Friday, 7 January 2011

Varsity Blues gain important road win at Ottawa

#10 Toronto 77, Ottawa 73  The well-balanced Blues, now 7-2 on the regular season, held on late in a tight, exciting battle that was generally well-played as 6'5" Alex Hill had 11 of his 17 points in the third quarter and 6'6" Andrew Wasik helped put the game away with 4 of his 18 points in the final minute.  Ottawa had the game back to 71-70 with 42 seconds remaining on a three from the top of the bowl by 6'6" Warren Ward (game-high 27 points including 6-8 3's and 14 rebounds) but Blues closed well, immediately going inside to Wasik who turned strong and scored on 6'9" Louis Gauthier and the Blues were able to hang on with a stop and then a 4-6 effort from the foul line for the important road victory that comfortably seats the Blues in second spot, well ahead of any team below.  The loss, which drops the Gee-Gees to just 2-7 on the regular season, with five of those setbacks by five points or fewer.  6'6" Drazen Glizic had 16 points and 10 rebounds including Toronto's first 7 points of the game as the Blues found the matchup they wanted with Ottawa's 6'6" Nemanja Baletic.  Fifth-year veteran Anthony DeGiorgio was solid again for Toronto despite a very strong defensive effort from Gee-Gees 6'3" Chris Anderson (12 points).  DeGiorgio finished with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists including a pair of momentum-stalling 3's in the second quarter when Ottawa had been finding their way to the rim in transition in spurts primarily off uncharacteristically quick Toronto shots.  Arun Kumar also came off the bench for a pair of big second-half threes to keep the Blues in it in a game where there were few if any leads larger than 5 for any significant period of time.  Gee-Gees welcome Ryerson Rams, 30 point losers to Carleton Ravens, to Montpetit Hall on Saturday night while Toronto meets Carleton in one of the feature matchups on this weekend's CIS schedule.

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