Friday, 6 November 2009

Toronto 92, Laurier 89 in overtime

Many were skeptical when the Laurier Golden Hawks received a #10 ranking in the first CIS coaches poll. Don't count Varsity Blues Mike Katz as one of those people. In an exciting, well played thriller in Toronto before a large, boisterous crowd, the Blues, behind 30 points from Rob Paris, 17 points and 13 rebounds from underrated big man Drazen Glizic and several big shots down the stretch from Nick Snow, held off the Golden Hawks, who shot a sizzling 12 for 21 from downtown and got solid games from their posts to push Toronto. "Laurier is a legitimate team with strength and talent inside and tough guards. They gave us all we could handle in what was an unbelievably great game to be part of", praised Katz who was especially pleased with the workmanlike effort of Glizic, an unheralded recruit who has turned himself into a legitimate CIS big man. Paris went 6-12 from downtown and added 5 assists in a sterling shooting effort while Nick Magalas had 16 and Snow 15, many in the second half. Kale Harrison led Laurier with 23 while freshman Max Allin added 19 and veteran Jesse MacDonald 18 - these three shot a combined 10 for 17 from beyond the arc and the freshman Allin made several huge shots down the stretch. Sophomore point guard Travis Berry had 9 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and only 1 turnover in 40 minutes in a tidy effort for Laurier.

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