Gryphs hold Laurier to 2 4th quarter points in comeback win


Guelph (2-0) 60, Laurier (3-3)…  Trailing by 15 in the third quarter, the Gryphons tightened up defensively, holding the host Hawks to just 20% second-half shooting and only 2 points overall in the final 10 minutes of a sluggish game in Waterloo.  Veteran Daniel Dooley had 18 points including 2-3 3’s to lead the Gryphons, who shot only 36% from the floor themselves but won it on the defensive end.  5’11” Tevaun Kokko (Newmarket H.S.), who did not play in Laurier’s loss on Wednesday night at Fanshawe, led all scorers with 19 points including 4-8 3’s before fouling out – he also turned the ball over 6 times.  Hawks also played without 6’2″ wing Chuder Teny who was injured in the third quarter of the Fanshawe game.  6’0″ freshman guard Craig Valeriote, one of Coach Chris O’Rourke’s more underrated recruits this season from Guelph Our Lady of Lourdes, added 11 points and 5 rebounds, knocking down a pair of 3’s.   Kokko has been a revelation in the Laurier backcourt after previously committing to Ryerson for 2015-16 but the smooth-shooting guard played in only one pre-season game vs. Humber Hawks on 31 August 2015 before transferring to Laurier.  After winning their first two games of the young season, the Hawks under first-year coach Justin Serresse have now lost 4 of their past 5 overall.  Next up for the Gryphons is a neutral site game against Regina Cougars at the RBC Brock Classic next Friday afternoon.  The Golden Hawks are off for 15 days with their next action at UBC two weeks from tomorrow night in Vancouver followed by a neutral site game vs. UNBC and finally a game at Fraser Valley on Hallowe’en Eve in Abbotsford.

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