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Gordon Overwhelms Eastern Nazarene

(Wenham) Your Fighting Scots sent the newly named Eastern Nazarene Lions to their seventh straight loss, 81-59, on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center. This was a nonleague game.  The conference game will be January 16th at ENC.

Gordon (4-1) never trailed in this one after scoring the games first nine points.  The visitors from Quincy were still in contention (16-14) after nine minutes but the Scots size and firepower would not be denied thereafter.  Gordon led 39-27 at the half and later built their lead to 26 points (77-51) in the second half.

I attempted to watch this game from Connecticut on the Gordon website’s live feed.  Very disappointing experience.  I was guessing it might be my computer so I tried using another family member’s computer.  Same results – in-and-out audio and only occasional glimpses of action.  I wonder if others from away had a similar experience??

Ben Gaskill had a double/double and a breakaway jam vs ENC

Anyhow, despite limited viewing I could gather that Gordon was in charge.  I did get a glimpse of Ben’s breakaway jam that gave Gordon the 9-0 start.  I saw his last one down at Salve Regina on their senior recognition day.

ENC is in a near-complete rebuilding program.  Only had five back from last season plus a new coach (Jim Aller).  Not the kind of ingredients you’d want after being 7-18 in the 2008-09. 

I was disappointed to see DeAngelo Alston missing from ENC.  I recall him being about 5’7” with all the moves to survive among the bigs.  He had 19 points in the first meeting with Gordon last year. 

The Gordon size produced some brutal rebounding stats – Gordon 48, ENC 21.  Jonanthan Georges (6’5”) was the Lions tallest player.  The Scots, by my count, have six players as tall and taller. 

This was Gordon’s second bench-clearing game.  The other was Maine Maritime.  Deduct the six seniors from the Gordon team and you start to wonder who will get the big minutes next season beyond Greg and Austin.  Mike Schauer was an incredible recruiter.  The 2010-11 team will need some recruits who can contribute immediately in order for the Scots to maintain the terrific won/loss records we’ve become accustomed to, in my opinion. 

Greg Walker had his second 22-point game in a row.  Doing it against undersized ENC wasn’t as impressive as his doing it versus big and aggressive Salem State the game before.  A good inside game will yield openings for Aaron and Brady as defenders collapse to help.

Next up is neighboring Endicott (2-2) at the Bennett Center Thursday (7PM).  No need to hype this game.  The crowd will be large and loud and the defense tight.  The Gulls have a new coach as well.  Endicott won the last meeting (77-70) at the Bennett Center last January.  Lord willing, I expect to be in the house.

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Game #18 – Gordon Loses at Home to Rival Endicott

(Wenham) Discouraging.

Gordon (13-5 overall/ 4-3 in the CCC) served up a surprising performance before a great home crowd and fell to neighborhood rival Endicott, 77-70, on Saturday afternoon in a Commonwealth Coast Conference game.

It was a big squander by any measure. The Gulls were struggling. Gordon was 13-4. The gathering was huge and this was the Bennett Center, after all. However, none of that mattered in the big rivalry that these two teams have developed. The Scots had dominated the recent meetings between the two taking three straight including two at Endicott.

Endicott (8-11 overall/ 3-4 in the CCC) jumped into a big 30-15 lead in the first half only to have Gordon come all the way back and get a 45-40 advantage five minutes into the second half.

The Scots had their last lead (51-50) with ten minutes to go. The Gulls pushed the spread to seven (60-53) and the closest Gordon got the rest of the way was 70-66 with 47 seconds left.

Endicott’s shooting early on was a revelation. Three of their first four baskets were long range and they were six-for-twelve in the half. Graham Whitelaw (19 points in the game) struck three times from long distance in the first half.

Gordon’s rally back from the 15-point deficit was triggered by Brady Bajema’s accuracy from beyond the arc. He put in three during the comeback.

The Scots inability to get within one-basket range of Endicott during the last ten minutes of the game was unexpected. However, credit the Gull defense for some of the poor offense we saw. They swarmed Aaron Trigg (20-point average) into a 4-for-15 afternoon double-teaming him when he headed for the basket.

After eighteen games, teams via scouting or films have figured out that most of Gordon’s offense runs through three players and are now defending accordingly. Those of us who watch the Celtics know about their Big Three and that what makes the team successful is when the players filling the other two positions contribute offense.

The team’s 3-point shooting at the Bennett Center has been a mega-problem in the losses to Salem State, Roger Williams, and now Endicott. How does 4-for-19, 4-for-17, and 4-for-15 sound? How can this be when Aaron and Brady are 1-2 in the CCC in 3-point field goal percentage?

