Saturday, 15 March 2008

Brock 85, Western 75 FINAL

6'7" Owen White had 25 points and 14 rebounds and the Badgers had 5 players in double figures to advance to the championship game as a 7 seed. With Western leading 36-35 after a 7-0 run to start the second half, the Badgers outscored the Mustangs 50-39 the rest of the way to win going away. 6'2" Mike Kemp (12 points, 7 rebounds), 6'3" Rohan Steen (14 points) and 5'10" Brad Rootes (17 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists) each hit 3's early in the fourth quarter as the Badgers broke open a tight game with an assault from downtown. 6'5" Andrew Wedemire kept Western in the game in the second half, scoring all of his 15 points.

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6'2" Jason Milliquet, as he has done all season, just dropped another long 3 to key a 7-0 run and Western has some life down 7 with 4 minutes remaining. The Badgers have unleashed their aerial assault from downtown as 6'2" Rohan Steen and 6'2" Mike Kemp hit back-to-back bombs from downtown. 5'10" Brad Rootes had hit a long 3 from the left baseline with the shot clock winding down and now 6'7" Dusty Bianchin converted a 3 point play.

6'5" Andrew Wedemire single-handidly kept the Mustangs in the game with an 11 point third quarter including hammering home a dunk along the baseline off an out-of-bounds play to keep the 'Stangs close. But 6'2" Rohan Steen hit a three off a poorly-defended ball screen and the Badgers have the momentum entering the fourth quarter. Earlier, the Badgers had answered Western's early third quarter run with 10-3 run of their own as 6'7" Dusty Bianchin just fed 6'7" Mike Muir for an "and 1". 6'2" Jason Milliquet's 3 started a 7-0 run off the beginning of the third quarter but 6'1" Matt Curtis just fouled 5'10" Brad Rootes from behind the arc and Rootes hit all 3 for a 38-36 Brock lead.

Brock finished the half on an 8-2 run as the Mustangs have not yet found an answer inside for Brock's 6'7" Owen White who has 18 first-half points, including a ferocious offensive rebound and put back and has drawn a couple of fouls on 6'9" Colin Laforme while holding him to 0-3 shooting as Laforme sits. White has added 9 rebounds including 5 on the offensive glass and it could have been worse save for a 6-12 effort from the foul line by White thus far. 6'6" Adam Ruickbie has not fared much better as the Badgers are exploiting that mismatch inside forcing Western to go to their third option, little-used 6'8" Alan Paron. 6'6" Brad Smith had 15 of his 17 points in the first quarter, culminated in a breakaway dunk and 15' jumper, in a tremendous offensive display. Smith, a forward from Barrie, ON scored the Mustangs first 11 points but missed 5 of his last 6 shots plus a pair of free throws. 6'1" Jason Milliquet has picked up the slack with a pair of deep 3's with hands in his face but Western has as yet not been able to further free up the slick-shooting guard from Sarnia. 6'7" Dusty Bianchin has hit a number of mid-range jumpers for Brock as Western clearly is leaving him alone to beat them. The game is a very exciting affair.

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