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Gordon drops 2nd straight with 80-71 loss at Endicott

Gordon coach Tod Murphy and Endicott coach Kevin Bettencourt after today’s game

Keith Brown (25 points) and Garrisson Duvivier (20 points)

(Beverly MA) The atmosphere was at the tournament level.

Large crowd and a persistent noise that elevated or dropped as each possession ended.

Fortunately for Gordon, the tournament atmosphere wasn’t the real thing.  They did lose to Endicott (80-71) on Saturday afternoon but it was “only” a regular season game.

The Commonwealth Coast Conference tourney begins on Tuesday: Gordon (21-4) hosts Wentworth while Western New England will be coming to Endicott (17-8).

In early January, when the Scots faced Nichols and Endicott in back-to-back games, there was reason for concern.  Nichols had ten straight wins versus Gordon while Endicott had eliminated the Scots from the CCC tournament the previous year.

Senior Joe Shehadi puts up a three. The Gulls were 17-for-36.

But Gordon won those games and the victories became part of a fifteen-game winning streak.

But that was in January.

Now, in February the repeat of the back-to-backs hasn’t gone well.  The Scots carry a two-game losing streak as they head into the tournament on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center.

“We’ve got a very good team,” said Gordon coach Tod Murphy after the loss.  “We’ve had a bad week.  If we’ll stay together and play together, we’ll win together.”

Endicott came into today’s game on a two-game slide after losses to Roger Williams and Western New England.

Garrisson Duvivier in for two

“We’ve had a couple of tough losses,” explained Endicott coach Kevin Bettencourt,  “but we had answers today.  It hasn’t always been that way.”

The large Senior’s Day crowd saw the top two teams in the conference in 3-point shooting percentage.

On this afternoon, however, the long-range shot was pure gold for the Gulls (17-for-36) and fool’s gold (4-for-20) for the team from Wenham.

“We didn’t defend in the first half,” said Coach Murphy describing his team’s zone defense.  “We gave them too many 3-point shots.  Most of them were open looks.”

Parker Omslaer guarded by Matt McDevitt

Sophomore Matt McDevitt (20 points) connected six times (in eleven tries) from beyond the arc.  Matt had a similar performance in the CCC tourney last year against Gordon. However, in EC’s January loss to GC, Matt was 0-for-6 on three’s and finished with only two points.  Hard to figure the extremes!

Much of today’s game was played at the one-possession level.  Gordon, however, was usually the team needing a good possession to catch up.

Because of suspect outside shooting, the Scots concentrated on creating offense through Garrisson Duvivier in close.  With less concern over long shots, the Gulls could send help to protect the inside.

Garrisson still managed twenty points against the tight defense of seniors Vinny Clifford and Nick Thibeault.

Garrisson Duvivier and Vinny Clifford

“Garrisson is one of the best players we’ve had to guard in my five years,” said Coach Bettencourt. “Vinny/Nick did great.  He had to work for everything he got.”

With 4:10 left, the Gulls had a slender, 72-70, lead.

Where the game was lost? The Scots had just one point the rest of the way and it wasn’t for lack of opportunities.  Four missed three’s and two turnovers ruined any GC comeback plans.

The Gulls, on the other hand, turned up good offense down the stretch.  A layup (Matt McDevitt) and two free throws (Jordan Pettway) boosted the EC lead to six (76-70) and then two killer three’s (Keith Brown & Vinny Clifford) sealed the deal for the home team.

Eric Demers (18 points) loose for a three

“Garrisson and Eric (Demers) didn’t look like they had their legs today,” said Coach Murphy.  “I’ve probably been playing them too many minutes but it’s the end of the season and we need guys to dig down deep right now.”

Junior Keith Brown led Endicott with twenty-five points on 10-for-15 shooting.  He also handed out five assists.  The Gulls finished with twenty assists.

Garrisson Duvivier put thirteen rebounds together with his twenty points.

Rough afternoon for junior Eric Demers.  Despite getting eighteen points, it took him twenty-one shots to get there.  He was a very uncharacteristic 1-for-10 from beyond the arc.

Noah Szilagyi (15 points) shoots over Keith Brown

Senior Noah Szilagyi continued his hot shooting making six of nine attempts for fifteen points.

Endicott honored seniors; John Homsey, Nick Thibeault, Vinny Clifford, and Joe Shehadi before the game.

Both teams had plenty of vocal fan support on hand.

Coach Bettencourt: “We’re hoping to carry this momentum into next week.”

Coach Murphy: “We can still go out there and win three in a row and get to the NCAA tournament.”

Delighted to see the Gordon women pull the upset of the year in the CCC with a 62-60 thriller over first-place Endicott.  It was in February of 2005 that Gordon’s last win over EC happened in the CCC semifinals.  Fourteen years!

Box from the game

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Brooke Dyson after Gordon defeated Endicott for the first time in FOURTEEN years.

