MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Rams win battle of nationally ranked teams over Windsor

MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Rams win battle of nationally ranked teams over Windsor
Thursday, November 14

York 86 @ Waterloo 79

The York Lions caught fire and outscored the Warriors 32-20 in the final quarter to defeat Waterloo 86-79 on Thursday evening at the PAC.  The Lions were unstoppable on the boards corralling a total of 51 rebounds, 34 of which were defensive boards while Waterloo only had 19 total. 

The win improves York's record to 3-2 while the Warriors are still in search of their first win dropping to 0-4 on the season.

After falling behind 10-0 early on the Warriors awoke and crawled their way back into the game with strong outside shooting by Jaspreet Gill (Oliver) and Mark Peterson (Kitchener).  After outscoring York 24-9 in the second quarter Waterloo held a 38-30 lead at half.

An even third quarter kept the teams close heading into the fourth but the Lions simply wore down the black and gold on the inside and took over the game en route to the 86-79 victory.

Gill continued his dominant play with a game high 24 points in the loss going 8-for-20 from the field and knocking down five three-pointers.  Fifth year guard Wayne Bridge (North York) had 14 points while Mike Helsby (Waterloo) had 12 in the loss.  Peterson and Myles Charvis (Mississagua) were also in double digits with 11 and 10 points respectively.

For the Lions, Richard Iheadindu gave Waterloo all they could handle and ended up with 22 points while adding six assists.  Ryan Ejim was huge on the boards with 14 rebounds in the contest while also adding 21 points. 

Source: Waterloo Sports Info
Friday, November 15

Guelph 64 @ Laurentian 86

Currently ranked 10th in the CIS standings, the Laurentian Voyageurs Men’s basketball team was looking to continue it’s undefeated streak going into their fifth game of the season. The men were facing off against the Guelph Gryphons on Friday night at home in the Ben Avery Gym. Putting up 86 points to Guelph’s 64, the Voyageurs earned the victory, and increased their record to 5-0.
The Voyageurs opened the game with intensity, and had the Gryphons backpedaling from the get go. The team was led by fifth year Alex Ratte (Ottawa, ON), who scored a game high of 33 points and was a main contributor to the Voyageurs’ offense throughout the game. Within the first two quarters Laurentian put up 45 points, while holding their opponent at 27 heading into the half.
Throughout the second half of play there were changes made to the Voyageurs’ line up, and many of the younger players saw playing time. First year David Aromolaran (Brampton, ON) made an impression with his performance and scored 12 points in the game.
Laurentian continued to dominate the play, and outscored Guelph by two in each quarter. While the second half was closer in points, the Voyageurs never gave up their lead. The game ended 86-64 in favour of the Voyageurs. They are currently in a three way tie for first with the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, with 10 points for 5 victories in as many games each.
This victory extends their undefeated season into their 6th game, as they face off against the Lakehead Thunderwolves at 8:00pm on Saturday in the Ben Avery.

Source: Laurentian Sports Info
Lakehead 54 @ Algoma 64

The Algoma Thunderbird's men's basketball team ran past last year's CIS Silver Medallist, the Lakehead Thunderwolves, in a physical affair on Friday evening at the George Leach Centre.  In the earlier game, the women fell to the Thunderwolves.

In the men's game, despite having a height disadvantage against one of the tallest teams in the OUA, the men aggressively attacked the middle of the floor to jump out to an early 15-9 lead.  Physical plays set up by strong screens allowed Thunderbirds' forward Brett Zufelt to control the boards and deny the Thunderwolves scoring opportunities.  The Thunderbirds never allowed Lakehead to get into a rhythm, and led from start to finish, winning 64-54.  The Thunderbirds are now 3-2 in the East, with the Thunderwolves falling to 1-4.

Source: Algoma Sports Info
Windsor 79 @ Ryerson 84

TORONTO – In a battle of nationally ranked teams, the Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team picked up their fourth win of the season, defeating the No. 7 ranked Windsor Lancers by a score of 84-79 on Friday night.

Rams point guard Jahmal Jones (Mississauga, Ont.) set a new career-high with 31 points on the night, shooting an efficient 10-for-15 from the floor including a perfect 4-for-4 from three point range, to lead Ryerson to the victory.

In a tight contest from start to finish, the Rams found success by penetrating the heart of the Lancers defence and taking the ball to the rim.

“In the first half we settled for a lot of jump shots...and when we’d take bad shots they’d come down and score. We put it as a focus to get to the paint and make them defend us just like we had to defend them,” said Jones post-game.

