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Scots Play Great and Win Third Straight

Seniors Austin Bentson (9 points) and Greg Walker (23 points) enjoy the end of Gordon's win over Colby-Sawyer.

Garrett Harden - red hot with a career-best sixteen points against Colby-Sawyer

(Wenham) Gordon put on quite the show against a quality Colby-Sawyer team and defeated the visitors, 70-58, on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center.

The Scots (9-12/ 5-5) took the lead for good (Greg Walker layup on a feed from David Dempsey) eleven minutes into the first half (22-21) and rode great passing (18 assists) and shooting (53.3%) to the end.

The Chargers (10-11/ 6-4) got as close as one point (42-41 at 12:14 in the second half) but Shaun Roach followed with a three and, after a C-S turnover, David Dempsey added a layup to give Gordon some breathing room.

Colby-Sawyer was still near enough to worry some of us later when a John Roberts tip-in narrowed the Scot lead to 58-52 with 5:10 left.  Gordon had won the last two games in the last minute so you could feel this one heading in that direction. 

Not tonight.  Over the next three minutes Gordon ran nine straight (Greg – two layups, Austin Bentson – a three, and JT Himmelstein – a layup) while C-S missed seven straight shots and added two turnovers.

Two minutes left and a 67-52 lead was certainly a lot different than the last two games.

The Gordon shooting was remarkable.  Early on the Scots were taking and making difficult shots.  Greg hit a couple of jumpers that were close to 3-point shots. 

Colby-Sawyer was intent on stopping Gordon’s inside game and they did a nice job on David Dempsey (8 points) by swarming him in close.  David contributed in other ways with eleven rebounds and four assists.

That heavy Charger defense in close opened some nice looks elsewhere and on this day the Scots took full advantage.  They tied a season high with nine makes long-range.  Garrett Harden led the way out there with five-for-seven shooting and a career high 16 points. 

JT Himmelstein (inbounding) - handed out nine assists

JT Himmelstein had a career assist game with nine of them.  Those assists can pile up quickly when the point guard can find the scorers without turning the ball over.  In this game, a pass to either Greg or Garrett had assist potential written all over it.

John Roberts (12) and Robbie Burke (10) led the Charger scorers.  Will Bardaglio (8 points) came in as the 3rd scorer in the Commonwealth Coast Conference with 16+ per game.  I thought that his long-range touch would hurt the Scots during their occasional use of zone defenses but it never happened.  From where I was sitting, the Chargers missed a lot of makeable shots. 

Colby-Sawyer has now lost four straight while Gordon has won three straight. 

The Scots travel to Medford to play nonleague Tufts at 7PM on Thursday. 

Garrett (#12) defends Will Bardaglio (8 points) while JT (#1) covers James Tobin (5 points).

The CCC picture currently has Gordon in 9th.  The top eight get into tournament play after the season.  The Scots need to take care of the three league opponents ahead (Western New England, UNE, and Salve Regina) and hope that one of the current top eight falls past them. 

Saturday’s 3PM game with Western New England is the last home game of the season.  It is also Senior Day.  No they won’t be honoring my wife and I!  It will be Greg and Austin standing there with their parents wondering where the four years have gone.

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Finally the Finals

(In James 4, it talks about making assumptions about tomorrow – “Why you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”  I got home to Newburyport after the game with writing plans.  Twenty-two hours later the electricity has been restored, for which I am grateful.)

Aaron Trigg (27 points) hits a free throw late in front of a large Scot crowd

(Wenham)  What a game!  The efficiency of the Scots on both ends of the court, combined with the sixth-man level crowd made this a memorable evening.

It also got Gordon (23-4) past the semifinal CCC tourney hump that had eluded them during the past four seasons.

Gordon reached the unfamiliar finals of the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament with their, 77-58, win over Colby-Sawyer (15-12) at the Bennett Center on Thursday night.

This was the eighth straight CCC postseason for the Scots but just the first time getting to The Big Game on Saturday night. 

