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Warriors Survive At Riverdale

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 2/15/2013

It was a bigger test for Ontario than many may have expected, but the Warriors survived a scare at Riverdale Friday night with a 78-67 win.

The game began at a frenetic pace, with the Warriors running out to a 25-22 advantage after the first quarter. Both squads continued their scoring spree in the second quarter, with the Falcons outscoring Ontario in the frame 19-17 to cut the Warriors lead to 42-41 at the break. Riverdale's Jimmy Fox and Lee Holderman combined for 22 of the Falcons first half points, while Ontario was paced by 10 from Cam Mack, 9 a piece by Blake Balogh and Brandon Wagner.

The high tempo action continued in the third quarter with the teams each scoring 16 points in the stanza and the Falcons found themselves down just a point at 58-57 to begin the fourth quarter. The Warriors would never allow Riverdale to take the lead in the final eight minutes and would close the game out at the line for their seventh consecutive win.

Mack added 17 second half points to give him a career-high 27 to go along with 8 rebounds. Balogh finished with 16 and Wagner ended with 13. Fox had 20 points to pace the Falcons, Holderman finished with 18 and Chad Pever had 12 points on four made 3-pointers.

The Warriors finished 25/54 (46%) from the field, Riverdale 24/55 (44%). Ontario also outrebounded the Falcons 28-24.

The Warriors are now 16-4 overall and remain unbeaten in the NCC at 11-0 with just two games remaining, the first on Saturday at home vs Wynford. Riverdale falls to 4-15 (3-8) and will host Crestline on Sat.

   
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