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Gordon (21-2) tops Salve Regina 100-86 on Senior Day

Noah Szilagyi (19 points) had fifteen in the first half

Eric Demers (25 points) changes direction

(Wenham MA) Gordon defeated Salve Regina, 100-86, on Saturday afternoon at the Bennett Center.

As a result, the Scots (21-2) will finish either first or second in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

Nichols, with the same record, will visit Gordon on Wednesday night.  The Scots end their regular season at Endicott on Saturday afternoon.

“We have our two toughest games of the season coming up,” said GC coach Tod Murphy afterwards.  “Our guys have faced every single challenge this year and only lost two.”

Senior Jake Haar puts up a three in front of a large Bennett Center crowd

The Scots had wins over both Nichols and Endicott the first time around.

Gordon highlighted their seven seniors before this afternoon’s game and five of them were in the starting lineup against the Seahawks.

“We had a lot of energy right away,” said senior Jake Haar.  “The seniors played well and got us a little bit of a lead.  It was a special day for the seven seniors.”

“Noah (Szilagyi) was hot early and knocked down jump shots from everywhere,” said Coach Murphy.  “I’m not sure he missed a shot.  Luke (Meyer) got us started early on, too.  Everyone contributed.”

Kevin Kelly and Garrisson Duvivier (21 points) in close

Noah finished with nineteen points but had fifteen of them in the first half as Gordon created a double-digit lead at the half (53-39) and never looked back.

Coach Murphy was able to follow the “Senior Day script” perfectly.  The seniors started, including several with limited minutes this season. They came back in the final five minutes, and then were replaced in the closing minutes.

“To be able to put them all back in the game and then be able to take them out and give them a curtain call was a great thing,” explained Coach Murphy.

Avelino Damoura leads a break

Senior Josh Ribeiro had ten points for Gordon

Salve Regina (8-16) fell into the double-digit deficit and on this afternoon didn’t have the defense to slow down the GC offense.  The Seahawks have now lost to Gordon ten straight times.

Salve is currently tied with UNE for the final playoff spot.  The Seahawks have winless Curry left while the Nor’easters finish with Wentworth.

“We moved the ball and when we do that, we’re tough to guard,” said Jake Haar.  “That was evident on the scoreboard.  We have been focusing in practice on moving the ball because we’ll have to against Nichols and Endicott.”

Eric Demers to the rim

Because of the senior celebration, junior Eric Demers didn’t get the minutes he usually gets but he still put up some strong numbers: twenty-five points, five assists, and three steals.

The twenty-five points runs his total to 1567 and gets him past Steve Heintz into sixth place on the all-time scoring list.

Senior Garrisson Duvivier added twenty-one points.  He now has 1809 points and trails Gordon’s all-time leading scorer (Jim Petty) by ninety-three points.  With two regular-season games left, possibly two or three in the CCC tournament, and maybe some in the NCAA tournament, there could be a change atop the GC leader board.  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves!

Freshman David Massillon drives

Best crowd of the season took this one in.  Where have some of them been all season?  The team is 11-0 at home.

Senior Josh Ribeiro had a season-high ten points versus SR.

Jake Haar on his Gordon experience: “It flew by super fast.  I’m very grateful for all four years.  I still remember my first shot as if it was yesterday.  My second shot hit the side of the backboard!”

Plans for next year? “I’m not entirely sure.  I’ll probably end up back in California.  Luke (Meyer) is going to UCI and that’s in my area so I’ll have a buddy out there.  I want to get into sales, either medical equipment or pharmaceutical.”

Formers Jaren Yang, Graham Tienhaara, Udoka Obiora, and Richie Armand were in the house.

Box from the game

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Brett Bowman

Cody Hunt drives

Eric Demers puts up a three

Eric Demers

Garrisson Duvivier to the basket

Noah Szilagyi goes baseline

Noah Szilagyi looks to pass

Luke Meyer to the hoop

Noah Szilagyi makes a save

 

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Eric Demers (31 points) guides Gordon past Emerson 89-62

Eric Demers had a career day connecting on twelve shots in a 31-point performance

Geoff Gray was one of several Emerson defenders who tried to cool off the GC sophomore

(Wenham MA) “When Eric is shooting the ball the way he was today, there aren’t too many teams that are going to beat us,” explained Gordon coach Tod Murphy after the Scots routed Emerson, 89-62.

