WATERLOO, Ont. (from Western Mustangs) – Four Western players scored in double-digits to lead the Mustangs to a 93-84 win over the Laurier Golden Hawks on Wednesday night at the University of Waterloo’s Physical Activities Complex.
The win gives Western a 14-7 regular season record, and they occupy second place in the OUA West, while the Laurier Golden Hawks trail two spots behind, with an updated record of 9-12.
Henry Tan took charge this game, coming off the bench to lead the Mustangs with 20 points. Omar Shiddo, Eriq Jenkins, and Marko Kovac followed closely behind, scoring 19, 15, and 10 points respectively. Christopher Clegg also had a strong game, recording seven points of his own while leading the purple and white with seven rebounds.
Kernal Archer of the Golden Hawks scored a game-high 21 points to go along with eight rebounds. Tevaun Kokko also had an effective offensive night with 18 points, while Ntore Habimana pulled down nine boards to lead Laurier’s rebounding efforts.
Western came out with a quick tempo to match Laurier’s fast-paced offence. As both teams traded buckets throughout the first frame, Shiddo was able to be a large proponent for the Mustangs, nailing seven points. The Golden Hawks continued to push, crashing the offensive glass to grab several boards and force a handful of second-chance points. However, Western held steady, continuing to use the shot clock well and lead 27-25 to head into the second quarter.
The second frame proved to be reminiscent of the first 10 minutes, both teams keeping the game tight. Western continued their steady string of shooting, beginning the quarter with a 7-0 run. As the purple and white fell into a rhythm, the Golden Hawks weren’t able to match their pace, and Western was able to pad their lead to finish off the half 54-42.
The beginning of the third quarter began with a change of pace, with both teams slowing down and defence becoming the emphasis. Western was able to adjust accordingly, tightening up its defence to force shots and shutting down Laurier’s attempts at the basket. On the other end, the Mustangs made use of their opportunity by stretching out the shot clock and using their speed to poke holes through the zone of the Golden Hawks. Being relatively even, the lead remained fairly stable with Western ending the quarter with a 73-62 lead.
Western’s lead would prove to be too much for the Golden Hawks to overcome, with Western walking away with a 93-84 win.
The Mustangs will be back in action Saturday afternoon where they take on the McMaster Marauders at Burridge Gym in Hamilton. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 pm EST.