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Gordon (21-2) tops Salve Regina 100-86 on Senior Day

Noah Szilagyi (19 points) had fifteen in the first half

Eric Demers (25 points) changes direction

(Wenham MA) Gordon defeated Salve Regina, 100-86, on Saturday afternoon at the Bennett Center.

As a result, the Scots (21-2) will finish either first or second in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

Nichols, with the same record, will visit Gordon on Wednesday night.  The Scots end their regular season at Endicott on Saturday afternoon.

“We have our two toughest games of the season coming up,” said GC coach Tod Murphy afterwards.  “Our guys have faced every single challenge this year and only lost two.”

Senior Jake Haar puts up a three in front of a large Bennett Center crowd

The Scots had wins over both Nichols and Endicott the first time around.

Gordon highlighted their seven seniors before this afternoon’s game and five of them were in the starting lineup against the Seahawks.

“We had a lot of energy right away,” said senior Jake Haar.  “The seniors played well and got us a little bit of a lead.  It was a special day for the seven seniors.”

“Noah (Szilagyi) was hot early and knocked down jump shots from everywhere,” said Coach Murphy.  “I’m not sure he missed a shot.  Luke (Meyer) got us started early on, too.  Everyone contributed.”

Kevin Kelly and Garrisson Duvivier (21 points) in close

Noah finished with nineteen points but had fifteen of them in the first half as Gordon created a double-digit lead at the half (53-39) and never looked back.

Coach Murphy was able to follow the “Senior Day script” perfectly.  The seniors started, including several with limited minutes this season. They came back in the final five minutes, and then were replaced in the closing minutes.

“To be able to put them all back in the game and then be able to take them out and give them a curtain call was a great thing,” explained Coach Murphy.

Avelino Damoura leads a break

Senior Josh Ribeiro had ten points for Gordon

Salve Regina (8-16) fell into the double-digit deficit and on this afternoon didn’t have the defense to slow down the GC offense.  The Seahawks have now lost to Gordon ten straight times.

Salve is currently tied with UNE for the final playoff spot.  The Seahawks have winless Curry left while the Nor’easters finish with Wentworth.

“We moved the ball and when we do that, we’re tough to guard,” said Jake Haar.  “That was evident on the scoreboard.  We have been focusing in practice on moving the ball because we’ll have to against Nichols and Endicott.”

Eric Demers to the rim

Because of the senior celebration, junior Eric Demers didn’t get the minutes he usually gets but he still put up some strong numbers: twenty-five points, five assists, and three steals.

The twenty-five points runs his total to 1567 and gets him past Steve Heintz into sixth place on the all-time scoring list.

Senior Garrisson Duvivier added twenty-one points.  He now has 1809 points and trails Gordon’s all-time leading scorer (Jim Petty) by ninety-three points.  With two regular-season games left, possibly two or three in the CCC tournament, and maybe some in the NCAA tournament, there could be a change atop the GC leader board.  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves!

Freshman David Massillon drives

Best crowd of the season took this one in.  Where have some of them been all season?  The team is 11-0 at home.

Senior Josh Ribeiro had a season-high ten points versus SR.

Jake Haar on his Gordon experience: “It flew by super fast.  I’m very grateful for all four years.  I still remember my first shot as if it was yesterday.  My second shot hit the side of the backboard!”

Plans for next year? “I’m not entirely sure.  I’ll probably end up back in California.  Luke (Meyer) is going to UCI and that’s in my area so I’ll have a buddy out there.  I want to get into sales, either medical equipment or pharmaceutical.”

Formers Jaren Yang, Graham Tienhaara, Udoka Obiora, and Richie Armand were in the house.

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Brett Bowman

Cody Hunt drives

Eric Demers puts up a three

Eric Demers

Garrisson Duvivier to the basket

Noah Szilagyi goes baseline

Noah Szilagyi looks to pass

Luke Meyer to the hoop

Noah Szilagyi makes a save

 

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Eric Demers (31) and Garrisson Duvivier (24) lead Gordon to 20th win 88-75 over Curry

Garrisson Duvivier – tough inside

Eric Demers (31 points)

(Amesbury MA) Twenty wins.

