first_img Box Score The Varsity Blues men’s basketball team fought back from an early deficit to defeat the Queen’s Gaels 74-64 at Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport on Saturday night (Jan. 20).Toronto trailed since the 10 second mark of the game and didn’t regain the lead until the fourth quarter. Once Queen’s got within sniffing distance of retaking it, the Blues went on a 14-2 run to secure the massive victory. Story Links Evan Shadkami was the spark plug off the bench. The rookie went 5-of-10 from beyond the arc to nail 15 of his game-high 18 points in the second half. Sage Usher and Christopher Barrett chipped in with 17 and 12 points, respectfully.  WATCH Sage Usher with the clutch 3 tonight! @Blues_Hoops @OUAsport @USPORTSca @UofT pic.twitter.com/42MVcYLbBW— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) January 21, 2018center_img Jaz Bains and Matt Elcock both ended with a team-high 17 points for Queen’s.The Varsity Blues and Gaels are now tied for the fifth spot in the OUA East division with 9-7 records.Only separated by one win coming into the night, the entire first half was a back-and-forth affair. Daniel Johansson got things started for the Blues draining six points and grabbing four offensive rebounds for six total boards by halftime.The Blues shot eight more times in the opening half, but only hit 27% of them, compared to the Gaels 44.8%. That was the difference as Toronto was down 32-27 heading into the locker room.  It didn’t get any better for U of T early in the third quarter. Queen’s Elcock went on a 9-0 run by himself, sniping three straight three-pointers to put the score at 44-31.Enter Shadkami. He drained three straight triples, all in the final minute, including one at the buzzer to cut the deficit to 53-51 heading into the final quarter.The offensive explosion continued for the home team in the final frame. They went on a 9-2 run to gain the lead for the first time since the opening basket of the game and never gave it up the rest of the way.Toronto has now won three of their last four contests. Next up for them is the No.1 Carleton Ravens (16-0) on Friday night (Jan. 26) at Goldring Centre. The game begins at 8:00 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athleticsPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger is convinced his squad can quickly recover from their Champions League humiliation at Bayern Munich by beating Tottenham – but admits the growing injury crisis is a concern.The Gunners were thumped 5-1 at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night to leave hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages slim.Although centre-half Laurent Koscielny is expected to be available for Sunday’s north London derby following a hip problem and goalkeeper David Ospina could also be in the squad after shoulder trouble, Wenger confirmed right-back Hector Bellerin would not be featuring until at least after the international break because of a groin injury.Captain Mikel Arteta faces a late fitness test on his ankle, but forward Theo Walcott, midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and forward Danny Welbeck all continue their rehabilitation.“I am very concerned, honestly, because we are only in November and we have so many players out knowing we go into the Christmas period soon,” said Wenger. “At the moment we have too many players out.”Wenger, though, believes the side he will be able to select on Sunday can continue the form which has seen Arsenal move level on points with leaders Manchester City in the Premier League standings following five successive victories.“It was a disappointing result on Wednesday night, but before that we did extremely well in the Premier League so we will try to continue from one competition from the other,” Wenger said.“I believe that in the Premier League we have a strong confidence and focus and that is what we want to reproduce on Sunday against Tottenham. It is always a game where the commitment and nervous force will be important.” 1 Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott last_img read more

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