OUA: York Lions win again

York (2-0) 83, Waterloo (0-2) 79…  6’6″ Jayden Frederick had 25 points and 11 rebounds including the go-ahead bucket with 2:10 to play as the Lions held on after surrendering an 11 point fourth quarter lead to edge the Warriors in North York.  After 6’0″ Jon Ravenhorst (23 points on 5-10 3’s, 7 rebounds and 5 assists) gave Waterloo their first lead since early in the game with a clutch three, Frederick’s basket allowed York to re-take the lead, starting a chain of events that saw Warriors whistled for 6 fouls in less than one minute of play.  Waterloo out-fouled York 28-18 on the game.  Frederick, who has been one of the major revelations across the entire U-Sport season thus far, sparked a Lions 19-2 second quarter run with 11 points to give York a 12 point lead.  The lead was 11 early in the fourth when Waterloo had their own 10-0 run and when Ravenhorst knocked down his fifth 3, it appeared Warriors had a chance at a come-from-behind road win but it did not materialize amid a chain of free throws.  6’5″ Brandon Ramirez, another Lion who has benefited from more offensive touches in their revamped lineup, had a solid 17-point, 7-rebound performance to help York, which hosts Laurier Golden Hawks tonight.  Warriors are in Kingston for an afternoon game at Queen’s today which begins at 3 PM ET.

Toronto (2-2) 97, Laurentian (2-1) 87... 6’3″ Sage Usher authored a splendid 19 point, 7 rebound and 7 assist evening, handling Vees ball pressure with only 1 turnover and making all 3 of his threes as the Varsity Blues held late leads as large as 16 points in an impressive home win at Goldring Center.  The third-year converted point guard showed last night that he has matured into an efficient floor general, finding open shooters, getting into the lane and knocking down open looks when available.  He was also instrumental down the stretch from the free throw line when Blues made 7-8 from the stripe in the final minute to clinch it.  The game became a bit tighter late on the heroics of Laurentian’s 6’2″ freshman guard Kadre Gray, who had 17 of his game-high 30 in the final 4 1/2 minutes of play after Blues built their large lead.  Toronto was a sizzling 14 for 22 from downtown for the game, gapping the Voyageurs at least twice while 6’5″ Nelson Yengue was sitting with fouls.  With the game tied in the second quarter, Varsity took off on a 14-2 run led by Usher after Yengue went to the bench with his second foul.  After Vees got the game back to within striking distance midway through the third, Yengue again went to the bench with fouls and U of T pushed the lead back to 12.  Yengue finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds, with 10 points coming in an energetic first quarter.  5’11” Christopher Barrett was key off the bench for Toronto, making all 3 of his threes for 11 points.  Blues host Nipissing tonight while Laurentian travels across town to meet undefeated Ryerson Rams.

Queen’s (2-1) 80, Laurier (1-3) 68…  Gaels got another dominant effort at both ends from 6’7″ Tanner Graham who had 15 points, 6 rebounds, 5 blocks plus an emphatic momentum-changing dunk in traffic as Queen’s won comfortably at home.  Queen’s shot 47.5% from the field and held Laurier to just 32% but again was somewhat-victimized by 18 offensive rebounds, a continued source of impact for Gaels.  6’8″ Matt Chesson had 21 points and 11 rebounds including 6 on the “o” glass in his best offensive performance of the young season.

Ryerson (3-0) 84, Nipissing (1-2) 64… Rams scored the game’s first 10 points, building leads as large as 30 early in the third quarter in coasting to an easy win at home over the Lakers.  6’3″ Adika Peter-McNeilly led the way with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists as Rams made 9 of their first 19 threes to win going away.

Carleton (1-0) 93, Algoma (1-3) 65… 6’2″ Kaza Keene had 24 points on 9-18 shooting, adding 7 assists while 6’4″ Connor Wood added 16 points as Ravens shot 53% from the floor to hammer the Thunderbirds in Sault Ste. Marie.  uOttawa visits Algoma this evening.

Western (1-3) 53, Lakehead (1-3) 51… 6’1″ guard Nikola Farcic had 16 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists as the Mustangs overcame a 22-9 foul-count and 19-6 free throws attempted disparity in edging the scoring challenged Thunderwolves.  The teams combined to shoot just 29% with Lakehead going just 15-60 (25%) from the floor.  With the score tied at 43 and 6 minutes remaining, the Mustangs took the lead for good with a 10-3 run culminated by a three from 6’1″ freshman Omar Shiddo.  Lakehead hosts Windsor tonight in Thunder Bay.


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