OUA: Wallace, Boers lead Gryphons gritty 2nd half comeback at Western

Guelph (1-0) 83, Western (0-1) 81… 6’3″ Jonathan Wallace had 13 of his team-high 18 points after halftime and diminutive 5’10” guard Taylor Boers had all of his 16 points in the final half as Guelph completely turned the game around in the second half, also withstanding a late Mustangs comeback attempt to grab a character-building road win at Alumni Hall in London.  Down 18 midway through the first half, Guelph shot 58% from the floor and turned it over only 5 times in the second half to shock the young, maturing Mustangs.  6’2″ Eriq Jenkins had 22 points to lead Western, which lost 6’1″ freshman Tyler Thomson to an ankle injury in the second half.

Ryerson (1-0) 88, Laurier (0-1) 54... The Rams completely locked down the hometown Golden Hawks defensively, jumping out to leads of 18-1 and 35-12 in a dominant performance in Waterloo.  Rams then took a 36 point lead scoring the first 9 points of the second half, keeping Laurier scoreless for the first 5 1/2 minutes of the third quarter to win going away as five Rams scored in double figures, winning despite not having 6’4″ Ammanuel Diressa in the lineup.

Lakehead (1-0) 65, Algoma (0-1) 52… 6’6″ Bacarius Dinkins started the second quarter with a big dunk and finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds as the T-Wolves won at home in the Thunderdome.  Henry Tan and Mor Menashe both had 13 points each and Mike Theodore had 9 rebounds.  Thunderbird Reng Gum led his team with 14 points and 5 rebounds.  Coach Manny Furtado had mixed feelings about his team’s victory:  “We can’t let the score or the outcome be the standard of our performance. We made too many mistakes and didn’t execute the game plan. Our listening and understanding needs to improve if we want to reach our potential this year. We’ll take the win and move onto our next opponent”.  Lakehead gets set to travel to Hamilton to take on McMaster Marauders next weekend.


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