Mustang, Badger wins seal Guelph & Waterloo’s playoff fates

Western 95, McMaster 89… 6’1″ Omar Shiddo had 17 points off the bench and underrated 6’0″ pg Nikola Farkic had 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals as the Mustangs handed the reeling Marauders their fifth loss in their past 6 games with a decisive win in London.  Western led by 15 with 3 minutes remaining however the Marauders proceeded to make 5 of their next 6 threes in the next 2 minutes, getting the game back to within 2 with 39 seconds remaining.  However, Mustangs were able to seal it on the foul line, ending their season with an encouraging win.  6’4″ Rohan Boney had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Mac which got just 9 points and 4 rebounds from 6’7″ Connor Gilmore, who picked up his 3rd and 4th fouls on back-to-back possessions in the third quarter and exasperated the situation by taking a technical foul which disqualified him for the remainder of the game.  McMaster’s loss, couple with Windsor’s loss to Brock, means that Windsor needs a Laurier or Waterloo win in their games tonight to grab the #8 seed and a home playoff game.  Mac and Windsor are headed for a playoff meeting for the third consecutive season – only the location has yet to be determined.

Brock 91, Windsor 69… Lancers had a chance to clinch 8th but 6’5″ Johneil Simpson went off for 26 points including 6-9 from three – part of an 11 for 24 effort by the Badgers overall as Brock sealed #4 seed with a solid road win at the St. Denis Center.  Windsor, which played without starting 6’7″ wing Luke Allin, got 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists from 5’10” point guard Mike Rocca.  Windsor awaits the results of tonight’s Waterloo at Guelph and Laurier at Lakehead games to determine where their OUA sudden death first round playoff game – very likely against McMaster – will be held.

This afternoon’s results mean that both Guelph and Waterloo have been eliminated from the playoffs – these teams meet tonight in Guelph in what now is a game that will affect playoff seedings for other teams.  Meanwhile, Laurier and Lakehead have also both qualified for the post-season and their game tonight should determine which of those two teams finish #11 and #12.

Nipissing needs a victory over Algoma to secure #5 seed.  A Lakers loss gives U of T Varsity Blues #5 seed, regardless of what the Blues do tonight at Carleton, which is celebrating Senior’s Day as 6’2″ Kaza Kajami-Keane, 6’4″ Connor Wood, 6’7″ Ryan Ejim and 6’4″ Joe Rocca will be honored.  Meanwhile, at uOttawa, the Gee-Gees will honor 6’3″ Caleb Agada, 6’6″ Matt Plunkett and 6’2″ Adam Presutti.



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