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Garrett Sattazahn key in Gordon’s 78-72 win over Western New England

Garrett Sattazahn (28 points) had a terrific all-around game for Gordon

Garrett Sattazahn seals the W at the line

Garrett Sattazahn gets open in close

(Wenham MA) Can one player take over a game?

Not usually, but sophomore Garrett Sattazahn (28 points) came close tonight in Gordon’s 78-72 win over Western New England.

The Bears (0-3) had the lead (69-66) with 3:40 left after an Alex Sikorski (19 points) three.

Enter Garrett.

The Scots (3-0) next eleven points came from the young man from Morris (CT).  There was a three, two layups, and four straight free throws.

The Bears couldn’t keep pace down the stretch.  They shot one-for-seven and had two turnovers and allowed Garrett and his teammates to secure the win.

Alex Sikorski (19 points) puts up a late-game three for Western New England

“We were there, and we had our chances,” said WNE coach Colin Tabb afterwards.  “We don’t shoot as well as we did last year so their zone was tough for us to play against.”

The Gordon defense in the second half was the key to their successful turnaround.

“It wasn’t looking good for the first fifteen minutes,” recalled Gordon coach Tod Murphy post-game.

“We didn’t play any defense in the first half but did in the second half,” said Coach Murphy.

Zach Bennett (six points) goes for a steal against Kenny Flynn

The numbers from the two halves spoke volumes as Western New England had forty-eight points in the first half but only twenty-four points in the second half.”

The jump-out stat from this game, other than Garrett’s 28 points, was Gordon’s twelve steals.

“The difference between last year and this year is that we’re putting a lot more effort into defense,” explained Garrett, “and it’s showing. Last year they came in here and scored nearly 120 points.”

GC went into seldom-seen, full-court pressure late in the first half and lowered a 45-33 WNE lead to 48-43 by halftime.

Caleb Scott (8 points) shoots over Zach Tavitian

Freshman Caleb Scott (8 points) scored twice from in close in the last minute, assisted by Garrett (seven assists) both times.

Garrett seemed to flourish in transition, either setting up teammates or finishing himself.

“He (Garrett) is a very good player,” said Coach Tabb, “It looks like he’s stepping nicely into the (Eric) Demers’ role.”

“Eric has been a great mentor to me,” explained Garrett.  “He’s taught me how to get open among other things.”

“I was feeling it a little bit tonight,” added Garrett.  “I definitely, however, give credit to my teammates.  They were looking for me and giving me good screens.”

“Garrett does everything,” said Coach Murphy.  Hard to argue with that after Garrett had a night with seven rebounds, seven assists, six steals, and twenty-eight points!

“I have to pull him out from time to time because he’ll run himself into the ground if I don’t,” added Coach Murphy.

Michael Makiej drives

Coach Tabb wasn’t pleased with his team’s defense.  “Our decisions on the defensive end weren’t good.  We didn’t defend well in transition or off the ball.”

“Defense wins ballgames,” said Coach Murphy.  “If we give the defensive energy we did in the second half, we’ll be okay.  We have to be aggressive because we’re a small team.”

Parker Omslaer, despite getting into foul trouble, was able to get thirteen points on the inside.

Kenny Flynn (16 points) and Gavin Greene (12 points) were the other Bears in double figures.

Off night, for sure for WNE senior Zach Tavitian (5 points).  Zach recently reached the 1000-point mark for the Bears.

Alex Villalobos and Josh Crutchfield

Got my first look at Gordon freshman Alex Villalobos.

The Scots will play on the road tomorrow (Saturday) in Springfield at Western New England.

Still impressed with the brightness of the Kanas Court.

I have been in quite a few gymnasiums lately (ask my wife), and the Kanas Court is as good as any of them.  Can’t wait to be in there when the crowds are back.

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The link to this coverage will be on Twitter (@mcclellandpeter) and pictures should appear on Instagram (@mcclellandmiscellanea) on Saturday.

Zach Tavitian

Zach Quanico and Justin Yu

Alex Sikorski (19 points) dunks

Kenny Flynn (16 points) dunks

Josh Crutchfield launches from long range

Parker Omslaer (13 points, 7 rebounds)

Josh Crutchfield loses a shoe

Zach Quanico (4 points)

Western New England coach Colin Tabb

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Michael Makiej debuts with 28 points as Gordon downs Curry 99-63 in opener

Freshman Michael Makiej had 28 points and 12 rebounds in his first game at Gordon

Plenty of inside shots turned up for Michael Makiej vs Curry

(Wenham MA) It’s always nice to make a good first impression.

And freshman Michael Makiej certainly did that collecting twenty-eight points as Gordon defeated Curry, 99-63, on Friday night at the Bennett Center.

“We’re just happy to be able to play basketball,” said Gordon coach Tod Murphy post-game.  “So many conferences in New England are not playing this year.”

The Scots (1-0) may end up with ten-to-twelve games.

“We have ten scheduled,” said Coach Murphy, “including one more tomorrow with Curry, as well as two each with Western New England, Nichols, Suffolk, and Endicott.  I am going to try to get a couple with Eastern Nazarene.  Everything depends on staying Covid-free.”

The visitors from Milton (MA) stayed with Gordon through the first 13 ½ minutes and were ahead, 27-26.

Zach Bennett – 8 points and 3 steals

The rest of the first half the Scots, led by Garrett Sattazahn and Zach Bennett, put a 17-3 segment together and were in command, 43-30, at the half.