Sophomore Greg Walker ended up with 15 points (the stat sheet is inaccurate) and had several attempts rim out.

Ben Gaskill - 6-9 junior leads CCC in field goal percentage

Ben Gaskill - 6-9 junior leads CCC in field goal percentage



Ben Gaskill leads the CCC in field goal percentage. His 5-for-6 in this one will keep him at the top. He also had nine rebounds.




 Anyhow, it’s over and time to move ahead. Seven games left in the regular season and the first is at Regis College on Wednesday night. After that, it will be tough Nichols at Nichols followed by four straight equally tough ones at home.

2008-09 TCCC Men’s Basketball Standings 
1. University of New England 7-0 
2. Colby-Sawyer 6-1 
3. Nichols 5-2 
 Roger Williams 5-2 
 Salve Regina 5-2 
 Wentworth 5-2 
7. Gordon 4-3 
8. Endicott 3-4 
 Eastern Nazarene 3-4 
10. Curry 2-5 
 Western New England 2-5 
12. Regis 1-6 
 Anna Maria 1-6 
14. New England College 0-7 

The top eight teams in the CCC qualify for the playoffs. With the loss to Endicott, and the difficult schedule ahead, a playoff berth looks a lot less certain.  Four of the remaining league games are with teams ahead of them in the standings.  It would be a shame to see our very promising team turning in equipment after 25 games.

Endicott came into the Bennett Center desperate for a win and they were. It may be time for our Scots to resort to the same approach from here on in.

There was an alumni game earlier today with about 20 players taking part. The only downside was Josh Sylvester hurting his ankle.  Hope he’s okay.  There were plenty of photo opportunities available. 

Aaron Vogelzang

Aaron Vogelzang

John Beebe and Scott Allenby

John Beebe and Scott Allenby











Jordan & Jerry Logan

Jordan & Jerry Logan

Mike Herr and Mike Schnackenberg with Jesse

Mike Herr and Mike Schnackenberg with Jesse










Scott Beebe - 3-point specialist

Scott Beebe - 3-point specialist

Presidents meet at halftime to discuss a friendly wager or was it lack of parking?

Presidents meet at halftime to discuss a friendly wager or was it lack of parking?










The former players I spoke with after the Endicott loss seemed to agree that it is tough watching from the stands after being player.

There apparently was a call late in the game for 3-point sharpshooter Mike Herr, but his #44 has been hung up for a couple of years, unfortunately.

Ed Burgess, Mike Wildeman, Ayren (King) Rivera, Whitey Davis, Bess Watson

Hall of Honor Class of 2009: Ed Burgess,
Mike Wildeman, Ayren (King) Rivera,
Whitey Davis, Bess Watson

My wife and I were attendees at the Hall of Honor inductions. Current coaching staff members Bess Watson and Whitey Davis were among those honored. 

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(Game #21 – Endicott) Endicott Repays Gordon for Earlier CCC Loss

By Peter McClelland

(Beverly) – Endicott avenged an earlier loss to Gordon with a good display of timely outside shooting and defeated the Scots, 79-67, in front of a loud and active crowd on Tuesday evening in Commonwealth Coast Conference action.  The 6 o’clock start seemed to bring out most of the Endicott student body while Gordon had a nice contingent on hand too.

“We’ve been playing well but that the best team we’ve beaten record-wise, for sure,” explained Endicott coach Mike Plansky afterwards.  Endicott is now 12-8, but more importantly, 10-2 in the CCC Northern Division.  The loss drops Gordon to 16-5 and 9-3 in the CCC.

“The harsh reality now is that if we’re going to win the CCC championship we’ll probably have to do it here (Endicott) or at Colby-Sawyer where we haven’t played well,” said Gordon coach Mike Schauer.  “It’s a tough scenario right now.”

Coach Schauer said that this one was, “a little like Colby-Sawyer.”   The crowd was loud and the music ear-splitting.  And the Scots got off to a slow start.  The Gulls took advantage and with a 9-point run got up, 14-4, with 12 minutes left. 

The Scots also got a taste of the long ball.  Usually, they’re hurting other teams this way but not tonight.  The Gulls were a warm, 10 for 19, from beyond the arc.  Gordon, on the other hand, struggled at 7 for 21 from out deep.

“We’ve become a better offensive team,” added coach Plansky.  “We’re shooting 45% for the season and usually you shoot even better at home.  We didn’t show much of a shooting touch in that loss to Gordon earlier.”

