Western Men's basketball takes down the Guelph Gryphons
Western wins 93-74Emma Jones
Mustang Men’s basketball faced off against the Guelph Gryphons this past Wednesday in our own Alumni Hall. Western and Guelph came into the match up sitting at #1 and #3 in the OUA West respectively however, the purple and white were 12 points ahead of their opponent. But you wouldn’t have known that after watching the first half of the game.
The first quarter opened quick and strong for the Gryphons as they gained 10 points in the first two minutes of the game, their lead scorer Malcolm Glanville leading that drive. Once Western gained their footing, the ping pong match began. Neither team would let their opponent stretch more than a few points away. Guelph was breaking through the Western defensive unit with ease as the home team did not seem ready for the three-point abilities of Keenan Dowell. Mustang Eriq Jenkins led the offensive push, shooting a perfect first quarter and rounding out the score of the first quarter to an even 28-28.
The second quarter saw more of the same, a back and forth of baskets and Guelph dominating the Mustang defense and finding all kinds of space and time in the key. Western junior Tyler Thompson was brought onto the court and used his speed to control Dowell, who would end the second half leading his team in points. The Mustang offensive effort consisted largely of Jenkins, who shot a perfect first half and the playmaker Nikola Farkic, whose game vision was a big contributor to his team ending the quarter leading by one point, 47-46.
The second half brought the crowd in Alumni Hall a whole new home team and the Mustangs game out of the gate hot, quickly stretching their lead for the first time in the match-up. Their defensive play had finally come together, and the Gryphons were visibly struggling to break through to the net. A strong offensive push from the home team led still by fifth year seniors, Farkic and Jenkins changed the morale on the court and the boys were all smiles as they finally pulled ahead of the Gryphons finishing the third quarter, 78-58.
Western is known to show up in the later parts of their games and really demonstrated that on Wednesday as they continued their push all the way through the fourth quarter. Western continued to add to the lead, finally beating the gryphons by a final score of 94-73.
The big scorers for the mustangs were Eriq Jenkins with 27 points, Julian Walker and Nikola Farkic both with 13 to round out the top three.
The Mustangs next game is Friday January 31st when they host the Carleton Ravens.