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Gordon College graduation 2018

(Wenham MA) Five players connected to the Gordon College men’s basketball program graduated today; Jaren Yang, Dylan Marshall, Graham Tienhaara, Jake Hart, and Steve Vampatella.

Jake Hart

Graham Tienhaara

Steve Vampatella

Jaren Yang

Dylan Marshall

For those just now paying attention, my wife and I do all we can to attend Gordon graduations.  Why?  We get attached to the players (and their families) and want to get one more look at them on campus.  Some will come back next season to see how their former teammates are doing.  Others will move away and move on, rarely seen again.

The weather was set to be an issue today.  The forecasts during the week had rain falling on Saturday morning.  If that happened, then the event would have been in the limited-space Bennett Center.  I wasn’t even sure if we could get in!

But God is gracious.  I looked on the Gordon website last night and the graduation time was moved up to 9:30 and it would be held outdoors rain or shine.  I shuttered to imagine a graduation in the rain.  My camera was totally against it!

Sky above at the Gordon Commencement today

But I got up this morning and saw that the rain had been “shifted” to the afternoon.  God was in the details and gave us sun for the event.  I noticed something special about the clouds over the campus today.

Plenty of beautiful trees on campus

We love to see the flowering trees on campus.  They always seem to be at their peak in mid-May.  I know that God provides the sun and the rain but the maintenance crew was really on their game too.

Our goal at these graduations is to get as many pictures as possible of “our” players in different graduation spots.  We also look for the unexpected people, that we know, that happen to be on hand.

They’ve probably done this before, but I liked hearing the faculty applaud the students when they marched by them at the start and later when the students reciprocated as the faculty filed out at the end of commencement.

Three people (Kenneth Elzinga, Richard Stearns, Polly Wilson) received honorary degrees.

Richard came up with a wonderful line: “God doesn’t want us to be successful, He wants us to be faithful.”

I have known Polly Wilson for a long time.  As kids we were both on the Rumney (NH) Bible Conference grounds for a lot of summers. She was a talented piano player even then.  I was keen on ping pong.

At the commencement I took pictures of three caps.  One of them had Phil 4:13 (I can do all this through him who gives me strength.) on it.  One of the teachers-to-be had “Now it’s my time to teach.”  And then there was Jaren’s.

I saw Gordon coach Tod Murphy afterwards and asked him if had found players to replace the graduated ones.  He told me that he had two 6-4 players coming as well as a point guard.

Jake Haar, Noah Szilagyi, Luke Meyer, Garrisson Duvivier

Good to see four seniors-to-be, from the team, on hand cheering on their graduating teammates.  Some of them will be on the Gordon Quadrangle next year, about this time, wondering where their four years have gone.

Good luck to the five seniors.  We hope to see them again.

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

Graham and friend

Jaren and Julie

Jaren meets President Lindsay

Jake Hart and Julie

Julie and Val Gin

Teachers applaud students

Ivy George

David Rox

President Michael Lindsay

Susan Bobb is the Junior Distinguished Faculty award winner

Gordon graduate

Julie with Donna Loy

The Yangs

With Jerry Logan, a remarkable guard back in the day

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Reserves and free throw shooting key factors in 77-61 Gordon win over Worcester State

Garrisson Duvivier (20 points) had his best game of the season against Worcester State

Garrisson Duvivier (20 points) had his best game of the season against Worcester State

(Amesbury MA) Two minutes into this one Gordon was down 7-0 to 0-7 Worcester State University.

That was enough for GC coach Tod Murphy.  Out came the five starters and things settled down.

The work of the reserves in the first half combined with some amazing second-half free throw shooting enabled Gordon (6-2) to pull away from WS and win, 77-61, on Thursday in Worcester.

It certainly didn’t hurt the Scots chances to have sophomore Garrisson Duvivier contribute his best game of season, according to efficiency figuring.

For you new to efficiency it works like this; negative stats (turnovers, missed free throws and missed field goals) are subtracted from positive stats (points, assists, blocks, rebounds, steals) to arrive at a number.  In tonight’s game, Garrisson led everyone with a 32.  Among his positive stats were; 20 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals.

Paul Brooks of WS blocked four shots

Paul Brooks of WS blocked four shots

The Lancers (0-8) used a zone and had size inside (Paul Brooks 6’9”).  They pressed Gordon after baskets and in the early going the Scots made passing and dribbling blunders that allowed the home team to get off to a fast start.

