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Scots scored seventeen straight in final six minutes to catch ENC 77-75

Eric Demers (21 points) dropped three 3’s in the closing minutes comeback

(Amesbury MA) It has been a season where points can come in bunches.

That happened again tonight in Quincy as Gordon (9-1) put shutout defense together with a run of seventeen straight points and pulled out a, 77-75, struggle against Eastern Nazarene on Wednesday night.

That run-of-points thing appeared to have been left somewhere in Wenham for seventy-four of this game’s eighty minutes.  The only runs were by the Lions (3-6) as they sat with, what seemed like, a comfortable, double-digit lead most of the time.

However, with six minutes left The Run kicked in and ENC became the most recent part of the Scots eight-game win streak.

The Lions may have entered the game with a 3-5 record but against Gordon’s zone defense in the first half they had answers.  The team from Quincy shot 70%, made nine three’s, had fifteen assists, and led by eight (47-39) at the half.

Senior Garrisson Duvivier had another double-double

What to do?

Somewhere on the trip to the locker room at the half the GC coaching staff decided that something had to give.

Gordon coach Tod Murphy explained to me earlier in the season why the zone defense was being used, “I hate the zone but if it will help us win, I’ll use it.”

Against ENC it was quite clear that the zone was not working.  Whether it was a problem with Gordon’s execution or ENC’s ability to work against it, is not for me to say.  Maybe it was a little of both.

My internet went out at halftime and I was on the phone with Comcast getting that resolved.  My connection was returned six minutes into the second half.  First thing I noticed was that Gordon was now playing a man-to-man defense.  My suspicion was that the zone had been left in the locker room at halftime for repairs!

Anyhow, the Lions still had separation and kept it against the new defense.

Noah Szilagyi – part of a great defensive effort in the final minutes

Maybe playing at ENC was the problem.  Last year in January the Scots buried ENC, 81-59, at the Bennett Center.  A month later GC was at ENC and lost, 93-88.

I began to prepare the “jinxy location” explanation for the likely loss as the minutes went by.

With 6:05 it was ENC 72, Gordon 59.  The Scots would need to put defense and offense together in a near-perfect package to pull this one out.  And that was exactly what they did!

The only shot the Lions made was a Josh Rice three with less than a second left and the outcome decided.

Clean looks vanished.  Every shot was heavily contested.  Dribbling and passing became risky.

Eastern Nazarene missed all six shots they took and had three turnovers in those fatal six minutes.  The scoring window was no longer open.

David Massillon – continues to impress on both ends of the court

My fondest memory of the comeback minutes is that all five players contributed.  All the parts needed to be working to pull this one out.

Jake Haar – steal, assist.

Noah Szilagyi – steal, assist, rebound.

Garrisson Duvivier – 2 layups, 1 free throw, 1 offensive rebound, 1 defensive rebound.

David Massillon – 2 offensive rebounds, 2 defensive rebounds, 2 assists, 2 free throws, 1 layup.

Eric Demers – 3 three’s.

Garrisson finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds.  Most of that was in the second half since he had quick fouls in the first half.

Eric ended with 21 points.

Eric (1251 career points) moved past Mike Herr into 12th place on the Gordon scoring list.

Jake Haar – Had a steal and an assist in the comeback

Garrisson (1560 career points) passed Steve Heintz to reach 5th place.

The Scots will visit Framingham State on Friday night (7PM).

The team has vacation time beyond that game and then back to Wenham for a New Year’s Eve afternoon revisit with Eastern Nazarene.  I will most likely be absent from the Bennett Center and sitting in front of my computer in Connecticut wondering what type of defense will be used.

Garrett Crandall led ENC with twenty-one points.

The Lions had an astounding twenty-five assists in this game including fifteen in the first half.  I couldn’t find a number like that 25 in any of the ten years of stats that I have collected.  Another half of tonight’s zone might have enabled ENC to set an NCAA record?

Sophomore Avelino Damoura made his debut tonight.  In a 5-minute stint he hit a three and had two assists.

