Basketball Marauders stuck in losing rut

After a season-opening win, the McMaster men’s basketball team racked up its fourth straight loss in Ontario University Athletics play with a 77-73 setback against East Division rivals, the Queen’s Gaels on Saturday (Nov. 24) at the Burridge Gym.

The West Division Marauders, now 1-4, had an early 10-6 lead behind a pair of three-point shots from Aaron Redpath, but by the end of the quarter Queen’s, who improved to 5-1 on the season, had pulled ahead 19-18.

The second quarter belonged to the Marauders, by a 23-16 margin, giving Mac a six point halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Queen’s outscored McMaster 21-12 behind some impressive shooting from Greg Faulkner and MacKenzie Simpson. When the third quarter had expired, McMaster was on the way to doing the same thing, trailing 56-53.

The fourth quarter saw Queen’s continue its strong play and the margin grew to 64-55 with just under six minutes left. That was when McMaster started a furious rally and a long three from Redpath tied the game at 67-67 with just over two minutes to go.

The teams jockeyed back and forth, exchanging the lead until Queen’s guard Suk Singh made a driving layup that gave the Gaels a four-point cushion, which they maintained until the final buzzer.

For the Marauders, Taylor Black was the top scorer with 20 points, while adding 12 rebounds and five blocked shots. Black was the BIG MAC player of the game for McMaster. Aaron Redpath chipped in with 18. For Queen’s, Singh had a game high 22 points.

McMaster made a mere 14 of 27 attempts from the charity stripe, costly in the close game.

Next action for the Marauders is Friday, Nov. 30 when they head to Toronto to play the Varsity Blues.