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Richie Armand and Udoka Obiora graduate with the class of 2016

gg-A6-R-in-linegg-A4-U-in-line(Wenham MA) Julie and I took in the 2016 Gordon College graduation on sun-filled Saturday.

We attend this event primarily to get one last look at the seniors on the Gordon College men’s basketball team.

This year’s seniors were Richie Armand and Udoka Obiora.

Both players contributed to the ’15-16 Scots off the bench.

Richie was a passionate presence on the court and a fan favorite.  Richie hesitated to shoot but never hesitated on defense.

gg-A15-U-near-standgg-A17-R-near-standUdoka was easily, in my opinion, the most improved player on the team.  This season he handled the ball better, could get points around the basket, and blocked plenty of inside scoring attempts.  I had many pictures this season of Dokes rejecting shots.

I go to get pictures of players but can’t resist taking other photos as well.  I recently acquired a long lens and it was a big help in several of the long-range shots included in this entry.

We wish Richie (Education major) and Udoka (Economics and Business major) God’s blessing as they venture into the “real” world.

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Class of 1966

Class of 1966

Julie with the Bretons

Julie with the Bretons

Malia Marstaller

Malia Marstaller

Julie and Ivy George

Julie and Ivy George

Noah Szilagyi

Noah Szilagyi

Herman Smith and Michael Lindsay

Herman Smith and Michael Lindsay

Dale Pleticha

Dale Pleticha

Dick Stout and Bert Hodges

Dick Stout and Bert Hodges

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Val Gin

Val Gin

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith

Moises Park

Moises Park

Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias

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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

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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

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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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Scots win third straight in 103-64 rout of winless Curry

Jake Haar (#20) made five 3's against Curry

Jake Haar (#20) made five 3’s against Curry

Udoka Obiora (32) had his best game as a Scot

Udoka Obiora (32) had his best game as a Scot

(Wenham MA) It has been a very tough last 2 ½ years for the Curry men’s basketball program.

Three years ago in March the Colonels won the Commonwealth Coast Conference title. How do I know? I was there in Milton as the Gordon team lost in the championship game. I was also on hand to endure, with a large group of Gordon fans, the celebrations afterwards that championships bring.

Trey Jones (18 points) defended by Jake Hart

Trey Jones (18 points) defended by Jake Hart

Since that glorious time, the bottom has fallen out for Curry. How does 11-52 sound?

Today was more of the downward slope as Gordon coasted past the Colonels, 103-64, on Saturday afternoon at the Bennett Center.

Curry (0-13) was still in contention (13-12) after 5+ minutes but by the end of the half the GC lead had spread to 49-30. Ten minutes into the second half bad gave way to worse with the advantage growing to 77-47.

Noah Szilagyi puts up a floater in a crowd of Colonels

Noah Szilagyi puts up a floater in a crowd of Colonels

There was no turning back in this one. Gordon shots were falling off of plentiful good looks. The Scots also had twenty-one offensive rebounds that led to even more scoring opportunities.

Curry struggled on the boards (only 25 rebounds) and had few answers defensively. The Colonels dressed ten players and the long minutes of the starters made fatigue a factor.

Sam Johnson goes for a block against Luke Schreiner

Sam Johnson goes for a block against Luke Schreiner

Senior Richie Armand saw his first action of the season and was a spark in the early going. He came in to a 21-14 score and exited 4 ½ minutes later with the GC lead extended to 34-18. Richie found himself wide open behind the arc on his first possession and reluctantly took the shot. That 3-pointer drew the biggest cheer of the afternoon from the Gordon bench which obviously has noticed and appreciated Richie’s effort to get back on the floor after a serious injury last season.

Four Scots made the Efficiency Chart. Freshman Jake Haar and senior Udoka Obiora had career games to make the list.

Jake hit a season-high, five 3-pointers on just six attempts. The guard from California has gone a sizzling 14-for-22 from long range over the last four games.   Anticipate that folks from Nichols (Thursday) and Endicott (Saturday) will be locating #20 real early.

