MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: No. 1 Carleton downs No. 2 Ottawa in east division battle

MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: No. 1 Carleton downs No. 2 Ottawa in east division battle
Wednesday, November 27

Guelph 64 @ McMaster 89

It is said basketball is a game of runs, and the McMaster men's basketball team used more frequent and longer runs to defeat the visiting Guelph Gryphons 89-64 in OUA action on Wednesday night.

Early on it looked like Guelph's Zack Angus would be the next player to set a career high in the Burridge Gym as he drained two treys and a regular hoop to account for all the Gryphon scoring as the teams were tied 8-8 early. McMaster then went on a 10-2 run to lead 18-10, but before the opening quarter had ended Guelph had tied the game at 18-18 and it was only a Nate Pelech three-pointer at the buzzer that allowed Mac to hold a 21-18 lead.

McMaster opened the second quarter by scoring the first five baskets to boost the lead to 13. Guelph's top scoring threat Angus picked up his second personal foul and had to spend time on the Gryphon bench in the quarter. The Marauders maintained the advantage and held a 40-28 lead at halftime.

The third quarter saw McMaster go on its most damaging run of the game as it outscored the Gryphons 20-5 to start the period and took the game's biggest lead at 60-33. Guelph was able to trim the deficit before the end of the period, but still trailed 62-42 heading to the final quarter.

Behind some sweet shooting from Angus and Michel Clark, Guelph tried to make a run of its own in the fourth but could not get closer than 19 points. Another run by the Maroon pushed the score up to 76-50 midway through the fourth quarter and the teams cleared their benches as the clock ran down to a final 89-64 McMaster victory.

McMaster got 16 points from Taylor Black, 12 from Nathan McCarthy, and 11 from Trevon McNeil on what was a very balanced scoresheet. McCarthy nabbed BIG MAC player of the game honours as he grabbed 12 rebounds to register a double-double and added three blocks. Zack Angus scored a game high 17 for Guelph, and was the Gryphon player of the game.

Source: McMaster Sports Info

Brock 88 @ Western 78

LONDON, Ont. - A team-high 26 points from Dani Elgadi helped the Brock Badgers defeat the Western Mustangs men's basketball team 88-78 on Wednesday night at Alumni Hall.

Wednesday's victory is the first of the season for Brock and they now hold a 1-8 record, while the Mustangs fall to 2-7 on the year.

The Mustangs started out hot, opening the game with a 17-5 run over the first five minutes of the contest that included seven points from starter Quinn Henderson. Despite falling behind early the Badgers began to claw their way back, outscoring the Mustangs for the remainder of the quarter to cut Western's lead to 24-18 after one.

In the second quarter Brock's superior shooting percentage, they'd finish the first half outshooting Western 48% to 26%, began to take over, slowly chipping away at the Mustangs lead and taking control in the final minute, closing out the half with a 36-35 lead.

The Badgers started out the second half on a 6-2 scoring run but Eric McDonald and Greg Morrow helped the Mustangs keep pace, scoring six points each to make it a 60-58 lead for Brock after 30 minutes.

Morrow only improved in the final quarter, scoring 14 of Western's 20 points in the frame, however Elgadi countered with 15 points for the Badgers, giving Brock an 88-78 victory.

Leading the way for the Mustangs offence was Greg Morrow who was the team's leading scorer for the third consecutive game, scoring 27 points. Forward Peter Scholtes (17 points) and McDonald (16 points) rounded out the top three scorers for Western. Elgadi led all Brock scorers with 26, while CJ Smith (21 points), Tshing Kasamba (15 points) and Brandon John (15 points) were all in double digits as well.

Source: Western Sports Info

Laurier 94 @ Waterloo 80

The Warriors stuck with a talented Laurier Golden Hawks squad for 30 minutes but faltered in the final quarter as the visitors outscored the black and gold 24-14 in the fourth quarter to take the battle of Waterloo 94-80. 

Waterloo had no answer for rookie forward Jack Simmons who had 28 points in the win going an impressive 13-of-17 from the field while also adding eight rebounds. 
Other Hawks chipping in on the night were Patrick Donnelly of Oakville, Ont., who had a season-high 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds, while Jamar Forde of Mississauga, Ont., had 17 points and six rebounds.
Mike Helsby (Waterloo) led the Warriors offensive attack with 21 points. Teammate Matt Glibota (Sault Ste Marie) of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., posted the games only other double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.  Wayne Bridge (North York/Eastern Commerce) also put together a strong game with 18 points in the loss.
In what was a tightly-contested affair throughout the contest, both teams shot the ball extremely well. The Hawks posted a field goal percentage of 46.9 percent while the Warriors finished at 45.9 percent. However, the difference in the game proved to be Laurier's ability to rebound the basketball and create second chances to score. In total, the Hawks had 15 offensive rebounds, which led to 81 shot attempts and 38 field goals compared to just 61 shot attempts and 28 field goals for Waterloo.

