Thursday, 4 October 2007

Waterloo Alumni Game Recap

We got a nice note from former CIS All-Canadian and Canadian National team player Sean Van Koughnett who may still hold the record for the most points in an OUA league game with 50 in what I believe was his freshman season in 1990. Sean currently does colour commentary on the Warriors audio broadcasts (available via the Internet) and looks like he can still run and hold his own if last night's Waterloo Alumni game is any indication (see below). For those who aren't familiar with Sean's game, he is a 6'7" forward with range well beyond the three point line, a quick release and dead eye accuracy. He was a very tough check for many teams and if I recall the Warriors were one of the first teams to utilize the "pick and pop" which so many teams now use. In the late 80's, early 90's era, the pick and roll with the big guys was a staple of the Detroit Pistons including using Bill "Mr. Nasty" Laimbeer for the same type of pick and pop that got Sean so many open shots during his career. Thanks to Sean for passing along this note on the game...

Warriors Hold on to Defeat Alumni The Waterloo Warriors survived a late game rally by recent alumni and won 98-95 on Wednesday night. It was two former Warrior All-stars, Sean Van Koughnett and Graham Jarman, filling the net from inside and out who made the game close. They scored 28 and 26 points respectively to lead all scorers in the game. The current Warriors struggled in the early going, but took their first lead 3 1/2 minutes into the game on the first of three straight Dan White 3's. At the end of the first quarter, the current team had established a 32-18 lead. In the second quarter they extended that lead to 27 points, the widest margin in the game. A scoring drought closed the first half as the Warriors led by 19 at the break. Both teams showed their defense in the third quarter as the Alumni managed a 17-12 difference in the quarter. With a 13 point deficit with just 3:29 remaining, the Alumni put on a run of 10 straight points in just 1:12 of playing time to make a game of it. They even held a slight lead at 93-92 before the Warriors closed out the game with 3s from newcomer Tim Rossy and veteran guard David Burnett. For the current Warriors, five players hit double figures. Tim Rossy led the team with 16 points, while David Burnett added 12 points and 7 assists.

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