Udoka did not miss a shot and added eight rebounds to it in thirteen productive minutes.

Nichols is next for the 7-6 Scots on Thursday. The Bison (9-3) like a fast pace and love to press. Gordon, of late, hasn’t minded the fast pace but can they take care of the ball?

Rael Handy and Eric Demers

Rael Handy and Eric Demers

Eric Demers (18 points) had twelve points in the breakaway first half.

Everyone on the Gordon squad got minutes today. I loved seeing the regulars enthusiastically cheering on players with a lot less game time.

Efficiency Chart

Udoka Obiora 17

Jake Haar 17

Eric Demers 17

Sam Johnson 16 (14 rebounds/11 points)

Trey Jones 16 (18 points)

Gordon 133

Curry 52

Boxscore

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Eric Demers jams

Eric Demers jams

Brett Bowman

Brett Bowman

Ryan Beatty (25), Steven Vampatella (33), and Luke Schreiner (14) eye a free throw

Ryan Beatty (25), Steven Vampatella (33), and Luke Schreiner (14) eye a free throw

Aaron Maday sets for a free throw

Aaron Maday sets for a free throw

Cody Hunt shoots a contested layup

Cody Hunt shoots a contested layup

Kevin LeBlanc (22) launches from the corner

Kevin LeBlanc (22) launches from the corner

Tim Flanagan (3) guarded by Jaren Yang (5)

Tim Flanagan (3) guarded by Jaren Yang (5)

Josh Ribeiro tries to turn the corner

Josh Ribeiro tries to turn the corner

Cody Hunt on his way to the basket

Cody Hunt on his way to the basket

James Pina (33) in a defensive crowd

James Pina (33) in a defensive crowd

Jake Hart splits Rael Handy (12) and Trey Jones (11)

Jake Hart splits Rael Handy (12) and Trey Jones (11)

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Roger Williams ends 8-game slide defeating Gordon 57-52

Ryan Palumbo (16 points) defended by Jake Hart

Ryan Palumbo (16 points) defended by Jake Hart

Trevor Fahmy (shooting) gave Roger Williams the lead for good

Trevor Fahmy (shooting) gave Roger Williams the lead for good

(Wenham MA) Those looking for a happy home ending to Gordon’s regular season left the Bennett Center disappointed as the Scots fell to revved up Roger Williams, 57-52, on Tuesday night.

The Hawks (8-16) hadn’t won in a month and had given up at least thirty points in the paint in each of their last two games.

I suspected that Gordon’s inside game might light up RW but on this evening the Scots had only eighteen points in the paint.

The biggest cause for the Gordon loss was poor shooting.  In the second half alone the Scots missed ten more shots than the Hawks did.

Jaren Yang dials long-distance late in the game

Jaren Yang dials long-distance late in the game

The score was tied, 45-45, with 5:19 remaining.  RW had played better but Gordon was still in a position to win their fourth straight.  But the rest of the way the Scots were 1-for-8 and the visitors escaped with a win.

I started to think that it might be Roger Williams’ night when the 45-45 tie was broken on a three by 6-8 Trevor Fahmy.  It was one of those clock-is-running-out attempts by someone who had shot only one other three all season.  Let’s just say that Trevor probably wasn’t one of the likely 3-point shooters on the floor.  But the shot went in and the RW bench reacted as if it was the game winner.  As it turned out, Trevor’s shot gave the Hawks the lead for good.

Trevor was also part of an RW interior defense that turned Hans Miersma (5 points) into a non-factor.  When Hans did get the ball there was no room for him to turn.  He did get to the basket one time with a head of steam but ran over Josh Syska in the process.

Hans Miersma called for a charge

Hans Miersma called for a charge

Shutting down’s Gordon’s interior opened up shots on the perimeter for the Scots.  Jake Hart had sixteen points in Gordon’s win over Roger Williams at Bristol (RI) but no one stepped up in a similar fashion this time around.