Source: Waterloo Sports Info

Friday, November 29

Ottawa 73 @ Carleton 94

This one was definitely worth the price of admission, that is, if you were fortunate enough to get a ticket.

The Carleton Ravens and Ottawa Gee-Gees, the top two teams in men’s CIS basketball met up on Friday night in a first place showdown.

Both team’s sported identical 8-0 records and neither wanted to give an inch.
The cross town rivals came to play and had the sold-out crowd at the Ravens’ Nest on their feet on several occasions as Carleton runs their record to (9-0) courtesy of a solid 94-73 victory.

The Gee-Gees suffered their first loss of the season and fall to (8-1).

Carleton’s big boys came out to play with Tyson Hinz (Ottawa, ON) leading the way with 32 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Hinz finished the night shooting 11of 18 field goals, 6 of 9 three pointers and 4-4 from the free throw line.

“The guys were excited to play Ottawa and it definitely showed in the final score,“ said Hinz.

“We play every game the same way but there’s no hiding that when we lineup against the Gee-Gees it brings out the best in our play.”

Thomas Scrubb (Richmond, B.C.) chipped in with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.

Clinton Springer-Williams had an impressive night as well with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 1 steal.

“I thought we (Carleton) played our best game of the semester,” said Dave Smart, Ravens head coach. “I liked our intensity against Ottawa and have to make sure we keep it at that level in the second semester.”

Source: Carleton Sports Info

Queen’s 73 @ York 55

The York University Lions men's basketball team dropped a tough battle Friday (Nov. 29), falling 73-55 to the Queen's Gaels on home court at the Tait McKenzie Centre.
Greg Faulkner (Kingston, Ont.) was on point throughout for Queen's, accumulating 21 points, seven rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block. Ryan Ejim (Brampton, Ont.) led the Lions with 15 points, eight rebounds three assists and two steals.
York looked strong to open the game, draining a quick three-point shot and jumping out to a 5-0 advantage. But a costly foul shifted momentum in the Gaels' direction, as they responded with a six-point run to snatch the lead. Trying to respond, the Lions instead looked careless with the ball and coughed up multiple untimely turnovers in the opposition's key. The first quarter would end with Queen's ahead 16-11.
It was the Gaels that opened the second quarter with a three-pointer, sprinting to a 21-11 advantage before York drained a basket. Chris Oppong (Toronto) entered the game immediately had a beautiful play, dribbling past a defender with an ankle-breaking move in the Queen's zone and dishing to Matthew Ziobrowski (Thornhill, Ont.) for the easy basket.
The spark ignited the crowd, and saw the Lions bring the score within two baskets, 25-21.
With two minutes remaining before half, York's Phillip Cunningham-Gillen (Hamilton, Ont.) drained a three pointer, evening the score for the first time as the Lions seemed to recapture some of the momentum back from the Gaels. But a couple of quick Queen's baskets had the Gaels in the lead once again, 34-30, going into halftime.
Another Queen's three-pointer signalled the beginning of the second half, as the team's perimeter shooting kept the Lions playing from behind.
With the Gaels clinging to a 42-37 tally, the two squads traded blocks back and forth as the defensive play of the game caused tensions to run high. Nick Tufegdzich (Tecumseh, Ont.) led that play for the Lions, accumulating three blocks and 12 rebounds while adding two of his 12 points in the game before time expired to make it 51-43 heading into the fourth.
The teams traded baskets in the early-going of the final frame, with Queen's retaining an eight point lead by the halfway point of the quarter. Faulkner continued to convert from the field, making it difficult for the Lions to gain any new ground, and deflating the energized crowd. Ultimately, York would slow down during the final stretch, and Queen's extended their lead to the eventual 18-point win.
The Lions won't return to action until the new year and will retake the court in Kingston, Ont., on Saturday, Jan. 4 to once again face the Queen's Gaels at 8pm.

