Wednesday, 9 January 2008

OUA West Tonight: Marauders Stifle Gryphs with 2nd Half "d"

McMaster (5-5) 85, Guelph (7-3) 77 5'11" Jason Scully led a key 13-5 fourth-quarter run with a pair of threes against the Gryphs 2/3 zone and the Marauders held Guelph to just 12 points over a 13 minute stretch between the 4 minute mark of the third quarter and the final minute of the game as Mac took a large road game. The Marauders took advantage of their inside strength to grab a 41-38 halftime lead which was extended to 5 at 63-58 after three as 6'8" Mouchtar Diaby (18 points, 7 rebounds) had his way inside with 10 third-quarter points, forcing the Gryphons to go zone. Guelph stayed in the game behind 6'3" Hamilton-native Nick Pankerichan (game-high 28 points including 5-9 3's), who had 10 third quarter points of his own including a pair of threes. Pankerichan's second 3 of the quarter gave Guelph their last lead of the game at 54-53 with about 4 minutes left in the third. But the Marauders quickly scored the next six points including a pair of inside scores by Diaby and Mac lead the rest of the way. Mac's superlative defensive effort was keyed inside by 6'9" newcomer Terry Licorish (11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 blocks), who had 2 big blocks in the fourth quarter and numerous defensive rebounds as the Gryphs went "one and done" down the stretch when it counted. 6'2" freshman Tyrell Vernon had 23 points for Mac, making several free throws down the stretch when Guelph fouled to try to come back. Guelph was as close as five at 68-63 on a transition score by Pankerichan but then 6'9" sophomore Geoff McLaughlin (8 points) knocked in a pair of free throws and Scully canned his second three to give Mac a 10 point lead and the game was rarely in doubt thereafter. McMaster went a blistering 7 for 11 from downtown and got 3's from 6 different players. Mac's win tightens the race in the OUA West even further.

Brock (6-4) 81, Waterloo (4-7) 67 The Badgers broke the game open after a sluggish start with a 28-12 third quarter run to drop the Warriors into the OUA West basement in front of a disappointing crowd estimated at about 300 at the PAC. Brock was down 31-28 at the half owing to a 9 point first quarter, 31% shooting and foul trouble for 5'10" All-Canadian point guard Brad Rootes. But the Badgers came out firing immediately after the intermission, sharing the ball as well as they have all season, to get numerous open looks. 6'1" Scott Murray extended Brock's lead to double digits midway through the third quarter by draining back-to-back 3's and except for a brief fourth quarter run that got Waterloo back to within 8 at 68-60, the Badgers led comfortably thereafter. 6'2" Mike Kemp was instrumental in the win, going 6 for 10 from downtown, part of a 15-35 effort by the Badgers, and finished with 25 points while adding 8 rebounds. Rootes had 18 in the win while 6'8" Mike Muir had a pair of big 3's during the third quarter run and ended up with 14 points on 6-11 shooting overall. 6'1" sophomore Jordan Hannah led the Warriors with 21 points including 4-9 from downtown. Unfortunately, his teammates went a collective 2 for 22 from beyond the arc including an 0 for 9 effort from Waterloo's big scorer 6'4" Dan White, who finished with only 2 points on 1-15 overall. 6'3" freshman Cam McIntyre returned to the Warrior lineup after missing the weekend games at Lakehead and had 5 points. 6'3" Rohan Steen returned to the Badger lineup and started however he reinjured his foot and is day-to-day in advance of Brock's important game at Guelph which is now a showdown for first place after the Gryphs lost at home to Mac tonight.

Windsor (6-4) 85, Western (4-6) 69 The Lancers returned to their winning ways at home at the St. Denis Center with a dominating performance against the Mustangs, building a 15 point halftime lead and coasting as all 12 players who dressed saw at least 6 minutes of action, partially due to foul trouble as the physical game saw teams combine for 48 fouls and 62 free throws. 6'8" Greg Surmacz dominated the game in and around the paint, finishing with 27 points and 7 rebounds in 27 minutes as Windsor enjoyed a 42-33 advantage on the glass. 6'1" fifth-year guard Ryan Steer had a signature performance, scoring 17 points, doling out 12 assists and grabbing 7 boards in a near triple double. 6'6" Greg Allin contributed a 13 point/13 rebound double double. 6'1" Matt Curtis led the Mustangs with 15 points while 6'10" Colin Laforme added 12 points and 7 rebounds. Western hurt themselves by going only 3 for 18 from downtown and committing 21 turnovers.


Guelph 7-3
Brock 6-4
Windsor 6-4
McMaster 5-5
Lakehead 5-5
Laurier 4-5
Western 4-6
Waterloo 4-7

Friday's Game
Lakehead at Laurier 8 PM

Saturday's Games:
Waterloo at Western 2 PM
Brock at Guelph 3 PM
Windsor at McMaster 3 PM

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