Gryphon basketball men sunk by buzzer-beater

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons suffered a heart-breaking loss in their OUA men’s basketball rematch with the Algoma Thunderbirds Saturday night at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.

Friday, the Gryphs had rallied in the second half for a 77-72. Saturday, Algoma came back in the fourth quarter to win 84-83 as Jermaine Lyle drained a three-pointer at the buzzer for the victory.

Tommy Yanchus of the Gryphs had hit a three-pointer six seconds earlier to put Guelph ahead, but Algoma immediately called timeout to set up a play with a throw-in at half court.

After trailing 18-13 at the end of the first quarter, the Gryphs shot ahead to lead 35-29 at halftime and 55-48 at the end of the third quarter. The Thunderbirds chipped away at the lead and eventually pulled even at 74-74 when Pedro Costa sank a jumper with 1:38 to play.

Yanchus had a monster game for the Gryphs, getting 30 points as he hit seven f 10 three-pointers he attempted and 11 of 17 overall. He also had three rebounds and a steal. Banky Alade followed with 16 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals and Daniel Dooley collected 13 points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals. Jonathan Wallace had 10 points and two rebounds. Drew Walford had six rebounds and Kieran Naus and Rasheed Weekes had four apiece.

Ian Nash had 24 points for Algoma while Costa had 14, Nathan Riley 13, Lyle 11 and Reng Gum 10. Riley hauled down 14 rebounds and also had five assists and two steals.

The Gryphs and Thunderbirds are tied for seventh in the West Division with identical 5-15 records. Top six qualify for the playoffs. Waterloo Warriors are fifth at 7-13 and McMaster Marauders are sixth at 6-14.

Guelph has four games left to play in its regular season. The Gryphs are to play the Warriors at Waterloo Friday at 8 p.m. and the Laurier Golden Hawks (9-11) at Waterloo’s Manulife Sportsplex at RIM Park Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. They’re to complete their regular season with home games at the GGAC against Waterloo Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. and Western Mustangs (13-7) Feb. 17 at 3 p.m.


Thunderbirds 84 Gryphons 83
Field Goals: Algoma 30-64; Guelph 30-75
Field-Goal Percentage: Algoma 46.9; Guelph 40.0
Three Pointers: Algoma 7-20; Guelph 7-24
Three-Point Percentage: Algoma 35.0; Guelph 29.2
Free Throws: Algoma 17-26; Guelph 16-19
Free-Throw Percentage: Algoma 65.4; Guelph 84.2
Rebounds: Algoma 35; Guelph 34
Assists: Algoma 12; Guelph 13
Turnovers: Algoma 15; Guelph 14
Points off Turnovers: Algoma 14; Guelph 16
Second-Chance Points: Algoma 12; Guelph 9
Bench Points: Algoma 51; Guelph 54
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