Tag Archives: Max Motroni

Gordon loses second tough one in three days 84-83 to Endicott

Kamahl Walker (22 points) and Jake Haar (23 points) go one-on-one

Kamahl Walker (22 points) and Jake Haar (23 points) go one-on-one

Game ends with the ball stuck!

Game ends with the ball stuck!

(Beverly MA) As a party of one, I couldn’t be prouder of the way the Scots played their last two games.

Hey, they were losses but after the initial disappointment the positives far outnumber the negatives.

Tonight, it was 84-83 to Endicott.  Two nights ago, it was 85-84 to Nichols.

In both games the outcome came down to the final possession.  A stop defeats Nichols while a clutch hoop downs Endicott.

But neither happened and the Gordon (6-6) losing streak reaches four.

Endicott is now 10-2 and I can’t wait for their get-together with Nichols (10-2) on Saturday (January 14th) at Endicott.

I can also not wait for Gordon’s rematch with the two of them.  The Efficiency rating for both games showed GC to be the better team statistically.  Now to make it happen on the scoreboard!

Tonight’s game with the Gulls had so many attention-getting stats.  Where do you start?

Jake Haar – career high (7) in made 3’s.

Jaren Yang – career high (9) in assists.

Gordon team – 27 assists (most in four years).

Noah Szilagyi (10 points) came off the bench taking and making

Noah Szilagyi (10 points) came off the bench taking and making

Gordon reserves (Noah Szilagyi, Jake Hart, Josh Ribeiro, Graham Tienhaara) – 12-for-15 totaling twenty-seven points.

What also was appealing about this game was how close it was.  The score was tied five times in each half.  There were four lead changes in each half.  There was almost no breathing room for either team.

The Gulls won this game despite not scoring a single point over the final 3:49 of it.  Remarkable GC defense limited Endicott to four (missed) shots and caused a turnover.

That was the good news.  The bad news was that the Scots did not capitalize.  They did get a free throw (Garrisson Duvivier) and a last-minute three (Jake Haar) but missed five other field goals and two free throws.  There was also a turnover.  The opportunities were certainly there.

Last possession: Plenty of time (nearly ten seconds) but no timeout.  The Scots ended up with a heavily defended jumper by Garrisson in the last second that actually wedged itself between the rim and the backboard…….I’m not making this up!  And that was the game.

Sam Johnson grabs one of his eighteen rebounds

Sam Johnson grabs one of his eighteen rebounds

The Gulls did an excellent job of limiting Sam Johnson inside.  But they couldn’t keep the non-stop senior from gathering eighteen rebounds.  Twelve of them were on the offensive end.  In the last minute, Sam collected a missed free throw (his own) and set up Jake Haar in front of the GC bench for his seventh triple.

Jake Haar led all scorers with twenty-three points.  He matched his season high in shot attempts with ten.  Finding him more shots would make complete sense.

The Scots will be at the Bennett Center on Saturday afternoon (3PM) to take on Salve Regina.

Odd to be at Endicott for a game with most of the students away.  That place can get noisy and nasty (?).

Efficiency

Max Motroni 22 (19 points)

Jake Haar 22 (23 points)

Sam Johnson 19 (18 points, 5 assists)

Chris Lipscomb 18 (7 rebounds, 5 assists)

Kamahl Walker (22 points, 5 assists)

Gordon 108 (27 assists)

Endicott 98

Box from the game

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Eric Demers shoots from the corner

Eric Demers shoots from the corner

Kamahl Walker on defense

Kamahl Walker on defense

Garrisson Duvivier (18 points) shoots over Christien Morneweck

Garrisson Duvivier (18 points) shoots over Christien Morneweck

Max Motroni (19 points) makes a tough shot

Max Motroni (19 points) makes a tough shot

Loose ball

Loose ball

Chasing a rebound

Chasing a rebound

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Endicott, Gordon men's basketball 2016-17

Endicott ends Gordon’s season 86-76 in the CCC first round

Richie Armand guards Kemahl Walker (22 points) on the baseline

Richie Armand guards Kemahl Walker (22 points) on the baseline

Plenty of support in the stands for the Gulls

Plenty of support in the stands for the Gulls

(Beverly MA) On a night when the #2 seed (Wentworth) and the #3 seed (Eastern Nazarene) were upset, Endicott (#4 seed) kept it from happening to them as the dispatched Gordon, 86-76, on Tuesday night at Endicott.

The Gulls win earns them a Commonwealth Coast Conference semifinal match on Thursday night in Dudley (MA) versus #1 seed Nichols.

Endicott (16-10) had a win over the Bison in December and a loss at home to NC in late January. Endicott is the defending CCC champion.

