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Gordon College Graduation 2017

Sam Johnson with diploma

Sam with President Michael Lindsay

(Wenham MA) Today was Gordon’s 125th graduation.

No, I haven’t attended them all!

I have been covering the Gordon men’s basketball team since 2002 in the Writing Scots blog.

I have seen plenty of games but also along the way have gotten to know the families that are connected to the players.  Going to graduation provides one last opportunity for my wife (Julie) and me to meet with the graduates and their families.

Great weather today for the outdoor event; temps in the upper 60’s with plenty of sunshine.

Sam Johnson was the lone graduate on the 2016-17 team.

I took a picture of Sam with the Gordon coaching staff.  I was surprised that they weren’t sobbing over the loss of Sam from the team!

Sam finds the camera

Sam was a consistent, high-energy, stat-producing player and was a key to the GC successes in his 3 ½ years with the Scots.

We wish him well.

My wife and I always find folks at graduation from the faculty and staff that we know from our previous connections there.

One disappointment was the discontinuance of the breakfast gathering of alumni classes before the graduation.  Those gatherings annually produced people that we hadn’t seen in years.

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Sam with parents

Sara Sampong and Noah Szilagyi

junior teacher-of-the-year

Dominic Paradis

Herman Smith and Michael Lindsay

Class of 2037?

Bagpipers lead

David, Jennifer, Julie

Julie, Don, Laura

Julie and Ivy

Dale and Julie

Julie and Val

David and Julie

Julie and Paul

 

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Sam Johnson (27 rebounds) leads Gordon past Western New England 74-59

Senior Sam Johnson collected twenty-seven rebounds in the Gordon win

Senior Sam Johnson collected twenty-seven rebounds in the Gordon win

Sam Johnson and Tyler Johnson

Sam Johnson and Tyler Johnson

(Wenham MA) This was one of those, “Remember the game……,” games.

Senior Sam Johnson had a memorable Saturday afternoon as Gordon defeated Western New England, 74-59.

Sam already had double/double by halftime and ended up with a career-high twenty-seven rebounds to go with sixteen points.

The Scots (10-7) were hot early (13-2), squandered most of it (42-40 five minutes into second half), and then reheated in the final ten minutes to carry the day.

Western New England (3-13) shot poorly (33%) and was buried (45-29) on the boards.

Plenty of negatives for the Bears but one giant positive was their pressure defense.  They turned GC over TWENTY-SEVEN times.  Last time the Scots had a number like that was in February of 2013 against ENC.

Jaren Yang leads a break

Jaren Yang leads a break

Trying to dribble through double-teams and passes to who-knows-where made the performance look like something you’d see in early November.  GC can absolutely expect full pressure in next week’s games (ENC on Wednesday, Nichols on Saturday) and must be better than they were today to face it.

It’s pretty bad when the team wins and I’m crying about style points!  The good news? The Scots are in the hunt in the Commonwealth Coast Conference, one back from Endicott and Roger Williams with three losses.

Streaking Wentworth gave Nichols their 3rd loss this afternoon.  I am not sure what concerns me more; facing Wentworth in a game that matters or those twenty-seven turnovers this afternoon.

Jake Haar was part of the GC hot start with three 3’s in the first half.

Noah dials long distance

Noah dials long distance

Noah was also on target from beyond the arc (or was it ark?) with three of them which is a season high.  A couple of Noah’s triples in the second half of the second half excited the Bennett Center partisans as the Scots rode his accuracy to double-digit leads.

The Bears were severely beaten up on Efficiency.  The combination of poor shooting and few rebounds did in the team from Springfield (MA).  None of the Bears even reached ten in Efficiency.

Efficiency

Sam Johnson 35

Garrisson Duvivier 13 (5 steals, 5 assists)

Noah Szilagyi 12 (15 points)

Jake Haar 10 (12 points)

Gordon 87

Western New England 44

Sam Johnson scored sixteen points.

Sam Johnson scored sixteen points.

WN has a win over Endicott and only lost to ENC by three.  The Scots escaped a close game as well because the Bears’ shooting (1-for-10 on 3’s in the second half) was off.

Three more home games left.  I have not been overwhelmed by the student turnout yet.

