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Seniors Graduate on May 15th

Aaron, Mike, Tim, Ben, Brady, Justin, and Ben do some post-graduation posing.

(Wenham)  I was there and I can confirm it – they graduated! 

Aaron Trigg waits to march to graduation.

I was at Gordon on sunny/breezy Saturday morning (May 15th) and watched Jeff Derr, Aaron Trigg, Brady Bajema, Tim MacDonnell, and Ben Gaskill end their four years among us.

Last time I saw the five of them together was in March in Middlebury (VT) when the home team took out our Scots in the NCAA D3 tourney.  Who knew that Middlebury’s Andrew Locke would block thirteen shots and send Gordon to a first-round exit?

It was good to see all the players’ families together for one last time.  You always imagine that there are games ahead that they will attend but it seldom, if ever, works out. 

There was talk of everyone getting back together when the CCC tournament banner is put on display in the Bennett Center during the 2010-11 season.  That would be special.

I was very impressed with commencement speaker Jim Cymbala.  It wasn’t just the brevity of his remarks but the topic – the importance of prayer.  There was something there for all of us!

Coach Tod Murphy waves to seniors.

One comment that previous Gordon coach Mike Schauer used to make to me when I mentioned a talented player on an opposing team: “The important thing,” he would say, “was to make sure he graduates.”  And here is Tod Murphy at graduation, probably hoping that Aaron, Brady, Tim, Jeff, and Ben weren’t graduating!

Anyone on board knows that there are big changes ahead.  For starters, look at the team picture on Championship Saturday and delete the front row.  However, one of the trademarks of your Scots over the past eight seasons has been to graduate players yet still be able to qualify for the CCC tournament (top eight) every season.  Let’s be optimistic here! 

The other significant change, other than the roster, is the future of the CCC.  My understanding is that in two seasons Gordon and eight other schools (UNE, Endicott, Salve Regina, Roger Williams, Nichols, Curry, Western New England, and Wentworth) will form a new conference.  That will leave Regis, New England, Colby-Sawyer, Anna Maria, and ENC out in the cold for reasons I choose not to guess at.  It will be interesting to see how this all works out.

Anyhow, God bless Aaron, Brady, Tim, Jeff, and Ben.  And God bless your families as well.

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Roger Williams Ends Gordon’s Season in Semifinals – Game #27

(Bristol RI) “A lot of these games come down to the last five minutes and whoever makes the plays wins,” explained CCC Coach-of-the-Year Mike Tully after watching his Hawks take Gordon out in the semifinals 67-66 at Roger Williams on Thursday night.

The last 5 ½ minutes of this one really did the Scots in.  Up until that point Gordon never trailed.  In fact, they even had a couple of nine point leads in the second half (38-29 at 17:35 and 40-31 at 15:35).  While building up those leads Gordon played the way they had done in the win Tuesday night against Wentworth.  However, if you recall the second half of the Wentworth game the Scots ran into a lengthy scoring drought but the Leopards were far enough behind that they couldn’t take advantage.

Gordon wasn’t as fortunate against Roger Williams.  Hanging on to a 51-50 lead after an Aaron Trigg (sophomore-6′1″-Overland Park KS) free throw with 5:48 to go the Scots went pointless in five possessions over the next four minutes.  Terrible timing because while Gordon missed, the CCC Player-of-the-Year Geoff Baringer didn’t.  The 6-10 senior (29 points in the game) broke down defenders for a couple of layups and then delighted the home crowd by converting a missed free throw for yet another layup.  Ryan McGinn added a couple of free throws at 1:37 to increase RWU’s lead to 58-51. 

Aaron Trigg finally ended the scoring disaster with free throws at 1:28 to make it 58-53.  It was still a two-possession game but junior Ryan McGinn took care of that with a three with 51 seconds left that Coach Tully could only describe as a “dagger.”  That Ryan ended up doing so much damage (13 points and 3-for-4 on 3’s) to Gordon was surely a big surprise to a lot of folks since he came into the game averaging 3.6 points per game and was only shooting 19.4% (7-for-36) from long range.

