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Gordon Scots lose seven today at 127th commencement

Junior Eric Demers with the seven seniors

Noah Szilagyi and Garrisson Duvivier

(Wenham MA) What weather!

Today was Gordon College’s 127th commencement.

As is our habit, we attend primarily to get one last look at the seniors on the Gordon men’s basketball team.

Seven players graduated this year from a very successful (23-5) team from a roster of sixteen players.

Julie and I always run into people at the graduation that we know connected to Gordon that are not connected to the basketball team.

Beth Moore gets honorary doctorate

Beth Moore was one of the five recipients getting honorary doctorates today.

Back to the weather: sunny in the low 70s.  That doesn’t fit in to anything we’ve had since the snow around here melted.  God was good.

To get a sense of the way the weather has been, the high school baseball team in Falmouth (ME) has had two practices and will be playing ten games in the next twelve days!

So today was truly beautiful on the Gordon campus.

Josh Ribeiro, Luke Meyer, Cody Hunt, Jake Haar, and Brett Bowman

I try to get each of the players in three places; before, on their way to get their diplomas, and afterwards.

Gordon team; past, present, and future

Several group arrangements fell nicely into place afterwards.

I think that this may well be the most significant turnover of players the Scots have ever had.  Six of the graduates were with the program for four years.

Garrisson Duvivier

Gordon’s all-time top scorer (Garrisson Duvivier) is among those moving on.

Point?  That program they have available pregame at home games is going to come in extremely handy in the early games next season!

We certainly wish the graduates well.  It has been our pleasure to watch them.  It has also been nice for us to interact with the parents of the players.

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Beth Moore

Val Gin and Brett Bowman

Cody Hunt

Julie and Bess Watson

Jill Kefalas

David and AJ

Garrisson and Eric

Noah and Jake

Jake

Josh Ribeiro

Luke Meyer

Noah Szilagyi

 

 

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Gordon reaches CCC title game after 103-89 win over Roger Williams

Clock runs out on Roger Williams

Garrisson Duvivier (28 points) checks out

(Wenham MA) Big doings in just one game.

Gordon (22-4) outlasted Roger Williams, 103-89, to reach the Commonwealth Coast Conference title game on Saturday at Holy Cross (4:30PM).

But that’s not all.

Senior Garrisson Duviver (28 points) passed Jim Petty to gain the top spot as Gordon’s all-time leading scorer.

The shooting in this game was remarkable.  Defense was being played by both teams, but it didn’t seem to have much effect!

Eli Harris (20 points) made six 3’s for the Hawks

Roger Williams (15-12) made eleven three’s in the first half and still trailed by two (51-49).

“I didn’t know if they were ever going to miss a shot,” said GC coach Tod Murphy post-game.  “At halftime I said, ‘I don’t know whether to be scared out of my mind because we’re shooting and playing so well and only up by two or if I should be thrilled that they’ve made so many three’s (11-for-19) that they can’t keep it up.’”

As it turned out, the Scots (23-4) never cooled off.  In the second half they made nineteen of twenty-seven field goal attempts including an astonishing 7-for-8 from long range.  They were also 7-for-7 from the foul line.

That sort of shooting is hard to match but credit the Hawks, they were still able to be close (85-85) with 5:43 left.

Eric Demers (four assists) passes inside to Garrisson Duvivier

After that?  The team from Bristol (RI) had unproductive possessions while the Scots rolled on in their happy shooting ways.

If you’re looking for big shots, Jake Haar’s two three’s (assisted by Eric Demers) in Gordon’s next three possessions will do.  Garrisson Duvivier had a layup in between the two triples and suddenly Gordon was up, 93-85, with three minutes left.

Again credit RW for hanging in there.  Two Austin Coene (36 points) layups surrounded a Garrisson Duviver turnoever and the Scots’ lead was only four (93-89) with 2:14 left.

Turning point alert: Over the final 2:14 the Hawks didn’t score again.  Missed a jump shot, a layup, a three, and had two turnovers.