The “Eric” Coach Murphy was referring to was sophomore Eric Demers who had a couldn’t-miss Saturday afternoon with a career-high 31 points.

The Lions (6-5) put at least three different defenders (by my count) on Eric with no noticeable decline in his production.  The Falmouth (MA) grad made only three from long range but had nine other makes off drives and jump shots.

The Scots (4-4) broke away from a 12-7 deficit in the first five minutes and followed Eric’s eighteen-point, first-half to go on a 42-20 run over the final fifteen minutes of that half.

Josh Ribeiro pressured by two Emerson defenders

I expected that Emerson would cut into GC’s halftime 49-32 spread in the second half, but I was wrongly assuming that Eric would cool off. He didn’t, and his additional thirteen points led the Scots (4-4) into leads of over twenty points.

On this afternoon Emerson had no defensive answers and when Eric left the game for good, with eleven minutes remaining, Gordon was in front, 71-43.

“It was a great game to end with before the Christmas break,” added Coach Murphy.  “It was truly a team win with everyone on the roster getting to play in front of the home crowd.”

I told Coach Murphy at the outset of my interview that he was really going to have to work hard to find anything he didn’t like in the win over Emerson.  He laughed and said, “Coaches can always find something to point to that needs improvement.  I still think that our defense needs to improve significantly.”

With the outside game cooking, the Scots inside game wasn’t in the heavy demand it usually is.  Coach Murphy was quick to praise post-player Garrisson Duvivier: “Garrisson is such a team player that he saw how hot Eric was and kept feeding him the ball.”

Garrisson, himself, did get a terrific pass from teammate Josh Ribeiro that set him up for a crowd-pleasing jam.

Garrisson Duvivier dunks and teammate Eric Demers reacts

Geoff Gray had 21 points and 9 rebounds for Emerson

Junior Geoff Gray (Newton South) maintained the team-leading stats he came in with getting twenty-one points and pulling down nine rebounds.  The rest of the team from Boston suffered through a dismal afternoon.

Efficiency chart

Eric Demers 30

Geoff Gray 21

Garrisson Duvivier 19 (10 rebounds)

Josh Ribeiro 15 (8 points,4 assists)

Gordon 105

Emerson 50

Two Gordon freshman put up nice numbers: Parker Omslaer had six rebounds while Josh Crutchfield had six assists.

Will Lantier rejects an inside attempt by Garrisson Duvivier

Emerson fourth-year coach Bill Curley is the former Boston College star who, like Coach Murphy, had an NBA career.

The Gordon team will be getting together after Christmas for a flight to California to face Redlands (December 28) and Whittier (December 30).

The Dempsey brothers (Dave & Jason) took this one in as well as Hans Miersma.

No sign of Emerson alums Jay Leno and Sam Presti (GM at Oklahoma City) in the house.

Box from the game

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Eric Demers

Josh Crutchfield leads a break

Garrisson Duvivier positions for a rebound battle with John Geary and Jack O’Connor

Matt Valles spins in for two

Eric Demers gets open for a pass

Jack O’Connor looks to score as Jaren Yang defends

Josh Crutchfield drives on Jared Jackson

Josh Crutchfield had six assists

Parker Omslaer collects one of his six rebounds

Steve Vampatella applies some defense

Cody Hunt (5 points)

Brett Bowman

 

 

 

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Gordon in the zone defeating Johnson and Wales 88-80

Eric Demers had 24 points and made 8-of-8 free throws

Garrisson Duvivier poured in 27 points and had 9 rebounds

(Amesbury MA) The Scots broke out a zone defense and it worked against non-league Johnson & Wales on Tuesday night in Providence, Rhode Island.

