Saturday, 16 October 2010

Naismith Classic Report from Martin Timmerman

With thanks to Martin who does such a fine job keeping track of all the action on his site

The Memorial Sea-Hawks put together a strong fourth quarter to down the host Waterloo Warriors 75-70 in first round action at the Naismith Classic in Waterloo. The Sea-Hawks had never led in the game until the opening three pointer to start the quarter, the opening shot in a 7-0 run. Waterloo regained the lead just once. The Warriors started the game well, opening with a 9-3 start en-route to a seven point lead after 10 minutes. By half time Memorial had closed the gap to a 37-32 lead for Waterloo. Waterloo was shooting well in the half, at 50% compared to just 30% for Memorial. But Memorial was hitting some threes and also was 10 for 12 from the free throw line. The free throw difference continued throughout the game as Memorial was 24 of 32 from the line for the game, while Waterloo hit just 6 or 14 foul shots. For the game, Waterloo could not find the long distance range, hitting just 19% on three point attempts. Memorial has four players hit double figures, with Mark Woodland leading the team with 24 points. Jason Shepherd added 15 points, with Will Bradbury contributing 14 points. Waterloo was led by Alan Goodhoofd, who hit for a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Cam McIntyre added 13 points.

In the earlier game at the Naismith Classic the Laval Rouge et Or used their inside attack and a 13-2 run midway through the third quarter to extend a tight game into a comfortable 84-78 win over the Ryerson Rams. At the half, Laval held a slim two point margin and Ryerson grabbed the lead briefly before the Laval run. Fourth year forward Etienne Labrecque logged 39 minutes and led Laval in scoring with 20 points and adding 7 rebounds. Jean-Francois Beaulieu Maheux with 16 points and Jean-Philippe Renaud with 13 rounded out the leading scorers. For Ryerson, Ola Adegboruwa led all scorers with 24 points and Jordan Gauthier added 19 points.

In women's play at the Naismith Classic, the McGill Martlets defeated the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 70-58 and the Alberta Pandas toppled Waterloo 81-48. Saturday action will see Alberta play Laurier and Waterloo host McGill in women's games in the afternoon. In the evening, Memorial will play Ryerson at 6:00pm and Waterloo will host Laval at 8:00pm. A special feature of the late game will be to recognize and honour the 1974-75 CIAU Men's Championship team from Waterloo. See the video titled Triumph Over Tragedy (available on YouTube at, which looks back on the championship season and game.

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