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Gordon Tech grabs 1,000th win with late rally against Nazareth

12/14/2013, 9:30pm CST
By George M. Wilcox | gwilcox@pioneerlocal.com | @geomwilcox

Gordon freshman guard Octavius Parker drained three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to lead the Rams down the stretch.

Gordon Tech 53, Nazareth 49

THE SKINNY

Gordon Tech earned the school's 1,000th all-time win by scoring the last 14 points Saturday night in the second annual Weber Shootout against Nazareth at Northwest Middle School in Chicago, which the Rams called home until 1999.

TURNING POINT

Nazareth (6-2) took a 38-26 lead in the third quarter before the Rams (5-3) were ignited late in the third quarter when scorer Chris Flores injured his left ankle and had to come out of the game. Christopher Swade (game-high 23 points, four 3-pointers) gave Nazareth a 47-36 lead, but the Roadrunners could score only one more basket.

THE STAR

Freshman guard Octavius Parker scored nine points, with his three baskets coming on fourth-quarter 3-pointers to lead the Rams down the stretch.

BY THE NUMBERS

Junior David Holiday paced Gordon with 13 points, while Swade was able to take advantage from 3-point range. Michael Brooks also had 13 points for Nazareth, 11 in the second half.

"I thought they made some big plays," Nazareth coach John Bonk said. "No. 10 [Parker] had big shots. I thought we were a little passive offensively. I think I'm to blame for that."

QUOTABLE

"I couldn't hit [a basket] in the first half, but coach [Tom Kleinschmidt] told me to keep shooting. I was finally able to knock it down." — Parker

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