(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 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.
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.