Another dominant Hodzic 30+ point effort lifts Warriors at Lakehead


6’6″ Nedim Hodzic continued his string of dominating 30+ point scoring games with 34 points and 17 rebounds as the Warriors rallied from a 16 point deficit with a 30-7 third quarter run to gain a split at Lakehead with an 80-74 victory at the Thunderdome.  6’1″ Mor Menashe had 18 of his 25 before halftime to help stake the Thunderwolves to a big lead but Hodzic and fellow sophomore 6’1″ Simon Petrov (29 points) helped Waterloo gain a critical road win and create some separation for the Warriors in the playoff race.

Hodzic, who leads the entire country in rebounding at 11.5 rebounds per game, now is working on a string of three consecutive 30+ point games including a career-high 37 vs. Windsor last weekend.  In fact, the second year post from Kitchener had four 30+ point games in his last six outings and is averaging 22.5 points per game, which leads the OUA West and is third in the entire OUA behind Laurentian’s Kadre Gray (24.4 ppg) and Ryerson’s Manny Diressa (23.7 ppg).

In St. Catharines, Brock Badgers broke to an early lead and coasted to an 83-54 win over Windsor, moving closer to clinching the OUA West regular season crown.  Coach Charles Kissi spread his minutes around generously as 11 of the 12 Badgers who dressed saw double digit action.  6’7″ Cassidy Ryan led the way with 18 points while 6’8″ Dani Elgadi added 16 points and 9 rebounds in just 20 minutes.  Lancers welcomed back 6’6″ Luke Allin, back for his first game of the season after an early season ankle injury and the smooth-shooting forward scored 9 points in his return but did not register a rebound as Brock comfortably controlled the glass.  Box scores on the U-Sports and OUA sites mistakenly indicate that 6’2″ Telloy Simon played 12 minutes for the Lancers but in fact the D2 transfer, expected to play a vital role for Windsor this season, definitely did not play due to a knee injury and is out for the year after undergoing ACL surgery a few weeks ago.

OUA West Standings

Brock 14-2

Western 9-7

Laurier 8-8

Windsor 7-9

Waterloo 7-9

Algoma 4-12


Guelph 3-13

McMaster 3-13

Lakehead 2-14

Next Week’s Games:

Wednesday:  McMaster at Laurier 1 PM at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium (School Day Game); Guelph at Brock.

Friday:  Western at Algoma; Lakehead at Windsor; Laurier at Waterloo.

Saturday:  McMaster at Guelph; Lakehead at Windsor; Western at Algoma; Waterloo at Brock.

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OUA East Saturday: Yengue dominates Gee-Gees inside in another classic


Much of the pre-game discussions around Laurentian’s visit to uOttawa on Saturday night centered on the expected size and depth advantage inside the Gee-Gees were likely to have with 6’9″ Jean Pierre-Charles and 6’7″ Brody Maracle against the smaller Voyageurs front line led by veteran 6’5″ William Yengue.  Key to the game for Ottawa appeared to center on their ability to control incomparable 6’2″ guard Kadre Gray.

Yengue and the Laurentian “d” turned all that analysis completely around as the crafty athletic post dominated inside, especially during the game-deciding fourth quarter run that broke a 54-54 tie, as Yengue had three straight buckets, going right after Maracle defensively after Pierre-Charles was saddled with four quick fouls.  Yengue finished with a game-high 27 points on 10-14 shooting adding 7-8 from the stripe in a dominant performance as Head Coach Shawn Swords went directly at the match-up he favored at exactly the right time in the game and Yengue delivered with 23 of his 27 in the second half including 11 in the decisive fourth quarter.

While Gray did not match his scoring average, he did get in the lane enough for 8 assists and hit the game-clinching three as the shot clock wound down in the final minute, extinguishing any chance for a late uOttawa rally after Laurentian had built leads as large as 12.  One of the main recipients of Gray’s dimes was 6’1″ lefty Anthony Iacoe who hit three big fourth-quarter shots including a pair of threes to stretch the lead.  Gray was a much more willing passer on Saturday, rebounding from a sluggish first-half effort at Carleton on Friday night.