Ryan’s three gave RWU an eight point lead (61-53) in the last minute and prevented Gordon from getting within one possession of the lead.  The Scots did nail a trio of 3’s in the last twenty seconds but they were never shooting to tie or go ahead.  Therefore, the final score, 67-66, is misleading because Gordon’s last long shot by Aaron Trigg was made at the final buzzer.

Roger Williams now travels to Curry for the championship game on Saturday.  Curry became the #1 seed when they defeated the Hawks recently.  “Of course we’d like to have the championship game held here (and it would have been if Western New England had defeated Curry tonight) but the players want another shot at Curry,” said Coach Tully.  They will get what they wished for.

Coach Tully’s ability to elevate his team’s defensive effort in the second half was crucial.  “We didn’t have anywhere near enough intensity defensively.  They were doing whatever they wanted to.  We put in a couple of guys with about 14 minutes left after a timeout and things changed defensively.  A key player putting pressure on the ball was Travis O’Dell who hasn’t played in 2 ½ weeks.”

Coach Tully felt fortunate to beat Gordon.  “I say it all the time – I think that Gordon is the best team in the league.  Mike Schauer is a great coach.  His teams are difficult to guard and they guard real well.”

The Scots end 18-9 overall with a 9-4 record in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.  Remarkable at home (How does 14-1 sound?) they won four and lost eight away from the Bennett Center.  It may help that three of the CCC teams that beat them this year (Colby-Sawyer,Roger Williams,UNE) will be on the home schedule next year.

But any talk of next year opens up the topic of replacing the players the team is losing – Justin Kaufman (senior-5′11″-Redding CT), Jon Marstaller (senior-6′5″-Naples ME), Mike Schnackenberg (senior-6′6″-South Portland ME), and Keith Krass (Senior-6′2″-Beach Park IL).  Good basketball programs are going to lose good players from time to time.  Good basketball programs are also going to be able to rebuild around the players left.  We’ve seen enough of Brady Bajema (sophomore-6′2″-Whitinsville MA), Aaron Trigg, Ben Gaskill (sophomore-6′9″-Columbus OH), Jeff Derr (sophomore-6′8″-Barrington IL), and Tim MacDonnell (sophomore-6′2″-Jericho VT) to be very optimistic about the future.  Those players must, however, buy into the year-round dedication to basketball excellence that this year’s seniors bought into if that optimism is to turn into something special.  It can be done.

This crop of seniors, pictured at the top of this blog with their families, will be badly missed.  They’ve given us plenty of memories.  I would assume that they would be on hand occasionally during next season to offer encouragement and support.  I would assume that I would be asking them then what they’ve been doing.  I’ll also probably be asking them how their parents are doing because I’ve gotten to know them over the past four years as well.

God has blessed me in my being able to be on hand, and later describe, most of the games Gordon has played over the last six seasons.  I’ve been challenged often in sorting out the logistics that covering a game involves especially on the road.  However, the experience has been stimulating enough so that I look forward to doing it some more next season. 

Thanks again for the support and encouragement. 

boxscore Roger Williams 2-28-08

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Scots Head for Tourney on Winning Note – Game #25

(Wenham) “Thank you, seniors.”  That is what the sizable crowd (over 1000) chanted as this afternoon’s victory (66-64) over Salve Regina was secured at the Bennett Center.  The Scots ended the 25-game regular season with 17 wins.

In the Commonwealth Coast Conference, the Scots finished 9-4 and, because of their win over Salve Regina and losses by Western New England and the University of New England elsewhere, became the #3 seed in the tournament.  They will host Wentworth on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center starting at 7PM.

On a day when Gordon’s seniors were celebrated Coach Mike Schauer was quick to point out their major accomplishments: “Gordon has been 74-32 during their time here and over the last three years has not lost a home conference game.”