Jake Haar (15 points) hit five 3’s for the Scots

Meanwhile, the Scots added two points on each of their final five possessions; layups Eric Demers and Garrisson Duvivier, and free throws Noah Szilagyi (4) and Eric Demers (2).

That closing run was enough to give Gordon a 103-89 semifinals win.

“There is great competition in the CCC,” said Garrisson afterwards.  “In the tournament everyone is coming to play.  Roger Williams brought it tonight.”

There were seven ties and six lead changes.

Noah Szilagyi (14 points)

“It was like the Nichols game and the Wentworth game,” said Coach Murphy.  “I wish we could get up and stay up.”

“You go through highs and you go through lows,” said Garrisson, “but you do it together.  It was our group of guys coming together.  We just kept attacking.”

Gordon will face top seed Nichols (24-2) in the title game.  Five years ago was the last time the Scots got this far.  The opponent then?  Nichols.

“The last time we were in this game was against Nichols,” said Coach Murphy, “and it turned out pretty well.”

Possibly lost in all the interest in Garrisson’s quest to be the GC all-time scorer was the play of the other four starters.

Parker Omslaer – eight points, nine rebounds, 4-for-5 shooting.

Eric Demers (34 points)

Eric Demers – thirty-four points on a very hot 13-for-17 shooting, four assists.

Noah Szilagyi – fourteen points, three steals.

Jake Haar – most 3’s (five) he’s had since Salem State in November, fifteen points, three assists.

It truly was, as Garrisson said, a team effort.

The CCC’s player-of-the year (Austin Coene) was good as usual: 36 points, 6 assists, 8 rebounds.

Austin Coene (36 points)

“Austin is an unbelievable player,” said Coach Murphy. “I’m thrilled not to have to play against him anymore.”

Freshman Eli Harris (20 points) hit six triples for the Hawks.

Coach Murphy on Garrisson: “I didn’t think that he’d score like he’s done.  When I recruited him he weighed about 190 pounds.  He showed up on campus and he was 220.  I said, ‘this is a kid who wants to be the best.’ I knew he wanted it and would work at it.”

Garrisson on being the scoring leader: “It’s a blessing.  I never thought it would happen.  I knew I was close, but I didn’t know if I was going to get it or not.  It’s just the grace of God that has allowed me to be here and doing what I’ve done. The record would have meant nothing if we hadn’t won the game.”

Box from the game

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Austin Coene in the lane

Austin Coene looks for an opening

Avelino Damoura

Drew Hart and Garrisson Duvivier

Eric Demers on the move

Garrisson Duvivier finger roll

Noah Szilagyi in for two

Garrisson Duvivier layup

 

 

 

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Gordon advances after 94-77 win against Wentworth

Noah Szilagyi guards Tyler Lennon

Kyle Henseler shoots from in front of the Gordon student section

(Wenham MA) Wentworth’s record wasn’t that impressive but they had one-possession losses to both #1 Nichols and #2 Gordon.

No question that a quarterfinals matchup with the Leopards presented plenty of risks.

But tonight, the Scots (22-4) were excellent on both ends of the court and defeated Wentworth, 94-77,

Gordon will host Roger Williams on Thursday night at the Bennett Center.

The Scots were desperate for a restart after finishing the season with losses to Nichols and Endicott.

Parker Omslaer had nine rebounds

“I told the team after the Endicott game that we would only be playing one more game if we played selfishly like we just did,” said GC coach Todd Murphy afterwards.  “The guys met on Sunday night and talked about it.”

The seven assists that the Scots totaled against Endicott were more than equaled in just the first half against Wentworth.  The game total was sixteen.

Eric Demers (30) and Garrisson Duvivier (22) led the Gordon scoring but on this, share-the-ball evening, the other three starters contributed significantly.

Noah Szilagyi had seventeen points on seven-for-eleven shooting.  The senior is shooting nearly 65% during the past five games.  Noah also added four assists against WIT.

Parker Omslaer had twelve points and nine rebounds.  He missed only one shot.

Ball off the court

Jack Haar made two 3’s and had two assists.