Last night’s game was another high-end thriller between two very well coached teams featuring several big time players including Ottawa’s 6’4″ Brandon Robinson who did his best to keep the Gee-Gees in the game, especially in the second half with a series of fine finishes and tough perimeter shots.  Robinson made four threes and finished with 20 points while Pierre-Charles, who was whistled for three fouls within a three minute stretch of the third, added 11 points and 10 rebounds.  Maracle added 12 on 5-6 shooting but just 4 rebounds and showed little resistance defending Yengue in the post.

In Toronto, Queen’s Gaels surrendered their second consecutive second half lead as 6’2″ Evan Shadkami had 15 of his 18 points after halftime in a 74-64 Varsity Blues victory.  After 6’1″ Matt Elcock knocked down a three, Gaels led 44-31 midway through the third, 6’3″ Sage Usher started a 9-2 Toronto run with five consecutive points including an “and 1″ and later Shadkami made three threes in the final minute and a half of the quarter to get it down to two.  Shadkami started the fourth with another three and later reserve 6’7″ forward Nick Morris knocked down an elbow jumper to give Varsity the lead for good with 8 1/2 minutes to play.  Later, a corner three by 6’4” Nick Paradina and an “and 1″ by Shadkami swelled the lead to 11 and Usher clinched it with a three off crisp ball movement to lead by 14 with 2 minutes left.  Toronto held Queen’s without a field goal for an almost 6 minute stretch of the fourth to move into a tie with Gaels for fifth-place.

At Carleton, 7’0” Cam Smythe had all 16 of his points before halftime as Ravens built an early 20 point lead and went on to hammer Nipissing 94-66.  6’5″ T.J. Lall led the way with 17 points and, in the absence of 6’9 3/4″ Eddie Ekiyor (upper body injury), two emerging, developing forwards 6’7″ Mitch Jackson and 6’8″ Will Kohler got extended minutes with each scoring 11 second-half points.  Jackson continued a string of effective outings while Kohler, all the way back from a broken bone in his foot sustained earlier in the season, went 4-5 from the field including knocking down a pair of threes as the Ravens flashed their quality depth.  Ravens and Gee-Gees travel to downtown Toronto next weekend to face Ryerson and Toronto as the exciting, well-balanced OUA East schedule continues.

OUA East Standings

Carleton 16-0

Laurentian 13-2

Ottawa 12-4

Ryerson 11-5

Toronto 9-7

Queen’s 9-7

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Nipissing 6-9

York 2-14

Most teams have seven games remaining, one each against each of the other eight teams in the conference (Laurentian and Nipissing have a home-and-home in two weeks that will help bring clarity to Lakers playoff chances).  Lakers have what are a pair of virtual must-win games at York and Queen’s next weekend.

Ryerson’s chances of finishing second and/or hosting a home playoff game should become clearer next weekend when Rams host Ottawa and Carleton at the MAC.

Next Weekend:

Friday:  Ottawa at Ryerson; Carleton at Toronto; Nipissing at York; Laurentian at Queen’s

Saturday:  Carleton at Ryerson; Ottawa at Toronto; Laurentian at York; Nipissing at Queen’s.

AUS Saturday: Tigers dominate 2nd half in easy win over UNB


Despite winning 10 of their first 11 AUS league games including a home win earlier in January against highly-rated Acadia, whispers around the country still talked to UNB Varsity Reds not winning a quality game on the road.  Others argued that a sweep in November at Saint Mary’s justified a Top 10 ranking – V-Reds finally appeared as #10 in the latest coaches Top 10 poll.  But much would be decided this weekend as UNB visited Acadia and Dalhousie, Reds top two rivals for the AUS pennant.

Unfortunately for UNB, with a pair of double digit losses including last night’s second-half melt down at Dalhousie, the whispers are now louder.  6’3″ freshman Keevan Veinot keyed a game-breaking 15-3 run, attacking his match-up at the rim to help extend what was a three point game up to 15 and later Dal led by as many as 23 in a dominant 85-68 win before a loud, excited crowd in Halifax.

More troubling for the Reds was the manner in which Tigers took over the game with UNB players slamming balls and generally not dealing well when it counted with the pressures of such a big game.  6’0″ Javon Masters had 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists including at least two creative takes to the rim in the second half to keep it close but too many times UNB’s offense broke down against Dalhousie’s patented half-court “d” which appears to be rounding into post-season form.

Reds have a chance for redemption next weekend, hosting Saint Mary’s Huskies who are trying to push toward the top of the AUS.  For Masters, a strong finish is desirable to cement his legacy as one of the best players to ever play in the conference, however that legacy will only shine on a National level with post-season success, something that has thus far eluded the slick lefty from Kitchener.

