Saturday, 26 January 2008

OUA West: Stangs pull away; Waterloo hangs with Mac

#8 Windsor (16-5, 12-4) 103, Lakehead (9-13, 7-9) 74 For the second straight night, the Lancers dominated at home with 6 players in double figures including 6'8" Greg Surmacz with 20 points, 6 rebounds, offsetting another tremendous offensive effort from 6'4" Kiraan Posey, who went off for 43 points and 6 rebounds for the T-Wolves.

Brock (15-11, 10-5) 96, Guelph (14-8, 9-6) 70 Yesterday's game billed as a battle for second place basically didn't materialize as the Badgers held Guelph to under 30% shooting with stifling half court "d" to jump out to a 20 point lead by halftime and cruised to an easy win. 6'2" Mike Kemp (13 first-half points, game-high 26 including 5-6 3's) hit back-to-back 3's in transition as Brock started the second quarter on an 8-2 run in the first two minutes to stretch their lead. 5'10" Brad Rootes had 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists as the hot-shooting Badgers went 11-24 from downtown and a scorching 33 for 36 (91.7%) from the foul line. The Badgers did a fine job defending in the half court and finding mismatches offensively to grab an early 9 point lead. 6'7" Owen White was aggressive early at the offensive end, 6'7" Dusty Bianchin did a nice job on 6'9" Duncan Milne and Brock won the battle on the glass. 6'3" Nick Pankerichan had 19 points in the loss for Guelph, which hurt themselves going 10 for 17 from the line and going only 4 for 18 from 3 after leading the OUA in 3 point FG% coming into the game.

Here is a note from Greg Layson from Big Man on Campus who is at Brock and unfortunately not able to provide updates on his site; we thank him for his updates:

"Brock 44, Guelph 24 - Guelph's been brutal from the floor.

O'Rourke is trying anyone and everything to stay in this game. He's now played everyone on the roster. Even Omar Omar got some playing time.

Milne is significantly less aggressive today than against Waterloo. Give some of that credit Bianchin.

Rootes suffered a mildly twisted ankle on a made three at 3:39 of the second. He walked off on his own power after a Guelph made basket.

Brock hit back-to-back threes thanks to a Popic foul on a made three. Brock too a 37-21 lead.

Guelph cannot match up defensively anywhere on the floor.

Unless Guelph starts hitting shots or makes some sort of defensive adjustments this game is already over."

Western (15-9, 8-7) 73, Laurier (9-15, 6-9) 60 The Mustangs overcame an early deficit and another tremendous effort by Hawks freshman sensation Kale Harrison to lead by one at halftime and then pulled away early in the third. Western's balanced offensive attack was led by 6'6" Brad Smith with 14 points while dynamic 6'1" guard Matt Curtis added 13. 6'10" Colin Laforme had 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Meanwhile Harrison, who started the year as an unheralded freshman from Strathroy, went off for 29 points and added 10 rebounds.

McMaster (12-10, 7-8) 72, Waterloo (7-18, 4-12) 57 Mac scored the first 10 points of the third quarter and have scored 14 of the first 16 of the second half to break the game open against the cold-shooting Warriors as 6'1" Jermaine DeCosta had 10 third-quarter points. Mac by 20 at 63-43 with 7 minutes remaining in the game and the Warriors got the game back to 12 but could come no closer. 6'6" Andrew Losier had a nice put back at the buzzer to give Mac some breathing room going into halftime. The Marauders looked to be on their way after a 14-4 run gave them an 8 point lead at 29-21, as pressure Mac "d" held Waterloo to only 4 points in the first 6 minutes of the second half. But a poor effort at the free throw line (7 of 14) and strong work from 6'7" Sinclair Brown kept the Warriors close. The Marauders jumped out to an 8-0 lead off the opening tip and the Warriors, wanting to slow the tempo, fell back into a zone and the strategy worked, as Waterloo went on a 15-4 run culminated in a three by 6'3" Cam McIntyre to lead by 3 with about 2 minutes remaining in the first quarter. 6'8" Mouchtar Diaby has 7 points for Mac while 6'9" Terry Licorish has 6 but the two bigs have combined to go 3 for 8 from the line.

#8 Windsor 12-4
Brock 10-5
Guelph 9-6
Western 8-7
McMaster 7-8
Lakehead 7-9
Laurier 6-9
Waterloo 4-12

Wednesday's Games:
Brock at McMaster
Waterloo at Windsor
Laurier at Guelph

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