Gryphon basketball men net 100 points in win
GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons hit the century mark for the first time this season as they dropped the Waterloo Warriors 100-86 in OUA men’s basketball play Wednesday night at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.
While the Gryphs are out of the playoff race, the Warriors are still in the fight for one of the final two playoff berths in the West Division. McMaster Marauders (8-14), Waterloo (8-15) and Algoma Thunderbirds (6-16) enter the final weekend in the battle for a berth in the playoffs. McMaster and Algoma are to play twice at McMaster and a win by the hosts in either game will settle the playoffs. Waterloo is to finish its regular season with a game against the Windsor Lancers (11-11) at Windsor Friday night.
The Gryphs (6-17) will finish either seventh or eighth in the nine-team West Division. If they finish in a tie with Algoma, they’ll win the tie-breaker. They split with the Thunderbirds, but won by five points and lost by a single point.
Guelph never trailed against Waterloo and led all the way after Shawn Carey sank a jump shot 1:33 into the game to put the hosts up 4-2.
The Gryphs led 24-15 at the end of the first quarter, 50-35 at halftime and 74-56 after the third quarter.
Guelph used 11 players in the game and each of them scored at least three points and had at least 13 minutes of floor time and half of the team’s points came from the bench.
The Gryphs had five players hit double figures led by Daniel Dooley with 15. Banky Alade had 14, Drew Walford 12, Craig Valeriote 11 and Jonathan Wallace 10. Craey, Tommy Yanchus and Jake Chaput each had nine. Carey had six rebounds, Dooley three assists and Boers, Alade and Chaput two steals apiece.
Waterloo had four players hit double figures as Nedim Hodzic had a game-high 21 points, Justin Hardy 15, Simon Petrov 13 and Justin Malnerich 10. Hodzic hauled down 11 rebounds and also had seven assists and two steals.
There were four local high school District 10 graduates on the floor at more than once during the game – Valeriote (Lourdes), Yanchus (Ross) and Chaput (Bishop Macdonell) of the Gryphs and Kristian Vande kemp (Ross) of Waterloo. Vande kemp finished with six points and three rebounds.
The win made sure the Gryphs will not finish with their lowest winning percentage since they had a .083 winning percentage in the 1986-87 season when they were 1-11 in league play which was strictly a divisional thing then. With Saturday’s game to go, the Gryphs are at .261 and they will record their 10th consecutive season under .500. They were .591 (13-9) in 2007-08.
The Gryphs are to complete their season Saturday with a 3 p.m. game against the Western Mustangs (14-9). The Mustangs scored a 99-80 win over the Gryphs at Western Jan. 17.
Gryphons 100 Warriors 86
Field Goals: Waterloo 31-60; Guelph 37-67
Field-Goal Percentage: Waterloo 51.7; Guelph 55.2
Three-Pointers: Waterloo 9-19; Guelph 9-18
Three-Point Percentage: Waterloo 47.4; Guelph 50.0
Free Throws: Waterloo 15-18; Guelph 17-28
Free-Throw Percentage: Waterloo 83.3; Guelph 60.7
Rebounds: Waterloo 28; Guelph 29
Assists: Waterloo 13; Guelph 11
Turnovers: Waterloo 19; Guelph 12
Points off Turnovers: Waterloo 11; Guelph 25
Second-Chance Points: Waterloo 10; Guelph 11
Bench Points: Waterloo 24; Guelph 50
- Guelph Sports Journal