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Laurier's Ali Sow scores two of his 20 points in Wednesday's win over Guelph (Credit: Karyn Stepien)
Laurier's Ali Sow scores two of his 20 points in Wednesday's win over Guelph (Credit: Karyn Stepien)
MBASK shut down the Gryphons on the road
Laurier: 83 GUELPH: 65

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GUELPH, Ont. (January 11, 2018) – “Our best defensive quarter of the year” was how Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men's basketball Head Coach Justin Serresse described the second quarter of Wednesday night’s matchup at the Gryphon Athletic Centre in Guelph. Laurier held the Guelph Gryphons to just six points on offence, buoying them to an 18-point halftime lead, an advantage that would stand up as their Hawks picked up their second consecutive win with an 83-65 victory over the Gryphons.

The first quarter saw even, back and forth play, with Guelph (3-10) grabbing a two-point lead after one. However, the script quickly flipped at the start of the second, with the next 10 minutes serving as one-way traffic for the Hawks (5-8). Not only anticipating everything the Gryphons threw their way on defence, the purple and gold had no struggles putting the ball in the bucket on the other end, a team-effort all the way around in taking a 44-26 lead at half.

Coming out of the half, the offence slowed down for the Hawks but Ali Sow (Ottawa, Ont.) stepped up to make some big shots in the third when it looked as though the Gryphons may be starting to rally back. Coach Serresse liked Sow’s mentality Wednesday, saying “he was in attack mode, he got some great looks and was aggressive the whole game.”

Sow finished with a game-high 20 points.

The purple and gold were able to weather the lull on offence quite effectively, maintaining that comfortable double-digit lead all the way through the second half. The Gryphons’ frustration started to boil over in the final minutes of the fourth. A technical, along with some other poor decisions put any hope of a comeback to rest. The Hawks were steadfast with their intensity, not letting up until the final horn sounded.

U SPORTS Athlete of the Week Tevaun Kokko (Markham Ont.) picked up 19 points for the Hawks while Kemel Archer (Brampton, Ont.) had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds to continue his outstanding play to kick off 2018.

Rookie Vincent Carriere (London, Ont.) started for the first time as a Golden Hawk, and Serresse was impressed with his effort in guarding Gryphons star guard Daniel Dooley (Burlington, Ont.), who managed only seven points on the evening.

Back at it on Saturday in Hamilton, the Hawks will face the McMaster Marauders (2-11) in search of a third consecutive victory.

Tip goes at 2:00 p.m. from Burridge Gymnasium.

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