Last season Colby-Sawyer ended Gordon’s season in the semifinals up at New London, but not this time.

The Scots took an 11-9 lead, 4 ½ minutes into the game on Aaron Trigg’s 3-pointer and never trailed the rest of the way.

Greg Walker (20 points) hit jumpers, jump hooks, and layups

The Gordon offense was consistently good (51% field goal percentage) from just about everywhere.  Aaron Trigg (27 points), Greg Walker (20 points) and Brady Bajema (16 points) led all scorers and gave the normally tight Charger defense fits all game.

Aaron had the long-ball going (5-for-7), made ten free throws and handed out five assists.

Greg picked up his defense on Jason Chevrefils (he had 19 points in the earlier CS win) and hit short jumpers to avoid the double-teams he faced when getting the ball closer to the basket.

Brady took the ball to the basket more than he has all season, made seven free throws and dished out seven assists.

Gordon’s defense was excellent as well. The CCC’s co-defensive player-of-the-year (Ben Gaskill) combined with Tim MacDonnell to stymie Jon Chaloux – top scorer in the CCC with 18PPG.  The last-game Charger suffered through a four-point game going 0-for-8 from the floor.  Ben also had ten rebounds.

Similar to the Endicott experience on Tuesday night, there was no history to suggest that Colby-Sawyer didn’t have the coaching, players, and big-game experience to give the Scots a bad night.  They had beaten Gordon three straight, including a 90-64 rout last February at the Bennett Center.

The Chargers were as close as 32-29 in the first half and the Scots lead at halftime was a very uncomfortable, 36-31.

The Scots came out in the second half unaware, apparently, about what was supposed to happen and built the lead to 43-32 in the first three minutes.  Twice Gordon broke down CS’s interior defense with Greg Walker as the finisher.

The lead was still double digits (51-41) with 13 ½ minutes left before Corey Willis nailed an NBA range trey to instantly cut the margin to seven.  The worrywarts from the Endicott game now resurfaced at the Bennett Center.

But Aaron answered with a 3 of his own and started Gordon on a 13-2 point spree over seven minutes that made things 64-46 with 6 ½ minutes to go.  Aaron had a couple of threes, Greg had a couple of layups, and Brady had three free throws.

Things got a bit dicey over the next two minutes as CS ran six straight but the Chargers would get no closer than twelve the rest of the way.  Brady and Aaron combined for 9-of-10 free throws in the end game. 

The Gordon crowd has been spectacular in both games.  They chose to give Charger freshman Corey Willis special chanting attention and he ended up shooting just 3-for-12.

Jon Chaloux - Held below 18PPG average by Ben Gaskill and Tim MacDonnell

The only negative I heard from The Pit was their late-game chanting of “over-rated” in senior Jon Chaloux’s direction after he fouled out of his last game.  Earlier that chant made sense but not when an excellent player has just ended his career.

In the same vein, it was classy of Aaron to step away from the foul line late in the game and applaud CS senior captain Dave Rosso when he exited for the final time.

The Curry Colonels (15-12) will be the Big Game opponent Saturday night.  They have been in the Big Game three of the last four years winning two years ago. 

Gordon defeated Curry, 74-68, in Wenham on January 23rd.  In that one, the Scots had 26 turnovers (all-time high?) but nailed eleven 3’s.  Curry features two CCC first-teamers – Jarrell Jackson and Mark Mastrullo. 

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Gordon’s Thirteen Game Winning Streak Ends vs Colby-Sawyer

Dave Rosso - Hits four 3's for Colby-Sawyer

Jason Chevrefils - 19 points/2 steals

(New London NH) Let’s face it – we Gordon faithful were getting spoiled.  And who could blame us after over two months of win after win. 

And who would have expected our winning ways (thirteen straight) to end in New London (NH) where the Colby-Sawyer Chargers were coming off three straight losses?

