Toronto (3-3, 1-0) 95, Waterloo (2-4) 90 in OVERTIME… 5’10” Christopher Barrett had 17 points and 4 assists including three 3’s off the bench, none larger than a backbreaking three with just over a minute to play in the extra session that gave the Varsity Blues a five point lead and a confidence-building road win at Waterloo in front of an enthusiastic crowd of better than 1,000. Both coaching staffs agreed that this afternoon’s game was reminiscent of an old school OUA sluggfest that was extremely competitive without any chippiness as both teams went at it in a energized environment.
Barrett, who struggled with injuries in the pre-season, hit a well-defended three as the shot clock expired in overtime – his second 3 of overtime – and Blues clinched it on the foul line. Waterloo got arguably a career effort from 6’5″ fifth-year wing Ben Davis, who finished with 27 points and 7 rebounds but more importantly made Blues 6’5″ Devin Johnson work hard for everything – Johnson finished with a game-high 28 points including the tying bucket inside late to force overtime but shot just 8 for 21. 6’5″ Manny Suhota was a terror on the glass for Varsity with 6 offensive boards including at least two put-backs that came at key times and halted potentially momentum-changing defensive stands by the Warriors.
There were numerous lead changes however Warriors found themselves down 70-62 with about 6 minutes remaining but grinded it back to take a two-point lead on a Davis bank shot with about 16 seconds to play. Blues came out of timeout and got the ball down low to Johnson who made no mistake. Waterloo had a shot to win it in regulation but Davis came off a ball screen and could not connect at the buzzer forcing another 5 minutes of play.
6’6″ Nedim Hodzic had 19 points and 8 rebounds for Waterloo while the Blues made 11 of 21 3’s including the final two in a row by Barrett to seal a win in this exciting season lid-lifter. Kitchener/Waterloo fans can watch another OUA game in the area as the Ryerson/Laurier game was moved to 8 PM ET in lieu of the Yates Cup semi-final between McMaster and Laurier playing this afternoon.