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Gordon ends streak downing Wentworth 70-61

Jaren Yang was six-for-six at the line.

Jaren Yang was six-for-six at the line.

(Amesbury MA) Some wins are sweeter than others.  This was one of them.

Gordon put an end to a six-game losing streak to Wentworth (11-12) by defeating the Leopards, 70-61, on Saturday afternoon in Boston.

WIT shot a merciless 65% in the first meeting and have had GC’s number for two seasons.  That domination crashed and burned this afternoon.

Reality set in on the Wentworth shooters (39%) and the team had to play from behind most of the second half.

The Scots free throw shooting (Where did this accuracy come from?) was clutch in the second half as they made their last eleven straight.

Jason Ganley was off against the Scots.

Jason Ganley was off against the Scots.

It certainly helped to have the Commonwealth Coast Conference’s best free-throw shooter, Jaren Yang, at the line six times down the stretch.  Jaren has missed only four free throws (2 in one game), all season, in sixty-three attempts.

In the second half, the Scots (10-6 in the CCC) gained separation, squandered separation, and then closed strong.

Gordon (13-10) was barely up, 41-40, with 16:35 left before putting ten straight points together.  Four layups and a Josh Ribeiro jumpers did the trick.

The team from Wenham still had the eleven-point cushion (56-45) with 8:03 to go.

Then a familiar team nemesis showed up: turnovers.  The next four minutes?  Six of them.  Combined with two missed jumpers and a missed three, the door for comeback was wide open for the home team.

WIT (9-7 in the CCC) took advantage of the GC lapse and stood at the doorstep, 56-53, with 2:57 left.

Jake Hart (15 points, 5 assists) had his best game of the season

Jake Hart (15 points, 5 assists) had his best game of the season

Season turning point?  Gordon did not blink.  Instead, the next eight points were there’s.  A Jaren Yang jump shot from the left side off the backboard was followed by a Garrison Duvivier layup assisted by Jake Haar.  Consecutive double free throws by Jaren Yang and Jake Hart sealed the deal for Gordon as the Scots were back up by eleven in the last minute.

Why was this game so important?  The obvious was ending Wentworth’s hold on Gordon.  The teams should be facing one another in the first round of the CCC tournament on Tuesday, February 21st.  There was no reason to be optimistic in the tourney if the opponent had beaten you seven times in a row.

The win also gives Gordon a chance to look at how they’ve done against the teams (Endicott, Nichols, Roger Williams) in the conference who are above them in the standings.  Probably would face one of them in the Thursday game with a win Tuesday.

The Scots had last-possession losses to Endicott and Nichols, as well as a win over Roger Williams, during the regular season.  Gordon is clearly in the hunt with that trio.

Wentworth’s top scorers (Jason Ganley, Dan DeVaux) were off in today’s game.  Jason was 5-for-13 while Dan was 5-for-18.

A year ago, Jason set Wentworth’s single-game scoring record with thirty-nine points against Gordon.  Nothing near that happened this time around.

Freshman Sam Traicoff connected twice from long range

Freshman Sam Traicoff connected twice from long range

Freshman Sam Traicoff gave GC two triples off the bench.

This was junior Jake Hart’s best game of the season.

The Scots had trouble with freshman Stephen Azums in the first game and that continued today.

Efficiency

Stephen Azums 22 (12 points, 11 rebounds)

Jaren Yang 21 (15 points, 5 assists)

Jake Hart 16 (15 points,5 assists)

Garrisson Duvivier 15 (17 points)

Sam Johnson 14 (15 rebounds)

Gordon 83

Wentworth 61

Next game for Gordon will be the final home regular-season match.  UNE will be the opposition.

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Endicott too much for Gordon (82-65) on Senior Day

Senior Sam Johnson and his family honored before the game

Senior Sam Johnson and his family honored before the game

Kamahl Walker (29 points)

Kamahl Walker (29 points)

(Wenham MA) It didn’t go entirely the way we had hoped.

Senior Sam Johnson was indeed honored pregame on Senior Day but after that the Scots were supposed to get a win over the visiting Endicott Gulls.

The first part went off without a hitch but getting a victory over EC?  Not this time.

Endicott (17-4) never trailed in a convincing, 82-65, performance on Saturday afternoon before this season’s best crowd at the Bennett Center.

