Gryphons grab playoff berth with their weekend split
GUELPH – A weekend split at home clinched a playoff berth for the Guelph Gryphons in OUA men’s basketball play.
The Gryphons grabbing their spot in the playoffs means all 12 playoff participants in the league have been decided.
A 93-78 victory over the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks Friday night and a 107-91 loss to the Windsor Lancers Saturday night leave the Gryphs in 12th overall at 9-11 on the season with two games to go. Top 12 qualify for the playoffs with the three division winners and the team with the best record of the other playoff qualifiers getting byes in the first round.
The top four of the remaining eight playoff qualifiers will get home games.
The Gryphs will be playing on the road throughout their stay in the playoffs.
Friday, the Gryphs put the stubborn Ridgebacks away in the second half. Ontario Tech led 20-19 at the end of the first quarter while the Gryphs were up 45-44 at halftime and 70-61 at the end of the third quarter.
Dezayne Mingo struck for 28 points while Dylan McFee had 16. They hit nine three-pointers between them. Jalen Mason added 12 points and Emmanuel Ansah had 11. Mingo and Viktor Nausedas each had seven rebounds while Mingo had eight assists, Nausedas had the lone block and Keenan Dowell had three steals.
Jayden Coke had a game-high 34 points despite starting on the bench for the Ridgebacks. A.J. Cummings collected 14 points while Tombe Pitia had eight rebounds and Coke had six assists. Caleb Kassa had Ontario Tech’s lone block and six Ridgebacks each had a steal.
Saturday, Windsor outscored the Gryphs by 12 points in the second quarter and that accounted for most of the scoring advantage for the Lancers in the game. Windsor held quarter leads of 21-20, 56-43 and 80-68.
Ansah had 20 points for Guelph while Mingo had 18, Rasheed Weekes 15 and McFee 10. Weekes and Ansah both grabbed nine rebounds while Mason and Ansah each had three assists and Nausedas had a block. Ansah and Khalid Ismail each had two steals.
Thomas Kennedy led Windsor with 34 points while Najee Brown-Henderson had 20, Xavier Ochu 16, Lorenzo Barbieri 12 and Yohann Sam 11. Kennedy also pulled down 16 rebounds and had a block while Brown-Henderson had seven assists and Ochu had three steals.
The Gryphs are to host the Western Mustangs (10-10) in their She’s Got Game and Shoot for the Cure game Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.
They’re to complete their regular season Saturday with a 6 p.m. game against the Lancers in Windsor.
- Guelph Sports Journal