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Jake Haar (21 points) and Sam Johnson (19 rebounds) lead Gordon past Salve Regina 80-71

Sam Johnson (19 rebounds)

Sam Johnson (19 rebounds)

Jake Haar (21 points)

Jake Haar (21 points)

(Amesbury MA) Three games in five days.

Tiring, for sure, and what I saw via the great Gordon feed was two tired teams.

But Gordon was home and it helped as they defeated Salve Regina, 80-71, on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors from Newport (RI) hung in for a while but late in the first half GC put unanswered offense together and got up by eight at halftime.

The Scots (7-6) ran their lead to double-figures in the second half and kept it there until a last-second three against the cleared Gordon bench.

Jake Haar (21 points) has refused to cool off and that sure helped in this game.  Jake tied his career-high mark in 3-pointers (seven) making four in the first half and three in the second.

The Scots used three of Jake’s first-half triples after being tied with the Seahawks, 19-19, with 5 ½ minutes left, to break ahead to the 8-point, halftime advantage.

Second half, more Jake.  He brought the Scots’ lead to ten (47-37) with a three and later pushed the GC margin to sixteen (55-39) with his final 3-pointer.

 Jaren Yang (seventeen assists over the last two games)

Jaren Yang (seventeen assists over the last two games)

Maybe best of all, for long-term sake, was GC’s effort to deliberately find Jake.  He had thirteen shots in this game up three from his highest in that category this season.  Jaren Yang found Jake four times for made three’s.

Sam Johnson was back to his double-double self against Salve.  This was his 9th of the season as he pulled down nineteen boards and put up fifteen points.

The disparity in rebounding was significant.  GC collected 57 while SR (4-8) was held to 35.

The team combo of timely 3-point shooting and dominating rebounding was too much for Salve Regina to overcome.

Part of that 3-point efficiency was freshman Sam Traicoff.  The Beverly native put up his first points of the season.

Junior Jaren Yang nearly had his own double-double with twelve points and eight assists.  His assists-to-turnover ratio has been a remarkable 17-to-3 over the last two games.

Eric Demers was out of uniform wearing a boot on his right ankle.  No way for me to know what’s going on there while sitting in Amesbury, although Eric hobbled off the court late in the Endicott game.  I thought, at the time, that it might be cramps.

Jake Hart took Eric’s starting spot and played well enough to be on the Efficiency chart.  His defense was solid as usual.

Freshman Sam Traicoff brought a scoring drought with a three

Freshman Sam Traicoff broke a scoring drought with a three

Nick Bates from Danvers

Nick Bates from Danvers

There was a segment of really sour offensive basketball in the first half.  During a four-minute segment neither team scored a point.  The Gordon part included five missed three’s.  It was Sam Traicoff’s triple that broke the Scots out of it.

Senior Nick Bates is from nearby Danvers (MA).

Endicott was upset by Western New England this afternoon to get their first CCC loss.  Nichols is still undefeated in the conference.  Endicott and Nichols meet next Saturday in Beverly.

The next Gordon game will be in Biddeford (ME) against the University of New England on Wednesday night.


Sam Johnson 31 (15 pts, 19 reb)

Nick Bates 26 (17 pts, 12 reb)

Jake Haar 22 (21 pts)

Connor Costello (13 pts, 4 assists)

Jake Hart 14 (10 pts, 3 assists)

Gordon 102 (57 reb)

Salve Regina 77

Box from the game



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Gordon holds off Salve Regina 63-61 to reach 5th in the CCC standings

Happy Scots celebrate fourth straight victory

Happy Scots celebrate fourth straight victory

Jake Haar (13 points) gets off a floater in the lane that turned out to be the game-winner with eight seconds left

Jake Haar (13 points) gets off a floater in the lane that turned out to be the game-winner with eight seconds left

(Wenham MA) Gordon survived a hold-your-breath finish to defeat Salve Regina, 63-61, on Saturday afternoon at the Bennett Center.

The win, Gordon’s 4th straight, thrusts them into fifth place in the Commonwealth Coast Conference standings. The opportunity to move higher is clearly in place as three of their final regular CCC games are against teams above them (Wentworth, Endicott, Nichols).