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Avelino Damoura returned to action for the first time this season

 

 

 

 

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Make that seven straight: Gordon 99 Johnson and Wales 91

Freshman David Massillon (23 points and 8 rebounds) for Gordon

Eric Demers (28 points) made five three’s in the first half

(Wenham MA) Welcome to the Gordon family, David Massillon.

The young man from Lynn and Pingree (Hamilton) moved from the “another-good-player” zone into the Wow zone.

David had twenty-three points (previous high nine) and eight rebounds (previous high six) and helped Gordon drop Johnson & Wales, 99-91, on Saturday afternoon.

The Scots (8-1) take a seven-game win streak into next week’s games with Eastern Nazarene and Framingham State.

This was another misleading final score.  Gordon was up by twenty/plenty in the closing moments and opted for the “Blessed are the merciful” approach.  JWU said “Thanks,” kept their starters in, pressed full-court, and narrowed the gap so quickly that Coach Tod Murphy had to return his starters for the closing seconds.

Garrisson Duvivier (19 points, 11 rebounds)

“I hated to put the starters back in and it’s my fault that the reserves didn’t do better against pressure,” said Coach Murphy.  “Some of them just don’t get the reps against pressure.”

Minus the late-game closeness, the Scots once again put a lot of points together.  They had fifty-six points in the first half.

Eric Demers finished with twenty-eight points and had twenty-four of them in a dazzling first half.  He canned five-of-seven three’s.

The Wildcats (3-5) didn’t have a starter over 6’4”.  “In the beginning we were exposing their bigs with Parker (6-10) and Garrison (6-6),” explained Jake Haar.  “They couldn’t contend with the size.”

Eric Demers gets in close

And then you add a red-hot Eric Demers to the mix.  “When Eric is scoring like he was, it just opens up so many things,” said Jake.

In the win streak there have been moments in each game where GC has bunched points to gain sizable separation.  Against Colby (Thursday night) it was late in the game.  Today it was late in the first half.

At 5:58 Gordon led, 35-24.  The next 3+ minutes were all Scots as they scored thirteen in a row.

Brian Hogan-Gary (32 points) had 25 of them in the second half

While JWU missed seven shots and had three turnovers, Gordon got a dunk by Parker Omslaer and three’s by Eric Demers and Jake Haar both set up by Garrisson Duvivier.

The resulting, 48-24, lead was a mountain the visitors from Providence (RI) couldn’t scale.

Coach Tod Murphy loved the “W” but was a little disappointed with some of the offense he saw in the second half when his team had the 20+ point lead. “It’s human nature,” he said, “when you get a big lead like that to start thinking that ‘I can go ahead and get mine now.’”

Parker Omslaer (12 points) in a crowd

Gordon’s use of a zone defense continues to stimulate plenty of discussion.  No question, it is a work in progress.  No question it looks exploitable at times.  But so far it has thrown teams off from their normal ways of scoring points.

But the defense still needs work.  “In terms of defensive effort, it wasn’t great,” said assistant coach Didier Dinh.  “It wasn’t terrible but it’s not where we need to be for a long run this season.”

It’s the open three’s that seem to be driving the GC coaching staff crazy.  “Near the end of the first half we left #0 (Donovian Maxfield) a couple of times because we didn’t get where we’re supposed to be,” said Coach Murphy.

“At halftime we told the guys that the score might as well be 0-0 because we gave them some life when we gave them a couple of three’s late in the half,” added Coach Dinh.

The defense may have flaws, but it still has been a plus in the 8-1 start.

David Massillon (11-for-12 from the foul line)

UNE came out last season with a “fire up three’s” approach and it was new to the Commonwealth Coast Conference.  They beat Gordon with it and even surprised Nichols with a win over them.  But the coaches in the CCC are talented enough to prepare their teams to handle new schemes and adjust.  UNE is off to a 2-8 start this season.  Point?  The GC zone must get better or it may eventually become a liability.

“The run so far shows that we have a good amount of talent,” said Coach Dinh.  “The ultimate goal is to still be playing in March.”