The Scots were down, 39-30, at halftime.  “I made one recommendation and walked out of the locker room,” said coach Schauer.  “We finally competed in the second half.”

With better defense and a little more accuracy on offense the Scots mounted a comeback.  Abandoned was the long shot as drives and short jumpers became the order of the day.  And when John Beebe fed Alex Yeats for a layup things had tightened to, 51-49, with 12 ½ minutes left.  This game was there for the taking.

But the Gulls weren’t about to let it get away.  Zach Ellis (he had 20 against Colby-Sawyer) followed with a 3 and Endicott went off on a 12-2 run that closed the comeback door.  “To Endicott’s credit was their ability to make big shots,” said coach Schauer.  “A couple of times in the second half we got the game close but they made backbreaking plays to keep us from having a chance to get ahead.”

A surprising twist was Gordon’s inability to handle the Gulls’ press.  A number of the Scot’s 20 turnovers were deep in the backcourt and led to baskets or foul shots. 

“The press was new from the last time we met,” said coach Plansky.  “The other thing we focused on was trying to pressure the 3’s a little more.  We didn’t think that they could make enough 2’s to beat us.”

Junior Jeremy Currier had a huge game for Endicott.  His 8 for 11 shooting included 5 threes.  He totaled 26 points for the evening.  When Gordon narrowed things to, 72-67, with a minute left he drilled three foul shots in a row and then grabbed the rebound on the next one to help run out the clock.

Hayes Murray and Josh Sylvester paced Gordon with 14 points apiece.  Scott Allenby added 11.

“I thought that Alex Yeats gave us a lot of energy tonight,” said coach Schauer.  “John Beebe was a contributor too.  He will always help us because he’s a competitor like his brother (Scott).”

Gordon entertains Anna Maria on Thursday night while Endicott travels to New England College.

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(Game #13 – Endicott) Gordon Shoots Past Neighbor in Second Half

By Peter McClelland

(Wenham) – Nothing like a hot rivalry to heat up a very cold evening.   Driven on by a large, vocal home crowd, Gordon ran away from neighbor Endicott in the second half and won, 68-51, to remain undefeated (5-0) in the Commonwealth Coast Conference and 11-2 overall.  The game was played on Tuesday evening at the Bennett Center.

Endicott is now 3-1 in the CCC and 5-6 overall.

“We haven’t really seen a team like theirs before,” explained Endicott coach Mike Plansky afterwards.  “They can put five guys out there who can all shoot it.”

The first half gave no indication that Gordon would win this one by a large margin.  “I think Endicott plays unbelievably hard,” said Gordon coach Mike Schauer.  “They also have a lot of kids who play very well.  Credit the crowd for giving us the needed lift.”

In the first half the Scots ran off seven straight, thanks to the inside game of Josh Sylvester and three foul shots by Ryan Smith, to get ahead, 27-21, but Endicott recovered.  A well-run play gave Jeremy Currier an open shot at the buzzer and the Gulls trailed just, 28-26, at halftime.

The second half started innocently enough but unfortunately, for the visitors, the Scots suddenly began to put on a shooting clinic (13 straight points) while the Gulls went into a 4 ½ minute drought.  Before you knew it that, 30-27, Gordon lead had swelled to, 43-27, and Endicott didn’t have the weapons to make a comeback.  In fact, Gordon boosted their margin to, 66-42, later on. 

“We’re capable of hitting a couple of three’s in a minute and all of a sudden a competitive game seems lopsided,” explained coach Schauer.  

Missing from Gordon’s long-range game was top scorer Scott Beebe who struggled with a 2 for 13 evening, including two surprising air balls.  However, his 5 assists and excellent defense on Gull high scorer, Jeremy Currier, contributed to the Gordon victory.

“We tried to force the ball inside too much in the second half, “explained coach Plansky.   “You can’t overdo that against a good team.  We’d come away with nothing and then their shooters went crazy.”   When Endicott got the ball inside James Levesque (7/12 – 14 points) could finish.

Hayes Murray paced Gordon with 19 points, his biggest output of the season.   His hustling style and fall-away three in the second half were greatly appreciated by what seemed to be the biggest crowd of the season.

Coach Schauer raved about Josh Sylvester afterwards.  “He had another double/double (16 points/11 rebounds) and covered their best post player all game.  He was just sensational.”

The Scots travel to distant Johnson State on Thursday for a non-league game.  Beyond that is an away game at Roger Williams on Saturday and back home against CCC powerhouse Colby-Sawyer next Tuesday.

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