The final was 88-80.

GC had lost three of their previous four games.

Zone defenses don’t always work because too many open shots turn up.  On this night the Wildcats, however, couldn’t capitalize long-range missing twenty-three of thirty-one attempts. While J&W struggled from beyond the arc, the Scots had a season low in attempts (seventeen) but a season high in 3-point percentage (47%).

The Scots had terrific games from Garrisson Duvivier and Eric Demers.  Garrisson had twenty-seven points and nine rebounds.  Eric contributed twenty-four points and made eight-of-eight free throws.

This game had a crunch time and the talented two-some were both there to make sure that this one didn’t slip away from Gordon.

The visitors led by nine (79-70) with five minutes left.  Credit J&W, they rallied to 81-79 in three minutes assuring us of an exciting final two minutes.

The Scots produced points in every possession down the stretch while the home team marred their’s with a turnover, two missed three’s, and a missed free throw.  Eric Demers made both free throw attempts while his junior teammate, Garrisson, got to the basket for a layup, made a free throw, and had the GC bench jumping up and down with a thunderous dunk set up by Jaren Yang.

Sometimes the difference between winning and losing is taking good care of the ball.  Three days ago, Eric and Garrisson combined for twelve turnovers. Tonight? ONE turnover.

The Wildcats did get quite a few good looks on the perimeter but inside was a different story.  J&W had few drives to the basket.  They did pass their way into layups on occasion, but they were, for the most part, content to fire from long range.

Just as zone defenses can lead to good looks, so can full-court pressure lead to the same thing.  The Wildcats applied the pressure and when GC handled it they often turned up high-percentage shots.

A key player for Gordon was Josh Ribeiro.  The Scots struggled to score points in the first half, but Josh came off the bench and gave them ten points in ten minutes of playing time.

GC Coach Tod Murphy probably wondered about that zone defense in the first half as junior Matt Madoian poured in sixteen points to establish a career high in points.  You expected that a cooling off period might follow and it did.

Brian Hogan-Gary was terrific for the Wildcats.  His stat line included; twenty points, eleven rebounds, and seven assists.  Brian was closing in on a triple/double!

The Wildcats had won four straight.

I couldn’t tell from the J&W feed whether Wildcat Willie (official mascot) or Emiril Lagasse (celebrity chef who graduated from J&W) were in the house.

Gordon (3-4) host Emerson on Saturday afternoon in non-league play.  I wonder if we’ll see some more of that zone?

Johnson & Wales was 28-3 in 2015-16.

Efficiency Chart

Garrisson Duvivier 27

Brian Hogan-Gary 27

Eric Demers 24 (8-for-8 on free throws)

Matt Madoian 21 (24 points)

Jaren Yang 12 (13 points, 6 rebounds)

Gordon 92

Johnson & Wales 86

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UNE changes approach and wins 121-113 shootout vs Gordon

(Biddeford ME) What a game!

The front-runner for Coach-of-the-Year in the Commonwealth Coast Conference has got to be Ed Silva of the University of New England.

A team content to nurse every possession down to the last few seconds in years past transformed itself into a run-and-gun club in the nine-month offseason.

Gordon ran into the new-and-improved Nor’easters tonight, and despite a second-half rally, lost 121-113 on Wednesday in the CCC opener for both teams.

I had seen the stats from UNE’s first five games and had seen a team that was putting up 3’s and forcing mistakes on the opposition.  Gordon (1-2) fell victim to both categories in the first half.  While UNE made nine 3’s in the first half the Scots committed an unremarkable EIGHTEEN turnovers in that same half.  Wicked bad combo!

Trailing 60-44 at the half, and the way UNE was playing, I had a sense that a serious blowout was about to happen.  That sense was nonsense as GC began to look for answers off the bench and found some.  The Nor’easters weren’t giving any ground but at least GC was better taking care of the ball.