Garrett had a triple, a jumper, and a steal during the good run while Zach had two steals that were turned into points.

Curry coach Joe Busacca was disappointed with the way things went.  “We’re so young that we’re going to make a ton of mistakes early,” he said.  “Gordon has some good upper classmen who know how to win and played in big games last year.  When we cooled off, we didn’t respond very well.  If the ball doesn’t go in, it doesn’t mean we can’t compete in the defensive end.”

Drew Thibeault had ten rebounds

Freshman Josh Vargas (6’8”) was a presence inside.  He put fifteen points together with fourteen rebounds.  Angelo Sardgna (12 points) and Jayquan Leonard (10 points) reached double figures for the Colonels.

Gordon’s late run in the first half spilled over into the entire second half.  The Scots put up fifty-six points and Michael Makiej had twenty-two of them.

Senior Parker Omslaer joked about Michael’s performance afterwards: “My all-time high is twenty-three points and he beats it in his first game.  I don’t even know what to say about that.”

There were nothing but inside shots in the points Michael collected.  “Credit my teammates,” he said, “they gave me the good looks on the high post.  It’s not about me.  It about the team.  I was just having fun out there.”

Angel Sardegna had twelve points for Curry

Michael came to Gordon from Lexington Christian Academy.  “He’s one of the most talented offensive players we’ve ever had here,” said Coach Murphy.  “He has some things to learn but he could be an absolute nightmare to defend.”

Michael (6’4”) had twelve rebounds to go with his twenty-eight points.

Newcomer Drew Thibeault had ten rebounds.

“Excited to be here,” said Drew.  “I transferred from RPI.  There’s something special going on here and I wanted to be part of it.  Putting up ninety-nine points in your first game is pretty good.”

Justin Yu (15 points)

Coach Murphy: “Justin Yu (15 points) had a great game off the bench.  Caleb (Scott) filled in nicely when Parker got into foul trouble.  Garrett (Sattazahn) will be our go-to guy this season.  His shooting was off a bit but in the 2nd half he distributed the ball and had several steals.”

The Scots played a zone defense for much of the game.  Coach Murphy is not a fan of it.  “I hate that defense.  It did work tonight but only because they weren’t hitting shots.  That may well be different against other teams we face.”

Josh Crutchfield: “I am so blessed to be back on the court and be with these guys.  I love them.  Michael had a phenomenal game.  He loves basketball and is a great kid.  We scored 99 points but out defense was very good too.”

Garrett Sattazahn (16 points)

Michael Makiej: “There are Christian aspects to being here at Gordon.  We pray together before each practice.  I really like that.”

I told Garrett Sattazahn afterwards that I wondered how this year’s team was going to make up for all the points Eric Demers’ scored the previous season.  “Tonight, Michael took care of the ‘Eric’ part,” he said.

The biggest surprise for me was seeing what the new Bennett Center looked like.  I wasn’t the only one pleasantly surprised.

“The court, the mats, the stands, are all awesome,” said Garrett.  “You couldn’t ask for a better facility.”

David Massillon, who wasn’t in uniform because of surgery, summed things up best. “It sure was nice to see all the guys with smiles on their faces after an opening night win in this fine facility.”

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Eric Demers and David Massillon

Garrett Sattazahn

Caleb Scott (7 rebounds, 7 points)

Josh Crutchfield guards Jayquan Leonard

Michael Makiej guards Nabi Mwesiga

Parker Omslaer (9 rebounds)

Josh Crutchfield

Drew Thibeault

Jordan Bretton

RJ Hadfield

Nabi Mwesiga

Zach Quanico

Michael Makiej to the basket

Marcus Retegues

Marcus Retegues from the corner

Jayson Clayton

 

 

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Gordon clinches playoff spot with 83-67 win over UNE

Eric Demers (28 points) found ways to score on the inside against UNE

(Wenham MA) Eric was Eric.

Garrett Sattazahn (25 points) reached a career high

Garrett set a career high in points scored.

Parker took away the inside for UNE.

The result was an important 83-67 win over the Nor’Easters on Wednesday night at the Bennett Center.

“I’m thrilled with the victory,” said Gordon coach Tod Murphy afterwards. “Before tonight we had no guarantee that we would get into the playoffs.”

Combined with a Roger Williams’ loss tonight, the Scots are into the playoffs which start next Tuesday.

“The crazy thing,” added Coach Murphy, “is that if we win Saturday (at Nichols) there’s a way that we could host on Tuesday. Granted, about six different things have to happen for that to work.”

Ray Evans and Eric Demers

Eric Demers had his 15th straight 30+ points per game streak stopped with “only” twenty-eight tonight. He must be slipping!

UNE coach Ed Silva: “Eric is a stud.”

The Scots (12-12) pulled away from the Nor’Easters at the end of the first half, building up a ten-point lead (43-33).

UNE was also looking for some CCC playoff guarantee tonight.

“Tonight would have solidified a playoff spot for us,” said Coach Silva. “Now we have to win Saturday (vs Roger Williams) to guarantee us a spot.”

Parker Omslaer had ten rebounds

UNE can still get in with a loss Saturday, but they would have to rely on other teams winning/losing to make it happen.

Eric Demers had a little extra incentive in tonight’s game: “I didn’t want to leave this school with a loss on this court. It’s been an up-and-down season, but I wanted to win my last game here.”

