Wednesday, 9 February 2011

OUA West Tonight

Windsor 108, Waterloo 80  The Lancers broke open a tight game just after halftime, going on a 29-8 run during the first 7 minutes of the third to remain in the hunt for first or second place in the conference.  6'2" Enrico DeLoretto had a career-high 30 points while 6'3" fifth-year senior Isaac Kuon added 25 as the two combined to shoot 12 for 18 from the three-point line.  6'0" Josh Collins had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists in another strong performance for the Lancers.  Waterloo is now 8-11.

First place in the OUA West is all the more important given the new playoff format in the OUA with the Wilson Cup Final Four.  First place in the West not only means a home game for the OUA West semi-final but also potentially avoiding #1 Carleton Ravens in the OUA semi-finals should the first place team get there.

Guelph 73, Laurier 72  In another chapter in the Gryphs unlikely turnaround to what appeared to be a lost season, 6'0" Kareem Malcolm came off the injured list to finish a transition layup with 18 seconds left to give Guelph the lead for good and the hosts then locked down the Hawks on the final possession, forcing a tough 15' baseline jumper from Sharif Wanis, to move to 8-11 and back in the playoff race.  With the score tied at 69 and a minute and a half remaining, 6'2" Dan McCarthy (14 points) got to the rim to give Guelph the lead.  But 6'6" Maxwell Allin (23 points) gave Laurier the lead right back on the very next possession with a three pointer.  The Gryphs couldn't score and then Laurier had two cracks at layups with 6'5" Matt Buckley missing a putback that just came off, which set up Malcolm's driving layup which barely stay down.  5'11" Mike Petrella led Guelph with 20 points while 6'6" Jerald Greenidge had 12 points and 8 boards in 32 minutes against the imposing Laurier front line and Malcolm added 8 points in 17 minutes.  6'5" Kale Harrison shot just 5-14 from the field while battling a severe flu for the Golden Hawks.  The Gryphons now host McMaster this coming Saturday, a team they defeated in January in Hamilton.

McMaster 69, Western 55  Mac used a 23-9 run toward the end of the third to run away from the visiting Mustangs.  The Marauders got a pair of three pointers from 6'0" Jordan Tew (10 points) in the key run, part of 5 3's Mac made in the third quarter.  After 6'5" Peter Scholtes got Western back to within 1 at 35-34, Mac's 6'6" Cam Michaud (12 points - one of four Marauders in double figures) knocked down a three to start the game deciding run.  Marauders had jumped out to an early 14 point lead and had held 6'6" Andy Wedemire scoreless until the All-Canadian woke up, scoring 10 of Western's points in an 11-3 run that got the game back to 3 by halftime and later 6'2" Marcus Barnett (16 points) added back-to-back 3's - but that was Western's only sustainable quality run in the game.  But the Marauders were too strong and too deep in the third, putting themselves in the driver's seat for fourth place and sweeping the season series.  Wedemire led all scorers with 19 while 6'5" Scott Laws got off to a strong start and finished with 14 to lead Mac.  If the season were to end tonight, these teams would meet again in an OUA West first round playoff game and that game would be played in Hamilton.

OUA West
Lakehead 14-4
Windsor 13-6
Laurier 12-7
McMaster 10-9
Western 9-10
Brock 8-10
Guelph 8-11
Waterloo 8-11


Anonymous said...

I have a question regarding the new OUA format.. I see the 3 vs 6 and 4 vs 5 matchups with the higher seeded team getting the home game.. 1 and 2 would play the winners also at home.. My question is, do the 1 and 2 teams play each other (or whoever wins the semi finals) to seed for the OUA final 4, or are the top 2 OUA West finishers seeded based on regular season when it comes to the final 4?


Anonymous said...

There will be no playoff game to determine seeding for the Final Four.
In other words if Carleton and Toronto are the two teams remaining from the east, they will NOT play each to determine seedings...Carleton would be the east #1 seed and Toronto #2.
Same thing goes in the west.
Highest remaining team (regular season) gets the #1 seed.
Obviously this new format works to the advantage of the east #2 and might be dreaded by the west #2.

Anonymous said...


Teddy said...

lol this new playoff thing is dumb..
they should just have top team from east and west go on to CIS
then a battle for 2nd place team face for wildcard spot for CIS like usual...

ps...west looks crazy competitive right now...i have no idea wat is gonna happen...any team can beat any team, except for waterloo they suck, id drop 40 on that team hungover...

Anonymous said...

The OUA has done that only the last three years when Carleton was hosting nationals.
Carleton was given a "host" berth as an insurance policy against a playoff upset but obviously never needed it as they won three Wilson Cups in a row.
So in lieu of the fact Carleton played their way in, there was a third place playoff to award a 3rd national berth.
But now that the tournament is back in Halifax, the AUS is now has the 'host' berth, so realistically, the OUA will only get two berths.