However, the, “on any given night” reality bit the Scots (17-4/ 9-1) and they came out on the wrong end of a 74-63 score on Tuesday night in Commonwealth Coast Conference play.

Going undefeated in the CCC is now off the table.  What remains, though, over the last four games (Bates/Western New England/UNE/Salve Regina) of the season, is trying to gain the most favorable position possible in the postseason CCC eight-team tournament that starts on February 23rd.  Still sitting alone atop the current CCC standings (9-1), put the Scots in complete control of their destiny. 

Gordon did not play well enough to defeat Colby-Sawyer (12-10/5-5).  But those on hand will tell you that the Scots made a serious run late to steal this one but that mishandlings and misfirings kept the upset from happening.

One nearby Charger fan, was overheard to say during the game that, “this was the best I’ve seen them play,” referring to the home team.  No doubt, he was referencing C-S’s red-hot, long-range shooting (nine for eighteen) and their well-schemed half-court defense (twenty-one Gordon turnovers). 

An early Colby-Sawyer 8-2 deficit vanished as both of the Charger positives just mentioned kicked in and Gordon helplessly watched the scoreboard effects of first half C-S runs of twelve points and nine points that plunged them into a 37-28 hole.

Freshman Jason Chevrefils (19 points) gave the Scots nothing but trouble all night.  He got good low-block position time after time and knew how to score from there.  His jump hook, similar to Greg Walker’s, was never successfully defended. 

In the second half, Jason combined with long-ranger David Rosso (fourteen points on four 3’s) to do most of the damage as the Chargers ventured into laugher territory (64-49) with just 4:20 left in the game. 

It was easy to wonder at this point, why the Chargers could have lost to Regis, Curry, Roger Williams, Endicott, and Salve Regina.  However, over the next two minutes the Scots put up points – eight straight at one point – and the home team started turning the ball over in the backcourt and missing shots down the other end. 

Credit a “first-time-I’ve-seen-it” full-court trap, steal, or foul approach used by Gordon.  It worked for the next two minutes and things got a very interesting (65-59) when Aaron Trigg made his only three of the game. 

The last two minutes the Scots reverted to misfiring (1 for 6) and mishandling (3 turnovers) while C-S sealed the deal with seven of eight free throws.

The CCC’s top scorer, Jon Chaloux, collected ten points in the first half but Ben Gaskill limited him to only two more thereafter. 

Ben Gaskill - Grabs 13 rebounds and defends the CCC's top scorer

Ben had a game-high thirteen rebounds along with a hard foul on breaking away Jason Chevrefils attempting a layup.  Ben got the ball but plenty of Jason along with it.

Dunks are unusual for Gordon and Greg Walker had one in the second half on a breakaway. 

C-S did a great job on the perimeter containing Brady Bajema (11 points – 3 for 10) and Aaron (14 points – 5 for 13).  Aaron has gone three-for-fifteen from long range over the last three games.

Bates is next in Lewiston at 7PM on Thursday.  This is a nonleague game so the minutes of Aaron, Ben, and Brady may be impacted especially with a visit to Western New England in CCC action looming on Saturday.  The need to secure home-court advantage during the remaining four games, including Bates, should be the top priority.

Another top priority at Bates is trying to keep cool in the gymnasium; at least it was two years ago.  The ancient structure had an equally ancient heating system that puts out heat in a fashion that has spectators wondering how much of their clothing they can take off without being arrested. 

More seriously, Bates has won five straight.  We managed to defeat them for the first time ever last February at the Bennett Center thanks to a season-high, 20-point run in the second half. 

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Game #27 – Gordon Loses to Colby-Sawyer (again) and Exits CCC Tournament

(New London NH)  After getting routed (90-64) at Gordon on February 10th you hoped that a second meeting with Colby-Sawyer might go better.  It didn’t.

 The Scots lost 72-54 exiting from the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament in the semifinals for the fourth straight season as a result.  Gordon was the lone returnee from last season’s Final Four.

