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Gordon lets one slip/slide away 73-66 to Nichols

(Amesbury/Dudley MA) The game was just a little too long for Gordon as they let a big win slip away, 73-66, on Thursday night against Nichols.

The final score certainly misrepresents the way this game went.

The Scots were only down by two (64-62) with 3+ minutes left.

Gordon (7-7) had a ten-point lead at the half largely because Nichols had an off night long range.

In the second half the Bison moved in a few steps (from the arc) and got to the rim more frequently.

If you’re looking for a stat that separated loss from win it was rebounds. Yes, Gordon had more (49) and Sam Johnson had an amazing twenty-three of them but undersized Nichols getting forty-three was decisive. The killer? Eighteen offensive rebounds for the home team. That total of 18 has only been topped twice (Endicott & Worcester State) against GC in the last three years.

Nichols (11-3) plays three four-year starters (Christian Horton, Gustave Koumare, and Irving Eggleston) and in crunch time their persistent defense and other contributions spelled the difference. The senior guard trio combined for seven steals, eight assists, and fourteen rebounds. Their game experience was significant against the youthful Scots.

Sam’s rebounding was remarkable. The best rebounder in GC history (Hans Miersma) topped Sam’s total only once with 24 caroms in a memorable upset of Endicott last year at Endicott.

I’m betting Sam would have preferred less offensive rebounds (nine) if he could have made a few more inside shots. A bunch of those offensive rebounds were off of his own misses.

Transfer Devin Stallings had a big second half for Nichols.

No sign of Luke Meyer.  Only 12 assists by GC in this one.

Good feed on the Nichols website. Gordon can’t find commentators for their webcasts?

Saturday (3PM) at the Bennett Center the Scots will get their first of two shots against Endicott. The Gulls won the CCC last year and are back at the top of the standings. The GC student body is back and Saturday will be a good time for them to attempt to get Sixth Man status.

Efficiency Chart

Sam Johnson 28

Devin Stallings 22 (14 pts/14 rebounds)

Garrison Duvivier 20 (17 pts/3 blocks)

Irving Eggleston 19 (23 pts/3 steals)

Gustave Koumare 17 (15 pts)

Boxscore

 

 

 

 

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Nichols defense takes down Gordon 68-57

Tight Bison defense caused seventeen first-half Gordon turnovers

Tight Bison defense caused seventeen first-half Gordon turnovers

Irving Eggleston (23 points) beats Dominic Paradis to the basket

Irving Eggleston (23 points) beats Dominic Paradis to the basket

(Wenham MA) Impressive win for the visiting Nichols Bison, 68-57, over Gordon on a rainy Tuesday night of Commonwealth Coast Conference basketball.

Nichols (5-3/3-0) continues undefeated in the CCC despite their lack of size and depth.

How do the Bison do it?  Defense.  They pressured the Scots to death in the backcourt and swarmed them in the halfcourt.  On this night that ever-present defense was done without any of their starters getting into foul trouble despite playing long minutes.

The short answer reason for the Gordon loss?  Seventeen turnovers in the first half!  That may be a record but I’m not checking to find out.

Gordon (2-5/1-2) put four of those turnovers together in the first half with two missed shots and slid from a 15-13 advantage at 9:56 to a 24-15 deficit 2 1/2 minutes later.  There was no recovering on this evening.  Gordon was within seven (57-50) with four minutes left in the game but never got closer.

Nichols went with three guards (Christian Horton -5-9, Gustave Koumare – 6-1, and Irving Eggleston – 6-1) and made it work.  Not only did they create turnovers with their quickness but they were also able to get past taller defenders around the basket.  The Bison had thirty points in the paint…….most of them were layups off drives.

Gordon has two non-league games (Fisher away Thursday and Lesley away Saturday) before the Christmas break.  Lots of work to be done and plenty of season left to get it done in.  Those seventeen first-half turnovers will surely cause every future opponent to try full-court pressuring Gordon.  The quicker the Scots show they can handle it the sooner it will go away as something opponents try.

Irving Eggleston (23 points/3 assists/2 steals) and Matt Langadas (19 points/6 rebounds) put up the big numbers for the team from Dudley.  Matt had fifteen points in the Scots error-filled first half.

Jason Dempsey (21 points) on the rim

Jason Dempsey (21 points) on the rim

Lost in the loss was yet another career game for Jason Dempsey.  The senior’s twenty-one points tops the twenty he had less than a week ago at Endicott.  As teams continue to double (triple?) team Hans Miersma, Jason has discovered and capitalized on openings like he never has before.  I wonder if his 1000-point brother David has finally shared some of his how-to-score secrets?

I have to give credit to anyone driving to tonight’s game.  I found road closings and deep water where roads used to be.

GC won the battle of the boards by a whopping 47 to 21 including nineteen offensive rebounds.  That would normally be the key to why a team won………but not in this game.

It was interesting to me to hear Jaren Yang call for “Laker” on offense.  That was a play from the Mike Schauer era that was run for Jon Marstaller who played for the Lake Region Lakers.  Why interesting?  Matt Langadas of Nichols played for the Lake Region Lakers.

Efficiency

Jason Dempsey 24
Irving Eggleston 21
Matt Langadas 18
Hans Miersma 15

Nichols 74
Gordon 63

Boxscore

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Jake Hart goes past Christian Horton

Jake Hart goes past Christian Horton

Jaren Yang defended by Christian Horton

Jaren Yang defended by Christian Horton

Jason Dempsey jams

Jason Dempsey jams

Gustave Koumare breaks away

Gustave Koumare breaks away

Irving Eggleston draws a foul on Hans Miersma

Irving Eggleston draws a foul on Hans Miersma

Dylan Marshall

Dylan Marshall

Taylor Bajema breaks free in the early going

Taylor Bajema breaks free in the early going

Hans Miersma had eleven rebounds for Gordon

Hans Miersma had eleven rebounds for Gordon

Christian Horton and Matt Langadas converge on Taylor Bajema

Christian Horton and Matt Langadas converge on Taylor Bajema

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