Saturday, 6 November 2010

Toronto 93, McMaster 90 in OVERTIME

In another wild finish, the Varsity Blues outlasted Mac in overtime as 5'11" fifth-year point guard Anthony DeGiorgio knocked down a pair of threes early in the extra session to give Toronto (2-0) a cushion and, despite later throwing the ball away a couple of times opening the door for a Marauder comeback, the Blues held, dropping Mac to 0-2.

DeGiorgio's second three of the extra frame gave the Bues a 90-84 lead and then 6'8" Taylor Black went to work with 5 consecutive Mac points; his banker in the lane brought the game back to 91-89 and on the ensuing possession the Marauders got the ball back to tie it after DeGiorgio threw it away against the press.  But 6'5" Scott Laws missed a baseline jumper and 6'6" Andrew Wasik followed with an aggressive take right at Black to restore a four point Toronto lead.  DeGiorgio later went to the line with a chance to ice it but missed a pair of free throws and after Black made 1-2 at the line, DeGiorgio threw it away again with about 5 seconds remaining and Toronto up 3.  In the ensuing scramble, 6'3" Victor Raso was left with an open three from the left wing but hit back iron.  Mac got the "o" board and, after a time out with only 2 seconds remaining, the Marauders botched the in-bounds play with a back court violation and the Blues survived.

The Blues looked to be blowing out the Marauders in the first quarter, building leads as large as 17 at 34-17 and when 6'3" Ben Garvin knocked down a buzzer beating 3 from the left baseline, Toronto had a comfortable 52-40 halftime lead.  But Mac stormed out of the gate in the third and their pressure keyed a 24-10 third quarter run as they took the lead.

In the fourth, after 5'11" Justin Holmes gave the Blues an 81-80 lead with a long three and later Wasik made 1-2 at the line, 6'6" Cam Michaud forced overtime with a driving baseline lay-in at the regulation buzzer, setting up the drama in the overtime.

Stats to follow.

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