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Gordon reaches 125

(Wenham MA) Another commencement and with it the loosening of connections with some players/families from Gordon College men’s basketball.

This time around there were four players: Taylor Bajema, Hans Miersma, Craig McFarlane, and Jason Dempsey. And with each of the players comes family that we have gotten to know in special ways.

The graduation “casualties” don’t hit me until the opening game of the next season.

The weather was a major consideration for this outdoor event. It was raining in Connecticut and we experienced drizzling on our way to Gordon from Amesbury. We were on campus an hour early and there were plenty of umbrellas in place. BUT GOD kept the showers away from campus. PTL

Julie and I wish the graduates well. Hopefully they will turn up at some games next season.

Below are an assortment of the pictures I took at the 125th Gordon Graduation.

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

Craig McFarlane

Craig McFarlane

David and Jason

David and Jason

Jason and Dominic

Jason and Dominic

Dempsey family

Dempsey family

Jason and significant other

Jason and significant other

Josh

Josh

Shawn Roach

Shawn Roach

Pam & Jeff with Taylor

Pam & Jeff with Taylor

Bajema brothers

Bajema brothers

Craig with his mother

Craig with his mother

Miersma family

Miersma family

Graduation crowd

Graduation crowd

Hans, Taylor, Jason

Hans, Taylor, Jason

Birdseye view

Birdseye view

 

 

 

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Roger Williams ends 8-game slide defeating Gordon 57-52

Ryan Palumbo (16 points) defended by Jake Hart

Ryan Palumbo (16 points) defended by Jake Hart

Trevor Fahmy (shooting) gave Roger Williams the lead for good

Trevor Fahmy (shooting) gave Roger Williams the lead for good

(Wenham MA) Those looking for a happy home ending to Gordon’s regular season left the Bennett Center disappointed as the Scots fell to revved up Roger Williams, 57-52, on Tuesday night.

The Hawks (8-16) hadn’t won in a month and had given up at least thirty points in the paint in each of their last two games.

I suspected that Gordon’s inside game might light up RW but on this evening the Scots had only eighteen points in the paint.

The biggest cause for the Gordon loss was poor shooting.  In the second half alone the Scots missed ten more shots than the Hawks did.

Jaren Yang dials long-distance late in the game

Jaren Yang dials long-distance late in the game

The score was tied, 45-45, with 5:19 remaining.  RW had played better but Gordon was still in a position to win their fourth straight.  But the rest of the way the Scots were 1-for-8 and the visitors escaped with a win.

I started to think that it might be Roger Williams’ night when the 45-45 tie was broken on a three by 6-8 Trevor Fahmy.  It was one of those clock-is-running-out attempts by someone who had shot only one other three all season.  Let’s just say that Trevor probably wasn’t one of the likely 3-point shooters on the floor.  But the shot went in and the RW bench reacted as if it was the game winner.  As it turned out, Trevor’s shot gave the Hawks the lead for good.

Trevor was also part of an RW interior defense that turned Hans Miersma (5 points) into a non-factor.  When Hans did get the ball there was no room for him to turn.  He did get to the basket one time with a head of steam but ran over Josh Syska in the process.

Hans Miersma called for a charge

Hans Miersma called for a charge

Shutting down’s Gordon’s interior opened up shots on the perimeter for the Scots.  Jake Hart had sixteen points in Gordon’s win over Roger Williams at Bristol (RI) but no one stepped up in a similar fashion this time around.

Gordon (11-13) was not impacted in the Commonwealth Coast Conference standings with the loss.  They stayed in 5th place and still will end up there after Saturday afternoon’s game at Eastern Nazarene no matter what happens.

With the win, the Hawks move into a tie with Western New England for 6th place.  Eight of the ten CCC teams make the post-season and Curry and Salve Regina have now been eliminated.

Richie Armand helped off the court

Richie Armand helped off the court

The saddest part of this game was seeing Richie Armand go down in pain with a knee injury in the first half.  Richie worked very hard rehabbing that knee in order to join the team in January.  The 5-10 junior had worked his way into the starting lineup with his terrific defense and decision making.

