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Wentworth knocks Gordon out of the tournament 82-75

Shot in the air as well as several players

Shot in the air as well as several players

Sam Knollmeyer gets two

Sam Knollmeyer gets two

(Wenham MA) Wentworth dictated the tempo and defeated Gordon, 82-75, on Tuesday night.

The loss in the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament’s first round ends the season for the (15-11) Scots.

The Leopards (14-12) went on a 12-2 run in the last five minutes of the first half to gain a 38-28 advantage at halftime.

The Scots rode the wave of the best crowd of the season and came all the way back to a 59-59 tie with 5:33 remaining.  An old-fashioned three by Josh Ribeiro was the tie enabler.

Plenty of time for good things to happen for the home team.

But those good things didn’t happen in the all-important next minute.  Dan DeVaux drained a three and was fouled.  Dan made the freebie and three more WIT free throws followed. In that one minute the Leopards raced ahead, 66-59, to gain separation.

Jake Hart ahead of the defense

Jake Hart ahead of the defense

The thing that impresses me when I watch Wentworth is their ability to get high-percentage shots on so many of their possessions.  Their last game versus Gordon was lost because their shots weren’t falling but even in that loss many of the shots taken were high-percentage.

The Scots, on the other hand, often settled for the first open look outside, which were rare, or looked inside.  Gordon’s inside was contested but single defenders get overpowered by Sam Johnson/Garrisson Duvivier.

Gordon’s 3-point shooting tanked out in the final two games to the tune of 4-for-18.  The Scots must find ways to get more open looks on the perimeter.

Sam Johnson covered by Stephen Azums

Sam Johnson covered by Stephen Azums

The inside game has been consistently good and was again tonight.  Wentworth’s tight defense on the arc opened things up and Garrisson Duvivier was able to finish his sophomore season with a season-high thirty-three points.

Sam Johnson finished his season and career on a double-double note – 13 points and 10 rebounds. Seventeenth time Sam has had the twin doubles this season.

Replacing Sam next year will not be possible.  My next Gordon event, Lord willing, will be Sam’s graduation in May.

Efficiency

Garrisson Duvivier 31

Sam Johnson 23

Stephen Azum 18 (10 points, 10 rebounds)

Dan DeVaux 14 (13 points)

Wentworth 89

Gordon 84

Box from the game.

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Ben Kizel and Luke Meyer

Ben Kizel and Luke Meyer

Tight defense by Jason Ganley

Tight defense by Jason Ganley

Jake Hart reaches in

Jake Hart reaches in

Sam Johnson and Dan DeVaux afterwards

Sam Johnson and Dan DeVaux afterwards

Sam Johnson's final two

Sam Johnson’s final two

Jason Ganley long range

Jason Ganley long range

Jake Hart to the hoop

Jake Hart to the hoop

Josh Ribeiro brought Gordon back to a tie

Josh Ribeiro brought Gordon back to a tie

Jake Haar and Cesar Fulcar

Jake Haar and Cesar Fulcar

Jaren Yang looks for someone to pass to

Jaren Yang looks for someone to pass to

Sam Knollmeyer, with Garrisson Duvivier running at him, hits a three just before halftime

Sam Knollmeyer, with Garrisson Duvivier running at him, hits a three just before halftime

 

 

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Wentworth survives late Gordon run to defeat Scots 86-78

Wentworth on the attack

Wentworth on the attack

Wentworth defense

Wentworth defense

(Wenham MA) The Wentworth Leopards have owned the Gordon College Fighting Scots in recent years and that ownership continued tonight.

The final was 86-78 at the Bennett Center on Tuesday evening.

Wentworth’s ability to dictate how the game will be played on both ends of the court has done in the Scots six straight times.

The Leopards executed their offense inside and outside and turned up high-percentage shots all night long.  The visitors shot over 65% for the WHOLE game.

