MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Three east squads remain undefeated

MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Three east squads remain undefeated
Friday, November 8

Queen’s 82 @ Western 74

LONDON, Ont. -- The Western Mustangs men's basketball team took on the Queen's Gaels Friday evening in an 82-74 defeat at Alumni Hall. The game marks the team's third OUA regular season matchup, and first one after falling to both the Ottawa Gee-Gees and Carleton Ravens last weekend.

In the first half the Mustangs came out refreshed, as they were able to stop the intense Queen's half-court basketball holding them to 18 points in the paint.

Western guard Greg Morrow was the scoring leader for the Mustangs with a solid 66% field goal percentage accumulating eight first-half points for the team to go along with two assists, one block and one steal. Quinn Henderson followed Morrow with seven points in 11 minutes, shooting 50% for the half. At end of the first half, the Mustangs led 40-37.

Morrow took charge once again in the second half, contributing another 12 points for the team while Rashayne Case put up 11 points. The end of the second half saw a match result of 82-74, and a win for the Gaels.

Ottawa GeeGee Mackenzie Simpson led both teams with 26 points. Teammate Greg Faulkner followed with 14 points.

With tonight's loss, the Mustangs, now 0-3-0, sit in sixth place in the OUA West, while Ottawa (3-0-0) sits tied for first in the East, alongside Carleton and Queen's. 

Source: Western Sports Info
 
York 70 @ Windsor 78

WINDSOR, Ont.- The Windsor Lancers men's basketball team used a dominant first half to top the York Lions 78-70 on Friday night in their home opener at the St. Denis Centre.

Enrico Diloreto picked up a team-high 15 points while Lien Phillip recorded his first double-double of the season, notching 11 points and 13 rebounds to help the Lancers to their first victory on the year. Bradford Parker tallied 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds coming off the bench and Khalid Abdel-Gabar added 10 for Windsor, who shot 36.6% on the night.

The Lions drop to 1-2 on the season and were led by Nick Tufegdzich who grabbed a game-high 19 points and an impressive 21 rebounds in a losing cause. York made things interesting in the final minutes of regulation, quietly cutting the lead into single digits for the first time since the opening quarter. However, Windsor's lead was never truly vulnerable, as the men improve their record to 1-2.

Windsor will look to make it two in a row when they welcome the Queen's Gaels to the St. Denis Centre. The Gaels picked up an 82-74 win over the Western Mustangs on Friday, improving their unblemished record to 3-0 heading into Saturday's game.

Source: Windsor Sports Info

Ottawa 106 @ Guelph 76

Guelph, Ont. – The Guelph Gryphons men's basketball team dropped their home opener to the Ottawa Gee-Gees with a final score of 106-76 on Friday night at the W.F. Mitchell Athletic Centre.
 
The Gryphons scored first, but it was the Gee-Gees who kept the lead throughout the first half with a score of 60-37 for Ottawa going into the half. The Gryphons were not  able to keep up with the Gee-Gees, with a final score of 106-76.
 
Despite the loss, Gryphon player Adam Kemp had a good game putting up a total of 13 points, with Daniel Dooley close behind with a total of 10 points. Jack Beatty chipped in with eight points overall.
 
On the other side of the side of the court, Johnny Berhanemeskel (Ottawa, Ont.) had 26 points with Mehdi Tehani (Gloucester, Ont.) following close behind with a total of 15 points and a total of 8 free throws.

Source: Guelph Sports Info

Carleton 92 @ Lakehead 50

The men's basketball team were defeated 92-50 by the Carleton Ravens on Friday evening. 
In the greatly anticipated re-match of last year's CIS gold medal game, the result was unfortunately more of the same for the Thunderwolves, who hung around for the first quarter but had no answer for the sharp shooting Ravens, who shot 61% from the field in the first half.
 
Lakehead started off the game with some pep in their step and got some help from Alex Robichaud, who hit two three pointers in the first quarter, including a buzzer-beater to end the first frame.
The Ravens' defensive clamps were applied to the Thunderwolves in the second quarter, as they were limited to 7 points in the frame while giving up 23 to the Ravens, who couldn't seem to miss, and committed a total of 5 turnovers on the game (compared to LU's 16).

