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Gordon Routs Undermanned Curry

Roy Ray (#21) drives by Mike McCarthy in late-game action at Curry.

Luke Perkins (left) and Jordan Kelly (right) were part of a Gordon defense that held Curry to twelve second half points.

(Milton)  Playing with one hand tied behind your back is difficult.  Playing with both hands back there will surely lead to bad results.

That’s the way it was for Curry Saturday afternoon as they faced Gordon in Commonwealth Coast Conference action at home.  Minus their two best players (Jarrell Jackson and Sedale Jones) the Colonels lacked the firepower to compete for a full game and were mauled, 80-42.

To get a sense of these two missing players, understand that Jarrell was a first-team CCC All-Star last year and this year carries a 16.5 ppg average.  Sedale leads the CCC in scoring with 20.3 points per game.  Maybe a better comparison would be imagining Gordon playing without Greg Walker and David Dempsey.

Despite being shorthanded, Curry (4-13) played a competitive first half riding the shooting of Michael Connery (12 points) and a last-second basket by Axel Allen.  They only trailed 37-30 at halftime.

However, Gordon (6-10) was rolling on offense (54% in the first half).  That good shooting got even better in the second half (66%) while Curry went into a drought of droughts.

2 ½ minutes into the second half the score was 38-32.  The worrier in me was showing signs of life.  Over the next eleven minutes, however, the Scots went on a 31-2 run, that’s right, 31-2, and soared ahead 69-34 with 6 ½ minutes to go.  Wow!

We saw long range accuracy (Luke Hamilton & Park Thomas).  We saw inside accuracy (Greg Walker, Caleb Perkins, Jon Himottu).  We even saw a Rajon Rondo floater (Park Thomas).  It was all good and there was plenty of it. Nice not to be on the other side of such great offense.

Gordon’s iffy outside game kicked in versus Curry with 8-of-18 from long range.  Luke had 15 points from the perimeter.  This was the freshman’s 4th time reaching double figures.

Greg Walker (17 points) tries for a layup against soaring Chris Brown (#34).

Greg Walker (17 points) had the first nine points for the Scots in that put-away run in the second half.  By my figures, he’s within sixteen points of reaching a scoring milestone.

The Scots’ defense was impressive.  Every game they’ve gotten better at playing a zone defense.  The shifting is quick and most of the time the best shot for the opponent is a long-range, low percentage one.  There has also been enough mixing in of man-to-man defense to keep the opposition guessing.

Biggest surprise, other than Jarrell and Sedale not playing, was that Curry never pressed.  Maybe the fact that Curry played at Colby-Sawyer on Wednesday and at Amherst on Thursday had something to do with it.

Shaun Roach had plenty of family fans in attendance. He had three steals in this one.

Jordan Kelly was back in action.  He had seven rebounds.

Caleb Perkins tallied eight points and had me wondering why he shot two free throws left-handed. 

Matt Gibson handles the ball against Curry.

I did not realize that Curry had a new gymnasium.  So, naturally, I visited the old one.  The new one is gorgeous – lighting, seating, all good. 

Next opponent for Gordon (2-3 in the CCC) will be New England College.  The game is in Henniker (NH) on Thursday night at 7:30PM.  The Pilgrims defeated Roger Williams today.

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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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