Meanwhile, down the other end, Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier were double-teamed every time they got the ball so that shots for them were heavily contested.  You would think that concentrating on those two would open up Gordon shots elsewhere but you would be wrong.  There’s not an open look beyond the arc to be found.  Jake Haar, as fine a 3-point specialist as I have seen, had no shots in the first half.

Sam Knollmeyer and Jake Haar

Sam Knollmeyer and Jake Haar

WIT took a ten-point lead in the first half and were in control for most of the second half.

Up 78-62 with 5:42 to go, it appeared to be play-out-the-string time.

The Scots were not so inclined.  For the next 3+ minutes it was all Gordon.  Shots started falling and Wentworth couldn’t make any shots.  Two 3’s by Jake Haar, another by Noah Szilagyi, and two layups by Sam Johnson were all unanswered.  Suddenly it was 78-75 with 1:52 remaining.  Anyone’s game but since this is not the Hallmark Channel there won’t be a happy ending.

Wentworth recovered and had two points in each of their last four possessions including six straight free throws while Gordon reverted and had two turnovers, two misses from the floor, and a missed free throw to show for their end game.  A terrific comeback wasted.

Four of Wentworth’s starters combined to shoot 21-for-29 (72%).  The other starter, Sam Knollmeyer, may not have shot very well but he was the one eliminating Jake Haar’s shot attempts for most of the contest.

Stephen Azums (19 points)

Stephen Azums (19 points)

First look at 6-6 freshman Stephen Azums.  Impressive.  Wentworth’s offensive patterns turned up Stephen with one-on-one coverage close to the basket.  He capitalized with nineteen points on 7-for-9 shooting.

The most startling stat from this game was Gordon getting only twenty-seven rebounds.  I had to go back to a game against MIT opening the 2012-13 season to find one with fewer rebounds.  Considering how well the Leopards shot there just weren’t many rebounds to be had.

Sophomore Garrisson Duvivier, despite the heavy WIT coverage, had a big game for the home team.  In fact, in Efficiency, it was his best game of the season.  He had his sixth double/double (24 points/10 rebounds) and put with that four assists and five steals.  Those on hand could tell you that except for a breakaway jam there were no easy shot attempts for Garrisson.

Wentworth is now 5-4 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference win three straight victories.  The Scots are 6-3 in CCC play and had a 3-game win streak snapped with tonight’s loss.

Sam Johnson surrounded by Leopards

Sam Johnson surrounded by Leopards

Point guard Jaren Yang had seven assists for Gordon.

A year ago in Boston, Jason Ganley set a Wentworth scoring record (39 points) against Gordon.  This time it was sixteen points but fifteen of them were in the second half.

The rest of the regular season will be a nine-game re-run through CCC opponents.

Efficiency

Garrisson Duvivier 34

Stephen Azums 23 (19 points)

Sam Johnson 21 (15 points)

Dan DeVaux 17 (15 points/3 steals)

Wentworth 102

Gordon 78

Next game for GC is on Saturday afternoon against Western New England.  The students are back this week so the “sixth man” should be on hand.

Box from the game.

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Jason Ganley and Sam Johnson

Jason Ganley and Sam Johnson

Looking for a rebound

Looking for a rebound

Garrisson Duvivier jams

Garrisson Duvivier jams

Jaren Yang had seven assists

Jaren Yang had seven assists

Cesar Fulcar hits a three just before the first half ends

Cesar Fulcar hits a three just before the first half ends

Battle for control

Battle for control

Dylan Marshall heads for the hoop

Dylan Marshall heads for the hoop

Ben Kizel

Ben Kizel

Sam Johnson in close

Sam Johnson in close

 

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Gordon scores one point in final 3+ minutes and loses 69-67 to Wentworth

Senior Kyle Romich gets off the game winner for Wentworth

Senior Kyle Romich gets off the game winner for Wentworth

Garrisson Duvivier (24 points) puts up a floater

Garrisson Duvivier (24 points) puts up a floater

(Wenham MA) I thought that the best thing that happened at the Bennett Center tonight was the Gordon women breaking an 11-game losing streak in defeating Wentworth, 42-39, in the opening game.