The Gordon seniors were honored but the most productive senior on the floor on this day was Salve Regina’s Steve Walsh.  The 6-7 post player totaled 25 points and spelled big trouble for the Scots anytime he got the ball down low. 

His efforts put that home conference streak in serious jeopardy and the outcome of this game was in doubt right into the final minute.  In fact, the Seahawks had four opportunities to tie the score in the last minute.

“I was proud of the way the team played today,” said Seahawk Coach Sean Foster afterwards.  “We could have packed it in since we didn’t make the playoffs.”  SR finished with seven straight losses and a 6-19 overall record.  In that losing streak they took #1 seed Curry into overtime and lost a close game last Saturday at Endicott and now this close one to Gordon.  As they say, if it weren’t for bad luck they’d have no luck at all.

The visitors used 3-point shots to build up several four-point leads (26-22, 30-24, and 36-32) which were their largest of the game.  The Scots biggest lead was 46-40 with 14:46 left after Mike Schnackenberg (senior-6′6″-South Portland ME) made an old-fashioned three and Brady Bajema (sophomore-6′2″-Whitinsville MA) followed with the new version.

Justin Kaufman 1000th 2-23-08SR tied the score (55-55) with just under six minutes left before a Justin Kaufman (senior-5′11″-Redding CT) layin with 5 ½ to go gave the Scots the lead (57-55) for good.  It was vintage Justin – dribble in search of a lane to the basket.  How many times have we seen him do it? 

Here Justin is pictured receiving  a basketball commemorating his 1000th point before the game from Coach Schauer.

Steve Walsh brought the Seahawks within one point twice the rest of the way with a layup after a neat lob pass (61-60 at 3:26) and a converted rebound (63-62 at 1:35).  “Steve has finished the season strong,” understated Coach Foster.  “He’s very good in the post.”

Unfortunately, the Seahawks next points wouldn’t come until just before the final buzzer. 

Meanwhile, for Gordon, Jon Marstaller (senior-6′5″-Naples ME) and Mike Schnackenberg combined beautifully (they’ve played together four years) for the winning basket.  Jon didn’t score in the last 17 ½ minutes of the second half but on this crucial play he got the ball down low and while spinning into the lane spotted a defender sliding his way to double team and found Mike alone under the basket.  This particular play (put Gordon ahead 65-62) and turned out to be large when SR came up empty on their next four possessions. 

Justin did his part in one of those unsuccessful SR possessions by falling on a loose ball near the scorer’s table and getting the benefit of the possession arrow. 

“I thought that we didn’t have a ton of energy in this one,” recalled Coach Schauer.  “I think that we were still tired from Wednesday’s circus (loss to UNE).  That wasn’t a game you walk away feeling very good about on any level.”

However, the season ended on a winning note and we get to see Wentworth again.  On January 12th the teams met and Gordon won 81-67.  If you archive the game story on that one you will be reminded of the following; Gordon fell behind 10-0, Aaron Trigg (sophomore-6′1″-Overland Park KS) had 32 points including 25 in the second half, and CCC MVP Sherrad Prezzie-Blue of Wentworth scored just three points.  It may be a reach to expect any of those three things to happen again but you never know.

One quote that Wentworth Coach Tom Devitt told me he made after the loss that game to his team still rings true, “I told my team that championships aren’t won in January.  That happens the end of February.”  A week from today we’ll know which team is the best in the conference.  It could well be Gordon or Wentworth.

It was nice to see Keith Krass (Senior-6′2″-Beach Park IL) get a start.  How important was the basket he made when the final margin was two points?

Jeff Derr (sophomore-6′8″-Barrington IL) has made 34 of 36 free throws.  That’s an incredible 94.4%.  He can make 3’s and he can play with his back to the basket.  He’s become an important point contributor since his first double-digit scoring game against Curry on January 26th.

