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Endicott routs Gordon 82-55

Jalen Echevarria led the Gulls with twenty-six points
Billy Arsenault (10 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists)

(Wenham MA) Two games in, who can figure out the Gordon men’s basketball team?

Tonight, they never had a chance, losing to Endicott, 82-55.

Eight days ago in their opener, the Scots (1-1) shot well and defended well enough to get a, 99-86, win against highly-regarded Salem State.

“It’s too early to diagnose what’s going on,” said Gordon coach Tod Murphy afterwards.  “I’m hoping to play some younger guys, but we’ll look at film and try to figure it out.”

Bryce Smith (11 points)

Endicott coach Kevin Bettencourt was all smiles afterwards.  “It was obviously a good one for us,” he said.  “We’ve never had a game like this in this gym before.”

Junior Jalen Echevarria paced the Gulls (4-2) with twenty-six points.

“Jalen is a great player,” said Coach Murphy.  “He’s just so fast.”

The Scots only trailed by six points (16-10) seven minutes into the game.

David Massillon looks for someone to pass to.

After that? It was all Endicott.

The Gulls scored eleven straight points in the next four minutes and just like that were up by seventeen (27-10).

Reserve Mike Levesque had a pair of three’s and Jalen Echevarria added another one in the streak of efficient Endicott offense.

The Gulls scored nine times from long range in the first half.

“They had nine 3’s in the first half,” recalled Coach Murphy, “and on six of them we had mental errors.”

Parker Omslaer shoots over Parker McLaren

Endicott led 43-24 at the half. 

Three-plus minutes into the second half the Gordon deficit reached twenty (52-30) and with five minutes left it was thirty (77-47).

“The good news is that we only lost one game tonight,” said Coach Murphy.  “We played bad enough to lose three or four!”

The Endicott man-to-man defense was a key piece in their win.

“I thought that our defensive effort was great tonight,” said Coach Bettencourt.  “We hadn’t been playing with a lot of defensive intensity and it was a point of emphasis tonight.”

The Scots struggled to get open looks and didn’t take good care of the ball (twenty-two turnovers).

Justin Yu trapped

Eric Demers (Maine Celtics) was in the house as was AJ Terry.  “I was ready to use both of them,” joked Coach Murphy.

No question that Gordon’s zone defense is a work in progress.  Few players show up with the experience required to execute it at the college level. 

“Our defense is not a normal defense for the new players,” said Coach Murphy.  “It’s contrary to what they’ve been taught in high school.”

“Defensively, we didn’t take them out of anything they wanted to do,” added Coach Murphy. 

Treyton Tebbs

“We did a pretty good job against their zone,” recalled Coach Bettencourt.  “We created space and had the ball moving.  Then we stepped up and knocked down shots.”

Lynnfield’s Billy Arsenault had a big game for the Gulls.  His numbers show the variety of his contributions.  Tonight, he had ten points, eight rebounds, and six assists.  Billy was the primary ballhandler for Endicott and had just one turnover.

“The two guys (Jalen & Billy) that get us to go had great games,” said Coach Bettencourt.  “Tonight, we had some shooting around them.”

Eyeing a rebound

Freshman Mike Levesque hit all four of his 3-point attempts to collect twelve points for the Gulls.

The Scots, so far, have really felt the effects of Covid-19.  Their first two games were cancelled because of the virus.  “We had a full week this season where we didn’t have enough guys to practice,” said Coach Murphy.

The two teams will meet again in the new year.

David Massillon (15)

“I’m sure that it will be a much tougher game next time we play them,” said Coach Bettencourt.  “They have some great shooters.  It was just one of those days for them.  Our defense had a lot to do with it.”

Freshman Bryce Smith was the lone Scot in double figures with eleven points.  Parker Omslaer had nine rebounds for Gordon.

Tough night for Garrett Sattazahn: two points on one-for-nine shooting, plus four turnovers. 

Good active crowd in at Kanas Court. 

Gordon hosts Wentworth on Saturday afternoon (3PM).  So far this season we’ve seen extremely good basketball and extremely not-so-good basketball.  What will we see on Saturday?

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

Jayson Clayton
Alex Villalobos
Ben North
Gehrig Zimmerman
Bryce Smith and Billy Arsenault
Jordan Bretton
Parker McLaren and Adam Lux
Michael Makiej shoots over Parker McLaren

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Gordon upsets Endicott 83-77 on Senior Day

Eric Demers (35 points) ends up with the ball in the closing seconds

Xahn Frater and Josh Crutchfield celebrate with the Gordon student section

Eric Demers off a screen

(Wenham MA) This one didn’t get away like the OT loss in January did.

The Scots (10-9) took the lead for good with just under three minutes left and held off Endicott, 83-77, on Saturday afternoon.

“Obviously winning a game is a great thing,” said Gordon coach Tod Murphy postgame, “but when you do it against a team like Endicott, that’s pretty special.”

