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Wentworth knocks Gordon out of the tournament 82-75

Shot in the air as well as several players

Shot in the air as well as several players

Sam Knollmeyer gets two

Sam Knollmeyer gets two

(Wenham MA) Wentworth dictated the tempo and defeated Gordon, 82-75, on Tuesday night.

The loss in the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament’s first round ends the season for the (15-11) Scots.

The Leopards (14-12) went on a 12-2 run in the last five minutes of the first half to gain a 38-28 advantage at halftime.

The Scots rode the wave of the best crowd of the season and came all the way back to a 59-59 tie with 5:33 remaining.  An old-fashioned three by Josh Ribeiro was the tie enabler.

Plenty of time for good things to happen for the home team.

But those good things didn’t happen in the all-important next minute.  Dan DeVaux drained a three and was fouled.  Dan made the freebie and three more WIT free throws followed. In that one minute the Leopards raced ahead, 66-59, to gain separation.

Jake Hart ahead of the defense

Jake Hart ahead of the defense

The thing that impresses me when I watch Wentworth is their ability to get high-percentage shots on so many of their possessions.  Their last game versus Gordon was lost because their shots weren’t falling but even in that loss many of the shots taken were high-percentage.

The Scots, on the other hand, often settled for the first open look outside, which were rare, or looked inside.  Gordon’s inside was contested but single defenders get overpowered by Sam Johnson/Garrisson Duvivier.

Gordon’s 3-point shooting tanked out in the final two games to the tune of 4-for-18.  The Scots must find ways to get more open looks on the perimeter.

Sam Johnson covered by Stephen Azums

Sam Johnson covered by Stephen Azums

The inside game has been consistently good and was again tonight.  Wentworth’s tight defense on the arc opened things up and Garrisson Duvivier was able to finish his sophomore season with a season-high thirty-three points.

Sam Johnson finished his season and career on a double-double note – 13 points and 10 rebounds. Seventeenth time Sam has had the twin doubles this season.

Replacing Sam next year will not be possible.  My next Gordon event, Lord willing, will be Sam’s graduation in May.

Efficiency

Garrisson Duvivier 31

Sam Johnson 23

Stephen Azum 18 (10 points, 10 rebounds)

Dan DeVaux 14 (13 points)

Wentworth 89

Gordon 84

Box from the game.

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Ben Kizel and Luke Meyer

Ben Kizel and Luke Meyer

Tight defense by Jason Ganley

Tight defense by Jason Ganley

Jake Hart reaches in

Jake Hart reaches in

Sam Johnson and Dan DeVaux afterwards

Sam Johnson and Dan DeVaux afterwards

Sam Johnson's final two

Sam Johnson’s final two

Jason Ganley long range

Jason Ganley long range

Jake Hart to the hoop

Jake Hart to the hoop

Josh Ribeiro brought Gordon back to a tie

Josh Ribeiro brought Gordon back to a tie

Jake Haar and Cesar Fulcar

Jake Haar and Cesar Fulcar

Jaren Yang looks for someone to pass to

Jaren Yang looks for someone to pass to

Sam Knollmeyer, with Garrisson Duvivier running at him, hits a three just before halftime

Sam Knollmeyer, with Garrisson Duvivier running at him, hits a three just before halftime

 

 

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Gordon ends streak downing Wentworth 70-61

Jaren Yang was six-for-six at the line.

Jaren Yang was six-for-six at the line.

(Amesbury MA) Some wins are sweeter than others.  This was one of them.

Gordon put an end to a six-game losing streak to Wentworth (11-12) by defeating the Leopards, 70-61, on Saturday afternoon in Boston.

WIT shot a merciless 65% in the first meeting and have had GC’s number for two seasons.  That domination crashed and burned this afternoon.

Reality set in on the Wentworth shooters (39%) and the team had to play from behind most of the second half.

The Scots free throw shooting (Where did this accuracy come from?) was clutch in the second half as they made their last eleven straight.

Jason Ganley was off against the Scots.

Jason Ganley was off against the Scots.

It certainly helped to have the Commonwealth Coast Conference’s best free-throw shooter, Jaren Yang, at the line six times down the stretch.  Jaren has missed only four free throws (2 in one game), all season, in sixty-three attempts.

In the second half, the Scots (10-6 in the CCC) gained separation, squandered separation, and then closed strong.

Gordon (13-10) was barely up, 41-40, with 16:35 left before putting ten straight points together.  Four layups and a Josh Ribeiro jumpers did the trick.

The team from Wenham still had the eleven-point cushion (56-45) with 8:03 to go.

Then a familiar team nemesis showed up: turnovers.  The next four minutes?  Six of them.  Combined with two missed jumpers and a missed three, the door for comeback was wide open for the home team.

WIT (9-7 in the CCC) took advantage of the GC lapse and stood at the doorstep, 56-53, with 2:57 left.

Jake Hart (15 points, 5 assists) had his best game of the season

Jake Hart (15 points, 5 assists) had his best game of the season

Season turning point?  Gordon did not blink.  Instead, the next eight points were there’s.  A Jaren Yang jump shot from the left side off the backboard was followed by a Garrison Duvivier layup assisted by Jake Haar.  Consecutive double free throws by Jaren Yang and Jake Hart sealed the deal for Gordon as the Scots were back up by eleven in the last minute.

Why was this game so important?  The obvious was ending Wentworth’s hold on Gordon.  The teams should be facing one another in the first round of the CCC tournament on Tuesday, February 21st.  There was no reason to be optimistic in the tourney if the opponent had beaten you seven times in a row.