Meanwhile, Colby-Sawyer moves on to the finals at UNE on Saturday night.  The UNE pressure gave the Chargers trouble in a regular season loss. 

The Gordon lax team attired at Colby-Sawyer with TMac goggles and Brady arm pads - photo courtesy goggle wearer's mother

The Gordon lax team attired at Colby-Sawyer with TMac goggles and Brady arm pads - photo courtesy goggle wearer's mother

The Gordon/CS game was played Thursday night in New Hampshire before a crowd that included a busload of Gordon students.  The kids came and made plenty of supportive noise throughout but the team just didn’t respond.

Aaron sandwiched by Jon Chaloux (#12) and Matt Lemieux (#3)

Aaron sandwiched by Jon Chaloux (#12) and Matt Lemieux (#3) - photo courtesy Ron Harden

Jon Chaloux (23 points /7 rebounds) and Matt Lemieux (18 points /7 assists) led the (20-6) Chargers.  Jon, the 6-6 junior, caused similar damage (26 points) in the first meeting at the Bennett Center.  Someone needs to figure out how to guard him before next year’s game. 

The Scots were cold early and it was four minutes in before Ben Gaskill took his only shot of the game and scored after receiving a nice pass from Brady Bajema.  Meanwhile, the Chargers already had six points thanks to Jon Chaloux. He took one of Matt Lemieux’s seven assists and dunked and also hit a couple of jump shots.  This was a game in which we had trouble scoring and they didn’t, most of the time.

Before the half was over the Chargers had put together a run of seven straight, and three runs of six and led 33-17 at halftime.  An optimist at halftime could certainly note that we weren’t down 48-26 as we were at halftime in the 90-64 loss and that this time around Aaron Trigg hadn’t scored yet.

Gordon got off to a much better start in the second half.  After a couple of Ben Gaskill free throws, the Scots made their next five shots and cut the deficit to 39-30 after 3 ½ minutes played.  Plenty of time left.

But Matt Lemieux (5-8 senior) put a damper on the optimism with his own personal run of seven points and in a little over a minute the Chargers were up by sixteen (46-30). 

CS, wisely kept the ball in Matt’s hands most of the second half and spread the floor to give him plenty of room to show his ball-handling skills. 

CS never let go of that double-figures lead the rest of the way, using the clock and ending most of their lengthy possessions with points. 

In the twenty wins Gordon ended up with this season, we’ve seen them do the same thing with a lead.  It sure is a helpless feeling to see your team on the wrong side of that strategy especially when your team’s defensive arsenal doesn’t include trapping or pressing.

Brady Bajema - Paced the Scots with 24 points including 17 in the second half.

Brady Bajema - Paced the Scots with 24 points including 17 in the second half.

Even in the loss, we did see quite a second half, shooting show from Brady.  He tossed in seventeen second half points and ended up with 24 points for the game. 

Brady became the go-to guy in that second half as Aaron never got untracked and for the first time in 53 games didn’t make at least one three.  The defense was good but not that good.  This was truly one of those rare outings when the talented junior from Kansas had his shooting touch nearly abandon him entirely.  But again, let me repeat, no one player ever loses a team game!

Closer to the basket things didn’t go that well either.  Greg (6 points) had trouble getting the ball, and when he did get it was faced with extra defenders.  Ben (4 points) took only ONE shot the entire game (He had 14 points on Tuesday night) and because of foul trouble watched 18 minutes of the game from the bench.

Enough of that negative stuff.  Gordon ends with twenty wins and a lone graduate (David Flight) whom we wish well.  Trust me, the 2009-10 team will be favored in the preseason CCC poll.  The target will be on their backs with so much experience returning.  We are destined for another season of very good basketball I suspect.  I would like to believe that next year’s team is capable of winning the conference and securing homecourt throughout the playoffs in 2010.  Can they (finally) win the tournament?  Why not?

A closing thanks to the friends we’ve renewed with this season and to those added along the way.  The tremendous sacrifices that parents of players make just to attend games always amazes me.  Any player reading this article needs to remind their parents repeatedly that they are appreciative of their support.

