Gryphs fail to deliver their surprise for Ryerson
GUELPH – Just when it looked like the Guelph Gryphons were going to spring a surprise on the eighth-ranked Ryerson Rams, things fell apart in OUA men’s basketball league play Wednesday night at the Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre.
The Gryphs were up by 16 with just less than nine minutes to go in the fourth quarter, but Ryerson rallied for a 91-85 victory.
After the Gryphs went up 79-65 on a Trevor Hutton three-pointer, the Rams went on a 20-4 run to grab the lead with two minutes to play. Ryerson was also helped by switching out of their zone defence and into man-to-man coverage. The Gryphs also pitched in as they missed 11 shots after Hutton’s three-pointer including four three-point attempts.
Rasheed Weekes led the Gryphs with 22 points while Malcolm Glanville had 19 and Keenan Dowell added 10. Glanville hauled down eight rebounds and had three steals while Aaron Nugent had seven assists and Dowell had three blocks.
Tevaun Kokko struck for 29 points for Ryerson and he was followed by Jayden Frederick with 19, Keevon Small with 17, Tanor Ngom with 14 and Mouhamed Ndiaye with 10. Ngom had nine rebounds while Kokko had eight assists and five steals.
The loss leaves the Gryphs fourth in the West Division at 7-12. Western Mustangs lead the division at 13-6 while Laurier Golden Hawks are second at 10-10, Windsor Lancers third at 8-10, Guelph fourth, Waterloo Warriors fifth at 5-13 and Algoma Thunderbirds sixth at 2-16.
Top three in each of the three divisions plus the three teams with the best records of the teams that are in the bottom three of their division qualify for the playoffs. The Gryphs hold the tie-breaker over Laurier, but Windsor holds the tie-breaker over the Gryphs.
Of the nine teams in the bottom three of their divisions, the Gryphs are third which would give them the final playoff berth.
The Gryphs have three games to go in their regular season. They’re to complete the home portion Sunday with a 3 p.m. game against the Toronto Varsity Blues (fifth in Central Division at 4-14). Game time at the GGAC is 3 p.m.
The Gryphs are to complete their regular season with 8 p.m. games against Algoma at Sault Ste. Marie Feb. 14 and 15.
Rams 91 Gryphons 85
- Guelph Sports Journal