The best player on the court was Ryan Palumbo.  The 5-10 senior was the top scorer with sixteen points and, as usual, played with the energy you wish every player could have.

Efficiency
Ryan Palumbo 13
Josh McCourt 13 (11 points/5 rebounds)
Jason Dempsey 12 (11 points/7 rebounds)
Hans Miersma 11 (9 rebounds)
Sam Johnson 10 (7 points/4 rebounds)

Roger Williams 66
Gordon 49

Boxscore

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Alex Puzone sees an opening

Alex Puzone sees an opening

Josh McCourt (10 points) drives

Josh McCourt (10 points) drives

Hans Miersma tries for a block

Hans Miersma tries for a block

Ball heading in my direction

Ball heading in my direction

Alex Puzone (#34) puts up a shot

Alex Puzone (#34) puts up a shot

Jaren Yang defended by Ryan Palumbo

Jaren Yang defended by Ryan Palumbo

Steve Vampatella warms up

Steve Vampatella warms up

Dominic Paradis

Dominic Paradis

 

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Hans Miersma (22 points) leads Gordon past Salve Regina 67-50 for 3rd straight

Hans Miersma dropped twenty-points on Salve Regina

Hans Miersma dropped twenty-points on Salve Regina

(Amesbury MA) Gordon broke away from Salve Regina in the final 7+ minutes defeating the Seahawks, 67-50, on Saturday afternoon at Newport, RI.

The Scots (11-12) have two games left but they have already clinched fifth place in the Commonwealth Coast Conference and will be facing Wentworth in the quarterfinal round later this month.

The loss today eliminates Salve Regina from the playoffs.  They have only two CCC victories, one of which was over Gordon the first time around at the Bennett Center.

Another dominating performance today by Hans Miersma.  The 6-9 senior collected twenty-two points on an impressive 9-for-11 shooting.  Hans’ season high in points is the twenty-three points he put up versus Endicott in December.

This was a two-point game (47-45) with 7:47 remaining.  The rest of the way?  All Gordon.  The Scots put a 16-2 run together and SR was cooked.

Jaren Yang (sixteen points and three steals)

Jaren Yang (sixteen points and three steals)

That the Seahawks were even close in this one was quite remarkable because they did not take good care of the ball.  Statistical proof?  SR had twenty-three turnovers and you know that Gordon didn’t press.  I had to go back to a December game in 2008 against Salem State to find an opponent committing as many TO’s as Salve did today.  SSU had twenty-four.

The Scots continue to be drawn to turnovers (twenty) with eleven of them coming in the second half when the Seahawks applied some full-court pressure.

Any time the Scots combine reduced miscues with a patient offense that settles for high-percentage shots they do very well.  That combo was what allowed GC to pull away from Salve in the last 7+ minutes and collect Win #11.

Freshman Jaren Yang had his best game of the season according the efficiency numbers.  Jaren ended up with a 16 in an afternoon of sixteen points and three steals.  His previous high was a 14 against Western New England.

Efficiency
Hans Miersma 27
Jaren Yang 16
Jason Dempsey 10 (11 points)

Gordon 72
Salve 53

Freshman Steven Vampatella appeared in his second game both on the road.  Will he be making his Bennett Center debut on Tuesday night against Roger Williams (7:30PM)?

The Scots finish at ENC next Saturday.  The CCC playoffs will start, weather willing, the next Tuesday.

To repeat as CCC champions will almost certainly  require Gordon to win three straight road games.  The Scots have eight of their eleven wins this season in away games.  Let’s be optimistic!

Boxscore

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Hans Miersma dominates in Gordon’s 68-57 win over Curry

Hans Miersma (20 points) starts the Gordon scoring with a dunk

Hans Miersma (20 points) starts the Gordon scoring with a dunk

Hans Miersma gets one of his nineteen rebounds.

Hans Miersma gets one of his nineteen rebounds.

(Wenham MA) Hans Miersma didn’t take any chances on Senior Recognition Day.

The 6-9 senior already had his 38th career double/double taken care of by halftime as he led Gordon to a 68-57 win over Curry on Sunday afternoon.