Down twenty-four points (97-71) with seven minutes left the Scots put together the best combo of scoring and defense I may have ever seen for the next six minutes.  UNE’s quick shot approach turned sour as they cooled off and Gordon made appropriate passes and a steady flow of shots and got the lead down to five, 114-109, in the last minute.  That’s thirty-eight points in six minutes!

But it was too little too late.  UNE, and I credit Coach Ed Silva for this, changed the tempo to a more controlled approach.  He used his timeouts to rest his players and organize them.  It interested me that previously he called timeouts just to substitute players and then cut the timeouts short.  It was a whole new approach.

Anyhow, in the closing minutes the Nor’easters took advantage of GC’s need to overplay the UNE perimeter shooters and drove against single defenders.  That approach drew fouls and on this evening those foul shots dropped and the home team had a CCC win.

Gavin Dibble put up the big numbers for UNE with twenty-five points.  Just to get an idea of the style of play, UNE had FIFTEEN different players score in the first half!  They were coming in in waves with the green light shining for anyone with an opening.

One casualty in this game was the Efficiency Chart.  I usually put the top five in the game and normally there are at least two from each team unless the game was one-sided.

Gavin Dibble 32

Garrisson Duvivier 31 (19 pts, 16 reb, 4 assts)

Eric Demers 28 (29 pts, 8 reb)

Josh Ribeiro 16 (4 assts,3 blk, 2 stls) Birthday today

Jaren Yang 13 (6 assts, 8-for-8 FTs)

That’s the top five and you would want to think that Gordon dominated the game.  But UNE countered the GC top four with fifteen contributors.   Gordon finished with a remarkable 133 on the Efficiency chart while UNE earned only a 94.  Maybe that Efficiency stat isn’t as great as I think it is?

It certainly didn’t hurt the home team that they got hot in the first half and turned a 12-8 deficit into a comfortable 43-23 spread in eleven minutes.  That 31-15 segment (included six successful UNE 3’s) may have been the worst GC basketball I have seen in a while.

But it was that kind of game with plenty of good and also plenty of not so good.

One of the struggles GC had in the first half was finishing breaks.  When the Scots broke through the UNE’s backcourt pressure there were some glittering opportunities for layups.  Not all of them were made.

UNE (2-4) was picked by the coaches to finish 8th (out of ten teams) in the CCC.  I wonder where those same coaches would place UNE now?

Teams that rely on a few players playing long minutes to give them most of their points will be in trouble against the UNE style.  The team from Biddeford (ME) prevents teams from controlling the tempo and if their long shots are dropping, good luck.

You couldn’t help but be distracted by the three UNE students under the basket GC was shooting at.  Why they hadn’t painted UNE on the front of them was obviously an oversight.  My theory, based on the website visuals, was that this was the before part of the before-and-after weight-loss program they were starting.  Coming to the basketball court instead of the food court would be the key piece in the transition they would be undertaking.  Their calisthenics showed not only promise but plenty of loose baggage.  Changing their physiques from trunk to carry-on will take time but I, for one, admire their intensity.

Gordon gets Nichols next.  That may not be pretty.  Nichols blasted Endicott tonight.  The Scots will have to find ways to match up with some very good one-on-one players in Dudley (MA) on Saturday to win this one.

Box Score

 

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Gordon lapses lead to 92-82 loss to non-league Salem State

Jaren Yang (sixteen points and four rebounds)

Jaren Yang (sixteen points and four rebounds)

(Newtown CT) Breakdowns on both ends of the court cost Gordon and they were defeated by Salem State, 92-82, on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center.

The GC online feed was terrific.

The Scots (2-2) had no answers for senior Marcus Faison.  The 6-5 lefty poured in thirty-one points to go with ten rebounds and zero turnovers.  Eighteen of those points came in the first half for the (3-1) Vikings.

The quick visitors were able to get to the basket with alarming ease most of the time. The GC perimeter defense was shaky at best.

The home team might have gotten away with the porous defense if they had been better when they had the ball.  Not on this night.  Turnovers (22) messed up scoring opportunities and factored in two significant first-half scoring droughts.