There was a sense of urgency for both teams, but the Scots did a better job of not showing it. They stayed with UNE in the early going and then rode the hot shooting of Eric and Garrett Sattazahn to a 23-point lead in the second half. The Nor’Easters would get to within twelve points in the final 2 ½ minutes but the Scots held on.

Garrett Sattazahn guarded by Siddiq Canty

Garrett hit five of ten three’s and reached a career-high twenty-five points. His heated performance certainly took the pressure off Eric to have to score 30+ points for the Scots to have a chance.

“Garrett is next,” said Eric. “He coming up right after me. He’s going to be great here for a long time.”

“Next year Garrett might have to be like Eric,” reported Coach Murphy. “It depends on how recruiting goes. There’s a lot of playing time available and we’ll have 40+ points per game (Eric and AJ Terry) to make up somewhere.”

“I thought they (Gordon) competed harder than we did,” said Coach Silva. “They had a sense of urgency and we didn’t.”

Coach Silva cited one particular play relating to urgency: “We turned the ball over at the end of the second quarter (Eric steal) and Josh (Crutchfield) raced full court to get a layup. Those are the types of plays that earn you playoff spots.”

Josh Crutchfield breaks in

Gordon’s zone defense lasted the whole game. It’s been “pulled” several times recently.

Parker Omslaer protects the inside

“When Parker (Omslaer) is a force inside it makes all the difference in the world,” said Coach Murphy.

UNE missed fifty shots (25/75) and Parker’s 6-11 presence had something to do with the inaccuracies.

“We knew that they’d stay with the zone if we didn’t score against it easily,” said Coach Silva.

Asked about tonight’s defense, Eric said, “The defense was good. It’s crazy because we didn’t change anything. It’s just a matter of which team shows up.”

“The defense was good,” said Josh Crutchfield. “We all bought into it tonight.”

Parker finished with his fifth double/double (10 points/12 rebounds) of the season.

Avery DeBrito (16 points & 10 rebounds)

Avery DeBrito (16 points/10 rebounds) and Siddiq Canty (16 points) paced the Nor’Easters. Alex Kravchuk added fourteen points for the team from Biddeford (ME).

Last year’s UNE team pressed full-court, shot three’s, and substituted frequently. Not this year. “At the end of last season, we changed our style of play based on guys we had coming in.”

One of the players coming in was freshman Siddiq Canty. “He’s a very smooth player,” said Coach Silva. “A friend of mine was head coach at Woodstock Academy (Connecticut) and he told me about Siddiq when he came on campus.”

The Scots end their regular season at Nichols Saturday. “It will be tough,” admitted Coach Murphy. “It’s their Senior Day.” Gordon lost in overtime to Nichols at the Bennett Center in December.

I asked Coach Murphy what his memories were of Eric playing at the Bennett Center: “My memory of his playing here will be his raining shots on people left and right. Tonight he didn’t shoot that well from the outside so he went inside on post-ups and drives. He was probably our leading post scorer tonight.”

Box from the game

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Siddiq Canty tries to shoot against David Massillon

Siddiq Canty hears it from the Gordon student section

Parker Omslaer gets ready to finish

Garrett Sattazahn dials up a three in front of the Gordon bench

Eric Demers shoots a free throw

Eric Demers draws a crowd

David Massillon after a loose ball

Alex Kravchuk passes

Alex Kravchuk (14 points)

AJ Terry gets a rebound

 

 

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Gordon ends slide with 83-74 win over Roger Williams – Eric Demers 31 points

Eric Demers (31 points) splits two Hawks to get a layup

Parker Omslaer (23 points) made 9-of-10 free throws

(Wenham MA) “We were dying for a win, for sure,” said Eric Demers afterwards.

Gordon defeated Roger Williams, 83-74, and stopped their slide toward exclusion from the post-season Commonwealth Coast Conference post-season tournament.

Gordon (6-7) has three games remaining (Salve Regina,UNE,Nichols) against teams with something in common….they all beat the Scots in the first meeting.

The Hawks (6-8) now have lost twice to Gordon giving the Scots the tie-breaker over them.

“We have to win another game to have a chance to make the tournament,” said RW coach Mike Tully.

The Hawks trailed the entire way tonight.

The visitors from Bristol (RI) started the night with a segment that included five missed shots and four turnovers. That got them down, 10-0.

In the second half, RW was within two (47-45) three minutes into the half. Four minutes later the Hawks were still stuck at 45 while the home team had put fourteen unanswered points together.

Doug Hostetler (19 points) finishes

Five missed three’s and two turnovers caused this RW scoring drought.

Meanwhile, the Scots shot 5-for-6 with Eric Demers (31 points) getting two layups and a triple and GC had a 61-45 lead.

The Hawks would get within nine twice the rest of the way but never closer.

“Every time we made a run, they answered it,” said Coach Tully.

Eric was part of the Gordon “answer” with his thirty-one points. This is the 14th straight game he’s reached at least thirty.

“If you’d told me at the beginning of the season that this would happen, I wouldn’t have believed you,” said Eric.

How has it been possible? “My teammates find me, and my coach gives me the green light. They believe in me and that builds my confidence.”

Gordon coach Tod Murphy wasn’t feeling sorry for Roger Williams but added, “Two of our best defensive games turned out to be against them. If we play defense, we can beat everyone in the conference, if we don’t play defense, we can lose to everyone.”

