PREVIEW: Time is now for MBASK to get rolling
The Hawks will look to build momentum for the second half on the road against Guelph and McMaster
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - Posted by Mac Turchan
Game Dates and Times: Wednesday, January 10 – 8:00 p.m. (at Guelph) and Saturday, January 13 – 2:00 p.m. (at McMaster)
Game Locations: Guelph Gryphon Athletic Centre, Guelph and Burridge Gymnasium, Hamilton
Live Webcast/Radio Coverage: OUA.tv
Tickets: at Guelph, at McMaster
WHAT’S ON PAPER DOESN’T MATTER
Fresh off a key victory over the Windsor Lancers Saturday night at the Athletic Complex, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s basketball team hit the road for a pair of games this week with the hopes of reeling off some wins to build sustainable momentum for the second half of the season. The Hawks (4-8) will travel up Highway 7 Wednesday evening for a clash with local rivals the Guelph Gryphons (3-9) before visiting the McMaster Marauders (2-10) for a Saturday afternoon matinee.
Facing two teams with records significantly below-.500, the purple and gold, on paper, have a great opportunity to snatch a pair of victories this week. However, after enduring a five-game losing streak, Laurier Head Coach Justin Serresse knows his team is not in a position to take anything for granted.
Despite their places in the standings, both Guelph and McMaster have shown this season that they can play some quality basketball. The Gryphons posted a road win at Toronto in November, while the Marauders blew out Windsor at home last week after losing an overtime decision at nationally-ranked Ottawa just before the holiday break.
The Hawks will need to bring their 'A' game this week as neither of these teams will be an easy out.
- Hawks guard Tevaun Kokko (Markham, Ont.) received some recognition this week for his performances this past weekend against Western and Windsor, being named both Laurier and OUA Male Athlete of the Week
- Last weekend, the Gryphons split a doubleheader on the road against Lakehead, while McMaster lost a competitive contest with U SPORTS No. 2 Brock
- The purple and gold return home on Jan. 19 and 20 for a weekend series with the Algoma Thunderbirds (4-8) in town
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (4-8)
F Kemel Archer (Brampton, Ont.)
- Started the new year with a couple of his best games in a Laurier uniform last weekend, feasting on the glass with a combined 21 boards over two games, serving as a catalyst for terrific rebounding efforts from the whole team
- His strength and athleticism give him the potential to be a gamebreaker for the Hawks in the frontcourt, a presence that they have been lacking this season, but consistency for Archer will be key
Guelph Gryphons (3-9)
G Daniel Dooley (Burlington, Ont.)
- The fifth-year guard leads the Gryphons in statistical categories across the board, including ranking first in the OUA in three-point percentage, knocking down triples at an other-worldly 62.5 percent clip
- A model of consistency in terms of production on the offensive end, Dooley has posted double-digits in points in all but two games this season
McMaster Marauders (2-10)
G David McCulloch (Hamilton, Ont.)
- Another veteran logging major minutes in the backcourt, McCulloch has the ability to go off on any given night, having posted games of 34, 32, and 26 points so far this year for his hometown team
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