Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Walsh 85, Toronto 77

In what was a very well played and entertaining game, the Cavaliers took the lead with under 3 minutes to play during a game-deciding 13-1 run in the fourth quarter to outlast the Varsity Blues in the first semi-final of Ryerson NIT.  6'1" Anthony DeGiorgio gave the Blues their final lead of the night at 74-72 with just over 3 minutes remaining and then Walsh stiffened defensively and made several clutch shots including back-to-back 3's from Eric Schiele to pull away.  Earlier the Blues had taken a 6 point lead at 66-60 on a layup by 6'5" Alex Hill with 6 minutes remaining but the Cavs charged back to tie it on an L.J. Sutton dunk.

Both teams did a great job with their half court defense and the game had limited transition opportunities in a very intense, high spirited affair that seemed virtually mistake-free (teams combined for only 17 turnovers all night).  Schiele was clutch off the bench for Walsh going 4 for 4 from downtown and scoring all of his 14 points after the intermission.  Sutton was strong inside for the Cavs with 14 points and 13 rebounds while Lamar Skeeter and Jeremy Shardo each led the way with 18 points for Walsh (2-0 in the tournament).  Walsh awaits the winner of the UNB / Ryerson game later tonight.

6'6" Andrew Wasik was strong for U of T with 21 points and 9 boards on 8-13 shooting while Hill added 18 on 3-7 from downtown.  6'6" Drazen Glizic took only 6 shots all night, finishing with 12 points.  The Blues will play in the third place game tomorrow.

Box Score

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