Saturday, 14 January 2012

Windsor spoils Marauder Day: OUA Today

Windsor (9-3) 78, McMaster (9-3) 74   The Lancers jumped out to a 20 point first-half lead before holding off a valiant Marauder fourth-quarter comeback attempt as Windsor swept the season series with a road win on Marauder Day in Hamilton.  Much like he did against Brock on Wednesday night, Mac's prized 6'2" freshman Adam Presutti came out of the gates on fire, scoring 11 first quarter points including a trio of 3's, as Mac led 7-0 off the opening tip; Presutti finished with a team-high 20 points (blistering 6-7 shooting from downtown).  But Windsor's core stars 6'0" Josh Collins and 6'2" Enrico Diloreto, back after two games away with a high ankle sprain, were equal to Presutti with numerous 3's and takes of their own and Lancers had an 18-4 run bridging the second and third quarters to build a 20 point lead.  After an early third quarter Mac run closed the gap near 10, Marauders had a couple of fourth quarter runs, the first led by 6'3" Victor Raso (12 points, 11 rebounds) who had 5 straight points to cut the gap to six.  After Lancers reestablished their double digit lead, 6'4" freshman Aaron Redpath (16 points off the bench) knocked in a 3 and the lead was 2 with 1 1/2 minutes remaining.  But Mac could get no closer as once again the Marauders relied heavily on the three point shot, with more than half of their fg attempts from beyond the arc (14 for 36).  Diloreto led Windsor with 17 while Collins added 13 as the two all-star candidates combined for a 7-10 effort from 3.  6'7" Lien Phillip (12 points, 15 rebounds) was again solid if not dominant inside against a Marauder club that appears content to try to win games with a perimeter focus.

Guelph (7-5) 82, Waterloo (4-8) 63  The Warriors absorbed their fourth consecutive loss after the holidays as constant Gryphon full court pressure eventually wore down Waterloo and Guelph pushed into contention for hosting a home playoff game.  6'1" Kareem Malcolm was the offensive catalyst for the Gryphs with 24 points, continually getting himself into the lane and either finishing or finding teammates to add 5 assists.  6'1" Zac Angus had one of his better offensive efforts with 16 which was critical as 6'2" Danny McCarthy battled foul trouble all afternoon, finishing with only 11 points in 22 minutes.  Guelph got a big lift off the bench from Toronto St.Mike's grad George Mason, back after missing the past two months with ankle injuries, as the slick shooting wing went 3 for 3 from downtown and finished with 10.  Gryphs made life very difficult for 6'1" sophomore Mike Wright (10 points on 3-13 shooting with 7 turnovers) with consistent double teams and ball denial but had difficulty with 6'2" Wayne Bridge off the bounce, who finished with 20.

Western (4-8) 101, Brock (7-5) 93  6'4" sophomore Quinn Henderson keyed a game-deciding 17-1 run with three 3's early in the fourth as the Mustangs pulled off a very important road win in St. Catharines.  The affair was foul-filled with teams combining for 59 fouls and 68 free throws.  But Mustangs made big shots during the important run that pushed their lead, once as high as 10 that had been later whittled away back to 1, all the way to 91-74 with 4 minutes remaining.  Western had 4 players foul out of the whistle-filled contest including 5'10" Ryan Barbeau (21 points) and 6'0" Jermaine Bernard (Toronto Oakwood) who had 15 points off the bench before the disqualification.  Henderson finished with 21 points and 9 rebounds while going 4 for 9 from downtown, part of 10-23 'Stang effort from 3.  Tshing Kasamba led Brock (7-5) with 19 points.

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