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Michael Makiej debuts with 28 points as Gordon downs Curry 99-63 in opener

Freshman Michael Makiej had 28 points and 12 rebounds in his first game at Gordon

Plenty of inside shots turned up for Michael Makiej vs Curry

(Wenham MA) It’s always nice to make a good first impression.

And freshman Michael Makiej certainly did that collecting twenty-eight points as Gordon defeated Curry, 99-63, on Friday night at the Bennett Center.

“We’re just happy to be able to play basketball,” said Gordon coach Tod Murphy post-game.  “So many conferences in New England are not playing this year.”

The Scots (1-0) may end up with ten-to-twelve games.

“We have ten scheduled,” said Coach Murphy, “including one more tomorrow with Curry, as well as two each with Western New England, Nichols, Suffolk, and Endicott.  I am going to try to get a couple with Eastern Nazarene.  Everything depends on staying Covid-free.”

The visitors from Milton (MA) stayed with Gordon through the first 13 ½ minutes and were ahead, 27-26.

Zach Bennett – 8 points and 3 steals

The rest of the first half the Scots, led by Garrett Sattazahn and Zach Bennett, put a 17-3 segment together and were in command, 43-30, at the half.

Garrett had a triple, a jumper, and a steal during the good run while Zach had two steals that were turned into points.

Curry coach Joe Busacca was disappointed with the way things went.  “We’re so young that we’re going to make a ton of mistakes early,” he said.  “Gordon has some good upper classmen who know how to win and played in big games last year.  When we cooled off, we didn’t respond very well.  If the ball doesn’t go in, it doesn’t mean we can’t compete in the defensive end.”

Drew Thibeault had ten rebounds

Freshman Josh Vargas (6’8”) was a presence inside.  He put fifteen points together with fourteen rebounds.  Angelo Sardgna (12 points) and Jayquan Leonard (10 points) reached double figures for the Colonels.

Gordon’s late run in the first half spilled over into the entire second half.  The Scots put up fifty-six points and Michael Makiej had twenty-two of them.

Senior Parker Omslaer joked about Michael’s performance afterwards: “My all-time high is twenty-three points and he beats it in his first game.  I don’t even know what to say about that.”

There were nothing but inside shots in the points Michael collected.  “Credit my teammates,” he said, “they gave me the good looks on the high post.  It’s not about me.  It about the team.  I was just having fun out there.”

Angel Sardegna had twelve points for Curry

Michael came to Gordon from Lexington Christian Academy.  “He’s one of the most talented offensive players we’ve ever had here,” said Coach Murphy.  “He has some things to learn but he could be an absolute nightmare to defend.”

Michael (6’4”) had twelve rebounds to go with his twenty-eight points.

Newcomer Drew Thibeault had ten rebounds.

“Excited to be here,” said Drew.  “I transferred from RPI.  There’s something special going on here and I wanted to be part of it.  Putting up ninety-nine points in your first game is pretty good.”

Justin Yu (15 points)

Coach Murphy: “Justin Yu (15 points) had a great game off the bench.  Caleb (Scott) filled in nicely when Parker got into foul trouble.  Garrett (Sattazahn) will be our go-to guy this season.  His shooting was off a bit but in the 2nd half he distributed the ball and had several steals.”

The Scots played a zone defense for much of the game.  Coach Murphy is not a fan of it.  “I hate that defense.  It did work tonight but only because they weren’t hitting shots.  That may well be different against other teams we face.”

Josh Crutchfield: “I am so blessed to be back on the court and be with these guys.  I love them.  Michael had a phenomenal game.  He loves basketball and is a great kid.  We scored 99 points but out defense was very good too.”

Garrett Sattazahn (16 points)

Michael Makiej: “There are Christian aspects to being here at Gordon.  We pray together before each practice.  I really like that.”

I told Garrett Sattazahn afterwards that I wondered how this year’s team was going to make up for all the points Eric Demers’ scored the previous season.  “Tonight, Michael took care of the ‘Eric’ part,” he said.

The biggest surprise for me was seeing what the new Bennett Center looked like.  I wasn’t the only one pleasantly surprised.

“The court, the mats, the stands, are all awesome,” said Garrett.  “You couldn’t ask for a better facility.”

David Massillon, who wasn’t in uniform because of surgery, summed things up best. “It sure was nice to see all the guys with smiles on their faces after an opening night win in this fine facility.”