Remarkable!

It was the Eric & Garrisson Show for the second straight game and that two-some led the Scots (20-2) past Curry, 88-75, on Tuesday night in Milton (MA).

Nichols kept pace with Gordon defeating Roger Williams.

The rematch with the Bison on the 13th at the Bennett Center is looking like the biggest regular season game in the Commonwealth Coast Conference this season.

I know that there’s a game this Saturday (Salve Regina) but……..just sayin’.

Tonight Eric Demers had thirty-one points and Garrisson Duvivier added twenty-four.  Curry (1-21) didn’t match up with either of them.

The Colonels seemed better able to play against the Gordon zone than some other teams do. At times they were excellent at passing into open shots and taking the ball at the Gordon shot blockers.  But they missed too many shots.

Parker Omslaer at the foul line

The Scots gained separation in the first half as they ran eleven unanswered points and turned a six-point lead (33-27) into 44-27.  Garrisson, Eric, Parker Omslaer, and Noah Szilagyi contributed.

In the second half, Curry closed to 68-61 before Garrisson put three layups and three free throws together and GC gained final separation, 77-63, with six minutes left.

Parker took full advantage of Curry’s smaller interior defenders dropping seventeen points and taking in fourteen rebounds.  This was his 4th double/double of the season.

No sign of starter Jake Haar and reserve David Massillon.  Trust that they will return soon.

This was Eric’s third straight game with 30+ points.  His seven turnovers were a big surprise.

Parker had a double/double but he missed seven free throws.

Turnovers and missed free throws could be decisive in the likely-to-be close games ahead.

I admire the enthusiasm I saw online from the Curry bench.  It can’t be easy.  The Colonels are now 2-92 over the past 3+ seasons.  They have lost 67 straight CCC games.  Last win?  Salve Regina in February of 2015.  This season they beat Clark on December 29th.

Seven seniors to be honored on Saturday before the game with Salve Regina.  Time goes by fast!

Wondering how others explain how Gordon has put together a season that exceeded expectations??

Maybe someone who has already won two CCC titles will finally get recognized by the league.

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Eric Demers (36) and Garrisson Duvivier (24) lead Gordon by Roger Williams 103-94

Garrisson Duvivier

Eric Demers

(Amesbury MA) On January 12th, Gordon needed nine points in the final ninety seconds to catch Roger Williams.

This afternoon, the catch-up process kicked in earlier, and that made the final minutes a lot less nerve-racking.

Gordon (19-2) defeated Roger Williams (11-10) 103-94, on Saturday afternoon in Bristol, RI.

Big afternoon for RW’s Austin Coene as the senior became the first player from that school to reach 2000 points.  The 6-2 senior had 35 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists but it wasn’t enough to get a W against Gordon.

Austin Coene reached 2000 points for Roger Williams

Why?  The Scots turned on the Eric & Garrisson Show and it was fun watching for the GC faithful.

It may have been Eric’s best game if stats mean anything.  The GC junior got to the basket all afternoon and drew fouls.  He went to the foul line a career-high sixteen times and made fifteen.

Eric finished with thirty-six points and is now in 7th place on the all-time Gordon scoring list with 1511 points.

Garrisson Duvivier co-starred in the Scots sixty-two point second half.  The Hawks had no answers for him close to the basket.  GD collected eighteen points and handed out three assists in the 2nd half.  On defense?  Six rebounds, three blocks, 2 steals.

Gordon trailed by ten (57-47) at 16:33 of the second half.  3 ½ minutes later, the Scots ended a 14-0 run having caught up and pulled ahead, 61-57.  The Hawks missed six shots and had two turnovers in this segment.  Eric had seven points in this run while Garrisson added five.

Neither teams could gain separation over the next ten minutes and the Scots had a very slim, 79-78, lead with 5:57 left.  Three minutes later Gordon was up, 90-80, and separation had been gained.

