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Laurier's Ntore Habimana scored a career-high 19 points in Friday night's win (Credit: Eva Ou)
Laurier's Ntore Habimana scored a career-high 19 points in Friday night's win (Credit: Eva Ou)
Balanced offensive attack helps MBASK roll past Waterloo
Laurier: 97 WATERLOO: 78

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WATERLOO, Ont. (January 27, 2018) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s basketball team produced one of their best offensive performances of the season on Friday night as four players scored in double figures en route to a 97-78 victory over the Waterloo Warriors.

After dropping the first matchup of the season against Waterloo at the Athletic Complex back in December, the Hawks rolled into their home away from home, the Physical Activities Complex on the campus of the University of Waterloo, and proceeded to shoot nearly 45 percent from the floor while connecting on 12 of their 31 three-point attempts to pick up the season series split.

Leading the way for the purple and gold was second year guard Ntore Habimana of Mississauga, Ont., who had the best game of his Laurier career. Habimana finished the contest with 19 points, including an emphatic dunk in the final minutes to put an exclamation mark on the victory, to go along with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Tevaun Kokko of Markham, Ont., was back to his usual self offensively for Laurier after a tough outing on Wednesday against McMaster. The second year guard poured in a game-high 25 points while pulling down six rebounds, dishing out four assists and picking up three steals.

Bench production also proved to be a big factor in the victory for the Hawks as Laurier’s reserves outscored Waterloo’s 37-17.

Rookie Ali Sow of Ottawa, and fourth year Chuder Teny of Kitchener, Ont., were key in that success, finishing with 16 and 15 points respectively.

Although Waterloo got production from their big two in Simon Petrov and Nedim Hodzic, both of Waterloo, Ont., who finished with 23 and 20 points respectively, Laurier managed to shutdown the remainder of the Warriors who combined to shoot just 11 of 32 from the floor.

The victory was a crucial one for Laurier as it gives them some breathing room in the OUA West division standings over their cross-town rivals. The Hawks move to 9-9 on the year and sit four points ahead of the Warriors (7-10) with a game in hand. The 19-point victory also gives Laurier the edge in any potential tiebreakers with Waterloo should the teams end up tied in the standings heading into the playoffs.

Laurier will now have four days off to prepare for their next game against the No. 2 Brock Badgers on Wednesday, January 31. Tipoff in that matchup is set for 7 p.m. at the Physical Activities Complex.
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