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David Dempsey reaches 1000 points in tough loss by Gordon to Nichols (77-73)

David with his coaches and parents

David with his Lyman Hall coach and his Gordon coach

David with the Gordon coaching staff

*Special thanks to Nichols SID Hillary Haynes for organizing the photo shoot and sending the pictures to me.

(Dudley) Junior David Dempsey joined the 1000-point club with a season-high 28 points but it wasn’t enough as Gordon lost in its usual fashion (late and in a painful way), 77-73, to close out the regular Commonwealth Coast Conference season on Saturday afternoon.

This league loss makes ten, to go with eight wins.  Anyone who has followed this team can tell you factually that Gordon was ahead in the second half in every loss and in a position close to the end to win all of them.  Unbelievable.

But there is tomorrow, or should I say Tuesday, when we get into the do-or-die part of the schedule.  The Scots travel to Wentworth (7PM) to face the Leopards in Round One.  The other two teams in Gordon’s bracket are Roger Williams and Endicott, so a win would pit us against one of them.

(I was diagnosed with strep throat on Friday afternoon and opted to follow the game via Nichols’ live stats.  I would have loved to have gotten a picture of David getting his 1000th point.)

Gordon shot great in this one (50% on 27-for-54) and hit six-of-fifteen long ones.  But you have to offset the shooting plus with a huge minus – 26 turnovers.  Nichols collected twenty-eight points off of those wasted possessions.

The miscues came early and often as Hans Miersma, Alex Carnes, and Luke Hamilton had two each before the game was three minutes old!  Suddenly there was a Gordon timeout and I thought I heard shouting even through my computer monitor.  Next thing I knew all five starters were on the bench.

But this is the 2011-12 edition of the Gordon Fighting Scots and they can be bad but they can be very good.  And good they became in the first half.  Facing a 13-9 deficit they put together good shooting and limited miscues and ran off sixteen unanswered points to lead 25-13 with 7 ½ minutes left in the half.  The Bison were within four (33-29) at halftime.

The second half was a duplicate of the previous nine CCC losses – stay close but find a way to lose late.

Credit Nichols, as in the last-minute win at Gordon, they made shots when the game was on the line.  In this one, Ryan Sheehan (28 points) made a pair of free throws twice in the last thirteen seconds when the Scots had closed to within two points.

To me the huge missed-opportunity sequence in this one happened with Nichols ahead, 71-69, with 43 seconds left.  The Bison missed a 3-point shot (Matt Langadas) but Mike Salis got the rebound and put in a layup in the lane to give Nichols a 4-point bulge.  Gordon could never get closer than 2 points the rest of the way.  Mike Salis (the rebounded) is 5’10”.  If a Scot had secured that rebound the team would have had a chance to tie or go in front.  But it doesn’t happen and Nichols escapes with a victory on Senior Day.

Park Thomas (eighteen points and only two turnovers)

Park Thomas had eighteen points and only two turnovers as the primary ball-handler.  Unfortunately, the team’s best 3-point shooter fouled out with just under three minutes left.

Gordon (9-16/8-10) is the #7 seed in the tournament.

Nichols (12-13/10-8) is seeded 4th and faces Curry at home in Round One.  This will be the Bison’s first home playoff game since the end of the 2002-03 season. The other two teams in the bracket with Nichols are Salve Regina and Western New England.

David Dempsey’s twenty-eight points included nineteen in the second half.  He made 12-of-18 shots.  He hit for 25 points twice this season – Tufts and Endicott.  His career high?  32 points last year in Round One of the CCC tourney in the loss at Anna Maria.

This may sound like delusional thinking but I believe that next Saturday we could be celebrating Gordon’s second CCC championship in three years.  We have had highly competitive games with all seven teams in the playoffs.  If we can put three solid end games together……the needed three wins will happen.

I like the opening matchup with Wentworth.  The loss there was on a last-minute three.  The win here (80-57) was what Gordon can do when things go well.

Salve Regina is the defending champ and have a lofty 15-3 CCC record but I think that they’ll get upset this time around.

