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Exciting win (87-83) over Roger Williams extends Gordon streak to six

Garrisson Duvivier had a dominating performance in tonight’s win over Roger Williams

Eric Demers (20 points) hit a huge three in the last minute

(Amesbury MA) There was plenty to cheer about for both teams but at the end it was the team from Wenham that extended their winning streak to six.

Roger Williams lost to Endicott on Saturday in double overtime.  Their shooting, early in this one, was off.  They were probably tired.

The Scots (10-5), on the other hand, were riding a winning streak and made shot after shot early on.

The Gordon lead was a comfortable 54-40 four minutes into the second half.  But along came Conor O’Brien with two 3’s and a dunk and the Hawks went on a 15-0 run to get the lead, 55-54!

The 6-6 senior had a memorable second half collecting 28 points and 8 rebounds.  Not bad for a player averaging 13 points per game!

Conor O’Brien scored 36 points for the Hawks

But as good as Conor was, the best player was wearing blue….Garrisson Duvivier.  Garrisson had a game his freshman year against ENC that was statistically better, but that was back when teams were trying to figure out what he can do.  Now they know, and yet he was still able to drop 28 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocks in a tight game against a very good team.  Remarkable!

The Hawks (11-4) took the lead (55-54) with thirteen minutes left.  Then this game became exciting for both teams.  There were THIRTEEN lead changes the rest of the way.  Anyone’s game for sure.

RW took a one-point lead into the final minute but Eric Demers put a three on the home team with 43 seconds left to put the Scots ahead by two.  The Hawks had a two and a three to tie or go ahead but missed both.  Eric Demers was fouled after the second Hawks’ miss.

Jaren Yang had ten points and seven assists vs Roger Williams

Now this was where I became most impressed by Gordon’s play.  Trust me, it wasn’t the missed free throws!  Eric missed the front end of a 1&1 BUT Garrisson secured the offensive rebound and got fouled.

Garrison made one free throw and missed the second BUT Matt Valles secured the offensive rebound and got fouled.  With 11 seconds remaining Matt made 1 of 2 putting GC ahead by four 85-81.

Those offensive rebounds were special because they kept RW away from a last-second shot that could have been a game-winner for them.

Eric reached twenty points for the 10th time this season.  His three in the final minute, assisted by Jaren Yang, kept this game from going south on the Scots.  Eric tied his career-high in rebounds (8) against RW.

Hard to tell through the blurry RW feed of the game if Eric was covering Austin Coene.  Austin came in averaging nearly 25 points per game and had dropped 38 on Endicott this past Saturday.  Against GC?  Had a 5-for-17 evening and 13 points.  No question, however, that Conor O’Brien more than made up for Austin’s scoring dropoff.

One of the key players in Gordon’s recent string of successes has been senior Jaren Yang.  His ability to get the ball to teammates, especially Garrisson and Eric, has elevated his assist totals and dropped his turnover totals.  Last five game?  28 assists, 8 turnovers. Those are good numbers!

Best shot of the game?  Had to have been that last-second prayer by Jake Haar to end the first half.  Even with limited viewing visibility I could tell that it was an off-balanced shot, from long range, against two defenders, and at the last second. Those three points meant something in a game won by only four points.

Efficiency Chart

Garrisson Duvivier 40

Conor O’Brien 36 (34 pts,9 rebs)

Eric 19

Jaren 17 (10 pts, 7 assists)

Jake Heston 13 (13 pts,3 assists)

Gordon 112

Roger Williams 86

The Scots had twenty-four second-chance points and Roger Williams didn’t have any.

Gordon is now tied with Endicott (6-2) in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.  Nichols is a game ahead and were tested by both Wentworth and ENC in their last two games.

Gordon travels to Springfield (MA) to face Western New England on Thursday night.  The Golden Bears pinned a loss on Nichols earlier in the season.