A finish in the top four would get the Scots (8-6/11-10) a home game in the first round of the CCC playoffs.

Gordon will host Wentworth (9-5) next Wednesday night.

To win today’s game with the Seahawks the Scots had to overcome a 7-point deficit (61-54) in the final 2:49. Gordon’s shooting on this afternoon had been way off (37%) and a comeback seemed unlikely.

BUT back they came and the defense had plenty to do with it. SR didn’t score a point in the final 2:49. The visitors missed a jump shot (Bryce Boggs) and a layup (Nick Bates) and had two layups blocked by Garrisson Duvivier and Sam Johnson. They also committed two turnovers including one on the final play of the afternoon.

Graham Tienhaara and Sam Johnson positioned for a rebound

Graham Tienhaara and Sam Johnson positioned for a rebound

Meanwhile the Scots produced points in their last five possessions to get the lead. Two of the possessions were kept alive by offensive rebounds. (Rebounding has been a consistent positive all season.)

Jake Haar (13 points) hit a 3-pointer after the first offensive rebound. Then Garrison Duvivier (14 points) made one of two free throws, before he came back on the next possession to get an offensive rebound. This time Garrisson was fouled and made both free throws. Next GC possession it was Richie Armand’s chance at two at the line. Richie missed the first and made the second to tie the score at 61-61 with 58 seconds left.

Richie Armand shows plenty of knee brace and flair heading for the hoop in the last minute

Richie Armand shows plenty of knee brace and flair heading for the hoop in the last minute

Following a SR layup miss the Scots took over. After a timeout, there was plenty of dribbling/passing before the shot-clock countdown began. Jake Haar ended up with a pass from Richie Armand and instead of dialing long-distance he broke into the paint past defender Bryce Boggs and drained a floater with eight seconds to go to give GC the 63-61 lead.

What would Salve do? A good bet would have been on Bryce Boggs (23 points) to take the shot. After all, the sophomore had nineteen of his points in the second half. He had hit from long range and he had gotten to the basket.

Bryce did get the ball but was swarmed by at least two defenders above the foul line. Bryce had the presence of mind to spot teammate Kevin Mannix uncovered in close. A quick pass got the ball there but over came Sam Johnson to block Kevin’s shot attempt in the last second.

With less than a second left, SR still had time for an inbounds play. A two-pointer ties it and a 3-pointer wins it. I don’t know what play Salve coach Sean Foster had drawn up but my pictures show that SR nearly got a wide-open three-point attempt by Rodney Morton from the left corner. The pass, however, ended up going out of bounds and the game ended there. I think what happened was that inbounds passer (Barrett Hanlon) saw Rodney aboutn to get open in the corner but teammate Nick Bates didn’t. Nick reached for what he thought was a bad pass and deflected it past Rodney. If that pass had reached Rodney, he would have had a very clean look at the game winner. One of the Gordon defenders was extremely fortunate, to say the least.srgc-final-shot-one-halfsrgc-A14-final-shot-#1


But it all came out good for the home team. It isn’t how you win, it’s did you. And the answer was “Yes” today.

Bryce Boggs (23 points) powers into the lane

Bryce Boggs (23 points) powers into the lane

Gordon had points from ten different players. It was indeed one of those games where I wondered afterwards where the GC points had come from. For Salve it was easy; Bryce Boggs and Nick Bates.

Bryce looked like a miniature Marcus Smart (Celtics) to me. Muscular with a good outside shot as well as a willingness to challenge the GD shot blockers.

Nick, from nearby Danvers, is a certain All-CCC player. Today he had 18 points and 15 rebounds. Garrisson Duvivier kept him from doing more damage. I was surprised that he didn’t cash in either of his two layups in the end game.

Gordon was fortunate to see very little of senior Barrett Hanlon. Barrett got three fouls in the first half and he also still appears to be having knee problems. Shutting him out was huge when you consider his history at the Bennett Center: 2014 – 32 points in SR win, 2015 – 22 points, including 17 in the second half in SR win.

