MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Brock slips past Western for a 72-71 win

MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Brock slips past Western for a 72-71 win
Wednesday, February 12

Windsor 75 @ Waterloo 78

WATERLO, Ont. - The Windsor Lancers men's basketball team had its 8-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday night as they fell to the Waterloo Warriors 78-75 at the PAC Centre on Wednesday evening.

Windsor continues to have a strong hold on second place in the OUA west division with a 15-6 record, and have earned a bye into the OUA west semi-finals, while the Warriors earned their fifth victory of the year and remain out of the playoff picture.

Jaspreet Gill had 22 points, and four Warriors hit double-digits, to help spur the Warriors to an upset win over the No. 5 ranked Lancers. Lancer fifth-year senior Lien Philliphad a game-high 23 points and 10 rebounds for his 15th double-double of the year, while Enrico Diloreto chipped in 16 points.

The Lancers shot 40.9% from the floor compared to 43.5% from the hosts, while both teams each had 26 rebounds in the tight contest.

Source: Windsor Sports Info

Laurier 66 @ McMaster 107

Coming off its first loss in over two months, the McMaster men's basketball team showed some resiliency and played a complete game in beating the Laurier Golden Hawks 107-66 in Hamilton on Wednesday night. Combined with Windsor's loss at Waterloo, the Marauders clinch first-place in the OUA West for the first time since 2006.

The Marauders played intense basketball for four quarters and never gave Laurier any opportunity to challenge for the lead. With the score tied at 9-9 in the first-quarter and Hawks' All-Canadian Max Allin already having made two 3-balls, it looked like Laurier was ready for a battle. But behind a three-point salvo from Aaron Redpath, Joe Rocca, and Nate Pelech McMaster finished the quarter with a 32-18 lead and the momentum.

In the second quarter, the Maroon continued to push the tempo and behind some sweet shooting by Adam Presutti and strong scoring from Taylor Black, who powered inside for three dunks, McMaster expanded the lead to 54-32 by intermission.

Laurier came into the game hoping to nail down fourth-place in the OUA West to get the home playoff game in the first round, but McMaster knew it could not afford another loss if it wanted to claim the division pennant after losing at Windsor last Saturday.

In the third quarter the Marauders kept the pressure on and outscored Laurier 16-4 to take a 70-36 lead before the Hawks took a timeout to stop the Maroon onslaught. Leading 81-45 after three quarters, the Marauders were able to substitute liberally with all 11 players getting some floor time. Mac's Leon Alexander was especially impressive as he physically dominated, scoring 13 of his 15 points in the second-half.

The team stats were as lop-sided as the score with McMaster shooting 52% from the floor compared to Laurier's 36%, and McMaster dominating the glass with 50 rebounds to the Hawk's 26.

Individually, McMaster got 19 points from both Redpath and Rocca, Presutti added 16, Alexander 15, and Taylor Black had the double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds. Laurier was led by Jack Simmons, who scored 14.

Source: McMaster Sports Info

Western 71 @ Brock 72

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Brock University men's basketball team (4-17 OUA West) rallied from 19 points down at the half to defeat the Western Mustangs by the score of 72-71 at the Bob Davis Gymnasium Wednesday night.

Brock led 13-10 midway through the first quarter. Over the next eight minutes, the visiting Mustangs offense answered with a 16-0 run leading 26-13 with 6:39 remaining in the second quarter. Brock trailed 37-18 at the half.

In the opening three minutes of the third quarter, Brock put together an 11-0 run cutting the lead to eight points 37-29. To end the third quarter, Brock freshman Jeremy Angelini (Hamilton, Ont.) knocked down a clutch three-pointer to cut the lead to seven, 54-47, after 30 minutes.

In the fourth quarter, Brock opened with seven straight points tying the game 54-54 with 8:32 left in regulation. Over the next two minutes, the Mustangs answered back with nine straight points, leading 63-54 with 6:37 left.

With Brock trailing 71-70 late in the contest, sophomore Brandon John(Toronto, Ont.) drained a baseline jumper with less than 15 seconds remaining for the victory.

Freshman Dani Elgadi (Waterloo, Ont.) finished with a game-high 31 points and pulled down ten boards for the double-double. He also dished out five assists. Angelini sparked the Brock offense in the second half finishing with 11 points off the bench, including three treys. Senior C.J. Smith (Scarborough, Ont.) and Brandon John chipped in with nine and eight points respectively.

Western had five players in double figures led by Case Rashayne who registered 16 points , including 4-for-4 from beyond the arc. Gregory Morrow added the double-double contributing with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Peter Scholtes and Eric McDonald both added 12 points each while Anthony Spiridis rounded out the Mustangs leaders chipping in with 10 points.

Source: Brock Sports Info

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