Leading by four heading into the fourth quarter, the Rams gave up the first bucket in the final frame but a three-pointer from Jean-Victor Mukama (Hamilton, Ont.) swung the momentum right back in the Rams favour and Ryerson went on to open up a 14 point lead with just over four and a half minutes to play.

The Lancers made things interesting down the stretch, cutting the spread back down to seven, but the Rams excelled at the free throw line to close things out for a five point win.

Despite the 14 point lead in the fourth quarter, head coach Roy Rana knew the game was going to be a battle and felt good about the victory.

“I think it’s what you expect when two top ten teams come to play. We knew it was going to come down to one or two possessions and thank god Jahmal Jones was spectacular tonight and he showed why he’s one of the best point guards in the country,” said Rana.

Aaron Best (Scarborough, Ont.) also had a strong game for the Rams, netting 17 points and collecting 12 rebounds. Bjorn Michaelsen (Otterburn Park, Que.) also reached double digits with 12 points.

Windsor's Enrico Diloreto (London, Ont.) had a team-high 20 points in the Lancers loss.

Source: Ryerson Sports Info
Western 70 @ Toronto 79

Fifth-year guard Alex Hill knocked down 35 points in leading the University of Toronto Varsity Blues men's basketball team to a 79-70 on Friday, November 15 at the Athletic Centre Sports Gym.

With the win, the Blues improve to 2-2, while the Mustangs drop to 0-5 on the season.

A Toronto native, Hill went 10-for-16 from the floor and 6-for-9 from beyond the arc, while also draining 9-of-12 free throws. Rookie guard Nicholas Burke of Hamilton, Ont., and sophomore forward Devin Johnson (Ajax, Ont.) each added nine points, while Dakota Laurin (Calgary) posted six points and a team-high eight boards in the win.

Second-year Mustangs guard Eric MacDonald gave the visiting team an early 8-4 lead, but the Blues went on a 15-4 run, led by 11 points and three three-pointers from Hill. The Mustangs rallied to cut the deficit and Toronto led 21-17 at the end of the first quarter.

Burke opened the second quarter with a three and Hill drained back-to-back from beyond the arc midway through the frame to give Toronto a 32-20 lead. U of T took a 39-24 advantage into halftime.

Western slowly inched their way back into the game and came within two (41-39) with back-to-back three's from Peter Scholtes (London) and Elliott Dooley (Ottawa) midway through the third quarter. Hill and Churchill responded with three's of their own to restore an 11-point cushion (56-45) heading into the final frame.

Johnson opened the fourth with a three and the Blues kept rolling to maintain a comfortable lead. Hill added eight more points en route to the game and career-high 35 in the nine-point win.

Source: Toronto Sports Info

Ottawa 90 @ Brock 67

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Brock University men's basketball team (0-5 OUA) dropped a 90-67 decision to the No. 3 ranked Ottawa GeeGees (5-0 OUA) at the Bob Davis Gymnasium Friday night. 

For the second straight game the Badgers fell behind early, which would prove to be the dagger against the third ranked GeeGees. Brock trailed 27-8 after one quarter and would play Ottawa even the final three quarters.

Ottawa had four players in double figures led by Moe Ismail who led all scorers with a game high 20 points. Johnny Berhanemeskel contributed with 15 points and seven rebounds while Caleb Agada and Mike L'Africain both added 13 points each in the victory.

Leading the way for the Badgers was freshman Jeremy Angelini who recorded a career high 17 points including five three-pointers. Senior Tshing Kasamba added 12 points and seven rebounds while Brandon John rounded out the Brock leaders finishing with nine points and seven boards.

For the game, Ottawa shot 42.7% (35-for-82) from the field, highlighted by 37.0% (17-for-46) from beyond the arc. Brock was 24-for-69 (34.8%) from the floor and 8-for-28 (28.6%) from long range.

Source: Brock Sports Info

Carleton 83 @ McMaster 72

The McMaster men's basketball team went toe to toe with the CIS Champion Carleton Ravens, but fell to the visitors 83-72 on the strength of a 44 point performance from Raven guard Phil Scrubb.

The Marauders played one their best games and gave the home fans a terrific effort but had no answer for Scrubb, the national team player, who showed why he has won two consecutive CIS Player of the Year awards.

It was evident from the start that Scrubb was in a zone and he scored 18 points in the first quarter as Carleton jumped out to an early 32-19 lead.