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Derek Mayo’s Late Three Gets Wentworth Past Gordon (60-59) in Men’s Basketball

A triple by Derek Mayo with five seconds left gives the Wentworth Leopards the win.

(Newburyport) This one was hard to watch…….and I’m not just writing about the live video from Wentworth.

Gordon squandered another second half lead, and lost to Wentworth, 60-59, at Wentworth on Thursday night. That “now-you-have-it-now-you-don’t” routine reached three.

(After a slippery drive out of Boston after a Monday night Celtics game, I chose not to be back in there with snow in the forecast after this game.)

Gordon (6-9 overall / 5-3 CCC) may not suffer a more painful loss then this one.  If so, I beg for some warning so that I will miss such a game!

The Scots shot very well (60%) in the first half to get ahead, got caught briefly (41-40 – 12:23) in the second half, then built up a solid eight-point lead (57-49) with 3:12 left.

After that?  Fingernails on the chalkboard time!  This was the sequence of Gordon possessions:
turnover (Luke Hamilton),
missed 3 (Park Thomas),
turnover (Hans Miersma) which gave Derek Mayo a layup, missed front end of 1-and-1 (Park Thomas),
turnover (Hans Miersma),
2 made free throws (Park Thomas) with 21 seconds left     to give GC a 2-point lead (59-57),
missed 3 (David Dempsey) at buzzer.

Wentworth (9-5 overall / 5-3 CCC) got two huge plays from sophomore Derek Mayo in the late, 12-2, run that pulled this one out for the Leopards.

On Derek’s first big play, one second Hans had a rebound and the next thing you saw was Derek making a layup. So instead of GC with a 57-53 lead, with the ball, and 1:28 left, the lead was cut to two points.

After Park’s two made free throws the Scots went in front by two with 21 seconds left.  After a timeout, the Leopards were very patient passing around the perimeter.  I thought they would try to get to the basket and at least get free throws but Derek got a pretty clear look from long range from the top of the key and connected for the game winner with five seconds left.  David Dempsey had a last-second shot from long range but missed.

The pain doesn’t get any less describing it!  This was truly one that got away.

Let me segue into a piece of information.  In the ten-team Commonwealth Coast Conference, eight teams make the playoffs.  When the Scots were 5-0 in the CCC that information didn’t mean much.  Now at 5-3, you start to wonder where the team will be after the next ten league games.

However, a discernable pattern has developed: 3 losses, 3 wins, 3 losses, 3 wins, and now 3 losses.  Gordon’s next three opponents (Nichols, Western New England, and Curry) should now know what to expect!

The Nichols game is Saturday afternoon (3PM) at the Bennett Center.  The Scots need some serious student support.

Park Thomas (season high seventeen points)

Park Thomas paced Gordon with a season-high seventeen points.  He has had only four turnovers in the last two games.

Hans Miersma had his second double/double (10 points/11 rebounds) of the season and added a season-high five blocks.  Should I mention his season-high also in turnovers (five) including two in the last 1 ½ minutes?  Didn’t think so!

Wentworth collected seventeen points off of Gordon giveaways.  In a low-scoring game, that’s a lot of points.

But there will be a second chance against Wentworth at home and Gordon certainly played well enough for the faithful to be able to look ahead optimistically at the rematch.

I don’t see many games on live video but after watching this one I can now feel the pain of those of you out there who do.  My eyes are old but it seemed as if almost everything was out of focus.  I appreciated the announcer keeping me up-to-date on player’s names (It’s BADGE-a-ma not bah-JAHM-a) but did he know that we have no view of the scoreboard??  And then there were the inopportune-time commercials.  We got to watch a 30-second commercial with play going on in the last minute……..now that was painful!  But, if you’re from Wentworth reading this, I appreciated the video coverage.  It is a work in progress as it is for other colleges and it certainly beats looking at just the final score or a box score.

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Gordon Gets First CCC Loss Against Salve Regina

Ryan Birrell (18 points) gives SRU a 5-point lead late.

