Saturday, 7 November 2009

Hawks defeated by Varsity Blues in overtime

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Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2009 09:31:09 -0500
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Subject: - Hawks defeated by Varsity Blues in overtime - Saturday, November 7, 2009

Hawks defeated by Varsity Blues in overtime
Saturday, November 7, 2009

Laurier: 89 Toronto: 92
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TORONTO - In their first conference game of the season, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks lost 92-89 to the University of Toronto's Varsity Blues in overtime.

Laurier, who was ranked 10th in CIS going into the game, put up an impressive fight against Toronto, who was ranked 6th.

The game started off with a six-point lead for the Varsity Blues who maintained their lead for most of the first quarter. Toronto's Rob Paris (St. Catherine's, Ont) contributed to this lead by sinking four three-pointers in less than six minutes of the game.

The Hawks, however, took the lead with thirty seconds to go in the first. By the end of the quarter, Laurier was up by one point with the score being 25-24. By half, the Hawks increased their lead to a five-point gap at 44-39.

In the third quarter, the University of Toronto managed to tie the score 52 all. However, Laurier took back the lead once again thanks to a successful jump-shot from Kale Harrison (Stratford, Ont) followed by three baskets in a row from Conor Meschino (Oakville, Ont).

Entering the forth quarter, the game was tied at 62 all. At this time, the Varsity Blues pulled ahead. With the score at 79-72 for U of T and just a few minutes to go in the last quarter, Laurier managed to prevent Toronto from scoring for the rest of the quarter while racking up seven points of their own – a three-pointer from Maxwell Allin (Chatham, Ont) and two jump shots from Conor Meschino.

The score was 79-79 at this time, thus overtime followed. In overtime, the Varsity Blues took the lead and came out victorious. The final score was 92-89.

High scorers for Laurier were Kale Harrison with 23 point, Maxwell Allin with 19 points, and Jesse MacDonald (Branford, Ont) with 16. Harrison, Allin, and Travis Berry (St. Catherine's, Ont) each had seven rebounds.

For the University of Toronto, Rob Paris scored 30 points and Drazen Glisic (Toronto, Ont) scored 17.

"It was a great game," said rookie Maxwell Allin after the game. "Overall we played well, we battled the whole game. [Toronto] executes well, they run their system very well, and they rebound well [but] it was a tight game [and] it could have gone either way."

Laurier plays their second game of the season on November 7, 2009 against Ryerson, in Toronto.
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