Top scorer for Lakehead was Henry Tan with 11 points and 4 rebounds. Anthony McIntosh added 10 points and 4 boards.

For the Ravens, three players scored in double figures, led by Phil Scrubb with 15 points and Tyson Hinz with 13 points. Every player on the Ravens' roster scored at least 2 points.

Source: Lakehead Sports Info

Brock 55 @ Algoma 64

The Thunderbirds Men's Basketball team won their second consecutive game on Friday night, defeating the Brock Badgers at home to move to 2-1 on the season. Thunderbirds home opening doubleheader. The women lost the early game to fall to 0-3.

The men played for an enthusiastic crowd of over 500 fans at the GLC, where the Thunderbirds jumped out to an early lead. The Badgers kept it close, managing to continuously claw their way back, trailing by only 4 points at the half.  Coming out of the third quarter, the Thunderbirds went on a 6 point run to stretch their lead to 43-36. Algoma Guard Reynaldo Carnakie went 3 for 4 at the free throw line giving the Thunderbirds the opportunity to increase the gap to 64-55, for their second consecutive win of the 2013-14 season.  Carnakie and Samy Mohamed let the Thunderbirds with 12 points each.

Source: Algoma Sports Info

McMaster 84 @ Laurentian 87

The Laurentian Voyageurs Men’s Basketball team were hoping to keep their unbeaten record going strong with a victory in their first home game of the season against the McMaster Marauders at the Ben Avery Gym on Friday. 
 
The men got off to a great start, and combined with a great performance in the second half, pulled through with the victory in a close 87-84 contest.
 
The men started off the game with intensity, putting up 22 points to McMaster’s 14 in the first quarter. Their second quarter lacked the intensity and scoring they put up in the first, which allowed the Marauders to score 32 points during the second quarter, putting them up by eleven on the Voyageurs. The half ended at 46-35 in favour of McMaster.
 
The Voyageurs picked up their pace of play in the second half of the game, outscoring the Marauders in both of the last quarters of play. Nelson Yengue (Yaounde, Cameroon) and Alex Ratte (Ottawa, ON) were key players for Laurentian, scoring 23 and 25 points each throughout the game. Despite a tense few minutes to end the game, the Voyageurs kept their lead until the end, beating the Marauders 87 to 84.
 
This win gives Laurentian their third victory of the season, keeping them at the top of the OUA East Division. 

Source: Laurentian Sports Info

Waterloo 47 @ Ryerson 75

TORONTO - It was all Ryerson from the start and they never looked back, dropping the Waterloo Warriors 75-47 on Friday night during their home opener.

At Coca-Cola Court and in front of a loud and energetic crowd, the Rams started the game by going on a 9-4 run, closing out the first quarter with a 15-8 lead.

After adding another 17 points in the second quarter, Ryerson took a 32-18 lead into the half.

It was Ryerson’s shooting that was not only the difference coming out of the half, but during the entire game. In the third quarter, the Rams dropped 24 points to expand their lead over Waterloo.

For the game, Ryerson shot 50 per cent from the field, and 41 per cent from beyond the arc. Waterloo was not as successful only making 29.8 per cent of their shots from the field.

It was a balanced attack for Ryerson. Rookie guard Jean-Victor Mukama (Hamilton, Ont.) had a team-high 12 points while also grabbing four rebounds in 21 minutes to end the night as Ryerson’s top scorer. Bjorn Michaelsen (Otterburn Park, Que.) and Jahmal Jones (Mississauga, Ont.) each had 11 points.

Wayne Bridge was Waterloo’s top scorer with 12 points and six rebounds. Bridge nailed a three-pointer and went perfect in his free throws with seven.

The win pushes Ryerson to 2-1 on the season and tied for fourth in the OUA East while Waterloo is still searching for their first win.

Source: Ryerson Sports Info

Laurier 108 @ Toronto 96

Fifth-year guard Alex Hill recorded 33 points but the Varsity Blues men's basketball team came up short in a 108-96 loss to the Laurier Golden Hawks on Friday night (Nov. 8) at the Athletic Centre Sports Gym.

With the loss, the Blues drop to 1-2, while the Hawks improve to 2-1 in the early goings of the season.

