It’s a Black day for Marauders


Marauder Taylor Black was named to the OUA West first-team all-stars. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

Marauder Taylor Black was named to the OUA West first-team all-stars. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

The McMaster men’s basketball team saw its season end last Saturday in Thunder Bay, but the team did receive some accolades as Ontario University Athletics announced its post-season all-star teams.

The Marauders placed two players on the OUA West division all-star roster, with third-year forward Taylor Black being named to the first-team and second-year guard Joe Rocca getting the nod on the league’s second-team. It is the first OUA all-star recognition for both Black and Rocca.

A native of Stoney Creek, Black had a sensational season averaging 14.5 points per game and grabbing seven rebounds per game. He shot 50% from the floor and 72% from the charity stripe, and led the Marauders with 20 blocks in 21 games. Black was a member of the OUA West all-rookie team in 2011.

Hailing from Sarnia, Rocca had a break-out year and led the Marauders in scoring at 14.7 points per game. His shooting percentages were 44% from the floor, a very solid 40% from beyond the 3-point arc, and 74% from the free throw line.

Joe Rocca was named to the second-team all-stars. (Photo: McMaster Athletics)

Joe Rocca was named to the second-team all-stars. (Photo: McMaster Athletics)

McMaster also saw freshman guard Rohan Boney named to the OUA West all-rookie team.

A graduate of Oakville Loyola high school, Boney averaged 10.5-PPG and 4.9-RPG, while shooting an outstanding 56% from the floor and a respectable 36% from 3-point range. Often called on to guard the opposition’s best player, he also registered 34 steals to lead the team and added 11 blocks.

2012-13 OUA MEN’S WEST ALL-STARS

FIRST TEAM
Lien Phillip – Windsor
Yoosrie Salhia – Lakehead
Ryan Thomson – Lakehead
Taylor Black – McMaster
Maxwell Allin – Laurier

SECOND TEAM
Enrico Diloreto – Windsor
Josh Collins – Windsor
Joe Rocca – McMaster
Dan McCarthy – Guelph
Mark Gibson – Brock

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Rohan Boney – McMaster
Matt Chesson – Laurier
Joe Hart – Lakehead
Isaack Egueh – Brock
George Johnson – Western