Slow-starting Gryphon hoopsters fall to Brock

ST. CATHARINES – The Guelph Gryphons fell behind early and couldn’t catch up as they were handed a 93-80 setback in OUA men’s basketball play by the second-ranked Brock Badgers Wednesday night at Brock’s Bob Davis Gymnasium.

The Gryphs surrendered the first 11 points of the game and never led in the contest. They trailed 22-16 at the end of the first quarter, 36-27 at halftime and 65-53 at the end of the third quarter.

The locals did get the gap down to three points (24-21) three minutes into the second quarter, but that was as close as they would get.

Banky Alade finished with 18 points for Guelph while Taylor Boers had 14, Tommy Yanchus 13, Rasheed Weekes 10 and Daniel Dooley nine. Alade grabbed six rebounds while Dooley and Craig Valeriote each had three assists and Shawn Carey had three blocks.

Tyler Brown led Brock with 19 points while Dani Elgadi had 16, Cassidy Ryan 14 and Noah Lapierre 10. Elgadi also had 11 rebounds and three blocks while Brown had seven assists and Johneil Simpson had three blocks.

The Gryphs shot 37 per cent from the field, 55 per cent on three-pointers and 71 per cent on free throws while Brock shot 48 per cent from the field, 33 per cent on three-pointers and 95 per cent on foul shots. Brock had 46 rebounds, nine more than the Gryphs, and 10 blocks, twice as many as the Gryphs. Guelph had 11 steals, four more than Brock.

The loss, Guelph’s sixth in a row, left the Gryphs eighth in the West Division at 3-14 while division-leading Brock improved to 15-2.

The Gryphs are to host the McMaster Marauders, tied for sixth at 4-13, Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.

  • Guelph Sports Journal