X / CBU & Guelph / Mac rivalries continue tonight


Four games on tap tonight in U-Sport men’s basketball including a pair of rivalry games beginning in Sydney as St. FX (6-8, 2-3) meets Cape Breton (0-13, 0-6).  Based on my crude knowledge of Canadian university history, I believe what is now Cape Breton University was originally formed as a satellite campus of St. FX University (I am open for correction) and this prior relationship has morphed into a healthy athletic rivalry.  X-Men, losers of two in a row, come of a decisive loss at Dalhousie last Wednesday night while Capers continue to stay in most games until late – CBU blew a 7 point, fourth-quarter lead at Memorial this past Sunday.  Expect X to pound it inside early and often to 6’7″ Kevin Bercy for whom the Capers don’t have a natural match-up for… In Hamilton, Guelph Gryphons (5-4, 2-2) renew their Highway 6 rivalry with McMaster (10-1, 2-1) with both teams coming off losses to Brock.  Gryphs led their game in St. Catharines in the third quarter before coming apart at the foul line while Marauders were edged at home last Wednesday night by the Badgers, their first loss against CIS competition this season.  Both 6’5″ Ahmed Haroon and 6’7″ Connor Gilmore should be influential tonight given their perimeter offensive games while Guelph’s back court is deep enough to match-up with 6’2″ David McCulloch and others.  Key to this game may be how well Gryphons keep 6’4″ fifth-year forward Rohan Boney in check as Guelph doesn’t appear to have an experienced matchup for the all-conference candidate – although 6’7″ freshman Sean Carey, who showed very well at Brock at both ends has the potential to match Boney’s athleticism… Two other “traditional OUA West” match ups are also on tap as Waterloo (2-6, 0-3) travels to Windsor (7-3, 2-2).  Warriors had a chance to grab their first victory of the regular season last Friday night at York but blew their late lead amid a series of controversial calls.  Lancers got a solid offensive effort from 6’2″ Micqueel Martin at Lakehead this past Saturday.  In the other game in Southwestern Ontario, Laurier Golden Hawks (6-8, 2-3) travel to London to face Western (3-8, 1-3) in a battle of two teams that are likely to be on the playoff bubble given present conditions.

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