Mustangs look Raptor-like
I LIVE IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER. Western baller Scott Seeley shows
his disdain for falling, meanwhile, the Mustangs fell 89-78 to Ottawa.
It's a common belief
among basketball enthusiasts that only the last two minutes of the game
matter. Perfect execution is disregarded when the game comes down to the
final baskets, in favour of a free-for-all scramble to be the last man
Saturday night's men's basketball game between the Western Mustangs and
the Ottawa Gee Gee's at Alumni Hall was a see-saw battle. At the half,
the score was 45-44 in favour of Ottawa and from then on in it was no
more than a two-possession game, as the score teetered back and forth
before Ottawa finally pulled away and emerged with an 89-78 victory.
The loss was the sixth consecutive debacle for the Mustangs. It certainly
wasn't like Western gave up in the game, but sheer exhaustion got the
better of them in the final two minutes.
"Our team has been struck by massive injuries and illnesses, yet
continued to play courageously and hard. As we integrate our starters
back into the lineup, this team can beat anybody in the country. We were
ranked number three in the country for a reason," said Mustangs head
coach Craig Boydell.
The Gee Gee's, on the other hand, face a different dilemma the
problem of youth. Two of the mainstays on the starting lineup are rookie
guards Ali Mahmoud and Alex McLeod. McLeod was actually heavily recruited
by the Mustangs and dropped 47 points in a Purple and White Tournament
high school game last season in London. Gee Gee's assistant coach Carlos
Brown was pleasantly surprised with his young teams play.
"Our players played with patience and showed a great deal of maturity,"
Brown said. "They believed in what they were doing out there."
Recently, the Mustangs have been struggling to play 40 minutes of solid
basketball due to a tough schedule of three games over four days. Prior
to Saturday night's game against Ottawa, the men matched up with the number
one ranked team in the country, the Carleton Ravens, and came out on the
losing end of an 84-62 score.
Carleton out-rebounded (38-23), outscored and outplayed Western. According
to Ravens head coach Dave Smart, the victory was much more significant
than just another win. He said his talented and stacked squad had been
practicing all week for a nemesis who had defeated the Ravens in three
of their last four contests.
Smart was also quick to point out that the Ravens didn't come into the
game with any false sense of security. "Although they don't have
Andy [Kwiatkowski] and Chris [Brown], this is still a tough team and we
executed well defensively. But, over anything else, it was our team's
motivation that forced this win," Smart said.
Unfortunately, the Mustangs have seemed to go the way of the Toronto Raptors,
which is bad news for a team considered to be a top contenders after placing
second in the country last season.
However, the banged-up squad will have a chance to do what the Raptors
did on Sunday against the Minnesota Timberwolves and break out of their
slump, when they travel to face the Royal Military College Paladins on