Gryphon hoops men build early lead then hold off Toronto
GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons held the Toronto Varsity Blues to eight points in the first quarter on their way to a 76-68 OUA men’s basketball preseason victory Friday night at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.
The Gryphs led 26-8 at the end of the first quarter and 43-19 at halftime before Toronto cut into the lead in the second half, narrowing the gap to 60-42 by the end of the third quarter.
Guelph Gryphons 76 Toronto Varsity Blues 68
Rasheed Weekes collected 18 points to top Guelph’s scoring list while Malcolm Glanville had 14, Keenan Dowell added 11 and Carl Veltmann and Viktor Nausedas each had nine. Weekes and Glanville grabbed seven rebounds apiece while Jalen Mason had six. Veltmann also had three steals.
Anthony Torelli had a game-high 19 points for Toronto while Evan Shadkami had 18 and Inaki Alvarez added 10. Torelli also had six rebounds and Shadkami had three steals.
The Gryphs shot 40 percent on field goals, 23 percent on three-pointers and 74 percent on free throws while Toronto shot 39 percent on field goals, 27 percent on three-pointers and 71 percent on free throws.
Guelph had 17 points off turnovers, 15 second-chance points and 22 points from the bench. The Varsity Blues had 25 points off turnovers, six second-chance points and 13 points from the bench.
The Gryphs are to host the Sheridan Bruins Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre in their next preseason outing.
- Guelph Sports Journal