AROUND OUA: No. 4 ranked flip the script on Golden Hawks 91-67

AROUND OUA: No. 4 ranked flip the script on Golden Hawks 91-67

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Brock 91 @ Laurier 67

McMaster 93 @ Waterloo 66

York 69 @ Ryerson 104

No. 4 ranked flip the script on Golden Hawks 91-67

WATERLOO, ON - The No. 4 ranked Brock University men's basketball team recorded their 20th win of the season as they defeated the Laurier Golden Hawks by the score of 91-67 on the road Wednesday night.

The Badgers led 23-17 after one quarter. Midway through the second quarter, Brock held a two-point lead before going on a 14-5 run to end the opening half  leading 43-32 after 20 minutes.

Early in the third, Brock extended their lead to 50-34, and held onto an 18-point lead at the end of three quarters. 

In the final stanza, the Badgers offense continued to roll as they went up by as many as 28 points, 86-58, with just under four minutes left in regulation. 

Brock had three players in double digits led by Dani Elgadi (Waterloo, ON) who recorded 27 points and 16 rebounds for the double-double. Elgadi also surpassed Kevin Moore (1396) for 19th all-time in Brock career scoring with 1398 pts. He now closes in on Mike Kemp (1400), Terry Rigg (1403) and Brian Bleich (1413).

Johneil Simpson (Toronto, ON) collected 14 points and eight rebounds while Matt Marshall (Burlington, ON) added 12 points and 10 boards for the double-double.

The leading scorers for Laurier were Matt Chesson and Will Coulthard who added 21 and 11 points respectively.

The Badgers shot 47.9% from the field going 35-for-73. They were also 5-for-16 (31.3%) from beyond the arc and 16-for-23 (69.6%) from the charity stripe. Laurier went 23-for-64 (35.9%) from the field, 6-for-18 (33.3%) from long range and 15-for-32 (46.9%) from the free throw line.

Brock returns to action on Saturday when they take on the Waterloo Warriors on the road.

Source: Brock Badgers

Marauders start new year off with big win over Waterloo

The New Year started off on the right note for the McMaster men's basketball team as it went to Waterloo on Wednesday night and defeated the Warriors 93-66.

The presence of former Marauder coach Justin Gunter on the Warrior bench made for an interesting side-note as it was his first time playing the school where he spent 12 years as a player and coach.

The Marauders used several long scoring runs to build up a first-half lead and made it tough for Waterloo to come from behind. Tied 8-8 in the opening quarter, McMaster finished the quarter strong to lead 23-14 after 10 minutes.

The second quarter saw McMaster start out on a 15-2 run to open a 38-16 advantage, and forcing Gunter to call a timeout. The Marauders used the long ball to gap the Warriors during the second stanza, hitting five from beyond the arc, including a rare 4-point play by Lazar Kojovic. But credit Waterloo for refusing to quit and the Warriors ended the quarter strongly to get back within 14 at 48-34 by halftime.

McMaster opened the third quarter by outscoring the Warriors 9-2 to get the lead back over 20. Waterloo got some solid play from Ben Davis to stop the run but could not cut into the maroon margin and trailed 72-50 after the third quarter.

Having a comfortable lead allowed Mac Coach Amos Connolly to substitute liberally and keep his players fresh as he got solid production from the bench.

The fourth quarter saw McMaster open the lead up to almost 30 and the Warriors showed the fatigue of playing from behind for almost the entire contest, resulting in the final 27-point victory.

Connolly was pleased with the team's effort, especially coming off a seven-week layoff. "Waterloo is a tough environment and to hold them in the 60's indicates we played good defense," said Connolly post-game. "I was happy with our pace of play and we'll take this one as Coach Gunter is doing a fantastic job and it won't be long before this place is a very difficult OUA stop."

The Marauders used their usual balanced attack as six players scored in double figures. Top shooter was Leon Alexander with 17, while his fellow starters Trevon McNeil (14), Troy Joseph (12) and Connor Gilmore (10) also hit double-digits. Off the bench David McCulloch with 11 and Lazar Kojovic with 10 had solid games. For Waterloo Ben Davis and Jon Ravenhorst each scored 14.

Improving to 6 and 2 in the OUA Central, the Marauders will travel back to Waterloo on Saturday for game at Wilfrid Laurier with a 3-pm start.

Source: McMaster Marauders

Rams beat Lions on night of milestones at Mattamy

TORONTO – Aaron Best moved into 7th place on the Rams all-time scoring list scoring 16 points and grabbing eight rebounds while leading the Rams to a 104-69 win against the York Lions on Wednesday night.

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"Honestly, I'm not even thinking about it. I just wanted to win the game. If it happened it happened. And it did, so I can be happy about it," said Best on the scoring record.

It was also Best's first game back in the starting lineup this season, as he returned from injury just before the winter break contributing in a bench role. Best was in fine form from the opening tip, and showed no signs of weakness in his performance.

The Rams came into this game under 24 hours removed from a 73-57-exhibition loss against Harvard in Boston last night. The team had a 5:00 a.m. flight back to Toronto this morning, but showed no signs of fatigue playing their most complete game of the year.

"Last night was a good test for us because we haven't played in so long, it's been about seven weeks. We needed to get back to it and get some reps against someone else in an official game so it definitely prepared us for tonight," said Best on playing the back-to-back coming into tonight's affair. 

After a slow start offensively, Adika Peter-McNeilly righted the ship with a layup followed by two threes and a free throw to give him nine points in the quarter and give the Rams a 22-17 lead heading into the second frame. Peter-McNeilly finished with 22 points, five rebounds and three assists.

The Rams then hit their stride, dominating the 2nd and 3rd quarters on a 59-32 run, thanks in large part to a full court press instituted by coach Patrick Tatham.

In the fourth quarter with the game well in hand, following a poster of a dunk from Adam Voll on reserve York centre Jon Dulmage, Tatham emptied the bench and 12th man Jupvir Atwal had his chance to shine.

Atwal is the hardest working man on the roster, as each and everyday he is the first one in the gym and the last one out working on his shooting stroke and tonight he was finally rewarded for all of his efforts, scoring his first OUA points.

"It felt good man, it felt good. All the hard work I've been putting in (in) the gym and with my teammates, it felt good," said Atwal on how he felt watching the ball go through the rim. "I'm definitely just going to keep working, and do whatever the coaches need me to do down the stretch this year."

The win moved the Rams to 5-1 on the OUA season and sets up a showdown on Saturday for the east division lead with the Queen's Gaels (6-1) on Saturday night. Game time is set for 8:00 p.m. and will be available on OUA.tv

Source: Ryerson Rams