Tough weekend for Grizzlies basketball
February 11, 2014

The Georgian Grizzlies men’s and women’s basketball teams travelled east for a pair of games against the St. Lawrence – Kingston Vikings and the Loyalist Lancers this past weekend.

Georgian’s men’s team had a second quarter to forget in their match against the Vikings as they would trail by 12 going into halftime. The Grizzlies couldn’t find a way to make those points up as they fell 77-63 to a team at their heels in the standings. Mark Brown (Toronto) had a team high 17 points for the Grizzlies.

In their second match of the weekend, the Grizzlies squandered a 38-25 halftime lead to the Lancers who came all the way back taking the lead with just 30 seconds on the clock. Georgian lost its scoring touch late and were defeated 67-62. Ivan Ivic (Croatia) had 13 points in the loss for the Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies did themselves no favours in the crowded OCAA east division standings. The two loses put Georgian in a three-way tie for fourth place with Loyalist and St. Lawrence -Kingston in the standings. The Grizzlies are one game out of third place and the seventh place Seneca Sting sit just half a game back. Only the top six teams will qualify for a one game playoff cross over match to earn a spot at the OCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

The Grizzlies men’s team has two important games remaining on its schedule, first against the Canadore Panthers this Sunday, followed by a big match against the George Brown Huskies on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the Georgian Athletic Centre.

On the women’s side, the Grizzlies had a difficult road trip as they were unable to put two solid team efforts together. Summer Bly (Barrie) recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 20 points and 13 rebounds but the Grizzlies couldn’t slow down the Vikings who rolled to a 71-49 victory.

In their match against the Lancers, the Grizzlies simply couldn’t get their scoring together shooting under 30 per cent for the contest as Loyalist claimed a 65-51 victory. Jazmyn Canning (Barrie) had a career-high 15 points for the Grizzlies.

Georgian is now eliminated from playoff contention and will play its final game of the season Tuesday, Feb. 18 versus the George Brown Huskies.