But in the second quarter, McMaster started to find the range and Scrubb had to sit down with two fouls. Marauders Joe Rocca, Taylor Black and Nathan Pelech made key shots from behind the arc, while Nathan McCarthy provided some inside scoring and the Maroon chiseled the lead down to a single basket at 44-42 by halftime.

With the Maroon faithful in attendance fully engaged and loud, the Marauders came out in the third quarter and actually took the lead 48-46. The two teams exchanged the lead for the rest of the quarter and after three periods, the Carleton lead was still only two points at 59-57.

The pivotal fourth quarter saw Scrubb emerge again, and with his team up by four points with about four minutes left he drained an extremely long three-pointer to create a seven-point cushion on McMaster. The Marauders refused to quit but couldn't stop Scrubb who scored on three straight possessions to keep his team in control as time ran out.

The Marauders got a terrific game from Nathan McCarthy who led the team with 13 points and was chosen the BIG MAC player of the game. Taylor Black finished with 12 points, while Rohan Boney added 11 on a perfect 5 for 5 shooting effort. Scrubb's 44 got him player of the game honours for Carleton, which also got 11 points from Thomas Scrubb.

Source: McMaster Sports Info

Queen’s 76 @ Laurier 96

WATERLOO, Ont. (November 15, 2013) - Max Allin of Chatham, Ont., had 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men's basketball team to a 96-76 win over the Queen's Gaels on Friday night at the Athletic Complex.
Allin, ranked fifth in the conference in scoring and sixth in rebounding, continued his strong start to the season as he finished the game 9-for-19 from the floor while connecting on all seven of his free throw attempts.
Fellow guard Will Coulthard of Oakville, Ont., also reached the 20-point plateau, finishing the game with 20 points to go along with two assists.
Jamar Forde of Mississauga, Ont., and Jack Simmons of Cambridge, Ont., each chipped in with 16 points respectively.
Nikola Misljencevic of Ottawa, led the Gaels with 18 points while Sukhpreet Singh of Toronto, had a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds.
After a tightly-contested first quarter, the Hawks began pulling away from the Gaels in the second thanks to a strong defensive effort which limited Queen's to just nine points.
Leading by 11 heading into the second half, Laurier never allowed the Gaels to get themselves back in the contest as they improved to 3-2 to start the season. With the loss, Queen's fell to 3-2 on the year.
The Hawks victory also moves them into a tie for top spot in the OUA West division with the McMaster Marauders who lost to the Carleton Ravens on Friday night.

Source: Laurier Sports Info

Saturday, November 16

York 90 @ Laurier 83

WATERLOO, Ont. (November 16, 2013) - Despite a strong fourth quarter performance, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men's basketball team could not overcome the York Lions on Saturday afternoon as they lost 90-83 at the Athletic Complex.
After trailing by 13 after three quarters of play, Laurier whittled down the York lead to just one inside the final two minutes. However, the Hawks could not find a way to jump in front of the Lions as York made their free throws down the stretch to improve to 4-2 on the season. With the loss, Laurier falls to 3-3.
Five York players finished the game in double figures led by Richard Iheadindu of Brampton, Ont., who had 20 points in the contest. Two Lions also recorded double-doubles including Nick Tufegdzich of Tecumseh, Ont., who had 16 points and an impressive 20 rebounds.
Max Allin of Chatham, Ont., and Jamar Forde of Mississauga, Ont., recorded double-doubles for Laurier in a losing effort as Allin finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds while Forde had 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Rookie Owen Coulthard of Oakville, Ont., posted a season-best 18 points coming off the bench in his best game as a Golden Hawk.
One of the keys to victory for the Lions was their rebounding proficiency as York out-rebounded the Hawks 56 to 43 in the game. The Lions also were more efficient from the field connecting on 38.9 percent of their shots compared to just 35.4 percent for Laurier.
Source: Laurier Sports Info

