OUA Men's Basketball Roundup (Nov. 13)

Photo by Mackenzie Gerry
Photo by Mackenzie Gerry

November 8, 2017

York 72 Guelph 87

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons men's basketball team can exhale. The Gryphons finally got a taste of home after a brutal four-game road trip to start the season – and they made the most of it. Guelph defeated the York Lions 87-72 to grab its first win of the season in front of a big crowd on Jam the Gym Night at the Gryphons Athletics Centre.
 
Fifth-year guard Drew Walford led all scorers with 22 points and was a catalyst at both ends of the floor. The Etobicoke, ON got key baskets and defensive stops whenever Guelph needed to fend off the Lions, who hung around for much of the game with timely runs. 

"It was huge for us," said head coach Chris O'Rourke, who felt the team was in position to win games at McMaster and Windsor but were unable to put in complete efforts. "We needed to be hungrier and more determined. Our backs were to the wall.
 
"The defensive intensity right from the jump was good. We set the tone."
 
O'Rourke said that Walford played well in the team's loss to Ottawa last weekend. And it carried over. A sequence late in the fourth quarter summed up Walford's night. He produced a steal with a great defensive effort, tipped the ball to a teammate, and ran the length of the court, getting the ball back to finish with a layup that put the hosts up 79-66 with 2:16 left. Walford went 8-for-13 from the floor, adding 9 rebounds, and 4 assists.
 
"He played like a veteran tonight," the coach said.
 
Guelph's experienced backcourt showed up for the home opener. Daniel Dooley scored 16 points, including a perfect 5-for-5 night from the free-throw line, while Taylor Boers chipped in 12 points, all of them coming from four three-pointers.
 
Andrew Grant led all players with 10 rebounds. Banky Alade had 11 points and 7 boards.
 
The Gryphons came out of halftime looking to pass first and the offence thrived. While York continued to miss shots, Guelph's guards were finding the open man, either on backdoor cuts or outside the arc. The hosts were sharp throughout the third quarter and when Boers nailed another three-pointer, followed by a long Dooley field goal, the Gryphons built a 58-40 lead. An Aldade jumper stretched the lead to 20 but York, as they did at points in the first two quarters, stayed relatively close with a 7-0 run.
 
"At the half, we talked about moving the ball better," O'Rourke said of the unselfish play that helped Guelph pull away. "We took control of the game. Iso(lation) ball hurt us so we did a better job of passing the ball."

York was within 11 nearing the midway point of the fourth but Dooley knocked down a three and was fouled, completing a big four-point play that stretched the lead back to 67-52.
 
Guelph started with lots energy and immediately had the crowd up with some strong takes to the basket. The hosts built a quick 11-4 lead, highlighted by three dunks (two from Walford and another from Shawn Carey) and a Boers three from the right sideline. York worked its way back into the game but the Gryphons finished a solid first quarter up 20-15.
 
Guelph rode a combination of good defending and some poor York shooting (28 of 81 for 34.6 per cent on the night) to build a double-digit lead midway through the second quarter. Boers made one of his threes with 5:25 remaining, and moments later, Tommy Yanchus (7 points, 6 rebounds) drilled another triple from the right wing to extend the Gryphons' lead to 34-23. The Lions chipped away again and Prince Kamunga's jumper just before the buzzer would send York into the half trailing 38-33.
 
Guelph shot the ball well from all over the floor, hitting 29 of 63 from the field, including 6 of 19 from long range. The Gryphons got back to hitting free throws, a problem on opening night, making 23 of 30 attempts from the line (76.7 per cent).
 
"We have to be a balanced team, scoring inside and out," O'Rourke said.
 
Jonathan Wallace returned to the Guelph lineup after missing the four-game road trip with a foot injury. He scored four points and added 5 rebounds.

Source: gryphons.ca

 


 

Brock 80 Ryerson 75

The No. 2 ranked Brock University men's basketball team defeated the No. 10 Ryerson Rams by the score of 80-75 in overtime in front of a capacity crowd at Coca-Cola Court inside the Mattamy Athletic Centre Wednesday night.

