Thursday, 24 January 2008


Greg Layson's Game Day Notebook from Guelph's win at Waterloo. Also, here is a piece on the game by Martin Timmerman on the Warriors web site

Laurentian Sports Info article on last night's York win in Sudbury

Dale Stevens provides his report on Western's win at Mac 'STANGS JUMP TO EARLY LEAD, NEVER LOOK BACK, IN WIN OVER MAC
(Hamilton, ON) The University of Western Ontario Mustangs jumped out to a 16
point first quarter lead, and never looked back, downing the McMaster
University Marauders 84-66, in OUA West action on Wednesday evening at the
Burridge Gym. Western improves to 7-7 in conference play with the victory, while the
Marauders fall to 6-8. For all intents and purposes, this one was over early. Western shot the ball well, aided by some great movement on the offensive end, and good positional offensive rebounding, scoring at will in the game's opening minutes. Four minutes in, the visitors led 15-3, and and stretched the advantage to 23-6. Only an 11-4 Mac run to close the first quarter kept the score respectable,
with Western ahead 27-17 after 10 minutes. The Maroon and Grey got the deficit into single digits in the second frame, but a late Western charge resulted in a 43-30 score at the half. Out of the intermission, Mac again got the margin below 10 points, but could get no closer than 8 points. Midway through the 4th quarter, the Marauders trailed by 8, and had 2 consecutive chances to steal the ball, but came up
empty both times, and Western scored to open the game up once again. Bradley Smith (Churchill, ON) parlayed his smooth shooting stroke into a game high 25 points, including 16 in the second half, and a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line. Smith always seems to rise to the occasion against McMaster. Someone else who stepped up was Hamilton native Colin Laforme. The NCAA transfer knocked down 12 points, and added 9 rebounds. Another Hamiltonian, guard Matt Curtis, scored 10 points, as did freshman Ryan Barbeau (Bellville, ON). Forward Andrew Losier (Waterdown, ON) kept McMaster in the game with a career night. Losier drained three shots from beyond the arc, on the way to tallying 17 points. Terry Licorish (Toronto, ON) had a 14 point, 10 rebound double-double, for a Mac team that could never find a rhythm. The Marauders continue their homestand, playing their second of four in a row, on Saturday afternoon in the Burridge Gym. The 4-11 University of Waterloo Warriors provide the opposition in the 3:00 tip-off. The Warriors need to turn it on to make a push for the playoffs, as does Mac, who have slipped back into a number of bad habits, which need correcting as soon as possible. A large crowd is expected for the annual McMaster Employee Spirit Society day at the gym, with over 600 Mac staff and their families confirmed to attend. The game can also be heard on 93.3 CFMU-FM, and Also Larry Moko covers the Mac game as part of his article on the end of Mac's women's undefeated streak

Bernie Puchalski's article on last night's Brock/Laurier game in this morning's St. Catharines Standard.

Mike Quigley provides his report on Laurier's close loss at Brock... GOLDEN HAWKS RALLY COMES UP SHORT AT BROCK The Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks made a 4th quarter run in their game at Brock University Wednesday night to get to within 1 point of the #9 ranked Badgers but the rally came up short and the Hawks fell 76-70 to the Badgers. The loss drops the Hawks OUA record to 6-8 and a tie for the final playoff position with McMaster while Brock moves to 9-5 and a first place tie with Windsor and Guelph in the tight OUA West race. The game opened with the Hawks jumping into a quick 4 point lead but the Badgers gained the lead several possessions later at 5-4. The lead changed hands 5 times and was tied on 4 other occasions as both teams battled through each possession. The Badgers were able to hit 3 wide open 3-pointers to take a 17-15 lead. The Badgers opened up an 8 point lead scoring on three straight possessions before the Hawks could answer. In the middle of the 2nd quarter the Badgers went on a 10-1 run to stretch their lead to 15. The Hawks did not fold however and went on a mini 6-0 run of their own to cut into Brock’s lead. The Badgers were able to take a 35-26 lead into the dressing room. The Badgers hit the first 4 points of the 3rd quarter but the Hawks quickly matched those. Brock was able to extend their lead to as much as 13 points but Laurier would not let them run any further. Through the middle of the quarter the teams exchanged baskets on almost every possession with the Badgers outscoring the Hawks 14-13 as the Hawks answered the Badgers by upping the production of their transition game. As the quarter wound down, the Hawks transition game remained in high gear and a 7-0 Hawk run allowed them to cut Brock’s lead to 5, 57-52, to end the 3rd. The Badgers hit another open 3 to start the 4th quarter but the Hawks rallied and went on a 9-2 run to close to within 1 point at 62-61 with less than 5 minutes remaining in the game. Unfortunately for the Hawks that was as close as they could get and, despite staying right with the Badgers, they could not get over the hump to take the lead. The closest that Laurier could get during the final minutes was 3 points which they did on 3 different occasions. The Badgers finished with the last 3 points of the game to take the victory by a final score of 76-70. The Golden Hawks were led, once again, by freshman wing Kale Harrison (Stratford, ON) who finished with 18 points and 7 rebounds despite having numerous Badgers running at him throughout the game. Veteran Matthew Walker (4th yr, wing, Waterloo, ON) added 16 points and 6 rebounds. Trevor Csima (5th yr, post, Oakville, ON) also had 7 rebounds to go along with 8 points. Rookie wings Dominique Brown (Woodbridge, ON) and Conor Meschino (Oakville, ON) put in good shifts and added 8 and 6 points respectively. The Badgers had a very balanced attack with 5 of their veterans finishing in double figures scoring. Rohan Steen (5th yr, G, Welland, ON) led their attack with 18 points while Brad Rootes (5th yr, G, Niagara Falls, ON) added 18. Scott Murray (5th yr, G, Welland, ON) came off the bench for 14 points while Mike Kemp (3rd yr, F, Niagara Falls, ON) and Owen White (4th yr, F, Port Hope, ON) added 10 each. Next up for the Hawks will be a trip to London on Saturday to take on the 7-7 University of Western Ontario Mustangs. Tipoff for this game is 2:00 pm as the men will be playing first in the doubleheader.

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