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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.

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Gordon streak reaches five with 81-66 win over Salve Regina

Eric Demers (26 points) topped all scorers

Garrisson Duvivier (19 points,15 rebounds)

(Wenham MA) We’re starting to get spoiled.

Gordon (9-5) ran its winning streak to five as they defeated Salve Regina, 81-66, on Saturday afternoon at the Bennett Center.

The coming week looms large for the Scots with consecutive CCC road games against Roger Williams, Western New England, and Curry.  After losing their first two Commonwealth Coast Conference games, the Scots are on a five-game league win streak and just one game away from the top spot.

Gordon jumped all over the visiting Seahawks (6-9) in the first half leading by as many as twenty-eight points.  There was a sense that the lead would grow enough in the second half to turn this into a bench-clearing event.

Tight defense

But it didn’t go that way and GC coach Tod Murphy wasn’t pleased. “We played about the best basketball we have played all season for sixteen minutes.  Then we sat back and survived the last twenty-four minutes.”

Understand that Salve (6-9) never got within double digits of the lead, but they spent most of the second half hovering too close for GC comfort.

“We became passive in the final twenty-four minutes,” said Coach Murphy.  “They went into their zone and into that switching man defense and we stopped moving and looking for our cuts.”

There was a bigger picture, however, and that was to continue to get W’s.  “I would rather win ugly than lose ugly,” conceded Coach Murphy.

Gordon’s big first half did in Salve.  In a tight game for four minutes (10-8), the home team went on a 31-5 tear over the next thirteen minutes to escape 41-13.  The Seahawks never recovered.

Jake Haar finishes over Kevin Kelly

“Coaches look like they’re really smart when the team is hitting shots, and early on we hit a lot of shots,” said Coach Murphy.

Even with the team letdown in the second half, Eric Demers, Garrisson Duvivier, and Jaren Yang had terrific afternoons.

Eric continues to put up serious numbers, getting over twenty points for the 9th time this season. Teams have tried guarding him closely and even have attempted to deny him the ball, but he still finds openings.  His ability, this year, to cut back on the turnovers while handing out assists and adding steals has been noticeable.

Garrisson has impacted the GC program since the day he arrived in 2015.  He puts up double/double’s with regularity including this afternoon when he put nineteen points together with fifteen rebounds. It was his 9th double D this season.

Jaren Yang had a career game

Senior Jaren Yang may well have had the best game of his Gordon career this afternoon.  Accurate outside shooting (4-for-6) and perfect foul shooting (6-for-6), along with a good eye for the open teammate (8 assists) will get you a very good day.  Jaren reached the career-game level, however, when he added four steals to his totals.

Noah Szilagyi guarded by Gabe Granberry

So you can see that was plenty of good individual moments despite the margin-squandering moments of the second half.

The magic margin number in the second half seemed to be twelve.  Six times in that second half the better defending and better shooting Seahawks lessened their deficit to twelve.  And every time this happened, the Scots were able to react with enough offense/defense to re-enlarge their advantage.

Efficiency chart

Garrisson Duvivier 34

Jaren Yang 25

Eric Demers 18

Isaiah Bowman 18 (16 points)

Cameron Collins 16 (18 points)

Gordon 106

Salve Regina 75

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Gordon stops streak at six upending Endicott 105-98 in overtime

Jake Haar (22 points) hits a three in overtime.

Eric Demers (33 points) hits a three in overtime.

Keith Brown (28 points) shoots over Eric Demers

(Wenham MA) It had been over three years………and that was more than enough.

Gordon had lost six straight times to Endicott but tonight that stretch of bad endings ended as the Scots (8-5) outlasted the Gulls (9-4) 105-98 in overtime at the Bennett Center on Thursday night.

“It’s kind of what you expect out of an Endicott/Gordon game,” said a delighted GC coach Tod Murphy afterwards.

The coach is right.  With neither school back in session there was still a buzz in the crowd.  This is a Red Sox/Yankees type of rivalry to me.  The usual “coach line” is that “it’s only one game,” but to those of us invested in the Scots, a win over Endicott has a special sweetness to it.  And this was surely a sweet win.