Source: York Sports Info

Algoma 41 @ Laurentian 76

After a pair of tough losses last weekend, the Laurentian Men’s basketball team rebounded nicely against Algoma, defeating the Thunderbirds 76-41 and ending their two game losing streak Friday night.
The Voyageurs came out strong in the first quarter outscoring the Thunderbirds 18-6. The second quarter was no better for the Thunderbirds as Laurentian got another 18 points to Algoma’s 13, putting the score 36-19 at half in favour of Laurentian. 
Laurentian didn’t let up in the second half, scoring another 21 points in the third quarter to the Thunderbirds 9, increasing their lead to 23 points, and ending the third quarter with a 51-28 advantage. In the final quarter, Laurentian kept up their fast pace game, extending the lead by 6 points, as they outscored Algoma 19-13. The final score ended in Laurentian’s favour, with a 76-41 win. 
Alex Ratte led both teams with 19 points and 4 assists, as he increases his point total to 240 points in 9 games and continues to lead the OUA. Ratte also added 7 rebounds and 1 steal to his stats. Laurentian ended the game with 40 rebounds, 10 steals, 1 block, and 18 turnovers. Algoma’s Jimmy Belenga was second in points on the night with 15, and Michael Ranger led Algoma with 9 rebounds as the Thunderbirds finished with 34 rebounds, 13 steals, 4 blocks, and 26 turnovers.

Source: Laurentian Sports Info

Lakehead 71 @ Windsor 82

WINDSOR, Ont.- Josh Collins recorded a game-high 20 points, and the Windsor Lancers men's basketball team defeated the Lakehead Thunderwolves 82-71 on Friday night at the St. Denis Centre.

Enrico Diloreto added 16 points and nine rebounds, while Lien Phillip tallied 15 points and 14 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season in helping the No. 8 Lancers (6-3) topple their bitter division rivals and hand Lakehead (2-7) their second-straight loss.

Henry Tan and Anthony McIntosh scored 19 and 18 points respectively in a losing cause for the Thunderwolves.

The teams traded points throughout the first minutes of the opening quarter. Rotimi Osuntola Jr. drained a three that gave the men a two-point lead, but the visitors responded with two of their own at the other end of the floor to draw even. Osuntola notched another corner three near the end of the opening stanza, and Diloreto dropped two free throws, giving the men a 19-17 lead after the first.

Diloreto started the second with a pretty finger-roll, and Collins followed that with a jumper from beyond the arc as the men went on a mini-run to take a seven point lead. Windsor quickly turned it into an explosive 14-2 streak to extend the spread into double-digits. Lakehead pulled within seven on a three-pointer by Jamar Coke, and the Lancers would eventually take a 38-33 lead into halftime.

Windsor shot just under 36% from the floor in the first half, while the Thunderwolves worked at a 44.1% efficiency. McIntosh led all players with 10 points in the opening half, while Collins and Diloreto tallied eight each for Windsor.

Osuntola capped another Lancer run to begin the second half with a long-ranger, forcing a timeout from the Thunderwolves who were looking to stem the Windsor momentum. After the visitors pulled within a few, Collins came up with another timely three. However, the Thunderwolves caught up and took over the lead in the final minute of the third. A clutch buzzer-beating three by Diloreto after a Thunderwolves fast-break lay-up cut the Lakehead lead to two heading into the final period.

The rivals traded baskets through the first few minutes of the fourth with Lakehead clinging to a one point lead. A jumper by Khalid Abdel-Gabar was followed by a fast-break lay-up by the Sheridan transfer, and the Lancers went ahead by three at the 5:55 mark. Abdel-Gabar and Diloreto then nailed back to back three's, and suddenly the home side held a nine-point advantage.

A couple of free throws by Phillip and another lay-up by Collins iced the contest minutes later, taking the wind out of Lakehead's sails. The Lancers shot 38.5% from the floor and outrebounded the Thunderwolves 45-40. The visitors worked at a 49.2% efficiency, but were held to just 12 points in the fourth quarter as Windsor's stingy, up-tempo defence helped preserve the win in the final 10 minutes. 

