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Gordon wins second straight downing Eastern Nazarene, 74-58

Hans Miersma blocks CJ Gonzales. The Scots had eleven blocks.

Park Thomas (10 assists) looks to pass

(Quincy) Gordon defeated Eastern Nazarene, 74-58, on Saturday afternoon at ENC.

Trust me, that final score is very misleading.  This was a 3-point game (57-54) with 5 ½ minutes left.  And for those who recall the seven-game GC losing streak, the scary pattern was underway – decent first half followed by a tight second half.

In the losing streak, the wheels came off down the stretch at various times and in various ways, and the results unfortunate.  Against ENC, the end game (last 5 ½ minutes) was all Gordon.

Luke Hamilton three starts game-winning surge

If you make shots the game gets easy, and that was exactly what happened.  The Scots rolled off eleven straight points (Luke Hamilton three’s from each corner, Alex Carnes old-fashioned three, and a David Dempsey breakaway dunk) over a three minute span and emerged in charge, 68-54, with 2 ½ minutes left.  They coasted in from there.

That the Lions were able to stay with Gordon at all in the second half was remarkable because the Scots flat out had it going.  Check out these stats: they shot 64% including four-for-four on 3’s, had nine blocks, and only five turnovers.  Fortunately these good stats were spread over an entire quarter and sooner or later ENC was going to lose ground.

Part of the ENC decline in the second half was putting Alex Carnes on Max Barbosa.  Max had eleven points in the first half, including three long ones late as he rallied ENC from a 29-17 deficit to a 35-33 halftime advantage.  In the second half, Alex limited Max’s open looks and held him to four points.

David Dempsey (19 points) led all scorers and had a GC bench-pleasing dunk in the breakaway surge in the second half.  That’s 931 for those keeping track.

I believe, and I don’t have every Gordon stat, that school records may have been set in this one.  The first one were the eleven blocks.  The Scots had nine of them in the second half.  The other possible record was Park Thomas’ ten assists (he had five in each half).  Those assists mixed nicely with only two turnovers.

The Scots had only five turnovers in the impressive second half.  Granted, ENC didn’t press.

ENC (3-17 overall / 2-11 in Commonwealth Coast Conference) has now lost ten of their last eleven and seven straight at home.

Max Barbosa fires away in the first half

Gordon (8/13 overall / 7-7 CCC) have the neighbors (Endicott) coming for a visit on Wednesday night at the Bennett Center.  The Gulls are 7-6.

With four league games left, the Scots are tied with Nichols at 7-7.  Below those two are UNE (5-9), WNE (4-10), and ENC (2-11).  The bottom two teams do not make the post-season tournament.  So the Scots still have work to do to assure themselves a place in “the dance.”

David Dempsey had a career high in blocks – six.

Jason Dempsey (6 points) and Cooper Meyer (7 points) have been recent contributors off the bench in the last few games.

Luke Hamilton had a mind-boggling 26 points the last time Gordon played ENC (January 7th).  Just twelve this time but two of his long ones started GC on the 11-point run late that put this game in the win column for the Scots.

Stephen Herod entered this game near the end totally unnoticed by the Eastern Nazarene statistician.

Jon Himottu has made 9-of-11 free throws this season.

Their sons have graduated but the Triggs, Gaskells, and MacDonnells came in from Kansas, Ohio, and Vermont to check out the Scots.

(The pictures above and below enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Hans Miersma dunk

Stephen Herod enters the game....really

Jason Dempsey

David Dempsey gets medical attention

Aaron Johnson shoots over Cooper Meyer

David Dempsey dunk

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Gordon Routs Eastern Nazarene for the Second Time

Stephen Herod, Scott Nelson, Adam Herod, Luke Perkins, and David Hammer picked up plenty of minutes against surprisingly weak ENC.

(Quincy) If your team is having trouble scoring, you hope that your defense is holding its own.  If neither is working well into the second half, you do what Eastern Nazarene coach Jim Aller did with 12 ½ minutes to go – you stand in front of your bench and select the last five players from the seldom-used end of the bench and send them in for extended garbage time.

Gordon (10-3/3-0) stymied ENC (3-12/1-2) in every way possible (for the second time this season) enroute to an 81-58 rout on Saturday afternoon in Commonwealth Coast League play.

On December 1st, it was Gordon 81-59 at the Bennett Center.  Since then ENC had beaten Endicott and nearly beaten Wentworth.  Foolish me, I thought the Lions would give the Scots a highly competitive game.  They had added a couple of tall players and surely they would make some defensive adjustments.  At least, so I thought.

Aaron Trigg - 23 points in short minutes

Greg Walker - 20 points around the basket

In today’s game, ENC struggled to guard Aaron Trigg (23 points) and Greg Walker (20 points).  Aaron getting open looks on the perimeter is one thing but also allowing Greg to get the ball down low was nothing short of defensive suicide. 

So facing unwise defense, the Scots, with Aaron and Greg combining for all the points, jumped ahead 10-0 in the first four minutes. 

Later, with 8 ½ to go in the half (G 24-E 15), Gordon put together another 10-point run getting six more from Aaron/Greg as well as a fastbreak layup from Austin Bentsen and a Ben Gaskill layup on a feed from Brady Bajema.  This offensive display boosted the lead to 34-15 with 5 ½ left and at halftime Gordon was in front 44-26.

Sometimes things change in the second half but not in this one.  With 16 ½ minutes left Gordon’s lead is 49-34.  If ENC could make some shots, maybe ratchet up the defense……….didn’t happen.  The Scots put together twelve unanswered points over the next four minutes.  By now, you guessed the twosome doing the scoring damage – Greg had eight/ Aaron two/ and Ben Gaskill chipped in with a layup. 

Despite a Keith Branch (17 points) layup to stop the bleeding, Gordon led 61-36 with 12 ½ left and ENC Coach Jim Aller had seen more than enough of the players who had been so productive in recent games and so he inserted five previously unused players. 

Coach Aller did work some starters back in later on and that explains a 12-point run the Lions had late in the game against Gordon bench players. 

Gordon is now exactly where they were last year record wise. Next opponent is Roger Williams on Wednesday night in Bristol (RI) at 8PM.  I’m not sure Gordon has ever won down there.  The Scots took RWU out in the playoffs last season, 50-48, after losing to them during the regular season, 50-37, at the Bennett Center.  Most of the open shots in Wednesday night’s game will be in warm-ups!

Max Barbosa - ENC's leading scorer held to two points by Brady Bajema

Brady had no points but ten rebounds and held ENC’s top scorer (Max Barbosa – 12.6 ppg) to just two points.

Sophomore Garrett Harden had a career-high seven points including a three from the top of the key.

The hardest job at a basketball game is keeping statistics.  Don’t think so, try it some time!  The ENC crew had trouble getting halftime stats together so I opted not to wait afterwards for final game stats.  Good thing, because it took hours for them to be ready.

Box Score

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