Limited room to operate in for GC's Garrisson Duvivier

Limited room to operate inside for GC’s Garrisson Duvivier

The #5 seed Gordon team struggled big-time against the top four seeds (Nichols, Wentworth, Eastern Nazarene, and Endicott) during the regular season ending up with just one win against seven losses.

It was erratic offense that doomed the Scots tonight against Endicott.

For sure the Endicott stars were out in full force. Sometimes you wonder about players getting chosen for All-CCC teams. You ask the, “How did they get there?” question. With EC tonight, their three members on the ALL-CCC teams (Max Motroni, Kemahl Walker, and Daquan Sampson) all showed up in force.

Max Motroni (21 points) covered by Jaren Yang

Max Motroni (21 points) covered by Jaren Yang

Let’s get the Efficiency Chart out here to prove my point:

Kemahl Walker 23 (22 pts/5 reb/4 assts/3 steals)

Max Motroni 21 (21 pts/5 assts/0 turnovers)

Drew Sawyer 17 (10 pts/5 reb)

Sam Johnson 16 (10 pts/15 reb)

Daquan Sampson 15 (15 pts/8 reb)

Endicott 103

Gordon 78

There’s no way Gordon wins this game with just one player in the top five!

Kemahl Walker gets in the air looking to pass around Jake Hart and Sam Johnson

Kemahl Walker gets in the air looking to pass around Jake Hart and Sam Johnson

The scoring lapses were the real killers. The biggest two were in the first half. Minus the two of them the Scots would have been around at the end of the game with a good chance.

Let’s review the two droughts.

First one – Gordon got off to a surprisingly good start. EC missed and missed and missed and Gordon was up 9-3 at 15:28. Three + minutes later the Scots are still at “9” while EC had put twelve unanswered together to lead 15-9. Gordon missed three 3’s and added three turnovers during EC’s 12-point run.

Give GC credit, they got enough consistent offense together to close to within one (29-28) with 2:29 until halftime.

The rest of the way? Second scoring drought. Zero points for Gordon. The Scots missed all four shots they took. Meanwhile, Daquan Sampson riled up the crowd, estimated at 1200, with a dunk, 2 free throws, and a 3-pointer.

Daquan Sampson (15 points) finishes

Daquan Sampson (15 points) finishes

The math would suggest that there were six first-half minutes in which the #5 seed from Wenham did not score a single point. Those were the minutes that cost Gordon the game.

The Scots trailed by ten (38-28) at the half.

Not insurmountable. Plenty of time left. A big second half by Sam Johnson (10 rebounds/8 points) and four 3-pointers got GC within six (74-68) with 3:47 remaining. A couple of stops and some steady offense would make things very interesting. Didn’t happen. The next six points belonged to the home team (tip in’s by Taylor Rioux and Stephen Basden plus two Max Motroni free throws). Is anyone blocking out?? That run of six points put the lead back to twelve and this one was history.

The reality that the season was over settled in on the 12-point lead. Then it was a matter of getting GC’s two seniors (Richie Armand and Udoka Obiora) off to one last ovation. That got done.

Udoka had a wonderful final game making all five shot attempts. He also had a block. No question in my head that Udoka was the most improved player on the team. He and Graham Tienhaara played well enough to enable GC coach Tod Murphy to rest the inside starters Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier.

Udoka Obiora block Kemahl's shot

Udoka Obiora blocks Kemahl’s shot

Richie always looked to pass first. Nice to see him take the ball to the basket and then later take a steal in for a layup. Nice comeback for him this season after getting what looked like a career-ending injury last season.

There will be plenty of experienced players returning for the 2016-17 season. Gordon (12-14) should be highly regarded on paper with all those returnees.

Things I liked about this year’s team in no particular order: (1) rebounding – With the graduation of Hans and Jason I was fearing that teams would own the boards against Gordon. Not so. The combo of Sam & Garrisson turned out to be the best rebounding two-some in the CCC. (2) handling pressure – The Scots still had plenty of turnovers but most of them were in the half-court. Good passing kills pressure, not dribbling unless the defense is man-to-man. Most teams avoided pressing because Gordon could handle it. (3) pre-game dunking – I liked watching it. Many of the young reserves were good at it and it gave them a good chance to show off their athleticism.