Box from the game

 

 

 

 

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Gordon ends 8-game Roger Williams’ win streak 82-65

Jaren Yang had a career game in the Gordon win

Jaren Yang had a career game in the Gordon win

Garrisson Duvivier (20 points)

Garrisson Duvivier (20 points)

(Wenham MA) Roger Williams came into the Bennett Center riding an eight-game win streak and had only two losses in this season’s first fourteen game.

A worthy opponent for sure with only one loss in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

But on this afternoon, Gordon took the lead for good late in the first half and maintained a double-digit lead throughout most of the second half.  The final was 82-65.

The Scots (9-6) were impressive and the win should put GC in the conversation for best team in the CCC.  I know they lost to Endicott and Nichols, but only by a point each.

The “steadies” on the Scots have been Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier around the basket and Jake Haar long range.

Sam Johnson scored thirteen points and had sixteen rebounds

Sam Johnson scored thirteen points and had sixteen rebounds

I propose an addition to that group: Jaren Yang.  I’m not basing that only on Jaren’s career game this afternoon against the Hawks (12-3).  Consider that the junior point guard, who has the ball so often, has a 26/5 assist-to-turnover ratio over the last four games.  That’s taking good care of the ball!  Free throw shooting?  One of the best.  He has missed only two free throws all season and has made his last thirty-five.  His consistent, positive play of late has made the Scots a better team.

In the early going today, RW played like a team that hadn’t lost since November.  They passed well and found layups on fastbreaks when the Scots admired shots for too long.  The Hawks were up by six (28-22) with 9:36 to go in the first half.

But the visitors from Bristol (RI) went cold for three minutes and GC caught up and went ahead.  The go-ahead hoop was off a nifty feed from Garrisson Duvivier to Jake Haar.

With the score tied 35-35 the Hawks had a tough final 3 ½ minutes committing four turnovers and missing all four shots attempts.  That opened the door for GC.  Led by Noah Szilagyi (triple and layup assisted by Garrisson), Gordon moved in front by seven (42-35) at the half.

Jake Haar scored fifteen points

Jake Haar scored fifteen points

In the second half, the Scots pushed the lead to ten (45-35) on a Jake Haar three.  That margin would reach seventeen (58-41) with 11:26 remaining.  RW shot it down to nine a couple of times but on this day the Scots always had answers to keep the Hawks from getting closer.

Both teams cleared their benches in the final minute.

Students are still away and it seemed that Roger Williams had more support than GC did.

Next for GC is Tuesday (5:30PM) against Wentworth.  The Leopards have defeated Gordon five straight times.

Roger Williams will be hosting Endicott (7-1 in CCC) Tuesday night.  Be nice if the Hawks brought the Gulls back to the 6-2 Scots.

The Hawks may have lost, and gotten beaten up in Efficiency, but they had three players in the top five.  Beyond Austin Coene, Conor O’Brien, and Nick Marini, however, there weren’t many contributions.

Conor O'Brien gets a block

Conor O’Brien gets a block

Nick (6’1”) had twelve points, eleven rebounds, and seven assists.  That is an excellent stat line.

This was Jaren Yang’s best game and the Efficiency Stat confirms it.  Jaren ended up at 23 which is his best ever.  His nineteen points were one off his career-high twenty last season against Worcester State.  The most impressive stat to me in the assist-to-turnover ratio.  When your point guard is getting the ball to scorers while not committing turnovers, the team is in a good place.  The free throws are an end-game piece of gold.

Efficiency

Nick Marini 26

Sam Johnson 25 (13 pts, 16 rebs)

Jaren Yang 23

Austin Coene 17 (21 points, 3 assists)

Conor O’Brien 17 (13 points, 3 steals)

Gordon 97

Roger Williams 64

Sam Johnson snags a rebound

Sam Johnson snags a rebound

The Scots outrebounded RW 48-28.

Sam’s double/double was his eleventh of the season.

The new Jake Haar?  Guarded closely beyond the arc, the sophomore took the ball to the basket several times.

Jake Hart missed five shots but his defense, including nine rebounds, made up for it.

Garrisson Duvivier paced Gordon with twenty points.

Box from the game.