Vinny Clifford (#21) goes for the block on Garrisson Duvivier

The Gulls insisted on playing at a fast pace and it paid off as they transitioned and passed into open looks in both halves.  The visitors from Beverly could put up points in a hurry but on this evening the home team had plenty of answers.

“I don’t want to get into a shootout with Endicott very often, but we’ve got some very good scorers too,” said Coach Murphy.

Keith Brown (28 points) paced the Gulls.  He came in with a 24.9 points per game average and displayed a variety of shots.

On this night, however, it was the Eric Demers show.  The sophomore had a career high thirty-three points and added five assists as well as five steals.  It was the best game I have seen him play.

The final spread was seven points but anyone witnessing this one at the Bennett Center would tell you that Endicott had big leads in each half.  Both times it was eleven points: 36-25 with 3 ½ minutes left in the first half and 63-52 five minutes into the second half.

Eric Demers covered by Keith Brown

But in the age of the 3-point shot, comebacks can happen in a hurry.  This was one of those nights.  Eric Demers made three’s and junior Jake Haar (22 points) did as well.  And when the Gulls overplayed the perimeter there was Garrisson Duvivier (19 points) in close for layups.

In overtime Eric, Jake, and Garrisson put eight unanswered points together and gave GC a 96-90 lead with two minutes left.  Endicott didn’t have the necessary offense/defense to overcome the deficit in the end game.

The Scots have now won four straight and are 4-2 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.  The two CCC leaders (Nichols and Roger Williams) each have one loss.

“I know that we’re 4-2,” said Coach Murphy, “and I know that Nichols is the team to beat.  We’ll be facing them in a couple of weeks here at the Bennett Center.  However, we need to concentrate on the five games (Salve Regina, Roger Williams, Western New England, Curry, UNE) between now and then.”

Guard Josh Crutchfield had six rebounds

One of the keys to this win?  The Gordon bench (Josh Crutchfield, Parker Omslaer, Noah Szilagyi, Josh Ribiero, and Jake Hart) has been able to come on and gain ground on opponents during the four-game win streak.  “We stuck with our subs for a long time,” said Coach Murphy. “They played well.”

Garrisson Duvivier nearly had the game-winner in regulation.  Garrisson collected his tenth double/double this season putting nineteen points together with fourteen rebounds.

Parker Omslaer jams

Jake Haar had family from California in the house and he didn’t disappoint connecting six times from long range.  Jake’s best game? Last year he had twenty-three points versus the Gulls.

Endicott lost all their starters from last year and it is remarkable how quickly they have regrouped with new players.  One of the key additions to the team is Matt McDevitt (17 points,4 assists) who was the best player in Maine last year.

Rob O’Brien suffered a painful shoulder injury in the first half.

Guard Josh Crutchfield had six rebounds for Gordon.

Former GC players Shaun Roach and Park Thomas were on hand as well as the Dempsey brothers.

Efficiency Chart

Eric Demers 31

Garrisson Duvivier 24

Jake Haar 20

Keith Brown 20

Matt McDevitt 17

Gordon 132

Endicott 103

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Eric Demers fouled late in overtime

Joe Villa fires a shot at the end of regulation

Garrisson Duvivier beats the Endicott defense

Garrisson Duvivier nearly ends the game in regulation

Garrisson Duvivier in close

Freshman Josh Crutchfield

Noah Szilagyi amongst three Gulls

Battle inside between Garrisson Duvivier and Nick Thibeault (18 points)

Struggle near the rim

Endicott coach Kevin Bettencourt

Jaren Yang gets a layup

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gordon defeats Wentworth 77-66 for third straight win

Noah Szilagyi (thirteen in the first half)

Jake Hart (12 points off the bench)

(Amesbury MA) Wentworth has been a pain in the neck for Gordon over the past three years.

That pain, however, eased a bit tonight as the Scots played some fun-to-watch basketball earning a 77-66 win over the Leopards in Boston.

Wentworth had won seven of the previous eight meetings and had twice dropped GC out of the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament in the last three years.

The Scots (7-5) played like the more experienced team on this night making terrific passes and taking good care of the ball.  I am not sure which pleased me more; the twenty-five assists or the nine turnovers.  Put numbers like that together in a game and a good end-result is likely.

