CIS men's basketball Saturday roundup: Marauders stun No. 5 Hawks on home court
Photo credit Rick Zazulak
THUNDER BAY, ON - The men's basketball team finished off a weekend sweep of the Waterloo Warriors on Saturday evening, winning 84-72.
Waterloo hung tough from beginning to end, refusing to give an inch to the OUA champs in their own house. Lakehead held a 40-27 advantage at halftime, and would keep pace with the Warriors' best efforts to close the gap in the second half, thanks to some solid shooting by Ryan Thomson and a solid showing at the free throw line as a team (19-22, 86%). Waterloo made the most of its trips to the charity stripe as well, going 16-for-19, 84% (Andrew Melbourne 9-for-9).
Ryan Thomson led the 'Wolves with 25 points (4-of-9 from three), 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Venzal Russell had 20 (2-of-3 from deep), 9 rebounds and 3 steals. Greg Carter had 8 points and 9 assists.
Waterloo's leading scorer was Mike Wright with a game-high 26 points to go with 6 rebounds and 4 assists, and Andrew Melbourne finished with 14 points.
Coach Scott Morrison:
"While we are always happy to get two wins, I was not overly happy with our efforts this weekend. Yesterday our bench was locked in and our starters lackadaisical. Tonight I felt the opposite. This week our focus is on sharpening our team D and being ready to play each day. Waterloo has some tough young guards that are going to give people problems over the next few years including [Mike] Wright, who was very good this weekend."
The basketball teams will head to St Catharines next weekend for a series versus Brock.
OUA Standings note:
Lakehead got some help from McMaster earlier in the day, as they defeated the Laurier Golden Hawks, who had been to that point tied with Lakehead for 1st place in the OUA West, with Lakehead holding the tie breaker. With a record of 16-2, the T-Wolves have four regular season games remaining (vs Brock and Guelph).
Source: Lakehead Sports Info
WATERLOO, Ont. - For just the third time this season, the No. 5 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (15-3) were on the wrong side of the scoreline as they were shocked by the McMaster Marauders (13-5) 92-82 on Saturday afternoon.
After a strong opening half from the Hawks which saw them take a 43-35 lead thanks to 16 points each from Kale Harrison of Stratford, Ont., and Maxwell Allin of Chatham, Ont., Laurier went cold from both the floor and the free throw line in the third quarter and the Marauders took advantage. McMaster dropped 28 points in the frame, highlighted by some strong play from Adam Presutti of Oakville, Ont.
The Hawks would try to rally in the fourth but could not cut into McMaster's lead as they dropped their second game of the season on home court.
Presutti led McMaster in the game with 26 points while Victor Raso of Hamilton, chipped in with 19.
As for Laurier, Harrison finished as their leading scorer as he dropped a game high 27 points to go along with eight rebounds. Allin also cracked the 20 point barrier, finishing with a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds.
While both teams posted similar numbers across the board, one telling statistic from the game was bench scoring as the Marauders outscored Laurier 37-13.
The Hawks will look to rebound at home on Wednesday night when they host the Guelph Gryphons. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Source: Laurier Sports Info
GUELPH, Ont. - This season’s Gryphon squad has shown the ability to mount a comeback, and Saturday afternoon was no different as the Gryphon’s came back from as much as 15 points down to close within four, ultimately falling short 78-72 at the W.F. Mitchell Centre.
Guelph’s Dan McCarthy led all scorers with 25 points, while Kareem Malcolm added 19 for the Gryphon’s.
Windsor had five players score in double figures, with Jahmal McQueen leading the way with 16 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Evan Matthews and Enrico Diloreto each added 15 points, while Josh Collins and Lien Phillip added 14 and 11 points respectively. Windsor utilized their superior size to attack the basket, and shot an impressive 53% from the field.
Windsor opened the game with a 12-3 run, taking advantage of their size to bully the Gryphon’s down low and force Guelph into tough shot attempts. McCarthy was the only Gryphon able to create his own shot, scoring 10 of the Gryphon’s 15 first quarter points. Guelph trailed 17-15 after one after closing out the quarter on a 13-5 run.
