MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Mustangs top Gryphons 84-79 in OUA West battle

MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Mustangs top Gryphons 84-79 in OUA West battle
Wednesday, January 8

Windsor 88 @ Laurier 79

WATERLOO, Ont.  - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men's basketball team dropped their first game of 2014 as they lost 88-79 to the No. 10 Windsor Lancers at the Athletic Complex on Wednesday night.

Playing without All-Canadian guard Max Allin of Chatham, Ont., the Hawks struggled from three-point range, connecting on just five of 30 three point attempts in the contest. Despite the lack of accuracy from downtown, Laurier was able to jump out to a seven-point lead after the opening quarter.

However, the Lancers overtook the Hawks on the scoreboard in the second quarter thanks to the play of their bench. Reigning OUA West Most Valuable Player Lien Phillip of St. Marks, Grenada provided a spark for Windsor as they grabbed a three-point lead, 38-35, at the half.

While the Hawks were able to hang tight for much of the second half, they could never close the gap enough to grab the lead as their mini two-game winning streak came to an end.

Phillip was the difference maker on the night for the Lancers as he finished the game with a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Enrico Diloreto of London, Ont., also had a strong game with 22 points and four assists.

As for the Hawks, Will Coulthard of Oakville, Ont., and Jamar Forde of Mississauga, Ont., stepped up in Allin's absence. Coulthard finished with a season-high 26 points to go along with six assists and five rebounds, while Forde had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds.

With the loss, Laurier falls to 5-6 on the season and remain in third place in the OUA West division. The win helps Windsor keep pace with McMaster for first place as they improve to 7-4 on the year.

Up next for the Hawks, they will look to return to the win column when they host the Western Mustangs (3-8) on Saturday afternoon. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. at the Athletic Complex.

NOTE: Prior to the game, Allin was honoured for reaching 1,500 career points as he received a commemorative basketball in a pre-game ceremony

Source: Laurier Sports Info

Western 84 @ Guelph 79

Guelph, Ont. – The Guelph Gryphons men's basketball team were defeated by the visiting Western Mustangs 84-79 on Wednesday night at the W.F. Mitchell Centre. The Gryphons fall to 2-9 on the season while the Mustangs advance to 3-8.

Guelph's Zachary Angus led his team with 16 points and eight rebounds. Taylor Boers also chipped in with 14 points and three rebounds.

Western's Greg Morrow led all scorers with 28 points and 10 rebounds.

The Gryphons opened the first quarter with a ton of energy, pushing the pace of the game. Andrew Grant had a massive block on the defensive side of the ball and then went coast to coast for the lay in to finish the play off himself. Shortly thereafter Taylor Boers nailed a corner three to give the Gryphon's the early 11-4 lead. The Gryphon's energetic play persisted throughout the first as they consistently battled for rebounds and had players ready to finish plays off. With under a minute left in the quarter Michel Clark extended the Gryphon lead to eight with a long three-pointer, giving Guelph an 18-10 lead after the first.

A 10-3 Western run to open the second tied the score up at 20 with just over six minutes to play. The energy that the Gryphons displayed in the first quarter seemed to disappear entirely in the second. Western went on another run, this time 10-5, to give them a five point second quarter lead after trailing by eight at the end of the first. A few careless mistakes and an inability to get to the free throw line ultimately was Guelph's undoing in the second quarter. The Gryphon's went into the halftime break hoping to regroup, down 37-28.

Both teams exchanged points to start the third quarter, including back-to-back three pointers from the Gryphon's. Despite this though, the Mustangs maintained their 9-point advantage, 47-38. Although the growing pains of having a young roster sometimes appeared, Guelph still displayed signs of growth, particularly on an and-one play by Adam Kemp to finish off the third quarter. Guelph improved on their first half field goal percentage, shooting 56% in the third. However they still trailed the Mustangs 58-52 heading into the final quarter.

A 6-2 Gryphon run pulled them to within two points with 7:55 remaining in the fourth, forcing the Mustangs to take an early fourth quarter timeout. Both sides played with a more aggressive flare in the fourth. Down by eight points with 4:30 left to play, the Gryphon's did their best to mount a comeback. Zach Angus drew a foul with 2:27 left to play, hitting one of two. However, the large deficit and the ticking clock forced the Gryphon's into playing aggressive defense, sometimes leaving open shots for the Mustangs to capitalize on. Daniel Dooley and Zach Angus hit back to back three-pointers to make it a 3-point game, 74-71, with under a minute on the clock. Western's Greg Morrow came right down the floor and notched a mid-range jumper to increase the Mustang lead to five. After drawing a foul Zach Angus hit both his free throws to once again make it a 3-point game. The clock forced the Gryphon's to take fouls, allowing the Mustangs to convert on their free throws and increase their lead. In the end the Gryphon's could not overtake the Mustangs, as they dropped the game 84-79.

Guelph tips off again at home on Saturday at 3:00 pm against the Brock Badgers.

Source: Guelph Sports Info

McMaster 95 @ Brock 59

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -  The Brock University men's basketball team (2-9 OUA West) dropped a 95–59 decision to the No. 8 ranked McMaster Marauders (8-3 OUA West) Wednesday night at the Bob Davis Gymnasium.

Brock played a tough opening quarter against the nationally ranked Marauders trailing by just five 22-17. In the final two minutes of the second quarter, McMaster went on a 9-2 run to take a 21-point lead into the half 49-28.

Midway through the third quarter, Brock would cut the lead to 16, but it was the Marauders offense answering with 14-2 run over the next three minutes leading by 28 points, 67-39. McMaster closed out the final five minutes of the fourth quarter with a 13-2 run on route to their eighth victory of the regular season.

McMaster had five players in double figures led by Nathan Pelech who recorded 19 points including four three-pointers. Nathan McCarthy and Aaron Redpath both contributed with 13 points each while Taylor Black and Joe Rocca both chipped in with 10 points in the victory.

The Badgers were led by freshman Dani Elgadi (Waterloo,Ont.) who recorded a game-high 25 points and nine rebounds. Senior Tshing Kasamba (St. Catharines, Ont.) registered 16 points and eight rebounds in the loss. The Badgers were without both CJ Smith (Scarbourough, Ont.) and Brandon John (Toronto, Ont.) due to injury.

McMaster shot 41.7% from the field going 35-for-84 including 11-for-30 (36.7%) from beyond the arc. Brock finished the game shooting 35.5% (22-for-62) from the floor, 33.3% (6-for-18) from three-point range and 52.9% (9-for-17) from the charity stripe. The Marauders outrebounded Brock 47 to 35 highlighted by 17 offense boards which led to 28 second chance points.

The Badgers next action is Saturday, January 11th when they take on the Guelph Gryphons on the road.

Source: Brock Sports Info
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