2007/2008 Gryphon League Schedule

 

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Nov 9

 

RMC

Guelph

94

50

1-0

 

 

 

Nov 10

Queen’s

Guelph

67

 

62

 

 

2-0

 

 

 

Nov 16

 

Laurentian

Guelph

73

71

3-0

 

 

Nov 17

 

York

Guelph

78

66

4-0

A great start for the Gryphon’s with four wins on the road, but now they face three of the top teams in the east at home.

Nov 23

Guelph

 

Toronto

 

79

75

5-0

The Gryphon’s beat the #8 ranked Blues, in OT, in a game that was close from start to finish.  Moscatelli who scored 16 makes the Gryphon’s a contender .

 

Nov 24

 

Guelph

Ryerson

95

87

6-0

In a game much closer than the score suggests the Gryphon’s let the Ryerson bigs score at will around the basket – Milne was in foul trouble. Nick, Borko and Jon are going to be tough for any team to handle.  I think the Gryphon’s will win one game next week-end and go into the break at 7-1.

 

Nov 30

 

Guelph

Ottawa

64

76

6-1

Missed game.

 

Dec 1

 

Guelph

Carleton

64

72

6-2

One of the most disappointing games in recent memory.  The Gryphon’s were ahead by 8 late in the 3rd quarter, despite Nick sitting out most of the game in foul trouble, when Moscatelli  landed awkwardly on his injured knee and left the game for good.  Milne played his heart out scoring 20 and holding Doornekamp to 12 but the Gryphon’s couldn’t hold off the charge of the #1 ranked Raven’s.  Still, the Gryphon’s enter the break leading the West – but they need a healthy Moscatelli to stay in the top 10.  Best wishes to JM.

Jan 5

Windsor

 

Guelph

 

86

84

7-2

Great road win for the Gryphon’s as they go 18/36 from downtown and 4 Gryphon’s are in double figures.

Jan 9

Guelph

McMaster


77

 

85

7-3

Gryphon’s sleep through first quarter and trail by 9.  They  finally draw even in the 3rd quarter but then miss, and miss and miss some more.  Only Nick could find the range going 11/19 for 28 but the rest of the Gryphon’s are 19/61 on the night against the young MAC team.  Gryphon’s can’t afford to lose to Brock at home – plus I hate to lose to Brock more than any other team.

Jan 12

Guelph

 

Brock

 

79

87

7-4

Playing without Nick the Gryphon’s stayed close until Duncan fouled out with 4 minutes to play – most of the difference in the score came at the foul stripe.  Duncan and Borko each scored 21 in the losing effort.

Jan 16

Laurier

 

Guelph

 

82 

72

8-4

The young Hawk’s outplayed the Gryphon’s for 3 quarters leading by 9 going into the fourth stanza.  The Gryphon’s fell behind even further before Borko and Jay started finding the range from downtown.  In the fourth quarter the Gryphon’s scored an improbable 36 points to the Hawk’s 17.  Five Gryphon’s finished in double figures lead by Borko and Duncan’s 18 each.  Zack and Luke also played well off the bench and the Gryphon’s remain in a three team tie for the lead in the West.

 

Jan 19

 

Guelph

Western

66

71

8-5

The Gryphon’s played from behind all day and no player could find the range with only Nick clawing into double figures with 13. Letting UWO have 11 more shot attempts and going 14/24 at the uncharitable stripe to 16/20 for UWO tells the story.  The Gryphon’s have to get well, get hungry and defend the home court or this season will soon turn ugly.

Jan 23

Waterloo

 

Guelph

 

73

70

9-5

Missed this game but the Gryphon’s were up one with 9 seconds to play and a Waterloo player missed two free throws.

Jan 26

Brock

 

Guelph

 

70

96

9-6

Missed this game but it looks like the Gryphon’s mailed it in.  The Gryphon’s are not playing well but they have three home games to right the ship.  They need to “tune-up” against Laurier and Waterloo then prove they are a good team against Windsor before the season slips away.

 

Jan 30

 

 

Guelph

 

Laurier

 

67

 

72

 

9-7

A dismal performance in this foulfest.  Gryphon’s couldn’t have shot worse outside in the 60km wind. Laurier goes 26/37 from the line, Gryphon’s 14/21.

 

Feb 2

 

Guelph

Waterloo

79

71

10-7

Missed game but Nick gets 32 against the hapless Warriers.  Gryphon’s won’t beat Windsor unless they can get away from the 12 point quarters.

 

Feb 6

 

Guelph

Windsor

72

86

10-8

Missed game but Moscatelli  returns.