Gordon (11-13) was not impacted in the Commonwealth Coast Conference standings with the loss.  They stayed in 5th place and still will end up there after Saturday afternoon’s game at Eastern Nazarene no matter what happens.

With the win, the Hawks move into a tie with Western New England for 6th place.  Eight of the ten CCC teams make the post-season and Curry and Salve Regina have now been eliminated.

Richie Armand helped off the court

Richie Armand helped off the court

The saddest part of this game was seeing Richie Armand go down in pain with a knee injury in the first half.  Richie worked very hard rehabbing that knee in order to join the team in January.  The 5-10 junior had worked his way into the starting lineup with his terrific defense and decision making.

The best player on the court was Ryan Palumbo.  The 5-10 senior was the top scorer with sixteen points and, as usual, played with the energy you wish every player could have.

Efficiency
Ryan Palumbo 13
Josh McCourt 13 (11 points/5 rebounds)
Jason Dempsey 12 (11 points/7 rebounds)
Hans Miersma 11 (9 rebounds)
Sam Johnson 10 (7 points/4 rebounds)

Roger Williams 66
Gordon 49

Boxscore

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Alex Puzone sees an opening

Alex Puzone sees an opening

Josh McCourt (10 points) drives

Josh McCourt (10 points) drives

Hans Miersma tries for a block

Hans Miersma tries for a block

Ball heading in my direction

Ball heading in my direction

Alex Puzone (#34) puts up a shot

Alex Puzone (#34) puts up a shot

Jaren Yang defended by Ryan Palumbo

Jaren Yang defended by Ryan Palumbo

Steve Vampatella warms up

Steve Vampatella warms up

Dominic Paradis

Dominic Paradis

 

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Dylan Marshall drains four second-half 3’s to lead Gordon past UNE 59-51

Richie Armand (great defense) and Dylan Marshall (four 3-pointers in the second half) enjoy the final seconds of the win over UNE

Richie Armand (great defense) and Dylan Marshall (four 3-pointers in the second half) enjoy the final seconds of the win over UNE

Dylan Marshall caught fire from long range against UNE

Dylan Marshall caught fire from long range against UNE

(Wenham MA) Freshman Dylan Marshall connected four times from long range in the second half leading Gordon to a 59-51 win over UNE on Wednesday night at the Bennett Center.

Dylan’s biggest 3-pointer came with 1:22 left.  It delighted the GC faithful and gave the Scots breathing room 53-47 in the end game.

The Gordon defense was something special down the stretch.   Richie Armand limited high-scoring Devin Thompson (20 points) to two free throws over the final 4+ minutes and Hans Miersma (6 blocks) denied UNE drives.

The Nor’Easters were within a point (48-47) with 4 ½ minutes left but went on an 0-for-7 shooting drought over the next 4:14.

During that same segment Gordon took a 3-point (50-47) lead on a Dominic Paradis (11 points) jumper in the lane but then turned the ball over four straight possessions.

Richie Armand held Devin Thompson to seven second-half points

Richie Armand held Devin Thompson to seven second-half points

That 3-point lead was anything but safe as the clock ticked under two minutes but on this night Dylan Marshall’s final three with 1:22 left (assist Richie Armand) gave the Scots a six-point cushion that cold-shooting UNE couldn’t overcome.

The Nor’easters (6-16) employed a 2-3 zone that frustrated what GC usually does best; get the ball inside to Hans Miersma and Jason Dempsey.  With the inside neutralized other things had to kick in for the Scots (10-12) and on this night they did.

One thing that kicked in was turning UNE miscues (12) into points.  The Scots had a season-high (?) twenty-one points off of those TO’s with the remarkably quick Jaren Yang (15 points) in the middle of most of them.

No reason to suspect that Dylan (12 points) would go off like he did versus UNE.  The freshman was one for his last eight attempts from long range and his season high to this point had been six points against Rochester in November.  But Dylan was feeling it tonight in the second half and once he made a couple he was all-in for more attempts.  His last three truly helped separate GC from what would have been a very painful loss.

