Gryphon basketball men fall to second-ranked Brock

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons surrendered more than 95 points for their third consecutive game as they were handed a 99-88 setback by the second-ranked Brock Badgers in OUA men’s basketball play Friday night at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.

The Gryphs fell behind by 10 points in the second quarter. The teams were tied 22-22 at the end of the opening quarter before Brock surged ahead to lead 50-40 at halftime. Brock’s lead was 78-71 after the third quarter.

A 16-2 run in the final three minutes of the opening half put Brock ahead for good, although the Gryphs managed to get the gap down to two points with two minutes to go in the third quarter. However, the margin hovered around the 10-point difference for much of the fourth quarter.

The Gryphs had five players hit double figures in scoring led by Taylor Boers with 17 points. Banky Alade had 13 and Daniel Dooley, Rasheed Weekes and Craig Valeriote each had 10 and Jake Chaput had eight. Dooley, Alade and Kieran Naus each had four rebounds, Dooley and Naus each had three assists and Shawn Carey had three steals and two blocks.

Dani Elgadi had 26 points to lead Brock and he was followed by Johneil Simpson with 17, Cassidy Ryan with 16 and Tyler Brown with 11. Elgadi also had 14 rebounds and two blocks.

Brock shot 54 per cent from the field, 46 per cent of three-pointers, 63 per cent on free throws and had 42 rebounds and 20 turnovers. By comparison, the Gryphs shot 43 per cent from the field, 38 per cent of three-pointers, 78 per cent on foul shots and had 25 rebounds and 10 turnovers.

The Badgers lead the West Division with a 14-2 record while the Gryphs are eighth at 3-13. Top six qualify for the playoffs and the bottom four in the division are in a battle for the final playoff spot. Algoma Thunderbirds are sixth at 4-12 while the McMaster Marauders are at 4-13 and the Lakehead Thunderwolves are at 2-14.

Guelph has dropped five consecutive games and hasn’t won since a 96-85 victory over Lakehead at Thunder Bay Jan. 6. Last victory on their home court was a 70-63 win over the Toronto Varsity Blues Nov. 18. They’ve lost four consecutive home games since then.

The Gryphs and Badgers are to meet again Wednesday at Brock’s Bob Davis Gymnasium. Game time is 8 p.m. The Guelph squad has eight games left on its regular-season schedule with five of them at home.

  • Guelph Sports Journal