Black earns MVP honour as Mac takes Laval basketball tourney

On the strength of a better offensive performance, the McMaster Marauders men’s basketball team was awarded first place the Laval Rouge et Or tournament played over the weekend in Quebec City. The tourney was the Marauders final preparation before the start of Ontario University Athletics conference play.

Taylor Black was named tournament all-star in Laval. (Photo: Rick Zazulak/McMaster Athletics)

Taylor Black was named tournament all-star in Laval. (Photo: Rick Zazulak/McMaster Athletics)

The Marauders played Laval, Dalhousie and Algoma over the three days of the event and finished with a record of two wins and one loss. With McMaster, Dalhousie and Laval all finishing the tournament with 2-1 records, point differential favoured the Marauders who were plus-28, Dalhousie was plus- 19, and Laval was minus-3. Algoma finished 0 and 3 for the tournament.

Behind 26 points and 11 rebounds from Taylor Black, the Marauders opened the tournament with a 79-67 win over the Laval hosts. Nate Pelech chipped in with 18 points and 10 boards for a double-double of his own.

In the second game, against Dalhousie, the Marauders dropped an 85-79 decision to the Tigers from Halifax. Aaron Redpath scored 17 to lead the Marauders with Taylor Black adding 15.

The Marauders wrapped up the trip with a win over new OUA rival Algoma University, 80-58. Taylor Black with 18 led four Mac players in double figures. Leon Alexander scored 17, while Jason Quiring and Nate Pelech each chipped in 11.

The tournament all-stars were:

Taylor Black, (McMaster), Most Valuable Player.
Aaron Redpath (McMaster).
Thibaud Dezutter (Laval.)
Antoine Beaumier (Laval).
Kashrell Lawrence (Dalhousie).

The Marauders will start the OUA interlock schedule when they welcome the Toronto Varsity Blues to the Burridge Gym on Friday (Nov. 1). Doubleheader excitement has the women’s game tip-off at 6 p.m., followed by men’s action at 8 p.m.