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Gordon gets caught in a trap game losing 93-88 to ENC

Eastern Nazarene sealed the win with eight consecutive free throws in the closing minute. Brenndan Rogers is at the line.

Jacob Wladroop and Jaren Yang try to get control

(Quincy MA) What is a trap game?

A trap game is one in which there is some certainty that one team will win.  Could be the comparative won/loss records for the season.  Might be the result of a previous meeting between the two teams during the season.

Gordon entered this afternoon’s game in second place in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.  ENC resided in ninth and was already eliminated from the post-season tournament.

Gordon entered this afternoon’s game with the memory of an easy, 81-59, win over the Lions on January 6th.

And sure enough, the team that wasn’t supposed to win did on Saturday afternoon in Quincy.

“No question this was our biggest win of the year,” said ENC coach Scott Polsgrove afterwards.  “It’s something we can build on.”

Garrisson Duvivier (15 points) looks for an opening

Gordon coach Tod Murphy admired the way the Lions played: “They wanted it more than we did.  They played harder than we did.”

This was a game where in both halves ENC had double digit deficits.  At Gordon in early January, the first double-digit deficit sent the Lions quickly downhill into a large loss.  Not this time.

The Scots had a seventeen-point lead (74-57) and it wouldn’t have taken much for Gordon to push the lead to twenty and then coast in as expected.  But this time around ENC just wouldn’t pack it in.

One of the reasons was senior TJ Vazquez. Honored before the game on Senior Day, TJ had the game of his ENC career.  “TJ may have scored more points today (13) than he has in his entire career,” explained Coach Polsgrove.  “He made a memory today that we won’t forget for a while.”

Let me help you remember, with a picture, which one was TJ.  He was the one making the verrrry long 3-point shot just before the first-half ended. (The picture is at the top of the page.)

Eric Demers (25 points) gets an unguarded three

The Lions (8-15) melted the Gordon lead to nothing but it was still anyone’s game (85-85) with 2:10 left.  I thought at the time that our normally effective inside/outside game would kick in.  I also thought that the Big Moment might get the home team to miss a few late-game shots.  It didn’t work out that way.

In today’s end game (2:10), the team from Wenham made one-of-five shots and had two turnovers.

Meanwhile, ENC started with a missed three and two turnovers (Opening the door for Gordon?) before knocking down eight straight free throws to secure the victory.

David Lopez (23) flips up a shot

The loss drops the Scots (11-5 in the CCC) into a 3-way tie for second place with Endicott and Roger Williams.  Roger Williams will be in the Bennett Center on Tuesday’s last regular home game. Has the makings of huge game with second place on the line.

Not so to GC Coach Tod Murphy: “I am not worried about where we finish.  We have to win three tournament games (starting February 20th) to win the title.  And they’re going to be three very good teams we have to beat.”

“We took a step backward this afternoon,” said Coach Murphy, “but we’ve got a very good team.  We didn’t show up this afternoon, but we’ll be okay when it comes to playoff time.”

“This was a huge game for us for a lot of reasons,” explained Lions coach Scott Polsgrove. “We have struggled at times and lost a lot of close games.  We are also incredibly young.”

It certainly didn’t help the Gordon chances late in this one for Eric Demers to miss two 3’s as well as two free throws.  And Garrisson fouled out with forty-seven seconds left.  Having the team’s top scorer off and the second leading scorer on the bench, just won’t lead to a positive result.

In his breakout season, Eric has had double figures in every game but one.  Two missed free throws were a shock because the 6-2 sophomore had been 38-for-39 shooting free throws the last seven games.

Jacob Waldroop gets a layup

I think that it is important for Gordon (15-8) to win the two games (Roger Williams, Salve Regina) next week to end the regular season on a roll.  We’ll get second place in the CCC and, assuming we win, get two home games in the tournament.  I like our chances at home against any of the six teams we might face.

Coach Murphy dusted off a piece of history to fuel his optimism about the tournament: “I know that the last time we won the championship we played ENC in the last game of the regular season on our Senior Night and lost.”  Sounds as if losing to ENC today, on their Senior Day, may not have been as bad as it seemed!

