CIS men’s basketball Wednesday roundup

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Photo credit Emma Ewing-Nagy

Queen’s 76 Ryerson 86 Final BoxScore
OUA East quarterfinal 2

Source: Andrea Elliott, Ryerson Sports Info

TORONTO – The No. 8 Ryerson Rams men’s basketballteam booked their ticket to Ottawa for the OUA east semifinal withan 86-76 victory over the Queen’s Gaels in the opening roundof the playoffs on Wednesday night at the Mattamy AthleticCentre.

Five different Rams scored in double figures including agame-high 20 points from Jahmal Jones (Mississauga, Ont.


) to leadRyerson to the victory.

Having faced each other in the final regular season game justfour days ago, there was familiarity and no hesitation from eitherteam to attack the opposition’s defence right out of thegate.

Queen’s had the upper hand to start the game as they helda three point advantage four minutes into the game but the Ramsoffence began to heat up in the latter stages of the quarter. BjornMichaelsen (Otterburn Park, Que.) finished a great pass from Jonesto give the Rams a 21-16 lead at the end of the first.

The Gaels opened the second quarter on an 11-4 run to take a27-25 lead with 6:05 remaining in the half and force a Ryersontimeout. The Rams regrouped out of the break and took the leadright back and Ryerson never trailed from that point on. At thehalf the Rams were up 38-33.

Both teams heated up from three point territory in the third andSukhpreet Singh (Toronto) and Adika Peter-McNeilly (Scarborough,Ont.) exchanged three point baskets on four straight possessionsbut the Rams continued to lead 51-41. Ryerson finished the quarteroutscoring the Gaels by ten and held a 67-52 advantage through 30minutes of play.

Ryerson led by as many as 20 in the fourth quarter but withtheir season on the line the Gaels never let up and some key threepointers helped them close the gap to eight points at 80-72 with1:50 remaining. Four straight points from Jones helped suppress theGaels’ attack and opened the cushion back up to 12 points.Ryerson hung on from there to take the 86-76 victory.

In addition to Jones, Peter-McNeilly finished with 17 pointswhile Aaron Best (Scarborough, Ont.) and Kadeem Green (Markham,Ont.) each added 13. Jordon Gauthier (Windsor, Ont.) also reacheddouble digits with ten points in the win.

Roshane Roberts (Vaughan, Ont.) had a game-high 20 points whileNikola Misljencevic (Ottawa, Ont.) added 19 and Singh finished with14 in the loss for the Gaels.

Ryerson head coach Roy Rana was pleased with his team’seffort on Wednesday but also knows the Rams need to keep playingconsistent basketball to have a successful playoff run.

“Down the stretch we made some very good decisions, Ithought we played unselfishly. They gave us a good game butthat’s what playoff basketball is all about; we got the winand that’s the most important thing.”

“I think it says a lot about these guys,” Rana saidabout his team’s effort and the result. “Four years ina row now to get to this stage and go beyond. They’ve beenpretty consistent in their effort and performance and it’s agood result for us tonight.”

With tonight’s victory the Rams will face the OttawaGee-Gees on Saturday night in Ottawa with a berth to the Wilson Cupon the line.

“We’re just two teams that (it) always comes down tous or them, really, when it comes to getting to the Final Four. Inmy first year we sent them home, in my second year they sent ushome so now it’s just a matter of…doing the little thingsto put ourselves in a position to win,” said Aaron Bestfollowing the game.

Saturday’s game is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. and you can bethere to cheer on the Rams! Stay tuned to ryersonrams.ca forinformation on the Fan Bus heading to Ottawa!

Western 68 Lakehead 65 Final BoxScore
OUA West quarterfinal 1

Source: Hugh Mullally, Lakehead Sports Information Director

Thunder Bay, Ont. – The men’s basketball team failed to extendtheir season on Wednesday evening, losing their first round playoffgame to Western, 68-65.

It was a great battle for fans to watch, as both teams gave ittheir all, Western leading 34-31 at the half. Lakehead was able toslow down Peter Scholtes, but failed to get much going on theinterior themselves. Dwayne Harvey sat for 14 minutes of the firsthalf with 2 fouls.

Jamar Coke carried the offensive load for the ‘Wolves in thefirst half, scoring 9 points (2 three’s and a three-point play),while Quinn Henderson hit 3 long-range bombs for 9 first halfpoints as well.

Lakehead managed to break loose from the Mustangs’ defense inthe third quarter, putting up 24 points and leading 55-50 with 10minutes to play.

The ‘Wolves would seem to be closing the door on the visitors asthe 4th quarter crept by. But Western hung around, and with thescore 65-60, Lakehead would fail to capitalize on an open lay-up,and Western returned down the floor with a 3-point play to make ita 2-point game again with under 3 minutes to play. Lakeheadwouldn’t score again, and Western’s Quinn Henderson gave his team a1-point lead courtesy of a three-ball with under a minute toplay.

Jamar Coke scored 15 points on the game, with 7 rebounds, 4steals and 2 blocked shots. 5th year Justin Bell finishes his CIScareer, and scored 6 points with 3 rebounds and an assist in hisfinal game.

Greg Morrow was the scoring leader for the Mustangs, putting up14 points with 3 steals.

Coach Matt Erdman:

“It’s a tough pill to swallow having a lead and letting it slipaway at the very end. Considering we shot 50% from the floor, itwas the 20 turnovers that killed us. I’m proud of this group andfeel bad it ended like this. We have built a great foundationmoving forward and regardless of how it feels right now, these guysdid a great job in a very tough situation this year.”