It was great to see a full house on the student side.  The noise level?  Very disappointing.  There were timeouts late in the game where the student section sat in silence.  Head back to the library if you want to be quiet.  Can anyone over there yell, “Give me a G?”  Sometimes a crowd can reach the “Sixth Man” level.  It might be worth striving for that level on Tuesday night.

boxscore Salve Regina 2-23-08
 

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“Any Road Victory is a Good Road Victory” (Game #23)

(Springfield) Let’s get the bad news out of the way first – Gordon took nearly five minutes to score and fell behind 7-0.  The good news?  Everything else that happened thereafter.

Gordon defeated highly regarded Western New England 67-59 on the road on Saturday afternoon and in the process clinched a spot in the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament that starts on Tuesday February 26th.  Who their opponent will be and where they’ll play, will be decided league-wise over the final two games of the season.

Both Gordon and WNEC are now 8-3 in the CCC.  The Scots (16-7 overall) take their road show to Biddeford (Maine) on Wednesday night to face another team with three losses – the University of New England. 

Gordon Coach Mike Schauer was delighted with the win.  “It feels great because we have been struggling and haven’t played very well.  Now we’ll see if we can carry it over because UNE is every bit as good as Western New England.”

Let me pour that good news from this game on you, and there was plenty of it. 

The seniors that the coach was worrying about after the Colby-Sawyer game (Mike Schnackenberg (senior-6′6″-South Portland ME) and Jon Marstaller (senior-6′5″-Naples ME)), were huge in this one.

 “Jon competed hard today,” said Coach Schauer.  “Sometimes all that it takes to do well is to play hard.  Athletics is a real simple business.  However, it’s not easy to get kids to play hard all the time.”  In this one Jon was a significant part of an interior defense that surrendered few layups and forced the Golden Bears to become jump shooters.

Mike returned to his double/double ways (3rd time in 4 games) and ended with 16 points and 11 rebounds.  He carried the team in the first half, scoring wise (12 points) and it was fitting that his layup on an assist from Justin Kaufman (senior-5′11″-Redding CT) put the Scots in the lead for good, 21-19, at the 5:20 mark of the first half.

Let’s leave the seniors for a paragraph.  A couple of games ago Jeff Derr (sophomore-6′8″-Barrington IL) came off the bench in the first half to spark the Scots.  Today it was freshman Greg Walker (freshman-6′7″-Uxbridge MA) who provided a couple of baskets.  “Greg made some big shots,” recalled Coach Schauer.  “He is going to be a very good player.  He’s got to learn to play the other end of the floor a little bit but don’t we all.”

And Justin Kaufman?  This was a vintage Justin game.  He turned in his sixth 40-minute game of the season – he leads the CCC in average minutes played.  But the play from this game that I’ll remember for a long time happened in the last minute.  WNEC had closed to 61-56 with 1:18 left and were looking for a defensive stop.  Justin took the inbounds pass, and with WNEC’s best defender (Asif Abdul-Wadud) on him, went through nearly his entire repertoire of spins and dribbles before blowing by the excellent defender and down the lane for a successful lay-in.  Therefore, in one crucial possession he ate up 28 valuable seconds on the clock and boosted the Gordon lead to seven points when he was done.  Truly a memorable play!

Well, if you’ve looked at the boxscore you’re asking, “What about Aaron Trigg (sophomore-6′1″-Overland Park KS)?”  I haven’t forgotten him.  Last time I saw him he was being hounded by the CCC’s best 3-point defense at Colby-Sawyer last Tuesday.  Not many good looks for him in that one but today was a different story.  Aaron was able to dial long distance ten times and got the answer he wanted five times on his way to 23 points.

Fifteen of Aaron’s points came in the second half and none caused more groans from the sizable Senior Day crowd then the buzzer-beating three he had with eleven minutes left.  This was not the high-percentage catch-and-shoot three.  This was the “Shoot, shoot, shoot,” variety the last player with the ball takes as the 35-second clock is just about to end.  The Golden Bears had gotten close (43-41) before this particular three went in. 

