Voyageurs sail away with last second score

The McMaster men’s basketball team saw victory snatched from its grasp by a last second shot that gave the Laurentian Voyageurs a 65-64 victory Saturday (Nov. 10) in Hamilton.

Playing without both starting guards, Aaron Redpath and Aaron Presutti, McMaster handed the reins to freshman sensation Rohan Boney.

The Marauders got off to a good start with Boney at the point and at the end of the first quarter led Laurentian 19-10.

The second quarter was a different story as the Voyageurs came out on fire and ran off the first 12 points to take a 22-19 lead. Laurentian’s Alex Ratte and Georges Serresse both hit several tough shots to key the surge and at halftime, Laurentian was on top 37-32.

The third quarter saw McMaster continue to labour offensively as Laurentian played a very physical style and heading into the final period, the Voyageurs had increased the lead to 55-48.

Trailing by as many as 10 points with less than five minutes left, McMaster made a late run, forcing turnovers and making tough shots. The Marauders took a 64-63 lead with 3.5 seconds remaining when Taylor Black drained two clutch free throws after being fouled on his shot attempt.

Coming out of a Laurentian timeout, Voyageur Alex Ratte made a baseline shot with one second left on the clock.

McMaster called a timeout of its own, but an attempted lob to Boney would not fall and Laurentian escaped with a hard-fought win.

Boney had a terrific game while playing out of position, scoring 19 to lead Mac and adding five boards and seven assists. Joe Rocca chipped in 15, while Taylor Black scored 14. For Laurentian both Ratte and Serresse scored 22 to lead the scoring parade.

McMaster will now prepare to play Carleton and Ottawa next weekend as the team travels to the nation’s capital for a pair of tough games.