Dominic Paradis (11 points) finds daylight in the UNE zone

Dominic Paradis (11 points) finds daylight in the UNE zone

Gordon found openings in the UNE zone for a while in the second half as Dominic Paradis (11 points) found space below the foul line.

Efficiency
Hans Miersma 16 (12 rebounds/six blocks)
Dylan Marshall 15
Devin Thompson 14
Jaren Yang 12
Richie Armand 11 (5 assists/6 rebounds)

Gordon 72
UNE 48

The Scots were again without Taylor Bajema (thumb).  Jason Dempsey (knee) is back but not nearly at 100%.

Devin Thompson (20 points) looks for a pass

Devin Thompson (20 points) looks for a pass

Junior Devin Thompson went to nearby St. Mary’s (Lynn MA) and was recruited by Gordon.  I saw Devin lead the Spartans to the Massachusetts Division 4 state title in 2012 over Cathedral.  He had twenty-five points in the big game.

Richie Armand (Hempstead NY) seemed to have a New York history with UNE freshman Gavin Dibble (East Marion NY).

The win tonight clinches a spot for Gordon in the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament later this month.  The Scots (7-8) are alone in 5th place trailing 4th place Wentworth by two games with three games left.  Looks like GC will be traveling to Boston in the CCC quarterfinals.

Gordon visits last-place Salve Regina (Newport RI) on Saturday.  The Seahawks may be in last place but they defeated the Scots, 79-76, at the Bennett Center in January.

Hans Miersma had six blocks including this one

Hans Miersma had six blocks including this one

UNE had a win over Gordon in their first game, also in January.

The Nor’Easters have no seniors and one junior (Devin Thompson) on their roster.

The big CCC news tonight was Endicott dumping previously undefeated Nichols, 85-80, at Beverly.  Over 700 were on hand for that one.  Endicott has defeated ENC and Nichols this week.

Boxscore

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Craig McFarlane gets two

Craig McFarlane gets two

Jaren Yang (15 points) gets fouled on a fast break

Jaren Yang (15 points) gets fouled on a fast break

Sam Johnson tries to block the shot of Drew Coveney

Sam Johnson tries to block the shot of Drew Coveney

Devin Thompson (shooting) turned cold in the second half

Devin Thompson (shooting) turned cold in the second half

Richie Armand (#12) had five assists

Richie Armand (#12) had five assists

Dylan Marshall eyes the clock in the closing seconds

Dylan Marshall eyes the clock in the closing seconds

The UNE interior defense surrounds Hans Miersma

The UNE interior defense surrounds Hans Miersma

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Richie Armand’s late three saves Gordon 59-57 at Western New England

Richie Armand (shown here against Babson) hit a three with five seconds left against Western New England to give GC the win

Richie Armand (shown here against Babson) hit a three with five seconds left against Western New England to give GC the win

Taylor Bajema (shown here against Roger Williams) had 12 points, 8 rebounds, and assisted on the winning basket

Taylor Bajema (shown here against Roger Williams) had 12 points, 8 rebounds, and assisted on the winning basket

(Amesbury MA) Wow!

Richie Armand hit a three with five seconds left and Gordon pulled off a tense 59-57 Commonwealth Coast Conference win at Springfield over Western New England on Tuesday night.

Frustrating loss for the Golden Bears (8-12).  The home team led most of the game and reached a 16-point margin (44-28) five minutes into the second half.  But the Scots (8-11) ran twelve straight (baskets by Sam Johnson, Taylor Bajema, Dominic Paradis, and Hans Miersma) to get back into contention.  With four minutes left, Hans tied the game, 52-52, with a free throw.  The rest of the game was a search for a really big shot.

Taylor tied the score with a jump shot with 55 seconds left.  WNE’s Musa Elsir followed with one of two free throws at 37 seconds putting the Golden Bears in front by a point (57-56).

The Scots needed two for the win but instead got a three from Richie with an assist to Taylor with five seconds left.

