The McMaster Marauders (OUA West) defeated the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves (Canada West), 88-77, at the Envision Athletic Centre on day two of the second annual Honda Way men’s basketball classic on Friday (Oct. 26).
The first half started out evenly matched with the game tied at 21 at the end of the first quarter. UNBC, members of the Canada West conference and in their inaugural season in Canadian Interuniversity Sport, demonstrated their resiliency against the long-standing McMaster program. UNBC persisted and had a one-point lead going into the half, 35-34.
The second half was action-packed with both teams trying to break away. By the end of the third quarter the Marauders persevered to get a five-point lead. The Timberwolves came within a point of tying, yet the fourth quarter proved to be challenging.
The Marauders endurance was key in extending the lead to win by 11 points. Aaron Redpath (Ajax) was named the “player of the game” for the Marauders, who compete in Ontario University Athletics. The Kinesiology major had 17 points, two rebounds, and 36 minutes on the court.
“We have a young team that responded well after a tough loss last night to UBC .I was pleased with Aaron’s (Redpath) performance tonight in leading us to victory over UNBC,” said Mac coach head coach Amos Connolly.
Joe Rocca (Sarnia) led McMaster in scoring with 19 points and five rebounds. Nathan McCarthy(Burlington) added another 14 points and four rebounds. UNBC Timberwolves Joel Rybachuk (Vernon, B.C.) and Jose Araujo (Toronto) led their team in scoring with 20 points each.
Nathan Pelech (Mississauga) led both teams with 11 rebounds. Rybachuk, was named the UNBC player of the game.