OUA: All top teams grab victories

A full slate of 8 games in the OUA last night with no major upsets but some notable storylines, beginning in Windsor where the Lancers welcomed back injured 6’3″ star wing Mitch Farrell, adding a quality offensive talent to Coach Chris Oliver‘s lineup and the Lancers (10-5, 5-4) shone in their easy 83-78 over York (2-10, 2-5) in front of almost 1,500 fans at the St. Denis Center.  “Easy win” given that Windsor jumped to a 17 point first-half lead, which swelled to 19 in the third.  Lions, led by their emerging 6’5″ forward Brandon Ramirez who had 16 of his game-high 31 points during a third quarter run, did get the game back to within 6 briefly, but 5’11” Mike Rocca (7-10 3’s) quickly pushed the lead back to 19 and the lead was 18 with just 3 1/2 minutes left before a late York flurry made the score more flattering than it was.  Ramirez has a wonderfully diverse offensive game with a nice mid-range post game and the ability to step outside beyond the perimeter and is getting the touches necessary to build his offensive confidence.  Farrell struggled to score with just 7 points on 2-15 shooting (1 for 11 from downtown) in his first game in well over a year but did add 9 rebounds. Windsor hosts Queen’s while York travels to Western tonight.  In London, the Gaels picked up a scrappy road win over Western in which they gave up a late lead on the three-point shooting heroics of 6’1″ freshman Omar Shiddo who went a perfect 5-5 from 3 in the second half (21 points in all), briefly giving the Mustangs the lead before 6’2″ Richard Iheadindu won it for Queen’s with a three from the right wing late… Laurier Golden Hawks made it a game for 20 minutes, going into halftime tied at 40 with #1 Carleton, but Ravens immediately broke to an 18-1 run to open the third quarter, scoring 69 points in the second half and shooting a ridiculous 62% from the floor after halftime to win going away 109-73.  6’10” Eddie Ekiyor had 20 points and 9 boards (8-11 shooting) while 6’4″ Joe Rocca had by far his best effort as a Raven with 13 of his 15 points after halftime.  As per normal, 6’2″ Kaza Keene and 6’4″ Connor Wood combined to lead the way, last night with 46 points collectively.  6’1″ Tevaun Kokko led all scorers with 27 points but only 6 after halftime after single-handedly keeping Laurier in it with five first-half 3’s… Ottawa led by 30 early and coasted to an easy 83-48 win at Waterloo during which Gee-Gees held Warriors to just 16 first-half points.  6’3″ Caleb Agada led the way with 23 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals as Ottawa forced 20 Waterloo turnovers and held home side to just 3-16 shooting from downtown… In Sudbury, Brock Badgers held off Laurentian 86-82 as 6’7″ Dani Elgadi shook off a tough start to finish with 16 points and 10 rebounds and the Badgers held star 6’2″ freshman Kadre Gray without a three-point field goal attempt; Gray did finish with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists.  Brock had 5 players in double figures including 5’11” sophomore point guard Tyler Brown who had 15 points including a perfect 2-2 from three… McMaster Marauders got a solid effort from their Big 3 of 6’7″ Connor Gilmore, 6’5″ Rohan Boney and 6’1″ David McCulloch in a solid 90-75 road win at Nipissing.  Gilmore had 27 points and 9 rebounds to lead the way as Mac took over in the third quarter.  6’3″ freshman Jaaden Lewis came off the bench for 20 points in 26 minutes to lead the Lakers, who host Brock tonight while Mac travels to Laurentian… In Toronto, the Varsity Blues rallied from a halftime deficit to dominate the second half in a 77-66 win over Guelph at the Goldring Center while Ryerson Rams, playing without 6’7″ center Adam Voll, shook off a tough start to defeat Lakehead 88-64.


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