Tough night for Grizzlies on the road
November 29, 2012

November 29th, 2012 – The Georgian Grizzlies looked to be road warriors on Wednesday night with four teams playing on the road in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) action.

The men’s and women’s volleyball teams travelled to Oshawa to face the Durham Lords and things didn’t quite go as planned.

The women took on some stiff competition in the Lords who have only one defeat on the season, but the Grizzlies gave them all that they could handle.

After losing the first two sets of the match by very close margins of 25-21 and 25-23, the Grizzlies showed great determination battling all the way back to even the match at two sets a piece with victories of 25-23 and 25-20.

Heading to the final set the Grizzlies ran out of gas, falling to the Lords 15-9 and losing a tight match 3-2.

Hannah Campbell (17 points) and Natalie Buck (14 points) led the team in scoring.

The loss moves the women’s record to 5-3 on the season and they currently sit in 4th place in the OCAA east division standings.

The men’s team knew they were in for a challenge facing the undefeated Durham Lords. The Grizzlies battled hard giving the Lords all they could handle but dropped the first set 25-21.

Durham showed why they are undefeated on the season dropping the Grizzlies 25-16 in the second set. With Georgian on the ropes the Grizzlies were able to battle back taking the third set 25-21.

Unfortunately for the Grizzlies that’s as close as they could get falling 25-14 in the final set and losing to the Lords 3-1.

Last week’s OCAA men’s volleyball athlete of the week Lyndon Sonego led the Grizzlies with 14 kills in the match.

The men’s team now has a 5-3 record on the season and are tied for fourth in the east division standings.

Both the men’s and women’s volleyball teams will travel to take on Loyalist on Saturday before wrapping up their first half schedule next Wednesday at George Brown.

Meanwhile in Toronto the Grizzlies men’s and women’s basketball teams took on the George Brown Huskies.

The women’s team put themselves in a tough spot as the Huskies came firing out of the gate opening the game with a 12-0 run and never looked back.

The Grizzlies weren’t able to come up with an answer for the Huskies offense, who were able to shoot 42.8% on the night, leading to a 87-40 George Brown win.

Mikaela Weir led the Grizzlies in scoring with 9 points in the game.

In the men’s game Georgian looked to find their own scoring touch against the Grizzlies and played a very even first half with both teams matching each other with a 27-27 score at halftime.

The Grizzlies were able to go on an 11-0 run in the third quarter to take a 13 point lead but in the fourth the Huskies were able to battle right back and were able to make some key shots late to pull away with a 69-66 victory.

Jevon Francis had a double-double with 18 points and 20 rebounds for the Grizzlies while Justin Mitchell and Alex Fields each had 12 points.

The Grizzlies men’s team will host La Cite this Sunday, Dec. 2nd at 1pm at the Georgian Athletic Centre. Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will wrap up their first half schedules on Wednesday Dec. 5th when they host the Seneca Sting at the Georgian Athletic Centre at 6 and 8pm. The Grizzlies will have a teddy bear toss that night and all fans are reminded to bring a stuffed animal with them to the game.

During halftime of the men’s game all the stuffed animals will be thrown on the court. All collected bears will then be donated to the Barrie Christmas Cheer campaign.