The second game certainly was exciting but when it came time for a really big shot to be made the Scots weren’t up to it and lost, 69-67, to the Leopards.

The loss ended a very enjoyable four-game GC win streak. With Endicott Saturday and 13-2 Nichols next Tuesday it is clear that keeping a 3-game losing streak from happening won’t be easy.

Tonight’s loss against Wentworth is probably the end of Gordon’s chances to finish in the top four in the Commonwealth Coast Conference and earn a home game in the CCC playoffs.

Richie Armand shoots a free throw in the last minute

Richie Armand shoots a free throw in the last minute

The Scots (8-7/11-11) are still in 5th place but two games separate them from the 4th spot and there are only three games left. They could still get 4th but an awful lot of things would have to go their way to make it happen.

One thing that certainly went right against WIT was the play of Garrisson Duvivier. The freshman from Brockton put together a 24 points/14 rebounds evening.

Garrisson also put some pretty good defense on Jason Ganley limiting the sophomore to seventeen points. If you recall the game at Wentworth, Jason registered thirty-nine points setting the school record in the process in the Gordon defeat in Boston.

Tonight’s game came down to the very end. The Leopards (10-5/11-11) had the ball in a tie game. That ball intentionally ended up in the hands of senior Kyle Romich (17 points) and and his teammates gave him room to operate straight away. Kyle was able to get by defender Eric Demers and into the foul line area where his made jump shot gave WIT a 2-point lead with 4.5 seconds to go.

Last-second prayer

Last-second prayer

The Gordon response was a half-court prayer by Eric Demers before the buzzer. The shot hit the rim but did not become the game winner and the visitors had a 2-point victory.

The Scots wasted two terrific comebacks. In the first half the home team trailed by eleven (34-23) with 3:12 remaining. The Leopards didn’t score again the rest of the half. Garrisson Duvivier had a dunk and two layups. Noah had a layup and Jaren connected on a three. That run of good Gordon offense ended the first half in a 34-34 tie.

In the second half, another Wentworth lead (55-46) with 11:23 left in the game. By 7:59, the Scots had scored nine straight (Noah Szilagyi three, jumper by Eric Demers, layups by Garrisson Duvivier and Sam Johnson) to earn a 55-55 tie.

Gordon timeout

Gordon timeout

Those nifty comebacks were why the end game was so frustrating. This time GC had a lead. Not big but enough that some consistent offense might have maintained until the end. Not on this night!

The Scots were ahead 66-62 with 3:27 to go. Gordon was only able to get ONE POINT the rest of the way. The Scots had two turnovers, missed a free throw, a layup, a three, and two jump shots. That’s ugly.

Meanwhile Wentworth got a clutch three from Dan DeVaux and Kyle Romich’s end-game jump shot to win it.

Garrisson’s remarkable game included twenty points in the first half. Looking for a reason for the loss? Garrisson had fifteen shots in the first half and only four in the second half. The Wentworth defense didn’t improve that much in the second half. There is a fine line between taking your best shot and the team’s best shot. Sometimes those three’s go in but on this night there was first-half evidence that Garrisson and Sam Johnson were tough matchups for the interior of the WIT defense. Connect the dots.

Dan DeVaux has an open look

Dan DeVaux has an open look

I enjoy watching Wentworth in their offensive end. No team works the ball as effectively as they do. What it all adds up to are great open looks. You watch the perimeter guys shoot on any team in the CCC in pre-game and they make most of their long-range attempts. Wentworth is able to turn up similar shots during the game better than others teams do.

The Leopards used a 1-3-1 defense quite effectively. The problem with any zone defense is that a team on the move can get shots before that defense is in place. I thought that Jaren Yang did a nice job of speeding up the tempo for GC.

