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Gordon sweeps Eastern Nazarene 70-62

Christian Lynch, shown here battling with Jake Hart in the first meeting, had an excellent game for ENC

Christian Lynch, shown here battling with Jake Hart in the first meeting, had an excellent game for ENC

(Amesbury MA) It wasn’t pretty but the Scots got it done in Quincy defeating Eastern Nazarene, 70-62, on Wednesday night.

The win enabled Gordon (11-7) to sweep the series with the Lions.

Certainly a frustrating loss for the Lions.  They fell behind by double figures early but recovered to get a lead early in the second half.  Then the visitors from Wenham (MA) pulled away again to a double-digit lead (58-47) and the closest ENC (9-9) could get the rest of the way was five points.

The Scots had enough defense in the first half to still be ahead (28-27) despite a serious cooldown.  That chilly session lasted seven minutes.  Eleven straight shots were missed and four turnovers committed.  A 21-10 advantage shrunk to 21-20.  The Scots were fortunate that ENC had their own shooting woes.

In the second half, Gordon broke loose from a tie (36-36) on two consecutive three’s by Jake Haar.  They would not be caught the rest of the way.

Layups by Garrisson Duvivier, and Noah Szilagyi and a runner in the lane by Luke Meyer raised the GC spread to eleven (58-47) with six minutes left.

ENC cut the lead to five (67-62) with thirty seconds remaining but it was too late to finish the comeback.

Very surprised that the Lions did not do any pressing.  Maybe they didn’t see the Western New England game and the Scots’ twenty-seven turnovers?  Whatever. The Lions were content to concentrate on shutting down Gordon in close and for good reason; Garrisson Duvivier had thirty points around the basket in GC’s first-game OT win.

Efficiency

Christian Lynch 25 (17 points, 5 assists)

Corey Doran 14 (16 points)

Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson 14 (11 points)

Garrisson Duviver 14 (11 points)

Jake Hart 12 (9 points)

David Eddings 12 (10 points, 3 assists)

Gordon 85

ENC 76

Noah Szilagyi (12 points) had a career-high in shots (13) and was 3-for-5 from long range.

The Gordon win plus a Roger Williams loss (to Nichols) puts the Scots in a three-way tie for second with those two teams.  With the win, Gordon now has a two-game separation over the closest of the teams behind them in the standings.  The top four teams host a first-round playoff game.

The Scots get Nichols at noon on Saturday in Dudley.  There will be full-court pressure.  There will be Marco.  He had thirty tonight against Roger Williams.  A win over the Bison would ease the pain of the last-second defeat earlier in the season.

Call it the Gordon version of the Sports Illustrated curse.  In Coach Tod Murphy’s entry in Coaches Corner that came out today, he mentioned that the Scots could score points but the worries were on the defensive end.  Sure enough, same day the Scots struggle to score points.

I opted for the blurred version of the ENC game feed.

Box from the game.

Two day-after thoughts on this game:

  • Jake Hart. His minutes are down but his contributions aren’t.  In the fast-start, first 2 ½ minutes of the ENC game, alert Garrisson Duvivier connected with cutting Jake three different times for layups.  Later the junior nailed a three, assisted by Jaren Yang.  No forced offense.  Cutting to the basket to get open.  A valuable player.
  • Sam Johnson. You see him with nine rebounds versus ENC and think he had a “bad” game.  Foolish thought.  Why?  Sam’s 9-rebound game is higher than what everyone else in the Commonwealth Coast Conference averages per game except Nick Bates!  In a game in which everyone on the floor has a chance to get a rebound, Sam has the knack and passion to get a high number of them every game.  Playing like a first-team, all-leaguer in my mind.

 

 

 

 

 

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Gordon gets overtime win (85-82) over ENC in conference opener

Jake Hart (#15) latches onto the final rebound between Christian Lynch (12) and Patrick Michel (5)

Jake Hart (#15) latches onto the final rebound between Christian Lynch (12) and Patrick Michel (5)

Garrisson Duvivier finished with thirty points.

Garrisson Duvivier finished with thirty points.

(Wenham MA) It wasn’t until Jake Hart cradled the final rebound that this game was over.

Gordon and Eastern Nazarene battled into overtime before the home Scots came away 85-82 winners.

Back and forth it went with small leads and clutch baskets from both teams on Wednesday night at the Bennett Center.

This contest opened the Commonwealth Coast Conference part of both team’s schedules.

Last season’s highlight game for GC, in my opinion, was an 87-85 overtime win over ENC in January at Gordon.

Tonight’s game was just as exciting.  The key to the win was Gordon’s dominance on the boards.  The Scots ended up with fourteen more shots than the visitors.

Sam Johnson gets one of his 23 rebounds

Sam Johnson gets one of his 23 rebounds

Sam Johnson had a career-high fifteen offensive rebounds for GC.