Lakehead 68 @ Laurentian 91

The Laurentian Men’s Basketball team showed the Lakehead Thunderwolves exactly why they’re ranked #10 in the CIS standings with a 91-68 win Saturday night, as they remain undefeated on the season and have a 6-0 record. 
Laurentian started out strong with Alex Ratte starting the scoring and sinking a quick 3 pointer 32 seconds into the game. The Voyageurs ended the first quarter with an 18-14 advantage over Lakehead. Voyageurs’ Nelson Yengue had a highlight reel dunk during the second quarter over 7’1 Lakehead forward Andrew McCarthy, as Laurentian extended their lead to 41-29 at the half. Thunderwolves’ Dwayne Harvey led all players with 15 points by half time, with Ratte second in points and leading the Voyageurs with 12. 
Laurentian didn’t show any signs of slowing down during the second half of the game, and Lakehead took a timeout less than a minute into the third hoping to regroup. Laurentian didn’t miss a beat though and scored 27 points, keeping the game in their hands with a score of 68-51 going into the final quarter.  Laurentian continued their pace until the very end of the game, and defeated Lakehead 91-68, extending their winning streak to 6 games.
As the final buzzer sounded, Ratte led both teams with 28 points, and put up 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Harvey led the Lakehead Thunderwolves with 26 points, 5 assists, 6 steals, and was second on his team with 5 rebounds. The final stats included Laurentian with a 34-28 rebound advantage, and Lakehead taking the advantage on free throws, sinking 19 of 21 (90.5%) over Laurentians 16 for 24 (66.7%).

Source: Laurentian Sports Info
Guelph 85 @ Algoma 71

The Algoma Thunderbirds took on the Guelph Gryphons at home in front of a crowd of almost 500 fans.  The Gryphons ran past the men's and women's Thunderbirds teams in Saturday evening's double header.

The Algoma Thunderbirds looked to continue their momentum after last night's big win over the CIS silver medalists, the Lakehead Thunderwolves. The men jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, but the Gryphons clawed their way back, leading 38-27 going into the third.  With the Thunderbirds only shooting 30.8% from the field, the Gryphons clung to their 10-point lead going into the final quarter, which they continued to widen.  The Thunderbirds suffered a tough loss at the hands of the Gryphons, 85-71, who are now 1-4 in the West, and the Thunderbirds stand at 3-3 in the East. Jack Beatty led the Gryphons with 25 points, while Reynaldo Carnakie had 17 for the Thunderbirds.

Source: Algoma Sports Info
Western 65 @ Ryerson 91

TORONTO – The No. 6 nationally ranked Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team opened the offensive floodgates on Saturday night with a dominant 91-65 victory over the Western Mustangs at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

Four players reached double-digits for the Rams including Jahmal Jones (Mississauga, Ont.) and Adika Peter-McNeilly (Scarborough, Ont.) with 15 points each and Jordon Gauthier (Windsor, Ont.) and JV Mukama (Hamilton, Ont.) with 12.

The Rams started hot from the floor, connecting for 10-of-15 field goals in the first quarter, including 5-of-8 from three point range, to open up a commanding 29-13 lead after ten minutes.

The offence continued to click in the second and the Rams’ defence limited the Mustangs to just nine quarter points to extend their lead to 52-22 at the halftime break.

With a comfortable lead the Rams were able to rest some of their key players and give the bench quality minutes.

“We didn’t want to play down to any other team’s level and coach Rana is always on us to be the best that we can be so we...wanted to play our game,” said Derrick Allahyarian, who came off the bench tonight, following the game.

Things got heated late in the third quarter as Ryerson’s Adam Voll (Kitchener, Ont.) was assessed an unsporting foul while Western’s Andrew Van Camp (Port Perry, Ont.) was whistled for two unsporting fouls on the same play, resulting in an ejection.

Peter Scholtes (London, Ont.) finished with a team-high 14 points while Greg Morrow (London, Ont.) had 12 in the Mustangs’ loss.

Source: Ryerson Sports Info
Windsor 90 @ Toronto 66

The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men's basketball team dropped a 90-66 decision to the No. 7 Windsor Lancers on Saturday night (Nov. 16) at the Athletic Centre Sports Gym.

With the loss, the Blues fall to 2-3 and remain in eighth in the East, while the Lancers improve to 3-3 and sit third in the West.

Fifth-year guard Alex Hill led all players with 25 points and moves into second on U of T's all-time career point leaders list, passing Kenny Hillborn's career total of 1167 points (2000-05). The Toronto native is just 90 points shy of breaking Dave West's record of 1269 points set in 1960-61, 62-25.

Hill was 12-for-14 from the free throw line and added six rebounds on the night. Dylan Churchill recorded 12 points, going 4-for-8 from beyond the arc, while Nicholas Burke and Matt Savel added eight points apiece in the loss.

Fifth-year forward Lien Phillip (St. Mark's, Grenada) led the Lancers with 24 points, six boards and four assists, while Enrico Diloreto had 18 points and Josh Collins added 13 in the win.

