Canadian Tyler Stone(#32)-Forward Howard University
Written by Jaspreet Grewal
It was the second night of action for the Howard Bison as they looked to edge out a resilient and gritty Toronto Varsity Blues squad on Friday August 15th, 2014.
Behind a 27 point effort from a poised James Daniel, who did a commendable job controlling and orchestrating the Bison offense throughout the contest, and a double double from North Carolina native James Carlton, who finished the night with 16 points and 10 rebounds, the Bison proved to be too much for an undersized Varsity Blues club as they saw themselves take the 74-62 win.
Dylan Churchill(34) Guard-U of T
Dylan Churchill, who put on a spectacular shooting display- seemingly hitting on everything he threw up- was the high man for the Blues with 25 points (7/8 from 3pt land).
Quarter number one was indicative of the sheer fire power at disposal for the Blues as their best shooter, Churchill, put the team on his back by connecting on an array of long range jumpers. The Bison watched hopelessly as the Ottawa native went lights outs out from long range where he was able to hit on four first quarter 3 pointers, giving the men in white a sizeable 23-14 first quarter lead. With Churchill firing on all cylinders and the Blues forcing countless turnovers in the first ten minutes of action, it was easy to see why the visiting Bison looked somewhat overwhelmed.
The second quarter proved to be a pleasant change for Howard University as they were able to outscore the Blues 25-12. Much of the reason for the Bison comeback could be attributed to the presence of Carlton and his 6,10″ Centre counter-mate, Marcel Boyd. Both bigs were relentless on the glass, limiting the Blues’ second chance opportunities. But it was a determined Daniel who led the charge in the second quarter for his squad. The 5’11” point guard was able to pick apart the Blue’s defense to create scoring opportunities, while at the same time maintain his duties as the primary facilitator for the men in black. After knocking down a three and forcing a turnover on the defensive end, Daniel was able to help his team grab a 39-35 first half lead, despite his squad shooting 40% from the field.
James Daniel(#11) Point Guard Howard University
The second half, and more specifically, the third frame, seemed to follow a similar pattern to that of the second quarter for the Bison. After a quick five points from the Blues to start the frame, the Bison seemingly took control for the rest of the quarter. Daniel continued his wizardry ways as he split the Toronto defense on several different occasions, almost guaranteeing a Bison basket- or at least a high-percentage shot – on each of his drives. After ramping up their intensity on the defensive end, the Bison were able to force a string of turnovers courtesy of their full court press. After dominating the latter half of the quarter on both ends of the floor, the Bison saw themselves with a 61-51 lead heading into the final frame of the game.
Julian Clarke(#22) Guard-U of T
Relatively speaking, the final ten minutes of action seemed the least entertaining (of all four quarters) as both teams seemed to lack any fluidity on the offensive end.
Although the final frame only saw a combined 24 points from both sides, it was great to see both clubs play gritty and hard-nosed defense to compensate for their deficiencies on the offensive end.
After a couple of three point makes from the persistent and heady Daniel, the lead was stretched to 15, which proved to be too much for a Blues’ comeback.
Ultimately, the Howard Bison were able to get the 12 point win, 74-62, over the Toronto Varsity Blues.
Manny Sahota(#9) Forward-U of T
In the end, it was the Toronto’s inability to create second half offense- where they saw themselves shoot an abysmal 23.3% from the field- that diminished their chances of pulling out a win.
Toronto native and sophomore Tyler Stone(#32) suited up for Howard and contributed an all-round game notching 6pts, 5rebs and 4 blocks(21 mins) in the win.
Written by Jaspreet Grewal
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