#3 Ottawa 70, York 69… 6’2″ Adam Presutti hit a pair of clutch free throws with just 8 seconds left and the Gee-Gees survived a buzzer-beating attempt by 6’5″ Brandon Ramirez that would have won it in a victory at Tait McKenzie in North York. Gee-Gees won despite playing without injured regulars 6’3″ Caleb Agada (bone bruise) and 6’6″ Brody Maracle (shoulder). In what was one of the more exciting finishes of the season, the final moments went back and forth with Lions coming back from a late six point deficit to tie it on a basket by 6’5″ Jayden Frederick, who led all scorers with 23 points including four 3’s. Later Ramirez gave York the lead with a running scoop setting up Presutti’s ultra-clutch pair of makes. Ottawa struggled from the three-point line and were soundly out-rebounded by the Lions, especially on the offensive end with York grabbing 15 boards. With the victory, Gee-Gees retain #2 spot in the RPI. Presutti had 18 to lead Ottawa while 6’9″ Jean Pierre Charles had 15 points and 7 boards in the win.
Nipissing 82, Laurentian 78… Lakers led virtually the entire way including double digit leads for long periods of the second half as 6’4″ Marcus Lewis led the way with 21 points off the bench, his second consecutive 20+ point game. Nipissing improves their hold on #5 seed in the OUA RPI and retains the possibility of a #4 vs. #5 seed quarter-final probably at Brock. 6’2″ freshman Kadre Gray had 29 points to lead the Voyageurs who were soundly out-rebounded in the affair.
Lakehead 63, Guelph 62… 6’5″ Bacarius Dinkins had 15 of his game-high 21 points after halftime as the T-Wolves held off the hometown Gryphs in the first of two this weekend as both teams vie for a playoff spot. Lakehead played without star 5’11” guard Henry Tan and 6’0″ starting guard Mor Menashe, both out with injuries.
Ryerson 87, Toronto 73… 6’3″ Adika Peter-McNeilly had 20 points on Senior’s night as he played his final regular season home game while sharpshooting 6’4″ wing Ammanuel Diressa also added 20 as the Rams held the normally hot-shooting Blues to just 4 for 22 from three-point land in a solid home victory. Rams turned up the full-court pressure midway through the first quarter to build a double digit lead but Blues were undeterred, getting it back to within 4 by early in the fourth quarter. But McNeilly had 9 points in the final 8 minutes of play and Ryerson put the game away for good on back-to-back threes by 6’5″ freshman Keevon Small, his only two makes of the game. McNeilly added 9 rebounds in a solid effort on the glass by the Rams, an area that warranted improvement recently. 6’5″ Devin Johnson led all scorers with 21 for Toronto.
Brock 72, Algoma 55… 6’5″ Johneil Simpson came off the bench for 20 points, taking over as 6’7″ Dani Elgadi encountered foul trouble for most of the night and the Badgers won their 8th straight, pulling away from the Thunderbirds in St. Catharines.
Carleton 93, Queen’s 50… Ravens jumped out to a 30 point first half lead and cruised to an easy win in Kingston, getting 24 offensive rebounds and holding the Gaels to just 26% shooting. Gaels lost their 9th in a row but still currently retain #12 spot in OUA RPI.
Current OUA RPI Rankings