First-year head coach John Campbell took on his father and Laurier veteran coach Peter Campbell in his first home game as a Varsity Blue. Peter and the Hawks got out to an amazing start and led 36-15 after the first quarter. Toronto was unable to overcome the 21-point first-quarter deficit in the loss.

"I think it was a disappointing start to the game," said John Campbell. "I think anytime you give up 36 points in the first 10 minutes it's hard to come back and certainly from our perspective we thought we had a good game plan coming in, but we struggled to contain penetration and that allowed them to shoot the ball as well as they did."

Hill went 20-for-22 from the free throw line and added seven boards and two assists on the night. The Toronto native now ranked second in the OUA, averaging 26 points per game.

Fourth-year guard Matt Savel of Hamilton, Ont., added a career-high 19 points and went 3-for-5 from beyond the arc, while Devin Johnson had 12 points and seven boards in the loss.

Laurier standout Max Allin led the Hawks with 27 points, six rebounds and two steals. Will Coulthard added 22 points. Both players nailed four three's in the victory.

Source: Toronto Sports Info

Saturday, November 9

Queen’s 74 @ Windsor 98

WINDSOR, Ont.- Enrico Diloreto tallied a team-best 19 points, and five Lancers reached double-digits in a 98-74 triumph over the Queen's Gaels on Saturday evening at the St. Denis Centre.

The victory moves the CIS No. 7 ranked Lancers (2-2) back to a .500 conference mark and completes the weekend sweep after the men disposed of York 78-70 on Friday evening. The Gaels suffered their first loss of the season and drop to 3-1 on the year.

Lien Phillip dropped 13 points and recorded 11 rebounds to clinch his second double-double in as many nights, while freshman Mike Rocca tallied 14 points and was 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Josh Collins tallied 12 points and a game-high eight assists in the win.

The Lancers were hot from the opening tip-off, holding the visitors to just five points through the first 10 minutes of play. The men notched 25 of their own in the first, including an alley-oop dunk from Diloreto to Evan Matthews that put a stamp on the opening quarter.

The Gaels found their legs in the second quarter, draining 18 in the period. However, the Lancer offence remained potent throughout the half, allowing the men to take a healthy spread into the locker rooms.

Rocca was perfect from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes, going 3-of-3 and adding a field goal to lead all players with 11 points at the half. The men shot 46.3% in the first two quarters while holding the Gaels to a 21.9% efficiency.

The steady stream of Windsor offence continued in the second half, denying the Gaels an opportunity to take a bite out of the hefty advantage. The Lancers shot 43.5% from the field throughout the contest, compared to 39.7% from the Gaels who were able to shoot more consistently in the second half, going 20-of-36. The Lancers also picked up 22 second-chance points after dominating the glass with 50 rebounds compared to 31 from Queen's.

Source: Windsor Sports Info
 
Carleton 97 @ Guelph 69

GUELPH, Ont. – The Guelph Gryphons men's basketball team dropped a 97-69 final to the No. 1 Carleton Ravens on Saturday night in Guelph.
 
The Ravens came out strong and outscored the Gryphons 28-16 in the opening frame. The ravens would go on to shoot 58.3% in the first half on 21-36 shooting to take a 56-37 lead at the break. Both teams would finish the half shooting 6-11 from behind the arc with Carleton dominating the boards 23-9.
 
The Ravens would continue to push the tempo in the third quarter, outscoring the Gryphons 24-17 in the frame and showing no sign of fatigue following a Friday night game at Lakehead. The fourth quarter was the closest for the Gryphons holding the Ravens to 17 points, compared to Guelph's 15.
 
Fourth-year guard Phillip Scrubb (Richmond, B.C.) led all scorers with 25 points including 3-5 from behind the arc while Thomas Scrubb finished with a double-double, dropping 14 points and pulling down 16 rebounds to go along with a pair of steals. Fifth-year forward Tyson Hinz (Ottawa) chipped in with 17 points and eight rebounds.
 
The Ravens finished the game 53% from the floor on 35-66 shooting including 9-20 from behind the arc. Carleton dominated the glass Saturday night, out-rebounding Guelph 42-19.
 
