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Tevaun Kokko is currently fifth in the OUA in scoring, averaging 19.5 points per game (Photo Credit: Kha Vo)
Tevaun Kokko is currently fifth in the OUA in scoring, averaging 19.5 points per game (Photo Credit: Kha Vo)
PREVIEW: MBASK out to avenge loss to Waterloo
Game Date and Time: Saturday, January 28 – 2:00 p.m. (at Waterloo)
Game Location: University of Waterloo Physical Activities Complex
Live Webcast/Radio Coverage: OUA.tv
Tickets: at Waterloo

NEW LOOK ROTATION, NEW LOOK HAWKS
It was a tale of two very contrasting performances for the Golden Hawks’ men’s basketball team last week. The Hawks (7-8) came out sluggish in Wednesday morning’s School Day Game and paid the price for it, as the Warriors (3-10) jumped on the opportunity for Waterloo’s first win over Laurier in nearly four years by a score of 79-71.

It seemed as though the loss provided a rude awakening for the Hawks, as they came out a focused bunch on Saturday afternoon, delivering their most comprehensive win of the season in taking down the Toronto Varsity Blues (8-5) 91-80.

Continuing to sit one and a half games back of the Windsor Lancers (8-6) for the OUA West division lead, the purple and gold get another crack at the rival Warriors on the road. Laurier came out last Saturday sporting a new-look lineup and reaped the rewards with a high-level of chemistry that had not been seen out of this year’s squad.

For the Hawks to maintain their high-level, they will want to maintain this all-for-one approach that resulted in a season-high in assists and important contributions from every member of the rotation. The team has shown that it can be very deep if everyone is doing their part, and that is a scary prospect for the OUA if they can do that on a game-in, game-out basis.

TIP-IN’S
-    Four of the Hawks' last five games of the regular season will be on the road, with their home finale occurring on Saturday, Feb. 11 against rival Western
-    Laurier held firm in this week’s OUA RPI rankings that determine playoff seeding at No. 9, which would result in a road matchup in the first round against the No. 8 seed
-    The Warriors were roughed around on their home court last Saturday against undefeated Ryerson, falling 100-68

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (7-8)

G Tevaun Kokko (Markham, Ont.)
-    28 and 29-point outings last week have vaulted the rookie into the top-5 in OUA scoring at 19.5 points per game
-    Recorded his first career double-double on Saturday with 29 and 10 rebounds

Waterloo Warriors (3-10)

F Nedim Hodzic (Waterloo, Ont.)
-    The Warriors are another team being led by a rookie as Hodzic has been their MVP this season and had a brilliant game last week against the Hawks, pouring in 28 points and adding nine rebounds in 36 minutes of action
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