Redeemer splits basketball twin-bill with Niagara

royalsFor the Redeemer Royals basketball teams on Saturday (Nov. 23) it was a good-news-bad-news kind of day.

In Ontario Colleges Athletic Association action the good news was that the Royals men’s team won a high scoring affair, 94-85: The bad news is, the Lady Royals dropped their contest at the Redeemer Athletic Centre, 69-61.

In the women’s West Division encounter, Redeemer’s rookies led the team with Lindsay Moffatt (Hamilton) having a game high 22 points with four rebounds and three assists. Samantha Donald (Hamilton) contributed 15 points and 17 rebounds.

The Royals played the Knights tough throughout the entire afternoon, not backing down to the team now with a 5-1 record. At one point in the opening quarter, Niagara had built a 22-8 lead.

The game was tied 61-61 late in the fourth quarter when a Niagara 8-0 run cemented the win.

The Royals record falls to 3-4.

Stoney Creek's AJ Manguerra had a breakout game for the Redeemer men with 25 points. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson/Aerial Promotions)

Stoney Creek’s AJ Manguerra had a breakout game with 25 points. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson/Aerial Promotions)

In the men’s game, freshman AJ Manguerra (Stoney Creek) paced the Royals its fourth win of the season with a game high 25 points. Manguerra was 7-for-9 from behind the arc as the Royals defeated the Knights in an offense-first match up.

Calvin Turnbull (Burlington) added 22 points for Redeemer as well as grabbing eight boards in the process. Spencer Kerssies (Jerseyville) had 11 rebounds.

The Royals took a 27-20 first quarter lead and were able to sustain it to the final buzzer.

The Knights remain winless on the season. With the win, the Royals improve to 4-3.

Both Redeemer teams return to the court on Wednesday (Nov. 27) when they travel to Humber College to battle the Hawks. Redeemer returns home on Saturday (Nov. 30) to face the Sheridan Bruins in their final games of the first semester.