Wednesday night hoops: Laurier eyes home playoff date; Brock at risk

Duncan Milne had 31 points and 10 rebounds tonight for the Guelph Gryphons. Most three-quarters of the players on my fantasy league team (S├Ąger Bombs), would do well to put up those numbers:
  • Guelph 85, Brock 70 — Duncan Milne had his way, and Nick Panckerichan put up 11 points, eight assists and six steals in a solid win for Guelph, which was down three at the half. Charles Agyemang and Jonathan Moscatelli hooped 14 each.

    Guelph (8-11) plays McMaster Saturday and finishes at home vs. Lakehead next weekend. They would need Laurier to slip up big time to get home court for a first-round playoff game, but credit them for not giving up on the season.

    To pretty much no one's surprise, the young Badgers are pretty much assured of missing the playoffs, the season after they won the national championship. It's not a shocker after they lost half a dozen players off the title team. Between Didi Mukendi and Owen Whitty, and given that the Niagara Region is a hoops hotbed, they'll be back.

  • Western 77, McMaster 61 — The Mustangs, who got 19 points from Keenan Jeppesen, have all but locked up home-court advantage through to the Wilson Cup, the OUA final.

    A nine-point second quarter was Mac's undoing. They're likely locked into third place. Sophomore guard Tyrell Vernon topped the Marauders (11-8) with 17 points.
  • Laurier 94, Waterloo 60 — Two-guard Jesse Macdonald had 24 points and small forward Kale Harrison hooped 16 to paced the Golden Hawks, who owned the middle quarters and won going away.

    Eleven wins might be enough to nab fourth place and home court for a division quarter-final in the OUA West. Laurier (9-10) has its last three on the road at Brock, Waterloo and Windsor. It also has a tiebreaker over Guelph (8-11) and Waterloo (8-11), so it's looking like fourth spot is theirs.

    Waterloo can probably hold off Brock for the final playoff spot, but it's lost 5-of-6.
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