Parker Omslaer shoots

Junior Parker Omslaer was strong on both ends against Roger Williams.

“He had zero fouls and he protected the rim,” said Eric.

On offense, he tied a career high with 23 points including nine-of-ten free throws.

“I knew that I could beat any one of them,” explained Parker afterwards. “So I knew that they’d have to double me or I’d do my thing down low.”

“Parker is starting to get his confidence back,” said Coach Murphy. “He’s getting his stroke back at the foul line. When he’s hitting free throws, he’s doing much more inside. When he’s not making them, he doesn’t go to the basket aggressively because he doesn’t want to get fouled.”

Eli Harris (18 points) drives

Parker talked about Gordon’s good defense: “Whenever the guards funneled their guys to me, I made sure to stay straight up and made sure that they didn’t get any easy buckets on me.”

Coach Murphy: “They weren’t real effective against Parker and our bigs. We were able to get spread out and get to the other shooters. This is what the defense is supposed to look like.”

The Scots win tonight ends a 2-game losing streak in which the defense was anything but good. “Our problem in our last two games has been our defense,” said Parker. “We weren’t rotating and getting to the shooters.”

Coach Murphy: “Parker is capable of scoring against any of the bigs in our conference. He’s not as explosive as Hans (Miersma) but he has a great right and left hand. When Parker’s on, we’re pretty tough to beat.”

Eric for three

The new Gordon scoreboard that came into use in the new year has the point totals of the players on the floor. I asked Eric if he ever sneaks a look at it during the game. “I see the numbers up there, but I try not to pay attention to it. But the new scoreboard is really bright and it’s hard not to look at it.”

Doug Hosteller (19 points) and Eli Harris (18 points) were the top scorers for RW. JJ Pfohl handed out seven assists.

Gordon will be in Newport (Salve Regina) on Saturday. Their next (and last?) home game will be on Wednesday against UNE. The Scots finish the regular season, and hopefully not the season, at Nichols on February 22nd.

Among the spectators was Austin Coene. The former Hawk and former CCC MVP now works in Waltham. “I work with pension plans and everything else. It’s awful watching. I want to play so bad. I still play in men’s leagues, so I’m not totally washed up yet!”

The Gordon women added another victory to their already remarkable season defeating Roger Williams, 58-56.

Gordon women celebrate a win over Roger Williams

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AJ Terry (13 rebounds)

Drew Hart and Garrett Sattazahn

EJ Nelson

EJ Nelson and Eric Demers

Eric Demers – top scorer in all divisions

Eric Demers draws a foul

Ian Carmichael blocks AJ Terry

James Clarkson and Justin Yu

Josh Crutchfield drives

Justin Yu tries a three

Parker Omslaer and Drew Hart

Tie up

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Endicott edges Gordon in OT 88-86

Two free throws by Matt McDevitt with one second left sealed the game for Endicott in overtime

Eric Demers (31 points) works against two Gulls

(Beverly MA) Both teams needed the rally caps in this one.

Endicott went down by ten (39-29) in the first half.

Gordon went down by thirteen (70-57) in the second half.

But in the end, it was Matt McDevitt’s two free throws with one second left in overtime that won it for the Gulls, 88-86.

“It’s always an interesting one with them,” said Endicott coach Kevin Bettencourt afterwards.  “It’s a great rivalry and we’ve had some crazy finishes.”

loose ball

“It was a typical Gordon/Endicott game,” added GC coach Tod Murphy.

The Scots (6-6) now have a 1-3 record in the Commonwealth Coast Conference while Endicott (10-4) is 4-1 in the CCC.

Two of the CCC’s best players (Keith Brown and Eric Demers) had 31-point nights.

“Keith is our go-to guy,” said Coach Bettencourt.  “He’s been great for us his whole career.  We’re really lucky to have him.”

Keith Brown (31 points) shoots over AJ Terry

Keith rebounded from a seven-point game in the Gulls 71-70 loss to Nichols on Tuesday to fill the stat sheet against Gordon.  Beyond the thirty-one points, Keith had seven steals, six rebounds and five assists.  His most important contribution to the Endicott win may have been his steal near the end of regulation.  Josh Crutchfield was by his defender and heading for the basket when Keith slid over and stole the ball to preserve the tie game.

Eric continues to be a consistent point getter.  Opposing coaches continue to marvel.  “He’s leading the country in scoring for good reason,” said Coach Bettencourt.  “Some of the ones he made were NBA-type shots.”

When Gordon was down by thirteen (70-57) with six minutes left, it looked like “turn-on-the-bus” time for sure.  Endicott busted away from a tie game (53-53) with six assisted baskets against the Gordon zone.  The Scots were down but not out.  Coach Murphy switched to a man-to-man defense and Eric connected on three 3’s as GC tied the score 72-72 with two minutes left.

“I’m proud of the way we battled back from being down thirteen,” said Coach Murphy.  “We didn’t give up.”

In the last minute of overtime the Gulls had a three-point lead but AJ Terry’s clutch three from the top of the key evened things, 86-86.