I am thankful for the opportunity that God has given me to cover seven seasons of Gordon games.  My wife, Julie, has been a wonderful source of encouragement and I thank her for that.

Lord willing, I expect to follow the team during the 2009-10 season. 

Thanks for being part of the readership.

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Game #21 – Aaron Reaches 1000 Points but Scots Get Blown Out by Colby-Sawyer

(Wenham) Gordon’s inexplicable woes at home continued as they were beaten like a drum in almost every statistical category by Colby-Sawyer, 90-64, in league play at the Bennett Center on Tuesday night.

The final score pretty well sums up the difference between the two teams on this night.  Colby-Sawyer (17-4 overall/ 9-1 in the CCC) was picked to win the Commonwealth Coast Conference in the preseason coaches poll and now we know why – they can shoot and they can defend.

Gordon (15-6 overall/ 6-4 in the CCC) on the other hand, continues to be a hard team to figure on most counts.  However, we do know for sure that recent games at home (4-4) have been difficult.

After delighting in watching Greg Walker and Brady Bajema carry the team in the last two games, it was our turn to be on the receiving end of a career performance.  Jon Chaloux (6-6/junior) of Colby-Sawyer was just plain unstoppable on offense (5-for-6 on 3’s totaling 29 points) and a nuisance on defense with six steals.

Similar to Brady’s game at Nichols (37 points), you didn’t see a game such as this coming from Jon.  After all, he was averaging 12 ppg. He was 0-for-3 shooting three’s with just seven points in his last game against Salve Regina.  However, in this one he seldom missed (12-for-17) despite the Scots giving numerous players a shot at guarding him.

The crowd was disappointing to say the least but they did give two loud cheers.  The first one was with about eight minutes left when Jon launched one from NBA distance and actually missed.  The other cheer was after the game when it was announced that Aaron Trigg had reached 1000 points. 
Aaron spins in for two of his team-high 17 points.

Aaron spins in for two of his team-high 17 points - courtesy Ron Harden

Aaron reaches the 1000-point milestone at the free throw line.

Aaron reaches the 1000-point milestone at the free throw line - courtesy Ron Harden











The Bennett Center blues defy explanation.  For six seasons visiting teams have come to Wenham expecting to lose or possibly to steal one with a great performance.  A big crowd would be expected and it would be noisy.  This year, since the William Paterson game in November, the Scots have lost an unheard of 4-of-5 at home.  What’s with that?

One way to lose at home, or anywhere for that matter, is to start slowly on both ends against a good team.  That’s what happened in this one.  The Chargers made their first five shots before missing.  James Tobin, however, converted the missed shot.  Therefore, 3 ½ minutes into the game, Gordon trailed, 14-2, and Coach Mike Schauer had already burned a timeout early to stop the bleeding.

Brady hit a three to narrow the lead to 22-11 with 11:10 left and thoughts of a comeback danced in some of our heads.  Enter Jon Chaloux.  He dominated the next 4 ½ minutes collecting nine points as C-S went on a 14-point run to put this one out of reach early (36-11).

In this disastrous segment, Coach Schauer used another timeout and then watched his team commit turnovers in five of the next six possessions.  The top three scorers on the team found themselves on the bench in the middle of this nightmare.

Later Brady hit a couple more three’s in the last minute before Chris Cox was left all alone for a buzzer-beating layup.  C-S led 48-26 at the half.

The Scots had a run of eight in the second half as Jon Chaloux finally missed a shot.  A couple of converted rebounds by Ben Gaskill highlighted that run.  This put the score at 71-52 with 7:20 left but that was as close as Gordon would get.

The good news is that Gordon has another game on Thursday.  The sting of the C-S loss will fade as they take on non-league Bates at 7PM at the Bennett Center.  Tough game?  Gordon has never beaten Bates and, I’m shocked to be saying this as a negative, the game is at home. 