David Massillon jams on Nick Thibeault

Eric Demers defended by John Homsey (25)

Eric Demers looks to pass

Garrisson Duvivier looks for an opening against Vinny Clifford

Garrisson Duvivier defended by Vinny Clifford

Joe Shehadi and Josh Crutchfield

Jordan Pettway

Jordan Pettway and Eric Demers

Nick Thibeault, Garrisson Duvivier, and Matt McDevitt (34)

Noah Szilagyi tries to get away from Matthew Catizone

Vinny Clifford and Keith Brown block out Garrisson Duvivier

 

 

 

 

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Endicott ends Gordon’s season 86-70 in the CCC semi-finals

Matt McDevitt lifts a corner three. The Endicott freshman hit five 3’s in the second half

Eric Demers was well covered by the Gulls

(Wenham MA) Gordon had beaten their neighbors from Beverly twice this season but a third time didn’t happen as the Scots fell to Endicott, 86-70, on Thursday night in the conference semi-finals.

The battle was for the right to face top-seed Nichols on Saturday afternoon for the Commonwealth Coast Conference title.

The Gulls (19-8) have two losses to the Bison this season but as one spectator was overheard saying after tonight’s game, “If they play the way they did tonight, they might have a chance.”

The two previous games between the Scots (18-9) and the Gulls were down-to-the-wire close.  This game appeared headed in the same direction in the second half.  Neither team had heated up for a serious run and EC only had a 56-54 lead with 10:45 left.

But less than four minutes later this game had gotten away from Gordon.  What happened?  The Gulls put a 17-2 run together, sparked by lights-out, long-range shooting by freshman Matt McDevitt.

Matt, who was the Player-of-the-Year in Maine (Greeley) last year, had four three’s in the separation segment.  Senior Joey Villa had an old-fashioned three as part of this decisive run.

Sophomore Keith Brown had a 19-point second half

The player who didn’t score a point in the run was Keith Brown, but the EC sophomore had nineteen points during the rest of the second half to keep the Scots from getting any late-game, comeback ideas.

Gordon, on this night, landed only eight 3-pointers while the visitors drained fifteen from long range.

“We didn’t play very well,” said Coach Tod Murphy afterwards, “but that’s a really good team.”

The Gulls defense was impressive: “We don’t get held to 70 points very often but that happened tonight,” said Coach Murphy.

The Scots had only 54 points in California against Redlands during Christmas break with tonight’s 70 being the second lowest of this season.

Eric Demers shoots over Joe Shehadi as Coach Tod Murphy watches

The Gordon students turned out and Endicott had some folks at the Bennett Center too.  Some of the missing EC students may have been in Bristol (RI) tonight watching the EC women in the CCC semifinals against Roger Williams.

One of the keys to the EC win was doing a better job defending Eric Demers. In the first two games Eric had 33 points and 25 points.  This time around, 14 points.  He had defenders everywhere he went tonight, and the rare open shots weren’t falling.

Eric reached 1000 points this season and tonight he moved into 21st place (1056 points) ahead of Park Thomas.  Jim Petty is the all-time Gordon scorer with 1902 points.  Eric is only a sophomore.  You have to like his chances. But we’ll see what happens.

Garrisson Duvivier (20 points) looks to shoot over Vinny Clifford

Garrison Duvivier continued to do what he does best; reach double figures in points and rebounds (19th time this season) and discourage shots around the basket. Joe Shehadi (5-10) tried one with GD nearby and the sound of his hand blocking the ball was like a volleyball spike!

Garrisson joined the 1000-point club this season and he now has 1401 points.  He is currently in 8th place on the all-time list passing Tim Kehoe tonight.  I mentioned Jim Petty’s all-time total (1902) earlier.  We’ll see how Garrisson does in his senior season.

The last game is always memorable because it’s the last look we get at the departing seniors.  The Scots lose four; Jaren Yang, Jake Hart, Steven Vampatella, and Graham Tienhaara.

Noah Szilagyi gets a steal

My wife Julie and I usually appear at the Gordon graduation in May to say our farewells and to take a few photos of the graduating players.

A special thanks to Gordon coach Tod Murphy for talking to me after games whether they were wins or losses.  Most coaches have plenty to say after wins but will retreat to the locker-room after losses.  Not Tod.  Class act!

Efficiency Chart

Keith Brown 27 (25 points,12 rebounds, no turnovers)

Garrisson Duvivier 25 (20 points,13 rebounds)

Joe Shehadi 23 (12 points,8 rebounds)

Matt McDevitt 20 (19 points)

Jaren Yang 19 (11 points,7 assists)

Endicott 101

Gordon 79

Box from the game

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Jaren Yang with Coach Tod Murphy

Steven Vampatella and Graham Tienhaara finished their GC careers tonight

Freshmen point guards Josh Crutchfield and Jordan Pettway

Jaren Yang (four-year starter)

Eric Demers (14 points) shoots a three over Joey Villa

Joey Villa guards Jaren Yang

Garrisson Duvivier gets fouled by Matt McDevitt

Junior Jake Haar (11 points)

 

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