Coach Polsgrove: “We have all the respect in the world for Gordon.  They’re probably our main rival.  To be able to come back against them is special.”

Richie Armand was in the house.

Efficiency Chart

Garrisson Duvivier 29 (15 points, career-high 7 assists)

Eric Demers 22 (25 points,4 assists,3 steals)

Josh Rice 20 (20 points)

Noah Cheney 18 (18 points,3 assists,6 free throws in last minute)

Jacob Waldroop 16 (12 points,7 assists)

TJ Vaszuez 15 (13 points)

Eastern Nazarene 106

Gordon 104

Box from the game

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ENC works the weave

Garrisson Duvivier leans in

Battle for a rebound

Josh Rice

Noah Szilagyi shoots a three over Josh Rice

Eric Demers puts up a three

Noah Szilagyi (9 points) leads a break

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Solid team effort pushes Gordon past ENC 81-55

Eric Demers (20 points) shoots over Noah Cheney

Garrisson Duvivier (15 points) active around the rim

(Wenham MA) The Eastern Nazarene offense was as cold as the weather has been around here lately and their defense wasn’t a whole lot better.

Gordon easily defeated ENC, 81-59, on Saturday afternoon getting the 2018 part of their schedule off to a good start.

“It was a good team win,” said GC coach Tod Murphy afterwards.  Everyone played, and the shooting opportunities were abundant.

Eric Demers (20) and Garrisson Duvivier (15) paced the Scots in limited minutes.

Gordon (6-5) struggled early and trailed, 12-5, after 3 ½ minutes.  “We started poorly but finally got it together defensively,” recalled Coach Murphy.  “I keep telling our guys that our defense ignites our offense.  I definitely think that’s what happened today.”

Parker Omslaer jams

The Lions (4-7) fell into a six-minute drought while GC erased the seven-point deficit by running up sixteen unanswered points.  The Scots had four assisted layups to go with free throws by Eric Demers and three’s by Eric and Josh Crutchfield.  By the time the team from Quincy (MA) could score again they were behind, 21-12.

Gordon soon had a double-digit lead and never looked back.

The Lions were within ten (51-41) seven minutes into the second half but the Scots second unit came on and pushed the lead to twenty.  ENC had no response on this afternoon.

“Our second team did a great job,” added Coach Murphy.  “Josh (Ribeiro) and Parker (Omslaer) played huge today.  Crutch (Josh Crutchfield) hit a couple of big shots.  We need to have that second unit playing well if we’re going to be a championship team.  We can’t expect our starters to be great every single night.”

Jake Hart heavily guarded by Lions

Senior Jake Hart was a spark off the bench.  He had six points in twenty-two minutes of action.  Easily his longest time on-court this season.  “I can always count on Jake,” said Coach Murphy.  “Mr. Reliable.  I can put him in any spot on the court and he will do a great job.”

Sophomore Josh Rice led the way for ENC with thirteen points.

Some of the most entertaining games in my years of watching Gordon basketball have been against Eastern Nazarene.  The Lions always had players who could dazzle and they made ENC tough to beat.  Not seeing that on this year’s edition.

ENC, to be fair, have so far given their top five minutes to a freshman and four sophomores.

Jake Haar about to set up teammate Parker Omslaer

The Lions had nine shots blocked when they took shots from in close with Garrisson Duvivier and Parker Omslaer nearby.  Each had three rejections.

The most worrisome stat on the ENC stat sheet was personal fouls.  The Lions committed only SEVEN fouls during the entire game!  I have stats that go back over ten years and nothing comes close to that seven.

Why is that stat a problem?  It shows a lack of serious defense.  Gordon had plenty of room to operate just about anywhere.

Josh Rice had thirteen points for ENC

“ENC is not a bad team and I thought that we handled them pretty well.” said Coach Murphy.

There will be a trip to Quincy on February 10th and the Lions will have gained experience and should be expected to perform better in front of their active home student section.

