OUA: Blues hand Queen’s 9th straight loss

Toronto 85, Queen’s 77… Blues moved closer to hosting a first-round playoff game as 6’5″ Devin Johnson had 29 points, scoring with an array of finishes inside and out while steadily improving 6’2″ guard Reilly Reid added 22 in the Varsity Blues third consecutive victory, handing the Gaels their 9th consecutive loss.  The game marked a milestone for 6’2″ Sukhpreet Singh as the slashing wing became the all-time leading scorer at Queen’s with a third-quarter baseline take to the rim.  Gaels trailed by double digits and crept to within 2 but 6’5″ Manny Sahota blocked Singh’s take to the rim and then on the ensuing possession made his only basket of the game, following up a miss with a put-back to seal it.  Singh finished with 21 points for the Gaels while 6’7″ Tanner Graham had a solid 22-point, 12 rebound double-double.  Blues are currently seeded 7th in the OUA RPI while Gaels hold down the 12th and final seed at present.

Laurentian 79, Guelph 50… Voyageurs continued their explosive play of late, building leads as large as 33 in winning handily at home against the Gryphons, who presently are out of the OUA playoff picture.  6’5″ Nelson Yengue had 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead Laurentian, currently the 6 seed.

Lakehead 68, Nipissing 57… Thunderwolves dug in and came up with arguably their best overall defensive performance of the season, winning a critical road game in North Bay as 6’5″ Barcarius Dinkins had 9 of his 22 points in the final 4 minutes including the go-ahead “and 1″ late.  6’8” Justin Shaver had 19 and 12 while 6’5″ Marcus Lewis had 22 points and 11 boards as the duo scored 41 of the Lakers 57 points.  Little-used 5’10” sophomore guard Kyle Estalilla from Mississauga Joan of Arc had a career-high 10 points in a career-high 22 minutes off the bench for the T-Wolves, who are now ranked #11 in the OUA RPI.

Western 86, Algoma 75… Mustangs came from 14 down, shooting 11 for 20 from three-point land including a 5 for 8 effort from third-year guard Jedson Tavernier to sweep the weekend series in the Soo.

Brock 71, Laurier 58… 6’7″ Dani Elgadi dominated once again, flirting with a triple-double – in the first half alone – as Badgers built an early 21 point lead and then held off a late rally to win their 7th in a row.  Elgadi has rapidly put himself back in the OUA First Team all-star discussion, adding to his recent string of high-end performances with 19 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists, helping Brock to overcome a 2 for 12 effort from beyond the stripe.  5’11” freshman guard Tevean Kokko had 7 of his 15 points in consecutive fashion to get Laurier back to within 5 midway through the fourth but Badgers quickly ended the mystery with a 12-0 run to clinch it.



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