Friday, 16 October 2009

Naismith Summary

See below for report from Waterloo's Martin Timmerman on both games. It appears that a pair of veteran-laden teams with senior guards and bigs: the Varsity Blues and Warriors are headed for a Sunday afternoon clash for the championship. The Blues deployed a zone defense through much of the first half that helped them grab a double digit lead which they maintained throughout much of the second half. Acadia played without injured 6'5" forward Justin Boutilier and also freshman 6'5" Jonathan Kamba. Waterloo meanwhile showed solid depth and their usual array of crisp offensive sets to dominate Manitoba.

Naismith Classic Results
Game 1: Toronto Varsity Blues 86, Acadia Axemen 75
Top scorers: Toronto: Rob Paris - 21 pts, Acadia: Casey Fox - 23 pts
The University of Toronto Varsity Blues opened the 42nd Annual Naismith Classic with a comfortable 86-75 win over the Acadia Axemen.

The first quarter was a see-saw game with a Toronto tip-in at the close to narrow the gap to just a single point. That was the momentum starter as the Blues came out 13-4 to start the second half and maintain an 8-10 point lead throughout the period. A closing three made it 50-37 at the half for the Blues.

Toronto started the second half on a 5-0 run, but this time Acadia came back with their own run. Back to back threes from Acadia's Casey Fox narrowed the gap to just seven, but that's as close as Acadia was able to get. Toronto made the stops to close out the third quarter with a 12 point lead. In the final period Toronto maintained a lead of at least 10 points throughout en route to their 86-75 win.

Casey Fox led all scorers with 23 points for Acadia, with Alexander Traikov closing with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. For the Blues, Rob Paris scored 21 points and Nick Snow has 16 points and 10 rebounds.


Game 2: Waterloo Warriors 80, Manitoba Bisons 57
Top scorers: Waterloo: Cam McIntyre - 21 pts, Manitoba: Richard Reimer - 12 pts

The Waterloo Warriors won all four periods en route to a convincing 80-57 win over the Manitoba Bisons in the second game at the Naismith Classic.

After some close play early on Waterloo closed the first quarter with an eight point lead and extended that to a 35-25 lead at half time. Alan Goodhoofd was inside early with three two handed dunks in the opening half.

Manitoba took the early momentum in the second half threatening to get back in the game. A Waterloo time-out and renewed energy put the Warriors into a 15 point lead. With 5:30 left in the contest Waterloo had expanded that lead to 20 points. The final score was Waterloo winning 80-57 over Manitoba.

On the night Waterloo shot 40% from the floor and out-rebounded the Bisons 50-38. Cam McIntyre led all scorers with 21 points. Alan Goodhoofd finished with 17 points, while Matt Hayes hauled in 12 rebounds. For Manitoba, Richard Reimer hit for 12 points, while Sean Maxwell added 11.


The Naismith Classic continues on Saturday with Manitoba taking on Toronto at 6pm, while Waterloo hosts Acadia at 8pm.

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