Efficiency Chart

Eric Demers 23 (20 points)

Garrisson Duvivier (15 pts,8 rebounds)

Josh Rice 12 (13 pts)

Jaren Yang 11 (6 assists)

Jake Haar 11 (9 pts,3 assists)

Gordon 113

ENC 51

Box from the game

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Jaren Yang makes a fancy layup

Matt Valles finishes

Noah Cheney

Josh Ribeiro tries to get past Andrew Mitchell

Josh Crutchfield (10) looks to pass

Josh Crutchfield in close

Jake Hart (#15)

Eric Demers fakes out a defender

Garrisson Duvivier gets a layup

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Gordon gets overtime win (85-82) over ENC in conference opener

Jake Hart (#15) latches onto the final rebound between Christian Lynch (12) and Patrick Michel (5)

Jake Hart (#15) latches onto the final rebound between Christian Lynch (12) and Patrick Michel (5)

Garrisson Duvivier finished with thirty points.

Garrisson Duvivier finished with thirty points.

(Wenham MA) It wasn’t until Jake Hart cradled the final rebound that this game was over.

Gordon and Eastern Nazarene battled into overtime before the home Scots came away 85-82 winners.

Back and forth it went with small leads and clutch baskets from both teams on Wednesday night at the Bennett Center.

This contest opened the Commonwealth Coast Conference part of both team’s schedules.

Last season’s highlight game for GC, in my opinion, was an 87-85 overtime win over ENC in January at Gordon.

Tonight’s game was just as exciting.  The key to the win was Gordon’s dominance on the boards.  The Scots ended up with fourteen more shots than the visitors.

Sam Johnson gets one of his 23 rebounds

Sam Johnson gets one of his 23 rebounds

Sam Johnson had a career-high fifteen offensive rebounds for GC.

Garrisson Duvivier poured in thirty points with plenty of them coming from in-traffic layups.

The Scots never trailed in overtime.  Jaren Yang gave GC the lead right away with an old-fashioned 3-point play.  Later the junior from California drained two pressure free throws with ten seconds left to get the GC lead to 3 points.  The Lions did get a good look (Christian Lynch) at a tying three but the shot missed and Jake Hart gathered the rebound to end the game.

Earlier in regulation ENC freshman Josh Rice drilled a corner three in the closing seconds to send this game into overtime.

The Lions had six players in double figures and eighteen assisted baskets.

Jake Haar (#20) gets room for a three

Jake Haar (#20) gets room for a three

Gordon (3-2) got down by six (59-53) in regulation with 6:50 left but unanswered layups by Jaren, Garrison, and a three by Jake Haar sent GC back in front.

Gordon missed a ton of shots in close but their strength on the boards earned them numerous second chances.

It was a surprise to me that ENC never pressed.  I was so used to them in previous years generating easy baskets off Gordon turnovers.

Jaren may have missed all five 3-point attempts but he was a clutch five-for-five from the foul line with the outcome hanging in the balance.

The Lions (3-3 overall) were picked to finish 8th in the CCC by the coaches.  I can tell you now, that the team from Quincy can defend and make shots, and should end up much higher in the CCC than was expected.

Ball in the air

Ball in the air

Efficiency

Sam Johnson 26 (11 points/23 rebounds)

Garrisson Duvivier 24 (30 points/14 rebounds)

Corey Doran 21 (18 points)

Jake Haar 18 (16 points)

Josh Rice 15 (16 points/4-for-4 on 3’s)

Gordon 97

ENC 90

Next for Gordon is a league game on Saturday at Western New England.

Box from the game

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Christian Lynch goes for a block

Christian Lynch goes for a block

Garrisson Duvivier rejects Andrew Mitchell's shot

Garrisson Duvivier rejects Andrew Mitchell’s shot

Noah Cheney (#2) drives the middle

Noah Cheney (#2) drives the middle

Garrisson Duvivier gets in close

Garrisson Duvivier gets in close

Jaren Yang

Jaren Yang

Garrisson Duvivier looks to shoot

Garrisson Duvivier looks to shoot

Sam Johnson chases a loose ball

Sam Johnson chases a loose ball

Andrew Petrilli fires a three

Andrew Petrilli fires a three

 

 

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