OUA: Guelph creeps closer to Lakehead

Guelph 84, Toronto 79  Gryphons held off a late Varsity Blues rally led by 6’5″ Devin Johnson to move closer to a playoff spot in the OUA Central.  Gryphs stormed back from an 8 point halftime deficit to take a one point lead late.  Blues had the ball with 15 seconds left but 6’3″ Sage Usher turned it over trying to split a ball screen hedge and Daniel Dooley made 2 free throws to seal it.  Johnson had 33 to lead all scorers but missed a bunny inside with Toronto down 3 and just 6 seconds left that closed the books.

York 68, Algoma 67  In a wild finish, 6’5″ Nathan Culbreath finished a baby hook from 4 feet off a nice in-bounds play with just 3.2 seconds remaining as the Lions survived in the Soo.  Algoma had taken a one-point lead with 6 seconds left after Andre Barber stripped a York player on a triple-team at half court and fed 6’7″ Ren Gum for a thunderdous two-handed breakaway slam to give the Thunderbirds what looked like the game winning bucket.  But Lions got the ball under their basket and Culbreath made no mistake.  Jermaine Lyle‘s attempt at a game-winning 3 from the right wing at the buzzer came off and the Lions moved closer to U of T for third in the OUA East.

Ryerson 78, Lakehead 65   The Rams burst out to an early 20 point lead and coasted to an easy win at the Thunderdome.  6’5″ Aaron Best had most of 15 points in the first half as Ryerson made 11 of their first 14 shots from downtown to build leads as large as 24 midway through the second quarter.  Rams again played without 6’7″ J.V. Mukama and 6’6″ Juwon Grannum.  Lakehead hosts Toronto tomorrow night.

Brock 70, Laurentian 67 OT  5’11” Nolan McKenzie had the go-ahead bucket in OT after Voyageurs had a chance to win the game on the final possession of regulation as Badgers survived at home.


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