Juniors Nick Bates and Sam Johnson

Juniors Nick Bates and Sam Johnson

If you’re a guard with a nice 3-point shot, you probably scored a lot of points in high school. In college the defense will take that shot away most of the time. That is why it has been good to see newcomers Eric Demers, Noah Szilaygi, and Jake Haar, arrive with a second shot. I call it a floater. The guard gets past the over-playing perimeter defender and gets closer to the basket. With shot blockers ahead, the guard lofts a higher-than-usual shot over the bigger defenders rushing at him. That type of shot by freshman Jake Haar turned out to be the game winning basket in today’s win over Salve Regina.

Efficiency Chart

Bryce Boggs 22 (23 pts)

Nick Bates 21 (18 pts/15 rebs)

Garrisson Duvivier 20 (14 pts/12 rebs/3 blocks)

Sam Johnson 15 (9 pts/12 rebs)

Jake Haar 11 (13 pts)

Gordon 79

Salve Regina 55

Tremendous discrepancy in the team totals.

Nick Bates and Bryce Boggs were 16-for-32 for Salve. The rest of the team? 7-for-29.

Salve’s decline at the end of the game may have had something to do with the long minutes starters Nick Bates (39), Bryce Boggs (36), and Rodney Morton (38) played.

Game boxscore

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

Richie Armand ties the game with this free throw in the last minute

Richie Armand ties the game with this free throw in the last minute

Senior Udoka Obiora (#32) eyes the basket

Senior Udoka Obiora (#32) eyes the basket

Richie Armand chased by Patrick O'Rourke

Richie Armand chased by Patrick O’Rourke

Bryce Boggs shoots over Noah Szilagyi

Bryce Boggs shoots over Noah Szilagyi

Jake Haar dials long-distance

Jake Haar dials long-distance

Barrett Hanlon spent most of the game on the sidelines which was a big break for Gordon

Barrett Hanlon spent most of the game on the sidelines which was a big break for Gordon

Garrisson Duvivier defends Nick Bates

Garrisson Duvivier defends Nick Bates

Rodney Morton drives in past Richie Armand and Graham Tienhaara

Rodney Morton drives in past Richie Armand and Graham Tienhaara


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GC starts fast and holds on for dear life later in 71-70 win over Salve Regina

(Amesbury/Newport RI) I am not going to claim that I have figured the 2015-16 Gordon team out.

And after watching them on the Salve Regina “freeze” stream win a 71-70 tight one on Thursday night I’m not sure that other teams have figured them out either.

The Seahawks (5-7) had no answer for Garrisson Duvivier in the first half (12 points/10 rebounds) and the 6-6 freshman almost single-handedly took GC to a 38-27 halftime lead.

But then in the second half, led by David Hanson (16 points), the Seahawks started making shots while the Scots started making turnovers (13). That deadly combination enabled the home team to get even at 55-55 with just under eight minutes to go.

It began to look like another road loss in the making but that isn’t what happened. Jake Haar connected on a three-point shot and up when Gordon and remarkably they never were tied or trailed the rest of the way.

Don’t think for a second that SR went away the rest of the game! They were close, very close as the final score indicates.

The Scots earned separation (68-59) with 3:53 to go but back came Salve Regina getting to within three (69-66) with 2:11 remaining.

Garrisson answered with a layup with 1:39 left and GC was in front, 71-66. Take care of the ball and make free throws and things won’t get late-game interesting. But one turnover and THREE misses, on the front end of one-and-one’s, later Gordon somehow escaped with a one-point win. Whew!!

But win they did and GC has evened their overall record to 6-6 and their Commonwealth Coast Conference record to 3-2.

Ahead for Gordon is a Bennett Center get together on Saturday (3PM) against winless (0-12) Curry. If there was ever a trap game for the Scots, it will be this one.

Garrisson and Sam Johnson overwhelmed the Seahawks in close to the basket. Salve didn’t have the shot blockers to discourage shots from either of them as 42 points in the paint indicates.

SR was limited to only eight offensive rebounds.

What Salve lacked in rebounds they made up for by getting thirty of their points off of GC turnovers.

From what I could see on the Salve website the turnovers were almost all of the front-court variety. Most of the miscues came off of low-percentage passes. Sometimes the pass receiver had responsibility on turnovers.

