Gryphon hoops men hit in second half to leave Ridgebacks behind
OSHAWA – The Guelph Gryphons pulled away in the second half to down the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks 94-72 in OUA men’s basketball play Wednesday night at Ontario Tech’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre.
The teams had battled fairly evenly throughout the first half. The Gryphs grabbed a four-point lead (19-15) by the end of the first quarter and still held that advantage (41-37) at the intermission. However, they left Ontario Tech behind in the third quarter as the locals built their lead to 69-52 by the end of the quarter.
The Gryphs finished with five players in double digits in scoring as Malcolm Glanville had 16 points, Tommy Yanchus and Banky Alade each had 13, Viktor Nausedas had 12 and Aaron Nugent netted 11. Playing his first league game of the season, Alade hauled down 10 rebounds while Nugent had seven assists and two steals.
The Gryphs shot 54 per cent from the floor in the game and 58 per cent on three-pointers. By comparison, the Ridgebacks shot 44 per cent from the floor and 22 per cent on three-pointers.
Graddy Kanku led Ontario Tech with 19 points while Ammar Hassan had 16. Hassan also grabbed 15 rebounds while Kanku had six assists and three steals.
The Gryphs are fourth in the West Division at 4-7 while Ontario Tech, playing in its first season of OUA basketball, is sixth in the East at 0-11.
The Gryphs are to play the Waterloo Warriors (fifth in the West at 3-9) at Waterloo’s Physical Activities Complex Saturday at 3 p.m.
Gryphons 94 Ridgebacks 72
Ontario Tech 15-22-15-20–72
- Guelph Sports Journal