(Wenham MA) Can one player take over a game?
Not usually, but sophomore Garrett Sattazahn (28 points) came close tonight in Gordon’s 78-72 win over Western New England.
The Bears (0-3) had the lead (69-66) with 3:40 left after an Alex Sikorski (19 points) three.
The Scots (3-0) next eleven points came from the young man from Morris (CT). There was a three, two layups, and four straight free throws.
The Bears couldn’t keep pace down the stretch. They shot one-for-seven and had two turnovers and allowed Garrett and his teammates to secure the win.
“We were there, and we had our chances,” said WNE coach Colin Tabb afterwards. “We don’t shoot as well as we did last year so their zone was tough for us to play against.”
The Gordon defense in the second half was the key to their successful turnaround.
“It wasn’t looking good for the first fifteen minutes,” recalled Gordon coach Tod Murphy post-game.
“We didn’t play any defense in the first half but did in the second half,” said Coach Murphy.
The numbers from the two halves spoke volumes as Western New England had forty-eight points in the first half but only twenty-four points in the second half.”
The jump-out stat from this game, other than Garrett’s 28 points, was Gordon’s twelve steals.
“The difference between last year and this year is that we’re putting a lot more effort into defense,” explained Garrett, “and it’s showing. Last year they came in here and scored nearly 120 points.”
GC went into seldom-seen, full-court pressure late in the first half and lowered a 45-33 WNE lead to 48-43 by halftime.
Freshman Caleb Scott (8 points) scored twice from in close in the last minute, assisted by Garrett (seven assists) both times.
Garrett seemed to flourish in transition, either setting up teammates or finishing himself.
“He (Garrett) is a very good player,” said Coach Tabb, “It looks like he’s stepping nicely into the (Eric) Demers’ role.”
“Eric has been a great mentor to me,” explained Garrett. “He’s taught me how to get open among other things.”
“I was feeling it a little bit tonight,” added Garrett. “I definitely, however, give credit to my teammates. They were looking for me and giving me good screens.”
“Garrett does everything,” said Coach Murphy. Hard to argue with that after Garrett had a night with seven rebounds, seven assists, six steals, and twenty-eight points!
“I have to pull him out from time to time because he’ll run himself into the ground if I don’t,” added Coach Murphy.
Coach Tabb wasn’t pleased with his team’s defense. “Our decisions on the defensive end weren’t good. We didn’t defend well in transition or off the ball.”
“Defense wins ballgames,” said Coach Murphy. “If we give the defensive energy we did in the second half, we’ll be okay. We have to be aggressive because we’re a small team.”
Parker Omslaer, despite getting into foul trouble, was able to get thirteen points on the inside.
Kenny Flynn (16 points) and Gavin Greene (12 points) were the other Bears in double figures.
Off night, for sure for WNE senior Zach Tavitian (5 points). Zach recently reached the 1000-point mark for the Bears.
Got my first look at Gordon freshman Alex Villalobos.
The Scots will play on the road tomorrow (Saturday) in Springfield at Western New England.
Still impressed with the brightness of the Kanas Court.
I have been in quite a few gymnasiums lately (ask my wife), and the Kanas Court is as good as any of them. Can’t wait to be in there when the crowds are back.
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