In front of a packed house of 1,083 fans, McMaster defeated the Brock Badgers, 104-60, and improved their Ontario University Athletics record to 12-5 with just five regular season men’s basketball games remaining. McMaster is third in the OUA’s West division.
The Marauders came out flying in the first quarter, scoring an abundance of points early on while shutting down the Badgers’ offence from the get-go. Up 9-2 at the seven minute mark, the Marauders increased that lead to 14-2. Not letting up whatsoever, McMaster held the Badgers to just 11 points in the opening quarter and would score a whopping 32 of their own.
A number of Marauders contributed in the first quarter including Taylor Black, who to get the scoring started, Captain Victor Raso, Satar Wahidi with some three-pointers, and Cam Michaud also scored in the paint.
In the second quarter, the Marauders started the scoring again with a three from Raso. McMaster continued to push on the offensive and with three minutes to go in the second quarter, the Marauder hit the 50 points mark while the Badgers were left with just 15 points of their own.
Raso in particular was a major factor in the third, although with a number of rookies including Aaron Redpath, Joe Rocca and Adam Presutti. The half-time score would be 56-23 in favour of the Marauders.
Brock got the scoring started in the third quarter, but by the five minute mark, McMaster had extended its lead to 69-30 and by the end of the third, McMaster’s lead was extended to 84-60 to start to final period.
Six Marauders hit double digit points on the night. Raso scored 18 points for the Marauders, Rocca added 15 and Presutti and Cam Michaud both scored another 14 for McMaster. Nathan McCarthy scored 11 for the Marauders and Redpath added another 10.
For the Badgers, Andrew Kraus was the only one to hit double-digits with 15 points. Didi Mukendi, Tshing Kasamba and Michael Williams all had eight more.
The Marauder head to Waterloo to face the Laurier Golden Hawks for the first time this season. The game starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 4)..