Gryphons fall just short against Ravens, 75-74
GUELPH, Ont. – The Carleton Ravens survived a late scare
to edge the Guelph Gryphon men’s basketball team 75-74 in
Guelph’s season opener on Friday night (Nov. 6) at the W.F.
Mitchell Athletic Centre.
Kyle Smednziuk chose a great time to have an impact on the game. With 11 seconds left in the game, Smednziuk calmly sank two free-throws, his only points in the game, to give Carleton a one point lead. On the ensuing possession, Guelph had a chance to win the game, but without any timeouts were unable to set up their offence and simply ran out of time.
Elliot Thompson and Kevin McCleary both had 18 points to lead Carleton. Tyson Hinz chipped in 14 points off the bench.
Guelph was led by Michael Petrella’s (Brantford, Ont.) double-double, scoring 22 points and dishing out 10 assists. Jay Mott (Burlington, Ont.) added 19 points, 15 of them from three-point range, while Drew Morris (Guelph, Ont.) had an impressive game off the bench with 11 points and a number of big play buckets.
The Gryphons were within seconds of pulling off a monumental upset over the top team in the country, but were undone by missed free-throws and costly turnovers. Carleton also shot an impressive 52% for the game.
The opening quarter ended with both teams tied at 18 points apiece. The Gryphons were able to get to the free-throw line early, allowing them to stay close with Canada’s number one ranked team. The second quarter belonged to the Ravens, as they outscored Guelph by eight points to take a 38-30 lead at halftime.
The second half belonged to the Gryphons, who were never further than eight points behind the Ravens. The third quarter proved to be their undoing however, as they shot a disappointing 1-7 from the free-throw line.
The fourth quarter provided the fans with plenty of entertainment. Guelph brought the score within one off Morris’ three-pointer with 5:40 left in the game and at the five minute mark the Gryphons took the lead off a Petrella layup. Mott had a number of late game heroics, hitting a huge three to bring the Gryphons within one once again with two minutes left before going to the bench with an injury.
Adrain Achonwa (Guelph, Ont.) was able to tie the game with 1:20 left in the game off a fast-break layup, and with 25 seconds left in the game Petrella again hit a midrange jumper to put the Gryphons up 74-72.
After the Ravens hit one of two free throws, a costly Guelph turnover and later foul put Smednziuk at the line with 11 seconds left in the game. He made both to win the game.
The Guelph defence was strong once again, proving to be the key to the Gryphons season early on. Carleton had 19 turnovers in the game, compared to Guelph’s 10. The team was without Dan
McCarthy and Jonathan Moscatelli.
The Gryphons will look to avenge their opening loss when they take on the Ottawa Gee Gee’s Saturday night at 8pm at the Mitchell Centre. The game will be webcast LIVE at www.ssncanada.ca
Media Relations & Communications Officer
University of Guelph, Department of Athletics