Wednesday, 14 February 2007

Wednesday's Results

Laurier (9-11) 59 at Guelph (11-9) 69 Finding themselves in a 30-12 hole off the start of the game, the hometown Gryphons finished the first half on a 13-2 run and then held the Hawks to 27 second half points in winning their fifth in a row to push into 4th place for one of two first-round home games in the OUA West. 6'3" Aron Bariagbre continued his stellar play with 18 points (including 3-4 from 3) and 8 rebounds while 6'4" Nick Pankerichan (15 points) led a tight Guelph defense that allowed only 29 points in the last 28 minutes of the game. Laurier's 6'5" leading scorer Matt Walker was in foul trouble all night finishing with only 8 points and 8 rebounds on 3-13 shooting. Laurier's Big 3 freshman also struggled for the most part, going a collective 5-19 from the floor as 6'8" Andrew Pennycook fouled out but did reach his season average of 3 blocks. The Gryphs battled back from a seven point halftime deficit in a game that was close until about 6 minutes remained when Guelph pulled away. Second-year guard Jesse Macdonald led Laurier with 14 points while 6'7" Trevor Csima continued his solid play with a 13 point/12 rebound double/double. 6'7" Duncan Milne added 16 points and 8 rebounds for Guelph, including 12 pts/6 rbs after the intermission, while 5'10" Charles Ageymang injected some much needed energy into the Gryphs, especially on the defensive end. Guelph hosts Brock on Saturday while Laurier meets cross-town rival Waterloo on the Warriors Seniors Day.

Laurentian (6-15) 70 at York (14-7) 78 Despite being whistled for 27 of the 41 fouls called in the game, the Voyageurs took a one point lead to halftime and were within 3 with 5 minutes remaining before succuming to a 33-40 onslaught at the foul line as the Lions kept pace with Toronto in the battle for third place. York's Dan Eves led all scorers with 26 points including 11-12 from the line and added 7 rebounds for York, who were outrebounded by the smaller Laurentian squad in the first half. 6'4" Jason Brown has a strong overall effort for the Voyageurs with 23 points and 10 boards. Laurentian established a solid first-half tempo with one-and-done defense and rebounding and some transition scores however York's length caused them some problems as they turned the ball over 17 times. The Vees also suffered from a combined 1-17 shooting effort from Brady Bolan and Omar Linder. York's 6'10" Jordan Foebel had 8 points and 10 rebounds and only 1 foul, while Rohan Steen and Tut Ruach both had 12 for the Lions. The teams meet again on Saturday in Sudbury.

Ryerson (6-15) 77 at Toronto (14-7) 88 Despite a career-high 36 points from Ryerson's freshman Boris Bakovic, the Varsity Blues jumped out to a big 17 point halftime lead and coasted to an easy win over the Rams to maintain their hold on third place. The Rams, in losing their sixth consecutive game, now must defeat the Blues Saturday at Kerr Hall to have any hope of qualifying for a playoff spot that about 3 weeks ago seemed all but assured. Mike Williams had 17 to lead Toronto.

Queen's (11-10) 82 at RMC (1-20) 59 Third-year guard Ryan Hairsine led a balanced attack with 21 points while 6'6" Cam Eby added 14 as the Gaels defeated the Paladins in the first of a home-and-home set that had no bearing on any positioning in the standings. 6'6" Adam Asquini had 20 points for RMC. The teams meet again in Barlett Gymnasium on Saturday.

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