Capers Rally Back in OT Thriller
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UG- Kareem Malcolm 23 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists
CB- Paris Carter 30 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
Guelph, ON—What looked like an absolute thrashing in the first half, transformed into a big preseason test for both Cape Breton and Guelph with the Capers snagging an overtime victory, 101-99.
The Guelph Gryphons came out of the gates locked and loaded as they shot their way to 52.6% FG and 53.8% beyond the arc in the first half, and led by as many as 21.
However, the second half was a different story as Cape Breton hit the hardwood energized and ready to go.
“When we came out of the locker room we gave them a different look with the zone, trying to change the momentum,” said Cape Breton Head Coach, Jim Charters.
It was a team effort for the capers as multiple players stepped up making big shots in the fourth quarter, outscoring Guelph 37-20 and overcoming an early 21 point lead.
Player of the game Paris Carter and big man Scott Jaspers combined for 54 points and put the Capers on their shoulders in the second half. Jaspers took care of business inside, while Carter displayed his versatility all over the court.
“Our team has been struggling for a win in the preseason. We’ve been fighting through some injuries; we got a couple starters that aren’t in the line up. With me being one of the only starters in the line up, I had to just take over whenever I felt possible,” explained Carter.
Gryphons guard Kareem Malcolm (Sheridan Transfer) was the high point man for Guelph, posting 23 points, six rebounds and five assists.
However, it was 6’4 Wing Paris Carter that played hero late in the fourth quarter and the eventual overtime.
“For any big shots or anything, my team is always looking for me and I always try my best to provide for them whenever I’m in that position,” said Carter.
According to Charters, the victory for the Capers was a desperately needed one.
“We’ve been playing pretty poorly as a group, so that’s a character win for us and couldn’t have come at a better time for our program.”