Rookie-guard Taylor Boers led the way for Guelph with 17 points, 15 of which came from beyond the arc. Fourth-year guard Zachary Angus chipped in with 15 points and four steals while rookie-guard Andrew Grant added 11 points for the Gryphons.
 
Guelph finished the game shooting 38.3% from the floor on 23-60 shooting including 11-18 from beyond the arc.

Source: Guelph Sports Info

Ottawa 80 @ Lakehead 75

The men's hoops team were unable to squeeze out a win on Saturday night against the Ottawa Gee-Gees, dropping a close 80-75 decision.

The 'Wolves got out to a great start and led 20-12 after the first quarter. Ottawa countered in the second, led by all-star Johnny Berhanemeskel, who scored a game-high 25 points.

Ottawa led 34-31 at the break.

The back-and forth pattern continued in the second half, as Lakehead out-scored Ottawa 27-17 in the 3rd quarter, only to have the Gee-Gees fire back with a 29-to-17 run in the final 10 minutes.

The final minutes were marked by a few defensive breakdowns by Lakehead, giving up a couple key offensive rebounds to the Gee-Gees that allowed them to recover after trailing by as many as 11 points in the 4th quarter.

Five Thunderwolves scored in double digits for Lakehead, led by Anthony McIntosh with 17 points, followed by Henry Tan with 15. Dwayne Harvey scored 13 points while Igor Lebov and Jamar Coke had 10 each.

Following Berhanemeskel, Ottawa's Caleb Agada scored 19 points while Mehdi Tihani added 12.

Source: Lakehead Sports Info

McMaster 88 @ Algoma 64

The Algoma Thunderbirds basketball teams met the McMaster Marauders at the George Leach Centre (GLC) on Saturday night, where both the men and women suffered losses at the hands of the Ontario University Athletics' (OUA) current West Division's leading squads.

Coming off of their second consecutive win, the Thunderbird men kept it close early before going cold, shooting only 30% from the field in the first half, and only 2 for 10 from the 3-point line. McMaster's Adam Presutti's 11 points helped widen the gap to 41-29 at the close of the first half.  Despite late 3's from the Thunderbirds Jimmy Belinga, the Thunderbirds fell 88-64.The Marauders are now 4-1, while the Thunderbirds stand at 2-2 in the East Division.

Source: Algoma Sports Info

Brock 72 @ Laurentian 93

The Laurentian Voyageurs men’s basketball team was victorious over the Brock Badgers this evening in a very loud Ben Avery gym. The final score of this evenings contest was 93-72 in favour of the home team Voyageurs. The Voyageur’s remain perfect on the season with their fourth straight victory.
 
The first quarter began with steady back and forth play between the two squads with plenty of scoring. Only 5 minutes into the game the Voyageur’s were able to get ahead 10-8 before finishing the first on a 13-2 run putting them up 23-10 in the early stages of the game. It was a well-played first quarter on both sides of the court by the Voyageurs giving them an early advantage.
  
 The Voyageurs continued their strong play into the second quarter with very quick ball movement and strong shooting from beyond the arc. Head Coach Shawn Swords gave some on court time to some of the rookie Voyageur players during the first half, which paid off as the men’s team cruised to a healthy 45-30 lead at the half. Leading scorers at the midway point for the Voyageur’s were Alex Ratte and Tychon Carter-Newman.
 
After the half, the Voyageur’s came out knowing they needed to keep the lead while also limiting any offensive runs from the Badgers.  The home team Voyageurs did just that led by a few three pointers from Alex Ratte and a couple dunks from Alex Yengue pushing the lead to 71-52 after three quarters. Also, not to be over looked in this quarter was the steady defense from the Voyageurs who continuously put the Badgers in tough situations throughout the game.
 
The final quarter of tonight’s game followed the same story line as the previous three, with the Voyageurs dominating on offense putting forth a very steady defensive effort. The final score of the game was 93-72 in favour of the home team Voyageurs who were led by a very strong 24 point effort from Alex Ratte and help from off the bench with 13 points from Ryan Bennett pushing the team’s undefeated record to 4-0.  The many “pot bangers” and fans in the Ben Avery cheered on the men’s team loudly, definitely playing an important role in keeping the team motivated and silencing any momentum the Brock Badgers attempted to muster up throughout the game. 

