Friday, 13 January 2012

T-Wolves strike first; Carleton/Ottawa romp

Lakehead 88, Laurier 83  The feature game of the night was filled with runs as the Hawks fell behind 10-0 off the start before going on a 43-23 run using their vaunted transition game for many easy scores until late in the second.  Lakehead's ability to convert defensively to limit the break combined with some hot shooting and 20 offensive rebounds on the night allowed T-Wolves to lead by 4 after 3, a lead they extended to as many as 12 with a now-patented fourth quarter run.  Lakehead had four guys in double figures led by 6'2" Venzal Russell with 24, with Brendan King scoring 18 on 7-10 in only 18 minutes and Greg Carter with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 steals on 6-7 shooting.  6'5" Kale Harrison had 24 points but did not make a three as Hawks went only 2 for 14 from beyond the arc. 6'6" Max Allin added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.  The teams meet again tomorrow night at Laurier.

Ottawa 88, Toronto 67  Playing without All-Canadian candidate Warren Ward, the Gee-Gees outworked the Blues, beat them up in transition and got a 1st Team-like performance from 6'3" Johnny Berhanemeskel with 29 points and 10 rebounds.  After a slow start, uOttawa outscored Toronto 81-51 over the final 3 quarters.  6'1" freshman Mike L'Africain added 16 points on perfect 6 for 6 shooting from the floor as Ottawa shot 54% including 50% from downtown, holding Toronto to just 34%.  Fellow freshman 6'6" Vikas Gill went 3 for 5 from 3 and finished with 14 points.  Blues got 19 from 6'5" Alex Hill including 5-7 3's but grabbed only 1 rebound.

Carleton 87, Ryerson 56  The host Rams led by 6'1" Jahmal Jones stayed in it for much of the first half as Jones battled 6'2" Phil Scrubb possession-for-possession during that time however Ravens finished the half on a 23-7 run to lead by 19 by halftime and then won going away.  6'6" Tyson Hinz had 11 points by halftime.

Laurentian 74, Queen's 61  Manny and Isaiah Pasquale combined for 41 points as the Vees kept hometown Queen's winless and moved closer to solidifying a playoff spot.

York 107, RMC 49

UQAM 74, Laval 62  In what is becoming the nightly norm in the Q, the teams combined for 33 offensive rebounds, 41 turnovers and 8 for 33 shooting from downtown in Montreal.  Citadins jumped out to a 13-3 lead off the opening tip and never lost the lead although Rouge et Or got it to 1 midway through the second before UQAM broke away on a 11-2 run.  Later a 5-0 Laval run including a 3 by Hughes Ryan (9 points) got it back to 2 but the home side continued to pound the "o" glass and built leads as large as 15 late in the game to win going away.  Gregory St.Amand led all scorers with 22 points on 9-10 shooting, grabbing 6 offensive rebounds.  6'8" Boris Hadzimuratovic had 20 points, 13 rebounds for Laval as his excellent freshman season continues but Big Boris again struggled from the line, going only 4 for10.  Box Score

UNB 80, UPEI 77  The post-holiday blues continue for the Panthers, who dropped their third road league game in a row, losing to the V-Reds in Fredericton.  6'6" Alex DesRoches had a 20 point, 14 rebound double double as UNB dominated the second quarter to lead by double digits heading into halftime.  Michale Fosu had 14 points as 5 Reds were in double figures and the thin Panthers had at least 3 players in foul trouble including impact big Jermaine Duke who's minutes were limited as a result.  Box Score

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