Eric Demers shoots a three in the final seconds of overtime

Seconds later the Scots had a chance for the win as Eric fired from the left side.  The shot missed but Parker Omslaer crashed the boards from the other side and put in the rebound at the buzzer.  Not so fast!  Parker, to get the rebound, plowed over Endicott’s Matt McDevitt with one second left and was called for a foul.  Matt sank both free throws to provide the two-point margin of victory.  AJ put up a beyond half-court shot at the final buzzer that hit the backboard as the game ended.

“It was a tough one to swallow,” said Eric Demers afterwards.  “I like it better when we make the final shot.”

Senior Jimmy Campbell (Hamilton-Wenham) was huge in the first half.  In only eleven minutes he put in ten points and had seven rebounds.

Matt McDevitt (24 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists)

Junior Matt McDevitt (24 points) was very good long range.  The former Maine player-of-the-year added six rebounds and six assists.

Parker Omslaer had another double/double – 12 points and 13 rebounds.  Gordon needs him to be able to play long minutes…….and stay out of foul trouble.

This may have been freshman Garrett Sattazahn’s best game.  He played all but three minutes of the game and had fourteen points and six assists.  When the Scots went man-to-man, he ended up with Keith Brown.

Sophomore David Massillon saw his first action in over a month.

Crucial stats of the game?

Garrett Sattazahn (14 points, 6 assists)

Although the Scots shot well (50%), they had twenty-one turnovers against a team that wasn’t pressing in the backcourt.  Trying to get the ball to places that were well covered was the primary culprit.  Gordon did tie its season high in assists (18) so there were some good connections.  Garrett Sattazahn set up Parker Omslaer for a dunk with a nifty no-look pass.

Although the Gulls did not shoot well (43%) they passed very well (28 assists).  They also had fourteen steals.

Coach Bettencourt: “I’m glad our team hung in there.  It’s always tough when you lose the lead and have to come back.  Our team made one extra play.  It was an exciting finish.”

Eric Demers gets a rare open shot

Eric Demers: “I like the way we competed after our tough loss to Western New England.  It’s always a roller coaster with a young team.  Any night we show fight we’ve got to be encouraged by it.”

Coach Murphy: “We just need to get better.  That man-to-man defense worked because they had a non-shooter in there and Parker could sag away from him and help defensively.  Roger Williams (Gordon’s next opponent – Saturday) has five shooters so I don’t know what we’ll do.”

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Isaiah Godwin

Jalen Echevarria

Jalen Echevarria and AJ Terry

Jimmy Campbell – 10 points, 7 rebounds

Josh Crutchfield about to be double-teamed at the end of regulation

Parker Omslaer shoots over Matt McDevitt

Billy Arsenault

Billy Arsenault passes to Keith Brown

David Massillon plays in his second game of the season

Garrett Sattazahn makes a no-look pass

Gordon women celebrate a win over Endicott

 

 

 

 

 

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Eric Demers gets 42 but Gordon falls to Plymouth State 99-90

Eric Demers (42 points) and Jaylen LeRoy (31 points)

AJ Terry (35) darts to the hoop

(Wenham MA) So far that home cooking has been a bit distasteful!

The Scots are winless at home (0-3) and 5-4 overall after losing to Plymouth State 99-90 this afternoon.

An offensive collapse in the final minute of overtime did in Gordon on Tuesday night versus Nichols.  Today the offense was good but the defense; not so much.

Senior Eric Demers continues to pour in points (42 today) and break new records in the process.

Eric followed his 49 points versus Nichols with 42 against Plymouth State this afternoon

Against Nichols, Eric moved past Garrisson Duvivier into the top spot as Gordon’s all-time scorer after scoring a career-high forty-nine points.

This afternoon, Eric “only” had forty-two points but that put him over two thousand points (2016) for his career. There are still sixteen games left in the season plus playoff games. We can expect that Eric’s final point total will be substantial.

Despite Eric’s significant point production, the Scots still lost.

How did it happen?

The Panthers (5-4) were excellent passers (23 assists) and they could make three’s.

“Plymouth State is a good team,” said Gordon coach Tod Murphy.  “Give them credit.  They played well today but we didn’t show any urgency on defense.”

Zachary Bennett (23) and Joe Simpson (4)

PSU came out making shots and led from beginning-to-end.

The visitors from the Little East Conference were ahead by as many as eighteen points in the first half shooting almost 67% against the Gordon zone.

“When you’re giving up layups, a team is going to shoot a very high percentage,” explained Coach Murphy.

The prime defensive breakdown was positioning, according to Coach Murphy: “Most defenses collapse on the ball.  We don’t want to do that.  We want to get to the guys who don’t have the ball and take them away.”

When the Gordon defenders got caught up in watching the ball, the Panthers moved into openings and many of those openings were in close to the basket.

Despite the shaky defense, the Scots had the firepower to get as close as three points (55-52) five minutes into the second half.  An AJ Terry three looked to be the start of an exciting final fifteen minutes.

Sophomore Dante Rivera (27 points) and senior Jaylen LeRoy (31 points) had other ideas and shut down any rally hopes Gordon might have had by taking over the second half.

Dante Rivera

Jaylen LeRoy

The play-by-play over the final fifteen minutes paints as clear a picture of two players dominating portions of a game as I have seen.

Dante’s part: The score was 55-52 at 15:08.  Over the next 6+ minutes, to 8:26, Dante scored sixteen points, had two assists, two steals, and two rebounds.  Both steals led to immediate baskets.

