Gryphon hoops men edged by McMaster in overtime
GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons surrendered the first five points of overtime as they were outlasted 123-121 by the McMaster Marauders in an OUA men’s basketball league thriller Wednesday night at the Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre.
McMaster hit two jumpers and a free throw in the first 68 seconds of the five-minute overtime and three times led by six points in extra time before the Gryphs whittled the difference down to the final two-point margin with Malcolm Glanville’s seven points (two jumpers, three free throws) in the final minute. The Marauders netted three points in the final minute.
McMaster 123 Guelph Gryphons 121 (OT)
The score was tied 12 times during the see-saw battle. McMaster led battle 28-27 at the end of the first quarter before the Gryphs surged ahead 49-47 by halftime. The hosts were up 75-72 at the end of the third quarter and the teams were tied 106-106 at the end of regulation time as Glanville sank three free throws with one second left on the game clock.
Both teams enjoyed nine-point leads during the game, Guelph’s coming in the third quarter and McMaster’s in the second quarter.
Glanville finished with a game-high 35 points for the hosts while Rasheed Weekes had 25, Khalid Ismail 23 and Carl Veltmann 11. Weekes grabbed 13 rebounds while Glanville and Viktor Nausedas each had eight. Keenan Dowell had two steals.
McMaster had seven players in double digits in scoring – Mychael Paulo 21, Jordan Henry 19, Sefa Otchere 18, Tristan Lindo 16, Mike Demagus 13, Christian Bentley 10 and Jonathan Kitenge 10. Kitenge and Nathan Charles each had five rebounds while Henry had four steals.
The Gryphs shot 56 percent on field goals, 11 percent (two of 18) on three-pointers and 96 percent (23 of 24) on free throws. They were held to three points on turnovers and had 17 second-chance points and 35 points from the bench.
McMaster shot 48 percent on field goals, 30 percent on three-pointers and 70 percent on free throws. The Marauders also collected 20 points off turnovers, 12 second-chance points and 51 points from their bench.
Brock Badgers and Western Mustangs lead the West Division at 2-0 while McMaster’s at 2-1, Waterloo Warriors 1-0, Lakehead Thunderwolves 1-1, the Gryphs and Windsor Lancers both 1-2 and Algoma Thunderbirds and Laurier Golden Hawks both at 0-2.
The Gryphs and Marauders are to meet again Saturday at McMaster’s Burridge Gym. Game time is 3 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal