In another wild finish, the Toronto Varsity Blues outlasted the McMaster Marauders in overtime, 93-90.
Fifth-year point guard Anthony DeGiorgio (Toronto) knocked down a pair of threes pointers early in the extra session to give Toronto a cushion and, despite later throwing the ball away a couple of times and opening the door for a Marauder comeback, the Blues held in Ontario University Athletics basketball play on Saturday (Nov. 6).
The Blues improve to 2-0 on the season while the Marauders continue to look for their first conference win.
The Blues looked to be blowing out the Marauders in the first quarter, building leads as large as 17 points (34-17). When 6’3″ Ben Garvin (Holland Landing) knocked down a buzzer beating three from the left baseline, Toronto had a comfortable 52-40 halftime lead.
The Marauders stormed out of the gate in the third and their pressure keyed a 24-10 third quarter run and they took the lead. In the fourth, after Justin Holmes (Toronto) gave the Blues an 81-80 lead with a long three and Andrew Wasik (Burnaby, B.C.) made 1-2 at the line, Cam Michaud (Grimsby) forced overtime with a driving baseline lay-in at the regulation buzzer, setting up the drama in the overtime.
DeGiorgio’s second three of the extra frame gave the Blues a 90-84 lead and then 6’8″ Taylor Black (Stoney Creek) went to work with five consecutive McMaster points. Black’s bank shot in the lane brought the game back to 91-89 and on the ensuing possession the Marauders got the ball back to tie it after DeGiorgio threw it away against the press. But Scott Laws (Gormley) missed a baseline jumper and Wasik followed with an aggressive take right at Black to restore a four-point Toronto lead.
DeGiorgio later went to the line with a chance to ice it but missed a pair of free throws. After Black made 1-2 at the line, DeGiorgio threw it away again with about five seconds remaining and Toronto up by three. In the ensuing scramble, Victor Raso (Hamilton) was left with an open three from the left wing but hit back iron. McMaster grabbed the offensive board and, after a time out with only two seconds remaining, botched the in-bounds play with a back court violation to help Toronto survive for the win.