The Varsity Blues return to the court next Friday, November 22 as they head to Thunder Bay, Ont., to take on the Lakehead Thunderwolves. Game time is set for 8 p.m.

Source: Toronto Sports Info
Carleton 92 @ Brock 61

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Brock University men's basketball team (0-6 OUA West) fell to the hands of the No. 1 ranked Carleton Ravens (6-0 OUA East) by the score of 92-61 Saturday night at the Bob Davis Gymnasium.

The Ravens jumped out to an early 8-0 lead before Brock's offense answered back and trailed 17-14 halfway through the opening quarter.

Carleton would then put together a 14-2 run over the next four and a half minutes, leading 31-16 after one quarter. To open the second quarter, the Ravens went on a 13-0 run, extending their lead to 27 points and cruising to their sixth straight victory of the regular season.

Carleton had four players record double figures led by Connor Wood who led all scorers with 17 points including five three-pointers. The Scrubb brothers, Thomas (16 pts) and Philip (15 pts), combined for 31 points while Tyson Hinz contributed with 11 points and nine rebounds. 

The Badgers also had four players reach double digits led by senior Tshing Kasamba (St. Catharines, Ont.) who added 12 points and seven boards. Brandon John (Toronto, Ont.) added 11 points while Jeremy Angelini (Hamilton, Ont.) and senior C.J. Smith (Scarborough, Ont.) both chipped in with 10 points each in the loss.

The Ravens shot 46.0% (29-for- 63) from the field including 41.4% (12-for-29) from beyond the arc. They were also 22-for-30 (73.3%) from the charity stripe. Brock was 18-for-56 (32.1%) from the floor and 8-for-26 (30.8%) from long range. They struggled as a team from the free throw line going just 17-for-30 (56.7%). Carleton won the battle on the glass outrebounding Brock by a 43-25 margin.

Source: Brock Sports Info

Ottawa 100 @ McMaster 85

It had the intensity of a playoff game but the Ottawa Gee-Gees used a fourth quarter explosion and a huge game from John Berhanemeskel to defeat the McMaster men's basketball team 100-85.

The loss was the second straight for the Marauders and drops their OUA record to 3 and 3.

McMaster held the lead after one quarter 29-23 but behind some sharp-shooting from Berhanemeskel and the Gee-Gees, Ottawa was able to take the lead at intermission by the score of 50-48.

The third quarter saw the teams play pretty even and Ottawa was ahead by three points at 70-67 heading to the final stanza.

The fourth quarter was not kind to the Marauders as several breakdowns in transition defense allowed Ottawa to score some easy baskets. Then Berhanemeskel started to heat up and like the previous night, the Marauders had no answer and Ottawa coasted to the win by scoring 30 points in the quarter to McMaster's 18.

The Marauders did themselves no favours by only making 13 of 25 free throw attempts for the game and committing several costly turnovers at key moments.

Berhanemeskel finished with 38, including 20 in the second half and was Ottawa's player of the game. McMaster was paced by Taylor Black who scored 17 to take player of the game for the Maroon.

Source: McMaster Sports Info

Queen’s 61 @ Waterloo 57

The Waterloo men's basketball team did all they could to provide the large think pink crowd with a win on Saturday night but fell just short to the Queen's Gaels.  Queen's outscored Waterloo 17-11 in the final quarter and that was the difference as the visitors bested the black and gold 61-57 for their fourth win of the season.  The Warriors remain winless at 0-5 on the young season.

Queen's shot 36.1% from the field compared to Waterloo's 34.9 but the difference would be Queen's three point shooting as they hit seven from beyond the arc while Waterloo was a lowly 3-for-24 from three point territory.  Waterloo also struggled on the boards for a second straight net with Queen's out rebounding the home side 50 to 23.

Greg Faulkner led all scorers with 18 points going 7-for-18 from the field knocking down three 3-pointers.  Sukhpreet Singh chipped in with 14 points while Nikola Misljencevic had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

For the Warriors Matt Glibota (Sault Ste Marie) had his best game as a Warrior posting 17 points and eight rebounds.  Jaspreet Gill (Oliver) and Mike Helsby (Waterloo) also chipped in on the offence with 10 points each.

The highlight of the contest came at halftime when 22 brave Warriors shaved or cut their head for the Think Pink campaign to help raise money and donate their hair for various causes.  Thank you to all who helped make this possible.

Source: Waterloo Sports Info

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