Kamahl Walker had sixteen points in the second half

Kamahl Walker had sixteen points in the second half

Kamahl Walker (29 points) did a wonderful impersonation of the Celtic’s Isaiah Thomas by driving past or shooting over most of the defenders he encountered.  The EC senior had sixteen points in the second half.

Late in the game, Gordon’s Jake Hart was isolated on Kamahl with the rest of his Endicott teammates spread out along the baseline.  Looked like the perfect time for him to drive but instead he pulled up for a three and made it.  What’s a defender to do?

While Endicott was shooting over 50% for the game, the Scots (12-9) struggled.  Trouble spot?  Outside shooting.  Noah Szilagyi has joined Eric Demers in the out-for-the-season category.  Their three-point accuracy was missed big-time against the Gulls.

Also of note is the cooling off of Jake Haar (12 points).  The GC sophomore has slipped to 6-for-20 over the last three games.  Because of the status of Gordon’s outside shooting, Jake has been forced into trying more three’s than usual and sometimes from places he normally wouldn’t shoot from.

Jake had twenty-three points in the one-point loss at Endicott.  That drew him the defense of EC’s Stephen Basden this time.

The Scots quickly were behind 14-5 and then 30-15.  Later in the first half it was 36-22 before GC put their best run of the day together by closing the deficit to 38-33 at halftime.

Christien Morneweck guards Sam Johnson

Christien Morneweck guards Sam Johnson

A triple by Jake Haar, a jumper by Josh Ribeiro, and a layup from Sam Johnson, plus free throws by Jake and Jake Hart provided the firepower in the late run.

The Gulls moved the lead back to double figures (44-33) early in the second half and Gordon was never able to challenge inside of nine points thereafter.

Sam Johnson and Daquan Sampson had double/doubles for their respective teams.

The efficiency charts reveals that statistically this was Gordon’s poorest outing of the season.  Fewer rebounds than usual and weak shooting were the chief culprits.

Efficiency

Kamahl Walker 31 (29 points, 3 steals)

Daquan Sampson 17 (13 points, 10 rebounds)

Sam Johnson 15 (13 points, 10 rebounds)

Chris Lipscomb 13 (9 points, 4 assists)

Max Motroni 11 (13 points)

Endicott 97

Gordon 52

Kamahl Walker and Sam Johnson before the game

Kamahl Walker and Sam Johnson before the game

The Scots (9-5) are currently sitting in 4th place in the Commonwealth Coast Conference one game ahead of Wentworth (8-6).  It is starting to look as if GC will be facing WIT in the post-season tournament.  Can Gordon do enough over the final four games to keep that spot and get a home game in the first round?

Last year’s two seniors, Richie Armand and Udoka Obiora, were in the house.

The crowd was terrific.  They made plenty of supportive noise even as the team they were there to cheer struggled.

Gordon will be at Roger Williams (Wednesday) and at Wentworth next Saturday.

My wife and I were pleased to enjoy the senior (Sam Johnson) celebration after the game.  It was nice to get to meet some of the parents of the players on this year’s team

At the gathering coach Tod Murphy credited Sam with being the piece that enabled Gordon to win the CCC title three seasons ago.  Sam joined the Scots in January of his freshman year.

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Coach Tod Murphy and Sam Johnson

Coach Tod Murphy and Sam Johnson

Jaren Yang in front of the impressive GC turnout

Jaren Yang in front of the impressive GC turnout

Tussle for the ball

Tussle for the ball

Graham Tienhaara tries to block Kamahl Walker's shot

Graham Tienhaara tries to block Kamahl Walker’s shot

GC dance team

GC dance team

Garrisson Duvivier to the rim

Garrisson Duvivier to the rim

Kamahl Walker on the break

Kamahl Walker on the break

Chris Lipscomb on the drive

Chris Lipscomb on the drive

Sam Johnson positioned for a rebound

Sam Johnson positioned for a rebound

Daquan Sampson (double/double)

Daquan Sampson (double/double)

Game on!

Game on!

 

 

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Gordon runs away from Curry in the 2nd half 88-69

Garrisson Duvivier (23 points) had a big night against Curry

Garrisson Duvivier (23 points) had a big night against Curry

Sam Johnson shoots over Kieran Carroll - both players had double/doubles

Sam Johnson shoots over Kieran Carroll – both players had double/doubles

(Wenham MA) It was a scoring drought of epic proportions.

