The Georgian Grizzlies men’s and women’s basketball teams opened up their 2014 OCAA regular season’s on Saturday afternoon when they travelled to Kingston to face the St. Lawrence Vikings.
Despite the closeness between the men’s teams in the standings the last number of years the Grizzlies have had no luck in Kingston.
In fact the last Grizzlies win at the St. Lawrence-Kingston campus came back on Feb. 3, 2008, a streak of six straight losses. Unfortunately for Georgian, Saturday was the seventh.
The team’s traded baskets throughout the game but the sixth and final lead change came midway in the third quarter to the advantage of the Vikings. The Grizzlies kept crawling but couldn’t catch the Vikings falling 87-83.
Georgian’s male rookie of the year Teq Zwarych (Whitby) picked up right where he left off last season by scoring 22 points and matching a career high with 20 rebounds. Veteran Mark Brown (Toronto) also had a solid game scoring 19 points.
On the women’s side the Grizzlies ran into a familiar face in Lacey Knox (Kingston) for the Vikings. Knox is the reigning two-time west division scoring champion and did it again against Georgian scoring a team high 19 points leading her team to an 85-48 victory.
Despite the score a bright spot for the Grizzlies was the play of freshman Hannah Pearsall (Guelph) who scored a team high 15 points and five rebounds in her OCAA debut.
The Grizzlies won’t have to think long about their opening losses as they will be right back in action Sunday afternoon in Belleville when they take on the Loyalist Lancers.