Richie Armand

Richie Armand

Udoka Obiora

Udoka Obiora

Things I would like to see improve: (1) front-court passing/dribbling – Way too many turnovers. The ball needs to get inside but the passer and the receiver have to EACH do their part to make it happen. (2) the 3-point shooters have to perfect a second shot and also figure out how to get open – Eric Demers (7-for-last 29), Noah Szilagyi (4-for-last 24), Jake Haar (4-for-last-16). That 3-point shooting will improve if there is the threat of another shot. Trust me! (3) inside accuracy – Too many missed layups. Maybe it is fear of getting a shot blocked? Make the layup or get fouled.

The Scots finished the season losing four of their last five games. But even in the losses Gordon has been competitive. They have been supportive of each other on the court and on the bench. It has been a treat for me to photograph the action and attempt to describe it as well.

God bless Richie and Udoka. The rest of you? Get in the weight room and hone up your skills on the court. And please, don’t neglect the academics!

Boxscore from the game

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Stephen Basden

Stephen Basden

Drew Sawyer and Jake Hart

Drew Sawyer and Jake Hart

Jake Haar guards Max Motroni

Jake Haar guards Max Motroni

Kemahl Walker (First Team ALL-CCC)

Kemahl Walker (First Team ALL-CCC)

Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier eye a rebound

Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier eye a rebound

Loose ball

Loose ball

Taylor Rioux cashes in a rebound

Taylor Rioux cashes in a rebound

Leave a comment

Filed under Endicott

Endicott takes down Gordon 75-60 in neighborhood battle

Stephen Basden (9 points/11 rebounds) was very effective inside

Stephen Basden (9 points/11 rebounds) was very effective inside

Daquan Sampson fires from in front of a large GC crowd at the Bennett Center

Daquan Sampson fires from in front of a large GC crowd at the Bennett Center

(Wenham MA) There were optimists thinking that Gordon was ready to take down some of the upper echelon teams in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

However, after seeing the webcast loss to Nichols two days ago and this afternoon’s 75-60 defeat against Endicott, it may be time to temper that enthusiasm.

A good crowd (the students are back) at the Bennett Center saw their Scots (7-8) take and make enough difficult shots to hang with the Gulls (9-6) early into the second half.

But after a 38-38 tie the visitors began to gain separation and over the final 7 ½ minutes maintained a double-digit lead.

Endicott played in this game, especially the second half, the way you hope the young Scots will play after more time together. EC passed the ball. They set screens to get teammates open shots. They frustrated Gordon’s interior game and they limited GC to low-percentage, long-range shots.

Long-range GC shooter Jake Haar was limited to two shots

Long-range GC shooter Jake Haar was limited to two shots

In the Nichols game the Bison struggled in some areas but made up the difference in other areas. Endicott the same way. Top CCC scorer Kamahl Walker and Max Motrondi (#3 in scoring) were off (nine-for-thirty) but teammates more than made up the difference. Chris Lipscomb (13 points) had a career game while Stephen Basdin at 6’2” collected eleven rebounds and nine points in close to the basket.

The Gulls picked up thirty-two points in the paint getting most of them on drives and offensive rebounds. There was very little action from EC in the post.

Sam Johnson looks for a rebound. He had ten against Endicott

Sam Johnson looks for a rebound. He had ten against Endicott

One of the solid pieces for Gordon so far has been their play in the post. Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier had fourteen double/doubles between them coming into the game. Sam got #15 with his 10/10 effort but the collapsing defense of EC forced seven turnovers on the hustling junior. The quicker Garrisson forgets this game (1-for-11) the better.

Freshman Jake Haar had taken the CCC by surprise over the past five games with remarkable 3-point accuracy. His over 60% touch (17-for-27) obviously was no secret to Endicott and the result was tight coverage with limited touches and only two long-range attempts.

Eric Demers (15 points) shoots over Stephen Basden

Eric Demers (15 points) shoots over Stephen Basden

The team efficiency results (Endicott 97, Gordon 60) highlight the difference between the two teams on this afternoon. The “on this afternoon” part is crucial. The Scots can play much better. For many of the GC players it was their first taste of the Gordon/Endicott rivalry. A rematch is scheduled for February 13th at Beverly.

Gordon will be traveling to Boston for their next game to face Wentworth on Tuesday night. The Leopards are tied at the top of the CCC with Nichols and Endicott. Wentworth downed Endicott two nights ago. It won’t be easy!

Graham Tienhaara tries to drive

Graham Tienhaara tries to drive

The loyalty of some of the Bennett Center faithful was severely tested in the second half with GC down by double-digits and the Patriots/Chiefs playoff game already started.

Efficiency Chart

Stephen Basden 23

Chris Lipscomb 21

Sam Johnson 14

Eric Demers 13 (15 points)

Daquan Sampson 10 (11 points)

Endicott 97

Gordon 60

Boxscore

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Game on!

Game on!