“There was a lot more ball movement and sharing the ball,” explained Coach Murphy.  “When we do that, we’re at our best.  It’s the only way we’re going to win a championship.”

The visitors didn’t go quietly into the night. They were still hanging around (46-43) at halftime.

“I thought we played pretty well in the first half, but we weren’t getting enough stops,” said Noah Szilagyi.  “We would go on runs but they would always counter them.”

Kyle Henseler had a big night for the Leopards

That continued into the second half.  The Scots went up by nine (52-43) but back came Wentworth on a three by Kyle Henseler (24 points) to narrow the lead to 54-50.

It was still four (60-56) with 12:48 left.  Then Eric Demers scored a layup and hit a three and the GC lead returned to nine (65-56).

Layups by Zach Bergeon and Stephen Azums (16 points) and the Gordon lead was down to five (65-60) with 10:38 remaining.

The Scots finally broke out into a double-digit lead (72-60) after two Eric Demers free throws, a Josh Crutchfield three, and a Parker Omslaer layup.

Jake Haar puts up a three over Gavin Keough

The team from Boston (MA) couldn’t get within ten points over the final 8+ minutes.

“I thought we wore them down in the second half,” said Noah.  “The second half defense was what won the game for us.”

The tighter GC zone limited Wentworth to two made three’s in the second half.

“We couldn’t contain (Kyle) Henseler,” said Coach Murphy, “but we did a better job on Gavin Keough.”  To call the defense on Gavin Keough, “better,” certainly understates tonight’s defense which allowed Gavin no made three’s when he had seven the last time he was in the Bennett Center.

Eric Demers (30 points) in close

By my figuring (unverified by the Gordon Athletic Department), Eric Demers passed two more former players (Woody Anderson & Doug Lindland) and is now third on the GC all-time scoring list with 1647 points.

Garrisson Duvivier, who moved into second place in late January, has now reached 1880 points.  That puts him only twenty-three points away from being Gordon’s top all-time scorer.  Could a semi-finals win and a record-setting performance be taken care of by the end of the game on Thursday night?

Noah on making the CCC 3rd team: “I wasn’t really surprised by it, but it sure made me happy.  I had never set personal goals before, but I did in November and one of them was to earn CCC recognition.”

Garrisson Duvivier (22 points) blocks out

Coach Murphy: “I don’t know how we scored 94 points against a really good defensive team like Wentworth.  We’ll be back in the gym tomorrow night getting ready for Roger Williams.  I’m looking forward to it.  It will be fun,”

Good active crowd again at the Bennett Center.  There’s room for more on Thursday night.

Box from the game

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Tyler Lennon (3) up for a block

Ball in the lane

Garrisson Duvivier fires up the crowd late in the game

Gavin Keough gets to the rim

Loose ball

Noah Szilagyi (17 points) puts up a floater

Parker Omslaer (12 points) shoots over Stephen Azums

 

 

 

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Gordon (21-2) tops Salve Regina 100-86 on Senior Day

Noah Szilagyi (19 points) had fifteen in the first half

Eric Demers (25 points) changes direction

(Wenham MA) Gordon defeated Salve Regina, 100-86, on Saturday afternoon at the Bennett Center.

As a result, the Scots (21-2) will finish either first or second in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

Nichols, with the same record, will visit Gordon on Wednesday night.  The Scots end their regular season at Endicott on Saturday afternoon.

“We have our two toughest games of the season coming up,” said GC coach Tod Murphy afterwards.  “Our guys have faced every single challenge this year and only lost two.”

Senior Jake Haar puts up a three in front of a large Bennett Center crowd

The Scots had wins over both Nichols and Endicott the first time around.

Gordon highlighted their seven seniors before this afternoon’s game and five of them were in the starting lineup against the Seahawks.

“We had a lot of energy right away,” said senior Jake Haar.  “The seniors played well and got us a little bit of a lead.  It was a special day for the seven seniors.”

“Noah (Szilagyi) was hot early and knocked down jump shots from everywhere,” said Coach Murphy.  “I’m not sure he missed a shot.  Luke (Meyer) got us started early on, too.  Everyone contributed.”