David Dempsey (18 points) sails in

(Wenham) Gordon continued right where they left off in defeating Roger Williams on Thursday night.

Unfortunately, they continued at that successful pace for only 27 ½ minutes against Salve Regina (8-5 overall / 6-0 in CCC) and lost, 73-63, on Saturday afternoon at the Bennett Center.

In the battle between two Commonwealth Coast Conference teams undefeated after five games, it was the poise of the 2010-11 defending champs that carried the day.

The Scots (6-7 overall / 5-1 in the CCC) were coming off three straight wins including a road win at Roger Williams in which they shot over 60% for the game.  That heat doesn’t usually last but for 27 ½ minutes against the Seahawks it did.

Alex Carnes (21 points) shoots - Brendan Canova defends

Gordon build up a 58-49 lead with 12 ½ minutes left in the game with shooting that could best be described as torrid – 24-for-37 (64.8%)!

But remember, this is Gordon.  They don’t usually shoot 60%.  This is Gordon, a team that can turn the ball over.

Sadly, the shooting and the ball-handling went entirely to pieces over the next nine minutes and the lead was entirely squandered.  The Scots missed ten straight shots and gave the ball away four times.

Salve was struggling as well but they had enough poise to come up with eleven straight points and take the lead for good, 60-58, with four minutes left. The last three points for the Seahawks came on an old-fashioned 3-point play by Pat Dinneen (12 points).

Gordon was down but not out…..yet.  Hans Miersma had two free throws. He made one (64-61 – 2:25).  David Dempsey had a one-and-one.  He missed the front end (64-61 – 1:58).  Three made free throws there would have tied the game.

Ryan Birrell then gave the Seahawks separation with a driving layup at 1:28 to put SRU ahead, 66-61.  The visitors made seven free throws thereafter as Gordon played the shoot-and foul end-game strategy.

A sizable Salve Regina crowd was on hand to enjoy the comeback.  The Gordon students return this week and should be on hand for the next home game (Saturday – Nichols).  I’d like to think that if the usually vocal Pit had been on hand the outcome might have been different against Salve Regina.

Alex Carnes (21 points) and David Dempsey (18 points) scored well, but what happened to them and the rest of the Scots over the final 12 ½ minutes when only FIVE points were scored??

Ryan Birrell (18 points) struggled to get there (6-for-15) and was blocked several times by Hans. However, he did have six assists and the clutch layup that gave SRU separation.

Ryan Birrell smirks and stays at 999.

(My stats may be off, but I’ll run with it anyhow.)  The subplot in this game was that Ryan needed nineteen points to reach 1000.  He came to the line with twenty-eight seconds left with the Seahawks ahead, 71-63, and one point away from 1000.  Ryan hardly came close to making either free throw and SRU coach Sean Foster removed him from the game.  Seems that his mother wasn’t at the game.  SRU’s next game is at home against Wentworth.  As Paul Harvey used to say, “And now you know the rest of the story.”

Alex Carnes set a season high in scoring for the 4th straight game.  He also covered Ryan Birrell for much of the game.  Alex was 8-for-11 shooting, including 2-for-2 on triples, and 3-for-3 from the foul line.  This kid can shoot!

Tuesday night the team travels to Endicott.  Games between the Gulls and the Scots seldom disappoint.  I don’t know if they’ll have students there chanting their familiar, “Where’s your Bible?,” but who knows?

(The pictures above and below enlarge if you click on them.)

Gordon bench

Park Thomas held off by Isiah Pringle

open three for Scott St. Lawrence

Ryan Birrell in Gordon traffic

Park Thomas defends Pat Dinneen

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Gordon Stays Undefeated in the CCC with a Road Win Over Roger Williams

David Dempsey (19 points & 7 assists)

(Newburyport) Maybe this team is better than we think.

Gordon traveled to Bristol (RI) and shot down a good Roger Williams team, 77-62, on Thursday night.

That’s five straight in the Commonwealth Coast Conference for the Scots and only defending CCC champs Salve Regina has done as well so far.  And would you believe that the two undefeated conference teams will be meeting on Saturday (3PM) at Gordon?  It’s true, and I expect to be there, Lord willing.

