Grizzlies, Lords battle in physical affairs in Barrie
The Georgian Grizzlies men’s basketball team hosted the Durham Lords on Tuesday night in Barrie, losing 83-62. SUBMITTED
The Georgian Grizzlies men’s and women’s basketball teams played their final home games of the season when they hosted the Durham Lords on Tuesday night at the Georgian Athletic Centre in Barrie.
The Grizzlies women’s team had their backs against the wall for their playoff lives and they came through in the clutch.
Georgian was the more desperate team and it showed on the scoreboard as they came through with a resilient 61-56 victory.
Guelph native Hannah Pearsall had a team-high 21 points along with 11 rebounds while teammate Leah Bracken, who hails from St. Catharines, had 16 points.
Maybe the biggest shot of the game came from graduating guard Keshia Jacques, a native of Owen Sound, who hit a late three-pointer to cement the win for the Grizzlies.
It was a huge win for Georgian’s playoff hopes as they now move into sole possession of sixth in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association’s East Division standings and the final playoff spot. They finish their season with one more win than the George Brown Huskies, who have two games remaining.
Georgian does hold the tiebreaker against the Huskies so George Brown will have to win their final two games to knock the Grizzlies out of that final playoff spot.
The men’s game was a heated affair between the two rival teams that were both trying to find a way into a playoff position.
Unfortunately in this game, it was the Lords who took the lead at the start and never looked back.
Things were competitive throughout as an altercation in the third quarter saw several players from both teams ejected, but in the end it was Durham who came away with an 83-62 victory.
Whitby native Anthony Meggo led the Grizzlies with a season-high 28 points while teammate and Barrie product Connor Laronde had 11 points in a physical effort.
The loss puts the Grizzlies in a very tough spot.
With one game remaining in their schedule they will need a victory over Canadore on Friday night on the road to give them an outside shot of making the playoffs through a potential tiebreak scenario.