Hans finished with 20 points and 19 rebounds in a dominating performance.  He also tied a career mark in made free throws with eight.

Curry (4-17) had an early lead at 10-8 but a 10-1 GC run followed, including two Sam Johnson layups, that put the Scots (9-12) in front for good.

Gordon would push their advantage to double figures and led at the half, 33-24.  Hans had three blocks in the final thirty-four seconds.

Antonio Jones (18 points) looks for an opening

Antonio Jones (18 points) looks for an opening

In a familiar pattern, the Scots looked very strong for part of the second half but then saw an opponent close on them.  Antonio Jones (18 points) dropped thirteen of those points in the second half and had the Colonels within six (63-57) with 1:45 left.  A loss on Seniors’ Day to the last-place team in the Commonwealth Coast Conference was averted by clutch shots in the end game.  Curry missed two 3’s while Gordon collected two free throws (Hans) and a run-down-the-clock three by Craig McFarlane to close the game on a happy note.

Plenty of returning players on hand for the Gordon Alumni game in the morning.

With the win the Scots broke an ugly string of four straight losses at the Bennett Center.  In a 9-12 season (so far) the 2-7 record at home probably tops the unexpected list for the 2014-15 season.  Gordon has two more chances (UNE and Roger Williams) to improve the home slate.

James Pina (12 points) drives baseline

James Pina (12 points) drives baseline

The win over Curry puts GC in a tie with Western New England for fifth place in the CCC.  The Scots hold the tie-breaker over Western New England and would face 4th place Wentworth at Wentworth if the CCC playoffs started this week.  However, there are four CCC games left.

Jason Dempsey was back after missing four games with a knee problem.

Taylor Bajema has a cast on the thumb he badly injured at the end of the Western New England game four days ago.  He could be back playing before the season is over.

Jaren Yang had a big second half making three 3’s.  With his quickness and dribbling skills he is able to create his own scoring opportunities.

Craig McFarlane (9 points) defends Danny Brooks

Craig McFarlane (9 points) defends Danny Brooks

Nice event after the game honoring GC’s four seniors (Craig McFarlane, Taylor Bajema, Hans Miersma, Jason Dempsey).

Efficiency
Hans Miersma 39 (he also had a 39 vs. Endicott)
James Pina 12 (12 points)
Jason Dempsey 10 (8 points/6 rebounds)
Sam Johnson 10 (9 points/5 rebounds)

Gordon 85
Curry 56

Boxscore

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Dominic Paradis and Paul Preziosi

Dominic Paradis and Paul Preziosi

Jaren Yang tries to save

Jaren Yang tries to save

Jake Hart breaks in

Jake Hart breaks in

Danny Brooks dunks

Danny Brooks dunks

Hans Miersma gets one of his six blocks

Hans Miersma gets one of his six blocks

Jaren Yang defended by Jordan Vieira

Jaren Yang defended by Jordan Vieira

Blasts from the past

Blasts from the past

cugo A13 Hans familycugo A14 Taylors familycugo A15 Jasons familycugo A16 craigs family

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Gordon falls to UNE 65-59 in second straight late-game conference loss

Jason Dempsey was 7-for-7 shooting free throws

Jason Dempsey was 7-for-7 shooting free throws

(Amesbury) The Scots traveled to Biddeford (ME) and let another Commonwealth Coast Conference game get away, 65-59, to the University of New England on Thursday night.

That is two straight CCC losses for Gordon both the one to Salve Regina (Saturday) and this one alarmingly similar.  In each defeat GC started badly, caught up and was ahead late in the second half, and then folded down the stretch.

The video feed from UNE (5-9) was excellent with terrific commentary.  I enjoyed reading about what was going to happen before it actually happened on the screen.

What surprised me about this game was that UNE played a zone defense and made it work.  Gordon had a ton of good outside looks but made only 6-of-23 attempts.

It also surprised me that the Nor’Easters didn’t press until halfway through the second half.  UNE was still able to cause GC turnovers (22) with limited pressure.  Dribbling through the UNE zone was tried unsuccessfully on several occasions.