Feb 9

McMaster

 

Guelph

 

60

68

10-9

Missed game but lack of firepower is obvious plus new injury list each week.

Feb 15

Lakehead

 

Lakehead

 

80

61

11-9

 

 

Feb 16

 

Lakehead

Lakehead

78

76

12-9

 

Feb 20

Western

 

Guelph

 

85

74

13-9

The Gryphon’s close the season with three road wins to finish 3rd in the league.


To see statistics, pictures and stories from the Gryphon's Halifax Trip 2003 CLICK HERE

 

Quarter-Finals

 

Guelph 69 Laurier 59

 

This was a tough and rough game but Nick (26 points) carried the team for the first 38 minutes and Duncan (21 points) carried the team the final 2 minutes.  The Gryphon’s are 10 point underdog’s to Brock who is always tough to beat at home.  It will take a team performance as well as an unlikely hero or two to pull off  the upset win of the season.  If the score is in the 80’s the Gryphon’s are in trouble.  Good Luck – Gryphon’s.

 

Western 82 McMaster 81

 

Semi-Finals

 

Windsor 71 Western 77

 

Guelph 74  Brock 78

 

Guelph fans were hoping for a Guelph-Western match-up in the finals and Western was able to pull off its half of the deal. 

Unfortunately, the Gryphon’s couldn’t handle the sharp shooting Badgers.  The two teams traded baskets until the 14 minute

mark of the first half when Duncan pick-up a phantom third foul that sent him to the bench for the rest of the half.  This

allowed the Badgers to open up a nine point lead by half-time.  In the second half Brock pulled further ahead leading by

12-15 points until there were only 4 minutes to play.  At this point the Badgers were noticeably fatigued but the Gryphon’s

missed several opportunities to score by missing open shots and turning the ball over.  Starting at the 3 minute mark the

Gryphon’s started chipping away at the lead and with a minute to go they were within 3!  Ken Murray called a time out I’d be

willing to bet a nickel that he said “give the ball to Roots and get out of the way”.  From that point on it was all Badgers and all whistles. 

Borko hit a three pointer at the buzzer to make it look closer than it was at the end.  Four Gryphon’s (Jay, Nick, Borko and Duncan)

scored between 17 and 19 points – all but 2 of the Gryphon’s 74. 

 

The unlikely hero didn’t appear.  If Duncan didn’t get his third foul in the first half the result would have been closer and

perhaps a Gryphon win but I don’t want to take anything away from the Badgers.  Their players can shoot – hitting 48.2

percent of their field goals in the game.  I always hate to see the basketball season come to an end especially this

early.         

Finals

Brock 62 Western 77

 

After shooting close to 50 percent from the field against the Gryphon’s

the Mustang’s held the Badger’s to a 30 percent field goal percentage and

dominated the game.  Having beaten the two best teams in the West the Mustang’s

have earned a trip to the finals in Ottawa illustrating, yet again, that it is far better

to get hot in February than in December.  This is the first time I can recall that a fourth seed

finished on top.

Wilson Cup

Carleton 81  Western 65

Play-in:

Brock 68  Ottawa 58

Brock wins a spot at the nationals.


HALIFAX FIRST ROUND MATCH-UPS

1. Carleton 66 -- 8. Alberta  57

2. UBC 78 -- 7. Brock 83

3. St. Mary’s 70 --  6. Western 75

4. Laval  77 -- 5. Acadia  85

March 12 - I predict two first round upsets!

March 14 – Two upsets in the first two games.  Doesn’t seem fair that Brock now has to play Western in the semi-finals,

did the folks doing the seeding think about this?  Three upsets by the end of the first day.


SEMI-FINALS

6. Western  75 -- 7. Brock  85

1. Carleton  80 -- 5. Acadia  82 2OT

It took two overtimes but Acadia did what no one else has managed to do this year – beat Carleton

Carleton’s amazing streak ends with five national titles in a row.

CONSOLATION ROUND

UBC 78 – St. Mary’s 74

Laval 87 – Alberta 79


FINALS

5. Acadia 61 -- 7. Brock 64    

March 15: A five takes on a seven – Brock is only in Ottawa because of a strange play-in rule.  Good luck

to the Ken Murray five – if they win at least Guelph can say they were knocked out by the national champs.

March 16: Brock pulls off the upset in a low scoring affair.  I can’t help but wonder how the Brock squad would match-up

With the 1992 champs?


CONSOLATION ROUND

 

Laval 86 – UBC 84     

 


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