Mac men fall short in basketball rally

The McMaster Marauders overcame a 17-point half time deficit, but the Windsor Lancers where able to hang on for a 78-74 victory at the Burridge Gym on Saturday (Jan. 14) in Ontario University Athletics play.

Adam Presutti scored a game high 20 points, including six of seven from three point range to lead the Marauders. He was named the McMaster Big Mac Player of the Game.

McMaster opened the contest with a 7-0 run, but Windsor would respond with a run of its own to take a 10-8 lead in the first quarter. Presutti caught fire in the early going scoring eight of his 20 points. Despite Presutti’s hot start Windsor would still pull ahead 23-16 at the end of the first.

In the second quarter, Windsor’s Enrico Diloreto got hot from three point land to put the Lancers ahead 33-17. Cam Michaud hit a three to cut the Windsor lead to 10 at 33-23, but Windsor would respond to go up by 15, 38-23. Diloreto hit his fourth three pointer of the half to give Windsor a 41-23 lead and they built it to 48-31 at the break. Diloreto finished with 17 points, most of them coming in the first half, to lead the Lancers in scoring.

Windsor kept up the pace to start the third quarter when a Rotimi Osuntola Jr. slam put them ahead 50-35. That is when the Marauders rallied. A jumper from rookie Aaron Redpath started a mini run that cut the lead to 10 at 52-42. Redpath added a three, to cut the lead to single digits, 54-45, for the first time since midway through the first half.

The fourth quarter started off slow with neither team making a basket until Victor Raso scored his first points of the game to cut the Windsor lead to nine with 7:16 remaining. That sparked another Marauder comeback. Raso then made three free throw attempts after being fouled from beyond the arc to cut the Windsor lead to six.

Jahmal McQueen answered with a three of his own. A bucket and free throw from Lien Phillip built the Lancer lead back to 12 with less than six minutes remaining in the game. Phillip had a double-double on the afternoon scoring 12 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.

That didn’t stop the Marauders as a nice drive to the hoop by Redpath and a three by Raso cut the lead again to nine. Redpath would add another three from way beyond the arc to make it 76-68 in favour Windsor. Raso added a pair of free throws to make it a six point deficit and Redpath hit another timely three to cut the deficit to three forcing Windsor to call timeout.

On the ensuing possession Redpath would steal the ball and be fouled. He made the first of his two free throws to make it 76-74 Windsor, but that is where the comeback would end. Osuntola Jr. made a pair of free throws in the remaining time to secure the win for the Lancers.

Despite the slow start Raso finished with a double-double, 12 points and 11 rebound. Redpath scored 16.

With the win, the Lancers sweep the season series with the Marauders and improved to 9-3 on the season tying the Marauders in the OUA West standings.