Source: Laurentian Sports Info

Laurier 70 @ Ryerson 84

TORONTO - The No. 6 Ryerson Rams put up 28 points in the fourth quarter on Saturday night, defeating the Laurier Golden Hawks 84-70 at Coca-Cola Court.

Ryerson started off by making several shots, while Laurier on the other hand missed a lot of their opportunities. A Peter Campbell timeout near the end of the quarter seemed to change the momentum in Laurier’s favour, and they kept that momentum going into the second frame.

Ryerson was caught making mental lapses, including several violations and a pair of offensive fouls by veteran Bjorn Michaelsen (Otterburn Park, Que.). Laurier started off the quarter by going on a 7-3 run.

“We got sloppy, we didn’t contest, we just didn’t play with the same level of intensity that we need to on the defensive end of the floor,” said head coach Roy Rana. “Just a sloppy quarter and thankfully we cleaned it up in the third and had a very good fourth.”

At the half, Ryerson led the contest 36-30.

The top scorer from the first half was another veteran on the Ryerson offence, Jahmal Jones (Mississauga, Ont.). Jones had 13 points at recess and finished the game with a game-high 22 points in 37 minutes on the court.

Jones wasn’t the only player that played well for Ryerson in the second half. Top scorer from the night before against Waterloo, Jean-Victor Mukama started to light it up from the three-point line. Mukama finished the game by going 3-5 from beyond the arc and had 13 points in the game.

“He’s (Mukama) a big time talent as he gets a little bit more comfortable with the physicality of the play he’s got huge potential to be a great player for us,” said Rana.

Another player with huge potential and that showed it during the third quarter of Saturday night’s game was transfer Kadeem Green (Markham, Ont.). He would finish the night with 20 points and 14 rebounds for a double-double.

Green threw down a couple of huge dunks to get the crowd pumping, but Rana doesn’t feel like he’s reached his full potential yet.

“As dominant as he is, I still think he has another level and we’re going to keep on pushing and pushing him,” said Rana. “He’s very good at this level right now but I think he’s got an opportunity to be so much better and we’re going to keep pushing him to get there.”

Ryerson was able to stave off the red-hot Max Allin. Allin, the top point getter in the OUA last season, finished the game with a team-high 17 points.

With the win on Saturday, Ryerson improves their record to 3-1 but is tied for fourth with Queen’s in a very tight OUA East division.

It’s been quite the week for Ryerson, playing three games with the Syracuse Orange on Tuesday night, and Waterloo and Laurier on the weekend. Rana is pleased with his team’s improvement from last weekend.

“I just thought our compete level was better. Better than the first weekend on the road and you know, I think that’s it. I think we need to be tougher and we have to compete harder and I think we did that this weekend.”

Source: Ryerson Sports Info

Waterloo @ Toronto POSTPONED
 
Sunday, November 10

York 84 @ Western 64


LONDON, Ont - The Western Mustangs men's basketball team matched up against the York Lions Sunday evening in an 84-64 loss at Alumni Hall. It was the Mustangs' fourth OUA regular season game after falling short against the Queen's Gaels on Friday night, pushing the team into a four-game losing streak.

"York exposed some of our weaknesses; our execution was not there, and we didn't get the ball to where we needed to," said Western head coach Brad Campbell about his team's performance tonight.

The first half saw the Mustangs keeping the game close by pressuring the ball and not letting the paint become a safe zone for the Lions' offense. Rookie guard Rashayne Case led the Mustangs after the first two quarters with nine points and one rebound, yet York held a 40-29 advantage heading into the break.

The Lions came out strong in the third and fourth quarters pushing their lead to 20 with Richard Iheadindu dropping 24 points for his team. The Mustan's had a tough time getting to the basket but the whole team managed to put some points on the board with Peter Scholtes and Case leading the team with 14 and 12 points respectively. The game ended with a score of 84-64 in favour of the York Lions.

York Lion Richard Iheadindu led both teams with 24 points, five rebounds, and seven assists, while Aaron Rado followed with 18 points, six rebounds, and two assists.

With tonight's loss, the Mustangs now sit tied for last place in the OUA regular season alongside Guelph with a record of 0-4.

Source: Western Sports Info
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