Gordon fell behind 16-5 after ten minutes but rallied to a 29-27 halftime edge.  In the second half GC led by five (45-40) with ten minutes left.  The score was tied four times in the last five minutes.  The final tie being 59-59 with 1:44 remaining.

The next possession the Scots yielded an offensive rebound that led to UNE’s go-ahead, 3-pointer.  After a Hans Miersma miss the Nor’Easters converted 1-of-2 free throws to build a 4-point lead.  Trailing by four with twenty-six seconds left the Scots, for reasons unknown to this viewer, dribbled away eighteen seconds before turning the ball over.   A quick accurate shot was what was needed but GC couldn’t find one and dropped their 4th CCC game.

Evrim Ozkan and Devin Thompson paced UNE with twelve points each.

Gordon and UNE are now tied in the CCC with 3-4 records.  Nichols tops the conference with a 7-0 start.

The UNE zone caused a quiet night for Hans Miersma (5 shot attempts) but he still topped the efficiency list.

Efficiency

Hans Miersma - Topped the efficiency list despite taking only five shots

Hans Miersma – Topped the efficiency list despite taking only five shots

Hans Miersma 21 (11 rebounds/3 blocks/2 assists)

Drew Coveney 20 (11 points/6 assists/5 steals)

Jason Dempsey 14 (15 points/ 7-7 from foul line)

Matt Lettick 11

Evrim Ozkan 10 (12 points)

UNE 69
Gordon 67

This Saturday ENC will be at the Bennett Center.  The Scots will be looking to end their two-game losing streak against the team that was favored in the preseason coaches’ poll to win the CCC.

Boxscore

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Salve Regina upsets Gordon 79-76 snapping Scots 4-game win streak

Chris OKeefe (18 points) hit five 3-pointers including this one late in the game

Chris OKeefe (18 points) hit five 3-pointers including this one late in the game

Jason Dempsey had seventeen points and eleven rebounds

Jason Dempsey had seventeen points and eleven rebounds

(Wenham MA) You couldn’t tell the team with seven straight losses from the team that was on a four-game winning streak by the way they played.

Both teams has their moments (good and bad) but in the end it was Salve Regina defeating Gordon, 79-76, at the Bennett Center on Saturday afternoon in a Commonwealth Coast Conference game.

The Seahawks (4-9) hadn’t won since November and surely had a delightful ride back home to Newport, Rhode Island.

The Scots (6-7) had two good-look, 3-point attempts (Jaren Yang and Dominic Paradis) in the last twenty seconds to change the outcome but didn’t get it done.

Dominic Paradis hit a career-high twenty-five points

Dominic Paradis hit a career-high twenty-five points

The GC loss wasted career performances by Dominic Paradis (25 points) and Jason Dempsey (26 in efficiency).

Dominic was the go-to guy most of the night and nailed six from long-distance.

The Scots stood up well against an SRU team that couldn’t miss in parts of the first half.  The Seahawks were up, 26-12, at 9:10 of that first half but Dominic hit a couple of three’s leading the Scots back close, 29-28, 3+ minutes later.

Salve was ahead by five (37-32) at the half but Gordon tied the score and even led, 66-60, with 8+ minutes left in the game.

SRU rallied back and led by Barrett Hanlon (17 points in the second half) forced Gordon to play catchup the rest of the way.

Chris O’Keefe (18 points) nailed the 3-pointer that gave the Seahawks the lead for good.

Taylor Bajema covers Barrett Hanlon (22 points)

Taylor Bajema covers Barrett Hanlon (22 points)

Barrett (22 points) tied for the top with Jason Dempsey.  Barrett (5-10 guard) had six assists, and four steals to go with his points.

Jason (6-6 center/forward) had his career afternoon getting 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

Turnovers?  The Scots had some grievous ones in this game.  To me, the grievous ones happen in the backcourt and lead to quick baskets for the other team.  Salve collected twenty-nine points off of turnovers.  Something to think about in a 3-point loss.  Last year the Scots got to the point where they could handle the pressure and teams stopped trying it.  This season has passed the halfway mark.  It’s time to lessen the turnovers.