Gordon (12-8) broke away from a competitive game with Curry (1-19) in the second half during that drought and rolled to a, 88-69, win on Tuesday night in Commonwealth Coast Conference action.

The Colonels’ offense was shut down entirely for six minutes in the second half and Scots put twenty-one unanswered points together.  That run turned a GC 64-52 lead into an 85-52 rout with 5 ½ minutes left.  Great time for the reserves for both squads the rest of the way.

Garrisson Duvivier had his best statistical game of this season on short minutes (21).  The productive sophomore registered a career high in blocks (six) including two in the last minute of the first half.

Both Garrisson and Sam Johnson turned in double/doubles in this one.

Gordon had serious trouble with Curry in December, trailing by as many as fifteen in the second quarter.  No such lead the second time around but the visitors were tied with GC, 47-47, five minutes into the second half.

Battle for a rebound

Battle for a rebound

Two free throws by Garrisson, an old-fashioned 3-point play by Sam Johnson, and layups by Jaren Yang and Sam fashioned a 9-point run and Gordon gained separation, 56-47.

A couple of minutes later the disastrous scoring drought kicked in for Curry.  The Colonels misfired twelve straight times and had several turnovers added in.  That was no way to break a thirty game CCC losing streak.

Curry was missing its top two scorers and its best rebounder.  Jared Johnson led CC with twenty points.  Kiernan Carroll had a double/double for the Colonels.

Josh Ribeiro hit career highs in points (eleven) and efficiency (14).

Jake Hart had another solid game for GC with eleven points and five assists.

Jared Johnson (20 points)

Jared Johnson (20 points)

Efficiency

Garrisson Duvivier 36 (23 pts,16 rebs,6 blocks, 4 steals)

Kieran Carroll 17 (12 rebs, 10 pts)

Jared Johnson 16 (20 pts)

Sam Johnson 16 (12 pts, 13 rebs)

Jake Hart 15 (11 pts, 5 assists)

Gordon 111

Curry 70

Curry lost to Salve Regina by a point earlier this season.  Their last league win was on February 21, 2015 against Salve.

The only downer in this game for the home team was an elbow injury to Noah Szilagyi.  No way to know the severity of it at this point.

Next game is with our Beverly neighbors on Saturday at 3PM.  Sam Johnson (Gordon’s only senior) will be recognized.

The Gulls are 16-4 and have won four straight.  Last time the Scots trailed by one and had the ball with a chance to win the game.  Didn’t get it done that time.  Saturday would be an excellent time to upset the CCC’s top team.

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Sam Traicoff hit two 3's

Sam Traicoff hit two 3’s

Steve Vampatella

Steve Vampatella

Cody Hunt

Cody Hunt

Sam Traicoff sets to dial long distance

Sam Traicoff sets to dial long distance

Josh Ribeiro (11 points) gets two

Josh Ribeiro (11 points) gets two

Graham Tienhaara finds a teammate

Graham Tienhaara finds a teammate

Garrisson Duvivier finishes

Garrisson Duvivier finishes

Alex Paul and Jake Haar (15 points)

Alex Paul and Jake Haar (15 points)

Layup by Garrisson Duvivier

Layup by Garrisson Duvivier

 

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Gordon ends 8-game Roger Williams’ win streak 82-65

Jaren Yang had a career game in the Gordon win

Jaren Yang had a career game in the Gordon win

Garrisson Duvivier (20 points)

Garrisson Duvivier (20 points)

(Wenham MA) Roger Williams came into the Bennett Center riding an eight-game win streak and had only two losses in this season’s first fourteen game.

A worthy opponent for sure with only one loss in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

But on this afternoon, Gordon took the lead for good late in the first half and maintained a double-digit lead throughout most of the second half.  The final was 82-65.

The Scots (9-6) were impressive and the win should put GC in the conversation for best team in the CCC.  I know they lost to Endicott and Nichols, but only by a point each.

The “steadies” on the Scots have been Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier around the basket and Jake Haar long range.

