Three afternoon games highlight Saturday’s action across the country beginning at 3 PM ET as Guelph Gryphons (2-1) travel to St. Catharines to face OUA Central Division rival Brock Badgers (2-0). Badgers swept Guelph last season and have won the past three games in a row between the two long-time rivals. Expect Gryphs to focus their efforts on protecting the paint where 6’7″ Dani Elgadi operates effectively. Guelph lacks experienced size up front and expect Badgers to pound it inside early and often. Gryphons have been very efficient offensively during this early season, especially during Wednesday’s relatively easy win at Windsor. Game time is 3 PM ET.
Also, in the OUA this afternoon, Waterloo visits Queen’s in Kingston where Gaels have improved tremendously defending their home court. Queen’s won comfortably last night against Laurier but continue to struggle on the defensive glass while improving Waterloo experienced some late-game controversy in North York against York Lions last night as, with a chance to go up 3 with about 2 minutes remaining, Warriors veteran 6’6″ Mike Pereira missed a dunk and, feeling that someone was underneath him, held onto the rim for protection. Unfortunately the referees whistled the fifth-year forward for a rim-hanging infraction, setting off a chain of free throws that helped York capture the victory. Still, second-year Waterloo Head Coach Justin Gunter lamented his team’s performance, stating that Warriors “put ourselves in (a tough) position by not rebounding for most of the night and not defending very well in the first half”. Game time in Kingston is 4 PM ET.
Also at 4 PM, the undefeated and somewhat-unappreciated UQAM Citadins take their 2-0 RSEQ record into the BeeHive to face Concordia Stingers. Citadins got a huge late game effort from 6’0″ Misi Boye to outlast McGill Redmen in overtime on Thursday night while Stingers come off a terrible shooting performance in last Sunday’s loss at Laval that evened their record at 1-1.
In the AUS tonight, all of a sudden their is a legitimate battle for second place in the conference as injury-riddled Saint Mary’s (3-2) dropped a tough game at the very end to UNB Varsity Reds (3-2) last night. Huskies host reeling UPEI Panthers (1-4) at home in Halifax while the Reds, now on a three-game win streak, travel to Wolfville to face another team on a three-game winning streak in the hot-shooting Axemen (3-2). Both games are worth four points, as is tonight’s first of two weekend games in St. John’s where winless Cape Breton Capers (0-4) hope to turn things around against surprising Memorial (3-1). Those two teams also meet tomorrow afternoon in the lone AUS and U-Sport game on Sunday.
In OUA action, Windsor Lancers (1-2) are in Thunder Bay to face Lakehead (1-3) while also in the Ontario north, Algoma Thunderbirds host uOttawa Gee-Gees. In downtown Toronto, U of T Varsity Blues host Nipissing Lakers while Laurentian is at Ryerson.
Canada West has their full slate of games in the second half of two-night, back-to-back doubleheaders with only UBC Thunderbirds and Alberta Golden Bears remaining unbeaten thus far.