Next game for Gordon will be in Biddeford (ME) against UNE.  The Nor’Easters were buried by Nichols today falling behind 60-20 after one half!

That UNE game was well worth exiting early from in order to catch the Patriots playoff game with Baltimore.  Meanwhile, at the Bennett Center, “fans?” left when the outcome of the Salve Regina/Gordon game was hardly known.

Jason Dempsey had an eye-catching, running-start dunk in the second half.

Efficiency
Barrett Hanlon 26
Jason Dempsey 26
Hans Miersma 23
Dominic Paradis 19
Rodney Morton 18
Chris O’Keefe 18

Gordon 83
Salve Regina 78

Scott St.Lawrence draws a charge

Scott St.Lawrence draws a charge

Scott St. Lawrence was able to draw a charge on Hans Miersma (18 points/8 rebounds) early in the first half and retired Hans’ inside game to the Gordon bench.  Some defenders will hold their ground against Hans while some try to draw a charging foul on him by falling backwards.

Chris O’Keefe was 5-for-6 on three’s while teammate Rodney Morton was 4-for-6.

The Gaskells and the Triggs made their annual trip to Gordon from Ohio and Kansas.  Their sons Ben and Aaron were part of the 2009-10 CCC championship team that defeated Curry by two points at the Bennett Center to get the title.  That team was a sweet 24-5.

Nick Bates from nearby Danvers played for Salve.

Gordon has lost four of their five home games.  What’s with that?  ENC is on hand next Saturday at the Bennett Center.  That should be noisy!

Boxscore

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Dominic Paradis puts up a three

Dominic Paradis puts up a three

Richie Armand contests a Barrett Hanlon layup

Richie Armand contests a Barrett Hanlon layup

Jaren Yang covers freshman Rodney Morton (17 points)

Jaren Yang covers freshman Rodney Morton (17 points)

Chris OKeefe

Chris OKeefe

waiting for a rebound

waiting for a rebound

Hans Miersma tips

Hans Miersma tips

Gordon missed seven free throws including this one.

Gordon missed seven free throws including this one.

Nick Bates from Danvers

Nick Bates from Danvers

out-of-bounds

out-of-bounds

strategy

strategy

 

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Gordon tops Curry 58-49 notching 4th straight

Taylor Bajema (15 points) helped Gordon to get off to a fast start

Taylor Bajema (15 points) helped Gordon to get off to a fast start

(Amesbury MA) It wasn’t smooth (I’m not referring to the delivery of the “live stats”) but Gordon (6-6) got it done at Curry, 58-49, on Thursday night in a Commonwealth Coast Conference matchup.

Like Tuesday’s Western New England game, the Scots (3-2 in the CCC) built up what seemed to be a comfortable lead and then squandered it.  But, also similar to the WN game, Gordon had the finishing touch needed to win.

Curry (2-10) lost its seventh straight game.  They have not won since late November and are 0-5 in the CCC.

Gordon has now put four straight victories together.  Their next game is hosting Salve Regina on Saturday (3PM).

Hans Miersma had a quiet evening (for him) statistically but the Curry defense on him opened up chances for his teammates

Hans Miersma had a quiet evening (for him) statistically but the Curry defense on him opened up chances for his teammates

Hans Miersma had season lows in points (5), rebounds (4), and shots attempted (2) but the 6-9 senior’s teammates picked up the slack on this evening in Milton.

Frustrating game for the Colonels.  They came back from sixteen points down (30-14) in the first half to tie the score at 40-40 in the second half with 10:46 left.  The Scots then put eight straight together and Curry never recovered.

Taylor Bajema (15 points) returned after missing a game and had nine points in the first half as Gordon led, 36-22, at the half.  Glaring statistics revealed how uneven both teams were playing.  Gordon had fourteen turnovers while Curry had one assist.

The Scots gave away the halftime margin in less than ten minutes.  They did make two layups but they also missed four three’s and committed two turnovers.  Meanwhile, the Colonels played better putting an 18-4 run together and had a 40-40 tie with almost half of the second half to play.

