Daniel McCarthy- 25 pts, 3 rbs, 4 ast, 2 stl
Mark Perrin- 18 pts, 7 rbs
PHOTO COURTESY: GUELPH ATHLETICS
TORONTO,ON–Watching these CIS-CCAA match ups are always interesting as they allow us to analyze the difference in talent level and style of play. In this case, it was the Guelph Gryphons who stole a game against Humber, on the Hawks’ home turf, 94-84.
For Guelph, they bring a controlled, calculated approach where shooting is the key to their success. They did a great job of breaking down Humber’s defensive pressure and remained patient all game long, executing to find the best available shots.
“I think the run at the end of the half helped us…we executed a little bit better and thought we combined our offense with some good defense,” explained Chris O’Rourke, head coach of the Guelph Gryphons.
The 6’2 senior guard, Daniel McCarthy led the way for the Gyphons, launching and connecting from everywhere on the floor. McCarthy posted a game-high 25 points on 9 of 18 shooting.
Zachary Angus and Michael Clark chipped in with 16 apiece, while Adam Bering did the dirty work inside, posting eight points and 10 rebounds.
Humber is deep as always with a load of potent scorers o nthe roster including newcomer Adrian Tomlinson (who scored 13 points), mid-range assassin Akeem Sween and Daviau Rodney.
However, it was sophomore and offensive leader Mark Perrin who stole the show posting 18 points (6/9 FG) and a couple of mind-blowing dunks which included a one-hand tomahawk jam where Perrin exploded from the block and posterized two Guelph defenders!
“Their such a dangerous team and so athletic…it was a good win for us,” O’Rourke told NPH.
It was a back and fourth affair that Humber controlled in the first half, however with a strong third-quarter opening, Guelph secured a lead and never looked back.
Guelph’s point guard, Kareem Malcolm suffered from a season ending elbow injury last season and it was great to see him back in action, fully recovered.
“Kareem is a great kid and a character guy…now he’s doing little things other than just scoring, maturing into a really good player for us,” said O’Rourke.
It will be interesting to see how big of an impact Malcolm will make for his squad, they will need every ounce of brilliance from him if the Gyphons are to compete in an ever-growing and tough OUA league.
It was a very entertaining pre-season tilt between CIS and CCAA teams as the regular season is knocking on our doors!
The NPH team is excited and ready! Are you??