OUA: Gryphons win keeps race for final playoff spots fluid


Guelph 74, Lakehead 62… With their playoff backs against the wall, Gryphs used a 12-1 run off the start of the third quarter to pull away and gain a split of their home weekend series against the Thunderwolves.  6’0″ Daniel Dooley had a big three during the run and finished with 14 points while defensive specialist 6’5″ Drew Walford added 15 for Guelph (5-13, #14 in OUA RPI).  With the loss, the ‘Wolves fell to 5-12 but hold down #12 and final playoff spot in the RPI-based OUA playoff seedings.  6’5″ Bacarius Dinkins and 6’2″ freshman guard Nahshon Hurst (Markham Bill Crothers), starting in place of injured guards 5’11” Henry Tan and 6’1″ Mor Menashe, both had 19 to lead scoring-challenged Lakehead, which shot just 3 for 21 from three and 33% overall for the game.  We will have more on the permutations and combinations of OUA RPI however Guelph finishes next weekend at home against Waterloo.  Lakehead hosts Waterloo and Laurier at home next weekend.

Ottawa 72, Queen’s 50… 6’7″ Brody Maracle returned from a shoulder injury to go 6-10 from the floor and lead the Gee-Gees with 15 points as Ottawa dominated the glass and held Gaels to just 2 for 14 shooting in an easy road win in Kingston. Miraculously, the Gaels, who have now lost 11 in a row, retain a spot in the top 12 of the OUA RPI (#10 !!) in advance of their final game of the season, this coming Friday night at home against cellar-dwelling York.

Carleton 114, York 50… Ravens jumped out to a 38-4 lead in North York and cruised behind a 20 for 35 (57%) effort from beyond the arc.  Carleton assisted on 30 of 42 field goals overall in a dominant effort against (4-14 and tied for the worst record in the OUA with Algoma).

McMaster 76, Algoma 61… Marauders blew open the game early in the third quarter as 6’7″ Connor Gilmore led the way with 20 points on 3-4 shooting from three while 6’4″ fifth-year forward Rohan Boney, honored earlier on Senior’s Night, flirted with a triple-double (16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists) while 6’1″ pg David McCulloch, with Gilmore the future of this Marauders program, was instrumental in the big run finishing with 17 points on 3-5 threes.  McMaster is currently #8 in the RPI and if the seedings remain as is will host Windsor Lancers for the third consecutive season at Burridge Gym in a playoff game.  Mac travels to Windsor this Wednesday night and then completes their regular season at Western on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Hall.

We plan to have more on the RPI seedings in a future post.

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