Mike Gelineau of Western New England shoots for the tie

Mike Gelineau of Western New England shoots for the tie

The last time the two teams played Mike Gelineau took a buzzer-beating shot from mid-court for a tie and missed.  In this game it was Mike shooting again, this time from in front of the WNE bench.  Mike’s shot just missed as the buzzer sounded.  That make would have been a game-winner!

Gordon played without Jason Dempsey (fluid on the knee) again.  Jason had 18 points and 10 rebounds in the first meeting.

Taylor Bajema, who had missed the first game versus Western New England, topped the Efficiency chart with an 18.  He had twelve points and eight rebounds.

The GB’s had won four straight Commonwealth Coast Conference games before the Gordon loss.

Similar to Gordon, the Golden Bears struggle mightily at home (2-10) but are 6-2 on the road.  Gordon is 1-7 at home and 6-4 away from the formerly friendly confines of the Bennett Center.

The Scots will be in Dudley, weather permitting, to face undefeated Nichols on Thursday night.  Now that’s a road win that would get some serious attention!

Freshman Jaren Yang has a string of twenty straight free throws going

Freshman Jaren Yang has a string of twenty straight free throws going

Jaren Yang has now made twenty straight free throws.

Sam Johnson (six points/seven rebounds) and Dominic Paradis (10 points/six rebounds) came off the Gordon bench to make significant contributions.

Efficiency
Taylor Bajema 18
Hans Miersma 14 (14 points/9 rebounds)
Musa Elsir 14 (13 points)
Sam Johnson 12
Dominic Paradis 11

Gordon 73
Western New England 63

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Gordon downs non-league Worcester State 67-55

Hans Miersma paced the Scots with thirteen points and eight rebounds

Hans Miersma paced the Scots with thirteen points and eight rebounds

(Amesbury MA) Gordon never trailed as they defeated non-league foe Worcester State, 67-55, on Monday night in a game played at WPI.

The Scots (4-6) proved the theory that basketball is an easy game when you make shots.  Gordon shot 50% (26-for-52) against the Lancers (3-9) including 6-for-11 from long range.

The visitors grabbed a double-digit lead (19-9) on Craig McFarlane’s triple and later boosted the margin to fifteen (24-9) when Jaren Yang struck from beyond the arc.

The Scots led, 29-17, at the half.

Gordon would end the game with the same twelve-point spread but there was quite a roller-coaster ride along the way in the second half.

Richie Armand saw his first action for Gordon.  The 5-10 junior had three steals in short minutes

Richie Armand saw his first action for Gordon. The 5-10 junior had three steals in short minutes

The Scots warm shooting combined with Worcester State’s cool shooting (they missed 47 shots) enabled Gordon to cruise to a seemingly comfortable, 59-35, spread with just over five minutes left.  Out came the GC starters and in just under three minutes the Lancers put a 14-point unanswered run together, thanks to two 3’s by Ryan DiBernardo and one long one by John Basile.  Back came the GC starters to protect the Gordon lead over the final 2:15 which they did.

This ends the non-league part of Gordon’s schedule.  The remaining regular season is made up of fifteen Commonwealth Coast Conference games starting on Tuesday night hosting Western New England.

Hans Miersma topped the Efficiency Chart with a 17 that included thirteen points and eight rebounds.

Efficiency
Hans Miersma 17
Jason Dempsey 15 (ten rebounds)
Ryan DiBernardo 15 (12 points and 4 steals)
Jaren Yang 12 (12 points and 5 assists)
Paul Brooks 12 (11 points and 5 blocks)

Gordon 74
Worcester State 54

Jaren was 3-for-3 from long range.

Richie Armand was back on the active roster for the first time this season.  He had three steals.

No sign of Dominic Paradis or Dylan Marshall.

The Scots had an impressive ten steals.  Last time they had that many was against Wentworth in February of 2012.

