When Eric Demers was at Falmouth High School he was known for being a lights out shooter for the Clippers. Not much has changed.
The senior captain at Gordon College put his name in the national spotlight this past week after scoring a combined 91 points in the Fighting Scots’ two games. Demers was named to the D3hoops.com (one of five players recognized nationally by position) Team as well as being named the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) NCAA DIII Player of the Week.
Demers scored a whopping 49 points in a 76-73 overtime loss to then-No.17 Nichols College this past Tuesday. His 49 points was the third highest in NCAA DIII this season. To close out the week, Demers put up 42 points in a 99-90 loss to Plymouth State. He averaged 45.5 point per game and 7.5 rebounds per game while shooting 53.3 percent from the field, and 50 percent from behind the arc on the week.
Demers is averaging 33.9 points per game (305 total) and 5.67 three-pointers per game (512 total) on the season.
The wing player went down in school history recently as the all-time leading scorer for Gordon, and has eclipsed 2,000 career points. He’s on his way to his second straight first team All-Conference nod. It was against Division I Hartford earlier in December where Demers found his stroke and began the hot run he’s been on. The former Clipper started that game 1-for-9 from the field before catching fire just before halftime. He had 20 points by the break and went on to finish with 42 that evening, which was his career-high until facing Nichols.
“I hit one three, then hit another and they started falling,” he said. “I was feeling it, for sure.”
With his college career coming to a close at the end of the year, Demers said that he is aiming for the Scots to finish strong, hopefully make a deep run in the conference tournament, and find their way into the national tournament. After that he hopes to play professionally, believing that there might be work for him overseas.
To get ready for the opportunities that may lie ahead, he trained all summer long and spent a week in California training with Jordan Lawlie. While there he was able to play in games with several professionals, including Marcus Smart, Carson Edwards, Zach Levine, Von Maker and several European-based pros.
“I tried to stay out of their way and let them do their thing,” Demers said with a laugh. “In those games, you’d better hit your shot or you’re not getting the ball back for a while.”
Eric said he and his new wife Lauren are both excited about the future, whatever it may bring. If he does not get a job playing the game he said he wants to be involved in it stateside in some capacity. Both are finishing their college workloads now, with Lauren student teaching. When he’s not in class, or playing ball, Eric works for a non-profit.
DiCecco Hits 1K Again
There are very few names on the 1,000-point scorer banner at Falmouth High School, and the most recent girl to have her name sewn onto it was 2018 graduate Jenni DiCecco. The Suffolk University junior now is a two-time 1K scorer, having reached the plateau earlier this month for her college team.
DiCecco is having a strong junior year at Suffolk. Ten games into her third season, she’s averaging 15.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. She leads the team in scoring for the season and has helped the Rams jump out to a 7-3 start to the season.
Peterson At PC
Falmouth resident Caroline Peterson continues to get plenty of ice time for the Division 1 Providence College women’s ice hockey team. The St. Mark’s graduate appeared in 36 games last year for the Friars, finishing with two goals and two assists, and has seen the ice in all 18 games that the team has played this year.
The forward has one assist to her credit and has a plus-minus of -3 so far for the year. She and the Lady Friars are on break from the ice until January 10 when the team jumps back into the Hockey East schedule with a home game against Boston University.
Currence At NU
Former Falmouth Academy standout Kendall Currence is shooting the ball well for the Northeastern Huskies. The sophomore, who is the all-time leading scorer in Cape Cod history, leads Northeastern in three-point shooting with a .367 average for the year. She is fourth on the team in minutes played, and is averaging 7.7 points per game. She has started two of the Huskies’ nine games, and the team entered play on December 18 with a 3-6 record.
As a freshman last year, Currence came off the bench in 22 games. She averaged 5.3 points per game and shot 52-percent from the field.
Shanon Upton At UNE
Former high-scoring Falmouth High forward Shannon Upton is in the midst of her junior season at the University of New England. During both her freshman and sophomore seasons she had two goals in each campaign. UNE is 7-0-2 for the season. Upton has played in five games for the Nor’easters, scoring one goal and one assist.