York 85 Laurentian 86 Final BoxScore
OUA East quarterfinal 1

Source: Julie Lopez, Laurentian Sports Writer

The Laurentian Voyageurs Men?s basketball team were at the BenAvery on Wednesday evening playing in their first post-season gameagainst the York Lions. The men stood in fourth of the OUA East atthe end of the regular season, earning themselves a home game inthe first round of playoffs. The Voyageurs were coming off a toughweekend in Ottawa, and needed a strong performance on Wednesday tobeat the Lions and earn themselves a spot in the OUA EastSemi-Final.

Despite slow first and fourth quarters, the Voyageurs were ableto earn the win in a nail-bitting 86-85 game. Voyageur TychonCarter-Newman (Brampton, ON) came out big for the home team. He wasa crucial element for Laurentian all game, putting up 24 points andbeing the game-changer late in the fourth.

The Voyageurs got off to a slow start in the first quarter. Themen were unable to create much offensively, and York took controlof the game early on. The Lions created a gap between themselvesand the home team, handily outscoring Laurentian in the openingminutes. The Voyageurs eventually got into their rhythm and wereable to get back within 6 of the Lions before the end of thequarter. Trailing the Lions 21-27 at the end of the first,the Voyageurs needed to step up their game offensively to givethemselves a chance of overtaking the Lions.

The first break proved to be beneficial for the Voyageurs. Themen came out stronger in the second quarter and got out of the holethey had dug themselves. Strong offense by Carter-Newman, RyanBennett (Toronto, ON) and Alex Ratte (Ottawa, ON) helped theVoyageurs cut the Lions? lead to 4 halfway through the quarter. Twosteals by Laurentian gave them the spark they needed, and the hometeam had it tied up with a few minutes left in the second.Carter-Newman would get the tie-breaking basket to put his team upby two, which was followed by Ratte?s buzzer-beating three pointerto end the half with Laurentian leading York 45-40.

Despite leaving the Ben Avery abuzz at the end of the firsthalf, the Voyageurs weren?t able to bring their momentum back ontothe court to start the second. After a few lackluster plays byLaurentian, Carter-Newman and Gherick Uneau (Ste Rose) were subbedback onto the court. The changes helped the Voyageurs put up a fewquick points to get back into their rhythm. The rest of the thirdshowed similarities to the second, as the Voyageurs continued todominate offensively, further extending their lead and outscoringthe Lions 26-18. The teams headed into the final quarter with ascore of 71-58 in favour of Laurentian.

The fourth quarter was similar to the first for the Voyageurs.The men were unable to score and after a few too many turnovers andmissed shots for the Voyageurs, the Lions startedto chip away at the Voyageurs? lead. Laurentian? offense wasstagnant and York took full advantage of that, quickly tying up thegame before taking the lead with little time left in the game.

With 5 seconds remaining the Voyageurs were down by two, howeverthey didn?t let the Lions take the game that easily. Carter-Newmanwould get up for two to tie the game, and, after being fouled inthe attempt, scored one of his two free-throws, giving his team thelead with 4 seconds remaining. The Lions were unable to createanything in the last seconds of play, and the Voyageurs got the Win a close 86-85 OUA East Quarter-Final.

The Voyageurs will be heading to Ottawa to face the number oneranked Carleton Ravens in the OUA East Semi-Final. The game willtake place at the Ravens Nest on Saturday evening. Come out andsupport your Voyageurs in their second playoff game of the2013-2014 season!

Guelph 83 Laurier 94 Final BoxScore
OUA West quarterfinal 2

Source: Jamie Howieson, Laurier Sports Info

WATERLOO, Ont. – Thanks to big nights from Will Coulthard ofOakville, Ont., Max Allin of Chatham, Ont., and Jack Simmons ofCambridge, Ont., the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s basketballteam advanced to the OUA West semifinals with a 94-83 win over theGuelph Gryphons on Wednesday night at the Athletic Complex.

For Laurier, the win represented their first playoff victory inthree years as the Golden Hawks had been eliminated in the openinground of the OUA playoffs for the past two seasons, including aloss on home court to the same Gryphons two years ago.

“It was nice, we needed that,” said Allin, who was playing hisfinal home game as a Golden Hawk. “We worked too hard all year toget the third spot and to throw it away like that [in the past], wecouldn’t do that so we’re re ady for Saturday.”

“I loved it here for the last five years,” added Allin. “Goingout on a good note like this is a good finish.”

Allin joined Coulthard and Simmons to pace a white-hot Laurieroffence that finished the game shooting over 47 percent from thefield. The fifth year guard had a double-double of 23 points and 13rebounds while Coulthard scored a game high 28 points. Simmons, arookie forward playing in his first career playoff game, joined histeammates in eclipsing the 20-point plateau as he poured in 21points to go along with four rebounds.

“If we can push the ball, Max and Will get a lot of shots, andthat opens up my shots,” said Simmons on his success againstGuelph. “When those guys are playing well, I get a lot of openshots and easy layups, easy dunks, which makes it easy for me.”

As for t he Gryphons, Zachary Angus of Burlington, Ont., wastheir most dangerous player finishing with 21 points and fiverebounds.

In what was a close game early on, the Hawks used a big secondquarter to create some separation from the Gryphons on thescoreboard. Laurier dropped 30 points on Guelph in the second frameto take a 48-36 lead into half time.

The Hawks continued to score the ball in the second half, asthey added 25 points in the third quarter before cruising to theirfirst home playoff win since an 80-72 win over Guelph back in2011.

With the victory, the purple and gold now advance to the OUAWest semifinals where they will face the No. 7 Windsor Lancers.

“We have to compete,” commented Allin on what Laurier will needto do against Windsor, an opponent they’ve lost twice to thisseason. “We have to hit our shots, we have to kn ock it down at thefree throw line and we have to play fearless.”

Laurier will travel to Windsor on Saturday, Febraury 22 for a 4p.m. tipoff at the St. Denis Centre. The game will webcast live ongoLancers.tv.

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