(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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Udoka Obiora 17
Jake Haar 17
Eric Demers 17
Sam Johnson 16 (14 rebounds/11 points)
Trey Jones 16 (18 points)
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