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

Graham Tienhaara rebounds

Graham Tienhaara rebounds

Garrisson Duvivier

Garrisson Duvivier

rebound battle

rebound battle

Jake Haar looks to pass

Jake Haar looks to pass

Garrisson Duvivier finds a teammate in the lane

Garrisson Duvivier finds a teammate in the lane

Austin Coene (21 points) covered by Jake Haar

Austin Coene (21 points) covered by Jake Haar

Andrew Wasik

Andrew Wasik

battle on the boards

battle on the boards

Brett Bowman

Brett Bowman

Cody Hunt

Cody Hunt

Steve Vampatella

Steve Vampatella

Jaylen Jennings

Jaylen Jennings

 

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Hans Miersma gets to 1000 and Jake Hart gets hot (16 points) in 66-61 win over Roger Williams

Hans Miersma now has scored 1000 points

Hans Miersma now has scored 1000 points

Freshman Jake Hart had a breakout sixteen points against Roger Williams

Freshman Jake Hart had a breakout sixteen points against Roger Williams

(Newtown CT) Hans Miersma’s eighth double/double of the season combined with a stunning sixteen-point contribution by newcomer Jake Hart guided Gordon to a 66-61 Commonwealth Coast Conference win over Roger Williams on Tuesday night.

Hans’ nineteen points elevated the 6-9 senior into Gordon’s 1000-point club.  Hans is the best scoring/rebounding big man Gordon has ever had.  Good luck to Coach Tod Murphy trying to carry on after the GC graduation in May!

The Scots started slowly against the Hawks trailing by nine (17-8) and at halftime (37-29).

Gordon (7-9) did rally back from the 17-8 deficit to tie the score at 19-19 on Jake Hart’s first 3-pointer.  The Scots also recovered from their halftime deficit with Jake Hart’s long ball knotting the game at 48-48 with eleven minutes left.

After that the game turned “entertaining.”  Both teams offered glimpses that they could be ahead at the end.  With GC on a 3-game losing streak and the home team on a 3-game winning streak you had to give the nod to RW (7-9).

But on this evening, Gordon took the lead (58-57) on a Jason Dempsey layup with 3:37 left and never gave it back.  Another basket by Jason and a layup by Hans padded the spread to five with 1:26 remaining.  A late three by Conor O’Brien (20 points) cut the margin to two (63-61) but free throws by Richie Armand and Jason closed out the Hawks.

I only was able to see the second half on the excellent Roger Williams’ video.  The stats would suggest that the first half would have been painful viewing.  GC had a total of fifteen turnovers in that half done by NINE different players.  That’s ugly!

Ryan Palumbo is now in the RW record book with nine steals against Gordon

Ryan Palumbo is now in the RW record book with nine steals against Gordon

Ryan Palumbo is now in the Roger Williams’ record book for his individual stat of nine steals in this game including seven in the first half.

The Scots “survived” the miscue-laced first half by shooting 52%.

In the second half GC lowered the TO’s to seven and Jake Hart surprised with eleven points.  Jake led the Scots with 18 minutes of playing time in the second half.

Ahead for Gordon is a trip to Dudley on Saturday to face undefeated (in the CCC) Nichols.  Last time GC was there was for their stunner over the Bison in the 2014 championship game.

Nichols held off ENC by a point last night on the road.  The win-or-lose moment in that game was a last-second, three-point shot by ENC’s Justin Wagner.  Against GC Justin makes the shot and ENC wins by three.  Against Nichols he misses.

In the Gordon/Roger Williams game both teams hurt themselves in the second half: Gordon was 13-for-22 from the foul line while Roger Williams’ field goal percentage was 25% (7-for-28).

Conor O’Brien led RW with twenty points including 5-for-6 on 3-pointers.

Senior Ryan Palumbo scored eighteen points to go along with nine steals.

Efficiency
Hans Miersma 28
Ryan Palumbo 23
Conor O’Brien 19
Jake Hart 15
Jason Dempsey 10

Gordon 72
Roger Williams 60

Boxscore from the game

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