Josh Ribeiro

Jake Haar started the 11-2 run with a three from Josh Crutchfield.  Garrisson followed with a layup before Eric added two free throws and hit a jump shot.  Garrisson finished this good segment with a layup.  Garrisson two offensive rebounds kept possessions alive as Gordon gained a 90-80 advantage with 2:57 remaining.

Gordon has won three straight and are now 8-1 on the road.  They will be on the road in Milton (MA) on Tuesday night against Curry.  The Scots don’t want to be using their familiar “fall-behind-early” routine there.

Senior Day is on the 9th with Salve Regina the opponent.  The Scots have seven seniors.

Eric’s big afternoon also included seven assists and five steals.  He had only one turnover in a game in which he often had the ball on offense.

Senior Josh Ribeiro played a season-high twenty minutes.  His minutes could be up the rest of the way.

Maybe it’s my computer but once again I lost connections during an online game.  Is anyone else having a similar problem??  I have bonded with the Comcast robot!

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Gordon takes a close one from Wentworth 73-71

Eric Demers had 34 points, 3 assists, 3 steals, and no turnovers to lead the Gordon attack

Happy ending for the Bennett Center crowd

(Wenham MA) Wentworth did everything but win the game.

The Leopards (6-14) recovered from a poor start, hung around, and had the last shot in a 2-point game.

But recovering, hanging around, and taking the last shot wasn’t enough and Gordon escaped with a 73-71 win on Wednesday night.

“Winning ugly is better than losing pretty,” said GC coach Tod Murphy afterwards.  “I still would have liked a little more breathing room at the end.”

Eric Demers (23 points in the first half) soars over Tyler Lennon

Eric Demers (34 points) responded from an 8-point game versus UNE to put his best offensive numbers of the season together.

Eric carried the Scots (18-2) in the first half with twenty-three points.  He ended up with three assists, three steals and zero turnovers for the night.

In the game between these two teams in November in Boston the Leopards struggled on offense losing, 66-47.  WIT didn’t have ANY player in double figures in that one.  But that was then!  This time Stephen Azums registered seventeen points and an amazing twenty-three rebounds.  Teammate Gavin Keough drilled seven 3’s including five in the second half and finished with twenty-one points.

“Our defense needed to be more intense,” explained Noah Szilagyi.  “At times we’re super active and super scrappy.  But #34 (Gavin Keough) was making shots and busting up our zone.  When you see the same guy making 3’s it’s not a good sign for your perimeter defense.”

“We’re going to have close games with good teams,” said Coach Murphy.  “This prepares us for those games.  We have to use this as a learning experience.”

Garrisson Duvivier was a bigger part of the the Gordon offense in the second half

In the early going Gordon could make shots from the perimeter.  It can be fool’s gold out there and a team can be drawn away from other options.

“We didn’t attack the basket in the first half,” said Coach Murphy.  “We had only two free throws.  We had a lot more in the second half.  Garrisson is arguably the best player in the conference and he had no points and three shots in the first half.  Garrisson still didn’t have an efficient game offensively but we did what we had to do to win.”

Garrisson collected his 16th double/double of the season – 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Leopards caught the Scots (56-56) with 9:02 left.  They still were even with Gordon (66-66) with 3:48 remaining.

But what separates a team with eighteen wins from one with six wins is what they do in the tight finishes.  The visitors, on this evening, had several unproductive possessions while Gordon’s Garrisson Duvivier made a jump shot and hit two free throws. David Massillon provided the final point with a free throw (73-71) with nineteen seconds left.

Freshman Noah Bice (20) about to take the last shot of the game

There was still time for WIT to tie/win the game but Noah Bice’s very good look (see the picture) missed at the buzzer to seal it for Gordon.

Noah Szilagyi (16 points) in the lane

“We fell into a lull after the hot start and never seemed to wake up out of it,” said Noah.  “At times we rushed shots and weren’t working as a team on offense.”

“It didn’t look like we had fresh legs despite being off for eight days,” said Coach Murphy, “but we did win a tough game.”

The Scots are 10-0 at home this season.

Noah was 7-for-10 tonight.  He entered the game in 5th place in the conference in field-goal percentage (55.9%).

