Waterloo 83, McMaster 62… 6’1″ freshman Simon Petrov had a career-high 20 points in a break-out first-season effort for the fine young point guard and Warriors Head Coach Justin Gunter had a successful homecoming to his alma mater as Waterloo pounded the Marauders at Burridge Gym, handing Mac their third consecutive defeat and 4th in 5th games. Petrov got to the rim early, breaking down his defenders and getting to his left hand and then later made several tough mid-range pull-ups and turnarounds in a wonderful display of reading ball screens and finishing. McMaster also had their hands full inside with Warriors emerging freshman 6’5″ Nedim Hodzic as the crafty post spun, sealed and drop stepped his way to 19 points (11-14 from the free throw line) and 8 boards. Waterloo did a masterful job disrupting Marauders offensive flow, especially holding star 6’7″ forward Connor Gilmore in check with different defensive looks. Gilmore was 0 for 2 from the three point line as Waterloo completely took away his catch-and-shoot opportunities and Gilmore went just 3 for 10 from the floor. 6’4″ Rohan Boney valiantly tried to play on what was very obviously a bad ankle and the fifth-year senior was largely ineffective given the lingering injury. 6’2″ David McCulloch got to the rim a couple of times getting to his left hand and had 13 for McMaster but the supporting cast beyond the big three was largely ineffective – Mac shot just 5 for 24 from downtown and simply did not get the offensive support required from the rest of their roster, which today did not include 6’2″ Chris Thompson. But the young Warriors were crisper and more energetic at both ends and fully deserving of their fourth win of the season. Waterloo has four games remaining – three on the road at Western, at Lakehead and at Guelph plus a home date against Windsor and a legitimate shot at a playoff berth (admittedly not verifying this via RPI tool – one test run shows that if Warriors won all 4 of their remaining games and all higher seeds won the other games, Warriors would finish 12th and “in”).