Freshman Mike McCourt was the Bears top scorer.  I was impressed with his Rajon Rondo fake pass driving the lane.

Sam’s record-setting performance wasn’t really a surprise.  Why?  He plays the same way every game…all-out.  He wants every rebound and unless teams find ways to prevent him, he’ll get more rebounds than anyone else.  Against Western New England, last in the CCC in rebounding, you went in liking his chances of having a big game on the boards.

Box from the game

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Game on

Game on

Jake Hart on the move

Jake Hart on the move

Luke Meyer

Luke Meyer

Sam Traicoff

Sam Traicoff

Mike McCourt guards Garrisson Duvivier

Mike McCourt guards Garrisson Duvivier

Halftime entertainment

Halftime entertainment

Mikey Pettway

Mikey Pettway

Nana Appiah shoots over Garrisson Duvivier

Nana Appiah shoots over Garrisson Duvivier

Garrisson Duvivier in the lane

Garrisson Duvivier in the lane

Tim Reilly and Brett Bowman

Tim Reilly and Brett Bowman

 

 

 

 

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Reserves and free throw shooting key factors in 77-61 Gordon win over Worcester State

Garrisson Duvivier (20 points) had his best game of the season against Worcester State

Garrisson Duvivier (20 points) had his best game of the season against Worcester State

(Amesbury MA) Two minutes into this one Gordon was down 7-0 to 0-7 Worcester State University.

That was enough for GC coach Tod Murphy.  Out came the five starters and things settled down.

The work of the reserves in the first half combined with some amazing second-half free throw shooting enabled Gordon (6-2) to pull away from WS and win, 77-61, on Thursday in Worcester.

It certainly didn’t hurt the Scots chances to have sophomore Garrisson Duvivier contribute his best game of season, according to efficiency figuring.

For you new to efficiency it works like this; negative stats (turnovers, missed free throws and missed field goals) are subtracted from positive stats (points, assists, blocks, rebounds, steals) to arrive at a number.  In tonight’s game, Garrisson led everyone with a 32.  Among his positive stats were; 20 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals.

Paul Brooks of WS blocked four shots

Paul Brooks of WS blocked four shots

The Lancers (0-8) used a zone and had size inside (Paul Brooks 6’9”).  They pressed Gordon after baskets and in the early going the Scots made passing and dribbling blunders that allowed the home team to get off to a fast start.

As I said above, the reserves came on to stabilize things in the first half.  GC eventually caught WS and led by six (34-28) before the Lancers ran seven unanswered in the last two minutes to lead, 35-34, at the half.

WS built up a 48-43 advantage with 12 ½ minutes to go.  Enter Graham Tienhaara.  The Whitinsville junior scored Gordon’s next eight points and had a steal that set up the tying point (52-52) with 9:23 left.

The team from Wenham (MA) trailed 56-55 with 6:53 remaining and this looked like a game that would be tight to the end.  Wasn’t that way at all.

Graham Tienhaara scored eight straight Gordon points in the second half

Graham Tienhaara scored eight straight Gordon points in the second half

The Lancers could only add five points the rest of the way while the Scots poured in twenty-two.  Gordon was only 4-for-11 from the floor during that stretch but at the foul line?   Oh, baby!  The Scots were 15-for-15 and turned possession after possession into two points.

Obviously, the sixteen-point spread at the end does not reflect how this game went for most of it.

The Worcester State zone made perfect sense.  Gordon’s top scorers (Sam Johnson & Garrisson Duvivier) are inside players.  The Lancers had a shot blocker (Paul Brooks – 4 in this game) near the basket.  When GC was patient and passed the ball, they turned up high-percentage shots.  Reserves Dylan Marshall (6) and Noah Szilagyi (12) cashed open looks.

I expect teams ahead to show zones on occasion to negate GC’s inside game.  WS had only one shot blocker and when he was in, Garrisson had openings.  When Paul Brooks was resting, Graham Tienhaara did damage for GC.

GC’s struggles against pressure surprised me.  Most teams prior to WS avoided trying it.  Those seeing this game might reconsider that.