The Badgers have defeated Ryerson twice in 2017-18 and tonight Brock ended the Rams home court win streak at three and a half seasons dating back to 2014.

Brock jumped out to an early 11-3 lead in the opening five minutes and held a 22-14 lead after one quarter.  In the opening five minutes of the second quarter, Ryerson went on a 12-4 run to tie the game 26-26. The Rams led by one at the half, 36-35.

In the third, Brock answered with a 12-3 run to take a 47-39 lead with 6:26 left in the quarter. Ryerson would close out the quarter with a 7-3 run, as Brock held onto a three-point lead, 53-50, after 30 minutes.

To open the fourth quarter, Brock extended their lead to nine points, 62-53 with 7:42 left in regulation. Ryerson would rally back over the next five minutes tying the game 67-67 with under three minutes to play. The two teams would go cold in regulation as they went a combined 0-for-7 in the final two minutes, including two clutch free throw misses from the Rams Jean-Victor Mukama, sending it overtime.

In overtime, with three Brock starters fouled out, Cassidy Ryan would take over, knocking down a field goal and one and a clutch three-pointer to secure the road victory.

Brock had four starters in double figures led by Ryan who recorded a career best 32 points going 13-for-19 from the field, including 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. Dani Elgadi contributed with 13 points and five rebounds while Daniel Cayer and Johneil Simpson chipped in with 11 and 10 points respectively.

Ryerson was led by Mukama who registered 23 points and 13 rebounds for the double-double. Myles Charvis added 18 points while Tanner Ngom chipped in with 11 points in the loss.

As a team, Brock shot 46.2% (30-for-65) from the field, 33.3% (6-for-18) from three-point land and 63.6% (14-for-22) from the free throw line. Ryerson went 24-for-68 (35.3) from the floor, 7-for-32 (21.9%) from downtown and 20-for-32 (62.5%) from the free throw line.

The Badgers are on the road Friday night when they take on the Toronto Varsity Blues.

Source: gobadgers.ca

 


 

November 10, 2017

Ottawa 75 Laurier 80

WATERLOO, Ont. (November 10, 2017) – Friday night’s contest against the U SPORTS No. 7 ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees at the Athletic Complex will be a game that the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s basketball team and their fans will not soon forget. The upstart Hawkscame to compete for all 40 minutes, finding an answer at every turn and putting it all together to craft their best performance during Head Coach Justin Serresse’s tenure at the helm, stunning the powerhouse Gee-Gees 80-75.

It was apparent early on that the Hawks (2-2) were not going to be intimidated or outworked by Ottawa. Facing their third U SPORTS Top-10 opponent in four games to open the season, the purple and gold had learned some lessons about how to play against the best already this year. Almost in defiant fashion, star guard Tevaun Kokko (Markham, Ont.) buried a tray in the face of a Gee-Gees defender to open proceedings, setting a tone for Laurier that would continue throughout the night.

Whenever the game seemed to slip a little bit away from the Hawks, they showed a great deal of resiliency. A great example of this was in the third quarter when the purple and gold racked up a quick five fouls to put the Gee-Gees (2-1) in the bonus for over six minutes. This was a similar scenario to the one the Hawks faced in the second quarter last Saturday at Laurentian. They struggled to contain the Voyageurs while in foul trouble, but had learned from that situation and really clamped down on Ottawa during that stretch to keep themselves right in the thick of it, overcoming that adversity.

With the two teams within a couple points of each other for the majority of the first three quarters, Brandon Robinson(Montreal) pushed the Ottawa lead to 59-53 going into the fourth with a pair of triples. One had to wonder if this would be a turning point where the veteran Gee-Gees would start to pull away given their experience. Not so, as the purple and gold stifled the Ottawa offence coming out in the fourth, allowing them to quickly cut the deficit back down to 61-60, forcing a Gee-Gees timeout.