Eric Demers had twenty-four points in the first half and the Wildcats’ Brian Hogan-Gary dropped twenty-five in the second half.

Eric Demers gets off a three

Eric feasted on one-on-one coverage, creating shots from almost any spot he chose.  Brian (6’4”) attacked the Gordon big men and hustled for the full forty minutes.

The play of freshman David Massillon (6’4”) was exceptional. He was a handful for any defender near the basket.  He also had the good touch to make 11-of-12 free throws.  What’s not to like?

I checked in with Coach Murphy on why they were playing at home on New Year’s Eve afternoon. “There won’t be anyone here,” he conceded, “but I wanted a game before the league starts on January 3rd.  I also wanted to do it as late as possible so that our guys could stay home longer.”

Plenty of “formers” in the house this afternoon.  I saw Greg Walker, Dave Dempsey, Keith Krass, Jerry Logan, Jake Hart, Graham Tienhaara, and Sam Johnson.  All are gainfully employed.  Most of them liked what they were seeing of the zone defense.

Sam Johnson, Jake Hart, Graham Tienhaara

Jake Haar on the team: “When we move the ball, we’re pretty unstoppable. We’ve got five starters that are unselfish.”

Jake Haar (from Californina) on the current New England weather: “I wear three jackets and a hat when I go outside.”

Jake told me that it was going to be in the 80’s in the part of California that he is from next week.  He’ll be there for a week over Christmas.

Instructions

Johnson & Wales will be hosting Nichols on Tuesday.  The result will give us a comparative score before our two CCC matches with the Bison.

J&W are part of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC).  They were 19-10 last year and 28-3 in 2015-16.

I will be watching the next five games from Amesbury and Newtown.  Lord willing I’ll catch the Endicott game on January 10th.  The away league games (Jan 3rd UNE and Jan 5th Nichols) will be tough ones.

“We want to finish the semester strong,” said Coach Murphy.  “Our league is going to be a title bout every single night.”

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AJ Terry (2) finds Parker Omslaer (44)

Arms

David Massillon eyes the hoop

Donovian Maxfield (22 points)

Jake Haar (20) leads the attack

Lane humor

Matt Madoian (5) blocks

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Garrisson Duvivier to the hoop

 

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Gordon wins 6th straight 85-79 over Colby

David Massillon (9 points) in the lane

Eric Demers (21) and Noah Tyson (12) battle in the lane

(Wenham MA) Colby College plays in what many consider the elite conference (NESCAC) in New England.

Amherst, Williams, Middlebury, and teams like that are in that conference.

The members of that conference usually feast on their New England non-league opponents.

That wasn’t the case tonight. Colby took on non-league Gordon tonight at the Bennett Center and lost, 85-79.

The Mules (7-2) had wins last year against Endicott and UNE of the Commonwealth Coast Conference and might have underestimated the Scots.

Tight Gordon defense

Gordon (7-1) is off to an excellent start.  How are they doing it?  They are riding a consistent offense and a developing zone defense.

“We’ve got five guys on the court that can truly play the game of basketball with a ton of energy,” explained Eric Demers afterwards.

“We don’t have a guy on the team that an opposing team can take lightly,” said GC coach Tod Murphy.  “Guys can score that get significant minutes.”

The defense is still a work in progress, according to Coach Murphy.

He told me after the win versus Western New England on Tuesday night that Colby was similar to Endicott and it would be a good test of how good our defense was.

Colby finds a hole in the Gordon zone

I asked the coach how the team had done on the “test.”  “I’d give us a B-,” he said.  “Not bad but room for improvement.  I wanted to give a C+ but I thought I would be nice,” he added with a laugh.

Colby had shooters and, because of their hustle, were able to convert misses on their way to a 29-22 lead at 7:21 of the first half.  But three’s by Noah Szilagyi (15 points) and Eric Demers (12 points) evened things at 35 each.  Gordon led by a point, 39-38 at halftime.

A trademark of the Gordon wins has been the ability to put strings of unanswered points together.