Both teams continued trading baskets in the second quarter, with Guelph’s Zach Angus getting in on the action and scoring five in the quarter. Windsor’s McQueen was instrumental in extending the Lancers lead to 32-27 at the half by pouring in seven points to finish with 12 at the half.
Windsor held a strong advantage in shooting percentage, hitting 56% compared to 28% by Guelph, yet Guelph was able to hold tough by knocking down 12 of 14 free-throw attempts.
The Lancers continued to add to their lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Gryphons 27-20 in the quarter. Diloreto and Collins paced the Lancers with eight and seven each in the quarter, while Guelph’s McCarthy and Malcolm responded with five and seven points, respectively. Guelph trailed 59-47 heading into the fourth.
In the fourth, Guelph was able to cut into the Lancers lead by attacking the basket and getting Windsor into foul trouble. Guelph cut a 15 point fourth quarter deficit to just six points with 2 minutes left, and once Diloreto fouled out for Windsor, Malcolm’s layup cut the lead to four with just over a minute left. Unfortunately, that was as close as the Gryphon’s would get, as the length of the Windsor defenders was too much to overcome down the stretch.
The Gryphon’s will hope to have better luck when they hit the road to take on the Laurier Golden Hawks Wednesday, February 8th. Tipoff is scheduled for 8pm.
Source: Guelph Sports Info
KINGSTON, Ont. - A game-high 18 from Ottawa's Nikola Misljencevic led the Gaels (2-16) to their second straight win of the season over the Royal Military College Paladins (0-16) this Saturday evening in Kingston. The final score of the game was 72-41.
The Gaels started hot on their first at home victory of the season. They came out energized, scoring 19 points and holding the Paladins to only 4 points in the first quarter.
Queen's carried their energy throughout the game, scoring 15 or more in each quarter. Their defense stayed strong throughout.
The Paladins were held to 41 points on 26% shooting. The Gaels also controlled the glass on both ends of the court, snagging 49 boards, including 10 from Mackenzie Simpson of Ottawa. Simpson also added 10 points for the double double.
The Gaels look to continue their success next weekend, as the host the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees at the Arc next Friday night. Tipoff is set for 8:00pm.
Source: Queen's Sports Info
Jamelle Barrett and Peter Lomuro combined for 44 points to lead the Saskatchewan Huskies to a 95-74 victory over the Winnipeg Wesmen Saturday evening in Winnipeg.
Barrett finished the game with 25 points, including a trio of three pointers to along with six assists. Lomuro added 19 points, with three-three pointers.
The victory improves the no. 4 ranked Huskies record to 13-4. Winnipeg with the loss falls to 4-14.
Michael Lieffers also had a strong game for the Huskies scoring 12 points and grabbing a game high 13 rebounds.
Mark McNee led the Wesmen with 24 points and eight rebounds. James Horaska finished with 13. Andrew Cunningham added 10 points and seven assists.
The game started out a close affair with the Huskies leading 25-20 after the opening quarter. Winnipeg stayed within striking distance of the Huskies in the early stages of the second quarter until a three-pointer by Lomuro extended the Huskie lead to 37-26, their largest lead to that point. Winnipeg fought back later on, scoring six straight points to cut the deficit to 40-35 with 2:23 left in the opening half. Jamelle Barrett scored two baskets in the final 1:35 to send the Huskies into the halftime break leading 44-38.
In the third quarter Barrett nailed a pair of three-pointers to extend the Huskie lead to double digits. A three-pointer by Benny Iko cut the deficit to 58-49 with 2:25 left but Winnipeg trailed 63-53 after thirty minutes. In the fourth quarter Saskatchewan carried the play for the opening five minutes when Winnipeg made a charge. A three point play by James Horaska brought Winnipeg to within six points, 75-69 but Barrett hit three-free throws and converted a three point play down the stretch to put the game out of reach.