The Leopards (8-4) just weren’t themselves.  Their defense is usually tight but Gordon, on this evening, found openings close to the basket regularly.

If you are looking for time segments where Gordon won this game your best bet would be the last five minutes of each half.

In the first half the Scots led, 31-27, with five minutes left.  WIT didn’t score again missing all six shot attempts.  GC had a 41-27 halftime lead.

In the second half the Leopards had taken a 56-31 deficit with fifteen minutes remaining and cut it to to 64-59 with five minutes left.  The final five minutes?  Wentworth was one-for-seven shooting three’s and GC escaped with a 77-66 win.

Coach Tod Murphy described the win over ENC on Saturday as a “team win.”  I don’t doubt that he’d describe this one as more of the same.

The Scots have now won three straight.

Noah Szilagyi came off the Gordon bench and put up thirteen points in the first half.

Jake Hart, also off the bench, never missed a shot and ended up with twelve points.

Eric Demers (eight assists and several key baskets)

Eric Demers had trouble from long range, so he turned into a passer and a driver.  Result?  Eight assists.  When Wentworth had cut the lead to five in the second half, Eric drove for layups on the next two GC possessions to turn the momentum back to the team from Wenham.

Garrisson Duvivier had his seventh double/double of the season.  The GC junior also had five assists.

Efficiency Chart

Garrisson Duvivier 25

Jason Ganley 23 (25 points)

Stephen Azums 20 (16 pts, 8 rebs)

Noah Szilagyi 16 (13 points)

Jake Hart 14 (12 points)

Gordon 105

Wentworth 75

Next up is Endicott on Thursday night (7:30PM) at the Bennett Center.  The Gulls have beaten Gordon six straight times. One of those wins knocked the Scots out of the CCC tournament in 2016.  Endicott graduated all five starters but have quickly reloaded.

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Solid team effort pushes Gordon past ENC 81-55

Eric Demers (20 points) shoots over Noah Cheney

Garrisson Duvivier (15 points) active around the rim

(Wenham MA) The Eastern Nazarene offense was as cold as the weather has been around here lately and their defense wasn’t a whole lot better.

Gordon easily defeated ENC, 81-59, on Saturday afternoon getting the 2018 part of their schedule off to a good start.

“It was a good team win,” said GC coach Tod Murphy afterwards.  Everyone played, and the shooting opportunities were abundant.

Eric Demers (20) and Garrisson Duvivier (15) paced the Scots in limited minutes.

Gordon (6-5) struggled early and trailed, 12-5, after 3 ½ minutes.  “We started poorly but finally got it together defensively,” recalled Coach Murphy.  “I keep telling our guys that our defense ignites our offense.  I definitely think that’s what happened today.”

Parker Omslaer jams

The Lions (4-7) fell into a six-minute drought while GC erased the seven-point deficit by running up sixteen unanswered points.  The Scots had four assisted layups to go with free throws by Eric Demers and three’s by Eric and Josh Crutchfield.  By the time the team from Quincy (MA) could score again they were behind, 21-12.

Gordon soon had a double-digit lead and never looked back.

The Lions were within ten (51-41) seven minutes into the second half but the Scots second unit came on and pushed the lead to twenty.  ENC had no response on this afternoon.

“Our second team did a great job,” added Coach Murphy.  “Josh (Ribeiro) and Parker (Omslaer) played huge today.  Crutch (Josh Crutchfield) hit a couple of big shots.  We need to have that second unit playing well if we’re going to be a championship team.  We can’t expect our starters to be great every single night.”

Jake Hart heavily guarded by Lions

Senior Jake Hart was a spark off the bench.  He had six points in twenty-two minutes of action.  Easily his longest time on-court this season.  “I can always count on Jake,” said Coach Murphy.  “Mr. Reliable.  I can put him in any spot on the court and he will do a great job.”

Sophomore Josh Rice led the way for ENC with thirteen points.

Some of the most entertaining games in my years of watching Gordon basketball have been against Eastern Nazarene.  The Lions always had players who could dazzle and they made ENC tough to beat.  Not seeing that on this year’s edition.

