Wednesday, 23 January 2008

OUA Action from Wednesday

Guelph (14-7, 9-5) 73, Waterloo (7-17, 4-11) 70 6'3" Nick Pankerichan made a series of big 3's plus the two clinching free throws with 5.8 seconds remaining to lead the Gryphs to a win in Waterloo. Pankerichan (16 points including 4 3's) hit back-to-back 3's to bring the Gryphs back from a third quarter deficit and then 6'4" Borko Popic, quiet until early in the fourth quarter, gave Guelph the lead for good with 4 straight points. 6'4" Jay Mott (16 points) also chipped in with a couple of big shots including a three. Pankerichan's final 3 of the game gave the Gryphs a five point lead with 1:36 remaining but the Warriors wouldn't quit as gunslinging 6'3" wing Cam McIntyre (26 points) bounced in a three off the top of the glass to cut the lead to two and later hit a tough 3 off a rebound to bring Waterloo back to within 1, setting up Pankerichan's free throws. After the free throws, McIntyre missed a potential game-tying shot at the buzzer. Guelph survived a shaky third quarter that saw the Warriors pull off an 11-0 run to lead by as many as 8 at 56-48 but then Pankerichan, Mott and Popic took over. 6'9" Duncan Milne had his way inside for Guelph, finishing with 22 points and 16 rebounds while Waterloo's 3 bigs combined for 7 points.

Brock (14-11, 9-5) 76, Laurier (9-14, 6-8) 70 5'10" All-Canadian guard Brad Rootes again was instrumental down the stretch with a big 3 and then a tough leaning lay-in as the Badgers held off a valiant comeback by the pesky Hawks to win at home. Brock led by double digits in the third quarter but watched the Hawks creep back to within 1 at 64-63 midway through the final frame. Rootes and 6'3" Rohan Steen then took over from there as Steen (19 points, 9 rebounds) pulled up in the lane for a 10 footer and then later Rootes (18 points, 9 assists, 7-10 shooting) hit a tough 3 with 2 1/2 minutes left to give the Badgers a 71-65 lead. A three by 6'5" Matt Walker (16 points, 6 rebounds) got Laurier back to within 3 at 73-70 but then Rootes then drove left, leaned in and finished with his right hand to put the game basically out of reach. After a tight first quarter that featured 9 points by star 6'5" freshman Kale Harrison (18 points, 7 rebounds), the Badgers took control with an 18-5 off the start of the second quarter but the Hawks scored the final 6 points of the half to cut the lead to 9 by halftime. Brock hit 3 first quarter 3's but Harrison and strong work on the offensive glass allowed Laurier to stay in the game.

York 96 (5-20, 3-12) Laurentian (3-21, 2-13) 65 6'3" Amde Evans has 15 of his 17 points in first half as the Lions took control on a 9-0 run late in the first quarter and then later a 14-5 run late in the second to lead by as many as 22 in the first half to coast to the win in Sudbury. The Vees showed some life at the start of the third quarter with a 13-4 run to cut the lead to 10 but then 6'7" Matt Terejko (14 points/12 rebounds) tipped in a miss and 6'3" Tut Ruach (18 points, 7 assists) followed with a transition layup, starting a 14-5 that was culminated by a three-pointer by 6'1" sophomore Jason Hoult (15 points, all in the second half) and the route was on. The win gives the Lions a one-game edge in the battle for the sixth and final playoff spot in the OUA West with the final game of the season between these two teams to be played at York.

Western (14-9, 7-7) 84, McMaster (11-10, 6-8) 66 Western jumped out to leads of 16-3 and 25-9 at lead comfortably after 2 quarters and the Marauders got no closer than 9 at 49-40 the rest of the way in Hamilton. Ten different Mustangs scored in an impressive road performance. 6'6" Brad Smith had 16 of his game-high 25 points after halftime to lead the way while 6'10" Colin Laforme has 12 points and 9 rebounds for Western. 6'9" Terry Licorish led Mac with 14 points/10 rebounds while 6'6" Andrew Losier had his best offensive game of the season with 14 as well.

Windsor 9-4
Brock 9-5
Guelph 9-5
Lakehead 7-7
Western 7-7
McMaster 6-8
Laurier 6-8
Waterloo 4-11

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Re: York v Laurentian...
Even though both teams entered Wednesday night's game with identical 2-12 records, I knew it would be no contest.
I have seen both teams play when they were in Ottawa earlier this month and there was no comparison between the two.
Even though York lost both of their games fairly handily, at least they competed.
The Voyageurs, on the other hand, were totally outclassed.
I saw the first half of their game against Carleton, and I left at halftime with the score 62-18.
I went over to Ottawa U and caught the entire York-Ottawa game which wasn't decided until the latter stages of the 4th quarter.
BTW, I also saw Laurentian lose an exhibition game to Algonquin in October.
Seriously, I doubt the Voyageurs could make the playoffs if they were in the OCAA.
They are that bad.
What a far cry this program has become from the days when Peter Campbell coached there.