McMaster (6-0) 73, Concordia (4-3) 65… The Marauders used a third quarter three-point shooting barrage to break open a tight game and then made big plays down the stretch when the hometown Stingers made their final run to claim an important road win in Montreal, remaining undefeated in advance of games this weekend at the Redbird Classic vs. UBC-Okanagan and Laurentian. 6’7″ Connor Gilmore and 6’4″ Lazar Kojovic each knocked down a pair of 3’s during a decisive 23-9 third quarter run that helped Marauders build a 16 point lead that got down to 7 with under 2 minutes to play with McMaster looking tired. But Marauders were equal to it, as 6’2″ Chris Thompson created a steal when Stingers could have got it to 6 and later Kojovic and 6’1″ guard David McCulloch made a pair of free throws each as Mac moved to 6-0 on the pre-season. 6’5″ Schneiders Suffrard led a hot-shooting Stinger group to an early lead with three first-half 3’s but Concordia was shut down for key stretches of the game.
UNB (1-2) 75, Laval (1-6) 71… 6’0″ Javon Masters returned to the lineup and finished with 23 points including several circus shots as the Varsity Reds defeated a depleted Rouge et Or lineup that was without 5 rotation players. Reds had 10 different players hit the scoresheet including Donnavan Hastings with 12 including a couple of key fourth quarter buckets. In a game of runs, V-Reds took an early 8 point lead but Laval went on a 17-7 run and then finished the first half on a 12-5 run to lead by 8 themselves. Down 9, UNB rode an 11-1 run to their first lead since the first quarter and then Masters scored 8 fourth-quarter points as the Reds broke a tie with about 8 minutes remaining and held on for the key road win. La Cite College transfer Hess Mayele added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists for UNB while 6’6″ Alexandre Leclerc had 20 for Laval but was only 3 for 10 from beyond the arc. 5’11” Karl Demers-Belanger finished with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the injury-riddled Rouge et Or. UNB meets Queen’s tomorrow in a neutral site game also at Laval.
Brock 75, Redeemer 59... Before a sold-out and jammed Bob Davis Gym on Mental Awareness Day, the Badgers pulled away relatively early to handle Redeemer behind 6’7″ Dani Elgadi‘s 14-point, 17-rebound double double. Badgers also got a stellar game from 5’11” sophomore guard Tyler Brown, who continues to come off the bench and today filled the stat sheet – pushing a quadruple double with 9 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 6 steals in just 21 minutes. 6’6″ freshman Daniel Cayer went 3 for 5 from downtown and had 13 points as did 6’1″ guard Michael Asemoto who also went 3 for 4 from 3. Brock faces Ryerson tomorrow night as the RBC Brock Classic kicks off.
Cape Breton 81, Maine Fort-Kent 77… The Capers withstood a late Bengal charge and overcame 28 fouls including star 6’6″ forward Kenny Jean-Louis fouling out, winning at home behind 21 points from 5’11” Jack MacAulay who went 5 for 13 from beyond the arc. Jean-Louis again flirted with a triple double with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Cape Breton meets St. FX in one semi-final tomorrow in Sydney.