Gaels edge out MBASK by a single point
Hawks came back from an early deficit but fall shot in 77-76 loss to Queen's
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - Posted by Mac Turchan
WATERLOO, Ont. (November 19, 2017) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men's basketball team were not able to match the intensity of the Queen’s Gaels coming out of the gate Saturday night at the Athletic Complex in Waterloo. Taking the Gaels’ best shot early, the Hawks staged a comeback that ultimately fell just short, as the purple and gold were handed a 77-76 defeat.
Jaz Bains (Brampton, Ont.) hit a tough floater at the buzzer to give the Gaels (4-2) a 25-19 lead after one, which they were quick to extend early in the second.
Head Coach Justin Serresse was not impressed with his team’s lack of preparation and commitment to the game plan in the first half. The Gaels, with a number of quality shooters, were able to create and find plenty of good looks against the Hawks' (3-4) defence.
The purple and gold were able to weather the storm from Queen’s and began to chip away at the deficit late in the second, bringing the score back to 44-41 at halftime.
With the momentum seemingly in Laurier’s favour coming out of the break, the Gaels showed a lot of resiliency when Tanner Graham (Kingston, Ont.) drilled a triple in their first possession of the second half.
Fueled offensively by Tevaun Kokko’s (Markham, Ont.) 21 points and Ali Sow’s (Ottawa, Ont.) 17, the Hawks kept themselves right with the Gaels into the final seconds.
Down one with 11 seconds on the clock, the Hawks had possession for what would likely be the final shot of the game. Shockingly, on the ensuing inbounds off a timeout, the Hawks were forced into an over and back violation.
After Queen’s missed a pair of free throws, the purple and gold had to sprint back up the court for a last-second heave, but Sow’s shot came up short to send the Gaels home with a road victory.
After a lengthy stretch of intense battles, Serresse commented that the team will get a bit of a breather so they can mentally and physically before they head back out on the road to face Toronto (3-3) and Ryerson (4-2) next weekend.
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