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By Joel Brown
The gallop is in full force now as the men's basketball team stomped over Guelph on Wednesday night, 97-73.
Western will now travel to McMaster for the Ontario University Athletics West championship game. A win would secure a position at the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletics Union championships, while a loss would mean the only way they could get to Halifax is through a wild card berth.
The Mustangs played one of their most relentless games of the season and put together a superb showing on both ends of the court. The game was a sharp difference from the previous three competitive matches the two teams had. Western refused to remove their foot from the Gryphons neck and kept on pressuring.
"There was a lot more a stake this time, we pulled out all the stops and all the plays," said Mustang forward Andy Kwiatkowski.
Western was rarely caught off guard by the Gryphons as the Mustangs seemed to have all the answers to the Gryphons questions and it was evident they studied hard for this particular test.
"[Western head coach Craig Boydell] did an unbelievable job preparing us for the game," Kwiatkowski said. "We are always get scouting reports but this time around it was super, super specific. If there was a player was prone to doing one thing, we knew about it."
On the defensive end Western was able to both limit Guelph's effectiveness from the three-point arc and disable the Gryphons' penetration.
"We felt this was a team we could keep in the 60s just playing man-to-man," said Boydell. "Excellent defence was the key to this game."
On the offensive end, Western got off to a slow start because of turnovers, but about mid-way through the first half they started to click and that's when they pulled away for good.
"We didn't play well against their full-court press at first but we wore them down some and stopped tuning the ball over," Boydell said.
Another key to the turn around was the play of guard Jimmy Grozelle, whose ability to control the flow of the game, both defensively and offensively, was in full force.
"He's unbelievable," Kwiatkowski said. "Jimmy just followed the scouting report coach gave us to a tee. When were struggling he was able to score points. Sometimes I don't know how he does it."
Grozelle ended the game with 18 points on six of 10 shooting. Kwiatkowski led Western with 18 points, while guard Chedo Ndur grabbed eight rebounds. Guard Mark Porte had a strong game off the bench with 16 points and nailed four three-pointers.
Western's shooting was excellent all game, finishing with a 59 per cent success rate from the field, and 78 per cent from the foul line.
Guelph's head coach, Chris O'Rourke, said he was disappointed his team was not able to stay competitive with Western considering they have in the past.
"I think we're definitely disappointed, less in whether we won or lost but more in the way we lost," O'Rourke said. "We just didn't answer the bell.
"But they've proven they're a better team than us, this is the fourth time they've beaten us this season," he added. "Western just has too many weapons."
Home-court advantage has held true for games between Western and McMaster this season and their season series is split 1-1. Western and McMaster will be matching up tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Hamilton.