After a week off from action on the court, the Brock Women’s and Men’s Basketball teams got back on the court this past weekend as they travelled to York and Queen’s. With the week off, the two teams held their CIS rankings in their respective leagues. The women stayed at number seven in the country, while the men held firm at number four.
On Friday, the teams took on York as the two teams looked out of sync from the long week off. The women Badgers did get off to a strong 22-9 start against York, but they allowed the Lions back into the game as the team was held to 11 points in the second quarter.
The second half was all on the side of the Badgers as they were able to pull out a convincing 68-52 win over the Lions. The defence for the Badgers was another high point as they held the Lions to 28.6 per cent shooting. They also won the rebound battle 46-26.
Point guard, Jenalyn Yumol led the team in scoring with 16, on five of 11 shooting; Kira Cornelissen added 13 while grabbing seven rebounds; and Kate Harpur fell just shy of her first double-double of the season with eight points and nine rebounds.
The Men’s team also pulled out a convincing win over the Lions with a double digit final score. The Badgers and Lions would play an evenly matched first quarter with the home team having a one point advantage, but the Badgers took control. A couple Dani Elgadi dunks helped lead the Badgers to a score of 86-71 win.
Elgadi has been one of the best players in the OUA through four games. He picked up his third consecutive double-double, as he scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Johneil Simpson chipped in with 24 points, Ryan Bennett added 16 and Zachary Angelini scored 11 off the bench.
On Saturday, at Queen’s University the women were in for a tougher game as the Golden Gaels are creeping up on the CIS rankings. Both teams got off to a slow start in the first two quarters as the halftime score was a low 26-26 tie. The third quarter would be where the Badgers pulled away with 28 points and a final score of 69-50.
Harpur was able to get her first double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Cornelissen fell just shy of that mark with 12 points and nine rebounds. Kayla Santilli and Aryn Finley added 10 each.
For the men, their game against the Gaels will go down as the one that got away. After jumping out to a 26-17 first quarter lead, the men struggled throughout the second half. The Gaels just chipped away at the lead and in the third quarter held the Badgers to 13 points. The Badgers would lose their first game of the season 87-81.
Matt Marshall had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Badgers, while Elgadi added another double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Johneil Simpson also had a strong game with 17 points. For Elgadi, he is now averaging 22 points on 60.3 per cent shooting and 11 rebounds through four games.
Both the women and men are now 3-1 on the season as they prepare for the biggest weekend of the season so far.
On Nov. 27 the teams will host Lakehead in the Badgers home opener. The women play at 6:00 p.m. and the men’s game is at 8:00 p.m. The big Meridian Centre game is on Nov. 28 against Lakehead as well, with the women tipping off at 5:00 p.m. and the men’s game at 7:00 p.m. Both games are close to being selling out. There are tickets for the Meridian Centre game available on TicketMaster.ca