Gryphon hoops men keep playoff hopes alive, top Lakehead

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons have one shot left to secure a playoff berth in the OUA men’s basketball league following a 74-62 victory over the Lakehead Thunderwolves Saturday night at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.

The Gryphs are 5-13 and sit 14th in the rating percentage index standings. RPI will be used to determine the playoff qualifiers and the top 12 will make it into post-season play.

Guelph has an RPI rating of .4457 while Lakehead (5-12) sits in the 12th position at .4537. The Waterloo Warriors (6-12) are 13th at .4530.

Saturday, the Gryphs held on to the lead once they got it as they were up 27-20 at the end of the first quarter, 42-38 at halftime and 64-51 at the end of the third quarter.

Lakehead hit early and had a seven-point lead at 9-2 before the game was three minutes old, but Daniel Dooley’s three-pointer five minutes later put the Gryphs ahead 18-16.

Drew Wallace finished with 15 points for the Gryphs while Dooley had 14, Jordan Sobot 10 and Ahmed Haroon and Martin Popiel eight apiece. Shawn Carey grabbed five rebounds while Dooley and Banky Alade each had two steals and Alade also had four blocks.

Lakehead dominated the boards, but didn’t convert the rebounds into many points. The Thunderwolves grabbed 47 rebounds to 26 for the Gryphs. However, Guelph shot 43 per cent for the game including 40 per cent on three-pointers. Lakehead shot 33 per cent — 14 per cent from beyond the arc.

Bacarius Dinkins and Nahshon Hurst each had 19 points for Lakehead. Holelsky Theodore had 11 rebounds while Dinkins and Hurst each grabbed nine. Hurst had three steals and Dinkins had four blocks.

The Gryphs are to complete their season with a home match against Waterloo Saturday at 8 p.m.

  • Guelph Sports Journal