Marauders overcome tough start, pull away from Gaels

6’3″ Aaron Redpath had 20 points including several clutch 3’s – the fifth-year guard went 5 for 9 from downtown – as McMaster overcame an early 8 point deficit to win going away at Queen’s, handing the Gaels their first loss of the OUA regular season.  Redpath added 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals without a single turnover as Mac (7-3, 3-2) won their second in a row.  6’4″ Lazar Kojovic came off the bench to make all 3 of his 3 pointers, including a pair of second-half daggers near the end of possessions that helped Mac pull away.

The Gaels took advantage of poor Mac transition “d”, pushing the ball on both misses and makes to get some easy scores and also attacked the rim as the smaller Marauders continue to lack a rim protector – 6’7″ Connor Gilmore again did not play after sustaining an ankle injury a week and a half ago.  Marauders did get 6’4″ Rohan Boney back and the undersized forward jumping-jack was effective with 12 points but his time was limited – he was being treated in-game for what appeared to be a left knee problem.  Remember that 6’2″ guard Adam Presutti will not play the remainder of this season for Mac after sustaining a concussion.

6’7″ sophomore Tanner Graham led the Gaels with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks and the strong, maturing front court player is rapidly becoming a force at both ends.  Graham had at least 3 ferocious blocks on rim takes by both 6’4″ Leon Alexander and Redpath in the first half, had a pair of put-back dunks on the offensive board and even knocked in a pair of 3’s.  Unfortunately for Queen’s, 6’4″ guard Sukpreet Singh struggled amid strong ball defense by the Marauders and played only 12 first-half minutes after sitting down with 2 fouls.  Tanner Graham is one of the more talented young front court players in the entire country.

The Gaels host #1 (in my poll) Brock Badgers, who pulled away to win by 15 at York last night as 6’3″ Dani Elgadi had 25 and 10 while 6’5″ Johnell Simpson added 24 points.  Brock forced 25 York turnovers including 7 by 6’3″ Shane Reader who had 16 for the Lions, Mac’s opponent in North York this evening.

In other OUA games, Ryerson shoots an scorching 15 for 27 from downtown as a team to lead by as many as 18 in the second quarter and 31 in the second half to rip Western 92-64  Ryerson rode a stretch of 10 for 13 shooting from 3 including three consecutive trips.  Rams pushed the tempo at every opportunity and held 6’3″ Greg Morrow to just 17 points and forced 6 turnovers from him.  6’3″ Adika Peter-McNeilly had 25 while 6’4″ Tennessee Tech transfer Ammanuel Diressa added 21 points.  6’5″ Aaron Best had 12 of 14 points in the first half while playing sparingly after halftime.

In what was a 3 point game with just 8 minutes remaining in the fourth, Carleton Ravens finished on a 23-2 run to pull away from a scrappy Algoma T-Birds group that was pining for what would have been a monumental upset.  Carleton shot just 5 for 15 from 3 but dominated the glass, grabbing 21 offensive rebounds as the Thunderbirds tried to take away Ravens perimeter shooting.

Several OUA games today and tonight including the first installment of the Battle of Waterloo between the Warriors and Laurier Golden Hawks which goes this afternoon at 3 PM.



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