Source: Windsor Sports Info

Saturday, November 30

Laurier 82 @ Guelph 78

GUELPH, Ont. (November 30, 2013) - The Guelph Gryphon's men's basketball team were defeated by the visiting Laurier Golden Hawks 82-78 on Saturday afternoon at the W.F. Mitchell Centre.
Guelph's Colin Corrigan led all Gryphon's with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Zach Angus also chipped in with 15 points and four rebounds.
Laurier's Will Coulthard led all scorers with 22 points and 3 rebounds while Jack Simmons had 21 points and 8 rebounds.
The opening quarter saw both teams exchange back and forth baskets, with neither team getting a commanding lead over the other. Guelph seemed to struggle shooting the ball in the first, going 25% from the field. Guelph seemed to use its size on offense to generate points for the team. Laurier's Will Coulthard led all scorers in the quarter with eight points, while Colin Corrigan led the Gryphon's with four points. After the first Laurier led the Gryphon's 16-15.
Laurier took control of the game in the second quarter. Five straight points from Laurier's Jack Simmons increased their lead to seven. The Gryphons tried to chip away at the deficit but was unable to get a lead in the quarter. A three-pointer from Laurier with 3:57 left on the clock gave the Golden Hawks a 6-point advantage, forcing the Gryphon's to take a time out. Guelph improved their first half shooting percentage to 36% from the field, but still trailed 38-30 at the half.
Down eight to start the second half the Gryphon's were hoping for a big effort to take control of the game. Guelph drastically increased their shooting percentage in the third quarter, going 7-13 from the field. However, Guelph never seemed to be able to sustain their attack for any period of time. Any Guelph run was followed shortly be a Laurier response. Zach Angus and Colin Corrigan, each with six points in the quarter, led the Gryphon's. Guelph trailed Laurier 62-52 heading into the final quarter.
The Gryphons quickly notched back-to-back baskets to open the fourth, cutting the lead to six. After Laurier responded with a basket of their own Trevor Thompson was successful on an and-one play to cut the deficit to just five with eight minutes remaining in the contest. A long Colin Corrigan 2-pointer made it a three point contest with just over six minutes to play. Two hit free throws from Guelph's Jack Beatty tied the game at 68 with five and a half minutes to play. Following a good defensive stand from the Gryphon's Colin Corrigan sunk a basket to give Guelph the lead 70-68.  A short Laurier run gave them a 76-73 advantage with under two minutes to play. Despite their best efforts and a frantic attempt at the end, the Gryphon's fell short to the Golden Hawks, dropping the game 82-78.
Saturday marked Guelph's last game before the holiday break. Their next contest will be at home against the Western Mustangs on January 8, 2014.

Source: Guelph Sports Info

Waterloo 75 @ Brock 80

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Brock University men's basketball team (2-8 OUA West) defeated the Waterloo Warriors by the score of 80-75 Saturday afternoon at the Bob Davis Gymnasium.

Brock jumped out to a 14-2 lead in the opening four minutes and led 23-11 after one quarter. In the second quarter, Waterloo would go on a 15-4 in the final five minutes leading 38-35 at the half.

The Warriors would extend their lead to nine, 51-42, midway through the third quarter and held onto a 60-54 lead after 30 minutes. 

With six minutes left in regulation, the Badgers trailed 66-62, before going on an 11-0 run over the next four and a half minutes to take a 73-66 lead with 1:37 remaining. Brock knocked down five of seven free throws in the final minute to secure the victory.

Brock had all five starters in double figures led by freshman Dani Elgadi (Waterloo, Ont.) who recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double. Tshing Kasamba (St. Catharines, Ont.) contributed with 16 points and seven rebounds while Rashad Morley (Nassau) added 14 points and seven boards. Rounding out the Badgers leaders were CJ Smith (Scarborough, Ont.) who registered 13 points and six boards including three treys and Brandon John (Toronto, Ont.) who chipped in with 12 points.

Mike Helsby led the Warriors with a game-high 18 points. Jaspreet Gill and Wayne Bridge chipped in with 17 points each in the loss.

The Badgers next action will be after Christmas when they take part in Ryerson Invitational Tournament December 28-30th. Brock will play UQAM, Laval and Sheridan College at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

Source: Brock Sports Info

McMaster 79 @ Western 49

LONDON, Ont. – The Western Mustangs men's basketball team matched up against the McMaster Marauders Saturday evening at Alumni Hall in a 79-49 loss, leaving the team with a record of 2-8 heading into the second half of the 2013-14 regular season.

Mustangs head coach Brad Campbell was quick to point out that the Mustang did not have any luck getting the ball into the basket as they scored only 30% of their shots from the floor.

"Our biggest weakness this game was putting the ball in the basket. I mean, McMaster's defence is good, but we also had a lot of easy opportunities that we just didn't cash in on. We missed a bunch of open layups, three-pointers and shots, which put a lot of stress on our defence," said Campbell.

The Mustangs came out with a steady half-court offence in the first quarter, feeding the ball inside to Peter Scholtes who posted eight points, followed by Eric McDonald who added another six. By the second quarter, McMaster began to up the tempo of the game with a strong defensive strategy, scoring 42 points and holding the Mustangs to only 26 points.