Sam Johnson scored thirteen points and had sixteen rebounds

Sam Johnson scored thirteen points and had sixteen rebounds

I propose an addition to that group: Jaren Yang.  I’m not basing that only on Jaren’s career game this afternoon against the Hawks (12-3).  Consider that the junior point guard, who has the ball so often, has a 26/5 assist-to-turnover ratio over the last four games.  That’s taking good care of the ball!  Free throw shooting?  One of the best.  He has missed only two free throws all season and has made his last thirty-five.  His consistent, positive play of late has made the Scots a better team.

In the early going today, RW played like a team that hadn’t lost since November.  They passed well and found layups on fastbreaks when the Scots admired shots for too long.  The Hawks were up by six (28-22) with 9:36 to go in the first half.

But the visitors from Bristol (RI) went cold for three minutes and GC caught up and went ahead.  The go-ahead hoop was off a nifty feed from Garrisson Duvivier to Jake Haar.

With the score tied 35-35 the Hawks had a tough final 3 ½ minutes committing four turnovers and missing all four shots attempts.  That opened the door for GC.  Led by Noah Szilagyi (triple and layup assisted by Garrisson), Gordon moved in front by seven (42-35) at the half.

Jake Haar scored fifteen points

Jake Haar scored fifteen points

In the second half, the Scots pushed the lead to ten (45-35) on a Jake Haar three.  That margin would reach seventeen (58-41) with 11:26 remaining.  RW shot it down to nine a couple of times but on this day the Scots always had answers to keep the Hawks from getting closer.

Both teams cleared their benches in the final minute.

Students are still away and it seemed that Roger Williams had more support than GC did.

Next for GC is Tuesday (5:30PM) against Wentworth.  The Leopards have defeated Gordon five straight times.

Roger Williams will be hosting Endicott (7-1 in CCC) Tuesday night.  Be nice if the Hawks brought the Gulls back to the 6-2 Scots.

The Hawks may have lost, and gotten beaten up in Efficiency, but they had three players in the top five.  Beyond Austin Coene, Conor O’Brien, and Nick Marini, however, there weren’t many contributions.

Conor O'Brien gets a block

Conor O’Brien gets a block

Nick (6’1”) had twelve points, eleven rebounds, and seven assists.  That is an excellent stat line.

This was Jaren Yang’s best game and the Efficiency Stat confirms it.  Jaren ended up at 23 which is his best ever.  His nineteen points were one off his career-high twenty last season against Worcester State.  The most impressive stat to me in the assist-to-turnover ratio.  When your point guard is getting the ball to scorers while not committing turnovers, the team is in a good place.  The free throws are an end-game piece of gold.

Efficiency

Nick Marini 26

Sam Johnson 25 (13 pts, 16 rebs)

Jaren Yang 23

Austin Coene 17 (21 points, 3 assists)

Conor O’Brien 17 (13 points, 3 steals)

Gordon 97

Roger Williams 64

Sam Johnson snags a rebound

Sam Johnson snags a rebound

The Scots outrebounded RW 48-28.

Sam’s double/double was his eleventh of the season.

The new Jake Haar?  Guarded closely beyond the arc, the sophomore took the ball to the basket several times.

Jake Hart missed five shots but his defense, including nine rebounds, made up for it.

Garrisson Duvivier paced Gordon with twenty points.

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Graham Tienhaara rebounds

Graham Tienhaara rebounds

Garrisson Duvivier

Garrisson Duvivier

rebound battle

rebound battle

Jake Haar looks to pass

Jake Haar looks to pass

Garrisson Duvivier finds a teammate in the lane

Garrisson Duvivier finds a teammate in the lane

Austin Coene (21 points) covered by Jake Haar

Austin Coene (21 points) covered by Jake Haar

Andrew Wasik

Andrew Wasik

battle on the boards

battle on the boards

Brett Bowman

Brett Bowman

Cody Hunt

Cody Hunt

Steve Vampatella

Steve Vampatella

Jaylen Jennings

Jaylen Jennings

 

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Jake Haar (21 points) and Sam Johnson (19 rebounds) lead Gordon past Salve Regina 80-71

Sam Johnson (19 rebounds)

Sam Johnson (19 rebounds)

Jake Haar (21 points)

Jake Haar (21 points)

(Amesbury MA) Three games in five days.

Tiring, for sure, and what I saw via the great Gordon feed was two tired teams.

