Rocca leads Mac to men’s basketball win

The McMaster men’s basketball team used tough defense and a balanced attack to beat the York Lions, 77-58, on Friday (Nov. 9) at the Burridge Gym.

Photo: Rick Zazulak

McMaster went into the season-opening contest minus starting guard Aaron Redpath, who was injured earlier this week in practise. Stepping in was second-year guard Joe Rocca, who did not look out of place.

With both teams struggling offensively to start the game, they traded baskets and misses and were tied 12-12 after the first quarter.

The second quarter was a different story as Rocca got rolling to make several tough shots helping McMaster open a 13-point halftime lead. Rocca finished with 15 points in the half.

The Lions tried to make a run to start the third quarter, but the Maroon responded and extended the lead to 59-38 heading into the fourth. Mac’s Rohan Boney did yeoman work as he had to handle the point at times while guarding York’s all-star David Tyndale.

The fourth quarter saw both teams called for several fouls as play got chippy. York managed to cut the lead down to 14, but could get no closer as Boney, Nate Pelech, and Scott Laws all made big shots to keep the Maroon in control.

Rocca was the leading scorer for McMaster with 20 points, followed by Boney with 16, Laws with 12, and Pelech and Nathan McCarthy each scored 11.

Tyndale did his best to keep York in the game, finishing with 22.

Rocca was named the McDonald’s Big Mac player of the game for the Marauders.

McMaster is back in action on Saturday (Nov.10) when the Laurentian Voyageurs come to Hamilton for a doubleheader. The women play at 6 p.m. and the men two hours later.