Jaylen LeRoy took over at 8:26 with the Panthers in front, 80-65.  PSU would get nineteen points in the final 8:26. Jaylen had ALL of them! The 6-3 senior connected on three 3’s and a breakaway layup.  He finished his remarkable stretch with eight straight free throws to close out the game.

Garrett Sattazahn

Those two, as the stats clearly tell, were just too much for the Scots.

“I would have liked to have won this game,” said Coach Murphy, “but the loss doesn’t hurt us in the standings that count.”  The Scots are 1-1 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

“The key for us is to get better each day,” he added.

Junior Parker Omslaer collected his second double/double (21 points/12 rebounds) of the season.  This afternoon he tied his season high in blocks with three.  Parker’s minutes this season are up.  So far, he’s logged at least thirty minutes seven times.  Last year he reached thirty minutes only four times.  The Scots are not only inexperienced, but they lack size too.  When Parker’s out, rebounding becomes very challenging for Gordon.

“We come back as a team on December 30th,” said Coach Murphy.  “We’ll have three or four practices before we play Fisher on January 3rd at home.  We start league play the following week.  I’ll be doing a lot of recruiting in the days ahead.”

Box score

Josh Ribeiro was in the house this afternoon.

David Massillon continues to recover from an injury.  The experienced sophomore could have been a difference-maker in the last two losses.

We must not miss the “Christ” in Christmas.  Wise men still seek Him!

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Avelino Damoura

Ben North near the rim

Devin Cooper (24) looks for an opening

Parker Omslaer (21 points) in close

Zachary Bennett

Eric Demers shoots from in close

Jaylen LeRoy tries to get away from Eric Demers

Josh Crutchfield (10)

Manny Sanchez

Parker Omslaer blocks Cody Graham’s shot

 

 

 

 

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Strong second half gives Emerson 99-79 win over Gordon

Freshman Zach Bennett guards Chad DiCenzo

Jack O’Connor paced Emerson with 25 points and 12 rebounds

(Wenham MA) “It’s only one game,” said Coach Tod Murphy afterwards, “and I’m not going to throw in the towel.”

The Scots (0-1) led at the half and were only down by a point (63-62) with eleven minutes left in the game.

Then reality set in!

Emerson put together a 57-point second half while Gordon self-destructed in the last eleven minutes.  The final was 99-79.

Seven players graduated from last season’s 23-5 team including GC’s all-time leading scorer Garrisson Duvivier.  The limited number of go-to guys set the Scots up for a sizable dry spell as the game wore on.

Avelino Damoura

“We’re using players who haven’t played very much at Gordon,” said Coach Murphy.  “We were counting on David (Massillon) to be a role player for us, but he’s injured.”

Emerson (2-0) was a bad matchup for Gordon because they have most of last year’s good team (16-12) still in place.  The Lions won the NEWMAC post-season tournament last year.

That 63-62 deficit turned into an 83-67 advantage 4+ minutes later.  The Lions made six-of-eight field goals during the run and added seven-of-eight free throws.

Jack O’Connor (25 points/12 rebounds) and Zach Waterhouse (24 points/8 rebounds) paced the visitors.

Eric Demers led Gordon with 24 points

Gordon’s 3rd all-time scorer (Eric Demers) totaled twenty-four points on 7-for-20 shooting.

Junior Parker Omslaer paced GC with nine rebounds and also added eighteen points.  Parker was very good around the basket.

During Emerson’s decisive second-half, 20-5 run the Scots made just 2-of-8 shots and had nine turnovers.

“We’ve got to be smarter when the other team makes a run,” added Coach Murphy.  “Tonight we just compounded the problem.”

Gordon had difficulties long-range in the second half and the Emerson defense was good enough to make drives to the hoop a challenge.

Goodly number of folks in the student section tonight.  They were very active in the competitive first half but became quieter and quieter as the game got away from the home team in the second half.

Freshman Justin Yu

Coach Murphy played some freshman in the first half out of necessity.  In the second half, Emerson’s separation on the scoreboard enabled us to catch a glimpse of all the newcomers.

One noticeable stat was assists.  Emerson had eighteen successful shares.  Gordon had only nine.  Poor shooting is partly to blame for GC’s small number.

The Scots won’t play again for a week.

Gordon’s next six games are all away from the Bennett Center. The Commonwealth Coast Conference reigning champion Nichols Bison will be in for the next home game (December 10th).

Most Efficient?  Jack O’Connor 35.

Team Efficiency?  Emerson 113, Gordon 63.

Efficiency is arrived at by subtracting the negative stats from the positive stats.  In the decisive second half Emerson was 80 and Gordon 27.

One enterprising young man visited with both coaches afterwards.  Why?  Both Bill Curley and Tod Murphy had NBA careers and cards.  The collector came away with two signed cards.

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Adam Konicki

AJ Terry (13 points) lines up a free throw

Eric Demers finishes

Eric Demers (24 points) looks for an opening

Freshman Garrett Sattazahn

Parker Omslaer (18 points and 9 rebounds)

Freshman Zach Bennett

Freshman Zach Quanico puts up a three

Zach Waterhouse (24 points and 8 rebounds)

Josh Crutchfield

Looking for a rebound

Nate Martin (16 points)

Parker Omslaer and Ben Allen

 

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Gordon advances after 94-77 win against Wentworth

Noah Szilagyi guards Tyler Lennon

Kyle Henseler shoots from in front of the Gordon student section

(Wenham MA) Wentworth’s record wasn’t that impressive but they had one-possession losses to both #1 Nichols and #2 Gordon.