But Gordon was home and it helped as they defeated Salve Regina, 80-71, on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors from Newport (RI) hung in for a while but late in the first half GC put unanswered offense together and got up by eight at halftime.

The Scots (7-6) ran their lead to double-figures in the second half and kept it there until a last-second three against the cleared Gordon bench.

Jake Haar (21 points) has refused to cool off and that sure helped in this game.  Jake tied his career-high mark in 3-pointers (seven) making four in the first half and three in the second.

The Scots used three of Jake’s first-half triples after being tied with the Seahawks, 19-19, with 5 ½ minutes left, to break ahead to the 8-point, halftime advantage.

Second half, more Jake.  He brought the Scots’ lead to ten (47-37) with a three and later pushed the GC margin to sixteen (55-39) with his final 3-pointer.

 Jaren Yang (seventeen assists over the last two games)

Jaren Yang (seventeen assists over the last two games)

Maybe best of all, for long-term sake, was GC’s effort to deliberately find Jake.  He had thirteen shots in this game up three from his highest in that category this season.  Jaren Yang found Jake four times for made three’s.

Sam Johnson was back to his double-double self against Salve.  This was his 9th of the season as he pulled down nineteen boards and put up fifteen points.

The disparity in rebounding was significant.  GC collected 57 while SR (4-8) was held to 35.

The team combo of timely 3-point shooting and dominating rebounding was too much for Salve Regina to overcome.

Part of that 3-point efficiency was freshman Sam Traicoff.  The Beverly native put up his first points of the season.

Junior Jaren Yang nearly had his own double-double with twelve points and eight assists.  His assists-to-turnover ratio has been a remarkable 17-to-3 over the last two games.

Eric Demers was out of uniform wearing a boot on his right ankle.  No way for me to know what’s going on there while sitting in Amesbury, although Eric hobbled off the court late in the Endicott game.  I thought, at the time, that it might be cramps.

Jake Hart took Eric’s starting spot and played well enough to be on the Efficiency chart.  His defense was solid as usual.

Freshman Sam Traicoff brought a scoring drought with a three

Freshman Sam Traicoff broke a scoring drought with a three

Nick Bates from Danvers

Nick Bates from Danvers

There was a segment of really sour offensive basketball in the first half.  During a four-minute segment neither team scored a point.  The Gordon part included five missed three’s.  It was Sam Traicoff’s triple that broke the Scots out of it.

Senior Nick Bates is from nearby Danvers (MA).

Endicott was upset by Western New England this afternoon to get their first CCC loss.  Nichols is still undefeated in the conference.  Endicott and Nichols meet next Saturday in Beverly.

The next Gordon game will be in Biddeford (ME) against the University of New England on Wednesday night.

Efficiency

Sam Johnson 31 (15 pts, 19 reb)

Nick Bates 26 (17 pts, 12 reb)

Jake Haar 22 (21 pts)

Connor Costello (13 pts, 4 assists)

Jake Hart 14 (10 pts, 3 assists)

Gordon 102 (57 reb)

Salve Regina 77

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Garrisson Duvivier gets career high 34 points in tough 95-91 loss to #1 Nichols (21-3)

Senior Udoka Obiora

Senior Udoka Obiora

Senior Richie Armand

Senior Richie Armand

Marco Echevarria (Clutch free throws and a steal late in the game.)

Marco Echevarria (Clutch free throws and a steal late in the game.)

(Wenham MA) Nichols has lost once in November (Franklin Pierce), December (Endicott), and January (Western New England).

February’s loss hasn’t happened yet although Gordon made a terrific run at doing just that tonight at the Bennett Center.

The Bison (21-3), however, did prevail 95-91 and their win streak reaches thirteen.

Nichols will head into the Commonwealth Coast Conference playoffs (next Tuesday) as the #1 seed and certainly a favorite to win their first CCC basketball title.

The Bison have been the #1 seed the last two seasons and fallen short of the championship each time. Two years ago the Scots did it to them in the championship game at Dudley. Last year it was UNE in the first round.

Tonight’s game was another of those coulda/shoulda affairs. The Scots (11-13) certainly played well enough to win although it certainly didn’t look that way in the first half.

The team that hadn’t lost since January 7th came out free and easy draining three’s and running up a double-digit lead and was ahead 53-41 at halftime.

No reason to think that Gordon could slow the pace in the second half. The hope was that better defense and some Bison misses would combine……..and they did.