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

Eric Demers and David Massillon

Garrett Sattazahn

Caleb Scott (7 rebounds, 7 points)

Josh Crutchfield guards Jayquan Leonard

Michael Makiej guards Nabi Mwesiga

Parker Omslaer (9 rebounds)

Josh Crutchfield

Drew Thibeault

Jordan Bretton

RJ Hadfield

Nabi Mwesiga

Zach Quanico

Michael Makiej to the basket

Marcus Retegues

Marcus Retegues from the corner

Jayson Clayton

 

 

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Western New England shoots by Gordon 112-98

Zach Tavitian (21 points) in close against Parker Omslaer

Alex Sikorski (24 points, 8 rebounds)

(Wenham MA) Gordon got on the wrong end of a shootout and lost to Western New England, 112-98, on Tuesday night in a Commonwealth Coast Conference game.

The Golden Bears had a 71-point second half and the Scots (6-5) could only hang around for so long under such a barrage.

“Defensively, we’re not good,” said GC coach Tod Murphy afterwards.

Gordon (1-2 in the CCC) plays zone defense almost exclusively but for the final eight minutes tonight they went man-to-man.

Josh Crutchfield (14 points) looks to get the ball inside

“We don’t see a zone defense all year, certainly for this length of time,” said WN coach Colin Tabb post-game.  “I thought that we did a good job of getting the ball to the middle against their zone.”

Western New England (8-5) had six players in double figures led by Alex Sikorski (24), Tim Reilly (24), and Zach Tavitian (21).

“Alex Sikorski and Mike McGuire (15 points) are two of the top shooters in the conference,” said Coach Murphy.  “(Tim) Reilly is another good player.  I don’t think he missed a shot all night.”

The Bears (3-1 in CCC) took the lead for good in the first half.

Despite WNE’s 71-point second half the Scots were within four points three different times; 50-46, 78-74, and 86-82 in that second half.  Knowing the way Gordon can put up points, there was always a chance that they could catch the Bears.  But on this night, the Bears had so many contributors that they had answers when GC got close.

“We’ve got the talent to beat teams but until we put a priority on the defensive end of the floor, it’s going to be a struggle,” admitted Coach Murphy.

Eric Demers (32 points) with three Bears on alert

The least kept secret in the CCC could be Eric Demer’s ability to put up points.  Teams come in with a plan and WNE was no different.  “We knew how good he is,” said Colin Tabb.  “We tried to limit his touches and find him early.  Multiple players took turns guarding him.”

Eric still found 32 points.  On this night many of his points were free throws.  At least there he wasn’t guarded tightly by one player with several other defenders nearby ready to help.

Junior Josh Crutchfield (14 points) had a career high in points.  He has the quickness to get to the basket and did it several times.

Sophomores Ben North and David Massillon, as well as junior Avelino Damoura, were unavailable for Gordon.  “Right now, we’re so depleted with injuries,” explained Coach Murphy.  “We have three of our top eight or nine players sitting on the bench.”

Zach Bennett in for two

Coach Murphy was optimistic about the future: “Don’t get me wrong.  I haven’t lost hope on the season. We can still beat a lot of teams.  We need to get hot at the right time.  We also need to discover the ability and desire to get stops.”

The stat that seemed to please Coach Tabb the most was assists: “We’re 3rd in the country in assists.  We had twenty-two more tonight.  It’s nice to see the guys looking for each other.  Hunting shots for each other.  Passing up good for great.  Sometimes I get frustrated when we pass up good shots but often they find better shots.”

Coach Murphy: “Western New England is a very good team.  What we saw tonight is the way they have been playing most of the season.”

Coach Tabb thought that the 112 points his team scored might be a program high.  If that isn’t a program high, I’m guessing that the 71-point second half would be.

Parker Omslaer (19 points)

Parker Omslaer (19 points) had a strong second half.  When the 6-11 junior gets the ball in close, other teams have to send help, which should create openings for GC perimeter shooters.

The students still aren’t back so it was mostly teammates and relatives in the house.

Junior Zach Tavitian had eleven rebounds to go with his twenty-one points.  He also had three blocks.

Senior Mike McGuire finished with nine assists and three steals to go with his fifteen points.

Freshman Garrett Sattazahn added six assists to his ten points.

Ahead for the Scots is Endicott in Beverly on Thursday night.  The Gulls were nipped (71-70) by Nichols tonight.

Western New England’s only league loss was to Endicott.  “We didn’t shoot well,” explained Coach Tabb.

Box from the game

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

Nick DeGennaro (15 points)

Loose ball

Justin Yu defends Nick DeGennaro

Garrett Sattazahn (10 points, 6 assists)

Eric Demers to the rim with the left hand

Eric Demers from straight away

Eric Demers at the foul line

Eric Demers tries a three from the right

Cole Eiber spent time defending Eric Demers

Tim Reilly (24 points)

 

 

 

 

 

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Gordon rolls past UNE 110-90 to run streak to eleven

Josh Crutchfield set a career high in points with thirteen

(Amesbury MA) Reach for the record books when UNE is the opponent.