Noah Szilagyi had 12 points off the bench

Noah Szilagyi had 12 points off the bench

Gordon has now won five straight.  They will be facing a very good Daniel Webster team (5-1) on Saturday afternoon (3PM) at the Bennett Center.  Last home game for the Scots before Christmas break.

Efficiency

Garrisson Duvivier 32

Paul Brooks 24 (15 points/7 rebounds/4 blocks)

Jamal Mustapha 15 (16 points)

Sam Johnson 15 (10 points/9 rebounds)

Corey Gatta 11 (12 points)

Gordon 88

Worcester State 66

Box from the game

 

 

 

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Gordon surprises ENC 87-85 in overtime

Garrisson Duvivier deflects Laquan Gomes' last-second shot in overtime

Garrisson Duvivier deflects Laquan Gomes’ last-second shot in overtime

The Gordon team and their fans celebrate the win

The Gordon team and their fans celebrate the win

(Wenham MA) Wondering what those loud noises you heard this afternoon on the Gordon campus in Wenham were all about?

That was Gordon and Eastern Nazarene going at it in men’s basketball.

The families and friends of both teams packed the Bennett Center and both collections of fans had plenty to get excited about.

The biggest cheer of all? It came after the final buzzer as the Gordon side enjoyed the realization that they had just taken down ENC, 87-85, in overtime.

Garrisson Duvivier (27 points/16 rebounds) had a huge game for Gordon

Garrisson Duvivier (27 points/16 rebounds) had a huge game for Gordon

The win was no small task. The Lions (13-6) took the first meeting, 100-84, and had won five straight. ENC had two wins over Endicott. They’re very good!

But on this afternoon the Scots (9-10) were just enough better to stun the visitors.

How did the Scots do it? How much time do you have to read? Trust me, there was no straight line to the finish.

Gordon, coming off twenty-five turnovers in the first meeting, picked up right where they left off at the start of this game. Four turnovers, and an 11-1 deficit later, Coach Tod Murphy pulled the plug on all five starters. The reserves were able to stop the bleeding and GC reached a 17-17 tie.

ENC led, 36-34, at halftime.

In their previous game, the Lions were only in front by four against Curry before exploding for a 54-point second half to blow out the Colonels.

Noah Szilagyi hit this floater in OT

Noah Szilagyi hit this floater in OT

Could the Scots keep such a barrage from being dropped on them? It turns out that they could. The shot blockers were out (GC had nine of them) and Gordon had multiple shot makers.

Garrisson Duvivier had the game of his young Gordon life overpowering the Lions for an impressive twenty-seven inside points.   Add on long-range accuracy (5-for-7) by Noah Szilagyi and the Scots weren’t going away.

But ENC has arguably the best player in the Commonwealth Coast Conference in senior Jaylen Owens. The guard’s defense (four steals) and shooting touch from anywhere (29 points) were a big part of keeping the Lions in the lead in the second half.

With 3:56 to go ENC was up 69-62 and seemed to have enough on both ends of the court to finish off the Scots. But the Lions would only score once the rest of regulation.

Jaren Yang faces some Jaylen Owens defense

Jaren Yang faces some Jaylen Owens defense

The teams went in two different directions: Gordon shot from in close while ENC opted for launch-and-pray.

The Scots style worked and they were able to run ten unanswered points to take a 72-69 lead. Eight free throws (out of twelve) and a Garrisson layin were where the points came from. Those four missed free throws, however, turned out to be important.

After Noah Szilagyi missed the second of two free throws, Jaylen Owens crossed midcourt and let fly with a “Hail, Mary” basketball style. The shot went in to send the game into OT and believe me every Lions’ fan in the house let out a roar.

That may have been more of a roar of relief because prior to the tying three-pointer, the visitors had missed five straight long ones and had two turnovers. ENC was fortunate to still be playing.

Jaylen Owens (29 points) sends the game into overtime

Jaylen Owens (29 points) sends the game into overtime

Overtime? Six lead changes. Jaylen and Noah each collected eight points. Three different times Noah answered baskets by Jaylen with two 3’s and a layup of his own. Noah’s last basket was a floater in the lane with eight seconds to go to put GC ahead, 86-85.