Efficiency Chart

Garrison Duvivier 39

Sam Johnson 18 (10 points/11 rebounds)

Kyle Romich 18 (17 points/10 rebounds)

Jason Ganley 16 (17 points)

Wentworth 71

Gordon 79

Boxscore

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Kyle Romich and Eric Demers

Kyle Romich and Eric Demers

Cesar Fulcar

Cesar Fulcar

WIT coach Arlen Galloway tries to make a point as Garrisson Duvivier watches

WIT coach Arlen Galloway tries to make a point as Garrisson Duvivier watches

Game on!

Game on!

Garrisson Duvivier fouled by Ian Therriault

Garrisson Duvivier fouled by Ian Therriault

Jason Ganley and Graham Tienhaara

Jason Ganley and Graham Tienhaara

Garrisson Duvivier and Jason Ganley

Garrisson Duvivier and Jason Ganley

Kyle Romich guards Jaren Yang

Kyle Romich guards Jaren Yang

Eric Demers tries to get past two WIT defenders

Eric Demers tries to get past two WIT defenders

 

 

 

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Jason Ganley (39 points) shoots Wentworth past Gordon 81-72

(Amesbury/Boston) Wentworth’s sophomore Jason Ganley had a remarkable night as he led the Leopards past Gordon, 81-72, on Tuesday night.

The Scots (7-9) came into this one intent on minimizing senior Kyle Romich (18 points per game average) and they did limiting him to twelve points.

They also wanted to keep an eye on reserve Dan DeVaux who came off the bench last game to hit Salve Regina with twenty-six points. Dan had six against Gordon.

But then there was Jason and his 18 points per game. Gordon answers for him were the wrong ones all night. At 6-5 he was able to shoot three’s over GC’s guards (6-for-8 long range) and quick enough to get open inside.

The Northbridge High School alum torched Gordon for sixteen points in the first half and twenty-three points in the second half. And watching on the very good Wentworth (9-7) feed, I did not think that Jason was forcing his offense. He just seemed to get openings, and on this night he cashed in big-time.

This was another game in which the Scots could have won. Down by ten (54-44) in the second half they rallied to even things (57-57) with eight minutes left. The point getters in the comeback were Eric Demers (2 three’s), Noah Szilagyi (1 three), Graham Tienhaara (2 free throws) and Udoka Obiora (layup).

Still tied (65-65) with five minutes left the opportunity was there to beat one of the top three teams in the Commonwealth Coast Conference. But a turnover, two missed layups, and two missed free throws later the Leopards had a five-point lead.

The Scots were still within five with 2:49 to go before Jason Ganley hit his sixth three-pointer of the night and it was game-set-match.

Garrisson Duvivier recovered from a very tough outing against Endicott to put a 19 points/14 rebounds evening together.

Stats that caught my eye: Gordon had fewer turnovers (11) than Wentworth (12) and Wentworth outrebounded the Scots by one.

Gordon did not do itself any favors at the foul line: 18-for-30. WIT wasn’t a whole lot better missing eleven freebies.

Efficiency Chart

Jason Ganley 35 (39 points/6 rebounds)

Garrisson Duvivier 25

Kyle Romich 14 (12 points/8 rebounds)

Udoka Obiora 12 (2 blocks/no missed shots)

Wentworth 97

Gordon 83

Gordon has faced the top three teams (Nichols, Endicott, Wentworth) in the CCC over the past six days and come away empty. There will be a second time with each of them. The distance between the Scots and wins against these three in the second meeting do not appear to me to be insurmountable. A lot fewer missed layups would help. A lot fewer forced three’s would also help. Each of the top three teams was able to get double-digit offensive rebounds in the first meeting. That’s getting out-hustled in my book. If the team gets the little things right, then I suspect that consecutive wins will fall into place over the final nine regular season games.

Gordon’s next game is against Roger Williams at home on Saturday. The weather forecast strongly suggests that there might have to be a snow-check on that one, however.

The Leopards have now won four straight from Gordon. Most painful of that batch was last year’s loss in the first round of the CCC tournament. Probably the most painful part of that loss was that on the same night UNE had upset #1 seed Nichols. A Gordon win at Wentworth would have put them into the semi-finals at home against UNE.

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