Kevin Kelly and Garrisson Duvivier (21 points) in close

Noah finished with nineteen points but had fifteen of them in the first half as Gordon created a double-digit lead at the half (53-39) and never looked back.

Coach Murphy was able to follow the “Senior Day script” perfectly.  The seniors started, including several with limited minutes this season. They came back in the final five minutes, and then were replaced in the closing minutes.

“To be able to put them all back in the game and then be able to take them out and give them a curtain call was a great thing,” explained Coach Murphy.

Avelino Damoura leads a break

Senior Josh Ribeiro had ten points for Gordon

Salve Regina (8-16) fell into the double-digit deficit and on this afternoon didn’t have the defense to slow down the GC offense.  The Seahawks have now lost to Gordon ten straight times.

Salve is currently tied with UNE for the final playoff spot.  The Seahawks have winless Curry left while the Nor’easters finish with Wentworth.

“We moved the ball and when we do that, we’re tough to guard,” said Jake Haar.  “That was evident on the scoreboard.  We have been focusing in practice on moving the ball because we’ll have to against Nichols and Endicott.”

Eric Demers to the rim

Because of the senior celebration, junior Eric Demers didn’t get the minutes he usually gets but he still put up some strong numbers: twenty-five points, five assists, and three steals.

The twenty-five points runs his total to 1567 and gets him past Steve Heintz into sixth place on the all-time scoring list.

Senior Garrisson Duvivier added twenty-one points.  He now has 1809 points and trails Gordon’s all-time leading scorer (Jim Petty) by ninety-three points.  With two regular-season games left, possibly two or three in the CCC tournament, and maybe some in the NCAA tournament, there could be a change atop the GC leader board.  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves!

Freshman David Massillon drives

Best crowd of the season took this one in.  Where have some of them been all season?  The team is 11-0 at home.

Senior Josh Ribeiro had a season-high ten points versus SR.

Jake Haar on his Gordon experience: “It flew by super fast.  I’m very grateful for all four years.  I still remember my first shot as if it was yesterday.  My second shot hit the side of the backboard!”

Plans for next year? “I’m not entirely sure.  I’ll probably end up back in California.  Luke (Meyer) is going to UCI and that’s in my area so I’ll have a buddy out there.  I want to get into sales, either medical equipment or pharmaceutical.”

Formers Jaren Yang, Graham Tienhaara, Udoka Obiora, and Richie Armand were in the house.

Box from the game

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Brett Bowman

Cody Hunt drives

Eric Demers puts up a three

Eric Demers

Garrisson Duvivier to the basket

Noah Szilagyi goes baseline

Noah Szilagyi looks to pass

Luke Meyer to the hoop

Noah Szilagyi makes a save

 

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Gordon (16-1) gets by Salve Regina 79-70 for 15th straight

Noah Szilagyi (20 points) is 18-for-25 shooting three’s over the past five games

Jake Haar (16 points) was clutch from the line in the closing minutes

(Amesbury MA) The good numbers keep piling up.

Gordon stretched their winning streak to fifteen defeating Salve Regina, 79-70, on Wednesday night.

The Scots (16-1) finished a sweep of all eight Commonwealth Coast Conference teams.  There, however, will be a second round and the road to a second sweep will be challenging.

At least as challenging, if not more so, was trying to follow the action on the Salve Regina online connection.  Maybe the regular folks who present the games were on vacation?

But the stats, afterward, were clear to see and the more I looked at them the more pleased I became with the road win over the Seahawks.

What if Eric Demers (22 points per game) or Garrisson Duvivier (13 rebounds per game) didn’t deliver numbers like that?

What if they were both less productive in the same game?

We found our answer tonight………..the Scots keep right on rolling!

How was that possible?  Teammates stepped up and filled the gaps.

I’ve watched enough Patriots’ football to know that their defense is successful because they find ways to take away the things that opponents do best.  Force someone else to beat them and often the opponents can’t do it.