Aforementioned Acadia completed a 2-0 weekend with a character come-from-behind win at home over winless UPEI.  6’9″ Erik Nissen had 12 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter after Panthers had taken an 8 point lead in the second quarter.  Recall Axemen had that incredible 30-0 run on Friday night against UNB to completely change that game where they had been trailing by as many as 20.

St. FX went into Sydney and held off Cape Breton Capers 94-87 as 6’3″ Julius Antoine had 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, offsetting a career-high 23 points from Capers 6’1″ Indiana Rotondo who made his first four threes of the game.  6’4″ Martin Campbell was one assist shy of a triple-double with 10 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists but X got a combined 6-10 from downtown from 6’3″ Tristen Ross and 6’1″ freshman Jayden Smith to remain comfortably in a playoff position.  Capers lost their sixth in a row and now trail sixth place Memorial by 10 points for the final spot in the AUS tournament in advance of a pair of games next weekend in Charlottetown against last place UPEI – recall CBU swept the Panthers in a pair of November games in Sydney.

AUS Standings

Dalhousie 10-2, 28 points

Acadia 10-2, 26 points

UNB 10-3, 24 points

Saint Mary’s 7-4, 16 points

St. FX 5-7, 16 points

Memorial 4-8, 14 points


Cape Breton 2-10, 4 points

UPEI 0-12, 0 points

Next Games:  Tuesday:  Dalhousie at St. FX

Friday:  Saint Mary’s at UNB; St. FX at Dalhousie

Saturday: Saint Mary’s at UNB; Acadia at Memorial; Cape Breton at UPEI

Sunday:  Acadia at Memorial; Cape Breton at UPEI.

 

AUS: Third-quarter explosion propels Axemen to comeback win


*** I MISSED PUBLISHING THIS YESTERDAY (MY BAD)

Acadia 80, UNB 68… All looked bleak for the hometown Axemen after the Varsity Reds rode a dominating 21-1 run in the first four minutes of the third quarter to lead by 20.  But a switch went off for Acadia that immediately led to a magical 30-0 run in just four minutes of play as the Axemen took leads as large as 16 in an important win over the first-place Reds.  Seemingly in control midway through the third, UNB made just 1 of their final 15 threes and turned it over 13 times in the second half including 8 during the fateful 30-0 run.  6’3″ Ben Miller had 11 of his 21 points and 8 of his 12 assists in the third quarter for Acadia, flirting with a triple-double adding 7 rebounds.  6’0″ Javon Masters had 19 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 turnovers for UNB as Acadia made 15-31 field goals in the third quarter alone.  Acadia hosts UPEI while UNB travels to Halifax to face Dalhousie, another team chasing down first place in the competitive AUS.

Dalhousie 94, UPEI 55... 6’6″ Alex Carson shot 7-13 from downtown as Tigers made 12-28 threes as a team and dominated the glass outrebounding the Panthers 58-26 in an easy win at DalPlex.  6’8″ D’Adrian Allen missed the game after injuring his ankle last weekend and his efforts on the glass were clearly missed by UPEI but the deeper Tigers had little trouble this evening.

Simic leads dominant 2nd half rally as Marauders pound Western in London


McMaster 90, Western 76… 6’6″ Sasha Simic had 14 of his game-high 21 points during a game-deciding 36-12 second half run as the Marauders exploded in the third quarter for a decisive win at Alumni Hall, setting themselves up for a playoff run with a confidence-building effort.  Marauders, now eyeing the sixth and final playoff spot in the division, shot 54% after halftime and Simic was tremendous both making threes and attacking the rim, with by far his most impactful effort this season after transferring to Mac for this season.

Mustangs had several opportunities to pull away in what was a reasonably tight first half however gave up 16 offensive rebounds, allowing McMaster to stay close before Simic, 6’3″ Miles Seward (17 points), 6’1″ David McCulloch (18 points) and 6’8″ Matt Quiring (16 points/9 rebounds) put on the most consistent effort at both ends arguably all season for Mac.  Western made just 3-15 threes after halftime and turned it over 10 times.

Western’s 6’1″ guard Omar Shiddo, who had 18 first-half points, finished with just three in the second half and was ejected early in the fourth quarter after being charged with his second technical foul of the game for arguing a call on a four-point play by Seward.