No question that a quarterfinals matchup with the Leopards presented plenty of risks.

But tonight, the Scots (22-4) were excellent on both ends of the court and defeated Wentworth, 94-77,

Gordon will host Roger Williams on Thursday night at the Bennett Center.

The Scots were desperate for a restart after finishing the season with losses to Nichols and Endicott.

Parker Omslaer had nine rebounds

“I told the team after the Endicott game that we would only be playing one more game if we played selfishly like we just did,” said GC coach Todd Murphy afterwards.  “The guys met on Sunday night and talked about it.”

The seven assists that the Scots totaled against Endicott were more than equaled in just the first half against Wentworth.  The game total was sixteen.

Eric Demers (30) and Garrisson Duvivier (22) led the Gordon scoring but on this, share-the-ball evening, the other three starters contributed significantly.

Noah Szilagyi had seventeen points on seven-for-eleven shooting.  The senior is shooting nearly 65% during the past five games.  Noah also added four assists against WIT.

Parker Omslaer had twelve points and nine rebounds.  He missed only one shot.

Ball off the court

Jack Haar made two 3’s and had two assists.

“There was a lot more ball movement and sharing the ball,” explained Coach Murphy.  “When we do that, we’re at our best.  It’s the only way we’re going to win a championship.”

The visitors didn’t go quietly into the night. They were still hanging around (46-43) at halftime.

“I thought we played pretty well in the first half, but we weren’t getting enough stops,” said Noah Szilagyi.  “We would go on runs but they would always counter them.”

Kyle Henseler had a big night for the Leopards

That continued into the second half.  The Scots went up by nine (52-43) but back came Wentworth on a three by Kyle Henseler (24 points) to narrow the lead to 54-50.

It was still four (60-56) with 12:48 left.  Then Eric Demers scored a layup and hit a three and the GC lead returned to nine (65-56).

Layups by Zach Bergeon and Stephen Azums (16 points) and the Gordon lead was down to five (65-60) with 10:38 remaining.

The Scots finally broke out into a double-digit lead (72-60) after two Eric Demers free throws, a Josh Crutchfield three, and a Parker Omslaer layup.

Jake Haar puts up a three over Gavin Keough

The team from Boston (MA) couldn’t get within ten points over the final 8+ minutes.

“I thought we wore them down in the second half,” said Noah.  “The second half defense was what won the game for us.”

The tighter GC zone limited Wentworth to two made three’s in the second half.

“We couldn’t contain (Kyle) Henseler,” said Coach Murphy, “but we did a better job on Gavin Keough.”  To call the defense on Gavin Keough, “better,” certainly understates tonight’s defense which allowed Gavin no made three’s when he had seven the last time he was in the Bennett Center.

Eric Demers (30 points) in close

By my figuring (unverified by the Gordon Athletic Department), Eric Demers passed two more former players (Woody Anderson & Doug Lindland) and is now third on the GC all-time scoring list with 1647 points.

Garrisson Duvivier, who moved into second place in late January, has now reached 1880 points.  That puts him only twenty-three points away from being Gordon’s top all-time scorer.  Could a semi-finals win and a record-setting performance be taken care of by the end of the game on Thursday night?

Noah on making the CCC 3rd team: “I wasn’t really surprised by it, but it sure made me happy.  I had never set personal goals before, but I did in November and one of them was to earn CCC recognition.”

Garrisson Duvivier (22 points) blocks out

Coach Murphy: “I don’t know how we scored 94 points against a really good defensive team like Wentworth.  We’ll be back in the gym tomorrow night getting ready for Roger Williams.  I’m looking forward to it.  It will be fun,”

Good active crowd again at the Bennett Center.  There’s room for more on Thursday night.

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Tyler Lennon (3) up for a block

Ball in the lane

Garrisson Duvivier fires up the crowd late in the game

Gavin Keough gets to the rim

Loose ball

Noah Szilagyi (17 points) puts up a floater

Parker Omslaer (12 points) shoots over Stephen Azums

 

 

 

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Eric Demers (31) and Garrisson Duvivier (24) lead Gordon to 20th win 88-75 over Curry

Garrisson Duvivier – tough inside

Eric Demers (31 points)

(Amesbury MA) Twenty wins.

Remarkable!

It was the Eric & Garrisson Show for the second straight game and that two-some led the Scots (20-2) past Curry, 88-75, on Tuesday night in Milton (MA).

Nichols kept pace with Gordon defeating Roger Williams.

The rematch with the Bison on the 13th at the Bennett Center is looking like the biggest regular season game in the Commonwealth Coast Conference this season.

I know that there’s a game this Saturday (Salve Regina) but……..just sayin’.

Tonight Eric Demers had thirty-one points and Garrisson Duvivier added twenty-four.  Curry (1-21) didn’t match up with either of them.

The Colonels seemed better able to play against the Gordon zone than some other teams do. At times they were excellent at passing into open shots and taking the ball at the Gordon shot blockers.  But they missed too many shots.

Parker Omslaer at the foul line

The Scots gained separation in the first half as they ran eleven unanswered points and turned a six-point lead (33-27) into 44-27.  Garrisson, Eric, Parker Omslaer, and Noah Szilagyi contributed.