It was a novelty for me to watch the Roger Williams/Gordon game unfold via Live Stats on my computer.  It was interesting to watch the stats build up.

Gordon (6-6) came out making shots and never cooled off.  How does 61.2% for the game sound?  They had those kind of stats after one half (40-30 lead) and I suspected that they would cool off considerably.  Instead, they just kept “taking and making” and never gave the Hawks a chance to rally into contention.

Alex Carnes (season-high eighteen points)

The Scot shooting was at it’s best for 7 ½ minutes of the second half leading up to the ten minute mark.  RWU (6-6) trailed by seven (45-38) at 17:39.  7 ½ minutes later they trailed by twenty-three (63-40).  That’s a dandy 18-2 segment!  The Scots were 4-for-4 shooting triples during this spurt.

That long-range shooting was remarkable all night (9-for-15).  Two nights ago, at UNE, I watched the same group of gentlemen make one of fourteen.  Who can explain these things?

David Dempsey (19), Alex Carnes (18), Park Thomas (13), and Hans Miersma (10) led the Gordon scorers.  Alex and Park hit seven treys between them.

Alex’s eighteen points are a season high for him, The 6-4 sophomore has contributed three straight double-digit point games.

David Dempsey had a career-high seven assists.  In points he has now reached 801 points.

The free throw shooting (8-11) and the turnovers (14) were two more positive takeaways from the win.

I worried early on about the way the fouls added up on our tallest players – Hans Miersma, Jordan Kelly, and Jon Himottu each had two fouls halfway through the first half.  However, with the non-stop deadly shooting going on it never became a factor.  Granted, the Hawks’ best player (Pat Flanagan 6-9 senior) scored nineteen points but he had little scoring help from teammates.

Park Thomas (13 points including three triples)

So far we have a team that lost three straight, won three straight, lost three straight, and now has won three straight.  There is a pattern there that I would hope would be altered on Saturday afternoon!

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Gordon Men’s Basketball Remains Undefeated in the CCC With Win over UNE

David Dempsey about to send Taylor Bajema in for a second half layup.

Alex Carnes - led all scorers with thirteen points

(Biddeford ME) The Scots ran their undefeated conference record to four with a 56-46 win over stubborn UNE on Tuesday night.

Gordon (5-6) struggled to separate from the winless Nor’easters (0-11) and had a shaky, 45-39, lead with four minutes left before collecting six straight points in little over a minute to get control, 51-39.

A Hans Miersma layup (pass from David Dempsey), two Alex Carnes free throws, and a layup by David Dempsey did the damage in the three productive possessions that turned this game for Gordon.

Aggressive defense was on display and both teams struggled for sustained offense.  6-9 Hans Miersma intimidated UNE shooters in close while the Nor’Easters relied on quickness to force turnovers around the basket.  Both teams kept clean looks from the perimeter to a minimum.

The Scots, however, got better looks late in the game as UNE began to tire from a long night of tight defense.

Alex Carnes led all scorers with a season-high thirteen points.

Those few of us in attendance will remember the lack of scoring in the first half.  UNE had only ONE point after 6 ½ minutes and only trailed, 6-1!  UNE didn’t reach double figures until there was 2:47 left in the first half and only trailed, 18-11.  The halftime score was, 22-18.

David Dempsey and Alex Alsadi wrestle for position

It was easy to be apprehensive about the outcome because UNE was quick to fire up 3’s and the Scot lead was slim.  If the Nor’Easters hit a couple in a row, and followed with full-court pressure, things could well head south for the visitors.

But credit the Gordon defense.  They did a excellent job defending the perimeter and limited UNE to twenty-five 3’s (they only made five) – they had thirty-five attempts last game with Roger Williams.

Even though the Scots had a frightening twenty-four turnovers the Nor’Easters only produced ten points from the miscues.  Most of the cough-ups were in close to the basket.

