Naismith: Warriors gain dramatic first win


Waterloo (1-1) 85, Manitoba (2-2) 82… 6’2″ fifth-year senior Jon Ravenhorst had the go-ahead basket with 14 seconds remaining and the Warriors held on Manitoba’s final possession to gain an important confidence-building win on the final night of their Naismith Classic.  Warriors continue to start three freshmen, all of who contributed this evening.  Here is a game report from Martin Timmerman:

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The Waterloo Warriors re-grouped after a second quarter time out called after going down by 16, bursting out to a 16-2 run and then won the game of multiple lead changes in the fourth to defeat the visiting Manitoba Bisons 85-82 in the Naismith Classic final game on Saturday night at the PAC.

The Warriors Band was on hand to celebrate their 50th Anniversary and provide big crowd atmosphere. Although the Warriors seemed rattled at first and fell behind 7-0, the band and crowd got behind the Warriors on their run to end the first half. The half time score was 38-36 in favour of the Bisons.

Manitoba started the second half like they planned to take control of the game, but again the Warriors recovered and the Manitoba lead was still just two points at the three quarter mark. The fourth quarter set the opposite tone, as first Waterloo took control and then Manitoba recovered. With 2:12 remaining in the game the score was tied at 74-74. Six lead changes later, the Bisons had a one point lead and Waterloo had the ball with 22 seconds remaining. A play for Jon Ravenhorst to drive to the hoop got the Warriors up one, Manitoba with the ball and 14 seconds remaining. The Manitoba shot and attempted tip missed the mark, Justin Hardy grabbed the rebound and fed it up court for the final basket at the buzzer.

The Warriors were led by 5th year guard Jon Ravenhorst with 26 points and by 1st year forward Nedim Hodzic with 21 points. Another rookie, Simon Petrov added 16 points, while senior Mike Pereira grabbed 10 rebounds.

Manitoba also had three players in double figures, with Justus Alleyn with 18 and Ilarion Bonhomme with 17 leading the way.

The win against a quality opponent was a big boost for the young Warriors, who start three rookies and two seniors.

The Humber College Hawks won the 48th Naismith Classic with three wins on the weekend. UQAM, Manitoba and Waterloo all ended the round-robin tournament with a win and two losses.

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