Serresse cited his team’s mentality and ability to make the plays needed down the stretch to close out the game as the necessary difference to knock off a team of Ottawa’s calibre. Ntore Habimana (Mississauga, Ont.) knocked down a key jumper, and when the Gee-Gees threatened to tie on their last possession, Matt Minutillo (Brantford, Ont.) forced an over-and-back violation before icing the game with a pair of made free throws. These were just a couple examples of the clutch play in the fourth from the Hawks, a quarter which saw Laurier as the more composed team, outscoring Ottawa 27-16 in the final frame.

That added composure even extended to the coaching staff. Serresse admitted he was frustrated with the way he used his timeouts to control the pace of the game in the key moments against Laurentian last weekend. He credited Assistant Coach James Campbell with helping identify and solve that issue this time around.

Serresse was understandably elated post-game with his team’s performance. A former assistant with Ottawa, being able to stun his former team made the victory all the sweeter. However, he did express concern for the health of a former player of his, as Brody Maracle (Napanee, Ont.) was forced to leave the game for the Gee-Gees with a potential concussion.

Kokko once again led the Hawks with a game-high 23 points before having to exit midway through the fourth after getting a bit banged up, leaving his status in question for Saturday. Ali Sow (Ottawa, Ont.) had his fourth straight game in double-figures with 13, being entrusted with the majority of the ball-handling duties in crunch time. Minutillo was a workhorse Friday night, playing 36 minutes of hard-nosed basketball, taking charges, rebounding, creating turnovers, all the little plays that lead to winning basketball.

With a quick turnaround for Saturday’s clash with the No. 1 ranked Carleton Ravens (3-0), Serresse cautions his team to not get too high with the victories or too low with the losses, to just focus on performing at their best.

Asked what he would do to prepare for his former Ottawa-area rivals, Serresse responded “I am going to go upstairs right now to look over game tape until about 2:00 a.m.”

With that passion and hard-working mentality, expect more of these types of nights sooner rather than later for this Golden Hawks team.

Source: laurierathletics.com

 


 

Laurentian 82 Lakehead 61

The Voyageurs men's basketball team will maintain their undefeated regular season record after another victory earned handedly in Thunder Bay. Following a strong opening performance in the first quarter, where they doubled their opponents in points with a spread of 28-14, Laurentian held steady to their lead throughout the duration of play.

A strong part of Laurentian's game was definitely shooting percentage, connecting on 45.9% of their shots. Long range shots in particular appeared to be falling for the Voyageurs, having a 43.8% success rate from 3 point range in comparison to the Thunderwolves' 19%  3 point performance. 

The top contributor for Laurentian was 5th year veteran David Aromolaran with 26 points in the game. Also notably performing  for the Voyageurs was second year player Josis Mikia-Thomas with 15 points off the bench, and fourth year veteran JD West with 14 points, shooting an impressive 80% from beyond the 3 point line. 

Nick Burke was the leading scorer for the Thunderwolves with 13 points.

Source: luvoyageurs.com

 


 

Brock 80 Toronto 57

The No. 2 ranked Brock University men's basketball team rolled past the University of Toronto Varsity Blues by the score of 80-57 on the road Friday night.

Brock had all five starters in double figures led by Cassidy Ryan who finished with 16 points and five rebounds. Johneil Simpson contributed with 14 points as he moved into 10th all-time in Brock career scoring surpassing Allen MacDougall (1853). Daniel Cayer collected 13 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double while Dani Elgadi also registered a double-double adding 12 points and 13 boards. Tyler Brown rounded out the Brock leaders adding 11 points and four rebounds.

Toronto was led by Nikola Paradina who added 15 points anf four rebounds. Jawara Pedican and Evan Shadkami chipped in with 12 points each in the loss.

For the game, Brock shot 41.1% (30-for-73) from the field, 24.1% (7-for-29) from beyond the arc and 68.4% (13-for-19) from the charity stripe. The Varsity Blues went 20-for-65 (30.8%) from the floor, 7-for-26 (26.9%) from three-point land and 10-for-16 (62.5%) from the free throw line.

The Badgers host the Nipissing Lakers and Laurentian Voyageurs next weekend at the Bob Davis Gymnasium.