As I said above, the reserves came on to stabilize things in the first half.  GC eventually caught WS and led by six (34-28) before the Lancers ran seven unanswered in the last two minutes to lead, 35-34, at the half.

WS built up a 48-43 advantage with 12 ½ minutes to go.  Enter Graham Tienhaara.  The Whitinsville junior scored Gordon’s next eight points and had a steal that set up the tying point (52-52) with 9:23 left.

The team from Wenham (MA) trailed 56-55 with 6:53 remaining and this looked like a game that would be tight to the end.  Wasn’t that way at all.

Graham Tienhaara scored eight straight Gordon points in the second half

Graham Tienhaara scored eight straight Gordon points in the second half

The Lancers could only add five points the rest of the way while the Scots poured in twenty-two.  Gordon was only 4-for-11 from the floor during that stretch but at the foul line?   Oh, baby!  The Scots were 15-for-15 and turned possession after possession into two points.

Obviously, the sixteen-point spread at the end does not reflect how this game went for most of it.

The Worcester State zone made perfect sense.  Gordon’s top scorers (Sam Johnson & Garrisson Duvivier) are inside players.  The Lancers had a shot blocker (Paul Brooks – 4 in this game) near the basket.  When GC was patient and passed the ball, they turned up high-percentage shots.  Reserves Dylan Marshall (6) and Noah Szilagyi (12) cashed open looks.

I expect teams ahead to show zones on occasion to negate GC’s inside game.  WS had only one shot blocker and when he was in, Garrisson had openings.  When Paul Brooks was resting, Graham Tienhaara did damage for GC.

GC’s struggles against pressure surprised me.  Most teams prior to WS avoided trying it.  Those seeing this game might reconsider that.

Noah Szilagyi had 12 points off the bench

Noah Szilagyi had 12 points off the bench

Gordon has now won five straight.  They will be facing a very good Daniel Webster team (5-1) on Saturday afternoon (3PM) at the Bennett Center.  Last home game for the Scots before Christmas break.


Garrisson Duvivier 32

Paul Brooks 24 (15 points/7 rebounds/4 blocks)

Jamal Mustapha 15 (16 points)

Sam Johnson 15 (10 points/9 rebounds)

Corey Gatta 11 (12 points)

Gordon 88

Worcester State 66

Box from the game




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Gordon escapes an upset at Curry with 76-71 win

Eric Demers is averaging 22 points after two games

Eric Demers is averaging 22 points after two games

(Amesbury MA) One of the better Gordon comebacks.

The Scots (5-2) needed every ounce of comeback after fumbling their way through the first twenty-eight minutes versus Curry (0-7).

The satisfying end result was a 76-71 win in Milton on Tuesday night but from what I saw of the Live Stats and the shaky video, Gordon was verrry fortunate to take this one.

The Scots trailed by fifteen (58-43) with 11:50 left and it was nearly time to change the channel to something more pleasant such as the Chris Sale trade.

What was wrong with the Scots?  Turnovers.  Those unwanted “pastries” reached fifteen (!) in the first half and eight different Scots contributed.  This was not a case in which Coach Murphy could pull out a player and the problem would be solved.  This was team wide.

Fortunately, there was a second half.  After eight minutes of that 2nd half Curry, however, was still making shots and looked ready, after thirty-one straight losses, to win a game.

The rest of the way we saw the Curry team that trailed Roger Williams, 55-20, after one half.  Poor shooting combined with tiring defense did in the Colonels.

The Scots “won” the last 11:50, 33-13, and that was enough to win their third straight.

The same group that struggled in the first twenty-eight, took better care of the ball (only 5 turnovers in the 2nd half), and found points in bunches long-range and in close.

Dylan Marshall had a tree in Gordon's second-half comeback

Dylan Marshall had a three in Gordon’s second-half comeback

The Scots dissolved that 15-point lead (58-43) with a run of eleven unanswered points.  Layups by Eric Demers and Garrisson Duvivier combined with three’s from Noah Szilagyi, Dylan Marshall, and Eric Demers set the comeback in motion.

Credit Curry.  The Scots were within two (58-56) but the home team was still ahead 71-66 with 1:45 to go.  Make any kind of shots thereafter and the streak is history but on this frustrating night Curry was unable to get another point.

