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Endicott too much for Gordon (82-65) on Senior Day

Senior Sam Johnson and his family honored before the game

Senior Sam Johnson and his family honored before the game

Kamahl Walker (29 points)

Kamahl Walker (29 points)

(Wenham MA) It didn’t go entirely the way we had hoped.

Senior Sam Johnson was indeed honored pregame on Senior Day but after that the Scots were supposed to get a win over the visiting Endicott Gulls.

The first part went off without a hitch but getting a victory over EC?  Not this time.

Endicott (17-4) never trailed in a convincing, 82-65, performance on Saturday afternoon before this season’s best crowd at the Bennett Center.

Kamahl Walker had sixteen points in the second half

Kamahl Walker had sixteen points in the second half

Kamahl Walker (29 points) did a wonderful impersonation of the Celtic’s Isaiah Thomas by driving past or shooting over most of the defenders he encountered.  The EC senior had sixteen points in the second half.

Late in the game, Gordon’s Jake Hart was isolated on Kamahl with the rest of his Endicott teammates spread out along the baseline.  Looked like the perfect time for him to drive but instead he pulled up for a three and made it.  What’s a defender to do?

While Endicott was shooting over 50% for the game, the Scots (12-9) struggled.  Trouble spot?  Outside shooting.  Noah Szilagyi has joined Eric Demers in the out-for-the-season category.  Their three-point accuracy was missed big-time against the Gulls.

Also of note is the cooling off of Jake Haar (12 points).  The GC sophomore has slipped to 6-for-20 over the last three games.  Because of the status of Gordon’s outside shooting, Jake has been forced into trying more three’s than usual and sometimes from places he normally wouldn’t shoot from.

Jake had twenty-three points in the one-point loss at Endicott.  That drew him the defense of EC’s Stephen Basden this time.

The Scots quickly were behind 14-5 and then 30-15.  Later in the first half it was 36-22 before GC put their best run of the day together by closing the deficit to 38-33 at halftime.

Christien Morneweck guards Sam Johnson

Christien Morneweck guards Sam Johnson

A triple by Jake Haar, a jumper by Josh Ribeiro, and a layup from Sam Johnson, plus free throws by Jake and Jake Hart provided the firepower in the late run.

The Gulls moved the lead back to double figures (44-33) early in the second half and Gordon was never able to challenge inside of nine points thereafter.

Sam Johnson and Daquan Sampson had double/doubles for their respective teams.

The efficiency charts reveals that statistically this was Gordon’s poorest outing of the season.  Fewer rebounds than usual and weak shooting were the chief culprits.

Efficiency

Kamahl Walker 31 (29 points, 3 steals)

Daquan Sampson 17 (13 points, 10 rebounds)

Sam Johnson 15 (13 points, 10 rebounds)

Chris Lipscomb 13 (9 points, 4 assists)

Max Motroni 11 (13 points)

Endicott 97

Gordon 52

Kamahl Walker and Sam Johnson before the game

Kamahl Walker and Sam Johnson before the game

The Scots (9-5) are currently sitting in 4th place in the Commonwealth Coast Conference one game ahead of Wentworth (8-6).  It is starting to look as if GC will be facing WIT in the post-season tournament.  Can Gordon do enough over the final four games to keep that spot and get a home game in the first round?

Last year’s two seniors, Richie Armand and Udoka Obiora, were in the house.

The crowd was terrific.  They made plenty of supportive noise even as the team they were there to cheer struggled.

Gordon will be at Roger Williams (Wednesday) and at Wentworth next Saturday.

My wife and I were pleased to enjoy the senior (Sam Johnson) celebration after the game.  It was nice to get to meet some of the parents of the players on this year’s team

At the gathering coach Tod Murphy credited Sam with being the piece that enabled Gordon to win the CCC title three seasons ago.  Sam joined the Scots in January of his freshman year.

Box from this game

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Coach Tod Murphy and Sam Johnson

Coach Tod Murphy and Sam Johnson

Jaren Yang in front of the impressive GC turnout

Jaren Yang in front of the impressive GC turnout

Tussle for the ball

Tussle for the ball

Graham Tienhaara tries to block Kamahl Walker's shot

Graham Tienhaara tries to block Kamahl Walker’s shot

GC dance team

GC dance team

Garrisson Duvivier to the rim

Garrisson Duvivier to the rim

Kamahl Walker on the break

Kamahl Walker on the break

Chris Lipscomb on the drive

Chris Lipscomb on the drive

Sam Johnson positioned for a rebound

Sam Johnson positioned for a rebound

Daquan Sampson (double/double)

Daquan Sampson (double/double)

Game on!

Game on!

 

 

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Scots get twenty-three from Garrisson Duvivier but still lose 80-73 to Endicott

Richie Armand breaks in after a steal.

Richie Armand breaks in after a steal.