Dominic Paradis had three 3-pointers versus the Colonels

Dominic Paradis had three 3-pointers versus the Colonels

But Curry could never get the lead.  In fact in the next 2+ minutes Gordon did all the scoring and restored an eight-point spread.  A three by Dominic Paradis (he had three of them), a layup by Jason Dempsey, and a layup and a free throw by Sam Johnson produced the break-away points.

Curry did cut the lead to four (53-49) with 2:12 left but thereafter Gordon made 5-of-6 free throws, had a block (Hans Miersma) and a steal (Jaren Yang) to preserve the win.

Efficiency

Jason Dempsey 15 (15 points/9 rebounds)
Danny Brooks 15 (18 points/8 rebounds)
Hans Miersma 11 (3 blocks)
Taylor Bajema 10 (15 points)

Gordon 65
Currier 41

Curry had one sequence in the first half in which they missed four shots and had three offensive rebounds.  Shooting has hurt the Colonels all season.  Three assists for the game would suggest that too much one-on-one play is going on.

When Hans gets only two shots you know even from Amesbury that the Curry defense was sagging in around him.  That help-defense opened up the long shot for Hans’ teammates and they attempted a season-high twenty-one of them.  They made seven.

Udoka Obiora blocked four Curry shots

Udoka Obiora blocked four Curry shots

Ukoka Obiora had four blocks.

Watching the live stats from Curry was an adventure.  They would appear in a clump.  In the second half a batch took Gordon from a comfortable lead to a tie game.  Later Curry was within four with a couple of minutes left.  Believe me, those few minutes of waiting seemed like ten minutes!  But all is well, if the team you favor finds a way.

Box from the game

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Gordon hangs on to defeat Western New England 64-61

Mike Gelineau of Western New England shoots for the tie

Mike Gelineau of Western New England shoots for the tie

Jason Dempsey (18 points and 10 rebounds) in for two in the first half

Jason Dempsey (18 points and 10 rebounds) in for two in the first half

(Wenham MA) “Good if it goes!”

Fortunately, on this evening Mike Gelineau’s half-court, last-second shot did not connect and Gordon survived, 64-61, against Western New England on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center.

The win evens the Scots record at 2-2 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference and runs their undefeated streak to three.  Gordon (5-6) will resume play in Milton versus Curry on Thursday night at 7:30PM.

That the Scots were even in a position to be caught at the end was a stunner to those on hand who saw the home team dominate the first fifteen minutes of the second half.

Gordon led, 58-41, with 5 1/2 minutes left.  You assumed the victory and wondered what the size of it would be.  However, as this one wound down the size of the victory became a distant memory replaced by wondering if GC could hold on and win.

Gordon missed twelve free throws in the second half

Gordon missed twelve free throws in the second half

Turnovers happen and missed free throws happen.  Put five turnovers together with four straight misses from the foul line and the door becomes wide open for an opponent’s comeback.  And that is exactly what happened.

The visitors from Springfield tallied fourteen straight points in a 4:21 span of time and had their deficit down to three (58-55) with 1:11 left.

But the Scots responded with clutch plays by Hans Miersma (rebound/dunk), Jaren Yang (two free throws), and Jason Dempsey (offensive rebound) to offset WN three’s by Luis Agrait and Lucien Fortier and saved the win.

Gordon had a three-point lead when Mike Gelineau (15 points) launched the last-second shot.  If Mike had nailed that half-court shot the game would have gone into overtime.

Hans Miersma (12 points and 18 rebounds)

Hans Miersma (12 points and 18 rebounds)

The Scots dominated the boards led by Hans Miersma’s 18 rebounds and Jason Dempsey’s 10 rebounds.  Their two offensive rebounds in the last minute led to needed Gordon points in crunch time.

Both Hans and Jason reached double figures in points as well.  It is obvious that most teams in the CCC cannot match up with both of them.  WN didn’t have the size to match up with either of them but worked hard to deny the ball inside.  And once the ball did get inside the defensive help came.