Gordon had a 23-23 tie going before tallying only two points over the next five minutes.  Six of seven shooting and two turnovers happened during that stretch.

The final 3:53 minutes of the first half Gordon went scoreless.  Six missed shots and four turnovers were in this unfortunate run.

That’s nearly nine minutes of 2-point basketball and six turnovers.  Lessen that disaster and Gordon had a chance.

Salem State has now won four straight in the local rivalry.

Senior Sam Johnson’s run of double/double’s reached six with nineteen points and twelve rebounds.

The Scots were within four once (59-55) and five several times in the second half.  Kept thinking that a run to catch up was in the making as the Vikings began to settle for outside shots.  However, there were too many empty possessions (22 Vikings points off turnovers) by the home team to make a run.

It was obvious that the news of Jake Haar’s outside shooting success had reached the Salem State coaching staff.  Jake was blanketed by junior Shaquan Murray and his touches and shots were very limited.

Jake Lindland (son of former GC scoring machine Doug Lindland) saw action for the Vikings.

Salem State had thirteen steals without trapping.  Just solid one-on-one defense.

This was one of Jaren Yang’s best games.  Minimized the turnovers and collected sixteen points and four rebounds.

Josh Ribeiro has certainly played himself into regular minutes off the bench by hustling and making shots.  He was called for goaltending in this game.

Graham Tienhaara put up good numbers in short minutes (12) and came away with an efficiency grade of thirteen.

Efficiency

Marcus Faison 38

Sam Johnson 28

Shaquan Murray 19 (13 points/5 steals)

Shyheim Davis Smith 16 (11 points/3 steals)

Jaren Yang 15

Salem State 102

Gordon 92

Next game for the Scots is November 30th (Wednesday) at 5:30PM at the Bennett Center.

Box from this game.

Plenty to be thankful for!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gordon wins tourney opener 87-72 over Potsdam

Sam Johnson collected 19 points to go with 14 rebounds

Sam Johnson collected 19 points to go with 14 rebounds

Garrisson Duvivier had 22 points to go with 5 assists

Garrisson Duvivier had 22 points to go with 5 assists

(Amesbury MA) Gordon needed a rousing comeback to win the opening round of the North County Invitational, 87-72, over Potsdam (0-2) on Friday night.

But comeback they did, from fourteen down (22-8), and now have started the 2016-17 season win two straight wins.

Tomorrow afternoon the Scots will take on Clarkson for the championship.

Excellent video feed from Potsdam that included commentary and a visible score.  It would be nice to have something like that for Gordon’s home games…….but I digress.

Two games in it is obvious that Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier have increased their effectiveness around the basket.  Single coverage on either of them has not gone well for opponents so far.

Garrisson led all scorers with twenty-two points while Sam added nineteen points to go with fourteen rebounds.

The Scots came out missing and the local team made shots and had a ten-point (42-32) halftime lead.  I’m guessing that things were real interesting at halftime in the GC locker room over the way the first half went.

Something kicked in after intermission and it was good news for Gordon.  The Scots broke out 16-5 and caught the Bears with 16:44 remaining.  The points piled up in a hurry as Gordon rolled up fifty-five points in the second half and won going away.

Josh Ribeiro set a career record with eight points

Josh Ribeiro set a career record with eight points

Graham Tienhaara set a career high in points (10) and added 8 rebounds

Graham Tienhaara set a career high in points (10) and added 8 rebounds

Sam and Garrisson played big roles as mentioned above.  In this game, we also saw some of the GC depth kick in.  Sophomore Josh Ribeiro had a career high eight points and collected four rebounds.  Also off the bench was junior Graham Tienhaara with a career high in points (ten) to go with eight rebounds.

Starters Jaren Yang (10 points/2 turnovers) and Jake Hart (9 points/4 assists) have provided a quiet consistency so far that limits scoring droughts and lessens turnovers.

Efficiency

Sam Johnson 29

Garrisson Duvivier 19

Jake Hart 13

Jaren Yang 13

Graham Tienhaara 13

Gordon College 100

Potsdam 61

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