The Nor’easters play most of their defense in the backcourt, shoot three’s with abandon, and look to wear down opponents with frequent substitutions.

The style can throw an opponent off but not the Scots tonight as they started fast and routed UNE, 110-90, on Thursday night in Biddeford (ME).

Gordon (12-1) went up by double figures five minutes into the game and put together an astounding 67-point first half while UNE committed seventeen first-half turnovers.

Eric Demers set a career mark in steals with seven

If Eric Demers has had a better half, I can’t recall it: Twenty points, three assists, six steals!

The Nor’easters were better in the second half but a 24-point deficit (67-43) is large when GC had so many good looks to choose from when they took care of the basketball.

When the Scots forced UNE to play half-court defense there was gold to be found and it was usually close to the basket.  Sophomore Parker Omslaer (20 points) had a career game inside not missing a shot.

Noah Szilagyi (24) and Josh Crutchfield (13) set career marks in points scored.  Three of Josh’s points came on a half-court buzzer beater ending the first half.

Garrisson Duvivier (17 rebounds/17 points) had his tenth double/double of the season.  His nine assists were a career high.

Eric Demers had the awesome first half and ended with 25 points, 7 assists, and 7 steals.  The steals were a career high.  With tonight’s points Eric passed Gene Fitzgerald and Nathan Ubelhofer on the all-time scoring list.  ED is now 10th and climbing.

Garrisson Duvivier set a career mark in assists with nine

The first half was a treat to watch.  The second half, not so much.

How come?  The Gordon zone gave up too many three’s and layups.  In the first half UNE struggled to get those kinds of shots.  Not in the second half.  On offense?  Way too many turnovers.  Twenty-five is a season high.  Hanging onto the ball too long led to many of them.  Trying to dribble through double-teams probably accounted for the rest of them. However, when Gordon found the open man, and passed the ball around, UNE was in trouble.  On one beautiful sequence every Gordon player touched the ball with a dunk finishing the possession.

Gordon has now won eleven straight, but that mark won’t mean much to Gordon’s next two opponents; Nichols (Saturday) and Endicott (Thursday).  If we’re still talking about Gordon’s win streak a week from now, it will be time to really get excited about this year’s team.

Box from the game

Noah Szilagyi set career marks in points (24) and turnovers (8)

 

 

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Gordon fails to thaw out in 87-56 loss in California to Redlands

Josh Crutchfield had a career-high eleven points against Redlands.

(Sellersville PA) Sometimes it takes a while to adjust to weather that is at least fifty degrees warmer than where you are coming from.

The team from California (Redlands) had no such problem. They were warm from the get-go and ran away from still-chilled Gordon, 87-56, on Thursday afternoon.

The Bulldogs (3-6) couldn’t miss while the visitors from frigid Wenham had an alarmingly cold performance.

The home team led from beginning to end riding extremely accurate three-point shooting.  Redlands had separation by halftime (42-24) and bench-clearing kicked in during the second half.

The first-half, long-range shooting differential gives you the game in a nutshell: Redland (9-for-14), Gordon (1-for-9).

There were points to be had but Gordon (4-5) couldn’t cash in.  Redlands, on the other hand, broke the bank!  Eight different Bulldogs had success from beyond the arc.

Freshman Josh Crutchfield (11) was the only player to reach double figures for GC.  Josh lives about an hour away from Redlands in Ladera Ranch.  He may have had a cheering section on hand.

Senior Steve Vampatella rejected a Redlands shot.

Eric Demers came into the game averaging 22 points per game.  Redlands junior Trevor Baker held Eric to a quiet two points in the first half when this game slipped away from the Scots.  Eric finished with a 4-for-15 afternoon.  The Scots visit nearby Whittier on Saturday (6PM our time) and will be hoping that Eric returns to the 18-for-31 form he displayed in GC’s two previous wins.

Efficiency Chart

Joey Sponheim 25 (9-for-14, 23 points)

Trevor Baker 19 (9 assists, 11 points)

David Menary 17 (15 points)

Garrisson Duvivier 14 (11 rebounds)

Redlands 108

Gordon 51

Low grades for the Redlands feed.  The stopping and going was enough to give you a headache.  On the other hand, the way the game was going it may have been better to not see most of it.

Trying to grasp the purpose of the Bulldogs full-court pressure in the closing minutes, already up by thirty.

I did see enough of the game to catch Steve Vampatella’s block down the stretch.

I was also able to see Josh Ribeiro on the Gordon bench but inactive.  He is a very important contributor to the Scots.

Boxscore

 

 

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