(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.
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) 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.
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.