Mustangs, arguably one of the strongest defensive teams by the numbers in the OUA West, could not close possessions and were thoroughly dominated in the final 15 or so minutes in the game this afternoon.

With the victory, the Marauders move to within one game of Algoma for the sixth and final playoff spot in the OUA West.  With just 8 games remaining, Marauders are presented with a favorable schedule, allowing Mac to control their own destiny for the most part.  Five of the games are against teams in the race for that final playoff position including two games at last place Lakehead, one at Guelph and a pair of home games to close the regular season at home against Algoma.  At this point, five of the six teams in the conference appear to be in a comfortable spot regarding playoff positioning although Waterloo (6-9) could fall back toward the pack with a loss tonight at Lakehead.

OUA West Standings

Brock 13-2

Western 9-7

Laurier 8-8

Windsor 7-8

Waterloo 6-9

Algoma 4-12

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McMaster 3-13

Guelph 3-13

Lakehead 2-13

Kokko stars again as Golden Hawks sweep Algoma


Laurier 62, Algoma 52… 5’10” Tevaun Kokko rescued a somewhat-listless Golden Hawk side with 28 points and several game-changing assists late as Laurier overcame numerous turnovers in the second of a day-night back-to-back, pulling away early in the fourth for a win over the Thunderbirds.

Kokko and 6’0″ Ali Sow, who struggled making shots and with turnovers for much of the game, were the main contributors to a 12-0 run in the fourth that broke a 45-45 tie.  Kokko has a knack for getting himself free with clever step-backs and cross-overs and, combined with a quick release, makes him one of the more challenging back-court checks in the conference.  His savvy passing skills were on display, especially late when he got in the lane drawing help and finding the best shot.

6’1″ Matt Minitullo was strong down the stretch for Laurier also while 6’5″ Kemel Archer, the transfer from Canadore and part of a three-headed paint-area trio for Laurier along with 6’7″ freshman Ben Stevens and 6’5″ sophomore Nick Broady, helped in and around the rim as the Hawks won their fifth straight to move to .500 on the season.  Algoma got a strong game inside from 6’8″ Reng Gum with 16 points.  The fifth-year post from Surrey, B.C. was active around the rim but T-Birds struggled to finish/score down the stretch to absorb another loss.  Still, Algoma sits in the sixth and final playoff spot in the OUA West.

Canada West: Huskies, Wesmen battle for final playoff spot


It can frankly be rather cumbersome to follow the playoff possibilities of 17-team league in which twelve teams qualify for the playoffs.  However, even with three weekends (including this one) remaining in the Canada West regular season, the scenarios for forecasting this season’s participants are reasonably orderly.  With four teams (Trinity Western, UBC-Okanagan, MacEwan and Fraser Valley) rather safely in the bucket of very likely non-playoff teams, realistically just one other remaining team will miss the playoffs.

At this morning’s glance, Saskatchewan (6-9) is tied with Winnipeg (6-9) for the twelfth and final spot in the CW post-season.  Once thought to be buried in the depths of the standings, Huskies got through a top-heavy schedule and have now won four in a row, the past three with 6’1″ U.S. import guard J.T. Robinson in the lineup.  After tonight’s game against cellar-dwelling Trinity Western, Huskies visit Brandon (8-7 after a key road win at Regina last night) for two next weekend and then finish at home against provincial rival Cougars on the final weekend of the regular season in early February.  Saskatchewan got 28 from 6’3″ Lawrence Moore and 26 from Robinson last night plus 16 points/13 rebounds from 6’6″ sophomore Joseph Barker in an easy 97-71 win over Trinity last night however Huskies still really only go 6-7 deep so depth remains a question.

Winnipeg had a dominant 94-67 win at city rivals Manitoba last night getting a season-high 31 from 6’4″ Denzel Lynch-Blair while holding the Bisons to just 22 second-half points.  Wesmen also finish with winnable games at Regina next weekend and home to non-playoff team UBC-Okanagan.

Mount Royal, which battled first-place Alberta hard for three quarters last night before succumbing in the second half, is poised to make their first Canada West playoff appearance under the new format but finishes with a very difficult schedule:  at Victoria next weekend and home-and-home with cross-town rivals Calgary.  Cougars need a win tonight to solidify their hold on a playoff spot.  Mount Royal may have the toughest path to the post-season of the remaining teams in the hunt.

