Kaba punctuates historic weekend for Nipissing Lakers


Nipissing (7-10, 3-5) 66, Laurier (9-9, 5-4) 65… 6’3″ Ismael Kaba knocked down the game winning three at the buzzer as the Lakers culminated a historic weekend with dramatic win at Laurier.  For the first time in their history, Lakers swept an OUA regular season road weekend after winning their first-ever OUA road game Friday night at Waterloo.  With 2.2 seconds left, Kaba, a third-year wing from Ottawa’s Sir Robert Borden H.S. and Ottawa Phoenix club team, caught the ball off an in-bound, pump faked and then made no mistake as the horn sounded.  Lakers had led the majority of the game but, in what turned out to be a crazy finish, the Hawks came back to take a 2 point with a minute left on back-to-back 3’s by 6’0″ Tevean Kokko (12 points, 2-9 from 3).  Later, after a missed Lakers 3, a scramble for the rebound gave the ball back to Laurier up 1 with just 3 seconds to play.  After a timeout to advance the ball, Lakers created an immediate turnover with 2.2 seconds left and advanced the ball themselves after a timeout, setting up the dramatic three by Kaba (14 points to lead Nipissing).  Lakers coach Chris Cheng was understandably excited after his team’s big weekend:  “(Tonight’s) game was back and forth for all 40 minutes. Laurier never let up and always aggressive especially on the glass. They dominated the boards tonight. Credit to my team for being poise and not giving up in the moment but focused on the next play. We did a good job on Kokko the entire game getting the ball out of his hands. I am very happy for my players and for our growing program.”  Kokko, who had 29 against Laurentian on Friday, missed his first 7 threes against the Lakers.  6’1″ freshman Shamar Burrows led Laurier with 17 points and 14 rebounds including 7 on the “o” glass.

Ryerson (9-2, 7-0) 84, Windsor (9-5, 4-4) 64… Rams put up another dominant defensive effort, holding Lancers top 3 of 5’11” Mike Rocca, 6’7″ Luke Allin and 6’2″ Micqueel Martin to a combined 7 for 35 shooting – with Allin making all 3 of his threes in the final 3 minutes of the game when the outcome was well-decided – in a romp over Windsor in Toronto.  6’0″ Roshane Roberts led the way for the Rams with 19 points while steady fifth-year 6’5″ forward Juwaun Grannum had another important 18 point, 9 rebound effort.  Windsor was held to just 29% shooting overall including making just 6 of their first 38 threes.

Guelph (6-5, 3-3) 87, York (2-9, 2-4) 65… 6’5″ Ahmed Haroon had 22 points and 6 rebounds as Gryphons built an 18 point halftime lead and cruised to an easy win over the Lions, who played without injured 6’5″ post Brandon Ramirez and 6’5″ key back up Yonathan Kristos however Gryphs were never seriously challenged in the easy win.

Queen’s (7-6, 5-1) 85, Algoma (2-11, 2-9) 77… Gaels raced out to a 23 point halftime lead and then coasted to an easy win, shooting 53% from the field and getting a game-high 17 points plus 6 rebounds and 5 assists from 6’3″ all-conference wing Sukhpreet Singh.

Toronto (7-6, 5-3) 80, Western (3-12, 1-7) 66… The Blues continued their sterling perimeter shooting, going 11-22 from downtown in a comfortable home win over the Mustangs as Toronto built leads as large as 21 in the game.  6’5″ Devin Johnson had 20 points and 7 rebounds while 6’2″ Reilly Reid went 4-6 from three, finishing with 14 points for the Varsity Blues, who played their second consecutive game without starting impact wing 6’5″ Manny Suhota, out with an injury.

Laurentian (4-9, 3-5) 70, Waterloo (3-9, 1-6) 61… In what was a two-point game with 3 minutes left, Voyageurs got contributions from several different areas including the return of three-point shooting specialist J.D. West and impact guard Anthony Iacoe in outlasting the Warriors in Waterloo.  6’2″ Kadre Gray led the way with 20 points for Laurentian.  Warriors coach Justin Gunter was understandably disappointed with the result but remained optimistic with his team’s progress, praising the Voyageurs:  “(Nelson) Yengue was excellent for them, so active and athletic; having West and Iacoe back helps space the floor for them, West made some big shots. Gray is special I thought (Waterloo 6’4″ freshman Justin) Hardy did a very good job on him and we did a good job as a team on him but he just constantly puts pressure on the defense and takes advantage of the opportunities when they are there.”

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