Thursday, 3 February 2011

OUA West: Hawks and Mustangs win at home

Laurier 97, McMaster 89   Dominating the glass once again and getting strong performances from 6'5" Kale Harrison and 6'6" Maxwell Allin, the Hawks came back from an early 9 point deficit to never trail in the second half and gain a season split against the Marauders, who again were without 6'8" Scott Brittain.  Harrison dominated the third quarter with 14 points and finished with a team-high 29, igniting the game-deciding run after the Marauders had used a 12-0 run to bring it back to within one at 57-56 early in the third.  Harrison made 3's, mid-range jumpers and got to the line in a tremendous offensive performance.  Allin, the versatile forward, then carried the Hawks in the fourth quarter - he had 14 points in the final frame - and helped Laurier maintain a comfortable lead and answer any Mac run.  Laurier led 48-42 at the half as Harrison had 13 first-half points, offsetting a solid first half from 6'6" Cam Michaud, who had 17 in the opening stanza, helping Mac to bust out to an early lead.  Laurier jumped out to a 9-2 run starting the second half, helped by some questionable Mac shot selection, and it appeared that a route may ensue.  But 6'0" Kenan Etale and 6'3" Victor Raso sparked a 12-0 Mac run that got them as close as they would come at 1 before Harrison took over.  Later in the fourth, an Allin bucket gave Laurier a 77-65 lead.  Michaud led all scorers with 30 points, finishing around the rim with an array of slick moves while Etale (22 points) showed he is one of the tougher checks in the league off the dribble, slashing to the rim for finishes or fouls (11-12 f.t.).  But the Hawks appeared a step quicker and seemed to get to all of the important loose balls resulting from the numerous scrums in this hard-played affair.  6'2" Sharif Wanas added 15 points for Laurier including a perfect 5-5 from the field in the first half when he finished with 12 points and 6 boards.   Summary

Western 70, Brock 69  6'3" Marcus Barnett had 5 straight points to key a 7-0 run off the start of the fourth quarter, breaking a 50-50 tie and the Mustangs never trailed after that in winning at home.  The Badgers had the final shot of the game but could not convert after 5'11" Ryan Barbeau, who was tough down the stretch, missed a free throw to give Brock a final chance.  Western took a 63-57 lead with just under 3 minutes to play on a three-pointer by Barbeau (18 points) but Brock scored the next 5 points before Barbeau knocked down a "j" to restore a 3 point lead with a minute and a half remaining.  6'5" Andrew Wedemire had 22 points to lead Western including 9 points in the third.  6'2" Mike Cruickshank led Brock with 23 points while 6'1" Andrew Kraus added 13 on 4-14 shooting including a clutch jumper that got it to within 1 in the final seconds.  Summary

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