The CCC game of the year will certainly be Saturday at Colby-Sawyer (9-1) when UNE (10-0) visits New London.  Gordon gets UNE at home on February 18th.  That one scares me already.

This was the first non-crowd I’ve seen at home in years.  The Pit was numerically pitiful.  Have the students jumped off the team bandwagon?  I would hope not.  This is a good team and almost all the players are underclassmen.  Come out and give them some support.  (Hints to the team: Get off to a good start next game so that the fans have a reason to get involved and afterwards make it very obvious to the crowd that you appreciate their being there.)

A couple of bright spots in recent games have been freshmen JT Himmelstein and Jon Himottu.  Coach Schauer has used them early which is a sure sign of his confidence in them. 

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Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament Scenarios With Two Games Left

Seven teams have qualified for the eight spots in the Commonwealth Coast tournament with two regular season games left.  The seedings in the tournament are far from decided, however. 

Gordon assistant coach Jeremy Martin has put together; the current seeds, remaining schedule for those teams, and seeding scenarios.  His willingness to share the information is greatly appreciated.

1. Roger Williams (10-1): at Curry, at Eastern Nazarene

2. Curry (9-2): vs. Roger Williams, vs. Endicott

3. Gordon (8-3): at UNE, vs. Salve Regina
   UNE (8-3): vs. Gordon, at Nichols
   WNEC (8-3): at Anna Maria, at Colby-Sawyer

6. Colby-Sawyer (7-4): at Wentworth, vs. WNEC

7. Wentworth (6-5): vs. Colby-Sawyer, vs. NEC
   Endicott (6-5): vs. NEC, at Curry

9. Nichols (4-7): vs. Regis, vs. UNE
*Nichols is still alive by holding the tie-breaker vs. Endicott (W 90-72 on 1/15/2008). If Endicott wins one more game, they clinch a playoff berth. If Endicott loses two and Nichols wins two, then Nichols will be the 8th seed.

Roger Williams: If RWU wins at Curry, they will be the #1 seed.

Curry: If Curry wins vs. RWU and vs. Endicott, they will be the #1 seed by holding the tie-breaker over RWU.

Gordon: If Gordon wins at UNE and vs. Salve Regina, they will be the #3 seed. Additionally, if Curry loses either vs. RWU or vs. Endicott, then Gordon will be the #2 seed by holding the tie-breaker over Curry.

Those are the three schools in control of their own destiny by winning out in the next two games. After that point, it gets complicated with numerous scenarios through the games on Wednesday and it’s hard to know until going into Saturday’s games.

WNEC: If WNEC wins at Anna Maria and at Colby-Sawyer, then they can still get the #2 or #3 seed. To get the #2 seed, they additionally need a Curry loss combined with both a Gordon loss and UNE loss (must finish tied with Curry). To get the #3 seed, they additionally need a Gordon loss.

Seven of eight playoffs spots are sealed, but basically every seed is still in play, including #1, which RWU can wrap up on Wednesday.

There is a lot still up in the air.

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Sluggish Starts Lead to Predictable Result – Game #22

(New London NH) – The Scots started poorly in both halves and that contributed heavily to yet another road loss.  This time it was to Colby-Sawyer, 65-59, on Tuesday night.

Gordon (15-7 overall, 7-3 Commonwealth Coast Conference) has lost four of its last five road games with only the late-game miracle at Endicott being an alternate result. 

 After witnessing last night’s performance Gordon coach Mike Schauer had this to say, “It feels as if we’ve started like this every night for the last month and I’m pretty weary of it.”

Let me get the specifics out regarding the poor starts in both halves. 

In the first half, after nearly seven minutes had passed the Scots were behind 18-4.  To get this sort of lead the Chargers put up the first nine points and later ran off seven unanswered points.  Therefore, into the double-digit deficit hole Gordon jumped. 