Boxscore

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Gordon ends road losing streak with 76-64 win at Western New England

Alex Carnes  had fifteen points and ten rebounds against Western New England

Alex Carnes had fifteen points and ten rebounds against Western New England

(Amesbury MA) It was nice to get that “away” thing taken care of.

Gordon traveled to Springfield and defeated Western New England, 76-64, on Tuesday night in a Commonwealth Coast Conference game.

The win stopped a string of five straight road losses for the Scots (4-6 overall/2-2 in the CCC) and keeps them very much in the mix in the conference.  Every team in the CCC already has at least one loss after four games played.

The Golden Bears (2-8 overall/0-4 in the CCC) did not go easily in this one.  They were within five (58-53) with 5 1/2 minutes to go but the game got away from them in the next three minutes.  The Scots went on a 10-1 run in that segment and WNE never recovered taking their fifth straight loss.

Plenty of balance keyed the Gordon win.  Five players reached double figures in points while ten players reached double figures in minutes played.

WNE had five players log at least thirty-three minutes while GC’s top player in minutes was Alex Carnes (25).  That discrepancy in minutes played probably contributed to WNE’s inability to finish their comeback in the final minutes of the game.

Senior Alex Carnes (15 points/10 rebounds) paced Gordon with his second double/double in the last three games.

Four other Scots reached double figures: Hans Miersma (12), Park Thomas (11), Sam Johnson (11), and Luke Hamilton (10).

Taylor Bajema tied a career best in assists with five.  Last time he did it was last year at Western New England.

Richie Armand had five assists versus WNE

Richie Armand had five assists versus WNE

Park Thomas got into foul trouble early in the first half but Richie Armand came off the bench to give Coach Tod Murphy some seamless minutes.  The sophomore handed out five assists, had a steal, and no turnovers in seventeen minutes of action.

I “watched” the game on the LiveStats setup on the WNE website.  It was interesting to see the stats accumulate for the players as well as the teams.  I was pleased to see that efficiency stats were part of the mix.

Efficiency stats
Alex Carnes 19
Kevin Wilkes 15 (16 points)
Musa Elsir 13 (15 points)
Nick DeFeo 12 (12 points/9rebounds)
Hans Miersma

Gordon 92
WNE 70

The Scots have yet to put a winning streak together.  Chance to do it Thursday night (5:30PM) at the Bennett Center versus Curry.

Last time we saw Curry we were watching them celebrate the CCC tourney title at Milton on 2-23-13.  The Colonels are 2-7 and have lost three of their last four.  Is payback in order??

When you get older the surprises are less frequent especially when you open your Christmas gifts.  I was stunned to get an IPad but that is not my point.  Imagine Coach Tod Murphy’s surprise when under his “Christmas tree” was Sam Johnson!

6-6 Sam had been at Endicott but is now at Gordon.  He put up his first points (11) against the Golden Bears.

Sam is from the Cape and had a 1000 point career at Cape Cod Academy in the three years he was at that South Chatham private school.

I did the Google Search work for you.  Here is a story from the Cape Cod Times on Sam.

Boxscore from the game

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Gordon’s late rally falls short in 78-72 loss to Nichols

Ryan Sheehan (23 points) had 18 points in the second half including 11-of-12 free throws

Ryan Sheehan (23 points) had 18 points in the second half including 11-of-12 free throws

Christian Horton plays tight defense on Park Thomas

Christian Horton plays tight defense on Park Thomas

(Dudley MA) Nichols can play!

The Bison blitzed Gordon in the first half and then held off the Scots late with free throws to earn their second Commonwealth Coast Conference victory, 78-72, on Saturday afternoon.

Maybe it was the noon start, but the Scots (2-5 and now 1-1 in the CCC) reacted poorly to first half pressure.  Nichols (5-3) turned up good looks and ran a 7-5 lead to 24-8 over a five minute stretch.

Coach Tod Murphy was forced to pull starters just to get better matchups against the small but speedier Bison.  Nichols led, 42-27, at halftime.

The scary thing about that halftime lead was that Ryan Sheehan (CCC first-teamer) had only five points in the first half and Nichols still led by fifteen.

