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Alex Carnes shines late as Gordon edges Curry 63-59

Alex Carnes (22 points) made four free throws in the last thirteen seconds

Alex Carnes (22 points) made four free throws in the last thirteen seconds

Alex Carnes looks for a shot

Alex Carnes looks for a shot

(Wenham MA)  Alex Carnes was the late-game hero as Gordon rallied to defeat Curry, 63-59, on Thursday night in Commonwealth Coast Conference play.

Alex (22 points) made two free throws to give the Scots a two-point lead with thirteen seconds left and followed that with shot block on Lambros Papalambros.  Alex recovered the blocked shot, got fouled and went back down the other end and sank two more free throws with two seconds left to ice the game.

It certainly was a memorable ending to a conference game in which the Scots trailed by as many as eleven points (46-35) seven minutes into the second half.

Gordon (3-2 in the CCC/5-6 overall) still trailed by nine (49-40) with 11:50 left.  But then came the big run for the Scots as they put up ten straight (two free throws each by Jason Dempsey and Park Thomas, a Jason Dempsey layup, and a dunk and layup by Hans Miersma) and took the lead four minutes later.

The game was tied (59-59) with 2:56 left and was clearly there for the taking by either team.

Hans Miersma (17 points) gets set to tie the score

Hans Miersma (17 points) gets set to tie the score

The Colonels (1-4 in the CCC/2-8 overall), however,  never scored again.  In three straight possessions they settled for the 3-pointer.  Meanwhile the Scots missed on a jump shot before turning the ball over.

The third Gordon possession was crucial.  Alex Carnes got in close and was fouled by Rodney Beldo with thirteen seconds left.  Curry was over the limit so Alex was awarded two shots that set him up to be the hero for Gordon.

Those twenty-two points Alex scored were a season high for him and the second highest in his Gordon career.

Antonio Jones

Antonio Jones

Antonio Jones tallied eighteen points for Curry with scores driving and from long range.

Hans Miersma had his sixth double/double of the season with seventeen points (11 in the second half) and ten rebounds.  Frequently when Hans moved away from the low block on the strong side he took defenders with him and Alex Carnes was able to slide in there and get points in close.

Nine players scored for Gordon.

AJ Stephens is no longer with the Curry team.  His inside presence was sorely missed by the Colonels.  I thought that Thomas McLean and Matthew Russell did a pretty good job denying Hans Miersma touches but in doing so opened space for other Scots to get good looks.

Lambros Papalambros (15 points) was guarded by Taylor Bajema.  Lambros was all-in when it came to exchanging banter with the Gordon spectators.  The 6-4 senior made first-team, all-conference last season.

Park Thomas and Carlos Ribeiro battle in mid-air

Park Thomas and Carlos Ribeiro battle in mid-air

The crowd was surprising since the students are still on break.

Gordon lost three times to Curry last season including the title game on February 23rd.

Gordon and Curry were picked 1-2 in the CCC preseason coaches’ poll.

The Scots will travel to Newport on Saturday to face the 4-1 Salve Regina Seahawks at 3PM.

Eye-catching stats: Curry had only three turnovers in the game.  Gordon had only three turnovers in the second half.

Four of Gordon’s five wins have come when they have more assists than turnovers.  When they take care of the ball good things usually happen.

Curry will host Endicott on Saturday.  The Gulls are 4-1 in the CCC with their lone loss being to Gordon.

Curry is 0-4 at home and 2-4 on the road.

Hans Miersma gets an early dink

Hans Miersma gets an early dunk

Hans Miersma leads the CCC in shooting percentage and rebounds.