Source: gobadgers.ca

 


 

Carleton 118 Waterloo 53

WATERLOO, ON — A blistering offensive performance provided the Ravens men’s basketball team with a eye-popping 118-53 win over the Waterloo Warriors on Friday at the PAC.

Carleton had six players hit double figures against Waterloo, including a career-high 16 points from senior Mitch Wood (Guelph, ON).

The Ravens cracked the 100-point barrier for the first time in the regular season, and their 118 points was the program’s largest regular season scoring output since a 120-38 victory over the now-defunct RMC Paladins men’s basketball program on January 21, 2012.

GAME FLOW:

The Ravens were held in check by the Warriors for most of the first quarter until a late 12-0 run, complimented by six points from Mitch Wood, opened the flood gates. Carleton would not allow a basket from the Warriors for the final 3:23 of the frame.

With a 28-9 advantage heading into the second, Carleton continued to pull away by outscoring the Warriors, 26-15, in the lead up to half. TJ Lall (Cambridge, ON) added seven points in the quarter, and Yasiin Joseph (Ottawa, ON) knocked down back-to-back threes to help provide the Ravens with a 54-24 edge on the scoreboard entering the intermission.

Starter Munis Tutu (Windsor, ON) began the third by demonstrating his impressive range, scoring two triples in the first two minutes of the period. The Ravens combined for seven threes in the quarter to take a 86-43 lead into the fourth.

Carleton would continue to dominate late in the game, as senior forward Mitch Jackson (Regina, SK) got in on the scoring act with 12 points in the final frame, while guard Alain Louis (Saint-Laurent, QC) showed his shooting touch with eight points to go with three assists to close out the contest.

Source: goravens.ca

 


 

McMaster 69 Ryerson 72

Another game of catchup ends in a big way for the Ryerson Rams, as they defeat the McMaster Marauders 72-69 at a packed Mattamy Athletic Centre on Friday night.

The game marked the return of Patrick Tatham to the MAC. Now the head coach of the Marauders, Tatham lead the Rams to their maiden OUA title in 2015-2016 as interim head coach. With a special place in Ryerson basketball history, Tatham was welcomed back warmly by Rams players and coaching staff. However, both teams quickly got down to business.

Much like their home owner on Wednesday night, the Rams spent much of the scrappy, rebound-heavy first half playing catchup. Marauders phenom Miles Seward (Toronto, Ont.) held a large responsibility in the team’s early strong showing, eventually putting up a total of 29 points in only his third OUA start.

However, the Rams would find their scoring presence all throughout their roster, with four players putting up double digits. While the Rams trailed heavily in rebounds, letting McMaster keep the match close, their combination of more than doubling the Marauders’ steals and finding the basket from anywhere on the court allowed them to squeak by with a victory.

JV Mukama (Hamilton, Ont.) has quickly become a leading figure for the Rams this season, as the fourth year posted his third double digit output in five starts.

What the Rams really appreciate is the strong turnout of the Rams faithful to their two opening home games. Each game had the gym shaking with cheers coming from the packed stands.

Source: ryersonrams.ca

 


 

Queen’s 97 Algoma 89

SAULT STE MARIE, Ont. (November 10, 2017) - The Queen's Gaels (3-1) picked up a road victory over the Algoma Thunderbirds (0-5) 97-89 on Friday in men's basketball action.

GAME FLOW
It was an evenly matched game in the early stages of the game as the Gaels and Thunderbirds went back-and-forth on the scoreboard in the opening quarter.

After trailing by four heading into the second frame the offence turned up the heat on the Thunderbirds. Queen's was led by Jaz Bains (Brampton, Ont.) on the night who finished with a game-high 33 points. 

Bains led Queen's to a 26 point second quarter to head into the locker room at halftime up 46-37.

The Thunderbirds chipped away at the Gaels lead throughout the second half but Queen's was able to always stay ahead. Tanner Graham (Kingston, Ont.), Mike Shoveller (Arnprior, Ont.) and Quinton Gray (Richmond Hill, Ont.) finished the night with 19, 16 and 11 points respectively to aid Bains in the offence.