Minimizing Eric and Garrisson revealed that Noah Szilagyi (20 points,4 steals), Jake Haar (16 points, 4-for-4 from the line late in the game), and David Massillon (9 points, 8 rebounds) can step up.

David Massillon (9 points) in the lane

I have learned, however, that with Eric and Garrisson you often find them contributing in places other than their primary areas.

Eric had season lows in shots attempted (10) and points (13) but added eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

Garrsson had season lows in shots taken (6) and rebounds (6) but handed out four assists and had a season high in blocks (5).

So the numbers at the end weren’t what we were used to but they still converged into a winning result.  That’s encouraging to me.

There were several segments of ugly basketball tonight.

In the first half, Gordon went nearly 6 ½ minutes getting just two points.  They missed six shots and had five turnovers yet still led, 24-21.

In the second half, neither teams scored a point during a two-minutes section of back-and-forth action.

The Scots did create good basketball when it was most needed and put this one in the win column in the final three minutes.  SR (7-10) was within one (69-68) but had only a layup to show for the final three minutes.  Gordon, led by freshman David Massillon (4 rebounds, 2 layups) scored ten points.  The final score (79-70) was not indicative of how the game went.

On Saturday the Scots start Round Two at Western New England.  The projected snowstorm may have some bearing on that game.

Let’s talk “high heat” for a paragraph: Noah Szilagyi is 18-for-25 shooting triples during the past five games.  That’s a remarkable 72%!

David Massillon, if given space, is going to get to the basket against single coverage as he did today against Salve Regina.

Maybe there’s a course in Newport (RI) for this?  It seems to me that every time, in recent years, when we play SR, one of Gordon’s post players will get caught for an offensive foul when they try to back down closer to the basket.  The defender will fall backward giving the impression that the Gordon post player and an 18-wheeler are one and the same.  Coach Tod Murphy goes crazy.  The Gordon post player raises his arms in astonishment and the Salve player has a smirk on his face.  It’s great theater.  Look for it when Salve comes to the Bennett Center in February.

Box from the game

 

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Streaking Gordon stuns Nichols 76-72 for 12th straight

Eric Demers had a season-high 32 points including 21 in the second half.

(Amesbury MA) March 1, 2014.

Long time ago.

I was out in Dudley (MA) that afternoon when Gordon stunned Nichols to win the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament.

After that?  Eight straight losses to the Bison.

But this year’s Scots (13-1) put an end to all that with a 76-72 W this afternoon.

Nichols (11-2) has won the regular-season CCC title the last five seasons.  Their league record during that time?  80-10!  The Scots were not in the “10” side of it, in fact, some of their most lopsided losses have been to NC.

Today’s result, however, temporarily erased those bad memories and put Gordon all by its lonesome atop the CCC standings with a 5-0 record.

Hold the celebration plans!  There’s a ton of season left starting with the neighbors (Endicott) at the Bennett Center on Thursday night.

How did Gordon defeat Nichols?  Give their zone defense some credit.  It changed the offensive dynamics for the home team.

The Bison love to get to the basket or make three’s and they have the speed and shooters to do it.  But this afternoon the zone took away most of the NC uncontested layups.  That left the long-distance approach for the Bison and today they missed 24-of-31 triple tries.

I saw UNE beat Nichols last year at Biddeford.  In that one, Nichols tried to force their style on the non-stop Nor’Easters and couldn’t do it.  Today there was 2-point gold available for them between 3-point range and layups, but the Bison turned down 2-point jump shots inside the foul line most of the game.  Stubborn and it cost them.

Give Eric Demers a ton of credit for the big win.  No sooner had I raved about his “best I’ve ever seen” half against UNE on Thursday, when he tops it two days later!

Eric’s second-half line was this: 21 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, and 5-of-6 free throws in the last minute.

Eric (32 points) gave Gordon the lead, 69-67, using a screen to get the go-ahead jump shot.

During Nichols next four possessions they tried to force layups twice where plenty of GC defense was already in place.  They also launched two unsuccessful three’s.  No interest in the short jumpers in the lane.

