For the second consecutive night, 6’3″ Alexandre Robichaud had the winning basket in the final moments, this time knocking down a three with under 10 seconds to play as Lakehead staged a second consecutive dramatic comeback, sweeping #5 McMaster Marauders with a 74-72 victory before another sell-out crowd at the Thunderdome.
We have been critical of the on-the-edge play of the veteran wing – as the Lakehead announcers properly cited this evening “he puts his body on the line on every possession” – but this weekend’s pair of clutch performances are worthy of praise. Robichaud finished with 16 points – the game-deciding three he made at the end was his only basket after halftime.
Down 10 with just 3 minutes remaining, 6’0″ Henry Tan (19 points, 5 assists) got going for the Wolves with 3 consecutive hoops and then 6’5″ Bakarius Dinkins (19 points, 6 rebounds) got it back to a one-point game with an “and 1”. Lakehead held on the next possession, setting up Robichaud’s heroics.
For the second consecutive night, the Marauders could not close and are now unlikely to hold their own destiny to be in a position to host an OUA quarter-final playoff game with now 4 losses on the season.
In other OUA action… #1 Ryerson pounded Nipissing 97-68 behind 30 points from emerging All-Canadian candidate 6’4″ Ammanuel Diressa. #2 Ottawa shook off a lacklustre first half, outscoring York 54-27 in the second half of a 91-61 victory over the Lions as 6’1″ Mike L’Africain had 31 points. #3 Carleton won at home, defeating a valiant Queen’s Gaels group 99-81 despite a career high 39 points for Gaels star wing Sukhpreet Singh. After trailing by 19 early in the third quarter, Queen’s came all the way back to tie the game at 69 behind 17 third quarter points from Singh. Ravens then finished the game on a 30-10 run, led by 6’2″ Kaza Keene‘s near triple-double (20 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists). 6’6″ Ryan Ejim had 12 of his team-high 23 points in the fourth quarter to help lead the comeback. Also Laurentian won at home 75-74 over U of T Varsity Blues and Guelph hammered Algoma in the Soo. This afternoon Western defeated Laurier 70-61 behind another 30 point game for Greg Morrow while Windsor defeated Waterloo.