Third quarter surge propels York to victory


York (5-4, 1-0) 90, Lakehead 78 (2-6, 0-2)… 6’5″ freshman Prince Kamunga and 6’3″ Gene Spagnuolo each knocked down a pair of threes during a decisive 23-2 third quarter run that erased an 8 point deficit and led the Lions to victory in their OUA home opener.  The game featured 60 three-point shots and was played at a sizzling tempo with plenty of athletic attacks at the rim and first looks going up.  Lions feature a deep lineup and new Coach Nate Philippe is using his entire bench to support the up-tempo play.  6’1″ Chevy Brown led the way with 18 points including 6 in the final minute as Lions clinched it on the line while 6’3″ Josiah Riley added 14 points and 6’5″ veteran Brandon Ramirez had 13 points and 9 rebounds.  Kamunga (13 points) and Spagnuolo (12 points) each finished 3 for 4 from three off the bench, the perimeter keys for York – the remainder of the lineup went a collective 2 for 23 from downtown.  Lakehead continued their confident three-point shooting going 8 for 29 and were led by 6’1″ Nick Burke with 18 points but were held down at the key point of the game midway through the third.

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Toronto (5-3, 1-0) 84, Algoma (3-6, 0-2) 69… Blues authored a solid road win, shooting 79% from the line and turning it over only 7 times in a solid win at Algoma.  6’2″ Nikola Paradina knocked down back-to-back threes late in the second quarter, part of 14-3 run that established a double digit lead that Blues maintain for much of the remainder of the game.  Algoma did get it down to six with about 3 minutes remaining, but the Blues were equal to it, knocking down 8 of 8 free throws and locking down defensively for a nice road win.  6’3″ Reilly Reid finished with 18 points while 6’3″ freshman Evan Shadkami added 11 on 3-6 threes.  Paradina finished with 13 while 6’7″ Daniel Johanssen added 15 points.  Thunderbirds rode their five starters for 30 minutes each and got 20 points from 6’1″ Ian Nash.

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