Avelino Damoura (5) and Noah Bice (20)

I thought that Nichols might have trouble tonight with Western New England, as Gordon did, but it didn’t happen.  The Bison and the Scots each have one loss in the conference.

Gordon will be in Bristol (RI) on Saturday to face Roger Williams.  The Scots literally stole a win from RW when they visited the Bennett Center.

Noah on life after Gordon: “I’m filling out a lot of job applications.  I’m trying to land a job with the Patriots with Richie Armand.  I’ve been talking with them.  I’m trying to stay in basketball and may go back to Denver to coach with some of the people I know there.”

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Garrisson calls for time

Garrisson Duvivier at the line late in the game

Eric Demers drives past Kyle Henseler

David Massillon at the line in the last minute

David Massillon (15) in the open floor

Kyle Henseler

Joseph Hecker encounters Garrisson Duvivier in the lane

Garrisson Duvivier unleashes a no-look pass

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Gordon (17-2) routs UNE 100-71

Eric Demers chased by Avery DeBrito (1) and Ryan Beatty (25)

David Massillon jam

(Wenham MA) You start off missing two shots and having three turnovers.

The opponent steals the ball nineteen times in the game.

You miss sixteen free throws.

Okay, now we’ve got the bad news out of the way!

Gordon recovered from the loss to Western New England on Saturday by defeating the University of New England, 100-71, on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center.

Gordon coach Tod Murphy liked his team’s defense: “We won this game on defense.  They had only fifty-one points with five minutes left.  They’re a team averaging over ninety points a game.  We contested everything.”

Junior Eric Demers liked the Scots’ offense: “We needed a good offensive game like this.  UNE is a great team to bounce back against.  Everyone gets involved.  Everyone gets shots.”

Garrisson Duvivier readies a no-look pass

The Scots (17-2) fell to Western New England on Saturday because they started slowly.  Tonight’s start looked like more of the same.

“Those first two minutes were a nightmare,” recalled Coach Murphy.  “We played terribly.”

UNE jumped into an 8-0 lead but it disappeared in a hurry.  The Scots began to make shots and their defense tightened up.

Gordon moved in front 16-13 and then put effective offense/defense together for the next five minutes.  While the Nor’easters missed seven shots and had three turnovers, Gordon rolled off fourteen unanswered points.  Eric Demers had a layup, a three, and two free throws in this good segment.  Noah Szilagyi added a layup (after a steal) and a three.  Josh Ribeiro contributed a layup.

Noah Szilagyi (14 points) heads for two

That burst put GC in front 30-13.  Halftime was 55-28.

Earlier in the season there was a big lead against Curry that melted in the second half.  Not tonight.  The good Gordon defense stayed in place when the reserves had their turns on the court.

The visitors from Biddeford (Maine) substituted in quantity, pressed full-court, and fired three’s.  The firing three’s part was disrupted by the solid GC perimeter defense.

Unusual scoring numbers tonight.  We usually find either Eric Demers and/or Garrisson Duvivier leading the scoring.  Versus UNE (5-14) it was Parker Omslaer (16), Noah Szilagyi (14) and Avelino Damoura (13).

Avelino Damoura (13 points) had a career game

It was a career scoring night for Avelino.  The sophomore got to the basket and made several three’s.  The less said about his foul shooting, or the team’s foul shooting, for that matter, the better.

When Eastern Nazarene dropped out of the Commonwealth Coast Conference the team total changed to nine.  No longer is every team playing on the days of CCC inter-league play. Point?  Gordon has no game this coming Saturday and won’t play again (Wentworth) until January 29th.

“It’s a long stretch,” said Coach Murphy.  “We’ll probably take a few days off and go out and do some recruiting.  We’re losing seven players and need to track down some players for next year.”

On finding a replacement for Garrisson Duvivier: “Garrisson is one-of-a-kind.  I don’t think we’ll ever be able to replace him.  I think that David Massillon will be a terrific player in time.”