The Gaels were finally able to close out Algoma in the fourth after the Thunderbirds were forced to foul and Bains connected on his shots from the line. He finished an impressive 14 of 15 from the charity stripe and the Gaels took the 97-89 win to move to 3-1 on the season.

Source: gogaelsgo.com

 


 

Windsor 78 Western 93

LONDON, Ont. - Four Mustangs players scored in double digits to lead Western to a 93-78 win over the Windsor Lancers on Friday night at Alumni Hall.

"It's an important win when you're playing a traditional rival of ours and any OUA West opponent, it's almost worth double the points. So, it was a big interdivisional win, especially against such a well-coached team and a good team like Windsor. We'll take it," said Mustangs' head coach Brad Campbell.

The Mustangs were led by Henry Tan, who put up 17 points to go along with seven assists in the team's 93-78 victory over the Lancers.

Three other Mustangs scored in double-figures for the purple and white, as Omar Shiddo racked up 15 points, while Jedson Tavernier added 13 to help bolster the offence for Western. Mustang forward Marko Kovac added 14 points, six rebounds, and four steals against his former team in the Lancers as a key contributor on both ends of the floor.

"It felt good to get that win. There were some familiar faces so there was some tension there, but overall it felt good to get the win over them and hopefully we can get two in a row when we meet them again in February," said Kovac on getting this win over his former team.

Prior to tip-off the matchup between the two rivals began with a moment of unity, as the life and memory of Paul Thomas was honoured pregame.

Thomas, the former iconic coach of the Lancers, was a member of the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame, the Western Athletic Hall of Fame, the Western and Windsor Halls of Honour, and a Canadian national team player. He was also a player on the Western men's basketball team from 1946-1950, winning four Ontario titles during his career as a Mustang. Thomas was honoured with a moment of silence by the two teams that he loved.

The Mustangs opened the first quarter running the pick and roll to perfection through the point guard play of Nikola Farkic and bench-scoring of Shiddo. Both teams found themselves caught up in the competitive fever of the game, as Windsor would be awarded two technical fouls through the opening frame. The Western scoring would slow down towards the end of the frame, as Windsor would maintain 60% from the field to earn a 20-19 lead heading into the second.

Shiddo continued to be a spark for the Mustang offence alongside Kovac, a former forward for the Lancers. Despite the early production from the purple and white, turnovers would quickly add up to feed the Lancer offence, leading to uncontested layups. However, Shiddo would continue to lead the offence, as both sides traded baskets throughout the frame, unable to get consistent defensive stops nearing the end of the half. Neither team would find a way to pull ahead by the end of the quarter, as the Mustangs went into halftime facing a slim 42-40 deficit.

Kovac and Tan took control of the offence to open the third quarter, pushing the pace and creating open shots for the purple and white. Ball movement would remain a theme for the Western offence, consistently making the extra pass, leading to open shots or free throw opportunities. The Mustangs eventually found their footing on defence behind the energy of Tan and Kovac, as they headed into the fourth with a 72-59 lead.

Western continued their defensive energy through the fourth quarter, trapping Windsor ball-handlers and drawing effective charges in the paint to create turnovers. The ball-movement remained the main contributor to the offence for the purple and white, as Farkic and Tan controlled the pace as the Mustangs' floor-generals in the half-court. Western would maintain their defensive presence for the remainder of the fourth, not allowing the Windsor shooters to find their rhythm, as they cruised to the eventual 93-78 victory.

"Our pace was a little slow in the first half, and I think that focus and ball-movement helps with the trust in each other. We're playing a matchup-oriented game and the ball's got to move. In the first half we didn't make shots, but they fell in the second and it made our guys feel pretty good about ourselves offensively," said Campbell.

"We're clicking at the right time. The flow of the game was much better tonight and games like these are just so big for our confidence," said Kovac, commenting on the team's second win in a row over a top-caliber OUA opponent.