Sam Johnson cornered by defenders

Sam Johnson cornered by defenders

Daquan Sampson

Daquan Sampson

Drew Sawyer in the lane

Drew Sawyer in the lane

Looking for a rebound

Looking for a rebound

Max Motroni shoots a three

Max Motroni shoots a three

Ukoka Obiora gets two

Ukoka Obiora gets two

Kamahl Walker shoots long range

Kamahl Walker shoots long range

Young Endicott fan

Young Endicott fan

Eric Demers denied Max Motroni's breakaway layup with a hustling block

Eric Demers denied Max Motroni’s breakaway layup with a hustling block

Kamahl Walker floats in

Kamahl Walker floats in

Noah Szilagyi fires a three

Noah Szilagyi fires a three

Garrisson Duvivier saw heavy defense all game long

Garrisson Duvivier saw heavy defense all game long

 

 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Endicott

Hans Miersma and Jason Dempsey dazzle in 75-71 Gordon OT win over Endicott

Jason Dempsey (20 points and 14 rebounds)

Jason Dempsey (20 points and 14 rebounds)

Hans Miersma had career highs in points (23) and rebounds (24)

Hans Miersma had career highs in points (23) and rebounds (24)

Gordon fans celebrate

Gordon fans celebrate

(Beverly MA) It took overtime and career games by Jason Dempsey and Hans Miersma for Gordon to defeat Endicott, 75-71, on Wednesday night at revved up MacDonald Gymnasium.

This was the Commonwealth Coast Conference opener for both squads.

The Scots (2-3) nearly won this game in regulation.  In overtime inside scores by Taylor Bajema and Jason Dempsey put GC in front for good.  Gordon converted nine-of-eleven free throws the rest of the way to offset two Endicott 3’s to get their fifth straight win over the Gulls.

Hans Miersma dunk

Hans Miersma dunk

The big story in this one is about the remarkable games of Jason and Hans.  Both seniors broke their career records in points, rebounds, and efficiency.

Here are their numbers versus Endicott:
Hans – 23 points, 24 rebounds, efficiency 39
Jason – 20 points, 14 rebounds, efficiency 24

Despite two opponents having career games, EC (2-2) rode the long ball (made twelve 3’s), Gordon miscues (twenty-four turnovers), and a loudly supportive home crowd and came very close to winning.

The Gulls scored the first ten points and later had a two-point (63-61) lead with 1:17 left to play after a Max Motroni 3-pointer.  But Gordon recovered from the bad start and had a 40-28 advantage at halftime.  After Max’s late three near the end of regulation, Hans Miersma made a layup to send the game into overtime.

Endicott was content to fire from long range.  Although they made twelve, they also missed twenty.  Meanwhile, Gordon opted for the high-percentage approach getting forty-four points in the paint.

Daquan Sampson had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Gulls

Daquan Sampson had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Gulls

Sophomore Daquan Sampson had a terrific game for the Gulls.  He had a double/double (21 points/11 rebounds) and three steals.  Daquan also drove a dunk over Hans Miersma that ignited the home folks.

Hans had a dunk of his own earlier.

Efficiency:
Hans Miersma 39
Daquan Sampson 25
Jason Dempsey 24
Max Motroni 12

Gordon 75
Endicott 69

Got my first look at freshman Carter Bras.  Carter saw twenty-two minutes of action filling in for foul-plagued Dominic Paradis.

Endicott visits UNE on Saturday while Gordon will be in Boston versus Wentworth on the same afternoon.

Boxscore

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Great chance for GC late in regulation

Great chance for GC late in regulation

Andre Makris charges Jason Dempsey

Andre Makris charges Jason Dempsey

Hans Miersma guarded by Tell White

Hans Miersma guarded by Tell White

Carter Bras blocked by John Henault

Carter Bras blocked by John Henault

Jake Hart (15) chased by Max Motroni

Jake Hart (15) chased by Max Motroni

Mine!

Mine!

Jaren Yang organizes the GC offense

Jaren Yang organizes the GC offense

Dominic Paradis drives on John Henault

Dominic Paradis drives on John Henault

Hans Miersma secures one of his 24 rebounds

Hans Miersma secures one of his 24 rebounds

Hans Miersma comes up a little short from the foul line in the last minute

Hans Miersma comes up a little short from the foul line in the last minute

Max Motroni (four 3-pointers) shoots over Dominic Paradis

Max Motroni (four 3-pointers) shoots over Dominic Paradis

Daquan Sampson jams over Hans Miersma

Daquan Sampson jams over Hans Miersma

 

Leave a comment

Filed under 2014-15 Gordon College men's basketball, Endicott