Gordon was ready to run on almost every occasion and capitalized on UNE turnovers for eighteen points.  Undersized UNE was quick to crash the glass on their missed shots and the Scots made them pay with some productive breakouts.

The Scots outrebounded UNE, 51-28.

Park Thomas had a career-high nine rebounds.

Hans Miersma lays in two

Gordon made only 1 of 14 three’s.

Luke Hamilton went from twenty-six points versus ENC to 0-for-6 versus UNE.  How does that happen??

This was David Dempsey’s first game with fewer than ten points.

Jarryd Rossignol (10 points) led UNE’s scorers.

Hans Miersma totaled ten rebounds and his presence in close discouraged a number of UNE drives toward the basket.

The Scots travel to Roger Williams (Bristol RI) on Thursday night.  I may take that one in from long range.  UNE faces Curry on the same day.

(The pictures above and below enlarge if you click on them.)

David Dempsey hits jumper in the lane

Jordan Kelly draws charge

Jordan Ferreira pulls by Jason Dempsey

Cooper Meyer - new look

Hans Miersma rejects

Alex Carnes defends JD Winn

Marcus Winn shoots over Luke Hamilton

Park Thomas caught in UNE traffic

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Gordon Done in by Turnovers and Fouls in Loss to Vanguard

David Dempsey - 16 points and 16 rebounds against Vanguard University

(Newtown CT) The Vanguard University Lions (8-4) of Costa Mesa (CA) defeated Gordon, 76-65, on Thursday night in California.

There were 267 in attendance……..and I wasn’t one of them.  In fact, I wasn’t even invited along!  Why would I want to be where it’s in the 70’s when I can be here in Connecticut where it is in the 20’s??

I actually checked the weather in Costa Mesa and there was a weather alert for severe fog.  I will avoid the temptation to refer directly, or indirectly, to that weather condition in describing the Scots playing style in this one!

So, I’m winging this from the stats provided by Vanguard.  Please remember that if any of my conclusions are misguided.

Our David Dempsey may well have been the best player on the floor.  He had a season-high sixteen rebounds to go along with sixteen points.  His previous high in rebounds in the 2011-12 season was eleven.

One of the first stats I check is turnovers.  A team that loses in that stat generally loses the game.  I heard the fingernails on the chalkboard when I read that Gordon (3-4) turned the ball over on the first two possessions in the first half and five of the first six possessions in the second half.

The Gordon giveaway total was twenty-one with an alarming fourteen of them coming in the second half.   That the Scots stayed in contention in the first half and fell behind by double digits in the second half makes perfect sense (to me) with that information.

Gordon will be (should be?) pressed by every team they face.  Their ability in the future to lessen the unproductive possessions will determine, in my view, their chances of winning more games than they lose.

Another eye-catching stat was fouls.  I have heard Celtic announcer Tommy Heinsohn go off on foul-calls disparity but I generally dismiss him as the classic homer.  I wonder how he would have handled the Celtics being on the wrong side of a 27-15 foul-call split as Gordon was??

It gets worse: Vanguard shot 33 foul shots and Gordon only 14.  The final score was 76-65 and Vanguard converted eleven more free throws than Gordon.

I did not check this out but it can’t be true that the three officials are part-time staff members at Vanguard.  That’s humor for any of you Vanguardians reading!!

One more whine on the foul calling problem.  Unless a team is of world-class caliber, the easiest way to pick up a lot of fouls is by full-court pressing.  On the other hand, a team that stays half-court defensively, in either a man-to-man or zone, will usually foul less.

As far as I can tell, it was Vanguard applying the pressure, and recording only 15 fouls, while Gordon playing half-court defense recorded 27 fouls.

Anyhow, Gordon is playing a second game out there later today against Northwestern College from Iowa.  With both teams being from “away,” I anticipate better results…..but we shall see.

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Strong Second Half Sends Gordon Past Wheelock for Third Straight Win

Luke Hamilton paced Gordon with a career-high eighteen points including fifteen in the second half.

(Wenham) You ever wonder what goes on at halftime in the locker rooms?