After a timeout, there wasn’t a person in the house doubting that Jaylen Owens would somehow, some way get the final shot. It made sense. But on this possession, after Jaylen raced into the frontcourt, he passed, instead, inside to a cutting teammate (Laquan Gomes). Laquan had shot-blocking Garrisson nearby and rushed the layup and missed it.

Sam Johnson took in the rebound and got fouled with one second left. Sam missed the first free throw and then tried to miss the second one (to get the clock to run out) but it went in. The miss gave ENC a chance to get a final launch-and-pray (Lequan Gomes) which Garrisson deflected to end the game. WHEW!

Laquan Gomes misses a layup in overtime

Laquan Gomes misses a layup in overtime

Now you know what all the shouting was about.

The real beauty of the overtime was that the team with twenty-five turnovers (Gordon) didn’t have any in those five minutes.

The remarkable game by Garrisson (27 points/16 rebounds) overshadowed the quiet double/double turned in by junior teammate Sam Johnson. Sam registered his 11th double/double (14 points/11 rebounds) of the season.

Unsung hero? Sophomore Jake Hart. Jake spent thirty-six minutes chasing Jaylen Owens around. Jaylen did get 29 points but it took him 26 shots to get them thanks in part to Jake’s defense. The one getting the “MVP” chants from the ENC fans also had six turnovers. Jake also found a way to get eight points and take in six rebounds. Easily his best game of the season.

Efficiency Chart

Garrisson Duvivier 44

Sam Johnson 20

Lequan Gomes 19 (16 points)

Noah Szilagyi 17 (18 points)

Christian Lynch 16 (15 points)

Jaylen Owens 16 (29 points/4 steals)

Gordon 102

ENC 90

Jake Hart (8 points) gets inside for two of them

Jake Hart (8 points) gets inside for two of them

Next for Gordon will be a visit on Tuesday night to UNE in Biddeford (ME).

Boxscore

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Noah Szilagyi (eight points in OT)

Noah Szilagyi (eight points in OT)

Jaren Yang tries to split the Wagner twins

Jaren Yang tries to split the Wagner twins

Udoka Obiora (3 blocks) waits for Eric Lynch

Udoka Obiora (3 blocks) waits for Eric Lynch

Jaylen Owens steals and then looks for defenders

Jaylen Owens steals and then looks for defenders

Sam Johnson gets two

Sam Johnson gets two

Game on!

Game on!

Noah Szilagyi charges

Noah Szilagyi charges

Jaylen Owens shoots over Jake Hart

Jaylen Owens shoots over Jake Hart

Sam Johnson comes face-to-face with a bad pass

Sam Johnson comes face-to-face with a bad pass

Look away pass?

Look away pass?

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Late-game perfection gets it done for Gordon 74-70 over Western New England

(Springfield MA) Perfectly delightful final 1:40 for the Scots in Springfield tonight.

Gordon (8-10/5-6) had everything go their way in those final one hundred seconds and a discouraging four-game slide came to an end.

74-70 was the final score with Western New England (6-12/4-7) getting on the wrong end of it.

Crucial win for GC. Why? The Scots, at least temporarily, stopped their descent into can-we-make-the-playoffs territory. Gordon now holds the tie-breaker over Western New England with their two wins over the Bears this season.

A great web feed from WNE. I usually have an IPad going along with my computer to catch the play-by-play as I watch the game. Works for me.

Part of the delight in the end game tonight was watching the other team try the easy-fix, long-range approach. It didn’t work for them either. WNE made one-of-four tries but it wasn’t enough against a GC team that dominated the late-game little things, none of which included the launch-and-pray solution.

In the successful end game, Gordon missed a layup but there was Garrisson to turn a rebound into a basket. GC up two (69-67).

After a WNE miss, Garrisson was fouled. Made the first (70-67) and missed the second but there was Sam Johnson (top rebounder in the conference) to snare an offensive rebound and continue the Gordon possession.

Jaren Yang was fouled and made both free throws. GC up five (72-67) with twenty-three seconds left.

Mike Gelineau (24 points) connected long range putting the Bears close (72-70) with fifteen seconds to go.

