WATERLOO, Ont. (from Guelph Gryphons) – Nedim Hodzic scored 31 points and added 16 rebounds to lead the Waterloo Warriors to an 87-76 victory over the Guelph Gryphons in an OUA men’s basketball game Friday.
Waterloo led by just one point (61-60) after three quarters, then started the final period with a 13-4 run.
Aside from the big night from six-foot-five second-year forward Hodzic, the Warriors also received a spark off the bench from second-year guard Justin Malnerich, who was four-for-seven from beyond the arc, including some deep threes in the fourth quarter to help the Warriors pull away.
Fifth-year guard Jonathan Wallace led the Gryphons (5-16) with 18 points. Senior guard Taylor Boers (Belleville, Ont.) chipped in with 13 points and Daniel Dooley (Burlington, Ont.) had 10 points to go with four assists.
The Gryphons were able to win the turnover battle, committing just four themselves while forcing Waterloo into 12. In the end, the Warriors’ one-two punch of Hodzic and Simon Petrov (20 points) would prove to be the difference as Waterloo (8-14) was able to snap their five-game losing streak.
The Gryphons have three games remaining in their regular season schedule and will be back in action on Sunday, when they travel back to Waterloo, this time for a matchup with the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (9-12). The game tips off at 2 p.m. and will be played at Manulife Sportsplex at RIM Park, as Laurier’s home gym is currently undergoing repairs after damage caused by a leak in the roof.