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By Joel Brown
GUELPH Saturday saw the Western men's basketball squad put on an aerial attack that would make the air force envious, in a 93-83 win over Guelph.
Led by point guard Jimmy Grozelle's six for seven performance from three-point land, the Mustangs exercised the term 'long-bomb' to its fullest, and completely disregarded any need to stay just inches behind the line.
With the Gryphons ahead 57-54 mid-way through the second half, the Mustangs overtook Guelph and pulled away for good with a 19-4 run that included four straight successful three-point attempts.
"When they hit those three's and made that run it hurt us," said Guelph head coach, Chris O'Rourke. "They caught us off-balance too many times. Our guys were lazy and didn't challenge the shots like we should have. I told them before the game that Western isn't afraid to take a shot two or three feet behind the line, and they showed today they're definitely capable of hitting those shots."
Western went 12Ð18 from beyond the arc, producing an astounding 66.7 per cent success rate.
The Mustangs started the game strong, but hit a wall with the score 31Ð16 in their favour. Guelph went on to score the next 14 points and outplayed Western with the guard penetration and proceeded to take a 45-40 lead into half-time.
"We were going pretty well and then for some reason our defence decided to mix it up," said Western head coach Craig Boydell. "We forgot how to play. We didn't close out well [on the penetration lanes]. It's something we really talked about at halftime."
Guelph also did a good job of holding off Mustang forward Andy Kwiatkowski in the first half, limiting the prolific scorer to just four points.
But the second half belonged to Kwiatkowski and the Mustangs, as he chipped in 19 points to atone for his mediocre start. Western dominated with their shooting and rebounding, shooting 58.6 per cent (as opposed to the Gryphons 37.6 per cent) and taking down 19 boards, compared to Guelph's seven.
With Kwiatkowski and centre Chris Brown inside, Guelph couldn't regain focus defensively.
"When they went to a zone [defence], that brought a lot of opportunities for our three-point shooters," Brown said. "Also they got into foul trouble and with us getting into a double bonus situation, we became more aggressive because we knew every time we got fouled we would get two shots."
Kwiatkowski led the game with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Brown put 22 points on the boards, adding to his 10 rebounds. Grozelle finished the game with 22 points and eight assists.
Gryphon guard Geoff MacNeil led Guelph with 20 points. Point guard Shane "Shake-N-Bake" Bascoe, who gets his nickname for his stutter-step, and flashy game, had a good all-around showing with 16 points, five assists and five boards.
Western's next game is against the Brock Badgers at 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Alumni Hall.