Burlington, Ont. – Banky Alade has been named IG Wealth Management Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Male Athlete of the Week, powered by Planters, for the period ending November 18, 2018.
Male Athlete of the Week – Banky Alade (Sherwood Park, Alta.) – 3rd Year – Guelph Gryphons
Banky Alade's infectious personality has been influential in the Gryphon locker room and now that he's in his third year, the Sherwood Park, AB native's play is also impacting the outcome of games, with the case in point coming in the team’s two games this past weekend.
Alade filled the stat sheet in back-to-back Gryphon wins this weekend, starting with an incredible performance in Friday night's 81-80 victory over the Nipissing Lakers. The Marketing Management student had a team-high 22 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. With the score tied 50-50, Alade scored eight straight points to help the Gryphons build a cushion. With his team trailing 80-79 late, he executed a sweet spin move on the baseline, and true to his name, showed amazing touch banking in the game-winning bucket.
But Alade apparently wasn't content with that performance, so he backed it up with a monster game on Sunday in Guelph's 83-76 win over Laurentian. The forward poured in 29 points and grabbed a game-high 20 boards, both of which were career highs. Alade made 12-of-17 attempts from the floor, hit 5-of-6 from the free-throw line, and also had 15 defensive rebounds in one of the best stat lines for any OUA player so far this season.