Friday, 7 January 2011

Spunky Gryphs let one get away; rest of OUA East

Lakehead 66, Guelph 55  The severly undermanned Gryphs used an energetic team "d" to keep themselves in the game and led by 4 at 52-48 with under 4 minutes to play but consecutive turnovers, an intentional foul and the strong work of 6'6" Yoosrie Salhia allow the Thunderwolves to outscore Guelph 18-3 to finish the game.  Salhia, who is clearly all the way back from off season surgery, dominated inside, finishing with 25 points and 12 rebounds and leading Lakehead's domination on the glass, was Lakehead's go-to guy down the stretch.  6'0" freshman George Mason came off the bench to go 3 for 4 from downtown for 15 points for Guelph as they mounted a 9 point first quarter lead.  But an inability for anyone else to step up and score offensively (Michel Clark, Mike Patrella, Kevin Cameron and Drew Morris combined to shoot just 8 for 34) and the turnovers and bad fouls at bad times ultimately led to Guelph's game-ending collapse.  The two teams meet again tomorrow night in Guelph.

Carleton 89, Ryerson 64  The Ravens (9-0) jumped out to a 24 point third quarter lead and grabbed advantages as high as 30 in the fourth in knocking off the young Rams (2-7) at the Raven's Nest.  6'6" second-year forward Tyson Hinz had 28 points on 10-14 shooting as Ravens shot 52% as a team including 10-23 from downtown.  6'2" Ola Adegboruwa had 11 on 5-5 shooting for Rye.  In the expected battle between arguably the two most productive freshmen in the CIS thus far this season, Carletons' Phil Scrub had 6 points on a pair of threes while Ryerson pg Jahmal Jones had 6 points in 24 minutes.

Laurentian 75, Queen's 54  The Vees pulled away in the second half at home behind 22 points and 10 rebounds from Mike Hull to even their record at 5-5.  The Pasquale brothers were also instrumental in the win with Manny scoring 17 and Isiah 15 as Laurentian held the Gaels to 23 second-half points.  6'2" Dan Bannister again was a one-man offensive force for Queen's, scoring 24 points on 11-18 shooting including 2-6 3's; the rest of the Gaels combined to 10-45 and 1-10 as the Voyageurs avenged a close loss to Queen's last weekend in the seventh place game of the Rod Shoveller Memorial tournament in Halifax.

York 97, RMC 42


prizby said...

Queen's vs. LU was a great game...12-0 run to start the first quarter for Laurentian; it really set the tone for the game. Manny was deadly from beyond the arc, while Isiah hit turn around jumper after turn around jumper; they really seemed to feed off each well. Mike Hull was huge too; might have been his best game yet as a Voyageur. Bannister was also unreal tonight; you cannot leave this guy open, because he will make every single open shot

I had a nice chat with Duncan Cowan, the Queen's coach before the game. He was a real swell guy and he's got a long-term vision for the Queen's team and feels he can turn them into a winner; and if he lands a few good recruits/transfers, he could do it and personally, i hope he can do it; it would be real great to see a young coach suceed; I hope Queen's Athletics give him the opportunity!

Anonymous said...

Well, the Laurentian-Queen's tilt WAS great....for the Voyageurs, that is.
Queen's basketball is, once again, enduring tough times.
The Gaels are currently ranked 37th of the 42 CIS men's basketball teams.
Only Winnipeg, MUN, TRU, Bishop's and of course, RMC are ranked lower.
Kingston has become the black hole of men's university ball in Canada.
A road trip to the Limestone City has become, in effect, a working vacation for OUA teams.
Nice town...shame about the b-ball.
Saddled with the worst travel partner in the country, Queen's gets no breaks when it comes to preparations from other teams.
But the Gaels biggest problem, no doubt, has been recruiting.
The Kingston area has been fertile ground for producing top caliber CIS players like Mike and Rob Smart, Aaron Doornekamp, Rob Saunders and Stu Turnbull,,,unfortunately, they all contributed to Carleton's current dynasty instead of building what could have been a great Queen's program.
Now other CIS teams have begun exploiting Kingston's strong HS/club programs by recruiting there.
Acadia's Owen Klassen is one example.
With few exceptions, like recently graduated Mitch Leger, most top Kington stars leave the city.
If Duncan Cowan hopes to make this a respectable program, that has got to change.