Efficiency Chart

Garrisson Duvivier 29 (21 points/14 rebounds)

David Hanson 22 (16 points/6 assists/4 steals)

Sam Johnson 18 (12 points/11 rebounds)

Bryce Boggs 16 (17 points/8 rebounds)

Nick Bates 11 (10 rebounds)

Gordon 82

Salve Regina 72

I saw quite a few of Nick Bates’ games in high school playing for Danvers. That team won state titles in his junior and senior years.  http://bit.ly/1TIJ23l




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Gordon loses shootout to Salve Regina 88-81

Alex Carnes (27 points) was hot for Gordon

Alex Carnes (27 points) was hot for Gordon

(Amesbury MA)  Gordon was shorthanded but not short of heart.

Minus three starters, the Scots still gave the Saturday afternoon Bennett Center crowd in Wenham (MA) plenty to cheer about in an, 88-81, loss to Salve Regina.

(When I’m looking for ice I go to the nearby freezer, not out on the roadways.  So I chose to view this game via the Gordon website.)

The Scots shot very well early, in fact had a nineteen point lead (40-21) in the first half.  Points were going up in a hurry for the home team but you couldn’t help but fear a cool down.  And it came in the second half.

While Gordon struggled in the second half, the visiting Seahawks couldn’t miss.  The team from Newport (RI) shot an incredible 68% for the half and caught the Scots (53-53) with 13:11 left.  Credit Gordon for not going away.  For the next 8+ minutes Gordon matched Salve.  I’ll give credit to a very active student section for lifting the home team.  Down 75-74 with 4:42 left, however, SR was able to create separation and won by seven, 88-81.

Sophomore Barrett Hanlon had a season-high 32 points for Salve.  The 5-10 guard surely found this win satisfying.  In the January 11th loss to Gordon (71-70) Barrett missed two free throws and a jump shot in the final twenty-two seconds.  Today, Barrett hit two jumpers in the last minute of the first half to bring SR to within eleven (45-34).  Later it was his three that tied the score at 53-53.

Gordon’s Alex Carnes (27 points) was just about as hot as Barrett.  The GC senior ended up draining a career-high, six three-pointers.

This was a day in which there was plenty of Gordon offense.  Four players ended up in double figures.  What caused the loss?  Lack of defense.  I had to go back four years to find a game in which the Scots gave up more than the 88 points they did today.  Did I mention that three starters were missing and each is a special defender?goea A3 Hans Miersma block on CJ Gonzalesengo A8 Jason Dempsey defends Andre Makris (10 points)goen A16 Taylor Bajema and Lachlan Magee

Understand that the league loss doesn’t really change anything for Gordon as far as I see it.  The goal for (11-5) Gordon, as they enter the final week of conference play, is to finish in second place. They can’t catch (14-2) Nichols.  Wins this week over Roger Williams (Tuesday – away) and Eastern Nazarene (Saturday – home), however, will assure the Scots of second.

It won’t be easy.  Gordon had a home loss to Roger Williams in January while ENC has won eight straight including a win recently over Nichols.

Efficiency stat
Barrett Hanlon 32
Alex Carnes 29
Dominic Paradis 13 (16 points)
Brenden Fowler 13 (9 points with one missed shot)
Udoka Obiora 12 (6 rebounds & 5 blocks)
Nick Bates 12

Salve Regina 105
Gordon 95

Park Thomas - career high assists (11) vs Salve Regina

Park Thomas – career high assists (11) vs Salve Regina

Park Thomas set a career mark with eleven assists.

Freshman Nick Bates was part of two Massachusetts Division 3 state championships at Danvers (MA).

Sophomore Udoka Obiora had five blocks versus Salve.  Given the chance to play during the past two games, he has shown that he can contribute.

Gordon had season highs in shots attempted (69) as well as three’s made (13) and attempted (31).

Dominic Paradis reached a career high with his 16 points today.

Lord willing, a week from now the CCC tourney setup will be in place and the Gordon seniors will have been recognized.

In my opinion, there won’t be a team in the CCC tournament that Gordon can’t defeat, including Nichols.  The dream scenario is for GC to finish second, win their two home-tourney games, have someone knock off Nichols, and face Endicott in a jam-packed Bennett Center on March 1st!

Box from today’s game

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