David Dempsey (25) gets a first-half layup in traffic. David finished with fifteen points and eleven rebounds.

I wondered after Gordon began the second half with an uncomfortable, 30-26, lead and then played a dazzling five minutes of both-ends basketball to start the visiting Wheelock Wildcats on their way to a 67-53 defeat.

Who saw it coming?  The surging, second-half Scots made five of their first six shots collecting thirteen unanswered points to break away, 43-26, while Wheelock missed seven shots, had a turnover and went through two timeouts.

The Wildcats (2-5) never recovered from that slow start.  The Gordon lead would get as high as twenty-two (65-43) later before the reserves on both sides took over.

The Scots (3-3) continue to be a team of surprises.  Who could have guessed they would win three straight after the way they lost the first three games?  Some wondered if they could win ANY games after those first three!  But win they have, and now they get three weeks off before being part of the Vanguard Tournament in Costa Mesa, California on December 29th.

The very pleasant surprise in this game was the scoring of Luke Hamilton.  The 6-3 sophomore had a career high eighteen points, including a remarkable fifteen in the second half.  His previous high in points was sixteen versus Coast Guard last season.

Luke was five-for-eight from long range.  His last one was a set play out of a timeout where screens gave him an open look from in front of the Gordon bench.  All this from a player entering the game averaging 5 points per game!

Junior David Dempsey has been very steady during the 3-game win streak.  In this one he had eleven rebounds/fifteen points.  If you’re looking to find an opponent’s best defender note who’s covering David.  That’s why it has been good to watch the Scot offense moving the ball around enough so that David can get the ball in a position to score from.

Hans Miersma has only been in the mix for six games but his numbers are impressive.  After last game’s career high in rebounds versus Curry (15) he followed with a career high in points (14) against Wheelock.  The more attention team’s pay to 6-9 Hans in close the more open opportunities his teammates will find.

Elliott Hernandez paced the Wildcats with eleven points nailing 3-for-3 from long range.

Max Kaim came in with a team-leading 14 points per game but was held to five points by the Scots.

6-1 Bashir Hudson (15) shows off his leaping ability.

6-1 Bashir Hudson leads the Wildcats in rebounding with 9.5 per game.  One of my pictures shows his amazing leaping ability that makes it possible.

This was a non-league game.  Wheelock, from Boston, is in its 5th season of basketball.  Similar to Gordon’s early days, they do not have their own gym and play their home games at Pine Manor College in Wellesley.

Last year the game was at Pine Manor.  The Wildcats came into it having beaten Wentworth, Endicott, and Curry.  The Scots trailed 17-5 early on but stuck with a zone defense the whole way.  Wheelock cooled off from the outside and Gordon came home, 72-65, winners in the January 4th contest.  Park Thomas made his Gordon debut in that one. David Dempsey had sixteen rebounds.

If you go to enough games you know that the National Anthem is always an adventure.  Sometimes the singer gets a little nervous.  Sometimes the music is slow getting started.  Then of course there are the times when the music doesn’t work at all.  Who expected the rookie public address announcer at this game to take on the song himself?  But this guy did and pulled it off nicely.

I guess you have to be ready for anything.  One spectator even came wearing a whistle……….but he never got his chance to use it.

Christianity is different from all other religions because it is news about what God did so that we can connect to Him.  All others are advice on what we have to do to connect to Him.

Our Savior was born on Christmas Day.  What a gift to each of us!

(The pictures enlarge to normal size when you click on them.)

James Ek

Daniel Higgins (5) and Taylor Bajema (2)

David Dempsey (25) fronted by Elliott Hernandez (30)

Park Thomas defended by Kyle Pierce (24)

Eric Rice (32) shoots over Hans Miersma (34)

Jordan Kelly comes up with loose ball.

Craig McFarlane (right) defended by Jordan Pina (left)

Adam Herod (20) fires up a jumper.

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Gordon Men’s Basketball Defeats Western New England in League Opener

David Dempsey (22 points) puts in a first half layup.......or was it a dunk?