With the win, the Mustangs will improve to 3-2 on the season, moving past Windsor and into second in the OUA West division. The Lancers' loss will drop them to 2-2 on the season, as they move to third in the OUA West division.

Source: westernmustangs.ca

 


 

November 11, 2017

Ottawa 79 Waterloo 73

In a game where the Waterloo Warriors were gunning to hand the U SPORTS seventh-ranked Gee-Gees their second loss in two nights, the Gee-Gees dug in, after some back-and-forth action, and muscled their way to a 79-73 win on Saturday evening.

After running out to an early lead in the first quarter, the Gee-Gees took a 21-16 lead into the second frame. In the second quarter, the Warriors’ caught fire and outscored the Gee-Gees, tying the game at halftime.

An injection of shooters in the second half kept the Gee-Gees in striking distance. In the final frame, the Gee-Gees locked down on defence and were able to convert on high-percentage shots to put the game to rest.

The Gee-Gees leaned heavily on their fifth-year senior Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles to lead the team, particularly without the services of Brody Maracle, who missed the game due to injury. Pierre-Charles was able to dominate in the post, securing a double-double with 15 points and 10 key rebounds.

Despite the team’s trouble with consistent scoring, four Gee-Gees finished the game in double-figures, including Calvin Epistola with 11, Mackenzie Morrison with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Chase Tynes also adding 10 to round out the bunch.

Down the stretch, some big shooting from Stefan Duric helped keep the Gee-Gees alive, particularly on two deep three pointers in the fourth quarter. Duric finished the night with eight points in 11 minutes.

The Gee-Gees will return to Ottawa, only to take to the floor again on Tuesday night for the Bytown Battle at Carleton. Following the highly-anticipated matchup, the team will only have a short few days of rest before taking on Western in a rare early afternoon game on Friday.

Source: geegees.ca

 


 

York 71 Algoma 73

The York University Lions men's basketball team came back from 11 points down but gave up the winning basket with one second remaining in a 73-71 loss to the Algoma Thunderbirds at George Leach Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., on Saturday.
 
Both teams started the game incredibly strong, and it was until the third minute that someone was able to breakthrough and score. Unfortunately for the Lions, it was Thunderbird Jermaine Lyle. The Lions were able to turn things around and gain a 14-5 lead with three minutes remaining.
 
This huge lead was short-lived, however, as a major turn of events saw the Thunderbirds close the gap and then surpass the Lions 17-15 by the end of the quarter.
 
Much to the dismay of the Lions, the Thunderbirds continued to remain in the lead throughout the second. The gap had widened to 39-28 at the end of the frame. The Lions continued to scramble to catch up to the Thunderbirds, with the third quarter ending 58-50.
 
The Lions continued to chip away at the deficit, and in the final minute of play a pair of free throws by Chevon Brown tied up the score at 69-69. A hard-fought battle ensued in the remaining seconds, but the Lions could not pull out with the win after Ian Nash made a game-winning layup just before the final whistle.
 
Brown and Josiah Riley led the team in points, scoring 16 each. Brown also led the team in rebounds with 10.
 
Outstanding performances from the Thunderbirds' side include point leader Nash with 27, and rebound leaders Reng Gum and Nathan Riley who had eight each.

Source: yorkulions.ca

 


 

McMaster 88 Toronto 92

Coming down to the final seconds, the University of Toronto Varsity Blues dropped the visiting McMaster Marauders 92-88 on Saturday evening (Nov. 11) at Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.

The Blue and White impressed from opening tip, maintaining a double-digit lead through most of the night. Toronto outpaced the Marauders for much of the contest, out-rebounding their opponents 49-38, which led to 18 second chance points to just five for McMaster.

The visitors from Hamilton, Ont., closed the gap down the stretch but clutch free throws from a host of Blues in the final minute secured the tightly contested victory.

Fifth-year guard Reilly Reid led the way for Toronto with a season-high 23 points, chipping in eight rebounds and one steal as well.

Forward Daniel Johansson and guard Chris Barrett also showcased a strong shooting night for the Blues picking up 16 and 15, shooting 7-for-13 and 5-for-11 from the floor, respectively.

