Gryphon hoops men dropped on Seniors Day
GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons quickly got the basketball to veteran guard Taylor Boers who took a couple of steps and then let a shot fly from just over half court near the out-of-bounds line on the left side of the court.
Swish. Buzzzzzzz. The crowd, already worked up over the women’s team’s comeback that earned them a home playoff game, breaks into a frenzy.
Unfortunately for the Gryphon men, that shot came at the end of the first half of their end-of-season league game and they were limited to 21 points after that as the Western Mustangs dumped the Gryphs 97-56 on Seniors Day.
The Gryphs honoured the careers of graduating seniors Boers, Daniel Dooley, Jonathan Wallace, Drew Walford and Andrew Grant before the game and they rewarded them with plenty of floor time. They played the entire first quarter and most of the third and they received a standing ovation when they were taken off the floor en masse with 31 seconds to go.
Unfortunately, it won’t be a memorable game for any of them, except for maybe Grant who made his return to league play after missing all but one minute of Guelph’s previous 13 games. He’d injured a knee four minutes into a home game against the Queen’s Gaels Dec. 1.
Against Western, the Gryphs trailed 27-17 at the end of the first quarter, 42-35 at halftime and 73-47 at the end of the third quarter.
Wallace led the Gryphs with 12 points while Tommy Yanchus had 11, Dooley 10, Boers nine and Grant eight. Kieran Naus hauled down eight rebounds, Dooley and Jake Chaput had two assists apiece and Dooley also had two steals.
Marko Kovac had a game-high 20 points for the Mustangs while Henry Tan added 16, Christopher Clegg 15 and Jedson Tavernier 14. Kovac had eight rebounds and Eriq Jenkins had seven assists and four steals.
The Gryphs finished tied for seventh place with the Algoma Thunderbirds at 6-18. Not that it mattered, the Gryphs won the tie-breaker by beating Algoma by five points Feb. 2 and losing by one the following night. Top six qualified for the playoffs and the Waterloo Warriors were sixth at 8-16.
The Gryphs, who went 2-4 in February and 4-10 in 2018, last made the playoffs in 2015 when they lost to the Lakehead Thunderwolves in a divisional quarter-final in Thunder Bay.
Mustangs 97 Gryphons 56
Field Goals: Western 42-81; Guelph 21-61
Field-Goal Percentage: Western 51.9; Guelph 34.4
Three-Pointers: Western 6-20; Guelph 6-27
Three-Point Percentage: Western 30.0; Guelph 22.2
Free Throws: Western 7-9; Guelph 8-12
Free-Throw Percentage: Western 77.8; Guelph 66.7
Rebounds: Western 40; Guelph 28
Assists: Western 25; Guelph 7
Turnovers: Western 10; Guelph 20
Points off Turnovers: Western 29; Guelph 9
Second-Chance Points: Western 8; Guelph 2
Bench Points: Western 35; Guelph 17
Largest Lead: Western 41; Guelph 3
- Guelph Sports Journal