ENC, to be fair, have so far given their top five minutes to a freshman and four sophomores.

Jake Haar about to set up teammate Parker Omslaer

The Lions had nine shots blocked when they took shots from in close with Garrisson Duvivier and Parker Omslaer nearby.  Each had three rejections.

The most worrisome stat on the ENC stat sheet was personal fouls.  The Lions committed only SEVEN fouls during the entire game!  I have stats that go back over ten years and nothing comes close to that seven.

Why is that stat a problem?  It shows a lack of serious defense.  Gordon had plenty of room to operate just about anywhere.

Josh Rice had thirteen points for ENC

“ENC is not a bad team and I thought that we handled them pretty well.” said Coach Murphy.

There will be a trip to Quincy on February 10th and the Lions will have gained experience and should be expected to perform better in front of their active home student section.

Efficiency Chart

Eric Demers 23 (20 points)

Garrisson Duvivier (15 pts,8 rebounds)

Josh Rice 12 (13 pts)

Jaren Yang 11 (6 assists)

Jake Haar 11 (9 pts,3 assists)

Gordon 113

ENC 51

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Jaren Yang makes a fancy layup

Matt Valles finishes

Noah Cheney

Josh Ribeiro tries to get past Andrew Mitchell

Josh Crutchfield (10) looks to pass

Josh Crutchfield in close

Jake Hart (#15)

Eric Demers fakes out a defender

Garrisson Duvivier gets a layup

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Eric Demers (31 points) guides Gordon past Emerson 89-62

Eric Demers had a career day connecting on twelve shots in a 31-point performance

Geoff Gray was one of several Emerson defenders who tried to cool off the GC sophomore

(Wenham MA) “When Eric is shooting the ball the way he was today, there aren’t too many teams that are going to beat us,” explained Gordon coach Tod Murphy after the Scots routed Emerson, 89-62.

The “Eric” Coach Murphy was referring to was sophomore Eric Demers who had a couldn’t-miss Saturday afternoon with a career-high 31 points.

The Lions (6-5) put at least three different defenders (by my count) on Eric with no noticeable decline in his production.  The Falmouth (MA) grad made only three from long range but had nine other makes off drives and jump shots.

The Scots (4-4) broke away from a 12-7 deficit in the first five minutes and followed Eric’s eighteen-point, first-half to go on a 42-20 run over the final fifteen minutes of that half.

Josh Ribeiro pressured by two Emerson defenders

I expected that Emerson would cut into GC’s halftime 49-32 spread in the second half, but I was wrongly assuming that Eric would cool off. He didn’t, and his additional thirteen points led the Scots (4-4) into leads of over twenty points.

On this afternoon Emerson had no defensive answers and when Eric left the game for good, with eleven minutes remaining, Gordon was in front, 71-43.

“It was a great game to end with before the Christmas break,” added Coach Murphy.  “It was truly a team win with everyone on the roster getting to play in front of the home crowd.”

I told Coach Murphy at the outset of my interview that he was really going to have to work hard to find anything he didn’t like in the win over Emerson.  He laughed and said, “Coaches can always find something to point to that needs improvement.  I still think that our defense needs to improve significantly.”

With the outside game cooking, the Scots inside game wasn’t in the heavy demand it usually is.  Coach Murphy was quick to praise post-player Garrisson Duvivier: “Garrisson is such a team player that he saw how hot Eric was and kept feeding him the ball.”

Garrisson, himself, did get a terrific pass from teammate Josh Ribeiro that set him up for a crowd-pleasing jam.

Garrisson Duvivier dunks and teammate Eric Demers reacts

Geoff Gray had 21 points and 9 rebounds for Emerson

Junior Geoff Gray (Newton South) maintained the team-leading stats he came in with getting twenty-one points and pulling down nine rebounds.  The rest of the team from Boston suffered through a dismal afternoon.

Efficiency chart

Eric Demers 30

Geoff Gray 21

Garrisson Duvivier 19 (10 rebounds)

Josh Ribeiro 15 (8 points,4 assists)

Gordon 105

Emerson 50

Two Gordon freshman put up nice numbers: Parker Omslaer had six rebounds while Josh Crutchfield had six assists.

