Gryphon basketball men out of playoff race

WATERLOO – The Guelph Gryphons were knocked out of the hunt for a playoff berth Sunday at Waterloo’s Manulife Sportsplex at RIM Park when they were handed a 75-61 setback by the Laurier Golden Hawks.

It was Guelph’s third consecutive loss and ninth in 12 games in 2018.

A slow start proved costly for the Gryphs as they were scoreless until Drew Walford sank a free throw just shy of the six-minute mark of the opening quarter. Laurier had eight points by then.

The Golden Hawks led 20-7 at the end of the first quarter, 39-22 at halftime and 61-39 at the end of the third quarter.

Tommy Yanchus led the Gryphs with 16 points while Daniel Dooley, the only starter to get more than a single point, had 13. Shawn Carey added 12 and Jake Chaput had eight. Yanchus had eight rebounds and Carey had seven while Walford had four assists and Dooley had two steals.

Ali Sow had 20 points for Laurier and was followed by Tevaun Kokko with 19 and Ntore Habimana with 10. Kemel Archer had nine rebounds and two steals while Matt Minutillo had four assists.

The loss leaves Guelph eighth in the West Division standings at 5-17. Top six qualify for the playoffs and the McMaster Marauders and Waterloo Warriors are tied for fifth at 8-14. The Algoma Thunderbirds are seventh at 6-16.

The Gryphs have two home games left on their season as they’re to play Waterloo Wednesday at 8 p.m. and second-place Western Mustangs (14-8) Saturday at 3 p.m.


Golden Hawks 75 Gryphons 61
Guelph        7-15-17-22–61
Laurier     20-19-22-14–75
Field Goals: Guelph 19-51; Laurier 27-70
Field-Goal Percentage: Guelph 37.3; Laurier 38.6
Three-Pointers: Guelph 5-11; Laurier 7-20
Three-Point Percentage: Guelph 45.5; Laurier 35.0
Free Throws: Guelph 18-31; Laurier 14-17
Free-Throw Percentage: Guelph 58.1; Laurier 82.4
Rebounds: Guelph 35; Laurier 42
Assists: Guelph 10; Laurier 13
Turnovers: Guelph 19; Laurier 13
Points off Turnovers: Guelph 10; Laurier 18
Second-Chance Points: Guelph 12; Laurier 15
Bench Points: Guelph 45; Laurier 34
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