McMaster’s Freshman PG Presutti, Keeps Pressure On Laurier In Season Closer!
NPH TOP PERFORMERS
Adam Presutti – 19 pts, 6 rbs, 5 ast
Taylor Black – 19 pts, 7 rbs,
Aaron Redpath – 12 pts, 5 rbs, 9 ast
Kale Harrison – 16pts, 2 rbs
HAMILTON, ON–With regular season play coming to an end, the McMaster Marauders would wrap up the season on a eight game win streak by snatching a final win at home against the Laurier Golden Hawks. This would bring the Mauraders to a 17-5 record and put them in 2nd place of the OUA West Division.
With a packed house at Burridge Gymnasium, the Marauders, led by Adam Presutti refused to disappoint their supporters and ended up with a 93-67 victory. After a 18-17 first quarter with McMaster in the lead, they decided to step on the gas and go out with a bang.
The second quarter was owned by the combination of 6’7 power forward, Taylor Black and freshman sensation Presutti. Black was dominant from the interior, finishing up with four blocked shots on the defensive end and pitching in for 19 points on the other end, while going 9/13 from the field and not playing the full game. Note: Black played 23 minutes
During Harrison’s break on the bench the lead began to extend where the Mac attack would bring the lead to 20. Harrison’s shooting was close to 50% on the night and he is clearly one of the go to scorers for the Golden Hawks, however the team will need him to produce in other areas to really have an effect on the game.
The absence of 6’8 Patrick Donnelly, for Laurier, left the paint fairly open for the attack. The guards from Mac were thriving and creating opportunities for their teammates because of their penetration game on an unguarded post.
Presutti finished with 19 as well to go along with his six rebounds and 5 assists. His patience on the offensive end allowed for his team to read the defense first and react accordingly.
Foes turned to friends as Presutti and Aaron Redpath went from battling it out in tournament play of last years high school season, to playing side by side in the CIS. These two guards have progressed tremendously over the course of one year.
“Coach Gunter really helped Aaron and I this year into transitioning into more of a point guard role just by making us more patient in the offense, and now we’re reading the floor better and making the right plays,” mentioned Presutti in postgame reflections.
Redpath led the team in the assists category with nine while scoring 12 points a grabbing five defensive boards.
Overall, each unit that came on deck for the Marauders finished plays at an effecient rate, which would allow for the team to complete the game with a 51% shooting percentage.
Besides the great start from Golden Hawks’ Kale Harrison, the rest of the flock had trouble scoring because of a noble effort from the defense of the Marauders; not allowing second chance points or opportunities.
Considering these efforts remain consistent, Presutti says that he is confident in the team’s ability to battle it out with a great team like Carleton.
The next goal in mind for the Marauders is the Wilson Cup, which will be taking place at the Universty of Waterloo, March 2-3.