The Bison maintained that lead (51-36) 4+ minutes into the second half.  Then Gordon started to chip away at the Nichols advantage.

Believe me, “chipping” was the best they could do since the 3-point shot was not there (1-for-11) in the second half.

Nichols struggled with their shooting as well, going 6-for-24 in the second half.

It took the Scots almost ten minutes to whittle that 51-36 spread to a very much more manageable 58-54 with 5:37 left.

Hans Miersma (16 points/14 rebounds) moves in for a dunk

Hans Miersma (16 points/14 rebounds) moves in for a dunk

Hans Miersma (16 points) had three straight baskets, including a dunk, during the 18-7 Gordon run.

The Scots, however, were never able to get within one possession the rest of the way.  Missing 3’s and some free throws certainly hurt their chances.

Gordon was forced to foul and Ryan Sheehan (Remember him, five points in the first half) seemed to always have the ball when the fouls were given.  The 6-4 senior canned 11-of-12 free throws in the last five minutes sealing this one for the Bison.

Ryan ended up with twenty-three points.  He is currently in 3rd place on the all-time Nichols scoring list with 1746 points.  With at least seventeen games left, Ryan is 185 points out of 2nd and 270 points out of first.  You have to like his chances of getting to the top.

Hans Miersma shoots over Marlon Bennett

Hans Miersma shoots over Marlon Bennett

Hans Miersma (6-9) was a matchup nightmare for Nichols with only one player at 6-5.  So the Bison tried everything to keep Gordon from setting up a half-court offense.  It worked well in the first half but Hans had 11 rebounds and 13 points in the second half.

Junior Joe Gallant had a strong all-around game for Nichols with 8 points/8 rebounds/5 blocks.

The size mismatches enabled GC coach Tod Murphy to play Dominic Lauture and Richie Armand together.  Not sure about their offense but they have the quickness to play some serious defense.

Let’s blame it on the noon start and the lighting in the Nichols gym.  I recall five air balls.  Two were on Gordon 3-point attempts.  The three others were on free throws.  Five in a college game!

A bit of an ominous pattern has developed so far in the Gordon season.  The Scots (2-5) have won both home games and lost all five road games.  I guess the good news from that is that the next game is at home Saturday (Lesley 3PM).

Joe Gallant (5 blocks) gets one on Jason Dempsey

Joe Gallant (5 blocks) gets one on Jason Dempsey

Pressure was part of Gordon’s problem in the early going.  I would also credit Nichols for some well-run backdoor cuts that set up layups.  The Bison have gotten much better at getting Ryan Sheehan the ball.  Ryan had only nine points the last time Gordon visited Dudley.

Efficiency leaders
Hans Miersma 28
Ryan Sheehan 21
Joe Gallant 19
Taylor Bajema 12
Park Thomas 12

Nichols 86
Gordon 65

The lighting at Nichols would be a nightmare for even a real photographer.  At least those folks know how to compensate.  I’m learning. I finally decided to shoot from a low angle after getting some very unimpressive results

loose ball coming my way

loose ball coming my way

standing up.  Sure enough, there I was down low as Ryan Sheehan and Chris Johnson came sliding my way.  There was a collision and they got up worried about me, thinking that they had knocked me down.  They hadn’t but I appreciated their concern.

Boxscore

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

Gustave Koumare (10 points)

Gustave Koumare (10 points)

Park Thomas (14 points) floater in the lane

Park Thomas (14 points) floater in the lane

loose ball

loose ball

fast break

fast break

Richie Armand (12) in close

Richie Armand (12) in close

Taylor Bajema (14 points) gets into the lane

Taylor Bajema (14 points) gets into the lane

Taylor Bajema and Chris Johnson

Taylor Bajema and Chris Johnson

Alex Carnes guarded by Ryan Sheehan

Alex Carnes guarded by Ryan Sheehan

Dominic Lauture looks for an opening

Dominic Lauture looks for an opening

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