|#2 John Hayter, #13 Matthias Warkentin, #6 Jacob Penner, #9 Kyle Booy|
It’s a good indication of how strong the competition is in the MCAC right now, as they’re a very strong team with solid fundamentals and a number of scorers yet they find themselves looking up at two other teams in the league standings.
The size and mobility of Jacob Penner and his willingness to compete is a great companion to John Hayter’s game. Hayter, a former Pinawa Panther now sophomore Blazer, plays with a speed and physicality that can dominate the game and he is more often than not the culprit of a scoring play. Our own MCAC photographer was parked right underneath the backboard in the first half when Hayter picked off a halfcourt pass and threw down a mean two handed dunk right in front of him, good only for this picture…
|We give the dunk a 7/10 because the kid’s got bounce but we give the picture 4/10 because it’s dark and for all we know he’s standing on a chair.|
|#9 Kyle Booy, #8 Garnett Mcleod|
Leading the league in scoring with 20.5 points per game, Garnett Mcleod struggled to get his rhythm going and finished shooting 5/14 with 12 points and 6 turnovers. With a jump like he has, Mcleod could be hitting double digits in rebounding on any given night, but he was held to only 4 defensive rebounds and CMU kept him shooting jumpshots for a lot of the second half.
|#2 John Hayter, #1 Aaron Balingit, #8 Garnett Mcleod, #13 Matthias Warkentin|
Hayter had 13 points, 4 assists and shot 55% this time as the Blazers handled the Rebels much easier than their previous meeting. Back on November 6th, the Blazers eked out a tight 83-80 win and Hayter hung 33 on the Rebels. When asked about the Rebels’ efforts defensively to stop him this time around, Hayter gave credit to his teammates.
“I was just trying to get my teammates involved, it doesn’t matter how much I score. I just want to win the game. We just picked it up defensively and it flowed into our offense”.
The Rebels switched in and out of a press that had the Blazers scrambling at times. But by the third quarter CMU was hitting their jumpers and feeding Penner down low and the Blazers outscored the Rebels 26-6 in the fourth quarter.
Red River College hosts second-ranked, 3-1 Providence University College this Friday as the Rebels look for their first win of the season. Canadian Mennonite University take on the Wesmen tonight at the Duckworth Centre, tip is at 9:30.