The win also gives Gordon a chance to look at how they’ve done against the teams (Endicott, Nichols, Roger Williams) in the conference who are above them in the standings.  Probably would face one of them in the Thursday game with a win Tuesday.

The Scots had last-possession losses to Endicott and Nichols, as well as a win over Roger Williams, during the regular season.  Gordon is clearly in the hunt with that trio.

Wentworth’s top scorers (Jason Ganley, Dan DeVaux) were off in today’s game.  Jason was 5-for-13 while Dan was 5-for-18.

A year ago, Jason set Wentworth’s single-game scoring record with thirty-nine points against Gordon.  Nothing near that happened this time around.

Freshman Sam Traicoff connected twice from long range

Freshman Sam Traicoff connected twice from long range

Freshman Sam Traicoff gave GC two triples off the bench.

This was junior Jake Hart’s best game of the season.

The Scots had trouble with freshman Stephen Azums in the first game and that continued today.

Efficiency

Stephen Azums 22 (12 points, 11 rebounds)

Jaren Yang 21 (15 points, 5 assists)

Jake Hart 16 (15 points,5 assists)

Garrisson Duvivier 15 (17 points)

Sam Johnson 14 (15 rebounds)

Gordon 83

Wentworth 61

Next game for Gordon will be the final home regular-season match.  UNE will be the opposition.

Box from this game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wentworth survives late Gordon run to defeat Scots 86-78

Wentworth on the attack

Wentworth on the attack

Wentworth defense

Wentworth defense

(Wenham MA) The Wentworth Leopards have owned the Gordon College Fighting Scots in recent years and that ownership continued tonight.

The final was 86-78 at the Bennett Center on Tuesday evening.

Wentworth’s ability to dictate how the game will be played on both ends of the court has done in the Scots six straight times.

The Leopards executed their offense inside and outside and turned up high-percentage shots all night long.  The visitors shot over 65% for the WHOLE game.

Meanwhile, down the other end, Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier were double-teamed every time they got the ball so that shots for them were heavily contested.  You would think that concentrating on those two would open up Gordon shots elsewhere but you would be wrong.  There’s not an open look beyond the arc to be found.  Jake Haar, as fine a 3-point specialist as I have seen, had no shots in the first half.

Sam Knollmeyer and Jake Haar

Sam Knollmeyer and Jake Haar

WIT took a ten-point lead in the first half and were in control for most of the second half.

Up 78-62 with 5:42 to go, it appeared to be play-out-the-string time.

The Scots were not so inclined.  For the next 3+ minutes it was all Gordon.  Shots started falling and Wentworth couldn’t make any shots.  Two 3’s by Jake Haar, another by Noah Szilagyi, and two layups by Sam Johnson were all unanswered.  Suddenly it was 78-75 with 1:52 remaining.  Anyone’s game but since this is not the Hallmark Channel there won’t be a happy ending.

Wentworth recovered and had two points in each of their last four possessions including six straight free throws while Gordon reverted and had two turnovers, two misses from the floor, and a missed free throw to show for their end game.  A terrific comeback wasted.

Four of Wentworth’s starters combined to shoot 21-for-29 (72%).  The other starter, Sam Knollmeyer, may not have shot very well but he was the one eliminating Jake Haar’s shot attempts for most of the contest.

Stephen Azums (19 points)

Stephen Azums (19 points)

First look at 6-6 freshman Stephen Azums.  Impressive.  Wentworth’s offensive patterns turned up Stephen with one-on-one coverage close to the basket.  He capitalized with nineteen points on 7-for-9 shooting.

The most startling stat from this game was Gordon getting only twenty-seven rebounds.  I had to go back to a game against MIT opening the 2012-13 season to find one with fewer rebounds.  Considering how well the Leopards shot there just weren’t many rebounds to be had.

Sophomore Garrisson Duvivier, despite the heavy WIT coverage, had a big game for the home team.  In fact, in Efficiency, it was his best game of the season.  He had his sixth double/double (24 points/10 rebounds) and put with that four assists and five steals.  Those on hand could tell you that except for a breakaway jam there were no easy shot attempts for Garrisson.

Wentworth is now 5-4 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference win three straight victories.  The Scots are 6-3 in CCC play and had a 3-game win streak snapped with tonight’s loss.

Sam Johnson surrounded by Leopards

Sam Johnson surrounded by Leopards

Point guard Jaren Yang had seven assists for Gordon.

A year ago in Boston, Jason Ganley set a Wentworth scoring record (39 points) against Gordon.  This time it was sixteen points but fifteen of them were in the second half.

The rest of the regular season will be a nine-game re-run through CCC opponents.

Efficiency

Garrisson Duvivier 34

Stephen Azums 23 (19 points)

Sam Johnson 21 (15 points)

Dan DeVaux 17 (15 points/3 steals)

Wentworth 102

Gordon 78

Next game for GC is on Saturday afternoon against Western New England.  The students are back this week so the “sixth man” should be on hand.

Box from the game.

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

Jason Ganley and Sam Johnson

Jason Ganley and Sam Johnson

Looking for a rebound

Looking for a rebound

Garrisson Duvivier jams

Garrisson Duvivier jams

Jaren Yang had seven assists

Jaren Yang had seven assists

Cesar Fulcar hits a three just before the first half ends

Cesar Fulcar hits a three just before the first half ends

Battle for control

Battle for control

Dylan Marshall heads for the hoop

Dylan Marshall heads for the hoop

Ben Kizel

Ben Kizel

Sam Johnson in close

Sam Johnson in close

 

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