Meanwhile, Eric attempted a three, got fouled and nailed all three attempts.  72-67.

Another NC miss and another Parker Omslaer rebound.  He had a career game in that category with sixteen of them.  Parker made one free throw with 28 seconds left.  73-67.

The Scots had the margin they needed to go on to a 76-72 win.

Garrisson Duvivier finished with another double/double and believe me there was nothing easy around the basket.  But that didn’t deter GD from attempting shots and drawing fouls.  Garrisson had a lot to do with getting NC’s best big man (Jerome Cunningham) out of the game early on fouls with 3:46 left.

Jake Haar regained his scoring touch (14 points on 5-for-10 shooting) after going a combined 2-12 against ENC and UNE.  The Scots have been good at getting Jake open looks out of set plays.

Senior Marcos Echevarria had a quiet (for him) twelve points.  Marcos recently became Nichols all-time leading scorer.  Today Marcos was slowed down a bit by a thigh injury.

Garrisson (1628) moved past Woody Anderson (1622) today into 3rd place on Gordon’s all-time list.

Today’s pleasant surprise extends the Gordon win streak to twelve.

Nichols has had five seasons in a row with 20+ wins.  During the last 5+ years they are 128-29!  Beating them today was something special.

I enjoyed the win but those twelve missed free throws were unnerving.  Practice, practice, practice.

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Gordon (10-1) tops Framingham State 86-70 for 9th straight win

Eric Demers (17 points) was part of an 11-point Gordon run

(Amesbury MA) Another game, another surge of points that were significant in the outcome.

Gordon dropped non-league Framingham State, 86-70, on Friday night at Framingham.

The Scots (10-1) remarkable run continues as this makes nine straight for the team from Wenham.

In this one GC put eleven unanswered points together scoring on four straight possessions in the second half between 12:24 and 10:38. That run of eleven turned a one-possession 52-49 lead into a many-possession 63-49 spread.

The Rams (1-9) managed to hang around but a mini-run of six points between 4:41 and 3:27 did them in as the lead stretched to 77-60.

Eric Demers, AJ Terry, and Avelino Damoura were the sparks during the collection of eleven.  Eric nailed consecutive three’s to start it.  The first was after AJ grabbed an offensive rebound and the second was assisted by AJ.  Then AJ hit his own three assisted by Avelino.  Avelino finished the run with a layup.

Josh Ribeiro was a big part of Gordon’s final separation from FSU

The six-point run that sealed any Framingham rally plans featured a Josh Ribeiro layup and two free throws plus a layup by Garrisson Duvivier.

The variety of contributors is a good thing.  The team does not lack scorers.

The Gordon zone did return after being exiled after a dismal first half against Eastern Nazarene.  Unlike ENC, the Rams looked uncomfortable against the zone in the half-court offense.  Where they did look comfortable was during high-speed transitions.  Too often missed GC shots turned into drives and fouls down the other end.

And there I go whining after the team has just won its 9th straight!

Garrisson Duvivier – Had 20 points and 14 rebounds

The Scots took advantage of their size-edge down low and owned the boards all night.  Garrisson Duvivier finished with his ninth double/double (20 points/14 rebounds) of the season.

Eric Demers had a quiet first half (five points) but registered thirteen points in the second half.  Tonight featured his outside game.

Jake Haar added twelve points while Parker Omslaer put in ten with eight rebounds and three blocks.

FSU’s Manny Payton (17 points) had the speed and the green light to keep GC defenders busy.  The senior had 32 points last game vs Tufts.

The Rams are now 0-6 at home.  They had a 6-20 record last season.

The Scots have exams and a vacation before returning for a rematch with Eastern Nazarene on New Year’s Eve afternoon (1PM).  Many in attendance will be dressed up as empty seats!

David Massillon was injured against Framingham State and saw short minutes.

One way to attack a zone has always been to fast break and not let it get set up.  I saw some of that happening tonight.

Box from the game

Christmas thought: Jesus came down to earth because we can’t get up to Him.  What a Savior!

 

 

 

 

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