McMaster continued their defensive pressure right into the third quarter, allowing Western to score only five points in the first eight minutes.  The Mustangs also had difficulty shooting against the defensive pressure of the Marauders scoring only 28%, while McMaster did not once give up the lead, outscoring Western 15-11 in the final frame resulting in a 79-49 loss for the Mustangs.

Rashayne Case and Quinn Henderson led the team in scoring with 10 points apiece, followed by Greg Morrow and Peter Scholtes who both scored nine points on the night.

Campbell will be looking forward to the holiday break as the Mustangs will take time off to refresh and come out strong in the second half of the season.

"We get to regroup a little bit. We'll take next week off and just have some meetings and then start our December practice period after exams which will give us a chance to recharge the battery."

After the break the Mustangs will play a pair of exhibition contests against Rochester College on December 30 and 31 before resuming their regular season schedule against the Guelph Gryphons on Wednesday, January 8. Game time is set for 8:00 p.m. in Guelph.

Source: Western Sports Info

Toronto 69 @ Ryerson 90

TORONTO - The No. 5 Ryerson Rams won their seventh straight game with a 90-69 victory over their downtown rivals from the University of Toronto on Saturday afternoon.
The game was close through three quarters before the Rams pulled a way with a dominant fourth frame that saw the hometeam outscore the Blues 20-9. 

Adika Peter-McNeilly led the Rams with team-highs of 20 points and six rebounds. Aaron Best had 17 points and two highlight reel dunks, while Juwon Grannum added 12 points.

Alex Hill led Toronto with a game-high 35 points, while Matt Savel added 10 points for the Blues.

With the win, the Rams improve to 8-1 and sit tied for second place in the OUA East with the Ottawa Gee-Gees. The Blues drop to 2-6 and are in eigth spot in the East.

The Rams return to OUA action on January 5th for a rematch against the Varsity Blues. Ryerson will host the annual Ryerson University National Invitational Tournament December 28-30 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

Source: Ryerson Sports Info

Lakehead 80 @ Windsor 71

WINDSOR, Ont.- The Windsor Lancers men's basketball team had their four-game winning streak snapped on Saturday evening at the St. Denis Centre, falling 80-71 to the Lakehead Thunderwolves in the second consecutive match-up between the division rivals.

Josh Collins topped the CIS No. 8 ranked Lancers (6-4) with 19 points and six assists, and Lien Phillip notched 16 points and a game-best 13 rebounds. Enrico Diloreto added 15 points, while Henry Tan garnered a contest-high 25 for the visitors in helping Lakehead (3-7) end a two-game slide.

The Thunderwolves jumped out to an early lead midway through the first, as Tan nailed a three and ensuing fast-break lay-up to put Lakehead up 15-7. The Thunderwolves were able to extent the lead to 13 by the end of the first, as they shot over 60% from the floor in the opening ten minutes.

The visitors then started the second on an 11-3 run to quickly spread the lead to 22. However, Phillip dropped eight points through the first 15 minutes to help Windsor keep pace, and Diloreto tried to stem the Thunderwolves momentum with two straight lay-ups. Coming out of a timeout, the London, Ont. native forced a Lakehead turnover and laid the ball off to Collins for another Windsor bucket, as the home side went on an 8-0 run.

Collins then picked up a lay-up driving to the basket, converting on the ensuing free throw, and a three-pointer from Diloreto cut the Thunderwolves advantage to 11. The Lancers used a strong final few minutes of the second to pull within 14 going into the locker rooms.

Tan led the first half with 13 points, while Diloreto grabbed nine to top the Lancers. Lakehead shot 53% through two quarters of play, while Windsor was 32% in the first half.

Evan Matthews attempted to keep the Windsor tide moving to begin the second half, using some nice work in the low post to rack up six points underneath the basket. A running lay-in from Collins brought the men within 11, and a big three by the Toronto native cut the deficit back to single-digits. But the men faced a 12-point hill to climb after three quarters of play after Lakehead was able to retain some of those points in the latter stages of the third.

Diloreto nailed a jumper to begin the fourth, and a lay-in from Phillip kept the men within striking distance. However, Tan got hot once again, dropping three jumpers from beyond the arc in the middle portion of the final quarter, and Lakehead regained a double-digit advantage going into the final minutes of the contest. Windsor's comeback bid would fall short, as they lost their first match on home court this season.

Windsor finished the game shooting 37.5% from the floor, while Lakehead shot 50% from the field. Windsor out-rebounded Lakehead 44-36, and both teams turned the ball over on 18 occasions.  

Source: Windsor Sports Info

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