Fast forward to the start of the second half.  Down 39-30 going into the second half, the Scots take an unconscionable 6 ½ minutes to score their first point.  The Chargers weren’t anything special during this segment either getting only five points.  But instead of Gordon shooting their way into a challenging position they ended up down fourteen (44-30).

The Scots did get to within four points a couple of times (60-56 and 62-58) late in the game but their sporadic play at the start of each half kept them from getting to a position where a made shot would tie or win this one.

Coach Schauer was well aware of the poor shooting and said that it didn’t concern him.  “The shots we missed didn’t bother me nearly as much as the urgency at which we play at.  I told the team at halftime and after the game that we just don’t have a sense of urgency.”

The urgency that Coach Schauer refers to has to do with qualifying for the Commonwealth Coast playoffs.  Eight teams make the playoffs.  With this loss, the Scots drop to 7-3 in the conference.  They are now three losses away from not making the playoffs, and guess what, there are three games left.  It would certainly be nice to beat a good team on the road to set a proper mood for the playoffs.  Ahead are two road games (Western New England – Saturday, and UNE – 2/20) in which Gordon will be the underdog.  Can we hope that making the playoffs doesn’t come down to beating Salve Regina at home on the last game of the season?

The Chargers are still undefeated at home in CCC play. 

“We’re not always a great shooting team so when we come out shooting the ball well, we’re tough,” explained Colby-Sawyer coach Bill Foti afterwards.  The Chargers only missed two shots in the early going when they built up the 18-4 advantage.  On one of the misses Duncan Szeliga (25 points/9 rebounds) turned the rebound into a basket. 

Duncan was good but it was Andrew Cousins who really did in Gordon on both ends of the floor.  The 6-3 junior knocked down three 3’s in the early run and his defense on Gordon’s top scorer (Aaron Trigg (sophomore-6′1″-Overland Park KS)) throughout was special.  Andrew finished with 17 points.

“Andrew is a very good defender,” said Coach Foti.  “He also had a very nice game against Justin Woodworth (Salve Regina) this past weekend.”

Both Justin Woodworth and Aaron Trigg will hurt an opponent from long range if given the opportunities.  The Chargers, however, are the best in the CCC at defending against the 3-point shot and it paid off against Gordon.  The Scots hit only 2-of-14 long-range attempts in the second half and many of them were not the wide open 3’s that Gordon’s passing offense usually turns up.

“Bill Foti is a tremendous coach,” said Coach Schauer.  “They play very hard on defense.”  And their rebounding is worth writing about too with Ryan Murray collecting a significant 14 caroms.

This is not a game that seniors Justin Kaufman (senior-5′11″-Redding CT), Mike Schnackenberg (senior-6′6″-South Portland ME), and Jon Marstaller (senior-6′5″-Naples ME) will remember fondly. 

Justin’s five missed free throws in the last seven minutes were costly.  He did, however, do a nice defensive job on Dave Rosso holding him to five points, well under his 14.8 per game average.  Justin ended up with 16 points and the accolades of Coach Foti, “We had a lot of trouble keeping him out of the lane.  It should be easy to defend but it’s not because he so good.”

Mike ended up with short minutes (20) from foul trouble and never got untracked offensively getting just two points.

Jon had a forgettable first half ( no points ) and didn’t even start the second half.  He did play much better (nine points) once he was activated in the second half.

“I think that we have a few guys who think their careers are over and are just pacing their way through it,” said Coach Schauer.  “We’ll find out.  It doesn’t bother me.  We’ll just play the kids.”

I rode the team bus to this one fearing the weather.  Glad I did especially on the ride home.  On the way back, where I saw adverse conditions, the bus driver saw nearly full speed ahead.  Situations like this always do wonders for my prayer life!

The willingness of parents to attend their son’s games continues to amaze me.  I set out writing the Gordon games nearly six years ago because I thought that there were family/friends who could not attend most games and would appreciate the information I could provide.  After seeing so many parents/friends at home games and away games, I am not nearly as certain of my usefulness.

boxscore Colby-Sawyer 2-12-08

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