You have every freedom to call me a “Toronto elite” or whatever, but the Varsity Blues are a solid offensive squad. Mike Katz’ boys are fourth in offensive scoring in the OUA, second in the OUA in assists, and lead the OUA in field goal percentage (a staggering 47.9 per cent). Regardless of their issues on D, (and they are well-documented), the eighth-ranked Blues can compete.
I have to believe that. Unfortunately, their Ottawa swing in their schedule was not the strongest. The Blues (7-3) went 1-1 over the weekend, but they had to work for it.
On Jan. 7, the Blues won a 77-73 contest against the Gee-Gees, in an affair that saw the Blues trail at halftime (40-38). Winning the rebound contest and shooting a high percentage was enough for the Blues, who finished the game 22-16. Lead by Andrew Wasik’s 18 points on 53 per cent shooting, they shot 47 per cent, just under their season average.
That win was a hard fought one, and they did shoot 42 per cent against the Ravens the next night, but guess what: the Ravens (10-0) shot 52 per cent. In the first of two contests versus U of T this season, the Ravens ran away with this one, a 93-73 thumping. The beast of the night was definitely forward Tyson Hinz, who led all scorers with 29 points and 13 rebounds. Nice.
The Blues will definitely have something to think about. They are six points behind the Ravens in the East, but these two squads will tangle again during Valentine’s weekend.
Oh sure, there were other contests. Actually, they were mostly competitive. Of note, the Lions squeaked by the Golden Gaels 81-78 Jan. 8, led by David Tyndale’s 27 points and five three-pointers. The Golden Hawks were the only squad to score 100 points in a game this weekend, beating the Warriors 114-82, and the Voyageurs looked doggone impressive, beating the Gaels and Paladins, 75-54 and 99-58 respectively.