OUA: Lions roar from three, knock off Gaels


York (1-0) 83, Queen’s (0-1) 74… Lions roared out of the gate, knocking down 7 of their first 9 three pointers including three consecutive by emerging 6’6″ wing Jayden Frederick, building leads as high as 19 before holding off the Gaels late to grab their first victory vs. a CIS team this season, at home at Tait MacKenzie.  Frederick, from Toronto’s Neil McNeil Collegiate who finished with a game-high 27 points, was also instrumental late in the game when Gaels got it back to within 5 as the long, athletic wing scored 9 consecutive points late to ensure Lions held on.  York shot 11-18 overall from downtown and got a wonderful effort from 6’5″ post Brandon Ramirez, who finished with 23 points on 8-13 shooting, many inside off crafty post moves supported by a pair of his own 3’s.  6’3″ Sukhpreet Singh had 26 to lead Queen’s which shot just 4 for 31 from beyond the arc and allowed the Lions to shoot 52% from the field.  Queen’s travels to Guelph this evening for an encounter with the Gryphons.

McMaster (1-0) 82, Lakehead (0-1) 78 in OT… 6’4″ Rohan Boney had 18 of his game-high 24 points in the second half and the extra frame, shaking off a 1-7 start from the field as the Marauders blew a late 9 point regulation lead to hold off the Thunderwolves in Hamilton.  6’3″ Darnell Curtain went a perfect 5 for 5 from downtown to help Lakehead however the rest of the T-Wolves combined to shoot just 2 for 21 from beyond the arc, allowing Mac to pack it in late and escape with a win.  The teams meet again tonight.

Ryerson (2-0) 88, Toronto (1-1) 61…  Rams blew the game open with a 22-2 run in the third quarter including going 6 for 6 from beyond the arc to win at the Goldring Center.  6’3″ Adika Peter-McNeilly had 18 of his game-high 24 points after halftime after the Blues played Rams to within one at halftime.  The Blues have a quick turnaround with a match in St. Catharines against another Top 10 team Brock Badgers on the road.

Windsor (1-0) 76, Nipissing (0-1) 73… 6’4″ second-year guard Lucas Orlita gave the Lancers the lead for good with just a minute and a half remaining as 5’10” point guard Joe Rocca helped key a second-half run that erased a 12-point deficit as Windsor escaped with a character road win in North Bay.  6’4″ Marcus Lewis (21 points) and 6’6″ Justin Shaver (17 points, 15 rebounds) helped the Lakers build what appeared to be a comfortable third-quarter lead, but the home side could not close as Rocca (21 point, 7-10 3’s plus 9 assists) had another leader-type effort while Orlita, little used last season and now starting, finished with 15 points on 3-7 3’s including the big game-winning shot late.  Lancers travel to Sudbury to face Laurentian while Lakers host Western both games this evening.

Laurentian (1-0) 77, Western (0-2) 73... 6’2″ freshman sensation Kadre Gray scored the final 9 points of the game including the game-winning three with just 33 seconds remaining as the Voyageurs rallied from a 16 point deficit to stun the Mustangs in Sudbury.  Gray had 20 of his game-high 25 in the second half as for the second consecutive game the young Mustangs squandered a large lead.

In Kitchener, Laurier Golden Hawks outlasted Algoma Thunderbirds 71-65 in overtime with the teams meeting again this afternoon at 3 PM at Laurier.

 

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