Gryphon hoops men ousted from playoffs

HAMILTON – The Guelph Gryphons battled back from a slow start, but in the end came up a shot short as they were edged 78-75 by the McMaster Marauders in OUA men’s basketball West Division quarter-final playoff action Wednesday night at McMaster’s Burridge Gymnasium.

The loss brought an end to the season for the Gryphs while McMaster advances to the West semifinals.

Guelph never led in the game and trailed 26-15 at the end of the first quarter, but got the gap down to two points at 38-36 at halftime. The Marauders added to their lead in the third quarter as they carried a 60-55 advantage into the final quarter.

The Gryphs were down by 11 with three minutes to play when they started a late surge. A three-pointer by Tommy Yanchus and a layup by Malcolm Glanville cut the margin to six with two minutes to go.

The gap fell to three when Yanchus hit another three-pointer with one minute to play, but Damiann Prehay dropped in a layup for McMaster to extend the lead to five with 36 seconds to go.

Three seconds later, after a Guelph timeout, Kieran Naus drove to deposit a layup for the Gryphs in what turned out to be the final scoring play of their season. Glanville attempted a three-pointer at the buzzer, but it hit the top of the backboard and stayed out.

Glanville and Yanchus each collected 18 points in the game while Aaron Nugent had 13 and Banky Alade 10. Alada grabbed 15 rebounds and Nugent had five assists and two steals and Yanchus had two blocks.

David McCulloch and Prehay netted 13 points apiece for McMaster while Sefa Otchere had 11 and Tristan Lindo, Connor Gilmore and Maliek Gordon each had 10. Matt Quiring and Jordan Henry each pulled down nine rebounds while Henry had four assists and four steals and Prehay had two blocks.

The loss put an end to a streaky season for the young Gryphs who went 17-20 overall, lost their first five league games and had another four-game losing slump in the season, but won five of their final seven games of the regular season.

All of the Gryphon players are eligible to return next season as the Guelph squad went through the season with two fourth-year players and four third-year players.

McMaster advances to play the Laurier Golden Hawks in the divisional semifinals.

 

Marauders 78 Gryphons 75
Guelph          15-21-19-20–75
McMaster      26-12-22-18–78
TEAM STATS
Field-Goal Percentage: Guelph 32.9; McMaster 37.2
Three-Point Percentage: Guelph 21.1; McMaster 20.0
Free-Throw Percentage: Guelph 57.6; McMaster 57.7
Turnovers: Guelph 12; McMaster 9
Points off Turnovers: Guelph 6; McMaster 9
Second-Chance Points: Guelph 16; McMaster 15
Total Rebounds: Guelph 58; McMaster 51
Offensive Rebounds: Guelph 19; McMaster 14
Defensive Rebounds: Guelph 39; McMaster 37
Assists: Guelph 9; McMaster 14
Blocks: Guelph 3; McMaster 5
Steals: Guelph 5; McMaster 9
Fouls: Guelph 21; McMaster 27
INDIVIDUAL STATS
Points: Guelph — Glanville 18, Yanchus 18, Nugent 13, Alade 10, Weekes 7, Naus 5, Chaput 2, Hutton 2; McMaster — McCulloch 13, Prehay 13, Otchere 11, Lindo 10, Gilmore 10, Gordon 10, Henry 5, Quiring 4, Nardini 2.
Rebounds: Guelph — Alade 15, Nugent 7, Glanville 7, Naus 7, Yanchus 6, Weekes 5; McMaster — Quiring 9, Henry 9, Gilmore 8, Prehay 7, McCulloch 4, Otchere 4, Lindo 3, Gordon 3, Adu-Poku 1.
Assists: Guelph — Nugent 5, Glanville 1, Weekes 1, Alade 1, Chaput 1; McMaster — Henry 4, McCulloch 3, Lindo 2, Gilmore 2, Prehay 2, Gordon 1.
Steals: Guelph — Nugent 2, Glanville 1, Yanchus 1, Hutton 1; McMaster — Henry 4, McCulloch 2, Lindo 1, Otchere 1, Gordon 1.
Blocks: Guelph — Yanchus 2, Alade 1; McMaster — Prehay 2, Gilmore 1, Henry 1, Gordon 1.
Turnovers: Guelph — Glanville 5, Nugent 3, Yanchus 2, Alade 1, Chaput 1; McMaster — Lindo 1, Quiring 1, McCulloch 1, Henry 1, Adu-Poku 1, Prehay 1, Otchere 1, Gordon 1.
Fouls: Guelph — Weekes 5, Alade 4, Naus 4, Yanchus 3, Hutton 2, Nugent 1, Glanville 1, Chaput 1; McMaster — Otchere 5, Gordon 4, Gilmore 3, McCulloch 3, Prehay 3, Lindo 2, Henry 2, Adu-Poku 2, Bernard 2, Quiring 1.

 

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