The Huskies will entertain Manitoba next weekend. Winnipeg will close out the regular season in Calgary against the Dinos.
Source: Winnipeg Sports Info
|Thompson Rivers||92||Trinity Western||97||Final||Box Score|
LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western men’s basketball won its eighth game in its last nine outings as they completed a weekend sweep of Thompson Rivers with a 97-92 win Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.
The Spartans opened a four-point lead after the first quarter, then a seven-point lead at halftime and then never allowed Thompson Rivers to get any closer than four points down the stretch. Despite Thompson Rivers’ Justin King getting 29 points and Chas Kok adding 28, it was the depth of the Spartans – five players hit double-digit points – that won the day.
For the second night in a row Trinity Western’s Sean Peter was the man of the hour as he had 27 points, eight rebounds and six steals. After Peter, for the Spartans, it was Calvin Westbrook with 19 points and five boards, Kurtis Osborne with 17 points and eight rebounds and Tristan Smith with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists.
After Kok, who also had 10 rebounds, and King, who added four rebounds and four steals, the WolfPack’s offence was led by Kevin Pribilsky, who had 12 points and eight assists, and Akeem Pieerre, who had 10 points and two steals.
The win improves Trinity Western to 10-7, who are already assured of the wildcard spot in the Canada West playoffs, while the loss drops Thompson Rivers to 5-11.
“It was pretty loose at the beginning of the game,” said Spartans coach Scott Allen. “I think we need to find a way to play better defensively. But we did battle hard and I’m happy about that. I think we shared the ball around and that was a key part. We had a consistent effort from Sean and Calvin. We’re finding the right guys to be our scorers right now and other guys are fillling in their roles nicely.
“I think Sean just brings energy and has different gears. He has a different motor than a lot of players. He’s very competitive and I think that is very contagious.”
With Peter leading the Spartans charge with 14 points in the opening 10 minutes, Trinity Western staked itself to a 29-25 lead after the first quarter. The Spartans shot 60.9 per cent from the field as they went 14 for 23 in the opening frame. Thompson Rivers countered with a 47.1 shooting percentage on eight for 17 shooting.
In the second quarter, the game’s torrid pace, one that saw the teams combine for 54 points in the first quarter, slowed down but not by much.
Trinity Western pushed its agenda as it was the Spartans opening up a seven-point lead by halftime with Smith’s eight second quarter points leading the way.
Trinity Western opened as much as a 12-point edge at 53-41 after a pair of made free throws from Niko Monachini before the WolfPack closed the gap to seven points with a 5-0 run late to make it 53-46 at the break.
While Thompson Rivers dominated the paint, outscoring Trinity western 12-4 in the quarter, the Spartans shooting continue to play with a hot hand, finishing the half at 58.3 per cent from the field.
In the third quarter the Spartans kept up their high-paced offense churning, opening up a 64-50 lead early on after a Calvin Westbrook layup. But Thompson Rivers, led by Kok who had eight points in the quarter, rallied as they earned seven straight points to cut Trinity Western’s lead to seven.
But after a 3-pointer from Monachini with 42 seconds left in the quarter, the Spartans were back up by 11 points as they had themselves a 73-62 lead.
But with five made free throws from Kok inside the final 40 seconds, the WolfPack pulled to within five points, at 73-68, heading to the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Trinity Western pulled ahead 82-74, following a 3-pointer from Tristan Smith, looked to be on their way to a comfortable win. But Thompson Rivers was not about to let that happen as it responded by going on a 6-2 run to make it a four-point game 84-80.
From there though the Spartans pulled away for good with a 10-4 run, which was capped by an Osborne layup that gave Trinity Western a 94-84 lead. As it turned out, that was all they would need to get the win.
A late push from Thompson Rivers came up five points short.
The Spartans will play their final game of the Canada West regular season Feb. 9 when they host Fraser Valley at 8:00 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre. The WolfPack will return home for its next game Feb. 11 against UBC Okanagan in what is the first leg of a weekend home and home with the Heat.