Garrisson had his 15th double/double of the season.  GD, in case you’ve forgotten, is Gordon’s 2nd all-time leading scorer.

Josh Crutchfield in transition

Eric Demers got into foul trouble and saw short minutes as a result.  He had only eight points but his teammate (Josh Ribeiro) assured me that there was no cause for concern: “Eric had a slow night but that’s just one night.  He’s going to come out and score thirty next game.”  Consider yourself warned, Wentworth!

Discussing the Western New England loss that ended a fifteen-game winning streak:

“We had gotten very comfortable as a team,” said Eric.  “It was bound to happen.  It humbled us a little bit.  Western New England put together a great forty minutes and we only put together twenty minutes.”

Scramble for possession

“We didn’t do much regarding the loss to Western New England,” said Coach Murphy.  “Our goal is to get better every day.  Our defensive intensity versus Western New England was nothing like it was tonight.”

Our neighbors in Beverly took another loss to Nichols tonight.  GC and Nichols have only one conference loss each.  The rematch in February (at the Bennett Center) is starting to shape up as a very special game.

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Brett Bowman

Instructions

Josh Crutchfield looks to pass

Luke Meyer

Adam Konicki (7 points) floats in

Cody Hunt and Pablo De La Guardia Criado

Jake Haar about to launch a three

John Saxe guarded by Kyle Frank

 

 

 

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Gordon rallies to win 94-91 over Roger Williams in OT

Garrisson Duvivier (33 points) overpowered Roger Williams inside

David Massillon (15) pressures Austin Coene (34 points)

(Wenham MA) Neither coach could believe it.

Gordon somehow, some way rallied back to reach overtime and went from there to defeat disappointed Roger Williams, 94-91, on Saturday afternoon.

“We had a nine-point lead and two free throws with 1 ½ minutes left,” said RW coach Mike Tully afterwards.  “We missed the free throws and then we panicked.  We never should have lost the game.”

Gordon coach Tod Murphy was on the other side of it.  “I can’t explain the win.  It was a special game and we got lucky.”

Eric Demers (35 points) finds a way to get a shot off

The stars were surely out as three of last year’s Commonwealth Coast Conference first-teamers, Austin Coene (34 points), Garrisson Duvivier (33 points), Eric Demers (35 points) had big afternoons.

The Hawks (8-8) took a 10-9 lead to a 29-12 lead in six minutes.  During this stretch the visitors from Bristol (RI) went through the GC zone for 4 layups and went over it for a three.  Meanwhile, the Scots missed three 3’s and had six turnovers.

“The problem for us was that it became the Eric and Garrison Show,” explained Coach Murphy.  “Yes, they can win you ballgames but if we take the other three out of the game suddenly it’s two-on-five instead of five-on-five.”

JJ Pfohl had twelve points for RW

For a team on a thirteen-game win streak, a 37-28 deficit (at halftime) was far from insurmountable.

Back came the Scots (15-1) in the second half and with 5 minutes left a Parker Omslaer dunk had GC within one (63-62).

The paying-attention Gordon fan had to figure that Roger Williams was about to be passed.  Gordon hadn’t lost since November……..and all that!

Coach Tully called time.  His Hawks then went back to making shots and Gordon returned to just the opposite.

Two minutes later the Hawks had rattled off ten unanswered points; two 3’s by Rich Pugliese, a layup by Ian Carmichael, and a jump shot from Austin Coene.

Garrisson Duvivier (33 points) muscles his way to the basket

Now it was Coach Murphy’s turn to call a timeout.  With three minutes left, the Scots trailed by eleven (73-62).

Coach Murphy recalled that Garrisson Duvivier had something to say in the timeout.  He told the team that it would be part of the “process of getting better.  Let’s get better,” he said, “during the next three minutes.”

Coach Murphy added, “I didn’t think that we had enough time, but we did.”

Another thing that happened during that timeout was that Gordon changed to a man-to-man defense.

“We work on man-to-man every day in practice,” said Garrisson afterwards.  “We needed energy and stops, and it worked out for the best.”

Freshman David Massillon was inserted into the lineup and during the final three minutes he had two steals that led to four points.