Nichols had no answers for Garrisson Duvivier (34 points).

Nichols had no answers for Garrisson Duvivier (34 points).

I don’t think I’ve seen better Gordon basketball than I saw the first 11+ minutes of the second half. There was terrific defense and Nichols got very few clean looks. Drives to the basket saw rejections from Sam Johnson, Udoka Obiora, and Garrisson Duvivier.

We watched the team that had been down by thirteen in the first half outscore highly regarded Nichols, 33-12, and grab a nine-point (74-65) lead. There were some wonderful passes, setting up layups, and a significant overdose of Garrisson Duvivier around the basket.

Garrisson had a career high in points (34) against the best team in the CCC. If there is a place that Nichols is vulnerable it is in close where their lack of size and depth shows up. It did in this game.

Devin Stallings (20 points)

Devin Stallings (20 points)

Devin Stallings (20 points) is a very good 6-4 athlete. However, trying to contain Garrisson got him into foul trouble midway into the second half. Players with four fouls defend differently and they also stop driving to the basket for fear of a charge.

The hard part for the GC faithful was the way the home team couldn’t hold onto that nine-point lead. It took Nichols five minutes but they eventually got even. And it wasn’t so much that NC made a lot of shots it was that GC couldn’t capitalize on the makeable shots they turned up.

Gordon was still in this one up 89-88 with 1:57 left. Visions of a huge upset faded away the rest of the game. The only points GC got were two Richie Armand free throws. Meanwhile NC’s Marco Echevarria made six straight free throws and had a steal. Gordon missed two free throws, two jump shots, and had three turnovers to close the game out.

It was tough to watch but nothing can be taken away from the fact that the Scots had given a very good team plenty of trouble.

A couple things of note from where I was watching: GC took its fewest 3’s of the season (9) and Jake Hart had the best game of his Gordon life.

The Scots took a season-low nine 3's

The Scots took a season-low nine 3’s

The three’s, you know I’m not a fan, in quantity make sense if you don’t have much of an inside game. The Scots are as good as it gets inside. The interior foursome (Garrisson, Sam, Udoka Obiora, and Graham Tienhaara) chase rebounds relentlessly and can block shots. They can also score. Most of the fifty-four points in the paint came from that foursome. Why marry the long-range shot when there are plenty of high-percentage shot points available?

A key to the Scots being around in this game was sophomore Jake Hart. He seemed extremely comfortable with the “Nichol’s” tempo…….full-speed. In this evening, Jake filled the stat sheet with 9 points, 9 assists, and 8 rebounds.

Irving Eggleston (26 points) gets a contested layup

Irving Eggleston (26 points) gets a contested layup

Gordon has now lost three straight. However, in two of those games (Wentworth, Nichols) the efficiency chart had GC as the better team. Those teams could be on the road ahead in the CCC playoffs. I like our chances.

Richie Armand and Udoka Obiora were honored before the game. Hard to believe that they are seniors. Richie refuses to shoot but defends well and seems to have the knack of making the offense be productive. Udoka is easily the most improved player on the team. He has developed a contributing smoothness on both ends of the court.

Real proud of the whole team against Nichols. So many little things need to go right to rally back and stay with a very fine team like Nichols and it was great to watch it happen.

Efficiency Chart

Garrisson Duvivier 35 (34 points/11 rebounds)

Irving Eggleston 26 (26 points/3 steals)

Devin Stallings 24 (20 points)

Career game for sophomore Jake Hart

Career game for sophomore Jake Hart

Jake Hart 23 (9 points/9 assists/8 rebounds)

Sam Johnson 16 (12 points/9 rebounds)

Gordon 113

Nichols 99

The Scots shot 56.5% for the game including 62.1% in the second half.

Next is the last conference game. The opponent is winless Curry at Curry.

Gordon is currently tied with Roger Williams in 5th place. The Hawks hold the tie-breaker but they have Wentworth away in their final game. WIT defeated Endicott in overtime tonight on a last-second three by Jason Ganley.