The Marauders tried to utilize the hot hand in their comeback attempt as three players finished the night with 20 or more points, led by David McCulloch who notched 32 including four knockdown shots from behind the arc.

The Varsity Blues will hit the road next weekend (Nov. 18) when they travel to Guelph, Ont., to challenge the Gryphons. The afternoon contest is slated for a 3 p.m. start with all of the action streamed live on OUA.tv.

Source: varsityblues.ca

 


 

Carleton 100 Laurier 64

WATERLOO, ON – A torrid shooting performance from the field helped the Carleton Ravens sweep aside the WLU Golden Hawks 100-64 at the WLU Athletic Complex on Saturday night. 

Sophomore center Eddie Ekiyor (Ottawa, ON) shot an efficient 7-of-9 on his way to scoring 16 points in a double-double performance that also saw him pick up 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks.  

Carleton looks to build on its 4-0 start to the season this upcoming Tuesday at the Ravens’ against the Ottawa Gee-Gees. 

GAME FLOW: 

Carleton struggled to find its rhythm early on, managing just five points in the game’s first four and a half minutes. The Golden Hawks capitalized and jumped out to an early 15-7 lead after Vincent Carriere hit a three-pointer to put WLU up with five minutes to go in the opening frame. Head coach Dave Smart responded by immediately calling a timeout and urged his team to regroup. Third-year guard Yasiin Joseph (Ottawa, ON) responded with a three out of the timeout and followed it up with another long-range bomb two minutes later to jolt an early Carleton comeback that helped the Ravens enter the second ahead 22-19. 

Point guard Munis Tutu (Windsor, ON) continued his impressive weekend by congesting passing lanes and smothering the Golden Hawks’ ballhandlers. Tutu set the tone defensively in the second quarter and picked up a quick steal and finished with an acrobatic finger roll to add to a 27-19 lead within the first minute of the second quarter. Tutu converted on three more layups in the second, including a highlight reel fast-break finish in the frame’s final seconds that put Carleton up 53-30 at the half. 

Joseph flexed his diverse skillset in the third-quarter by hitting free throws and jumpers with ease while also setting up his teammates. Joseph assisted a three by Mitch Wood (Guelph, ON) that pushed Carleton’s lead to 65-42 with four minutes left in the third. Joseph followed suit by canning a three-pointer of his own to add to his eventual game-high total of 20 points. 

The Ravens’ lead swelled in the fourth quarter thanks to a concerted effort from Carleton’s reserves and the punishing interior offence provided by Ekiyor. Ekiyor scored nine of his 16 points in the quarter while reserve guard Stanley Mayambo (Fredericton, NB) and forward TJ Lall (Cambridge, ON) showed off their dead-eye shooting to help secure a 36-point Ravens victory. 

Source: goravens.ca

 


 

Nipissing 68 Lakehead 65

Thanks to a big third quarter, the Nipissing Lakers men's basketball made it two straight wins.

The Lakers built up a 57-48 after three quarters and held on for a thrilling three point, 68-65, win Saturday night in Thunder Bay, as they edged the Lakehead Thunderwolves.

After dropping their first game of the season, the Lakers have now won back-to-back victories led by a pair of veteran players.

Marvin Ngonadi had a strong night off the bench, picking up a double-double and Marcus Lewis scored 20 points to lead the team.

After a tight, high-scoring first quarter that saw the Lakers up 24-23, things calmed down in the second frame.

Nipissing did extend their lead, but only outscored Lakehead 11-7, taking a 35-30 lead into the halftime break.

In the third, Nipissing once again added to their lead.

And it turned out to be very important as Lakehead fought back in the fourth, coming within a shot of tying things up.

Up 57-48 after three, Nipissing scored just 11 points in the final quarter as the Thunderwolves poured it on, but the Lakers did enough to earn the win and make the long trip worthwhile.

Combined with Ngonadi and Lewis' big games, Jaaden Lewis added nine points and Ismael Kaba chipped in with eight points.

Source: nulakers.ca