Reilly Reid’s 4th quarter heroics save Varsity Blues


Toronto 65, McMaster 57… Varsity Blues got a clutch fourth-quarter effort from 6’2″ Reilly Reid, pulling away from a 45-45 tie early in the quarter to win an important inter-division affair against the reeling Marauders who again played without star 6’4″ forward Rohan Boney who was in sweats on the sidelines.  Reid knocked down a big three but also had two acrobatic finishes that got the crowd and the Blues bench back into the game after McMaster had rallied from a double digit deficit, primarily on the work of 6’7 Connor Gilmore.  Reid, who had baskets on 3 consecutive possessions during the game-deciding run, spun into the lane for a scoop finish and then had a text-book Euro step lay-in that was the back breaker late, pushing the lead back up to 12 late in the fourth.  Blues frustrated Gilmore in the first half but the slick forward got it going after the break finishing with 19 points and 7 boards.  Mac stayed in it in the first half, limiting Toronto run-outs by jamming Varsity defensive rebounders and later Marauders switched to a 2-3 zone but Reid’s offensive skills were on full display including long-range shooting, a nice in-between jumper in the paint and the slick finishes around the rim.  McMaster shot just 5 for 26 from three-point land and were outrebounded 51-36 as Marauders dropped to 7-8 on the OUA regular season.

Laurier 82, Waterloo 75… Golden Hawks avenged an earlier home loss to their home town rivals as 5’10” Tevean Kokko had all 12 of his points after halftime including several big shots down the stretch and 6’7″ fifth-year forward Matt Chessson had what is believed to be a career-high 31 points.  Warriors jumped out strong at home, racing to a 16-pont first half advantage however Kokko began doling out dimes to Chesson and 6’0 Chuder Teny, allowing the Hawks to grab a 3 point halftime lead.  Waterloo jumped out strong on the offensive heroics of 6’6″ fifth-year forward Mike Pereira who had 19 first-half points however the hard-working post was shut down in the second half with only 2 points after halftime.  Still, Warriors, behind another fifth-year vet Jon Ravenhorst, drew to within 1 at 75-74 in the final minute but Kokko and Chesson iced it as the city opponents split their season series.

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