UNBC made Mount Royal’s path even more challenging, shocking the Vikes last night right in Victoria, taking an 30-9 lead off the opening tip and holding on for what may be pointed to in retrospect as the game that clinched their first-ever playoff spot.  6’5″ Jovan Leamy, the Ryerson transfer, came off the bench with 16 points in a game played in front of 1,050 fans in Victoria.  Timberwolves finish their season next weekend at home against Fraser Valley (5-11) and a 10-10 finish should get them into the post-season.

Brandon came up with an equally-important win at Regina that should help seal their spot in the post season, the second straight season in the playoffs for Gil Cheung‘s team after a lengthy absence.

Canada West Standings

Alberta 14-1

UBC 12-3

Calgary 12-3

Lethbridge 11-5

Manitoba 10-7

Thompson Rivers 9-7

Victoria 8-7

Regina 8-7

Brandon 8-7

UNBC 8-9

Mount Royal 7-8

Saskatchewan 6-9

Winnipeg 6-9

Fraser Valley 5-11

MacEwan 4-11

UBC-Okanagan 2-13

Trinity Western 1-14

 

RSEQ: Late three point barrage rescues Laval


Laval 79, UQAM 71… Rouge et Or found their long-range shooting stroke midway through the fourth quarter, knocking down 5 of 6 threes in one stretch to break open what was a 60-60 tie with just over 6 minutes remaining to gain a split of their two games with the Citadins this week.  6’5″ Alexandre Leclerc had three of his 4 threes in the final frame including a pair during a 14-4 run that put the game away while 6’1″ Vladimir Thomas had a season-high 22 points including 7 in the fourth to allow Laval to stay within reach of first place in the RSEQ.

RSEQ Standings

McGill 7-1

Laval 5-2

Concordia 4-3

Bishop’s 2-6

UQAM 2-8

Tonight:  Concordia at Bishop’s

Next Week / Home-and-home:  McGill/Bishop’s & Laval/Concordia

OUA West: Kokko, Sow star as Golden Hawks win 4th in a row


Laurier 80, Algoma 53… In what is becoming a recurring theme, 5’11” Tevaun Kokko and 6’1″ Ali Sow combined for 47 points and the Golden Hawks overcame an early 9 point deficit in an easy win over the Thunderbirds in the first of two this weekend in Waterloo at the home of the Warriors.  As previously reported, Hawks are playing these two games across town at Waterloo’s PAC as a result of flooding in their home gym.  Kokko had 15 of his 24 points on 7-8 shooting in the second half alone while Sow continues to deliver as one of the top freshmen in the country.  Laurier won despite shooting just 5-26 from three but created 21 Algoma turnovers and held the visitors to 32% shooting.  6’6″ Kemel Archer added 14 points and eight boards in an efficient 18 minutes, including a couple ferocious slam dunks out on the break that had the crowd roaring.  Golden Hawks turned the game into a route with a 17-0 run over a six minute span bridging the third and fourth quarters.  Despite the loss, Algoma still holds down the final OUA West playoff spot in advance of tonight’s second game between the two teams.

Brock 99, Guelph 88… 6’7″ Dani Elgadi had a 26 point, 14 rebound double double and 6’5″ Johneil Simpson, again producing off the bench, went 5-9 from three for 17 points, adding 7 rebounds and 4 assists as Badgers maintained a four-game lead atop the OUA West standings.  Brock out rebounded Guelph 42-25.

Lakehead 98, Waterloo 89… Thunderwolves shot a blistering 14-25 from three point land including a perfect 6 for 6 from 6’5″ Quincy Johnson who finished with a game-high 28 points as Lakehead won their second game of the OUA season.  Warriors got 33 points and 15 rebounds from 6’6″ Nedim Hodzic but simply could not recover from a 17-4 deficit off the start of the game.  6’1″ Mor Menashe flirted with a triple-double for the home side with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists.  The teams meet again this evening in Thunder Bay.  The loss put a crimp into Warriors ambitions of hosting an OUA West playoff game however Waterloo remains three games clear of a playoff spot in fifth place in the division.