A timeout gave Gordon coach Tod Murphy a chance to get Noah Szilagyi into the game. Why important? No question Western New England was going to foul. Noah was 23-for-26 from the foul line, including his last ten straight. In he came, got fouled, and put the game away with two straight money freebies.

As I said at the start, everything came together in a nice victory package in the final 1:40.

Before that? It was up for grabs. The home team had a 20-9 lead in the first half but the Scots closed in (31-29) by halftime. The second half was tight to the end. Unofficially I saw six ties and six lead changes. Anybody’s game for sure. On this night the visitors got the job done.

It was close enough so that even the efficiency numbers for the two teams came out to 72.

The heart of what Gordon does consistently well is the inside play of two of the best in the Commonwealth Coast Conference; Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier.

Sam (21 points/17 rebounds) hasn’t seen a rebound yet that he won’t go after with 100% effort. Garrisson (20 points) get shots to drop in the heaviest of traffic.

Good to see Josh Ribeiro get some first-half action.

Boxscore

Efficiency chart

Garrisson Duvivier 24 (4 steals)

Sam Johnson 23

Mike Gelineau 19 (24 points)

Zack Askew 14 (14 points)

Luis Agrait 14 (13 points/6 assists)

Next up for the Scots will be ENC on Saturday (3PM). The Lions have beaten Endicott twice in case you’re wondering how good they are. Gordon has not beaten any of the top five (Nichols, Endicott, Wentworth, ENC, Roger Williams) so far. A strongly supportive crowd at the Bennett Center might make the difference.

 

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Gordon puts everything together routing UNE 83-64

Sam Johnson (18 points/12 rebounds) was a force on both ends of the court

Sam Johnson (18 points/12 rebounds) was a force on both ends of the court

Noah Szilagyi (18 points) had his best game

Noah Szilagyi (18 points) had his best game

(Wenham MA) Sometimes a game gets away from a team early. That’s how I saw Gordon’s 83-64 win over the University of New England tonight.

Gordon (5-6) started out in a zone defense and UNE passed their way into 3-point opportunities. Gordon also employed a box-and-one on Devon Thompson to keep the sharp-shooting senior from getting too many touches. Both of those defensive schemes worked like a charm.

Meanwhile on the offensive end the Scots shot over 50% and hurt the Nor’Easters on the inside and outside.

It was fun to watch for home-team folks gathered at the Bennett Center for the Commonwealth Coast Conference matchup.

UNE (6-4) came in with impressive wins over Bates and Bowdoin. In the Bates game, UNE was 10-for-14 long range, so when Gordon started with the zone defenses I thought it could be trouble for the Scots. O me of little faith!

UNE saw the zone and settled into one 3-point attempt after another. On this night, the visitors missed their first nine tries! (Not every night goes this way.) And while UNE missed, Gordon connected, jumping in front, 13-5, after six minutes.

After Ben Judson (from St. John’s Prep in Danvers) broke the 3-point drought for UNE, Noah Szilagyi drained consecutive 3’s in twenty seconds and GC led 19-8.

Later in the first half, freshman Jake Haar ran a 3, a layup, and another 3 together. Everything seemed to be going right and Gordon was in front, 41-31, at the half.

Drew Coveney (nine assists) looks for daylight against Luke Meyer

Drew Coveney (nine assists) looks for daylight against Luke Meyer

I wondered at halftime if the second half would find UNE heating up while the Scots cooled off. Nope on both counts.

The Nor-Easters got within eight a couple of times in the second half but a Sam Johnson layup boosted the GC spread back to double digits (53-43) and the Scots never let UNE any closer over the final fourteen minutes.

The best stat in the second half? Gordon had only three turnovers. That’s right, three. A team that takes care of the ball has more scoring opportunities and when you shoot over 50% the chances of a W are good.

Best stat of the game? Twenty-four assists. I had to go back to a 2013 game against Worcester State to see that number matched. Assists mean unselfish play. Assists mean getting the ball into the hands of the hot shooters. Plenty of both of that in this game.

Junior Sam Johnson came away with my #1 star topping the Efficiency Chart. Sam put his 6th double/double together with three assists.

