Marauders bring A-game against A-Game

(Photo: Rick Zazulak)

The McMaster Marauders men’s basketball team started a new season on Tuesday (Oct.9), winning an exhibition game, 89-62, at home against the A-Game Hoops club team.

Based in the Guelph area, A-Game Hoops is made up of former Canadian Interuniversity Sport and the U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association players, along with select high school standouts.

The Marauders grabbed an early lead on the visitors and held a 27-14 advantage with five minutes left in the second quarter. But the experienced A-Game Hoops closed the gap with a late run and only trailed 34-33 at halftime.

McMaster turned up the intensity in the third quarter and built a 20-point lead, 64-44, to end of the third quarter. The fourth quarter saw the lead grow to as much as 30 before ending up as a 27-point margin of victory by the final buzzer.

The Marauders got a solid team effort and the top scorers were Aaron Redpath with 17 and freshman Rohan Boney with 14. Former Guelph Gryphon Jay Mott led the A-Game squad with 14 points.

The Marauders next pre-season tilt will be against cross-town rivals, the Mohawk College Mountaineers, who are the defending Canadian College Athletic Association champions. That game is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 16 with an 8 p.m. tip-off in the Burridge Gym.

Regular season play for the Marauders in Ontario University Athletics is Nov. 9 when York visits McMaster.