(Amesbury MA) Now it’s time for the reason you lace them up……The Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament.
The Scots (17-8) finished the regular season with a didn’t-matter win (80-67) over Salve Regina on Saturday afternoon.
But it did matter because on Tuesday night (7PM) at the Bennett Center the same two teams will face each other in the CCC quarter-finals. Gordon is the #2 seed (13-5) while Salve Regina (7-11) is the 7th seed.
They say that “familiarity breeds contempt” but after seeing the Seahawks twice, I’m afraid that familiarity might breed over-confidence.
Salve (10-15) has not played well against Gordon in either game. In both games their first-half lack of accurate shooting has put them down by double figures and they have been unable to rally to put late-game pressure on GC.
But one thing that the Seahawks have been able to do is hang around. They’ve now done it twice. They get down, but they never allow the game to reach the bench-clearing level until the last minute or two.
Salve defeated Endicott a few days ago. They are dangerous even if we haven’t seen that side of them. May it not happen on Tuesday night.
A win or loss in today’s game was not going to change the tournament seedings for either team. So you had to take today’s game with that in mind.
One thing that was certain right away was that SR’s lone senior (Rodney Morton) was going to take a lot of shots and score plenty of points…and he did. Rodney finished with 27 for the afternoon even with a 1-for-10 from long range.
Sorry Rodney, the best senior on the floor was Gordon’s Jake Hart. You talk about putting everything together in one game! Jake matched his career high in points (16) and never missed a shot. Last time I checked Jake was listed at 5-11 but that may be a typo as he landed seven rebounds including four offensive ones. Add on two assists and three steals and you’ve had yourself a ballgame.
The breakaway segment came in the last five minutes of the first half when Gordon expanded a 25-23 lead to a 44-32 advantage. Eric Demers (16 points) had three of his four 3-pointers during that closing spurt.
Garrisson Duvivier (13 points) collected eleven points from the foul line and added thirteen rebounds.
We waited almost four years for this to happen but it did happen in the closing seconds: Steven Vampatella put himself in the scoring column. Nice pass from fellow senior. Steven lifted his defender with an up-fake and dropped in two from the right. Bench went nuts!
Eric had twenty-six last time against SR.
Jake Hart 27
Rodney Morton 23 (27 points,6 steals)
Garrisson Duvivier 15
Salve Regina 64
Two postgame concerns; (1) inability to put an opponent away and (2) the boatload of turnovers.
If GC plays three more CCC games, they will all be against teams capable of putting points together. I suspect that our team will have few chances to gain separation. Must take advantage of the opportunities.
Turnovers: Am I the only one troubled by them? If the Scots had twenty-five turnovers in the first game of the season it might be understandable, but to get that season-high total in the LAST game of the regular season is disconcerting. SR often double-teamed dribblers and defensive rebounders. Why not anticipate this and quickly outlet the ball to an open teammate? Layups and/or open shots often result.
I know, the team won, lighten up! It’s just that I want to be writing about something realllly good next Saturday. I don’t want to be looking for reasons why GC lost.