OUA: Elgadi’s big 2nd half lifts Badgers

Brock (3-0) 86, Guelph (2-2) 75… Badgers pulled away late in the third as 6’7″ Dani Elgadi had 23 points, 15 rebounds and 8 blocked shots to help defeat a solid Guelph team that had a third quarter lead.  Elgadi had 11 points, 11 rebounds and all of his blocks after halftime but Gryphs still had a great opportunity to author what would have been an upset road win, grabbing 22 offensive rebounds and giving Brock’s guards fits off the dribble.  With the game tied midway through the third, Gryphs missed 4 consecutive free throws – part of a 5 for 12 effort after halftime and 14-29 overall – and Badgers took advantage as 6’5″ Johneil Simpson got going, scoring 10 of his 15 points in the final half.  Brock got another competitive effort at the point from 5’11” Tyler Brown who had 7 rebounds and 7 assists but scored only 2 points on 0-7 shooting, including several misses in transition.  Badgers will need a much more complete effort from the sophomore guard offensively going forward.  Guelph did a great job of finding the best match-up off the dribble as 6’1″ freshman Jordon Sobot especially showed his skill set breaking down defenders and getting to the rim.  For the second consecutive game 6’7″ Cassidy Ryan provided Brock a spark off the bench, scoring 10 of his 14 points after halftime; again, positions 2 through 5, Brock is deep, talented and tough.  For parts of this afternoon’s affair, Guelph exposed an inability by the Badgers collectively to guard the dribble against smaller lineups.  But Elgadi made certain with his heroics that there would be no upset.

Queen’s (3-1) 78, Waterloo (0-3) 59… 6’7″ Tanner Graham had another monster effort at both ends, scoring 16 points and adding 16 rebounds, 4 assists and at least 5 blocks as the Gaels won their third in a row with a comfortable win against the Warriors.  Waterloo shot just 1-18 from three point land and made just 6 of 13 free throws however Gaels were very worthy of the win this afternoon.  6’5″ freshman Nedim Hodzic had 16 points and 5 rebounds to lead Waterloo.


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