Brock (2-0) 72, McMaster (2-1) 71… 6’7″ Dani Elgadi banked in a 6 footer in the paint with 27.7 seconds remaining to give Badgers the lead for good in what turned into a bit of a wild finish as Brock handed Mac their first loss against CIS competition all season. After Elgadi’s go-ahead shot and a McMaster timeout to advance the ball into the front court, Marauders struggled with the in-bounds pass and turned it over to 6’5″ Johneil Simpson, who was fouled and knocked down both free throws to provide Brock with a 4 point cushion and, seemingly, the win. Mac again called timeout and again struggled to in-bound the ball, however Badgers were whistled for a dead-ball foul with about 12 seconds remaining, putting 6’0″ Chris Thompson, who had a season-high 21 points including 4-7 shooting, at the line down 4 with 2 shots and the ball ! Thompson however missed both free throws and Brock closed it out on the foul line.
In a game with 12 lead changes, Brock trailed by 4 with 5 minutes remaining after Thompson converted a layup on a nice feed from 6’7″ Connor Gilmore in transition and Marauders looked good. But 6’6″ freshman Daniel Cayer converted an “and 1” and after Mac’s David McCulloch made just 1 of 2 free throws, Simpson, with another steal, converted and and 1 giving Brock a two point lead. Badgers then took a terrible foul about 70 feet from their basket and McCulloch made no mistake on two free throws, tying it and setting up Elgadi’s go-ahead basket out of time-out on a well diagrammed series that got the All-Canadian the basketball inside and he made no mistake.
Gilmore, who led McMaster with 25 points and 10 rebounds, including two 3’s in the final 10 seconds of play after Mac trailed by 4, had earlier missed an open 3 from the top of bowl that would have given Mac a lead with just 1:13 to play. Thompson had 14 of his 21 in the first quarter and showed that Marauders do have a fourth higher-end player who they can count on for offense. Still, depth remains an issue for McMaster with the four-some of Gilmore, Thompson, McCulloch and 6’4″ Rohan Boney (4-17 from the floor) scoring 67 of their 71 points. 6’4″ Lazar Kojovic found the going tough, fouling out with zero points in just 12 minutes.
Brock got a spirited effort off the bench from 6’7″ lefty Cassidy Ryan who had 10 points and solid, albeit sometimes-inconsistent play from tough, competitive 5’11” guard Tyler Brown, who had 7 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and two clutch free throws in the final minute in 33 minutes. 6’3″ Ryan Bennett added 13 while Simpson, who struggled with his shot selection and indifferent work on the glass and defending, came up big with two huge late steals and finished with 9 points.
Marauders took a four point halftime lead by getting out in transition and getting on the offensive glass but Badgers cleaned up their “d” sprinkling in some zone in the second half and authored a very important road win.
Guelph (2-1) 94, Windsor (1-2) 85… Gryphons pulled away in the middle part of the game, building up a double digit lead led by 6’5″ Ahmed Haroon‘s 17 points and 6 boards and later led by as many as 19 midway through the fourth in a solid road win at Windsor. Six Gryphs hit double digits including 5’10” Taylor Boers who hit a three with 6 minutes remaining to give Guelph their largest lead. Guelph shot 55% from the field and went 24-29 from the line offsetting a 22 point effort from 5’10” Mike Rocca – 16 in the final 6 minutes of the fourth including 4 3’s and 17 from 6’2″ Micqueel Martin (8 in the fourth). Windsor shot 6 for 9 from three in the final 6 minutes but could only get the game back to as close as 5 with 29 seconds left as Gryphs went 14 for 15 from the line in the final 4 minutes including knocking down their final 13 free throw in the final 3 minutes.