Later the Scots built the lead to 55-45 with 5:43 remaining on an excellent close-to-the-basket play.  In it Jon looked to go to the basket but when a double-team showed up he found his fellow Mainer (Mike) alone for a layup. 

Near the end of the game, Matt Maynard’s only three of the afternoon put WNEC within a couple of possessions, 63-59, with 36 seconds to go but that ended their scoring.  Aaron closed out the game with four straight free throws.

The seniors on the WNEC team were honored before the game and then at halftime seniors from other campus groups were recognized.  “I was impressed with the way they did it,” said Coach Schauer.  “It is hard to do justice to all the seniors you have, and all the awards you want to give away, and yet maintain it in a time frame that’s conducive.  We’re in the business of celebrating young people so it was great to watch.”

Surprisingly, all three of WNEC’s losses have been at home (Roger Williams/Wentworth/Gordon).  They nearly lost to both UNE (OT) and Curry at home.  In a preseason poll, the coaches in the CCC picked WNEC to win the conference.  That was probably based on the facts of their having four starters back and a schedule that brought many of the successful teams of the previous season to their court. 

The biggest game in the conference so far will be next Wednesday when Roger Williams (one loss) takes on Curry (two losses) for what should determine the #1 seed in the tournament.

Tim MacDonnell (sophomore-6′2″-Jericho VT)’s “goggles” always seem to get the attention of the road audiences the Scots face.  I’m told that they’re regular glasses.  I recall someone at Roger Williams yelling to Tim that, “the pool is down the hall.” 

I gave someone at WNEC high marks for chanting, “Tennis elbow, tennis elbow,” when Brady Bajema (sophomore-6′2″-Whitinsville MA) went to the foul line with his right elbow wrapped. 

Let me close with Coach Schauer’s favorite line when describing games like the Western New England one, “Any road victory is a good road victory.” 

boxscore Western New England 2-16-08
 

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More Fine Shooting Leads to Win 13 – Game #17

(Wenham) You never saw such shooting.  I know, I said that after the last game when Gordon blew out Curry but this was different because both teams, Gordon and New England College, shot over 50% for the game.

The bottom line was that the home team, your Fighting Scots, emerged victorious, 87-78, over the visiting Pilgrims on Thursday evening at the Bennett Center.

Gordon is now, 13-4, with a 5-2 Commonwealth Coast Conference record.  Ahead they have three extremely difficult games (Endicott-away, Bates-away, and Husson-home).  The Endicott game is Saturday afternoon at Beverly and those paying attention know that the Scots have NEVER won over there.  If the Gordon rooting section shows up it could be a full house with plenty of excitement.

New England never led in this game but for most of it they matched the Scots shot for shot.  “They hung in there,” said Gordon coach Mike Schauer afterwards.  “We just couldn’t stop them.  Give them credit.”

The way the Pilgrims stayed competitive throughout was very surprising considering that they’re winless in the CCC and during their previous five visits to the Bennett Center, they’ve lost by at least 18 points.  The effort his team displayed in this one pleased Pilgrim coach Charlie Mason.  “I hope it will give us some momentum the rest of the way.”

The pattern in the previous games between the two teams has been for Gordon to jump out to a big lead early and coast in.  When Gordon ran nine straight points and surged to an 11-2 advantage 4 ½ minutes in I thought the same type of game was about to unfold.  It didn’t happen.  Both teams scored 76 points apiece the rest of the way.

Gordon’s seniors had big contributions and big minutes.  “I thought that our seniors (Justin Kaufman (senior-5′11″-Redding CT), Mike Schnackenberg (senior-6′6″-South Portland ME), and Jon Marstaller (senior-6′5″-Naples ME)) wouldn’t let us lose,” said Coach Schauer.  “We rode them a little bit tonight.”