Jake Haar (13 points) nails a three from the corner

It took a while for something like that to happen in this game; 45-45 (15:55), 50-50 (12:55), 59-59 (10:16), and 63-63 (7:24). It looked as if the pattern in this one would lead to some sort of last-possession ending.

But then with the score even at 63, good offense and shutout defense combined for the home team.

For the next 4+ minutes, Gordon ran nine unanswered points; layup AJ Terry converting a rebound, Jake Haar three from Josh Crutchfield, Garrisson Duvivier layup from Parker Omslaer, and a Garrisson layup from Jake Haar.

Parker Omslaer (12 points) jams

During that same segment, Colby missed three 3’s, two jump shots, and a layup and had two turnovers.

Down the visitors from Waterville (ME) went (72-63) and they never recovered.

A memorable shot in the mix was Jake Haar’s wide-open corner three in front of the Gordon bench.  “That play goes back to my first team that included Aaron Trigg,” recalled Coach Murphy.  “Coach Mike Schauer ran a similar play with them and we continue to use it now.”

Garrisson Duvivier finishes

All of Gordon’s starters reached double figures.  Garrisson Duvivier led the way with eighteen points and added fourteen rebounds.

Jake Haar tallied thirteen points and had a career-high six assists.

Freshman David Massillon had a career-high nine points in short minutes.

Coach Murphy: “I didn’t think that we played that great tonight.  The overall defensive intensity wasn’t what it should be.  We made a lot of mental mistakes.  I am not sure why but Parker (Omslaer) and Garrisson didn’t exploit the inside as much as they could have.  David (Massillon) and Josh (Ribeiro) came in and immediately took advantage of their size.”

Eric Demers (12 points) shoots a fallaway

Eric Demers: “We just buy into the defensive end.  It’s tough, especially against 3-point shooting teams.  We have to run around like crazy to defend the outside. If we stick together we can beat anybody.”

Sam Jefferson (22 points) led Colby in scoring.

The Mules attempted only two free throws.  That low number is related to the ability of the Scots to discourage drives to the basket.

Sam Johnson was in the house.  He’s working for ESPN in Orlando (Florida).

Next game is Johnson & Wales on Saturday (3PM).  “They’re very athletic,” said Coach Murphy.  “They’ll attack the rim.  If we can keep Parker and Garrisson out of foul trouble then they will struggle to score against us like some teams have.”

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Josh Crutchfield (10) looks to get the ball inside to Garrisson Duvivier

Colby defense

Jake Haar (20) tries for a block

Matt Hanna (11) near three Gordon defenders

Noah Szilagyi drives baseline

Noah Szilagyi (15 points) layin

Parker Omslaer (44) sets a screen for Eric Demers

Parker Omslaer at the foul line late in the game

Parker Omslaer layin

Sean Gilmore (23) defended by Parker Omslaer

Wallace Tucker (55) breaks in

Wallace Tucker (55) in where shots get blocked

 

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Gordon sinks Salem State 98-81 with eleven straight late

Jake Haar (28 points) reached a career high.

(Newtown CT) That sure looked familiar!

For the second straight game Gordon put a bunch of unanswered points together and won a game.

Tonight it was against Salem State.  The final was 98-81.

Trust me, with 4 ½ minutes left a seventeen-point margin at the end seemed very unlikely. The Scots were hanging on (for dear life) to a 77-76 lead at the time.

But then the consecutive thing kicked in and eleven straight points later, Gordon was in command 88-77 with a little over a minute left.  There wasn’t time for a Vikings comeback.

This was the home opener for the Scots.

There was plenty to like for the GC faithful.

Jake Haar went “career” with twenty-eight points.  He made six from long range.  The best part?  Burning the overplaying Salem State defenders with backdoor cuts for layups.

Garrisson Duvivier had another double/double plus seven assists

Garrisson Duvivier continues to be a terrific passer.  Okay, some of them are laser-like and unseen or caught by the intended receiver, but the ones that connect (he had seven assists) are a thing of beauty.  Several of Jake’s backdoor cuts were rewarded by GD.

