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Gordon loses tough one to Roger Williams, 92-85, in double OT

Nick Marini had 12 assists, 8 rebounds, and 14 points for Roger Williams

Nick Marini had 12 assists, 8 rebounds, and 14 points for Roger Williams

(Amesbury MA) Huge win for the Hawks.

In two overtimes, Roger Williams defeated Gordon, 92-85, on Wednesday night.

The victory moves the Hawks into a three-way tie for the top spot in the Commonwealth Coast Conference with Nichols and Endicott.  The Bison dropped the Gulls at Dudley tonight.

For the Scots, the loss was devastating.  Instead of getting back into contention for a possible third-place finish, GC is now tied with Wentworth for the final spot to earn a first-round home game in the CCC tournament.

Ahead Gordon has to face Wentworth, in Boston, on Saturday.  The Scots have lost six straight to the Leopards.

Things are not looking good for the team from Wenham.  Of course, we heard that same tune the other night about the team from Foxboro, didn’t we?

This loss to Roger Williams was about as frustrating as they come.  The Scots had some remarkably good stats (Sam Johnson 22 rebounds, Garrisson Duvivier 30 points, Jake Haar 5-for-5 from long range) and some remarkably bad stats (27 turnovers, 10 free throws missed). Sadly, in this game, those bad ones carried the day.

In the outcome-deciding second overtime, Gordon led 81-80.  In four of the next five possessions there were turnovers.  Meanwhile, RW had a three from Jaylen Jennings, and two free throws and a layup from Josh Syska to gain separation, 87-81.  Game. Set. Match.

Jaylen (16 points including 5 triples) had a big part in getting the home team into overtime.  Most of his made three’s were from NBA range.

Josh Syska is outstanding at drawing real and imagined charges

Josh Syska is outstanding at drawing real and imagined charges

Josh had seventeen points but his biggest contribution may well have been convincing the referees that Garrisson and Sam were knocking him to the floor by fouling him.  Their tendency to back opponents down played right into his “flopmeister” tactics.  In hockey, they have penalties for diving.  Not yet in basketball so the referees have to be in a position to determine whether the fall was connected to contact or a possible acting career.

Roger Williams struggled to make shots for the longest time.  The misfirings enabled GC to reach their biggest lead (43-27) two minutes into the second half.

Three-plus minutes later the Scots were still stuck on 43 and RW had run nine straight.  Again, turnovers played a part as GC had three of them during that stretch.

The thing about the turnovers is that Roger Williams never pressed.  Gordon was careless with the ball.  Dribbling in traffic or bad judgment on passing lanes, were involved often in the costly miscues.  Tonight’s twenty-seven tied a season high.

Garrisson Duvivier had thirty points for GC

Garrisson Duvivier had thirty points for GC

A team shouldn’t win with that many mistakes but Gordon nearly did.  There was no letup on the Scots’ part and a slight decrease in the TO’s and a slight elevation in free throw accuracy and they would have won.  Sounds like the Falcons talking!  Coulda. Shoulda.

Freshman Sam Traicoff has been elevated to the first player off the Gordon bench.  He drained two 3’s in thirty minutes of action.  The entire season prior to tonight he had played only fifty minutes.  Losing both Eric Demers and Noah Szilagyi has given Sam his chance.

Nick Marini was terrific for the Hawks.  The junior point guard had twelve assists, eight rebounds, and fourteen points.  RW needed his two free throws with six seconds left in the first overtime to reach the second overtime.

The Hawks (18-4) have now won four straight.  They will be at Endicott on Saturday.

Gordon (12-10 overall, 9-6 in the CCC) can now finish no higher than fourth.  Saturday’s game at WIT could very well decide that 4th spot.

Jake Haar was 5-for-5 from long range

Jake Haar was 5-for-5 from long range

Jake Haar was back in his CCC-leading, 3-point shooting form making 5-of-5.  He put a 6-for-20 stretch over the last three games behind him.  Finding the sophomore more shots has to be a priority.

Efficiency

Nick Marini 30

Garrisson Duvivier 24 (30 points, 12 rebounds)

Sam Johnson 21 (8 points, 22 rebounds)

Austin Coene 19 (22 points)

Josh Syska 16 (17 points, 7 rebounds)

Roger Williams 105

Gordon 90

Roger Williams has beaten Endicott and Wentworth but lost to Nichols twice.

The feed from RW was very good.

The snow forecast tomorrow as well as for Saturday and Sunday could impact the games this weekend.  But this is New England!  Snow happens.

Box from this game.

