Saturday was a night for mixed results for McMaster’s basketball teams.

The night started off with the ladies, who a day earlier received their U Sports national championship rings. It appears that they may have partied a little too much as they ran out of steam in the second half against the Guelph Gryphons and were unable to remove the lid on top of their basket.

In the early going it was a back and forth tussle between the two squads with neither taking more than a three-point advantage until Julia Hanaka hit a three-point jump shot with 55 seconds remaining for a 19-15 lead for McMaster.

The Marauders would stretch their lead to ten just a couple minutes into the second frame. But the Gryphons were hanging around and by the half trailed by just four points.

When the teams emerged from the change rooms for the second half, it looked like a completely different game on the court as McMaster got into foul trouble and was not able to put many of their shots into the bucket, including some easy layups.

The Gryphons would score 55 points over the final two frames with the Marauders only able to score 19 with six of those points coming in the fourth quarter.

Sarah Gates would lead the Marauders with 22 points on the evening while Mia Spadafora came off the bench to score 16. Christina Buttenham would once again be the top rebounder for McMaster, collecting 12 rebounds on the afternoon.

For the men, the Marauders cruised to a 95-75 victory over Guelph at the Burridge Gymnasium on the McMaster campus.

Tristan Lindo and Jordan Henry each led the way with 27 points while Connor Gilmour ended the day with a double-double, 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Guelph jumped out to an early 6-2 lead on the Marauders to open the game and held on to the lead until the latter stages of the quarter when McMaster went on a 16-6 run over the final four minutes of the frame to take a slim 26-25 lead.

McMaster would match their first quarter output in the second quarter running their score to 52 while holding the Gryphons to just 13 points. Lindo and Henry would do the majority of the damage in the quarter, combining for 21 points to give their squad a 14-point lead at the break.

The Gryphons would battle in the third and got within eight points but after a Marauder timeout, the home team closed out the quarter on an 18-3 run to go up 77-57. From there it was all academic as McMaster held on for the 20-point victory, 95-75 in front of their hometown supporters.

Both Marauders basketball squads will be back in action on Saturday, November 16 when they host the University of Toronto Varsity Blues at the Burridge Gymnasium with special start times of noon for the women and 2:00 PM for the men.