Garrisson’s best pass?  In the midst of the late-game, eleven-point run he had the ball under the basket in traffic.  Could have gone back up.  Could have gotten fouled.  Could have had the shot blocked. Instead he finds Noah Szilagyi (12 points) in the corner in front of the Gordon bench for a three.

Garrisson ran his double/double streak to four with 16 points and ten rebounds.

Parker Omslaer was the foul magnet tonight.  With Josh Ribeiro, and now David Massillon, unavailable the GC collection of “bigs” is very thin.  Parker, despite having four fouls, was able to start the eleven-point run with an offensive rebound that turned into two points.

Eric Demers scored 26 points for GC

Eric Demers (26 points) had his biggest scoring totals of the season.  Cold from long range, the junior was able to make up for it with 7-for-7 free throws and some nifty drives to the hoop.  Eric caught the Vikings napping late in the eleven-point streak when instead of killing the clock he blew by several defenders for two.

The Vikings (2-3) had defeated Gordon five straight times.  The last Gordon win (2012) was when Hans Miersma converted his own missed shot with one second left to give GC a 69-68 victory.

The Scots ability to put up points this season has been noteworthy.  The balance between inside scoring and outside scoring has made them difficult to defend.

Defensively, the Scots continue with the zone defense.  It does give up 3’s and it seems vulnerable to offensive rebounds but so far the execution has been good enough to lessen drives and foul accumulations.

The climb up the all-time scoring list continues for Garrisson and Eric.  Tonight Garrisson (1470) moved past David Dempsey into 7th place.  Eric (1129) got beyond Brady Bajema and Scott Beebe tonight into 18th place.

Next game for Gordon is November 28th at Wentworth opening the Commonwealth Coast Conference schedule.

I had every intention of being at tonight’s game but my plan to drive from the game three hours to family in Connecticut looked like a bad idea based on the weather.  So we headed for CT this morning.  Now I’m shooting for that home Curry game a week from Saturday.  Busy day because I’m also planning to cover the Division 8 Super Bowl at Gillette that morning.

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Five starters in double figures as Gordon opens 105-85 over Emerson

Parker Omslaer set career marks in points (19) and rebounds (11)

Garrisson Duvivier started the season with a double/double – 22 points and 16 rebounds.

(Amesbury MA) Nice start!

Gordon opened the 2018-19 season with a 105-85 win over the Emerson Lions in Boston.

I was impressed with the offense.  I am a big fan of good passing and few turnovers.  Saw plenty of positives in those areas.

The Scots were remarkable on the inside, registering 52 points in the paint.  Parker Omslaer and Garrisson Duvivier overpowered single coverage and passed out of double teams to open teammates.  There was an overflow of good looks.  Emerson had only 26 points in close.

First look at Parker Omslaer in the starter role.  He responded with career marks in points (19) and rebounds (11).

Noah Szilagyi set a career mark in rebounds (8) against Emerson

Jake Haar (21 points)

Eric Demers (18 points in the second half)

Another of the new starters was senior Noah Szilagyi.  He put up thirteen points while setting a career high (8) in rebounds.

The other three starters (Eric Demers, Jake Haar, Garrisson Duvivier) also scored in double figures.

Eric did it the hard way by spending most of the first half on the bench with two fouls and no points.  Second half?  Eighteen points.  He also led the team in assists.

Jake was locked in long range.  There was at least one from NBA range.  His best shooting move, to me, was when he missed, followed, and put in a floater in traffic.  He ended with twenty-one points one short of his career high last year (22) against Endicott.

Garrisson Duvivier has slimmed down and has added a headband to his look.  His style inside, however, was the same.  The GC senior powered his way inside and drew fouls.  He also showed his unselfish side.  When he drew a crowd tonight, he knew that Parker had space and set him up for several layin’s. He recorded his first double/double (22 points/16 rebounds).  Last year he had nineteen of them.

The points flowed non-stop.  The Lions did get to within eight (64-56) early in the second half but four minutes later it was a 78-61 game.  Gordon collected sixty points in the second half.

The Scots played an entire game of zone defense.  It dared the Lions to shoot from long range and limited drives that could get the Gordon bigs in foul trouble.