Efficiency stats
Alex Carnes 28
Hans Miersma 21
Antonio Jones 16
Lambros Papalambros 13
Shaun Roach 9

Gordon 82
Curry 62

Boxscore

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Lambros Papalambros shoots for the lead in the last minute

Lambros Papalambros shoots for the lead in the last minute

Hans Miersma dunks in the second half

Hans Miersma dunks in the second half

Sam Johnson guards Thomas McLean

Sam Johnson guards Thomas McLean

Matthew Russell looks for a pass

Matthew Russell looks for a pass

Lambros Papalambros faces a double team

Lambros Papalambros faces a double team

Rodney Beldo and Richie Armand

Rodney Beldo and Richie Armand

Dominic Paradis looks to pass

Dominic Paradis looks to pass

Hans Miersma sets for a pass

Hans Miersma sets for a pass

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Curry ends Gordon’s five-game winning streak, 84-76, in a battle for the CCC top spot

David Dempsey, preparing to dunk, scored twenty-two points to move into eighth place on the Gordon College all-time scoring list

David Dempsey, preparing to dunk, scored twenty-two points to move into eighth place on the Gordon College all-time scoring list

Sedale Jones (16 points) tries to go under and up.

Sedale Jones (16 points) tries to go under and up.

(Milton) Gordon ended a five-game win streak and messed up a chance to tie for the top spot in the Commonwealth Coast Conference by losing to Curry, 84-76, on Saturday afternoon.

With the victory, the Colonels (9-2) stand alone in first with three teams (Gordon, Eastern Nazarene, Wentworth) two games out at 7-4.

There are still seven CCC games left to sort out the final standings.  However, Gordon has dropped both games to Curry and will have to wait until the post-season tournament for a possible rematch with them.

Curry (12-6 overall) had six players in double figures and had plenty of crowd-pleasing passes and individual moves.

Gordon (12-6 overall) was not as consistent offensively as we seen them in most of January.  In the first half they shot themselves into a 20-12 lead midway and then went five minutes scoring just two points and trailed, 23-22.

The Scots were down by five (31-26) at halftime.

Midway through the second half (10:19) Gordon found themselves down fifteen (57-42) and looking to be on their way to an embarrassing loss.  The Scots weren’t shooting badly, they just couldn’t stop Curry’s multi-faceted attack.

The Colonels lead (62-49) was still substantial with 6:48 remaining before the Scots made their move.  Three’s by Park Thomas and Luke Hamilton led Gordon on an 18-8 segment and finally they were close (65-60) with 3:24 left.

Lambros Papalambros (14 points) was one of six Curry players in double figures.

Lambros Papalambros (14 points) was one of six Curry players in double figures.

The next minute doomed the Scots.  While Sedale Jones (16 points) made a free throw, and Lambros Papalambros (14 points) made an old-fashioned three, Gordon had only a missed three by Luke Hamilton.  This action left Gordon down by nine (69-60) and there weren’t enough stops and shots the rest of the way to pull this one out.

I was very impressed with the balanced attack of Curry.  They turned up a host of layups for each other with their unselfishness.

David Dempsey (22 points) topped all scorers and jumped two places to eighth in the All-Time GC scoring list.  He now has 1306 points.  This afternoon he moved past Gene Fitzgerald (1297) and Nathan Uebelhoer (1305).  Ahead, currently in seventh, is Tim Kehoe with 1397.

A big positive in this game was Alex Carnes’ season-high eighteen points.  The 6-4 junior collected fourteen of them in the second half as a big part of the late run that made things interesting down the stretch. The 18 points were Alex’s second-best scoring game at GC.  He had 21 against Salve Regina last season.

Hans Miersma and AJ Stephens

Hans Miersma and AJ Stephens

The biggest reason Curry won?  The return of AJ Stephens.  AJ has been gone for eight games.  The 6-5 junior cannot be single covered and the extra defensive attention paid to him left openings for teammates.  He was part of the collection of Colonels in double figures.  AJ also gathered seven rebounds.

Good student crowd on hand.  Their biggest cheer may well have been for Sedale Jones’ block of Luke Hamilton’s attempted 3-point shot from the corner.

Gordon can not expect to do very well when they miss nine free throws.  They got away with that deficiency against Western New England last game but not this time.

