Big 3 freshman, Ravenhorst lead Warriors to decisive win at Western

Waterloo 96, Western 77… The rapidly-maturing freshman trio of 6’0″ Simon Petrov, 6’5″ Justin Hardy and 6’6″ Nedim Hodzic, representing the future foundation of Head Coach Justin Gunter‘s rebuild of the Warriors program, produced the most memorable collaborative effort of their careers, combining for 60 points – including a game-and-career high 29 from point guard Petrov, his second consecutive dominant offensive performance as Waterloo pulled away early in the fourth for their second consecutive solid road, this time at Alumni Hall in London against the Mustangs.  Petrov, coming off his best game as a U-Sport freshman on Saturday at McMaster, took over in the second half with 18 points including 6 consecutive to give Waterloo the lead for good midway through the third and then keyed an 11-2 run that extended the Warriors lead to 13 midway through the fourth after which Waterloo cruised.  6’0″ fifth-year shooting guard Jon Ravenhorst went a sizzling 5 for 6 from three – including a perfect 4-4 in the second half – en route to 27 points to help keep Warriors slim playoff hopes alive.  Hardy, the stats stuffing wing forward had 13 points and 5 boards while the creative Hodzic added 18 while battling foul trouble.  Mustangs got a career-high 19 points and 8 rebounds from 6’5″ Ian Smart, inserted into the starting lineup but the emerging forward struggled from the free throw line going just 1 for 9, part of a 7-21 (33%) effort collectively by Western from the stripe.  Western made just 4 of 20 threes in the game including three by 6’5″ Cam Morris who had 13 points.  Warriors dominated the glass 51-30 including 14 by 6’6″ Mike Pereira – second in the entire OUA with 10.0 rebounds per game.  Waterloo appears to be peaking late although will likely need to win out for any chance at a playoff spot – Warriors finish with Windsor at home on Saturday and then at Lakehead and at Guelph on the final weekend of the season.  Western, which had their playoff hopes dashed for all intents and purposes, is at Laurier on Saturday and then hosts McMaster and Brock next week to complete their regular season.



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