Sam Johnson gets double-teamed by Kamahl Walker and Nick Thibeault

Sam Johnson gets double-teamed by Kamahl Walker and Nick Thibeault

(Beverly MA) I don’t know if Gordon put a scare into Endicott in their 80-73 loss in Beverly on Saturday afternoon.

I had hoped that they would because there is a pretty good chance that the two teams will meet in the first round of the playoffs on February 23rd.

A certainty after sixteen league games with two games remaining is that Nichols (14-2) will finish first and Curry (0-16) will finish last.

Another certainty is that Gordon (8-8) will not finish in the top four in the Commonwealth Coast Conference standings. After Nichols, are three teams (Endicott, Eastern Nazarene, Wentworth) with 11-5 records.

The Scots are currently in 5th place one game ahead of both Roger Williams and UNE. Roger Williams holds the tie-breaker over GC while UNE doesn’t.

Stephen Basden sets to launch a three as the EC bench watches

Stephen Basden sets to launch a three as the EC bench watches

Gordon plays Nichols at home on Tuesday night and Curry away on Saturday afternoon.

Nichols has won twelve straight and put a 66-point first half on Curry in today’s win. They can score!

Last year Nichols (#1 seed) lost in the first round to #8 UNE in the CCC playoffs. The year before Gordon won the championship at Nichols. Let’s just say Nichols is not only good but hungry. Gordon better prepare for Nichols’ best on Tuesday night.

“Best” would have won today’s game against Endicott. The Scots are not at the level where they can get by with mediocre in any area. The CCC’s defending champion can.

Chirs Lipscomb (11 points/10 rebounds)

Chirs Lipscomb (11 points/10 rebounds)

Endicott’s top player (Kamahl Walker) had seventeen points but it took him seventeen shots to get those points. He has five turnovers. But EC survived because Chris Lipscomb and his 4PPG average collected eleven points to go with ten rebounds to offset things.

The Scots hung around nicely in the first half but in the second half the Gulls got up by double figures and GC just couldn’t find answering offense.

The Scots weren’t blown out they just couldn’t get this one into a one-possession game. They did get it to two-possessions a couple of times but that wasn’t enough.

Gordon never reached the “blown-out” level because the Gulls struggled big-time from the line (18-for-29). In the game at Gordon in January the visitors were 20-for 24.

The most remarkable turnaround in today’s game was the play of freshman Garrisson Duvivier. First matchup in January Garrisson was an underwhelming 1-for-11. Those who thought the Gulls might have his number learned differently this afternoon. Garrisson had twenty-three points to go along with ten rebounds. It took him only fifteen shots to get those points, by the way.

Sam Johnson had his thirteenth double/double putting 15 points together with 11 rebounds. The 6-6 junior also added three blocks.

Eric Demers fires a three as the GC bench watches

Eric Demers fires a three as the GC bench watches

Eric Demers totaled seventeen points. Eric seemed to be the only perimeter player able to consistently get open space for shot attempts. It seems to me that the last open shots 3-point shooters Noah Szilagyi and Jake Haar have had lately have been in pre-game. Wide open looks have to be earned (by movement) at the college level.

The killer number for Gordon was second-half, three-point shooting. It is hard to put fear into an opponent if you’re trailing and only go 1-for-11 from long range.

Junior Kamahl Walker was honored before the game for having scored his 1000th point.

Daquan Sampson lines up a jam

Daquan Sampson lines up a jam

Daquan Sampson also had a double/double (11 points/10 rebounds) for the Gulls. The 6-6 junior just barely missed turning an alley-oop pass into a highlight-reel jam.

I don’t know if Gordon has played a daylight basketball game at Endicott before. It was interesting to actually be able to see some of the new buildings that EC has put up.

I am no expert on pep bands and cheerleading. Endicott had both and they worked extremely well together. Could a student-driven pep band work in the Bennett Center? I’m guessing it would.

Tuesday night (5:30PM) is the night the seniors (Richie Armand and Udoka Obiora) will be honored before the Nichols game. Richie and Udoka are two of the three holdovers from the 2013-14 championship team.

Efficiency Chart

Garrisson Duvivier 28

Sam Johnson 22

Chris Lipscomb 21

Daquan Sampson 14

Endicott 86

Gordon 81

Boxscore from the game

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Sam Johnson blocks Kamahl Walker's shot

Sam Johnson blocks Kamahl Walker’s shot

Kamahl Walker honored before the game

Kamahl Walker honored before the game

Jaren Yang defended by Max Motroni

Jaren Yang defended by Max Motroni

Daquan Sampson

Daquan Sampson

Kamahl Walker shoots past Noah Szilagyi

Kamahl Walker shoots past Noah Szilagyi

Senior Udoka Obiora sets a screen

Senior Udoka Obiora sets a screen

Eric Demers guarded by Stephen Basden

Eric Demers guarded by Stephen Basden

Garrisson Duvivier

Garrisson Duvivier

Max Motroni defends an inbounds pass

Max Motroni defends an inbounds pass

Kamahl Walker

Kamahl Walker

Eric Demers and Stephen Basden

Eric Demers and Stephen Basden

Garrisson Duviver (23 points) about to set up teammate Sam Johnson for a wide-open layup

