Gryphon hoops men keep eye on home playoff game

HAMILTON – Fourth-year Guelph Gryphon Tommy Yanchus stepped up for the Gryphons Wednesday as he scored five points in the final two minutes of the game to lift the Gryphs to a 77-75 victory over the McMaster Marauders in OUA men’s basketball play at McMaster’s Burridge Gymnasium.

The Gryphs got off to a fast start in the game, leading by 12 late in the first quarter. However, the Marauders didn’t go away as they eventually grabbed their game-best four-point lead with 1:57 to play. Yanchus hit a three-pointer 18 seconds later and then put the locals ahead for good by dropping in a layup 32 seconds after that. The only basket in the game in the final minute was a free throw sunk by Guelph’s Banky Alade.

Guelph led 22-14 at the end of the first quarter, 39-34 at halftime and 56-55 at the end of the third quarter.

Yanchus finished with 23 points with 10 of those coming in the fourth quarter. Alade had 19 while Malcolm Glanville added 13 and Rasheed Weekes 11. Alade latched on to 11 rebounds and also had two steals and two blocks while Glanville had six assists.

David McCulloch had 21 points for McMaster with 18 going to Connor Gilmore. Jordan Henry had seven rebounds four assists and two steals.

The win was Guelph’s fourth in a row and leaves them fourth in the West Division at 11-12. McMaster is fifth at 10-13 and the Lakehead Thunderwolves are sixth at 9-13. All three have qualified for the playoffs and one of them will host a first-round playoff game next week.

If the Gryphs finish in a tie with McMaster, the Marauders will win the tie-breaker thanks to their 17-point victory in Guelph Jan. 11. If the Gryphs finish in a tie with Lakehead, the Gryphs will win the tie-breaker thanks to their sweep of the Thunderwolves at home Jan. 4 and 5.

If the teams end in a three-way tie for fourth, the Gryphs will win the tie-breaker as they won three of the four games involving the tied teams. McMaster split and Lakehead went 1-3.

The Gryphs are to complete their regular season Saturday with a 3 p.m. game at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre against the ninth-ranked Laurier Golden Hawks (16-6). McMaster is to play the 12th-ranked Western Mustangs (16-7) at Western Saturday while Lakehead is to play home games in Thunder Bay against the Brock Badgers (15-7) Friday and Saturday nights.

 

Gryphons 77 Marauders 75
Guelph         22-17-17-21–77
McMaster     14-20-21-20–75
TEAM STATS
Field-Goal Percentage: Guelph 44.8; McMaster 35.6
Three-Point Percentage: Guelph 42.1; McMaster 25.0
Free-Throw Percentage: Guelph 68.0; McMaster 62.1
Turnovers: Guelph 25; McMaster 15
Points off Turnovers: Guelph 12; McMaster 33
Second-Chance Points: Guelph 12; McMaster 10
Total Rebounds: Guelph 44; McMaster 40
Offensive Rebounds: Guelph 8; McMaster 16
Defensive Rebounds: Guelph 36; McMaster 24
Assists: Guelph 12; McMaster 17
Blocks: Guelph 5; McMaster 2
Steals: Guelph 5; McMaster 9
Fouls: Guelph 23; McMaster 22
INDIVIDUAL STATS
Points: Guelph — Yanchus 23, Alade 19, Glanville 13, Weekes 11, Nugent 7, Hutton 4; McMaster — McCulloch 21, Gilmore 18, Gordon 8, Prehay 7, Lindo 6, Quiring 6, Henry 4, Bernard 3, Adu-Poku 2.
Rebounds: Guelph — Alade 11, Weekes 6, Naus 6, Glanville 5, Nugent 4, Yanchus 4, Hutton 1; McMaster — Henry 7, Gilmore 6, Gordon 5, Quiring 4, McCulloch 4, Bernard 4, Prehay 3, Lindo 1, Adu-Poku 1.
Assists: Guelph — Glanville 6, Nugent 2, Yanchus 2, Alade 2; McMaster — McCulloch 6, Henry 4, Prehay 2, Gordon 2, Quiring 1, Gilmore 1, Bernard 1.
Steals: Guelph — Alade 2, Nugent 1, Glanville 1, Weekes 1; McMaster — McCulloch 2, Henry 2, Prehay 2, Lindo 1, Quiring 1, Gilmore 1.
Blocks: Guelph — Alade 2, Nugent 1, Yanchus 1, Naus 1; McMaster — Prehay 1, Gordon 1.
Turnovers: Guelph — Glanville 9, Nugent 6, Alade 2, Naus 2, Weekes 1, Yanchus 1, Chaput 1; McMaster — Lindo 3, Gilmore 3, McCulloch 2, Prehay 2, Quiring 1, Henry 1, Adu-Poku 1, Bernard 1.
Fouls: Guelph — Weekes 5, Hutton 5, Glanville 4, Naus 4, Yanchus 2, Nugent 1, Alade 1, Chaput 1; McMaster — Quiring 5, Prehay 5, Gilmore 4, McCulloch 3, Bernard 3, Henry 1, Adu-Poku 1.

 

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