*** EDITOR’S NOTE: In my original post, I made a large but seemingly-logical assumption that after tonight’s Mac upset win over uOttawa, now two Gee-Gees losses, including one loss to Ryerson – which has only 1 loss – would mean that uOttawa would drop to #2 in the RPI. In what is clearly a prime example of how un-practical this system is to determine something as important as home court advantage for the Wilson Cup and a more favorable path to the Nationals, incredibly Ottawa still retains the #1 seed according to RPI. I am an RPI neophyte – the first such computer-generated ranking I came across was Sangren ranking about 30 years ago which I ignored then as much as I do the RPI now – but my guess is U of T’s loss to Algoma tonight punishes Ryerson even more while Queen’s miraculous OT win at home over Western (see below), helps uOttawa. Nonetheless, please let logical head prevail and remove this senseless system in time for next year.
McMaster 96, Ottawa 90 Marauders came up with arguably their biggest win in many seasons, coming back from an early fourth quarter 13 point deficit – Mac was also down 18 midway through the third – to stun the Ottawa Gee-Gees in Hamilton as 6’7″ Troy Joseph felt it from downtown, knocking down the game-winning three from the right wing with just over a minute to play – part of a game-high 30 point effort – including 13 in the decisive 4th – which included a blistering 7 for 9 from 3. uOttawa uncharacteristically turned it over 18 times including a huge give-back by 6’3″ Caleb Agada with the game on the line after he stole the ball. 6’4″ Leon Alexander was explosive getting to the rim and creating for himself, especially late, finishing with 27 points. Gee-Gees shot only 10 for 31 from 3 and were out rebounded by the hungrier Marauders who gained confidence and energy during their big comeback win. While Agada played more than 30 minutes, he did not play with his usual explosiveness and Gee-Gees were rather listless with the game on the line, especially after Joseph’s final 3 which illicited a wild celebration on the Mac bench.
Queen’s 99, Western 90 in OT Gaels had a miracle comeback, down 4 with 9 seconds remaining and benefiting from a foul call with no time left on the clock that allowed 6’4″ Suhkpreet Singh to knock down 3 clutch free throws with zeros showing to send it into OT where Gaels took over. Mustangs coach Brad Campbell was visibly upset with the officiating crew after his club came from 8 down late led by 6’5″ Greg Morrow and appeared to have the game won after the star forward hit a tough step-back 20 footer to give Western a 5 point lead with 22 seconds remaining in regulation. But the Gaels were undeterred as Singh hit 3 to cut it to 2 and after Alex Coote hit a pair of free throws to get it back to 4 with 9 seconds left, Andrew Mavety hit a 3 with 3 seconds left and Gaels immediately fouled. Coote again was clutch with a pair but Singh tried a 3 and referees flew in with a whistle against Coote and Singh made no mistake to tie. Gaels in OT got back to back 3’s from Sammy Ayisi – who banked it in from the right wing – and Tanner Graham who led all scorers with 24 points before clinching it on the line in what was an incredible win for Queen’s.
Carleton 90, Brock 65 Ravens clamped down defensively, breaking open what was a tight game mid-way through the second quarter with 14-2 run to lead by 10 at half and then withstood a brief Badger early third-quarter run that got it to 4, putting the game away with a 36-15 finish to win going away in St. Catharines. Brock scored just 5 points in the final 7 1/2 minutes as the Ravens found matchups offensively and clamped down on 6’5″ Dani Elgadi who finished just 4 for 18 with 8 turnovers. Carleton played with much more energy and purpose, especially during key stretches of the game, attacking the rim to set up kickouts or finishing strong at the rim. Ravens also got some timely shooting from freshman Stanley Mayambo who hit 3 3’s all at key times and decent inside work off the bench from 6’11” Cam Smythe who was difficult to handle for the smaller Badger lineup. Guillaume Boucard got to the rim a few times but otherwise was ordinary offensively but did shine when defending Elgadi, who could not get untracked all time.
Windsor 86, York 85 The Lions came from 8 points down to force overtime as 6’3″ Gene Spagnuolo found Jon Dulmage inside for the tying score in regulation but 6’4″ Alex Campbell made up for a big miss at the end of regulation with the game-winning free throw in OT as the Lancers kept the host Lions winless at home on the OUA regular season. Campbell had 29 for Windsor while 6’5″ Nathan Culbreath led York with 26.
Laurier 102, Guelph 91 On a night when his older brother was being honored for joining a select group of Golden Hawk all-time scorers, 6’1″ Owen Coulthard stole the show with 29 points in only 24 minutes including a perfect 6 for 6 from downtown as the Hawks broke a 4 game losing streak to solidify their hold on a playoff spot. The loss puts a severe crimp in the Gryphons playoff chances – they now trail third place Lakehead by 2 games. 6’2″ freshman Simon Mikre had 13 assists in 37 minutes for Laurier which broke the game open with 61 points in the middle two quarters, going 12 for 21 from downtown for the game.