Laurier: 72 Hawk Challenge - Concordia: 76
WATERLOO, Ont - The host Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks suffered a heartbreaking loss in their first game of the Hawk Challenge to the Concordia University Stingers 76-22.
In a tight game where the lead changed hands multiple times in the second half, both squads never had a bigger advantage than nine points. It was the Stingers who were finally able to take the lead for good erasing a nine point deficit in four minutes.
Laurier used a barrage of threes to pull ahead halfway through the fourth quarter only to see their advantage disappear as they were unable to make a field goal in the last four minutes of play. Concordia evened the score going into the last minute and iced it with 28 seconds left. Kyle Desmarais (Montreal, Que.) led his Stingers with 18 points going a stellar 8-11 from the field.
All of Concordia's starters were in double digits, Decee Krah (Hamilton, Ont.) and Evens Laroche (Montreal, Que.) had 14 and 13 respectively while Kafil Eyitayo (Cotonou, Benin) and James Clark (Toronto, Ont.) each racked up 12 points. The Stingers were able to overcome Laurier's heavy 48-39 rebounding edge by shooting much better from the field, holding a 10% edge.
Laurier was led by Kale Harrison
(Stratford, Ont.) who had 20 points, thanks in part to four three-pointers. First year Patrick Donnelly
(Oakville, Ont.) had 18 points off the bench, while Maxwell Allin (Chatham, Ont.) was a big contributor with 16 points, while pulling down 12 rebounds. Laurier depended on good rebounding and sharp three-point shooting to stay in the game, but their shooting from the field caught up with them eventually.
The Hawk Challenge continues Saturday night with Laurier taking on Cape Breton University and Concordia up against McMaster.