Justin has found his shooting touch over the last four games totaling a remarkable 13-for-26 long range during that stretch.  “(Justin) Kaufman hit some big shots for them,” said Coach Mason.  “Last year another senior, Jerry Logan, hurt us.  The year before that it was the senior guard from Vermont (Scott Allenby). Is every time we come here Senior Day?”

Justin’s three with 2:44 left gave Gordon a ten-point lead (81-71) and enough of a cushion to keep even the torrid shooting Pilgrims from catching up.  Justin finished with 22 points of which 19 came in the second half. 

Mike Schnackenberg’s 19 points were his highest of the season.  He shoots over 50% for the season and didn’t hurt that stat at all with a 9-for-11 effort in this game.  The Scots had 23 assists and Mike was on the scoring end of quite a few of them. 

Coach Schauer wasn’t comfortable with all the scoring his team allowed but thought that his team needed a game like this one.  “This has been an odd year because we’ve either blown teams out or gotten blown out in most of them.  There has been none that has been tight down the stretch where we had to grind one out.  This was that game and we persevered.”

It proved to me that even in a game where holding the opponent to their CCC-leading 60.7 points per game goes out the window with 7 ½ minutes left Gordon has the scorers to take an offense that is averaging 69.7 points per game and pour in 87 points.  Whether the Scots can take that great shooting on the road against Endicott and Bates will go a long way toward our getting a read on how Gordon will do come tournament time because a road win or two may be required then.

After falling behind 11-2 early the Pilgrims got back to within one point several times but left trailing, 36-32, at the half.

Coach Schauer was delighted to be ahead at the half.  “We had both Justin and Aaron Trigg (sophomore-6′1″-Overland Park KS) in foul trouble for the first time together all season.  That forced us to play lineups that we haven’t played all season against a team that I didn’t think we could play those lineups against.  But we got through it.”

The second half was an amazing display of offense by both teams.  Gordon shot 65.4% and put up 51 points.  In fact, by my figuring, the Scots didn’t miss a shot during the last eight minutes.  And the way New England was shooting (57.6%) the Scots needed every point they could put up.

Gordon did get up by ten points (50-40) after an Aaron Trigg layup but consecutive 3’s from Rafael Salado put the Pilgrims within four points in a hurry.  Later a Brady Bajema (sophomore-6′2″-Whitinsville MA) three pushed Gordon’s advantage to nine (66-57 – 8:52) but the visitors answered with five of their own to close the gap to, 66-62, with 7 ½ minutes left.

The teams then swapped turnovers before Gordon went on a run of seven straight possessions with no missed shots or turnovers.  During this stretch of solid offense the Scots collected 15 points to the Pilgrims 9.  This put Gordon on top, 81-71, with 2:44 left and the Pilgrims didn’t have enough time to catch up.

Ryan Jaziri came in with a 23.8 points per game average and got 24 points in this one.  You never saw a quicker release on a 3-point shot.  He leads the CCC in scoring.

Kingsley Onyechi had a 14-point second half on his way to 22 points. 

The Pilgrims are 5-13 overall and 0-6 in the CCC.  Their next opponent is Salve Regina. 

Coach Schauer was never comfortable with the tempo of this game.  “There were no fouls.  There were no free throws.  The game just went back and forth.  We can’t play like that.  We’re not athletic enough.”

The lack of fouls on New England late in the game hurt them.  Gordon was trying to run time off the clock and every time the Pilgrims would foul it didn’t result in free throws.  Instead, the Scots kept the ball, the shot clock went back to 35 seconds, and they could play keep-away as more time went off the clock.

Anyhow, Gordon has three games in the next six days.  Each presents its own special challenge; the team has never won at Endicott, the team has never (?) beaten Bates, and Husson beat Gordon by 17 in Bangor in a game that was over at halftime. 

