A determined Guelph Gryphons squad was unable stop the visiting McMaster Marauders, dropping an 86-74 decision in Ontario University Athletics men’s basketball Wednesday (Jan. 28). McMaster ran its conference record to 11-3 to lead the Central Division.
Meeting as Central Division rivals for the first time, Guelph wasted little time in getting started, jumping to a 10-4 lead and getting the healthy home crowd fully involved. The Marauders responded and a lay-up by Trevon McNeil put McMaster in front 14-12 midway through the opening period. The teams were tied 18-18, when McMaster got a late bucket to take a 20-18 lead after one quarter.
McMaster scored six quick points to start the second stanza, forcing Guelph to call a timeout. That seemed to settle the Gryphons who closed within one possession at 29-26 at the midway point. The Marauders then scored seven straight and held a 10-point advantage at 36-26, their biggest lead of the half. Guelph fought to stay close and a buzzer-beater by Gryphon Trevor Thompson brought the McMaster lead down to 39-33 at halftime.
Guelph started the third like it started the game, and again closed the gap to a single possession at 44-41. Thompson continued to have the hot hand for Guelph, scoring 10 in the quarter. However, the Marauders had their own rally and after letting Guelph get close, they ended the quarter with a 65-57 lead.
The Marauders pumped up the intensity in the fourth, scoring the first seven points and forcing Guelph to call timeout, now down by 15. McMaster kept up the pressure and the Gryphon shots were not falling. The biggest margin for the Maroon was 16 at 75-59. Aaron Redpath was sizzling in the final quarter and scored 11 of his 23 points en route to the win.
Redpath’s production was a game-high and included him making five of his seven attempts from beyond the arc. Leon Alexander and Adam Presutti each scored 14, and Taylor Black had an off-night shooting, but still chipped in nine points and grabbed a team high 11 rebounds.
Thompson finished with 19 to lead Guelph.
In what was a very physical and chippy game at times, that saw five technical fouls called, McMaster won the battle of the boards 44-29.
The Marauders will take their four-game win streak to Toronto for a contest with the 3-9 Varsity Blues, Saturday (Jan. 31). Tipoff is at 3 p.m.