The McMaster Marauders welcomed the Toronto Varsity Blues to the Burridge Gymnasium on Saturday for OUA hoops action.

Both the women’s and men’s squads would come away with victories in their respective games.

The women’s game was up first and saw them ride a 31-point second quarter to their fourth victory in six games.

The lady Marauders started off strong, picking up the first ten points of the contest, forcing Toronto to call an early timeout. It helped the Varsity Blues who seemed to find their rhythm coming out of it, going on a 10-5 run.

By the end of the opening 10 minutes of play, Toronto had got within two points of McMaster.

However, the Marauders virtually put the game away in the second quarter when they posted 31 points to Toronto’s 14. In the quarter, the hosts would hit six of 14 shots from beyond the arc with Sarah Gates making two of three attempts. Mia Spadafora would come off the bench in the quarter to post nine points, all coming from three-point shots.

The hot hands from downtown helped to give McMaster a 46-27 lead at halftime.

Toronto looked to make a game of it in the third quarter, even cutting into the Marauder lead, getting within 13 points at the conclusion of three quarters of play after a pair of successful free throws by Sarah Bennett.

However, the visitor’s hope was crushed as McMaster held the Blues to just 10 points over the final quarter and pulled away with a six-point quarter from Gates.

Five Marauders finished the game with double-digit points. Gates led the way with 14 points while Christina Buttenham, Jenna Button, Julia Hanaka and Spadafora all ended up with 11 points each. Olivia Wilson led the way on the boards for the home squad with eight. With the win the Marauders move to 4-2 on the year and are in a three-way tie for second with York and Ryerson.

The men’s contest had more drama in it as the home side came away with a five-point victory.

It was a slow start for the Marauders, but they picked up their play just before the halfway point of the opening quarter after a Connor Gilmore three. Later in the quarter Jordan Henry would hit a three ball to give Mac the lead. It was short lived though after a layup by Toronto’s Chris Barrett. The teams continued to trade the lead for the remainder of the quarter but ended it even at 17.

Toronto would jump out to a four-point lead to start the quarter but that did not deter the Marauders who came back and outscored the Blues 22-18 in the quarter to take a four-point lead into the break. Sefa Otchere would drop eight points in the quarter, making three of four shots from the field, including a pair of treys.

The contest would remain close throughout the second half even though the Marauders built up a seven-point lead near the halfway point of the frame. Toronto then went on to score 13 of the final 20 points in the quarter and cut McMaster’s lead to just two points.

Toronto would take the lead for the first time in the half 90-seconds into the final quarter. The teams traded the lead before Mac scored six consecutive points which put them ahead for a lead that they would not give up.

With not much between the teams, it was the Marauders who were more clinical down the stretch to hold on for an 82-77 victory.

Henry would lead all Marauders in scoring with 21 points and 10 assists for a double-double in 38 minutes of play. Damiann Prehay would come off the bench and post 19 points while starters Ochere had 17 points, Connor Gimore had 11 points and Kwasi Adu-Poku ended the contest with 10.

The victory moves Mac to 5-1 on the season, two points behind the OUA Central leading Lakehead who have played one more game than the Marauders.

McMaster’s squads will head to Sudbury, Ontario for their next action where they will take on the Laurentian Voyageurs on Friday, November 22.