A Jaren Yang steal led to two Eric Demers free throws that tied the score.  Garrisson Duvivier put the Scots in front by two after Curry missed two shots.  Another CC miss and Sam Johnson was fouled after getting his 19th rebound.  Sam made the first but missed the second, however Garrisson grabbed the rebound and GC had another possession with a 3-point lead.  Jaren sealed this one with two free throws.

The Efficiency stats confirmed the closeness of this game as the Scots only edged Curry, 81-78.

James Pina 24 (15 points/6 assists)

Eric Demers 23 (27 points)

Garrisson Duvivier 22 (18 points/9 rebounds)

Sam Johnson 21 (13 points/19 rebounds)

Jordan Bellitti 15 (15 points)

Box from the game

Next game for Gordon is Thursday night (5:30 PM) at Worcester State.  Let’s hope that GC takes better care of the ball in that one.

Sam Johnson’s run of double/doubles reached nine.

Eric Demers is shooting 50% after two games and averaging twenty-two points.

Dylan Marshall collected his first three of the season and it was part of the Scots comeback run in the second half.

Teams can live by the 3’s and die by the 3’s.  Curry was 5-for-25 from long range.





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Monster game by Garrisson Duvivier (27 points) earns Gordon first road win 84-78 over Penn College

(Williamsport/Amesbury) A simply marvelous performance by freshman Garrisson Duvivier carried Gordon to an 84-78 road win over Penn College on Friday night.

Efficient? You bet he was! Twenty-seven points, fifteen rebounds, four assists, and three blocks in one game are about as efficient as a player can get. It all added up to a stunning 42 in efficiency.

Gordon (4-4) gained separation in the second half with a 3-minute run of fifteen unanswered points that turned a 60-59 edge into a much more comfortable 75-59 advantage with 4:50 left.

Penn College, however, came almost all the way back getting to within three (81-78) in the last minute. However, an old-fashioned 3-point play with eleven seconds left by Garrisson sealed the road deal for Gordon.

In that breakaway fifteen-point run, there was a layup by Garrisson, a layup and a jump shot by Luke Meyer, and three’s by Dylan Marshall and Noah Szilagyi (2).

Luke (9 points) had his best game for Gordon.

Garrisson had Gordon’s last nine points.

Junior Marquis Delgado had a career game for Penn College. The 5-8 point guard dropped in thirty points to go along with six assists and four steals in a terrific show. The Penn College feed froze with 8+ minutes left so I didn’t see all of Marquis’ twenty-one, second-half points.

Undersized Penn College (2-5) showed an active zone defense and this gave the Scots open looks galore in the first half. But the 3-pointers weren’t falling for GC and they were for the Wildcats. Gordon went down by as many as twelve (28-16).

The Scots did a nice defensive job on Kevin Laurence-El. The 6-5 senior had a run of five straight 20+ point games ended. Sam Johnson and Udoka Obiora held Kevin to thirteen points.

Dylan Marshall came off the bench in the second half to give the Scots six points in seven minutes.

Gordon had fifteen turnovers against a team that was packed in close in a zone defense. The Wildcats had eleven steals out of that defense.

This was Gordon’s first road win of the season.

The internet feed from the game was the clearest picture I’ve seen all year. However, at the 8:49 mark everything froze except the scoreboard. You could still hear the sounds of the game, and the announcer coughing, but it was a guessing game as to who was doing what otherwise.

Gordon will face Lycoming tomorrow at 3PM.

Efficiency Chart

Garrisson Duvivier 42

Marquis Delgado 29

Thomas Ross 16 (9 points/8 rebounds)

Luke Meyer 13 (9 points/3 assists/3 rebounds)

Sam Johnson 12 (12 points/7 rebounds)

Gordon 97

Penn College 80

Box Score


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Dylan Marshall drains four second-half 3’s to lead Gordon past UNE 59-51

Richie Armand (great defense) and Dylan Marshall (four 3-pointers in the second half) enjoy the final seconds of the win over UNE

Richie Armand (great defense) and Dylan Marshall (four 3-pointers in the second half) enjoy the final seconds of the win over UNE

Dylan Marshall caught fire from long range against UNE

Dylan Marshall caught fire from long range against UNE

(Wenham MA) Freshman Dylan Marshall connected four times from long range in the second half leading Gordon to a 59-51 win over UNE on Wednesday night at the Bennett Center.

