Friday, 4 January 2008

More Friday Results

Acadia (6-1) 75, St. Mary's (4-3) 69 The Axemen pulled away in the fourth quarter to break open a tight game as 6'2" Peter Leighton led the charges by hitting four 3's and 6'5" Leonil Saintil added 18 points and 14 rebounds at the Tower in Halifax. The Huskies hurt themselves by going 15 for 28 from the line including an estimated 10 misses in the fourth quarter alone including 6'5" Aaron Duncan who went only 2 for 7 from the stripe. 6'2" Mark McLaughlin led the way for St. Mary's with 22 points while 6'5" Ike Uchegbu finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds while battling Saintil before fouling out. 6'1" Shane Morrison added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. 6'3" Andrew Kraus was steady at the point for Acadia, scoring 11 points, dishing out 6 assists and adding 5 rebounds to outplay 6'1" Mark Ross of SMU who went 0-3 from the field and did not score but did have 6 assists. Acadia's prolific 6'1" guard Paolo Santana played 20 minutes but was clearly not 100%, scoring 7 points on 3-7 shooting while still trying to recover from his lingering ankle injury. Acadia hosts Dalhousie tomorrow in Wolfville.

Toronto (7-2) 70, Queen's (5-4) 60 The Varsity Blues used a stifling zone defense in the second half and got another solid effort from 6'3" fifth-year guard Mike Degiorgio in taking a key road win from the Gaels in Kingston. After an offensively lacklustre first half that ended 28 apiece, the Blues shot a scorching 61% in the second half including 4 of 7 from downtown while Degiorgio had most of his game-high 23 points after the intermission. Toronto also got fine efforts from 6'2" Rob Paris, back from an ankle injury, who scored 14 and 6'2" Nick Magalas who had 13 points in 34 minutes. 6'6" freshman Andrew Wasik again contributed significantly with 6 points and 8 rebounds (all defensive) in 23 minutes. 6'5" Mitch Leger led Queen's with 20 points on 7 of 19 shooting while the Mitchell brothers, Simon and Travis, each had 11 as the Gaels went only 8 for 38 from beyond the arc and got to the foul line only 5 times all evening. Queen's hosts Ryerson tomorrow night while Toronto faces RMC.

Ottawa (8-1) 78, York (1-8) 53 In a sluggish affair filled with turnovers and missed shots, the Gee-Gees played as well as they needed to at key times to take a comfortable win over the Lions. Ottawa led 33-18 at halftime and then quickly scored the first 7 points of the second half to lead 40-18 and the route appeared to be on. However, 6'3" Tut Ruach led a 6-0 York run that gave the Lions some momentum and then later a 14-2 run culminated by a Ruach "and 1" brought York back to within 8 at 46-38 with 1:02 left in the third. But the Gee-Gees countered with 21-10 run keyed by the great work around the paint by 6'9" Dax Dessureault who took the game over with a hard dunk and a pair of smooth takes to the rim. 6'4" Josh Gibson-Bascombe had 21 points on 5-8 shooting as York tried to slow things down with a three-quarter court press and a zone, but Dessureault (game-high 23 points/7 rebounds) and J. Gibson-Bascombe ensured Ottawa would keep pace with Carleton and Toronto atop the OUA East standings. 6'5" David Labentowicz had another strong 10 point/13 rebound effort while Ruach led York with 20 on 7-19 shooting while freshman Dalton Olinoski added 13 including 3-7 3's. Ottawa again played without 6'3" Donnie Gibson, out with a back injury and also missed 6'5" reserve forward Marvin Bazile, nursing a sore groin.

Laval (4-2) 99, UQAM (0-5) 63 Les Rouge et Or appear to have built from their strong performances in the final two games of the Ryerson tournament as they led basically from the very beginning, building up leads as large as 25 in the first half to hammer the Citadins in Ste. Foy. Once again, 6'7" J.P. Morin led the way with 32 points for Laval including a pair of dunks while 6'3" J.F. Beaulieu-Mahieux, rounding into form after dealing with nagging injuries in the first half, added 20 points. 6'4" Jerome Turcotte had a solid 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Laval shot 60% from the floor. 6'3" Joseph Atangana led the Citadins with 18 points, flashing off his amazing athletism around the basket.

In other games, Carleton humbled Laurentian 114-46 at the Raven's Nest as Canada's #1 team had 7 players in double figures and led 62-18 at halftime... Ryerson smacked RMC 90-42 with 6'7" Boris Bakovic getting 27 points and adding 14 rebounds... Dalhousie Tigers handling Memorial 81-53 at Dalplex as Ryan DeWinter had 19 while 6'7" Sandy Viet added an 11 point/14 rebound double/double. The Tigers played without stalward 6'1" guard Simon Farine, who is nursing an injury... In the lone OUA West game in Thunder Bay, Waterloo came back to edge Lakehead 88-86 as Dan White had 25 for the winners, offsetting another strong offensive effort from 6'4" Kiraan Posey, who had 32 points and 8 rebounds. 6'5" Matthew Powell made his CIS/OUA debut, scoring 14 points and adding 8 rebounds. Waterloo played without 6'3" freshman Cam McIntyre.

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