Laurentian 88, Ryerson 83… The resilient Voyageurs overcame a nine point late-third-quarter deficit as 6’2″ Kadre Gray came up huge in a big spot with 18 of his team-high 26 points after halftime in a confidence-building home win over the Rams in Sudbury. Gray added 11 rebounds and 12 assists in another triple-double performance, while 6’2″ J.D. West had three huge threes down the stretch to keep Vees within striking distance of first-place. Gray had an important “and 1″ during an 8-0 run in the final 3 minutes while West was money in clutch possessions, especially during a 12-4 run that erased a 7 point deficit midway through the fourth. 6’5” Ammanuel Diressa led all scorers with 32 points and 8 rebounds however Rams were dominated on the glass 50-31, playing with a small lineup for large parts of the game, especially after 6’5″ Filip Vujadinovic was rendered unavailable for the remainder of the game as a result of a first-half collision that appeared to result in an upper-body/head injury. Rams were already without impact 6’8″ center Adam Voll, who was injured in similar fashion at uOttawa last weekend. 6’6″ William Yengue overcame three first-half fouls to finish with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Laurentian in what was a high-end, energized game in front of a loud, excited packed house at the Ben Avery Gym and another example top-quality, entertaining basketball in the OUA East, the toughest division in Canada this season. Laurentian host U of T Varsity Blues tonight – Varsity had a come-from-behind win at Nipissing last night while Ryerson travels to North Bay to meet the Lakers.
Carleton 97, Queen’s 68… Ravens fashioned one of their patented explosive runs: 12-0 in the final 2 1/2 minutes of the first half and pulled away in the third quarter with a victory in Kingston to remain undefeated. 6’0″ Yasiin Joseph had 20 of 22 points before halftime and later 5’10” Emman Owootoah had 17 of his 19 points after halftime as the deep Carleton roster wore down their opponent. Carleton got a career-high 16 points off the bench from 6’7″ Mitch Jackson as Ravens went a tidy 7-17 from three point land. Queen’s got 13 points apiece from 6’10” Mike Shoveller and 6’3″ Quinton Gray but Carleton held heralded 6’0″ guard Jaz Bains to just 4-13 shooting including 1-5 from three for 10 points in just 21 minutes. Carleton travels to Toronto to meet York Lions while Queen’s entertains uOttawa Gee-Gees this evening.
Toronto 62, Nipissing 58… 6’3″ freshman Evan Shadkami had 17 of his game-high 20 points in the final 15 minutes of the game, playing with a fearless confidence as the Blues rallied from a double digit deficit to stun the Lakers at home. Blues got the game winning basket from 6’7″ Daniel Johanssen with about 2 minutes remaining and then clinched it behind clutch free throws from 6’3″ Sage Usher who had 9 of his 11 points after the intermission. Varsity held the home side to just one field goal in 6 1/2 minutes during a key stretch of the third quarter to get back in it and later Shadkami hit his third three of the half to give Toronto their first lead since early in the game. Nipissing will lament their 5-26 (19%) shooting from three and just 31% overall. Lakers, who got 15 points from 6’3″ Jaaden Lewis (4-17 shooting) and 14 points/11 rebounds from 6’4″ Marcus Lewis, played the final 15 minutes without high-IQ 6’8″ forward Justin Shaver, who was assessed a technical foul during Nipissing’s third-quarter drought and was later seen doing some damage to a water cooler after reacting to the call and did not return to the game. Toronto’s win is likely to go a long way toward what could be a battle for the final one or two OUA East playoff spots.
Ottawa 87, York 44… Gee-Gees shot 12-22 from downtown including a perfect 5 for 5 from 6’4″ Gage Sabean in a route over the Lions in North York. uOttawa again played without 6’9″ Jean Pierre-Charles, out with an ankle injury, but were able to pull away early for an easy win over the last-place Lions who have now lost 10 OUA league games in a row. Fellow Nova Scotian 6’3″ Alex Muise went 3-4 from downtown for 10 points as Muise and Sabean combined to shoot 8 for 9 from distance to aid a balanced Gee-Gees attack in advance of their important game in Kingston tonight against the Queen’s Gaels. York shot just 2 for 22 (9%) from three and 14 for 64 (22%) overall from the floor in the disappointing loss.