Garrisson Duviver (23 points) about to set up teammate Sam Johnson for a wide-open layup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Endicott takes down Gordon 75-60 in neighborhood battle

Stephen Basden (9 points/11 rebounds) was very effective inside

Stephen Basden (9 points/11 rebounds) was very effective inside

Daquan Sampson fires from in front of a large GC crowd at the Bennett Center

Daquan Sampson fires from in front of a large GC crowd at the Bennett Center

(Wenham MA) There were optimists thinking that Gordon was ready to take down some of the upper echelon teams in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

However, after seeing the webcast loss to Nichols two days ago and this afternoon’s 75-60 defeat against Endicott, it may be time to temper that enthusiasm.

A good crowd (the students are back) at the Bennett Center saw their Scots (7-8) take and make enough difficult shots to hang with the Gulls (9-6) early into the second half.

But after a 38-38 tie the visitors began to gain separation and over the final 7 ½ minutes maintained a double-digit lead.

Endicott played in this game, especially the second half, the way you hope the young Scots will play after more time together. EC passed the ball. They set screens to get teammates open shots. They frustrated Gordon’s interior game and they limited GC to low-percentage, long-range shots.

Long-range GC shooter Jake Haar was limited to two shots

Long-range GC shooter Jake Haar was limited to two shots

In the Nichols game the Bison struggled in some areas but made up the difference in other areas. Endicott the same way. Top CCC scorer Kamahl Walker and Max Motrondi (#3 in scoring) were off (nine-for-thirty) but teammates more than made up the difference. Chris Lipscomb (13 points) had a career game while Stephen Basdin at 6’2” collected eleven rebounds and nine points in close to the basket.

The Gulls picked up thirty-two points in the paint getting most of them on drives and offensive rebounds. There was very little action from EC in the post.

Sam Johnson looks for a rebound. He had ten against Endicott

Sam Johnson looks for a rebound. He had ten against Endicott

One of the solid pieces for Gordon so far has been their play in the post. Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier had fourteen double/doubles between them coming into the game. Sam got #15 with his 10/10 effort but the collapsing defense of EC forced seven turnovers on the hustling junior. The quicker Garrisson forgets this game (1-for-11) the better.

Freshman Jake Haar had taken the CCC by surprise over the past five games with remarkable 3-point accuracy. His over 60% touch (17-for-27) obviously was no secret to Endicott and the result was tight coverage with limited touches and only two long-range attempts.

Eric Demers (15 points) shoots over Stephen Basden

Eric Demers (15 points) shoots over Stephen Basden

The team efficiency results (Endicott 97, Gordon 60) highlight the difference between the two teams on this afternoon. The “on this afternoon” part is crucial. The Scots can play much better. For many of the GC players it was their first taste of the Gordon/Endicott rivalry. A rematch is scheduled for February 13th at Beverly.

Gordon will be traveling to Boston for their next game to face Wentworth on Tuesday night. The Leopards are tied at the top of the CCC with Nichols and Endicott. Wentworth downed Endicott two nights ago. It won’t be easy!

Graham Tienhaara tries to drive

Graham Tienhaara tries to drive

The loyalty of some of the Bennett Center faithful was severely tested in the second half with GC down by double-digits and the Patriots/Chiefs playoff game already started.

Efficiency Chart

Stephen Basden 23

Chris Lipscomb 21

Sam Johnson 14

Eric Demers 13 (15 points)

Daquan Sampson 10 (11 points)

Endicott 97

Gordon 60

Boxscore

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Game on!

Game on!

Sam Johnson cornered by defenders

Sam Johnson cornered by defenders

Daquan Sampson

Daquan Sampson

Drew Sawyer in the lane

Drew Sawyer in the lane

Looking for a rebound

Looking for a rebound

Max Motroni shoots a three

Max Motroni shoots a three

Ukoka Obiora gets two

Ukoka Obiora gets two

Kamahl Walker shoots long range

Kamahl Walker shoots long range

Young Endicott fan

Young Endicott fan

Eric Demers denied Max Motroni's breakaway layup with a hustling block

Eric Demers denied Max Motroni’s breakaway layup with a hustling block

Kamahl Walker floats in

Kamahl Walker floats in

Noah Szilagyi fires a three

Noah Szilagyi fires a three

Garrisson Duvivier saw heavy defense all game long

Garrisson Duvivier saw heavy defense all game long

 

 

 

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