Efficiency

Hans Miersma 22
Jason Dempsey 19
Jaren Yang 14 (15 points/4 assists/3 rebounds)
Lucian Fortier 12 (9 points/4 rebounds)

Gordon 67
Western New England 58

In the fix-it-before-it-costs-us-a game category: Gordon was a worrisome 17-for-31 from the foul lane.  Twelve of those misses came in the second half.

Taylor Bajema missed the game as a result of a concussion he suffered in practice.

Dominic Paradis recovered from an injury and gave GC coach Tod Murphy twenty-seven minutes versus WN.

Gordon was down 16-9 midway in the first half.  Freshman Jake Hart canned three jump shots leading the Scots to a 17-17 tie.

Jaren Yang (15 points)

Jaren Yang (15 points)

Jaren Yang made a layup in heavy traffic to end the first half.

Scary moment in the first half was when junior Tizauni Boyles went down hard on his back getting a rebound.  He did recover.  Tizauni went to school at nearby Lynn English.

Former GC hoopsters Shaun Roach and Greg Walker were in the house.  Both are getting married this summer.

This was the first I have seen of Craig McFarlane as a starter.  Seldom used until the Lesley game in December, Craig has been productive getting two 3-pointers in each of the last three games.  The senior will continue to get looks from the outside as teams slide outside defenders inside to help against Hans and Jason.

Boxscore

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Mike Gelineau (15 points) tries to drive the baseline

Mike Gelineau (15 points) tries to drive the baseline

Musa Elsir shoots over Jason Dempsey

Musa Elsir shoots over Jason Dempsey

scramble

scramble

Sam Johnson chases a rebound

Sam Johnson chases a rebound

Jake Hart (6 points) covers David Silva

Jake Hart (6 points) covers David Silva

Connor Bras (24) on defense

Connor Bras (24) on defense

David Silva and Craig McFarlane had eight points each

David Silva and Craig McFarlane had eight points each

Richie Armand (12) on defense

Richie Armand (12) on defense

 

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Gordon downs non-league Worcester State 67-55

Hans Miersma paced the Scots with thirteen points and eight rebounds

Hans Miersma paced the Scots with thirteen points and eight rebounds

(Amesbury MA) Gordon never trailed as they defeated non-league foe Worcester State, 67-55, on Monday night in a game played at WPI.

The Scots (4-6) proved the theory that basketball is an easy game when you make shots.  Gordon shot 50% (26-for-52) against the Lancers (3-9) including 6-for-11 from long range.

The visitors grabbed a double-digit lead (19-9) on Craig McFarlane’s triple and later boosted the margin to fifteen (24-9) when Jaren Yang struck from beyond the arc.

The Scots led, 29-17, at the half.

Gordon would end the game with the same twelve-point spread but there was quite a roller-coaster ride along the way in the second half.

Richie Armand saw his first action for Gordon.  The 5-10 junior had three steals in short minutes

Richie Armand saw his first action for Gordon. The 5-10 junior had three steals in short minutes

The Scots warm shooting combined with Worcester State’s cool shooting (they missed 47 shots) enabled Gordon to cruise to a seemingly comfortable, 59-35, spread with just over five minutes left.  Out came the GC starters and in just under three minutes the Lancers put a 14-point unanswered run together, thanks to two 3’s by Ryan DiBernardo and one long one by John Basile.  Back came the GC starters to protect the Gordon lead over the final 2:15 which they did.

This ends the non-league part of Gordon’s schedule.  The remaining regular season is made up of fifteen Commonwealth Coast Conference games starting on Tuesday night hosting Western New England.

Hans Miersma topped the Efficiency Chart with a 17 that included thirteen points and eight rebounds.

Efficiency
Hans Miersma 17
Jason Dempsey 15 (ten rebounds)
Ryan DiBernardo 15 (12 points and 4 steals)
Jaren Yang 12 (12 points and 5 assists)
Paul Brooks 12 (11 points and 5 blocks)

Gordon 74
Worcester State 54

Jaren was 3-for-3 from long range.

Richie Armand was back on the active roster for the first time this season.  He had three steals.

No sign of Dominic Paradis or Dylan Marshall.