Gordon can not expect to do very well when Hans Miersma takes only four shots and score three points.  The double-teams he faced should have led to open teammates elsewhere.  He had two shots in the loss to UNE, three shots in the loss to Lynchburg, and three shots in the loss early in the season to Western New England.  There is a pattern.

Carlos Ribeiro (14 points and 7 rebounds)

Carlos Ribeiro (14 points and 7 rebounds)

5-10 junior Carlos Ribeiro was the most efficient of the Colonels earning a +17.  He was definitely helped by getting a surprising seven rebounds to go with his fourteen points.

Tuesday night the Scots continue on the road with an 8PM meeting with Roger Williams at Bristol (RI).

Curry will have to deal with UNE in Biddeford (ME) on the same night.  The Nor’Easters upset Salve Regina this afternoon.

Having the snack bar and the cafeteria in the same building as the gymnasium sort of replicates home.  At home, lulls in the action on TV give opportunity for a dash to the refrigerator.  Here at Curry, many of the students exited at halftime for a snack bar visit.

The worrywart in me surfaces as I think about Gordon’s next three games.  Roger Williams (Tuesday) is a team that we have seldom defeated at their place.  UNE (Thursday) has already beaten us once and I’m not sure we’ve figured out how to handle Devin Thompson and their zone defense.  Eastern Nazarene (Saturday) has point guard Max Barbosa back and I know that they are a better team than what GC faced on January 5th.

However, that worrywart thinking fits better with the 2011-12 team.  This year’s edition won five straight, and ten-of-eleven before the Curry loss.  After their loss to UNE, they responded with five straight victories.

Top Five Players in this game in efficiency:
David Dempsey +20
Alex Carnes +19
Carlos Ribeiro +17
Sedale Jones +14
Jason Dempsey +14

Team stats for this game in efficiency:
Curry +86
Gordon +74

Efficiency is arrived at by subtracting the bad stats (missed field goals, missed free throws, turnovers) from the good stats (rebounds, points, assists, blocks, steals).

Boxscore

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Alex Carnes (18 points) in the middle of some rebounding action

Alex Carnes (18 points) in the middle of some rebounding action

Carlos Ribeiro and James Ek

Carlos Ribeiro and James Ek

Sedale Jones tries to dunk

Sedale Jones tries to dunk

Park Thomas

Park Thomas

cheerleader

cheerleader

David Dempsey puts up two in traffic

David Dempsey puts up two in traffic

Ted Amendola (11 points)

Ted Amendola (11 points)

Hans Miersma double-teamed

Hans Miersma double-teamed

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Curry trio orchestrates 73-62 win over Gordon

AJ Stephens (32) had fourteen points and sixteen rebounds in the Curry victory.

AJ Stephens (32) had fourteen points and sixteen rebounds in the Curry victory.

David Dempsey gives his 1000-point ball to his sister Megan

David Dempsey gives his 1000-point ball to his sister Megan

(Wenham) I’m betting that few folks at the Gordon/Curry game knew that Alexander Graham Bell (telephone) was Curry’s first chancellor.

I’m also betting most folks could pick out the heroes for Curry (3-3) in their 73-62 Commonwealth Coast Conference win over Gordon (1-3) on Saturday afternoon.

AJ Stephens (14 points/16 rebounds), Sedale Jones (17 points/10 rebounds), and point guard Lambros Papalambros (13 points/4 assists/1 turnover) had exceptional games for the Colonels.

But as good as that trio was, there were the Scots down only by three (61-58) with 2:51 remaining.   However, that was as close as Gordon would get.

After two Sedale Jones free throws (he was 12-for-14), a steal by senior Eric Guglielmello (off David Dempsey) sent Lambros Papalambros away for a layup and a seven-point lead less than a minute later.  Game-set-match!

Curry is now 2-0 in the CCC while the Scots are 0-2.

