|Volume 92, Issue 67
Wednesday, January 27, 1999
Hard court revenge for Western
UP, UP AND AWAY! Nat Graham and the rest of the Mustangs got some revenge for their loss to top ranked McMaster as they soared above the Waterloo Warriors, 82-59.
By John Dinner
They were mad and someone had to pay. Unfortunately for the Waterloo Warriors, it was them.
After last Wednesday's loss to top ranked McMaster, the Mustang men's basketball team felt they had something to prove namely whipping the Warriors 82-59 on Saturday afternoon.
Travelling to Waterloo, the Mustangs wanted to avenge their loss but also get back onto their winning ways, something they didn't have to do for 15 straight games.
"We hadn't lost in a real long time," said Western forward Nat Graham. "We played with a lot of emotion and it really affected the first half."
That emotion translated into a suffocating defence which forced 19 turnovers but also led to a renewed physical presence at the offensive end, resulting in continuous trips to the charity stripe.
"They did everything they needed to do to get the win," said Warrior head coach Tom Kieswetter. "They played a consistent, physical game and they were rewarded by getting to the foul line 30 times compared to our nine times."
Saturday's game featured a complete turn around from the Mac game as the 'Stangs shot better than 55 per cent from the floor, 80 per cent from the free throw line (24 for 30) and 50 per cent from beyond the three-point line (eight for 16).
Double figure scorers on the afternoon for Western were guards Micah Bordeau and Jim Grozelle, with 16 and 18 points respectively and Graham who had 15 points to go along with nine rebounds.
The guards, however, were not only leading the offence but sparking the defence as well.
"We feed off their defence," said forward Matt Tweedie. "On defence, you have to take it personally if your man scores and the way those guys work their men it makes everyone do the same."
The defence, which held Waterloo to 40 per cent shooting from the floor, was the main reason for the 19 point first half lead that the 'Stangs would not relinquish.
"We really wanted to pick it up on the defensive side of things," Graham said. "A strong defence will lead to an easy transition game which means easy baskets."
Western head coach Craig Boydell was extremely happy with the way his squad responded to the loss to Mac. "I think they played with a lot of emotion and desire and were able to turn them into positives on the court," he said. "They poured themselves and everything they had onto the court."
The Mustangs will be looking to maintain their winning ways and get another streak going as they host Lakehead on Friday and Saturday night. Both games are at 8 p.m. and will be held at Thames Hall.
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