Efficiency Chart

Sam Johnson 26 (12 rebounds/18 points)

Noah Szilagyi 20 (18 points/7-for-8 shooting)

Garrisson Duvivier 15 (13 rebounds)

Ben Judson 15 (17 points)

Drew Coveney 14 (9 assists)

Gordon 113

UNE 60

That 20 in Efficiency was Noah’s highest mark this season.

Devin Thompson gets a block

Devin Thompson gets a block

Tough night for Devin Thompson. The senior from St. Mary’s in Lynn was held to four points. Came in with a 19 points per game average. He did, however, have a block which for guards can be memorable.

Ben Judson, Drew Muniz, and Devin Thompson had fans in the house.

It probably helped GC freshman Jake Haar (11 points) to have family from California on hand at the Bennett Center. They’ll see two more games before heading back to winter weather many of us can only dream about.

Next for GC will be a trip to Newport (RI) to face 5-6 Salve Regina on Thursday night. Lest that record fool you, the Seahawks defeated formerly undefeated ENC in Quincy tonight. SR has been featuring Nick Bates of nearby Danvers High School.

Not surprised to see Dylan Marshall launch and connect versus UNE. Last year he dropped four 3’s on the Nor’Easters.

Next home game is Curry on Saturday afternoon.

Boxscore

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Game on!

Game on!

Garrisson Duvivier (13 rebounds) heavily guarded by CJ Autry

Garrisson Duvivier (13 rebounds) heavily guarded by CJ Autry

CJ Autry had 14 points and 10 rebounds

CJ Autry had 14 points and 10 rebounds

Eric Demers defended by Devin Thompson

Eric Demers defended by Devin Thompson

UNE launches one of their thirty-eight 3's

UNE launches one of their thirty-eight 3’s

Drew Muniz (Gloucester) and Noah Szilagyi

Drew Muniz (Gloucester) and Noah Szilagyi

Sam Johnson in for two

Sam Johnson in for two

Gordon bench late in the game

Gordon bench late in the game

Dylan Marshall and Luke Rohan

Dylan Marshall and Luke Rohan

Sam Johnson (12 rebounds) and Jake Haar (11 points)

Sam Johnson (12 rebounds) and Jake Haar (11 points)

Freshman Ben Judson led UNE with 17 points

Freshman Ben Judson led UNE with 17 points

Devin Thompson (#3) leads a break

Devin Thompson (#3) leads a break

Gavin Dibble double-teamed by Sam Johnson and Jake Hart

Gavin Dibble double-teamed by Sam Johnson and Jake Hart

Udoka Obiora blocks a shot

Udoka Obiora blocks a shot

Noah Szilagyi gets a layup off a fast break

Noah Szilagyi gets a layup off a fast break

 

 

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Gordon falls to non-league Worcester State 93-89

Bilal Shakir (six assists) about to feed Ryan DiBernardo (#21) for the go-ahead basket late in the game

Bilal Shakir (six assists) about to feed Ryan DiBernardo (#21) for the go-ahead basket late in the game

Jaren Yang (career high 20 points) guarded by Manny Cabral

Jaren Yang (career-high 20 points) guarded by Manny Cabral

Paul Brooks had eight blocks for Worcester State

Paul Brooks had eight blocks for Worcester State

(Wenham MA) Entertaining. Fast paced. Exciting to the very end.

Those descriptions fit this afternoon’s non-league Gordon game with Worcester State.

The final score? Now, that’s not so entertaining to the home folks in the Bennett Center on Saturday afternoon: Worcester State 93, Gordon 89.

The Lancers (8-5) have now won four straight. The Scots (4-6) have now lost four of their last five games.

Gordon will be filling the rest of the regular season with Commonwealth Coast Conference games starting on Tuesday night (5:30PM) against UNE.

This game was entertaining because neither team let a deficit discourage them. By my count, there were eleven ties and ten lead changes. You expected that the team ahead would get caught and expected a comeback from the team trailing.

Noah Szilagyi (17 points) hit five 3's

Noah Szilagyi (17 points) hit five 3’s

The Scots rode the long ball (13 three’s – season high) to stay in contention. Jaren Yang’s 3-pointer with twenty seconds left was their last one and it put GC within a point.