OUA West Standings

Brock 13-2

Western 9-6

Laurier 7-8

Windsor 7-8

Waterloo 6-9

Algoma 4-11


Guelph 3-13

McMaster 2-13

Lakehead 2-13

OUA East: Ravens survive frantic Voyageur rally to hold on at home


Carleton 71, Laurentian 67… Ravens nearly blew an early fourth quarter 24 point lead but held on to edge the pesky Voyageurs in Ottawa.  Carleton used an 11-2 run in the third to jump to a 20 point lead, holding Laurentian to just 5 points in the first 5 minutes of the quarter and the route, apparently, was on.  It was still a comfortable lead early in the fourth after 5 consecutive points from 6’0″ Yasiin Joseph, so much so that some spectators headed for the exit (… busted !…) and Laurentian coach Shawn Swords appeared to be resting his 6’2″ star guard Kadre Gray for tomorrow night.  But a 19-4 run keyed by 9 points from reserve 6’5″ forward Theo Thomas and 7 from 6’5″ Nelson Yengue got the game back to manageable and then Gray, completely dominated up to that point by Ravens defensive stopper 6’3″ Marcus Anderson, re-entered the game and awoke with 7 consecutive points including a big steal and after Yengue’s bucket with 1 minute to play, Laurentian was within two !  Anderson then missed a three giving Vees the ball down only two but Anthony Iacoe missed a three and Ravens were able to close.  Gray struggled amid constant pressure from Anderson, scoring just two first half points on a pair of free throws but did finish with 14 points before fouling out.  Yengue had 16 points and 10 rebounds while 6’3″ guard David Aromolaran also had 16 to lead Laurentian.  Ravens, who played without starters 6’9 1/2″ Eddie Ekiyor (upper body injury) and 5’11” Emman Owootoah (lower body injury), were just 6-22 from downtown for the game including 2-11 in the second half.   Voyageurs went 11 for 15 during the key stretch of the comeback – shooting just 13 for 49 the rest of the way in what looked to be a character comeback attempt.  Joseph and emerging 6’7″ forward Mitch Jackson, who got major minutes tonight after a strong game last Friday night at Queen’s, both had 14 points to lead five Ravens in double figures.  6’0″ Munis Tutu added a 10 point, 10 assist double-double.

Ottawa 70, Nipissing 59… 6’9″ Jean Pierre-Charles made a solid return to the Gee-Gees lineup with 13 points and 9 rebounds after missing the past four games with an ankle injury as Ottawa won at home.  6’7″ Brody Maracle added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the win while steady 5’11” point guard Sean Stoqua had 11 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals as the Gee-Gees led by as many as 24 midway through the fourth quarter, holding Lakers to just 33 points in the first 34 minutes of the game.

Ryerson 94, Queen’s 81… Rams broke the game open late with a 13-0 run, holding Gaels the previously hot-shooting Gaels scoreless for four minutes as 6’8″ Adam Voll started the run with an “and 1″ and 6’1” Myles Charvis broke out of an offensive slump with a pair of buckets.  Gaels had leads as large as 9 points in the second half as emerging All-Star calibre 6’6″ wing forward Tanner Graham made 4 of his first 5 threes, finishing 5-8 from downtown and 24 points.  6’0″ Jaz Bains had 18 of his 20 points before halftime with Rams coach Roy Rana making a key adjustment, putting 6’7″ J.V. Mukama on the slick guard, and Mukama’s length and agility frustrated Bains on many second-half possessions.  6’10” Mike Shoveller had 13 points and 7 rebounds including a key tip-in that gave Queen’s their last lead at 70-67 but Voll’s powered up for an “and 1″, starting Ryerson’s game-deciding run.  6’5” Manny Diressa led all scorers with 27 points, adding 8 rebounds and 3 assists in another All-Canadian-esque performance while Charvis finished with a season-high 22.

Toronto 73, York 56… 6’3″ Nikola Paradina had 10 of his team-high 22 points including a pair of clutch threes during the game-deciding third quarter run when the host Varsity Blues pushed to a double digit lead and later Toronto led by as many as 21 in the fourth in handing the Lions their 13th consecutive OUA league loss and putting a crimp in York’s playoff possibilities.  York’s 6’1″ Chevy Brown led all scorers with 23 points.  Toronto held York to just 33% shooting including 25% from downtown and Blues turned it over just 6 times all night.

OUA East Standings

Carleton 15-0

Laurentian 12-2

Ottawa 12-3

Ryerson 11-5

Queen’s 9-6

Toronto 8-7


Nipissing 6-8

York 2-14