Will Lantier rejects an inside attempt by Garrisson Duvivier

Emerson fourth-year coach Bill Curley is the former Boston College star who, like Coach Murphy, had an NBA career.

The Gordon team will be getting together after Christmas for a flight to California to face Redlands (December 28) and Whittier (December 30).

The Dempsey brothers (Dave & Jason) took this one in as well as Hans Miersma.

No sign of Emerson alums Jay Leno and Sam Presti (GM at Oklahoma City) in the house.

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Eric Demers

Josh Crutchfield leads a break

Garrisson Duvivier positions for a rebound battle with John Geary and Jack O’Connor

Matt Valles spins in for two

Eric Demers gets open for a pass

Jack O’Connor looks to score as Jaren Yang defends

Josh Crutchfield drives on Jared Jackson

Josh Crutchfield had six assists

Parker Omslaer collects one of his six rebounds

Steve Vampatella applies some defense

Cody Hunt (5 points)

Brett Bowman

 

 

 

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Gordon in the zone defeating Johnson and Wales 88-80

Eric Demers had 24 points and made 8-of-8 free throws

Garrisson Duvivier poured in 27 points and had 9 rebounds

(Amesbury MA) The Scots broke out a zone defense and it worked against non-league Johnson & Wales on Tuesday night in Providence, Rhode Island.

The final was 88-80.

GC had lost three of their previous four games.

Zone defenses don’t always work because too many open shots turn up.  On this night the Wildcats, however, couldn’t capitalize long-range missing twenty-three of thirty-one attempts. While J&W struggled from beyond the arc, the Scots had a season low in attempts (seventeen) but a season high in 3-point percentage (47%).

The Scots had terrific games from Garrisson Duvivier and Eric Demers.  Garrisson had twenty-seven points and nine rebounds.  Eric contributed twenty-four points and made eight-of-eight free throws.

This game had a crunch time and the talented two-some were both there to make sure that this one didn’t slip away from Gordon.

The visitors led by nine (79-70) with five minutes left.  Credit J&W, they rallied to 81-79 in three minutes assuring us of an exciting final two minutes.

The Scots produced points in every possession down the stretch while the home team marred their’s with a turnover, two missed three’s, and a missed free throw.  Eric Demers made both free throw attempts while his junior teammate, Garrisson, got to the basket for a layup, made a free throw, and had the GC bench jumping up and down with a thunderous dunk set up by Jaren Yang.

Sometimes the difference between winning and losing is taking good care of the ball.  Three days ago, Eric and Garrisson combined for twelve turnovers. Tonight? ONE turnover.

The Wildcats did get quite a few good looks on the perimeter but inside was a different story.  J&W had few drives to the basket.  They did pass their way into layups on occasion, but they were, for the most part, content to fire from long range.

Just as zone defenses can lead to good looks, so can full-court pressure lead to the same thing.  The Wildcats applied the pressure and when GC handled it they often turned up high-percentage shots.

A key player for Gordon was Josh Ribeiro.  The Scots struggled to score points in the first half, but Josh came off the bench and gave them ten points in ten minutes of playing time.

GC Coach Tod Murphy probably wondered about that zone defense in the first half as junior Matt Madoian poured in sixteen points to establish a career high in points.  You expected that a cooling off period might follow and it did.

Brian Hogan-Gary was terrific for the Wildcats.  His stat line included; twenty points, eleven rebounds, and seven assists.  Brian was closing in on a triple/double!

The Wildcats had won four straight.

I couldn’t tell from the J&W feed whether Wildcat Willie (official mascot) or Emiril Lagasse (celebrity chef who graduated from J&W) were in the house.

Gordon (3-4) host Emerson on Saturday afternoon in non-league play.  I wonder if we’ll see some more of that zone?

Johnson & Wales was 28-3 in 2015-16.

Efficiency Chart

Garrisson Duvivier 27

Brian Hogan-Gary 27

Eric Demers 24 (8-for-8 on free throws)

Matt Madoian 21 (24 points)

Jaren Yang 12 (13 points, 6 rebounds)

Gordon 92

Johnson & Wales 86

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