Once again adopting the role of nightmare opponent, the McMaster men’s basketball team tormented the Western Mustangs for the second time in as many months Saturday (Feb. 10).
Adding another lopsided result to the one they dished out in London in January, the 8-14 Marauders triumphed over the 14-8 Mustangs 94-82, stretching their current winning streak to four games in the process.
Marauder centre Matt Quiring (Cambridge, Ont.) led his squad with a career-high 23 points. He finished the game shooting an impressive 90 per cent (9/10) from the field, including two three-pointers.
The Marauders worked the paint for much of the game, changing things up from their regular game plan, as they rank second in the OUA in three-point attempts (659).
Western is another team which typically looks to shoot from beyond the arc, but they struggled throughout the game to find their range from three-point territory. The Mustangs tallied only four three-pointers, shooting 19 per cent.
Marko Kovac (Windsor, Ont.) finished the game as the Mustangs’ leading scorer, with 19 points on 50 per cent shooting from the field.
The Marauders entered halftime holding onto a 46-36 lead after the opening 20 minutes of play.
Danylo Kostecki (Mississauga, Ont.) led the Marauders in scoring after the first half, due largely to his 60 per cent three-point percentage, creating a cushion between his squad and the Mustangs.
The Marauders outscored the Mustangs in three of the four quarters, with the visitors only finding an edge in the final 10 minutes.
Western outscored McMaster 30-24 in the fourth, but it was too little, too late, as a series of drained foul shots and a Matthew Quiring two-handed slam stamped the seal on the victory.
UP NEXT: The Marauders have two games remaining in the regular season schedule. Both come against the Algoma Thunderbirds in a back-to-back series starting on Friday, Feb. 16 at home in the Burridge Gymnasium. That contest will get underway at 8:00 p.m.
All Marauders games can be streamed live on OUA.tv.