the level of the teams in our conference (NESCAC).”

The Bobcats (14-5) host Williams on Friday night.  I hope that the Ephs come in prepared for the heat that they’ll experience at Alumni Gym.  Most of us worked up a full lather just breathing!

Gordon (14-5) faces nonleague Husson at the Bennett Center tomorrow (Wednesday) night.  The visiting Eagles from Bangor are a tough opponent.  They mauled the Scots up there last year.

The accomplishments of the 2007-08 edition of the Gordon College Fighting Scots have been significant so far; 14 wins, Justin’s 400th assist, Jon’s move up the all-time scoring ladder, defeating nationally-ranked Plattsburgh State, capturing the tournament at Union College, and breaking the losing streak at Endicott. 

I wonder if the team is willing to rest on those substantial laurels or will it finish the rest of the regular season (six games) in a fashion that pleases not only the Gordon faithful but Coach Schauer too? 

boxscore Bates College 2-5-08

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