50 degrees of point
By Mike Burton
It takes teamwork
to win basketball games. Having Jimmy Grozelle on your side doesn't hurt
Grozelle (pictured) led all scorers on Saturday afternoon with an incredible
50 points to help the Western Mustangs men's basketball team defeat their
rivals from the University of Waterloo by a score of 95-92 in an overtime
thriller at Alumni Hall.
Western led by eight points going into the half, but Waterloo responded
early in the second by going on a 13-2 run. The game went back and forth
in the second half, and with the score 82-82 at the end of regulation,
the only thing that was decided was that the game was going into overtime.
Western was able to shoot 60 per cent in overtime to edge their opponents
by three points at the end of the game.
Western's victory was very impressive, but the focus of the game was clearly
on one man Jimmy Grozelle. Grozelle scored 25 points in the first
half of the game and was able to match this total in the second half.
Grozelle's shooting seemed almost perfect, as he hit an incredible 17
of 20 shots. But aside from his 50 points, the 5'8" guard also managed
seven steals and caused several turnovers.
Furthermore, the diminutive point guard registered the highest point total
in the CIS since 1994, the highest for a Mustangs basketball player ever.
And, if that isn't enough, Grozelle is now listed as scoring the seventh
most points in a single game in the history of the CIS.
After the game, Mustangs head coach Craig Boydell commented on Grozelle's
performance. "It was incredible," he said. "If he isn't
the best player in Canada, I don't know who is."
Boydell was clearly relieved after the game and said he was very happy
with his team's play. "We had to have that pace," he said. "And
we had to do it without mistakes."
Waterloo coach Tom Kieswetter was equally impressed with the play of Grozelle.
"It was unbelievable," he said.
Kieswetter tried many adjustments to try to keep Grozelle off the scoreboard,
but in the end, Grozelle's 50 points told the story.
An exhausted Grozelle at the end of the game attributed some of his success
to the crowd. "The fans made it special," he said. "The
cheerleaders, fans and kids club made for a great atmosphere."
Even though the game was close from the start to the finish, Grozelle
didn't let the pressure get to him. "There's no pressure on myself;
I just keep doing what the team wants."