Dylan’s biggest 3-pointer came with 1:22 left.  It delighted the GC faithful and gave the Scots breathing room 53-47 in the end game.

The Gordon defense was something special down the stretch.   Richie Armand limited high-scoring Devin Thompson (20 points) to two free throws over the final 4+ minutes and Hans Miersma (6 blocks) denied UNE drives.

The Nor’Easters were within a point (48-47) with 4 ½ minutes left but went on an 0-for-7 shooting drought over the next 4:14.

During that same segment Gordon took a 3-point (50-47) lead on a Dominic Paradis (11 points) jumper in the lane but then turned the ball over four straight possessions.

Richie Armand held Devin Thompson to seven second-half points

Richie Armand held Devin Thompson to seven second-half points

That 3-point lead was anything but safe as the clock ticked under two minutes but on this night Dylan Marshall’s final three with 1:22 left (assist Richie Armand) gave the Scots a six-point cushion that cold-shooting UNE couldn’t overcome.

The Nor’easters (6-16) employed a 2-3 zone that frustrated what GC usually does best; get the ball inside to Hans Miersma and Jason Dempsey.  With the inside neutralized other things had to kick in for the Scots (10-12) and on this night they did.

One thing that kicked in was turning UNE miscues (12) into points.  The Scots had a season-high (?) twenty-one points off of those TO’s with the remarkably quick Jaren Yang (15 points) in the middle of most of them.

No reason to suspect that Dylan (12 points) would go off like he did versus UNE.  The freshman was one for his last eight attempts from long range and his season high to this point had been six points against Rochester in November.  But Dylan was feeling it tonight in the second half and once he made a couple he was all-in for more attempts.  His last three truly helped separate GC from what would have been a very painful loss.

Dominic Paradis (11 points) finds daylight in the UNE zone

Dominic Paradis (11 points) finds daylight in the UNE zone

Gordon found openings in the UNE zone for a while in the second half as Dominic Paradis (11 points) found space below the foul line.

Hans Miersma 16 (12 rebounds/six blocks)
Dylan Marshall 15
Devin Thompson 14
Jaren Yang 12
Richie Armand 11 (5 assists/6 rebounds)

Gordon 72
UNE 48

The Scots were again without Taylor Bajema (thumb).  Jason Dempsey (knee) is back but not nearly at 100%.

Devin Thompson (20 points) looks for a pass

Devin Thompson (20 points) looks for a pass

Junior Devin Thompson went to nearby St. Mary’s (Lynn MA) and was recruited by Gordon.  I saw Devin lead the Spartans to the Massachusetts Division 4 state title in 2012 over Cathedral.  He had twenty-five points in the big game.

Richie Armand (Hempstead NY) seemed to have a New York history with UNE freshman Gavin Dibble (East Marion NY).

The win tonight clinches a spot for Gordon in the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament later this month.  The Scots (7-8) are alone in 5th place trailing 4th place Wentworth by two games with three games left.  Looks like GC will be traveling to Boston in the CCC quarterfinals.

Gordon visits last-place Salve Regina (Newport RI) on Saturday.  The Seahawks may be in last place but they defeated the Scots, 79-76, at the Bennett Center in January.

Hans Miersma had six blocks including this one

Hans Miersma had six blocks including this one

UNE had a win over Gordon in their first game, also in January.

The Nor’Easters have no seniors and one junior (Devin Thompson) on their roster.

The big CCC news tonight was Endicott dumping previously undefeated Nichols, 85-80, at Beverly.  Over 700 were on hand for that one.  Endicott has defeated ENC and Nichols this week.


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

Craig McFarlane gets two

Craig McFarlane gets two

Jaren Yang (15 points) gets fouled on a fast break

Jaren Yang (15 points) gets fouled on a fast break

Sam Johnson tries to block the shot of Drew Coveney

Sam Johnson tries to block the shot of Drew Coveney

Devin Thompson (shooting) turned cold in the second half

Devin Thompson (shooting) turned cold in the second half

Richie Armand (#12) had five assists

Richie Armand (#12) had five assists

Dylan Marshall eyes the clock in the closing seconds

Dylan Marshall eyes the clock in the closing seconds

The UNE interior defense surrounds Hans Miersma

The UNE interior defense surrounds Hans Miersma

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