OUA: Big 3 continue to dominate


The top 3 teams in the OUA (Carleton, Ottawa and Ryerson) continue to clearly separate themselves from the rest of the conference – the Big 3 have a combined one loss (Carleton over the Gee-Gees) – and that trend continued this past weekend as Carleton and Ottawa comfortably defeated Guelph and Lakehead at home while Ryerson remained undefeated with a 32 point win at Waterloo.  There are just 3 regular season games remaining among these 3 teams:  3rd Feb when Gee-Gees and Ravens have their rematch at Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Center in the Capital Hoops Classic and February 17th and 18th when Ryerson visits our Nation’s Capital for the historical tough pair of Friday/Saturday games.  Those games will likely determine which program hosts the Wilson Cup.  6’2″ Kaza Keene averaged 23.5 ppg in Carleton’s two wins over Guelph and Lakehead, which had it to 3 in third quarter before Carleton’s depth took over.. Most notable among other OUA games this weekend were two upsets as Windsor, after hammering Algoma by 42 points on Friday, lost the second of two games in Sault Ste. Marie and McMaster was stunned by York Lions in Hamilton.  Lancers clearly came out listless on Saturday and fell behind by 17 late in the second quarter after a decisive 20-2 Algoma run buoyed by several three pointers.  Lancers, who had all 5 starters play 30+ minutes on Saturday, came back to take the lead early in the fourth quarter, beginning a string of numerous lead changes, but Algoma pulled away in the final minutes for a momentous victory.  Lancers had a chance to tie it on their final possession but 6’7″ Luke Allin missed a three – the touted wing forward had a tough weekend with just 7 points and 3 rebounds on Saturday and a line of 1 for 9 from three for the weekend… The highlight of York’s 71-68 upset win at McMaster was 6’3″ Julio Vasquez‘s controversial game winning three-pointer – after rising to shoot his three, referees deemed that Vasquez’s release came just before he hit the ground, giving the Lions an impressive win.  Marauders played the second half without Head Coach Amos Connolly who was ejected after being whistled for consecutive technical fouls late in the second quarter.  Lions, who were once again led by 6’5″ forward Brandon Ramirez (22 points, 8 rebounds) made 11 of 29 threes against just 3-26 for the cold shooting Marauders.  Vasquez finished with 17.  Marauders bounced back on Saturday to defeat Queen’s.  Marauders face their toughest test of their post-holiday schedule, taking a trip in to Toronto to face #3 Ryerson Rams at Mattamy…  Brock Badgers swept a pair of games and have been getting encouraging performances from their reigning All-Canadian 6’7″ Dani Elgadi, who had 13 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists against the Gaels on Friday night and then followed up with a dominating 15-point, 22-rebound performance against the Lions.  Observers were also raving about the steady play of 5’11” sophomore Tyler Brown who logged 34 minutes per game at the point on the weekend and had 17 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals against Queen’s followed by another steady 9 point, 5 assist effort against York… 6’5″ reserve wing Addy Ogunye knocked down back-to-back threes in the final minutes – his only two makes of the game – as Nipissing produced yet another tough road win, this time at Laurentian, despite 6’2″ Kadre Gray‘s 36 points and 8 rebounds.  Recall Lakers swept a pair of road games in Kitchener/Waterloo before the holidays and Nipissing continues to get stellar performances from their burly 6’8″ forward Justin Shaver, who had 15 points and 13 rebounds against the Voyageurs, who blew an early 15 point lead… U of T Varsity Blues got 37 points from all-star 6’5″ forward Devin Johnson but even with an 8 for 12 effort from downtown, Blues could not overcome 29 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists from 5’10” Tevean Kokko in suffering a 91-80 loss to the Laurier Golden Hawks in Waterloo.  6’8″ Vlad Matovic continues to show spectacular improvement with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocked shots for Laurier.

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