Luke Hamilton (13 points) chases Andre Shaw (23 points).

(Wenham) The Scots took the lead early and never let go as they opened the Commonwealth Coast Conference part of their schedule defeating Western New England, 63-56, at the Bennett Center on Wednesday night.

Junior David Dempsey paced Gordon with twenty-two points and ten rebounds.

The Scots started the season with three lopsided losses against very good D3 competition.  I wondered how they’d match up in CCC competition.  In this one……pretty good!

The keys to victory were: (1) getting off to a fast start, and (2) making Andre Shaw work hard for the points he scored.

A Jordan Kelly jumper put the Scots in front, 16-6, after 6 ½ minutes.  That lead would get as high as thirteen (33-20) late in the first half before WNE ran seven straight to cut Gordon’s halftime lead to 33-27.

The Scots’ biggest second half spread was 53-41 after a Cooper Meyer jumper at 7:42.  The rest of the way things got a little dicey, but the closest the Golden Bears could get was five (59-54) with a minute left.  However, Ryan Mickiewicz had a clean look at a three with twenty-nine seconds left and WNE behind, 60-54.  If he had dropped that three this one had a chance of getting more interesting than any of the faithful on hand would have enjoyed.  But he missed and the Scots made enough free throws to seal the deal.

Jon Himottu (50) deflects a pass intended for James Hock (33)

A lot of credit for the GC win goes to Luke Hamilton.  He was assigned to Andre Shaw.  Yes, Andre got twenty-three points but it took him fifteen shots to get there partly because of Luke’s pressure.  Luke also added 13 points.  The sophomore had five double-digit games last season.

The Scots lowered their turnovers to fifteen after averaging twenty per game in the three blowouts.

Those seventeen assists for twenty-three baskets reveal a trust-your-teammates side to the Gordon win.

Gordon (1-3) will travel to Curry (Milton MA) on Saturday for a 3PM match with the Colonels in the second CCC game of the season.

Western New England (2-3) will face Nichols at home.

I like what the Gordon women’s team does after home games.  They gather at center court briefly and then they go into the crowd to greet/thank the folks in attendance.  It looks like good manners to me.

Box Score

The pictures enlarge to normal size if you click on them.

David Dempsey

Andre Shaw

crowd organizer

Hans Miersma (34) surrounded

Park Thomas shoots late-game free throw

Shaun Roach (11) steals from Andre Shaw.

Taylor Bajema blocked by Daniel Minto (35)

Alex Carnes - 8 points and 5 assists

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David Dempsey and Hans Miersma Excel But Gordon Loses to Salem State University

Hans Miersma - 10 rebounds vs Salem State

(Newtown CT)  There is no truth to the rumor that Gordon (0-3) will be scrimmaging a collection of idle Boston Celtics over the weekend just to find competition better than they’ve played so far.

Things went pretty much as expected as Gordon visited Salem State University and came away soundly defeated, 76-49, on Tuesday night at Salem.

After facing two of the top ten teams in Division 3, according to website D3 Hoops, the Scots now start league play against Western New England at home on November 30th (Wednesday) at home.

No fear of over-confidence as Gordon moves into two games with Commonwealth Coast Conference foes.  The hope is that the three early losses have been enlightening to the team as far as; (1) how good teams play and (2) what they need to do to get to that level.  Will the team be improved enough to be competitive with WNEC and Curry next week?   Lord willing, I expect to show up and find out.

The SSU/Gordon stat sheet produced a couple of positives:

David Dempsey - 23 points and no turnovers vs Salem State

(1) Second-team CCC All-Star David Dempsey put up the kind of numbers we’ve seen before and that this team desperately needs every game – 10/17 shooting, 8 rebounds, zero turnovers, 23 points.

(2) Freshman Hans Miersma (6-9) had his first double figure (10) rebound game.  He also stayed out of foul trouble in long minutes.

Salem State (4-0) took complete control of this game in the first half.  At 13:13 the Viking lead was 10-7.  As the rest of the half unraveled, so did the Gordon offense/defense.  By halftime, the home team led, 43-25.

