Volume 94, Issue 80

Wednesday, February 14, 2001


SPORTS

No seconds left for the Waterloo Warriors

Indoor hockey comes up empty

Western keeps on track in Windsor

Who we'd like to love on V-Day

Sports Briefs

No seconds left for the Waterloo Warriors

By Joel Brown
Gazette Staff

Fool Western's men's basketball team once, shame on you. Fool them twice – well that's not going to happen.

For the third time this season the Mustangs exacted revenge on a team which had managed to beat them earlier in the season, this time with a 105-80 victory over the Waterloo Warriors at Alumni Hall.

In the first match between the two teams in January, Waterloo pulled off an upset on their home court but this time around Western was prepared.

"We surprised them down in our place but this time around there were no surprises," said Warriors head coach Tom Kieswetter. "They've got too much firepower."

No Mustang starter scored less than 14 points, with guard Jimmy Grozelle netting 23.

Grozelle also had five assists and five blocks while centre Chris Brown had 18 points and took down 11 boards.

As a team, Western dominated the stats sheet, shooting 56 per cent from the field and 76 per cent from the foul line on 33 attempts. The Mustangs also out-rebounded Waterloo 45 - 27 and came away with 11 blocked shots.

"They're well-balanced, they play good defence and they finish very, very strong," Kieswetter said. "They're a solid team and they're very well coached."

The game began with a 14-2 run by the Mustangs as a result of the high pressure defence that stifled the Warriors.

"There was a lot of emotion before the game," said Western forward Matt Tweedie, who led the charge early with his strong perimetre shooting and finished with 17 points. "There were no letdowns this time around."

About mid-way through the first half, the Warriors gave the Mustangs all they can handle with surprisingly excellent three-point shooting. Waterloo finished the half nine for 13 form beyond the arc, including their bench who were perfect on five attempts, and down by only eight points.

"They're usually not the highest percentage shooting team from two or three [point area] but they absolutely lit it up," said Western head coach Craig Boydell. "It was a little frustrating, because for a lot of those shots, we had a hand in their face and they still hit it.

"You've got to give them credit, it's probably the best two games they've played all season."

Waterloo got within three points of Western early in the second but were then overmatched by the Mustangs sheer talent.

Center Dan Schipper led Waterloo with 22 points and four blocks and also had seven rebounds.

Throughout the game, elbows and trash-talk were constantly tossed around, highlighted by heated exchange between Tweedie and Kieswetter.

"There were some things I didn't like out there. They're a very physical team," Boydell said. "The key when playing games like that is to still stay aggressive, but to stay disciplined also."

Western has not taken kindly to losing this season and have gone on to destroy their opponents by an average of 24 points second time around.

The next men's basketball game is against Guelph on Wednesday at Alumni Hall at 8 p.m.


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