This game was certainly played at top speed. Missed shots turned into quick shots down the other end with regularity. And both teams seemed comfortable playing that way.  Set plays?  Not on this afternoon.

In the last 1 ½ minutes of the game a collection of two’s enabled the Lancers to get the win. The “two connection” started after the Scots were up one (86-85) with 1:30 left and had the ball.

During the possession, Garrisson Duvivier attempted two shots from in close. Both shots were rejected by 6-9 Paul Brooks. Paul secured the ball after the second block and sent teammate Bilal Shakir off on a fast break. Bilal stayed in the middle and found Ryan DiBernardo cutting in from his right to put WS ahead by a point.

Eric Demers (16 points) shoots over Alex Santos

Eric Demers (16 points) shoots over Alex Santos

After Eric Demers missed a three, Bilal came back for his second assist in less than a minute as he set up Marquez McKreith-Collins for a successful three putting WS in front, 90-86.  Marquez’s three turned out to be decisive.

After a hurry-up three-pointer by Jaren and two free throws (Alex Santos), Eric Demers had two 3-point attempts in a possession either of which could have tied the score but not on this afternoon. The freshman had no time to square to the basket on either shot. Stephan Curry probably would have made both for his 50th point of the game …………but I digress.

Watching 6-9 Paul Brooks in action reminded me of how the Scots were for four years with 6-9 Hans Miersma in action. It wasn’t just the shots that were blocked by either of them it was also the shots that were discouraged by them. Paul had eight blocks in this one and none bigger than the two he had late in the game.

Jaren Yang’s twenty points today were a career high for the sophomore. Jaren had eighteen last season versus Wentworth.

Freshman Noah Szilagyi reached a season high in points with seventeen. Noah came off the bench hot and nailed five three’s along the way.

Alex Santos (17 second half points)

Alex Santos (17 second half points)

Freshman Alex Santos of WS finished with nineteen points however seventeen of them came in the second half. His two end-game free throws were pressure-packed and a key piece in the Lancers victory.

Efficiency

Paul Brooks 29 (9 rebounds/eight blocks/7-of-8 shooting)

Jaren Yang 19

Marquez McKreith-Collins 18 (17 pts/7 of 8 FTs)

Noah Szilagyi 18

Bilal Shakir 17 (20 pts/6 assists/3 steals)

Worcester State 103

Gordon 95

Worcester State has beaten Roger Williams, Wentworth, and Gordon in a five-day period.

Boxscore

The Scots hadn’t played in three weeks but did not look like it.  And they nearly beat a very good team.

Gordon plays at home on the next five Saturdays.

wsgc-A2-Garrisson's-first-dunkwsgc-A13-Garrisson's-second-dunkGarrisson Duvivier had two dunks in this game.

It was nice to see that GC did not suffer any academic casualties. Trust me, that hasn’t always been the case.

A goodly number of close friends and family did attend this game. The Gordon students are back on January 13th.

What are the chances? While shopping in a thrift shop in Pennsylvania after Christmas, I discovered a Gordon College Fighting Scots sweatshirt on a rack. $4 later that sweatshirt was ours. I am guessing that the sweatshirt might go for a bit more in the GC bookstore.

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Sam Johnson arm grab on Paul Brooks

Sam Johnson arm grab on Paul Brooks

Bilal Shakir tries for two

Bilal Shakir tries for two

Marquez McKreith-Collins

Marquez McKreith-Collins

Game on!

Game on!

Graham Tienhaara had eight GC rebounds

Graham Tienhaara had eight GC rebounds

Jamal Mustapha contests an Eric Demers' layup

Jamal Mustapha contests an Eric Demers’ layup

Sam Johnson led all rebounders with ten

Sam Johnson led all rebounders with ten

Marquez McKreith-Collins (17 points) defended by Jake Hart

Marquez McKreith-Collins (17 points) defended by Jake Hart

Paul Brooks shirt grab on Sam Johnson

Paul Brooks shirt grab on Sam Johnson

Paul Brooks looks for an opening against Sam Johnson

Paul Brooks looks for an opening against Sam Johnson

Bilal Shakir (20 points) gets off a shot in the lane

Bilal Shakir (20 points) gets off a shot in the lane

 

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