During the decisive separation segment, the Vikings were 13-for-23 from the field, including three 3’s, collecting thirty-three points.  There was a SSU dunk and five offensive rebounds to highlight the overall dominance of the Vikings.

I watched the last part of the game on the Viking webcast.  The coverage was pretty good. However, it was a bit of a nuisance not to see the score on the screen  They did occasionally pan the scoreboard to get the viewer up to date.  Also, somehow Cooper Meyer became “Cooper” to the announcer.  Maybe he was a friend of the announcer??

I remain optimistic about the CCC season ahead.  Low shooting percentages from the field are one thing – credit the good defense.  Low shooting percentage from the free throw line (52.2% vs. SSU) is indefensible.

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MIT Cruises Past Winless Gordon College in Men’s Basketball

Shaun Roach (11) lets a three fly as Billy Bender (31) runs to defend.

Hans Miersma defends Noel Hollingsworth.

(Cambridge) I think it’s safe to say that if Gordon (0-2) continues to score just 38 points per game there won’t be many W’s in the games ahead.

Thursday night they took a 70-38 beating at MIT in non-league action at the Rockwell Cage in Cambridge.

The Engineers (2-0) may well be the best team the Scots will face this season.  Ranked 10th by D3 Hoops, they have plenty of weapons and take playing defense seriously.

This was obviously not a good matchup on either end of the court for the work-in-progress Scots.

Once MIT got started (it took them 3 ½ minutes to score), they were able to find good looks regularly.  The Engineers were very effective at getting the ball inside and then creating offense from there.  Of course, with D3 Hoops pre-season All-American 6-9 Neil Hollingsworth (15 points) inside it made perfect sense to go inside as often as possible.

Defensively, MIT limited Gordon’s shot attempts (43) and created twenty-three turnovers.

I thought that the Scots ran their offense better than against Babson and created some open shots but just weren’t hitting.  Gordon missed all ten 3-point attempts. Even when they weren’t guarded (at the foul line) they struggled making just 12-of-21.  That shooting is bound to improve!

Where did this one get away?

Tied at 2-2 at 15:43 of the first half, the Scots missed their next eight shots and had five turnovers during the next 7 ½ minutes and by then they trailed, 15-2.

Over the last 8 ¼ minutes Gordon was 2-for-8 with two more turnovers and trailed at halftime, 34-14.

4 ½ minutes into the second half the Engineers led, 48-18.  You get the idea, this was a downhill slide.  Plenty of substitutes from both squads covered the remainder of the game.

David Dempsey (10 points) defended by Dennis Levene.

David Dempsey paced Gordon’s scorers with ten points while Noel Hollingsworth led MIT with fifteen points in limited minutes.

Noel also had plenty to do with Hans Miersma’s limited minutes.  Hans started and covered Noel for only nine minutes during the game before exiting with his fifth foul.  Hans also learned (hopefully) that college officials aren’t interested in on-court evaluations by participants.

Gordon takes on yet another highly regarded opponent in their next game – Salem State.  The game is at Salem next Tuesday night at 7PM.  I’ll be in Connecticut preparing for Thanksgiving when that one is played.

MIT’s next game is Saturday at home (2PM) against Rensselaer.

The Rockwell Cage had been significantly upgraded since I was there two years ago.  The individual seats were the best part.

For a team’s home opener, the crowd was pretty sparse.  Maybe the students were studying?

Gordon last defeated MIT on November 19, 2008 in a game at Gordon. Aaron Trigg dropped thirty on the Engineers in the, 77-69, overtime victory.

MIT has an amazing aquatic center including platforms for high diving.  They also have Steinbrenner Stadium.

(The pictures will enlarge to normal size if you click on them.)

Will Tashman (21)

Stephen Herod (22)

Paul Dawson (12) & Craig McFarlane (24)

Noel Hollingsworth

Coach Tod Murphy & Hans Miersma

Billy Bender (31) layup

Andrew Acker (45) & Luke Perkins (23)

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