Sedale Jones (17 points) defended in the corner

Sedale Jones (17 points) defended in the corner

Sedale Jones was a first-team CCC player last year carrying a 21-point per game average.  Against the Scots the points were expected (17) but the rebounds weren’t.  He also played 39 minutes.

AJ Stephens is listed at 6-5/255 pounds on the Curry website.  The 6-5 the Scots could deal with.  His weight enabled him to establish position close to the basket.  Once he got the ball he was strong/agile enough to score or get fouled.  He had both Hans Miersma and David Dempsey in foul trouble midway through the second half and that put two of Gordon’s top scorers on the bench instead of on the floor for way too many minutes.

Lambros Papalambros performed the point-guard role very well.  He had just one turnover despite handling the ball most of the time.

The Colonel trio combined to shoot 12-for-23 from the floor and 18-for-22 from the foul line.

Gordon was able to hang around in this one because the rest of the Colonels did not shoot as well.

Speaking of shooting, where has Gordon’s touch gone?  36-for-71 from the foul line so far.  That a little over 50%!  (In a bad dream I imagine Gordon with a twenty-point lead in a second half with ten minutes left and the other team starts fouling on every possession.)

When the talk is of 3’s, it is often said that you can live by them and you can die by them.  That shot was available against Curry but as 5-for-23 suggests the long-ball wasn’t falling.

Hans Miersma awaits an entry pass

Hans Miersma awaits an entry pass

I was impressed with the play of sophomores Taylor Bajema and Hans Miersma.  Taylor looks comfortable playing starter’s minutes.  Hans has improved his positioning on offense and once he gets the ball has shot a dazzling 20-for-26 so far.

Luke Hamilton had two surprises (to me) on offense.  One time he took the ball to the basket – was this a first?  Another time he put in a three-point shot off the backboard.

David Dempsey was honored before the game.  He reached 1000 points in February at Nichols.  His sister Megan was instrumental in getting the ball from that game for her brother.

AJ Stephens (32) and David Dempsey (25) in action under the basket

AJ Stephens (32) and David Dempsey (25) in action under the basket

With his fifteen points versus Curry, David’s point total is now (by my unofficial count) at 1089 which puts him one point ahead of Justin Kauffman on the all-time Gordon scoring list.

Gordon travels to Wheaton (MA) on Tuesday for a non-league 7PM game.  Wheaton is 5-1 after losing to Bridgewater State today.

JT Himmelstein was in the house today.  The 2012 graduate is a student at Gordon Conwell.

Myra/Jim Marstaller were also on hand.  Jim reported that son Jon is working in Hawaii.  Why didn’t I think of that when I was his age?

box score

Top five players in efficiency in Gordon/Curry game:

Sedale Jones +23
AJ Stephens +23
Lambros Papalambros +21
Hans Miersma +16
Taylor Bajema +10

Team efficiency?
Curry +82  Gordon +59

When NBA coaches evaluate a player’s game performance they use the following stats:

#1 –  good stats (rebounds, points, assists, blocks, steals). #2 –  bad stats (missed field goals, missed free throws, turnovers).

A player’s efficiency in a particular game is arrived at by subtracting the sum of the bad stats from the sum of good stats.

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Luke Hamilton shoots a three in front of the Gordon bench

Luke Hamilton shoots a three in front of the Gordon bench

David Dempsey leaps to defend a shot

David Dempsey leaps to defend a shot

Sedale Jones defended by Taylor Bajema

Sedale Jones defended by Taylor Bajema

Pam Bajema and Val Gin

Pam Bajema and Val Gin

Curry coach Malcolm Wynn

Curry coach Malcolm Wynn

David Dempsey heavily defended

David Dempsey heavily defended

action under the basket

action under the basket

Eric Guglielmello (14)

Eric Guglielmello (14)

Lambros Papalambros (24)

Lambros Papalambros (24)

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Gordon Shocks Curry to Win Second Straight in Men’s Basketball

David Dempsey (19 points) finishes a second half jam against Curry.

