Slow start proves costly for Gryphon hoops men

NORTH BAY — The Guelph Gryphons started cold as ice and by the time they warmed up, the Nipissing Lakers had left them behind.

The Gryphs missed their first 12 shots including eight layups before Drew Walford hit a jump shot more than six minutes into the match in a 79-69 loss to the host Lakers in OUA men’s basketball play Friday night.

Nipissing had scored 18 points before Walford sank the first basket for Guelph.

The Lakers led 22-5 at the end of the first quarter, 39-23 at halftime and 65-40 at the end of the third quarter.

Taylor Boers led the Gryphs with 18 points while Walford had 11, Daniel Dooley had nine and Banky Alade added eight. Kingslee D’Silva grabbed seven rebounds while Dooley and Andrew Grant each had four assists and Dooley had four steals.

Marcus Lewis hit for 15 points for Nipissing while Marvin Ngonadi had 12, Justin Shaver 11 and Ismael Kaba 10. Shaver had nine rebounds while Jordon Campbell had had six assists.

The loss was the second in a row for the Gryphs and their eighth in nine games.

The Gryphs are third in the Central Division at 4-11 while Nipissing is third in the North Division at 8-8.

Nipissing is fifth in the RPI ratings at .5406 while the Gryphs are 11th at .4645. Top 12 qualify for the playoffs.

The Gryphs are to play the Laurentian Voyageurs (7-9) at Sudbury Saturday at 8 p.m.

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