First win still elusive

The men's basketball team loses twice in Waterloo, now at 0-4

The men’s basketball team extended its regular season record to 0-4 after two losses on the road last weekend. The Gaels haven’t won a game since Oct. 3 when they beat the Royal Military College Paladins 76-60 in an exhibition game.

The Gaels lost 88-62 to the Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks on Friday and lost 79-70 to the Waterloo Warriors. Gaels forward Nikola Misljencevic posted 28 points in the loss to Waterloo.

Head coach Stephan Barrie said his team knows there will be growing pains this season.

“They’re not losing sight of the fact that we’re not trying to turn this around in a week,” he said. “This is going to take the year to do.”

It was never close against the 10th-ranked Golden Hawks on Friday night. The Gaels started slowly and trailed 43-22 at halftime. Guard Mackenzie Simpson led the Gaels’ 40-point second-half surge, but the team couldn’t contain the Golden Hawks offence.

“They’re very explosive,” Barrie said. “We had some things that went well … but you really have to play perfectly, and we’re not at that point.”

Barrie said the team was better in Saturday night’s game against Waterloo.

“All the stats for that game indicated improvement,” he said. “We were pretty sharp, we just didn’t make a few shots.”

The Gaels led 41-40 at halftime thanks to a 10-0 run at the end of the second quarter. Barrie called for a full court press with 2:31 remaining in the half when the Gaels were down 40-31. But Waterloo returned from halftime for a strong third quarter, outscoring the Gaels 22-11 and sealing the win.

The Gaels are back at home this weekend to host the McMaster Marauders tonight and the Brock Badgers on Saturday. Both games start at 8 p.m.

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