Eric Demers gets to the basket

Roger Williams was held scoreless for the final three minutes and Gordon was able to rally all the way back.  Eric Demers hit a big three to send the game into overtime.

Again, credit Roger Williams.  They recovered from end-of-regulation lapse and jumped to a five-point lead (84-79) two minutes into the five-minute overtime.

But also, credit Gordon.  They turned the final three minutes into fifteen points led by Garrisson Duvivier.

Foul trouble caught up to the Hawks and they tried to cover 6-6 Garrisson with guards including Austin Coene.  That was costly because Garrisson is too much for players his size.  Put a guard on him and points and free throws will follow.  Top scorer Austin Coene fouled out with 1:45 left in OT and the Hawks had only a layup to show for the rest of the way.  They did get a three (JJ Pfohl) at the buzzer.

Garrisson Duvivier gets between defenders

“I tried to take advantage of the size difference,” said GD.  “If they doubled, I had guys I could kick it out to.”

The margin was just two (90-88) for Gordon with thirty-six seconds left.  The Scots held onto the ball for twenty-three seconds of the remaining time and then Eric Demers got to the rim.  Garrisson went from there to block a shot down the other end and then put GC ahead 94-88 with two free throws.

“The guys never stopped believing that we were going to win,” said Garrisson.  “The coaches told us things that worked.”

Coach Murphy: “You’ve got to have games like this in order to have a special season.  It was silly that we waited so long to make the plays we needed to make.  At least we got the wake-up bell before the game was over!”

Garrisson: “The streak (now fourteen) doesn’t matter to us.  Our record doesn’t matter to us.  All we care about is getting better each game.  In the second half we got better.”

Noah Szilagyi finished with ten points and had an important three during the comeback in regulation.

Gordon made 26-of-31 free throw attempts

The Gordon free throw shooting was excellent and they had plenty of opportunities.  The Scots ended 26-31 for the game.  During the second half?  14-for 14 and they needed every one of them.

Eric Demers had a season-high thirty-five points.  That was enough to put him in 9th place on the all-time scoring list ahead of Tim Kehoe.

Garrisson’s 33 points was his second highest point production of his career.  He had thirty-four against Nichols as a freshman.  GD’s points today moved him beyond Doug Lindland.  He’s now in second place with 1675 points.  Jim Petty heads the all-time scoring list with 1902.

Garrisson Duvivier eyes the hoop

Garrisson added seventeen rebounds to earn his 13th double/double of this season.  He tied a season high with four blocks.  He also tied a season high with seven turnovers.

“At the end of the game, Garrisson took over and refused to be stopped,” said Coach Murphy.

RW’s Austin Coene had a nice stat line (34 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists) but he too had seven turnovers.

Last year at Gordon, freshman JJ Pfohl, with a 5-point average, hit the Scots with twenty-five points.  In the same game Eric reached 1000 points.

Garrisson Duvivier slams

Gordon has won three straight from Roger Williams.

Both teams were 18-9 last season.

Good crowd at the Bennett Center in the condensed stands.  They saw a terrific game.

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The Bennett Center crowd was happy with the result

Josh Crutchfield and Noah Szilagyi apply pressure

RW coach Mike Tully

Garrisson Duvivier defends an inbounds attempt

Shirt tug

 

 

 

 

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Gordon holds on for a 72-71 win over Endicott

Noah Szilagyi (14 points) drains the eventual game winner.

(Wenham MA) This one was good to the last shot.

Matt McDevitt (34) takes the last shot with Parker Omslaer defending

Good thing for Gordon that Matt McDevitt’s layup over Parker Omslaer at the final buzzer wasn’t good because that miss preserved a 72-71 win for the Scots over Endicott on Thursday night.

The Gulls (10-5) trailed by a point and had the ball with thirteen seconds left. Plenty of shooters to choose from but it was sophomore Matt McDevitt in close for the win-or-lose last shot.

