Marauders tune-up for test against No. 1 and No. 3

McMasterTaylor Black scored 21 points leading the McMaster Marauder men’s basketball team to an 88-64 rout of the Algoma Thunderbirds on Saturday (Nov. 9).

Black added five rebounds and four blocks, while guards Joe Rocca (13), Aaron Redpath (11) and Adam Presutti (10) all broke into double digits in scoring. The Marauders shot 49 per cent from the field in an Ontario University Athletics game that they led almost throughout.

The win moved McMaster to 3-1 on the season, as they reclaimed top spot in the OUA West standings.

The best Algoma could do on Saturday was manage at nine in the first quarter before McMaster reasserted itself. However, the Thunderbirds remained within striking distance at the end of the first, trailing by six points – 19-13.

A 9-2 run early in the second quarter – book-ended by Presutti threes – gave the Marauders the separation they had been seeking, and forced the Thunderbirds to call time trailing 30-17. The lead stuck as the first half came to a close, and Trevon McNeil scored on consecutive possessions to take McMaster into the break with a 41-29 advantage.

It was in the second half that Black exploded offensively, as he put up 15 points in 11 minutes. The rout was on when Rocca embarked on a six-point run of his own to extend McMaster’s lead to 70-50 with 7:42 to play.

Algoma drained a jump shot, before McMaster reeled off another 13 unanswered points to bump the margin to 31 points with 3:08 to play.

The Marauders face a sterner test this coming weekend, as they welcome the nationally No. 1 ranked Carleton Ravens and the No. 3 Ottawa Gee-Gees to the Burridge Gym on Friday (Nov. 15) and Saturday (Nov. 16). Both games will tip off at 8 p.m.