Badgers split at Waterloo
The No. 2 ranked Brock University men’s basketball team recorded their ninth straight victory as they defeated the Waterloo Warriors 100-78 Saturday on the road.
The Badgers are now 18-2 in the OUA West Division and 25-5 on the season.
“I’m happy for our guys who secured the top spot in the West Division,” Brock coach Charles Kissi said. “We have four more games before playoffs and so we will continue to focus on one at a time.”
The two teams played an almost even opening half with Brock trailing 23-21 after one quarter and down 50-46 at the half.
The Badgers offence came alive in the third quarter as they put together a 13-3 run over a five-minute span to take a 59-53 lead. They extended that lead to 10 points, 72-62, at the end of 30 minutes. In the final frame, Brock went on an 18-5 run to stretch the lead to a commanding 90-67.
“After a slow start we began to play to our standard,” Kissi said. “We responded with great intensity in the second half.”
Brock had four starters in double figures led by Cassidy Ryan who registered a career high 34 points going 13-for-21 from the field. Dani Elgadi added 18 points and eight rebounds while Daniel Cayer and Johneil Simpson both chipped in with 11 points in the victory.
The Badgers are at home next week when they host the Lakehead Thunderwolves Friday and Saturday night at the Bob Davis Gymnasium. Game times are scheduled for 6 p.m. for the women and 8 p.m. for the men.
Warriors 47 Badgers 44
The Brock women’s basketball team dropped a 47-44 decision at Waterloo Saturday.
Leading the Badgers was Miranda Smith who recorded 13 points and seven rebounds. Brooke Murdoch collected 11 points and nine rebounds while Kristin Gallant added nine points and six assists. Courtney Mcpherson reached double digit rebounds for the 12th time finishing with 13 boards while chipping in with four points.
“We struggled today. We have all year struggled to set tone on the road and it was a focus today,” Brock coach Ashley MacSporran said. “We failed to come in with intensity and dictate. We came out and ran for first three minutes and then let a few turnovers rattle us and stopped our style of play on both ends.”
MacSporran is focusing on the process at this point in the season.
“The conversations we have are about taking steps forward for the program and what we want it to look like. Today we did not take a step forward,” she said. “We want to end our last two home games playing Brock style of basketball and change how we play on the road to end the season.
“It is a special young team that has had to endure a lot of learning lessons this year. We always want to get better. We don’t lose. We learn and get back in the gym to do that.”