Marauders capture Guy Vetrie Memorial


McMaster (3-0) 76, Victoria (1-2) 65… The Marauders made their first six threes of the night, jumping out to an early 20-9 lead and later built advantages of 25 in a dominating effort over the rebuilding Vikes.  With the victory Mac is crowned Guy Vetrie Memorial champions for 2016.

6’4″ Lazar Kojovic was again the hero from beyond the arc going 5 for 6 and 6’6″ Connor Gilmore continues to show his ability to catch-and-shoot from distance as a stretch 4, scoring a career-high 28 points including 7 for 10 from downtown and adding 8 rebounds.  With the emergence of Kojovic, who played in the shadows of McMaster’s more highly-touted and now graduated/left wings over the past 2 seasons, Marauders have at least 4 solid OUA players beginning with 6’1″ third-year guard David McCulloch who is playing with a new-found confidence knowing he will be the main decision maker for 30-35 minutes per game.  McCulloch had 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists.

6’3″ Rohan Boney is a fixture inside and in the high post while Gilmore, still working on a consistent back-to-the-basket game, is an able rebounder and perimeter threat.  While Mac also has 6’2″ Chris Thompson, who went down early in the McGill game with an injury and 6’5″ Matt Quiring, who played sparingly last season and is not yet proven as a big minutes, top-of-the-rotation guy, Marauders are rather thin – after the first 6, the quality level drops.  To wit, the top 5 (Thompson missed the game tonight again) had 71 of the 75 points Mac scored and the game was well in hand early in the second half.  Quiring battled foul trouble all weekend.

But McCulloch was by far the best guard at this tournament and Mac’s shooting all weekend was sparkling (16 for 27 from three-point range tonight).  This team needs to stay healthy and/or find other pieces – see last season’s Brock Badgers.  However this was a fine start for Mac who hosts upstart St. FX next Saturday at 5 PM and then Dalhousie Tigers at 3 PM on Sunday, both at home in Burridge Gym in Hamilton.

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3 thoughts on “Marauders capture Guy Vetrie Memorial

  1. Love your posts! Thanks for contributing so much to CIS Basketball! Great info and updates for us CIS fans! I read every single one! It’s fun for me because I know many of these players as Connor had played with a lot of them with OBA teams, Martingrove, Bounce, Northern Kings, REDA, provincial teams and national team camps.

    Just some comments/thoughts to you personally that I don’t want to post on your blog re Mac!

    I wanted to express to you that I feel Mac isn’t given much cred or respect in your posts/articles. They have consistently been in the top 10 teams in Canada for years! What makes you think they have fallen off the map this year? Granted, this year, like most years, some senior guys have left… but that’s ok… this has left a group of more team oriented players and also gives some other very talented guys to show what they can do. Still a pretty talented group in the top 8. Yes we could use a couple solid experienced transfers next year but we arguably have two of the top players in CIS ball at their age (21) in the country in David McCullough and Connor Gilmore, both two of the most highly recruited prospects of 2014/15… by almost every school in Canada… including Carleton and Ottawa. Two players who could have played D1 but chose to stay in Canada. They are finally getting the cred and opportunities they deserve.

    Also just a few corrections… I would say Connor was the real hero from the arc tonight (ha ha) hitting 7 for 10. Lazar shot beautifully as well. So did David. Some great shooters in this group. Marco can also shoot!

    Also Connor is listed on the roster at 6’7″. As well, 28 points is not a career high for him… he scored that last year in a game or two as well as a 32 point game vs Laurier where he almost broke Mac’s school record for number of 3s in a single game!

    As well, Matt Quiring is 6’8″.

    Hope you don’t mind me pointing out these corrections to you for your reporting going forward!

    Hopefully you will give Mac credit where it is due going forward. Yes they are a young team but I think they will surprise some people this year. This year’s team is very much about team play and has a lot of heart. It’s amazing what a team like that can accomplish!

    Thanks again and keep writing those excellent articles!

    Dawna Gilmore

    Sent from my iPhone

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    1. McMaster has always had credit. They are one of those teams that will not go away. They are likely to be in Halifax next spring, let’s hope they are!

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  2. Yes, McMaster is always in the mix but in recent years have come up short when it comes to getting that coveted Final 8 berth. Last year they dropped the quarter final game to Windsor by a single point at home. They also lost the quarter final game to Windsor on home floor the year previous, by 15 points. MAC has made but one appearance at nationals (2014) since the Connelly regime began. Call it bad luck, call it what you will. But all too often in recent years early promise turned to bitter disappointment in the end for the Marauders.

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