Hamilton, ON- Taffe Charles hates losing. The Carleton Ravens men’s basketball head coach has hated that feeling of defeat for a long time – ever since he was 16 years old. He was playing football at the time on an undefeated team. He and his teammates were feeling pretty good as they went into a game one day expecting to win, not taking it seriously. Then, … Continue reading “It’s a process”: Ravens balance growing pains with push to win
Hamilton, ON- Two numbers sat on the board in the McMaster Marauders men’s basketball team’s locker room. The number zero was on one side. 27 on the other. It stood for their record against the Carleton Ravens in the past 22 years: 0-27. Their record since their last victory against the Ravens – the CIS quarterfinals in Halifax on Mar. 16, 2001, when they edged them … Continue reading “A History Lesson”: McMaster writes their own chapter versus Carleton
Hamilton, ON- McMaster Marauders head coach Patrick Tatham felt it early on in their home game against the Toronto Metropolitan Bold on Nov. 22. Things had been going well for the Marauders men’s basketball team. They had won three games in a row – including most recently against the ranked Western Mustangs. They were feeling pretty good about themselves. Then the TMU game tipped off… The … Continue reading “We got to rebound”: Can McMaster find their energy and fight?
Hamilton, ON- The Hamilton guard stepped to the free throw line in front of her hometown crowd with the game in her hands. Can you hear the noise from those in the Burridge Gym crowd – those cheering for Jayme Foreman to miss? Can you hear the silence from those hoping for her to make them? Foreman’s team, the Toronto Metropolitan (TMU) Bold, were tied at … Continue reading Jayme Foreman finds calmness and joy in return home
Hamilton, ON- As their game against the Windsor Lancers come down to the final minutes and then seconds, Moody Qasim sensed it. He sensed the unity and energy among him and his McMaster Marauder teammates. “Deep down, we dived in, took over the game down the stretch,” Qasim said. “Ultimately, that gave us the win.” The Marauders men’s basketball team pulled out a close win over … Continue reading “We’re brothers”: How the Marauders came together in winning run
Hamilton, ON- Shot after shot, the points tally continued to build for Jenna Button on the scoreboard. Yet, she didn’t think about it. The McMaster Marauders guard scored eight points in the first quarter, seven in the second, eight in the third and six in the fourth. Yet, even as her points continued to climb up and climb, Button didn’t realize how many she had until … Continue reading “Next Play”: Jenna Button’s freedom from thought in career-high night
Hamilton, ON- Don’t be fooled by her quiet demeanor. Don’t be fooled by the fact teammate Ashley Guerriero calls her “the sweetest person you would ever meet.” When McMaster Marauders guard Deanna Mataseje steps onto the hardwood, something else happens. Something different than what it might appear. “I don’t think she could ever hurt a fly really,” Guerriero said. “But on that basketball court…she’s another person.” … Continue reading “A Silent Killer”: Deanna Mataseje blends quiet personality with loud impact
Hamilton, ON- When the McMaster Marauders men’s basketball team’s home opener came down to the wire against the Toronto Varsity Blues, forward Riaz Saliu knew what to do: fight. “We’re about fighting. We’re a fighting team. We’re always going to battle you,” Saliu said. “We’re always going to be in the game if we keep giving our energy.” Saliu and the Marauders fought until the end. … Continue reading “Staying Solid”: Charles and Saliu show their fighting spirit up front
Hamilton, ON- They came into McMaster in 2020, right before a lost season. After a year of waiting, they finally made their university debuts and grew together. Now, McMaster’s fourth-years played their third home opener as veterans. Now, they were the go-to players and leaders. The McMaster Marauders women’s basketball team won that home opener versus the Toronto Varsity Blues 67-46 on Nov. 11. The team … Continue reading “They’re finding their voice”: McMaster’s veterans enter their leadership era
Hamilton, ON- When it came time for the Final 8 in Halifax, the OUA East was at the forefront of it all. There were three teams at the tournament and two in the semi-finals. It ended with the Ottawa Gee-Gees winning bronze and the Carleton Ravens winning gold. Is this the best division in the nation? It very well could be as all three teams look … Continue reading OUA East Men’s Basketball Preview: The Best Division in U SPORTS?