Thursday, 3 February 2011

Guelph 97, Windsor 94 in Overtime

The Gryphs overcame a game-tying desperation 3 that forced overtime, showing huge character in getting themselves squarely back in the playoff race with a huge win in Windsor.  6'2" Dan McCarthy, who had 38 points including 6 for 7 from downtown, gave the Gryphs the lead for good with a put-back with about 2 minutes left in the overtime and later 6'4" Jonathan Moscatelli, playing with a tensor on his injured right (shooting) hand, clinched the game with a transition 3 from the top of the bowl.  Moscatelli's 3 came after a questionable long 3 by the Lancers after which Windsor stopped playing for a second or two, giving the fourth-year wing enough time to dial up the game-clinching 3.  6'1" Enrico DiLoretto (22 points) had tied the game at the fourth quarter buzzer with a dramatic three from about 4 feet behind the arc after missing a pair of free throws with 10 seconds remaining that could have given Windsor the lead.  After McCarthy made a pair of free throws to give Guelph a 3 point lead with 8 seconds left, DiLoretto got a feed from 6'3" Isaac Kuon and made no mistake to tie it at 82.  Earlier, 5'11" Mike Patrella (26 points) had a clutch "and 1" lay-in high off the glass going left off a high ball screen to tie the game and his ensuing free throw after being fouled gave Guelph a one point lead with 27.6 seconds remaining.  On the next possession, DiLoretto then dialed his own number, driving the lane but his short forced runner got nothing but air but the scrappy sophomore grabbed the ensuing loose ball and got fouled.  Kuon, who finished with a game-high 39 points including several down the stretch and was 5 for 7 from 3 point land, was the catalyst in a late Windsor rally that gave the Lancers a one-point lead in the final minute of regulation after Guelph led by as many as 7 in the fourth quarter.  But Windsor inexplicably went away from Kuon in the overtime, choosing instead to take questionable 3's and force themselves into one-on-one situations.  The Gryphs did a great job of guarding the ball and keeping the Lancers off the offensive glass when it counted in another tremendous win for Chris O'Rourke's Gryphons.

OUA West Standings
Lakehead 13-3  at Waterloo (2)
Laurier 12-5 at Windsor
Windsor 11-6 host Laurier
Brock 8-9 host McMaster
McMaster 8-9 at Brock
Western 8-9 host Guelph
Waterloo 7-9 host Lakehead (2)
Guelph 7-10 at Western

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