We know that Gordon can defend and we know that at home they can score points.  Can they do these things on the road versus Endicott and Bates?  I guess that’s why they play the games……..so we’ll be able to find out.

boxscore New England January 31st

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Gordon Routs Defenseless Anna Maria for 11th Win – Game #13

(Wenham) Confronted with some of the softest defense they’ll ever see Gordon cruised to Win #3 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference defeating Anna Maria, 95-66, at the subdued Bennett Center on Tuesday evening.

Facing a team that surrendered 84.4 points per game coming in the Scots had no reason to be their usual deliberate selves.  Good shots seemed to turn up early on almost every possession and Gordon took full advantage.  “We were unselfish,” said Gordon Coach Mike Schauer in a very brief interview afterwards.  No stat better reflects the way this game went then the Scots 28 assists – their previous high was 20.

Gordon, now 11-2 overall, takes its act on the road against ENC on Saturday and to Roger Williams on Tuesday.  Believe me, the atmosphere in those places will be completely different from what we saw tonight.  The Gordon students aren’t back until next week.  I continue to wonder why college students miss so much of January. 

7 ½ minutes into this game Gordon had a 19-9 advantage.  Every starter had scored and the team had only missed one shot.  The Amcats (6-8) had averaged 80 points per game against previous opponents.  But even with an up-tempo style there were few easy baskets against a Gordon defense that had been keeping opponents under 60 points per game.

An Aaron Trigg (sophomore-6′1″-Overland Park KS) three in the last minute gave Gordon a 46-30 halftime advantage.

The visitors tallied the first five points of the second half but shortly thereafter their porous defense did them in.  The Scots ran ten unanswered points and with 15 ½ minutes left the score reached 58-37.  The issue was no longer which team would win but by how much would Gordon win by.  Benches cleared and everyone able to play did play.

Mike Schnackenberg (senior-6′6″-South Portland ME) continued his high-percentage shooting going 8-for-9 to reach a team leading 17 points.  As a team the Scots set a season high in shooting percentage – 64.9%. 

Brady Bajema (sophomore-6′2″-Whitinsville MA) set a personal high with six assists while Justin Kaufman (senior-5′11″-Redding CT) tied his season high with seven assists. 

Jon Marstaller (senior-6′5″-Naples ME) ended with 14 points but might well have gotten double that if he had played longer.  He saw lanes to the basket that he probably won’t see again for the rest of the season.

Ben Gaskill (sophomore-6′9″-Columbus OH) was the leading rebounder in the game with seven.  What I liked best was his full-speed slash to the basket in the first half. 

Greg Walker (freshman-6′7″-Uxbridge MA) continues to look like a player deserving of more playing time.  “Greg has been sensational in practice for a long time,” said Coach Schauer.  “He’s ready to make the jump to more playing time.”

I didn’t see the Wheelock game so I got my first look at Austin Benston (freshman-6′2″-Branchville NJ) and Dain Scheibel (freshman-5′9″-Gambrills MD).  Austin drilled a three and Dain showed that he’s familiar with the point-guard position. 

The blowout status of this game benefited Aaron Trigg.  His minutes were shortened to 24.  He has been leading the entire Commonwealth Coast Conference in minutes with over 35 per game.

Next up for the Scots is ENC down in Quincy on Saturday afternoon.  Last time the teams met it was the Blue Sea against the Red Sea.  This time it’ll probably be the Red Sea against a team from Wenham.  I wonder if the chicken and the gorilla will be running around loose again.  Speaking of running around loose, a friend of mine arrived at the Anna Maria game late and reported seeing a deer running loose on Grapevine Road across from the Bennett Center. 

Anna Maria’s next game is against Colby-Sawyer at home on Saturday.  The Chargers had over 100 points against New England College tonight.  Based on the shaky Anna Maria defense I witnessed tonight another 100 point game for Colby-Sawyer on Saturday would not surprise me at all.

boxscore Anna Maria 1-15-08

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Gordon captains with championship trophy at Union tournament 1-5-08

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