Game Notes – TWU shot 55.9 per cent while TRU shot 44.6 per cent…TWU had 37 rebounds to TRU’s 35…TWU had 10 steals to TRU’s nine.
Source: Trinity Western Sports Info
The UFV Cascades defeated the UBC Thunderbirds, 94-83, to sweep the two game regular season series, this weekend, at Envision Athletic Centre. The Cascades record improves to 12-5, as they remain in third place in the West Division of Canada West. The Cascades have one game remaining this Thursday, at Langley, BC against Trinity Western University. Both the University of Victoria and UBC have two games remaining before first through third is decided. The top two teams will host Canada West quarterfinal best of three series while the third place team will travel.
The Cascades came out strong and continued the excellent play that earned them the Friday night victory over UBC. The Cascades quickly established a double digit lead by scoring the first seven points of the contest and then going on another mini run of five points. The Cascades were up by nine after the quarter. In the second, UFV played tremendous defense as UBC could not take a shot without a Cascade in their face, holding the powerful UBC offense to 18 points, while opening up a 16 point lead.
Kyle Grewal, Surrey, BC led the Cascades with 13 first half points. Jordan Blackman, Abbotsford, BC chipped in with 11 points and Sam Freeman, Coquitlam, BC led all Cascades with 4 rebounds. Nathan Yu, Richmond, BC led the Thunderbirds with 14 points at the break.
In the second half, UFV continued to play strong defense and holding UBC to 15 points while leading by as many as 22 points midway through the quarter. The Cascades continued to dominant on both the offensive and defensive boards and kept their double digit lead throughout the second half. The Cascades offense was powerful tonight scoring 94 points on the number three ranked CIS team.
"Couldn't be prouder of the guys commitment to hard work in our program, and the payoff of becoming a strong enough program and team to win back to back versus a top ranked opponent.
I feel like our chemistry is improving with each game. The first year recruits are finding their roles, and the returners are stepping there game up to new levels,” said UFV Head coach Barnaby Craddock.
Joel Friesen, Abbotsford, BC again led the charge with 23 points. Sam Freeman, Coquitlam, BC added 19 points and Blackman with 16 points. Mike James, Winnipeg, Manitoba led the Cascades with 7 total rebounds.
The Thunderbirds were led by Yu with a game high 27 point performance.
The Cascades say goodbye to Mike James, Winnipeg, Manitoba and Sheldon Bjorgaard, Abbotsford, BC who played in their last regular season home game at the Envision Athletic Centre.
Source: UFV Sports Info
|Victoria||68||UBC Okanagan||39||Final||Box Score|
The University of Victoria Vikings will have a very big matchup next weekend in their home and home with the Thunderbirds. The Vikings dropped the UBC Okanagan Heat for the second straight night Saturday with a strong defensive effort, besting the Okanagan team 68-39.
With the win and depending on the results of the UBC versus UFV matchup tonight, the Vikings will either be tied or in sole possession of first place with the Thunderbirds, and the final two games will possibly determine who hosts Canada West final four.
Ryan MacKinnon led the Vikes in scoring for the thirteenth time this season with 19 points on 7-11 shooting. His backcourt mate Michael Acheampong also had a hot hand, torching the Heat for 18 points. Both Chris McLaughlin and Acheampong led the team with 7 rebounds.
Senior post player Simon Pelland led the way for the home squad with 16 points. Yassine Ghomari's shooting woes continues as he was held to just 9 points, well below his season average of 17.5. On the boards for the Heat Ghomari and Ed Dane Medi led the team, both hauling in 7 boards.
As mentioned, UVic will face off against the Thunderbirds for the Pacific Division title in a home and home series; the Heat will also play a home and home with their travel partner the Thompson Rivers WolfPack - those games will go Saturday in Kamloops and Sunday in Kelowna.
Source: UBC Okanagan Sports Info