 

 

 

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Gordon ousts Roger Williams 78-59 to reach CCC semi-finals

Hans Miersma moves in for second-half dunk vs Roger Williams

Hans Miersma moves in for second-half dunk vs Roger Williams

Jason Dempsey gets one of his career-high twelve rebounds

Jason Dempsey gets one of his career-high twelve rebounds

(Wenham MA) For the second Tuesday in a row, Gordon used a strong second half to dispatch Roger Williams.

The stakes were much higher this time around as Gordon’s, 78-59, win over RWU gets the Scots to the Commonwealth Coast Conference tourney semi-finals on Thursday night (7PM) back at the Bennett Center.

The surprise opponent on Thursday night will be #7 seed Wentworth.  The 12-14 Leopards had lost three straight, been beaten twice by Eastern Nazarene, but still found a way to hush the Lions, 81-78, tonight.

The #3 seeded Scots (15-10) would have been playing ENC in Quincy if the Leopards had lost but now Gordon gets a second home game in the CCC tournament.

Freshman Josh Syska

Freshman Josh Syska

The undersized Hawks (10-16) lived from long range in the first half in this CCC quarterfinals matchup.  Freshman Zac Campbell (he had 22 in RW’s win over GC on January 22nd) and Josh Syska were a nifty 6-for-6 from beyond the arc in the first half.  The visitors only trailed, 36-32, at halftime.

In the second half, however, the Hawks struggled mightily to get points.  Meanwhile, Gordon found high percentage offense from many sources.  The Scots shot a sizzling 65% in the second half.

Gordon’s four-point halftime lead (36-32) had expanded to eleven (47-36) six-plus minutes into the second half.

The game-deciding segment followed.  The Scots ran nine straight to get up by twenty (56-36) with 11:57 left.  The keys to this crucial run were a layup by Sam Johnson, jump shots by Alex Carnes and Sam, plus a Shaun Roach triple.

The best RWU could do the rest of the way was to get within twelve (70-58) with four minutes left.  But the Gordon trio of high percentage shots, defense, and rebounding kept the Hawks from making a serious run at the lead.

Shaun Roach fires a three and Roy Ray on the bench signals it

Shaun Roach fires a three and Roy Ray on the bench signals it

The most notable final stat was Gordon’s 41-19 rebounding edge.  That “19” was a season-low for an opponent.  Jason Dempsey led the rebounding Scots with a career-high twelve rebounds.

Again no Chris Bardwell for Roger Williams.  The talented freshman has a concussion.  He was in uniform but not allowed to participate.

Hans Miersma had six points and two quick fouls in the first half and played only five minutes.  In the second half, the first-team CCC selection stayed out of foul trouble and added ten points and two blocks.  Hans was once again named the CCC’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Park Thomas (11 points) had his best game stat-wise in the last three weeks.  The key to his improved play, in my head, is the assists-to-turnovers number.  Over the last five games the CCC’s third teamer has 37 assists and only 13 turnovers.

Park Thomas and Ryan Palumbo

Park Thomas and Ryan Palumbo

Taylor Bajema (10 points) did a nice job defending Hawks point guard Ryan Palumbo.  The Scots were taller at every position and had shot-blocking Hans Miersma lurking in the lane.  The Hawks were forced to score from long range and that only worked for them for one half.

Efficiency stats
Hans Miersma 18
Ryan Palumbo 17 (13 points/6 assists)
Josh Syska 16 (16 points/7 rebounds)
Park Thomas 16
Zac Campbell 12 (13 points/3 assists)

Gordon 111
Roger Williams 38

Josh Syska (formerly of St. John’s Prep in Danvers) was able to draw another offensive foul on Jason Dempsey.  It looks as if some pretty serious embellishment was on display to me.

Sophomore Richie Armand gave GC coach Tod Murphy five assists with no turnovers.  He also made his second three of the season.

I got home in time to watch the end of the Endicott/Salve Regina game.  With the score tied very late in the game, a Salve turnover is followed by a wide open three from the corner by Lachlan Magee with four seconds left.  The Gulls’ shot misses and they are very slow to get back on defense.  Salve breaks away 3-on-1 and gets a foul call at the buzzer.  Scott St. Lawrence makes the second of two free throws to win the game.  That free throw ends my hoped for scenario of Gordon/Endicott in the finals at the Bennett Center on Saturday.  I am now willing to settle for Salve being with us at the Bennett Center on Saturday afternoon.  We’ll see how things work out.

Alex Carnes made second team in the CCC.  Ryan Palumbo was on the second team as well.

Box from the game

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Joseph Henry and Luke Hamilton look for the handle

Joseph Henry and Luke Hamilton look for the handle

Ryan Palumbo looks to pass

Ryan Palumbo looks to pass

Andrew Wasik and Richie Armand

Andrew Wasik and Richie Armand

eyeing a rebound

eyeing a rebound

Dominic Paradis heads for the hoop

Dominic Paradis heads for the hoop

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