#8 McGill (5-1) 84, Waterloo (1-2) 70… Redmen stormed back from an early third quarter 13 point deficit with a pressing “d” and a dominating presence inside to defeat the improving and rapidly-maturing Warriors in the middle game of three on the first day of the Jack Donohue Memorial tournament at uOttawa. McGill had a 56 point second half by playing at their tempo, forcing turnovers and quick decisions from the young Warrior backcourt and on the offensive end, finding the right matchups off the dribble to pound it inside. McGill’s three big-men: 6’7″ Francois Bourque, 6’9″ Noah Daoust, 6’6″ Michael Peterkin combined to go 14 for 21 from the field after a combined 1-16 start in the first half and emerging 6’1″ freshman guard Kendrick Jolin sliced his way into the paint and knocked down 3 3’s to finish with 9 points and 5 assists as the Redmen held Waterloo to just 7 points over a 12 minute stretch bridging third and fourth quarters. The first half was generally played in the half court with the well-prepared Warriors taking McGill out of their sets and carving the listless Redmen defensively. When 6’5″ freshman Nedim Hodzic sliced in for a conventional three-point play on the first possession of the third quarter, Waterloo led by 13 and the upset was brewing. But McGill pushed their “d” up into the front court, double teamed selectively but more importantly sped up the young Warrior backcourt, creating difficult shots. McGill outrebounded the Warriors 26-18 in the second half, but it felt even worse with numerous second chances as Bourque and Peterkin especially had their way inside. McGill also completely shut down Warriors star guard Jon Ravenhorst who did not score after halftime after making 4 threes in the opening stanza. Warriors have a bright future with Hodzic, who is quick off the dribble and off his feet. Freshman pg Simon Petrov struggled amid the higher tempo in the second half but has a bright future and in my opinion the best of the three prized freshmen could be 6’4″ Justin Hardy, who has a wonderful all-round game – he had 10 points and 6 boards in 35 minutes. Bourque had 17 points and 13 rebounds including 9 “o” boards to lead McGill while Daoust added 14 – all in the second half. Peterkin had all of his 11 after halftime (seemed like more) while veteran Jenning Leung finished with 14 points as McGill turned it over only 6 times. (turnover figures are sketchy – Waterloo had only 11 all night according to the scoresheet). Hodzic finished with 18 to lead all scorers for Waterloo. McGill gets Toronto tomorrow at 4 PM while Waterloo faces Bishop’s at 6 PM.