Gryphon hoops men turn over win to Algoma

SAULT STE. MARIE – The Guelph Gryphons served up turnovers Friday night in OUA men’s basketball play at Algoma’s George Leach Centre as they squandered an early 16-point lead in a 77-63 loss to the Algoma Thunderbirds.

The Gryphs coughed the ball up 15 times and that led to 19 points for their hosts. The locals scored two points as a result of the four turnovers by the Thunderbirds.

Guelph dominated the first quarter as the Gryphs ran to a 27-11 lead. However, they never scored more than 14 points in any of the other three quarters while Algoma never scored less than 21.

Algoma’s comeback started when the Thunderbirds scored the first 11 points of the second quarter to narrow the gap to five and they eventually caught up with 4:10 to go in the opening half. The Gryphs did manage to stay ahead, two successful free throws by Malcolm Glanville after the buzzer had sounded gave Guelph a 37-33 lead at the break. A 14-4 run by Algoma at the beginning of the second half put the Thunderbirds ahead for good.

Glanville finished with 23 points for the Gryphs while Banky Alade added 15 and Trevor Hutton had six. Alade also had 13 rebounds.

Nathan Riley collected 23 points for Algoma and Nick Gehlen had 17 and Jamari Stephenson had 14. Riley also had 12 rebounds, six assists and seven steals.

The teams shot about the same from the floor as the Gryphs hit 35.9 per cent and Algoma shot 35.6, but the Thunderbirds took nine more shots. They also hit 28.6 from three-point territory and 86.4 from the line while the Gryphs shot 11.8 from long range and 75.0 on foul shots.

The hosts also had 11 steals to one for the Gryphs and the Thunderbirds had all five of the blocks registered in the game.

The game was the seventh meeting between the teams in regular-season play since Algoma joined the league in the 2013-14 season. Guelph won the first five meetings, but Algoma has won the last two.

The result leaves the Gryphs tied with the Lakehead Thunderwolves for fifth in the West Division with 7-12 records. Algoma is eighth at 5-14 while the Windsor Lancers are seventh at 6-13. Top six qualify for the playoffs.

The Gryphs and Thunderbirds are to meet again Saturday at the George Leach Centre. Game time is 8 p.m.

 

Thunderbirds 77 Gryphons 63
Guelph      27-10-12-14–63
Algoma     11-22-23-21–77
TEAM STATS
Field-Goal Percentage: Guelph 35.9; Algoma 35.6
Three-Point Percentage: Guelph 11.8; Algoma 28.6
Free-Throw Percentage: Guelph 75.0; Algoma 86.4
Turnovers: Guelph 15; Algoma 4
Points off Turnovers: Guelph 2; Algoma 19
Second-Chance Points: Guelph 8; Algoma 5
Total Rebounds: Guelph 42; Algoma 32
Offensive Rebounds: Guelph 14; Algoma 12
Defensive Rebounds: Guelph 28; Algoma 20
Assists: Guelph 5; Algoma 6
Blocks: Guelph 0; Algoma 5
Steals: Guelph 1; Algoma 11
Fouls: Guelph 17; Algoma 19
INDIVIDUAL STATS
Points: Guelph — Glanville 23, Alade 15, Hutton 6, Nugent 5, Yanchus 5, Weekes 4, Valeriote 3, Naus 2; Algoma — Riley 23, Gehlen 17, Stephenson 14, Lafortune 8, Bokanga 7, Heptbourne 6, Butler 2.
Rebounds: Guelph — Alade 13, Nugent 6, Glanville 6, Weekes 4, Naus 4, Yanchus 3, Hutton 3, Valeriote 2; Algoma — Riley 12, Butler 5, Gehlen 5, Lafortune 2, Bokanga 2, Stephenson 2, Zorcic 1, Lyle 1.
Assists: Guelph — Nugent 2, Yanchus 1, Hutton 1, Naus 1; Algoma — Riley 6.
Steals: Guelph — Hutton 1; Algoma — Riley 7, Butler 2, Gehlen 1, Stephenson 1.
Blocks: Guelph — none; Algoma — Butler 4, Stephenson 1.
Turnovers: Guelph — Nugent 4, Glanville 3, Naus 3, Valeriote 2, Weekes 1, Alade 1, Hutton 1; Algoma — Riley 2, Stephenson 1.
Fouls: Guelph — Alade 4, Glanville 3, Weekes 3, Yanchus 3, Hutton 2, Naus 2; Algoma — Bokanga 4, Butler 3, Heptbourne 3, Riley 2, Gehlen 2, Stephenson 2, Lafortune 1, Thomas 1, Lyle 1.

 

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