Garrisson Duvivier poured in thirty points with plenty of them coming from in-traffic layups.

The Scots never trailed in overtime.  Jaren Yang gave GC the lead right away with an old-fashioned 3-point play.  Later the junior from California drained two pressure free throws with ten seconds left to get the GC lead to 3 points.  The Lions did get a good look (Christian Lynch) at a tying three but the shot missed and Jake Hart gathered the rebound to end the game.

Earlier in regulation ENC freshman Josh Rice drilled a corner three in the closing seconds to send this game into overtime.

The Lions had six players in double figures and eighteen assisted baskets.

Jake Haar (#20) gets room for a three

Jake Haar (#20) gets room for a three

Gordon (3-2) got down by six (59-53) in regulation with 6:50 left but unanswered layups by Jaren, Garrison, and a three by Jake Haar sent GC back in front.

Gordon missed a ton of shots in close but their strength on the boards earned them numerous second chances.

It was a surprise to me that ENC never pressed.  I was so used to them in previous years generating easy baskets off Gordon turnovers.

Jaren may have missed all five 3-point attempts but he was a clutch five-for-five from the foul line with the outcome hanging in the balance.

The Lions (3-3 overall) were picked to finish 8th in the CCC by the coaches.  I can tell you now, that the team from Quincy can defend and make shots, and should end up much higher in the CCC than was expected.

Ball in the air

Ball in the air

Efficiency

Sam Johnson 26 (11 points/23 rebounds)

Garrisson Duvivier 24 (30 points/14 rebounds)

Corey Doran 21 (18 points)

Jake Haar 18 (16 points)

Josh Rice 15 (16 points/4-for-4 on 3’s)

Gordon 97

ENC 90

Next for Gordon is a league game on Saturday at Western New England.

Box from the game

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Christian Lynch goes for a block

Christian Lynch goes for a block

Garrisson Duvivier rejects Andrew Mitchell's shot

Garrisson Duvivier rejects Andrew Mitchell’s shot

Noah Cheney (#2) drives the middle

Noah Cheney (#2) drives the middle

Garrisson Duvivier gets in close

Garrisson Duvivier gets in close

Jaren Yang

Jaren Yang

Garrisson Duvivier looks to shoot

Garrisson Duvivier looks to shoot

Sam Johnson chases a loose ball

Sam Johnson chases a loose ball

Andrew Petrilli fires a three

Andrew Petrilli fires a three

 

 

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ENC wins 9th straight as Gordon falls 100-84

(Quincy/Amesbury) Undefeated ENC (9-0) is awfully, awfully good.

Not awfully, awfully tall (tallest player on the team is 6-3) but it didn’t make a bit of difference in a 100-84 win over Gordon (3-4) on Tuesday night in Quincy.

The Lions lived in the paint and that gave them a night full of high-percentage shots. They collected forty-six points in that area in this one.

ENC also forced mistakes all game long. The Scots got burned for a season high twenty-five turnovers that led directly to thirty-five ENC points. In the first half Jaren Yang and Luke Meyer collected seven of GC’s fourteen. The second half saw the TO number drop to eleven but remarkably nine different players contributed to that total.

The Scots started well and were still tied (24-24) with 8+ minutes left in the first half. After that? The slide to a double-digit deficit was quick (three minutes) and the Scots could not defend well enough to generate hopes of a comeback.

The key to this loss, in my opinion, was ENC’s ability to get so many easy shots. The Scots scored a ton of points but gave up a ton +. In the half-court offense, ENC seemed to have little trouble dribbling into the lane. The Scots also paid dearly almost every time a Gordon guard got below the foul line. How? On any missed shot the Lions were quick to outlet and fast break. On the ENC video feed I saw far too many 3-on-2’s and 2-on-1’s that led to layups for the home team. The Lions’ unselfishness produced twenty-two assists.

Sam Johnson turned in a double/double (16 points/11 rebounds) and an efficiency score of 27 which is his best in a GC uniform. Three assists, two blocks, and a steal were part of special performance for the GC junior.

The rest of the performers of note were all Lions.

Efficiency Stats

Sam Johnson 27

Jaylen Owens 23 (20 points/7 assists/3 steals)

Lequan Gomes 23 (20 points/6 rebounds/4 steals)

Christian Lynch 18 (13 points/7 rebounds)

Jeremy Wagner 15 (9 points/5 rebounds)

Eastern Nazarene 119

Gordon 91

There was little wrong with Gordon’s shooting in this one. They shot over 50% and made eleven three’s. But there were a season-high twenty-five empty possessions. Also giving up 100 points might get you a win in the NBA but not in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

The Scots are winless (0-4) on the road and their next two games are on the road this weekend (Friday/Saturday) in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. It would be nice to go into the Christmas break with at least one win away from home.

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