The Scots had an impressive ten steals.  Last time they had that many was against Wentworth in February of 2012.

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Turnovers key in Gordon’s 79-76 loss to nonleague Fisher

Hans Miersma (18 rebounds)

Hans Miersma (18 rebounds)

Taylor Bajema (21 points)

Taylor Bajema (21 points)

Jason Dempsey (18 points)

Jason Dempsey (18 points)

 

 

 

 

 

(Newtown CT) Gordon did almost everything right.

When the game with Fisher ended, however, an ongoing Scots’ deficiency overrode the positives and led to a 79-76 loss on Thursday night.

(My wife and I are in Newtown tending our granddaughters.)

Negligent ball care (26 turnovers) ruined the glow of outstanding performances by Hans Miersma, Jason Dempsey, and Taylor Bajema.

The contest was non-league and played in Lynn (MA).

Even factoring in the frightening turnover total, the Scots (2-6) were more efficient (96) than were the 8-3 Falcons (88).  For those new to what “efficient” means let me explain how the total is figured: I take the negative stats (missed field goals, missed free throws, turnovers) and subtract them from the positive stats (points, rebounds, blocks, steals, assists).  Usually the losing team comes out on the wrong end of the efficiency stats but not this time.

A look at the efficiency numbers however did reveal remarkable games by Hans (37), Jason (23), and Taylor (19).  If all you knew were those personal efficiency numbers you’d almost be certain a GC win had happened but instead even those numbers weren’t enough to avert a third straight loss.

Gordon had a field day in close to the basket getting 46 points in the paint.  Taking most of their shots in high-percentage areas helped the Scots shoot a remarkable 55.4%, which was a season high.

This game was close throughout.  The Falcons from Boston took the lead for good with five minutes left.  The rest of the way backbreaking 3’s by Kyle Holmes (2) and Tyler Shuler (1), plus seven straight made free throws in the last thirty-four seconds, denied GC comeback attempts.

Kyle ended up with sixteen points and four steals.  Tyler added eighteen points and three steals.

Carter Bras - 7 points and five rebounds vs Fisher

Carter Bras – 7 points and five rebounds vs Fisher

This was easily Gordon freshman Carter Bras’ best game.  The newcomer contributed seven points and five rebounds.

The Falcon’s game-long tenacity on defense was the ultimate game decider.  Fisher forced twenty-six Gordon turnovers and even more important turned the miscues into thirty-three points!  So the average cost to GC for every turnover was over one point.  That is very heavy price to pay.  From my long-range vantage point that looks like a game with an overdose of “steal-two’s” to me.

In the games I’ve actually seen, most of the turnovers have happened because guards try to dribble through double teams or because players in the paint are untuned to weakside defense giving help.  In both scenarios GC players are getting ganged up on by multiple defenders and are still trying to dribble in such a high risk setup.

The bottom line is that if Gordon had tamed the turnovers they would have won the game.  The Scots will get a chance to attempt some of that “taming” at 5PM on Saturday versus 1-5 Lesley in Cambridge.  Last game before the Christmas break.

Name drop for me from the Lesley roster: Casey Blanchard.  The name seemed familiar to me.  Sure enough research revealed that the last time I saw the Lesley junior play was in the Division 3 Massachusetts state baseball championship against Newburyport in June of 2011. Casey had two hits in Pioneer Valley’s 9-4 loss.  That game was played on the same day the Stanley Cup Boston Bruins had their parade through the streets of Boston.

It is hard to imagine a college, like Fisher, not having its own gymnasium, isn’t it.  But it wasn’t that long ago that Gordon played its home games at Beverly Memorial.  Okay, it was long ago but the luxury of having an on-campus athletic facility is not lost on those of us who go back to those off-campus days.

Efficiency
Hans Miersma 37 (16 points/18 rebounds/7 blocks)
Jason Dempsey 23 (18 points/8 rebounds)
Tyler Shular 21 (18 points/3 steals)
Taylor Bajema 19 (21 points/4 assists)
Kyle Holmes 15 (16 points/4 steals)

Gordon 96
Fisher 88

Boxscore

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