OUA: Rams officially clinch #1 seed, T-Wolves/Lions back-in to playoffs


#1 Ryerson 81, #10 York 74  6’3″ Adika Peter-McNeilly came alive after halftime and the Rams stiffened defensively late, pushing up full court to play the game at a faster pace to clinch top seed in the OUA playoffs.  6’5″ Aaron Best had a big first-half and put a large exclamation point on the game with an ally-oop slam that energized his club and led to the decisive run.  With Brock’s win at Guelph, the Rams clinch the top seed in the OUA playoffs (see below).  Despite the loss, the Lions qualify for the playoffs by virtue of Toronto’s loss in Kingston and York (#10 seed) will travel to Kingston to face #7 Queen’s.  Rams played without 6’5″ Ammanuel Diressa out with a leg injury while 6’7″ Jean-Victor Mukama played sparingly.

#6 Queen’s 81, Toronto 73  Gaels clinched the #7 seed in the OUA playoffs, coming back from a double-digit deficit behind lefty three-point specialist Andrew Mavety who knocked down 5-6 3’s to finish with a game-high 23 points.  6’6″ Tanner Graham, on the path to becoming a future OUA all-star, showed off his versatile inside/out game with 15 points and 12 rebounds including a pair of threes as the Gaels clinched a home playoff game this coming Wednesday against #10 York and eliminated the Varsity Blues from playoff contention.

#7 Brock 65, Guelph 62  Badgers made all the key plays down the stretch and held the home-town Gryphs to just 6 fourth-quarter points and eliminated Guelph from post-season play.  With the victory, Brock moves down in the OUA seedings to #6 and will host #10 Laurier on Wednesday in a first-round playoff game.

#5 Windsor 81, Lakehead 60  The Lancers behind sure-fire OUA all-star Alex Campbell dominated from virtually the beginning to put the Thunderwolves on the brink of elimination – however with Guelph’s loss Lakehead (#9 seed) qualifies for the post-season.  #5 Lancers host #12 Laurentian while T-Wolves travel to #8 Western in a rematch of last night’s dominant Mustangs victory.

#2 Ottawa defeated #12 Laurentian and #3 Carleton defeated Nipissing.

With tonight’s results, the following are first-round playoff match-ups for this coming Wednesday night:

#12 Laurentian at #5 Windsor

#11 Laurier at #6 Brock

#10 York at #7 Queen’s

#9 Lakehead at #10 Western

Top 4 seeds are as follows:

#1 Ryerson

#2 Ottawa

#3 Carleton

#4 McMaster

 

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