In the second half, Curry closed to 68-61 before Garrisson put three layups and three free throws together and GC gained final separation, 77-63, with six minutes left.

Parker took full advantage of Curry’s smaller interior defenders dropping seventeen points and taking in fourteen rebounds.  This was his 4th double/double of the season.

No sign of starter Jake Haar and reserve David Massillon.  Trust that they will return soon.

This was Eric’s third straight game with 30+ points.  His seven turnovers were a big surprise.

Parker had a double/double but he missed seven free throws.

Turnovers and missed free throws could be decisive in the likely-to-be close games ahead.

I admire the enthusiasm I saw online from the Curry bench.  It can’t be easy.  The Colonels are now 2-92 over the past 3+ seasons.  They have lost 67 straight CCC games.  Last win?  Salve Regina in February of 2015.  This season they beat Clark on December 29th.

Seven seniors to be honored on Saturday before the game with Salve Regina.  Time goes by fast!

Wondering how others explain how Gordon has put together a season that exceeded expectations??

Maybe someone who has already won two CCC titles will finally get recognized by the league.

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Gordon (17-2) routs UNE 100-71

Eric Demers chased by Avery DeBrito (1) and Ryan Beatty (25)

David Massillon jam

(Wenham MA) You start off missing two shots and having three turnovers.

The opponent steals the ball nineteen times in the game.

You miss sixteen free throws.

Okay, now we’ve got the bad news out of the way!

Gordon recovered from the loss to Western New England on Saturday by defeating the University of New England, 100-71, on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center.

Gordon coach Tod Murphy liked his team’s defense: “We won this game on defense.  They had only fifty-one points with five minutes left.  They’re a team averaging over ninety points a game.  We contested everything.”

Junior Eric Demers liked the Scots’ offense: “We needed a good offensive game like this.  UNE is a great team to bounce back against.  Everyone gets involved.  Everyone gets shots.”

Garrisson Duvivier readies a no-look pass

The Scots (17-2) fell to Western New England on Saturday because they started slowly.  Tonight’s start looked like more of the same.

“Those first two minutes were a nightmare,” recalled Coach Murphy.  “We played terribly.”

UNE jumped into an 8-0 lead but it disappeared in a hurry.  The Scots began to make shots and their defense tightened up.

Gordon moved in front 16-13 and then put effective offense/defense together for the next five minutes.  While the Nor’easters missed seven shots and had three turnovers, Gordon rolled off fourteen unanswered points.  Eric Demers had a layup, a three, and two free throws in this good segment.  Noah Szilagyi added a layup (after a steal) and a three.  Josh Ribeiro contributed a layup.

Noah Szilagyi (14 points) heads for two

That burst put GC in front 30-13.  Halftime was 55-28.

Earlier in the season there was a big lead against Curry that melted in the second half.  Not tonight.  The good Gordon defense stayed in place when the reserves had their turns on the court.

The visitors from Biddeford (Maine) substituted in quantity, pressed full-court, and fired three’s.  The firing three’s part was disrupted by the solid GC perimeter defense.

Unusual scoring numbers tonight.  We usually find either Eric Demers and/or Garrisson Duvivier leading the scoring.  Versus UNE (5-14) it was Parker Omslaer (16), Noah Szilagyi (14) and Avelino Damoura (13).

Avelino Damoura (13 points) had a career game

It was a career scoring night for Avelino.  The sophomore got to the basket and made several three’s.  The less said about his foul shooting, or the team’s foul shooting, for that matter, the better.

When Eastern Nazarene dropped out of the Commonwealth Coast Conference the team total changed to nine.  No longer is every team playing on the days of CCC inter-league play. Point?  Gordon has no game this coming Saturday and won’t play again (Wentworth) until January 29th.

“It’s a long stretch,” said Coach Murphy.  “We’ll probably take a few days off and go out and do some recruiting.  We’re losing seven players and need to track down some players for next year.”

On finding a replacement for Garrisson Duvivier: “Garrisson is one-of-a-kind.  I don’t think we’ll ever be able to replace him.  I think that David Massillon will be a terrific player in time.”

Garrisson had his 15th double/double of the season.  GD, in case you’ve forgotten, is Gordon’s 2nd all-time leading scorer.

Josh Crutchfield in transition

Eric Demers got into foul trouble and saw short minutes as a result.  He had only eight points but his teammate (Josh Ribeiro) assured me that there was no cause for concern: “Eric had a slow night but that’s just one night.  He’s going to come out and score thirty next game.”  Consider yourself warned, Wentworth!

Discussing the Western New England loss that ended a fifteen-game winning streak:

“We had gotten very comfortable as a team,” said Eric.  “It was bound to happen.  It humbled us a little bit.  Western New England put together a great forty minutes and we only put together twenty minutes.”

Scramble for possession

“We didn’t do much regarding the loss to Western New England,” said Coach Murphy.  “Our goal is to get better every day.  Our defensive intensity versus Western New England was nothing like it was tonight.”

Our neighbors in Beverly took another loss to Nichols tonight.  GC and Nichols have only one conference loss each.  The rematch in February (at the Bennett Center) is starting to shape up as a very special game.

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Brett Bowman

Instructions

Josh Crutchfield looks to pass

Luke Meyer

Adam Konicki (7 points) floats in

Cody Hunt and Pablo De La Guardia Criado

Jake Haar about to launch a three

John Saxe guarded by Kyle Frank

 

 

 

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