The Lions had way too many one-and-done’s to stay with GC.  The rebounding edge was 52-28.

Liked what I saw of newbie David Massillon.  The young man from Pingree (Hamilton MA) is athletic and seemed to be a very good defender.

Gordon will have two more games on the road at Westfield State starting Friday night.  Good start tonight.

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Gordon advances in the CCC tourney with 99-85 win over Salve Regina

Jake Haar (20 points) made six of seven 3-point attempts

Garrisson Duvivier gets inside for two

(Wenham MA) No surprise here.

Gordon advanced to the Commonwealth Coast Conference semi-finals after a 99-85 win over Salve Regina on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center.

This was the third victory over the Seahawks this season.  Pattern has been similar each time: Gordon gets a big lead, Salve narrows the lead but doesn’t have enough offense to get things to the dicey level.

“We didn’t finish the way I’d hoped,” said Coach Murphy, “but it was nice to get most of the bench into a playoff game.”

The beauty of this game (to me) was the balanced scoring.  There were six Scots in double figures.  Usually the two first-team All-CCC’ers (Garrisson Duvivier and Eric Demers) get there with an occasional 3rd player joining them.  Tonight, every starter got there, and reserve Noah Szilagyi added ten points.

Jake Haar gets a steal

The one they were talking about afterwards was junior Jake Haar.  You watch enough GC games and you have seen “The Iceman” drain three’s.  Nothing like tonight, however.  Jake was six-for-seven from long range. “When the Iceman has it going, if you’re not right up in his shirt, he’s going to hit the shot,” said Coach Murphy.

I’ll call this Jake’s best game.  He put up twenty points, missing only one shot, and added four assists.

Gordon (18-8) gained separation late in the first half.  A 36-34 lead bulged to 47-34 in less than three minutes.  The Scots had four baskets in the breakaway run and ALL of them were assisted.  That’s called, finding your teammates.  On the night, GC had twenty-four assisted baskets and ONLY ten turnovers.  You win games with those numbers!

Two of the CCC’s best players; Rodney Morton and Garrisson Duvivier

In the second half, you knew it would happen.  What?  The lead got big (twenty points) and then SR, led by Rodney Morton (28 points) cut into it.

With seven minutes left, the Gordon lead was 83-69.  Coach Murphy called a timeout, and those paying attention, heard his “outdoor” voice.  No doubt the team caught it loud and clear.  The next 2+ minutes GC turned to layups and free throws and pushed things to the safety zone (93-72).

The Scots shot over 60% in the first half.  “Offensively we were unbelievable in the first half,” said Coach Murphy.

Garrisson Duvivier turned in his 18th Double D of this season.  He added five assists.  The immeasurable stat would be the number of shots opponents don’t take close to the basket because GD is lurking ready to hand out a rejection.

Jake Hart shows some hops in a pass reception

Next for Gordon will be Endicott at the Bennett Center (7PM) on Thursday night.  The Scots have beaten EC twice this season but both games were tight.

“Anytime you can play a great team that is your cross-town rival in a big game it’s fun,” said Coach Murphy.  I have to confess that “fun” isn’t the first thing I think of when we face the Gulls!  I think of Yankees/Red Sox where wins are exhilarating, and losses hurt for days.  To each his own on that one!

The bleachers were pulled out at the Bennett Center for this game.  The crowd was underwhelming in my opinion.  That should not be the case on Thursday night.  Playing/Beating Endicott is a happening!

Efficiency Chart

Garrisson Duvivier 35 (19 points,14 rebounds,5 assists)

Jake Haar 27 (20 points,4 assists)

Jaren Yang 18 (14 points)

Rodney Morton 18 (28 points)

Gordon 122

Salve Regina 81

Box from the game

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Jake Hart (15) in for two points

Eric Demers challenges Rodney Morton’s layup atteampt

Parker Omslaer fouled on a layup

Freshman Kevin Kelly forces a turnover

Josh Ribeiro drives in Seahawks traffic

Noah Szilagyi (10 points) takes off with a steal

 

 

 

 

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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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