Keith Brown (21 points) shoots over Parker Omslaer

“I was worried that Keith Brown was going to get it at the high post,” recalled 6-11 Parker Omslaer, “and I wanted to make sure that he didn’t get it there.  But when the kid (Matt McDevitt) rolled to the basket I just wanted to stop him but make sure I didn’t foul.”

Mission accomplished defensively.

The shot was hurried and didn’t go in and Gordon (14-1) had its 13th straight win.  They haven’t lost in 55 days!

“Just another typical Gordon/Endicott game,” said GC coach Tod Murphy.  “Right down to the last shot.”

Gordon has won three of the last four matches with Endicott including two in overtime.

Coach Murphy was surprised by the lack of points.  “I don’t know whether we’re good defensively.  I didn’t expect low-scoring games against Nichols and then Endicott tonight.”

Eric Demers (22 points) shoots over Joe Shehadi (10) in the first half

Both teams had some cold-shooting segments during which the other team took advantage.

Endicott was up 13-5 (16:06) and then trailed 29-20 (7:00).

In the second half, Gordon led 47-34 (17:01) only to fall behind 57-56 (10:10).

With 5 ½ minutes left, the Scots seemed to be in good shape (69-60).  The home team was ahead with 3:40 to go (72-65).

But Gordon stayed stuck on 72 for the last three minutes and forty seconds!  Eric Demers, Garrisson Duvivier, and Parker Omslaer each had shot attempts that didn’t fall.

Eric Demers had a career-high thirteen rebounds

During Gordon’s offensive lull the visitors from Beverly nearly erased the entire lead thanks to a Matt McDevitt layup, and two free throws and a layup by Keith Brown (21 points).

But in the mix of Endicott’s late surge Matt missed two three’s and the final shot during the last two minutes. That was enough to enable GC to hold on.

Good crowd even with neither school in session.

One of the referees said to me, “How can you beat this, good basketball for free?”

Eric Demers paced GC with twenty-two points.  Did he shoot well?  Not so much.  “Eric couldn’t hit a shot at times, but he did make some big ones,” said Coach Murphy.

To limit an evaluation of ED to points is an injustice.  He is second in the Commonwealth Coast Conference in steals and he had two more tonight.  He had five assists.  Ball hog?  Not so.  Biggest Eric surprise of the night?  Thirteen rebounds!  He had never had double figures before.  Big game, big contributor in a variety of ways.

Garrisson Duvivier sends a no-look pass

Garrisson Duvivier reached double figures in rebounds (10) and points (14) for the 12th time this season.  He has also moved to within three points of being Gordon’s 2nd leading all-time scorer.

Noah Szilagyi (14 points) was extremely accurate tonight missing only one shot.  His three with 3:40 left turned into the eventual game winner.

I asked Parker about the success the Scots have had so far: “I think that we have a different mindset.  Last year we had some trouble closing out games.  This year we’re going in there with all our strength and it’s working right now.”

Parker Omslaer shoots as a large crowd looks on

Coach Murphy on Gordon’s zone defense: “We’re figuring the defense out a little more each game.  At times we just don’t get where we’re supposed to be.  The defense will work if we do it correctly.”

The Scots stunned perennial champ Nichols, 76-72, five days ago.  “It would have really hurt to lose tonight’s game after the big win at Nichols,” added Coach Murphy.

Saturday afternoon we’ll see Roger Williams at the Bennett Center.  RWU has a win over Endicott.

“We haven’t played our best basketball yet and we have defeated two of the best teams in the CCC,” said Coach Murphy.  That “best” game by the Scots could well be needed on Saturday afternoon.

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Avelino Damoura (6 points) elevates for three over Keith Brown

David Massillon in close

Eric Demers gets fouled by Keith Brown late in the game

Matt McDevitt ready to inbounds the ball with 13 second left

Nick Thibeault (22) crowds Garrisson Duvivier

Eric Demers shoots a free throw late in the game

Eric Demers uses a Garrisson Duvivier screen

Garrisson Duvivier (14 points) in for two

Jake Haar in open space

Josh Crutchfield (10) corrals a loose ball

Josh Ribeiro (24) chases Jordan Pettway (4)

 

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