The Gulls (15-5) have the best record (9-2) in the Commonwealth Coast Conference despite the loss.

The records, however, are irrelevant to the excitement each of these games between EC and GC creates.

Rebound battle between Matt McDevitt (14 rebounds) and Parker Omslaer (13 rebounds)

“What a great college-game atmosphere,” said Endicott coach Kevin Bettencourt afterwards.  “We look forward to this game just like they do.”

The crowd was active.  The seats were filled and Gordon’s two seniors (Eric Demers and AJ Terry) were honored pre-game.

“The crowd was amazing,” added junior Josh Crutchfield.  “It felt like we were on top of the world.”

Eric Demers (35 points) continues to be productive despite drawing special defensive attention.

Eric has now scored at least thirty points in eleven straight games.  “What he did tonight is standard for him,” said Coach Murphy.

Asked about the game afterwards, Eric deflected the credit away from himself: “We stick together.  I think we’ve really matured over the last few weeks.  The beginning of the season was “get the ball to Eric and see what happens.”  Now we’re starting to jell as a team and trust one another.  That’s what it takes to win games.”

Today’s game featured eight ties and twelve lead changes.  Plenty to stir the hopes of each team!

However, with 2:53 left in the game, the last of those lead changes took place as Eric drained a three in front of the Gordon student section and the Scots were in front, 76-74.

Eric Demers drains the go-ahead three

“We had some shots late that we were comfortable with that just didn’t go in,” said Coach Bettencourt.  “Credit Gordon, they made a few extra plays down the stretch.”

Keith Brown (26 points)

Senior Keith Brown paced the Gulls with twenty-six points while freshman Jalen Echevarria added eighteen.

Junior Matt McDevitt also tallied eighteen points and had some impressive additional stats to go with his point production; fourteen rebounds and seven assists.  He only missed four shots.  It was his second double/double of the season.

The defeat ended a six-game win streak for the Gulls.  Gordon has now won two straight.

Coach Murphy ventured into new territory during our conversation afterwards: “Our defense made the difference tonight and I haven’t said that all season long.  We recognized where their shooters were for the most part and made plays when we needed to.”

In the January loss, Endicott picked the Gordon zone apart (28 assists) and forced Coach Murphy to abandon that defense.  That didn’t happen tonight.  The Gulls had only fourteen assists and the zone was still in place at game’s end.

Xahn Frater and Jalen Echevarria

Freshman Xahn Frater saw his longest minutes of the season (21) and contributed six points, all in the second half.

“Xahn and Zach (Bennett) stepped up today,” said Josh Crutchfield.  “They acted like they were seniors!”

Parker Omslaer (13 points/13 rebounds) had his fourth double/double of the season.  A key play for the 6-11 junior was his defense in a late Endicott possession.  Speedster Jalen Echevarria (5-9) drove toward the basket looking for points and/or a foul.  He got neither.  “When he came in, I just wanted to stay straight up,” said Parker.  “I was able to contest the shot without fouling.”

Parker Omslaer (13 points) jams

“When Parker jumps straight up, he has such an impact,” added Coach Murphy.

Eric Demers: “You do all that practicing for moments like this.”

Coach Murphy: “I can’t say enough about our two seniors.  Tonight, AJ was so active, rebounding and blocking shots.”

Coach Bettencourt: “This is the fun part of the season.  We’re getting into February and some big games are coming up.”

Josh Crutchfield: “Endicott has a wonderful team.  It’s always great to beat them.”

Parker Omslaer: “Out of anyone, Endicott is the one I want to beat.  That last game with them is still in my memory.  I appreciate all the support the crowd gave today.”

Senior AJ Terry was honored pre-game

AJ Terry: “I think we won it on the defensive end.  We got big rebounds late in the game.  I fouled out but my teammates stepped up.  Best crowd of the year.  I hope they show up for some more games.”

Zach Quanico: “It was surreal with all the people here.  To the upper classmen this game means a lot and we have to understand that.”

Justin Yu: “It is always a great game with them.  A three-point lead against Endicott is nothing.”

Nice gathering afterwards to honor Eric and AJ.

Two more regular-season home games left; Roger Williams (11th) and UNE (19th).  The Scots travel to Western New England on Wednesday.

Box from the game

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Sam Johnson, Cody Hunt, Josh Ribeiro, Graham Tienhaara, Garrisson Duvivier

Mike Schnackenberg and family

Matt McDevitt (18 points)

Josh Crutchfield in for a layup

Jalen Echevarria

Isaiah Godwin dives for a loose ball

Garrett Sattazahn (14 points)

Eric Demers tips in a rebound

Eric Demers leans in for a foul

Eric Demers draws a foul

Eric Demers was 10-for-10 from the free throw line

Eric Demers and Jordan Pettway

Eric Demers and family

Eric Demers three on the way

Cody Hunt and Josh Ribeiro

AJ Terry and family

Billy Arsenault

 

 

 

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