(Milton)  Looks like another team got caught looking at Gordon’s first three games and making a wrong assumption.

The Scots surprised Curry, 64-55, to win their second game in a row and their second game in the Commonwealth Coast Conference on Saturday afternoon at Curry.

Overheard along the Curry bench, “This is what league games are like, if you don’t come to play you’re going to lose.”

I also heard someone say near the end, “We’ve just lost to the worst team in the league.”  That’s cold!

Gordon (2-3) took the lead thirteen minutes into the first half (21-20 – Hans Miersma layup) and never trailed again.  After Hans’ basket the Colonels were defended into one-for-ten the rest of the half and ended up behind, 32-22.

Luke Hamilton (10 covers Sedale Jones (11) with Hans Miersma (34) and John Durkin (00) nearby.

The Scots took defending Curry’s two scoring threats, Sedale Jones and Lambros Papalambros, seriously.  Luke Hamilton, Taylor Bajema, and Shaun Roach all had turns with Sedale.  The Curry high scorer (6-4 junior) needed sixteen shots to get his twenty points.

Lambros (6-4 sophomore) scored only seven points making only two-of-nine.  Alex Carnes covered him most of the time.

The Colonels did run a classic backdoor on Taylor Bajema with Sedale sliding behind for the layup.

The second half was not without its moments of concern for the Gordon faithful.  After the Scots got what would be their largest lead (43-29 – 15:46 – David Dempsey layup), the visitors went over four minutes without scoring.

During the point drought, Curry pulled within six (43-37) with 11 ½ left on an Andrew Veilleux layup.  Plenty of time to overtake Gordon.

Shaun Roach (11) looks to pass to Park Thomas (33).

Gordon followed with a missed shot (Jason Dempsey) but got the rebound.  Park Thomas tried a three and it also missed but Shaun Roach took down the offensive rebound, converted and made the free throw.

Curry came back twice more to within six (50-44 & 52-46) but responding points from Alex Carnes and David Dempsey kept the Colonels from making things any more “interesting” the rest of the way.

A huge key in this one was Gordon’s rebounding.  53 rebounds!  The last time they had more than that was at Regis (54) on February 3, 2010 back in the 6-9 Ben Gaskill days.  Hans had fifteen rebounds versus Curry to go with eleven points.

Those 25 offensive rebounds against Curry might be a Gordon record.  Shaun’s basket, that stopped Curry from getting closer than six points, was one of the good things that can happen to a team that rebounds well.

David Dempsey again led the Scots with nineteen points including a second half dunk in the early going.  I was told that Hans had a dunk on Gordon’s first possession.  My stats tell me that David Dempsey set him up for it.

Sedale Jones (11) defended by Jason Dempsey (14)

I ended up being late for the game because I was in Lynn taking in Hamilton-Wenham’s heartbreaking loss (noon start) to Bourne in the Division 3A Super Bowl.

Jon Himottu and Jordan Kelly filled in nicely for Hans.

The Scots had 18 turnovers.  They faced a very aggressive Curry press.  I think that the team is taking much better care of the ball.  However, dribbling into traps and then trying to dribble out of them is still a no-no.

Jason Dempsey was back for the Scots after missing a game.

Gordon gets non-league Wheelock at home on Thursday night (7PM).

What better place to have a gymnasium then right next to the place where the students eat.  Why didn’t Gordon think of that?

Good to see Greg Walker (at Northeastern working on a degree in physical therapy) as well as his parents (Kevin/Suzanne) at the game.

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Lambros Papalambros

Park Thomas (7 points & 2 assists)

Sedale Jones (11) in sandwich between Hans Miersma (34) and Shaun Roach (11)

David Dempsey (19 points & 7 rebounds)

Park Thomas (33) scrambles for loose ball with Sedale Jones (11)

Jordan Kelly (3)

Lambros Papalambros (24) shoots over Alex Carnes (4)

 

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