Box for the game

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Richie Armand shoots free throws late in the game

Richie Armand shoots free throws late in the game

Garrisson Duvivier was strong inside

Garrisson Duvivier was strong inside

Christian Horton (8 assists)

Christian Horton (8 assists)

Marco Echevarria and Richie Armand

Marco Echevarria and Richie Armand

Sam Johnson (12 points) finishes

Sam Johnson (12 points) finishes

Udoka Obiora goes after Gustave Koumare's shot

Udoka Obiora goes after Gustave Koumare’s shot

Devin Stallings blocks a shot

Devin Stallings blocks a shot

Marco Echevarria tries a layup in very heavy traffic

Marco Echevarria tries a layup in very heavy traffic

Noah Szilagyi tries to slow down Irving Eggleston

Noah Szilagyi tries to slow down Irving Eggleston

Sam Johnson gets one of his nine rebounds

Sam Johnson gets one of his nine rebounds

Late game conference

Late game conference

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12-point streak in the second half gets Gordon by UNE 76-67

(Biddeford ME/Amesbury) This game was not fun to watch for the longest time.

Maybe it was UNE’s feed which had its visual problems.

More likely it was the thirty minutes of mediocre, at best, offense in which neither team could put points together.

But then, trailing 50-45 with 9:47 remaining, some switch was turned and the Scots, for 2+ minutes, scored twelve unanswered points. Up 57-50, Gordon had enough left on both ends to keep UNE from getting closer the rest of the way.

That run was certainly the difference as Gordon (10-10/7-6) defeated UNE, 76-67, on Tuesday night.

That’s three straight for the Scots and my wondering if they can make the Final Eight in the Commonwealth Coast Conference has significantly lessened. My curiosity now is whether they can break into the top four in the standings. From there a team gets at least one home game in the CCC playoffs.

Let’s return to that spurt of good consistent offense. Who saw it coming? But come it did and within were ingredients that have powered the Scots to recent wins. Rebounding is certainly one of them. Gordon abused UNE on the boards (52-28). The team from Wenham had twenty-three second chance points.

In the run that won, Garrisson Duvivier (13 rebounds/11 points) got loose inside for a score and was fouled. Shortly after that Garrisson again was in close and was fouled. He made the first but missed the second. You knew things were heading GC’s way when they got the rebound (Jake Hart) of the missed free throw and it turned into a Noah Szilagyi 3-pointer.

Still no answer from the Nor’Easters. A Richie Armand steal then set up a Jake Haar three. Next, Jake went to the line for two. The UNE announcer, and I thought he was outstanding, did everything in his power to jinx the Californian. “He hasn’t missed a free throw all season. Might as well just give him the two points.” It didn’t work. Jake sank both of them. And yes, he is 17-for-17!

That is where the twelve points came from and against poor-shooting UNE it was enough to carry the day.

UNE (10-10/5-8) sat back in a zone for some of the game and it worked for quite a while. They were daring the launch-and-pray. In the pull away second half GC launched and scored making 5-of-10 from long range.

When the home team was forced to play man-to-man they just didn’t have the ability to protect the inside consistently. Sam Johnson had fifteen points from around the basket.

If you’re a fan of the team and you’re short of things to worry about, how about putting some time into worrying about the GC foul shooting? The Scots missed eleven second-half free throws (14-for-25). Maybe Jake could do a seminar??

Efficiency Chart

Drew Coveney 19 (8 pts/8 assists/4 steals)

Sam Johnson 17 (15 pts/9 rebounds)

Garrisson Duvivier 17 (11 pts/13 rebounds/3 assists)

CJ Autry 12 (14 pts)

Jake Hart 10 (3 assists/3 steals/6 pts)

Eric Demers 10 (11 pts/4 rebounds)

Gordon 95

UNE 72

Game Boxscore

Gordon plays at the Bennett Center on Saturday (3PM) against a much improved Salve Regina team. Last Saturday’s crowd at the ENC thriller was a difference maker.

I know that this is none of my business but I can’t help myself. What pleasure could the UNE women’s team have gotten in building up a 70-point lead over GC’s team? I know that GC is struggling and bears some responsibility for keeping a game competitive but did it need to take UNE three quarters to figure out that GC wasn’t likely to make a 50-point comeback? Long ago I used to watch boxing. When an opponent was defenseless the referee would step in and end the fight to prevent serious injury. In my opinion, when a basketball opponent is losing badly it is the place of the winning coach to do whatever it takes to minimize the damage. Run the clock. Stop pressing and fast breaking. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”

 

 

 

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