Sunday, 25 October 2009

Guelph 77, St. Francis Xavier 70

Once again the Gryphs displayed great energy defensively, building leads as large as 18 and holding the X-Men to only 39 points after 3 quarters to win their second consecutive game at home vs. an AUS team. 6'4" Jay Mott was the catalyst offensively for Guelph, going 6 for 9 from downtown for 22 points in only 24 minutes before shutting it down for the afternoon after injuring his ankle in the third quarter. Guelph was generally able to handle X's pressure until the fourth quarter when St. FX got it back to 5 with about 2 1/2 minutes remaining but could not get any closer. The X-Men mixed in some zone but Mott made them pay with his long-range shooting. Guelph jumped out to a 21-11 first quarter lead and led by 14 at 38-24 before 5'10" Christian "T-Bear" Upshaw banked in a long 3 at the halftime buzzer to close the gap to 11 at the break. The Gryphs continue to set the tone with their "d" in the third quarter to lead 57-39 after 3 but the X pressure started to pay some dividends in the fourth when the X-Men created some turnovers and mounted their only real charge of the game as Upshaw (25 points including 4 3's) did much of his offensive damage. With X trailing by only 5, Guelph's Dan McCarthy hit a big bucket and 6'7" Adam Bering (12 points/8 rebounds), who continues to supply excellent production in the post at both ends for Guelph, scored in the post, extending the lead and clinching the win for Guelph (2-1 vs. CIS teams). 6'4" Jonathan Moscatelli added 14 for Guelph while 5'11" Mike Patrella had 12. 6'8" Alberto Rodriquez had 9 points/10 rebounds while 6'5" sophomore Jeremy Dunn had 13 including 2 3's for X, which went 8 for 13 overall from downtown. Guelph meets Darrell Glenn's Humber College Hawks this coming Wednesday in Guelph.

No comments: