Tiger-Cats, Roughrid­ers look­ing good to ad­vance

Montreal Gazette - - SPORTS - Hamil­ton by six

EAST SEMI­FI­NAL

B.C. (9-9) at Hamil­ton (8-10) Sun­day at 1 p.m. ET

The Lions went 2-7 on the road, win­ning only in Mon­treal and Cal­gary, while the Tab­bies were an un­der­whelm­ing 4-5 at home and have lost their last three at Tim Hor­tons Field. Hamil­ton is clearly reel­ing from the loss of WR Bran­don Banks, their most im­pact­ful player, as well as fel­low re­ceivers Jalen Saun­ders and Ter­rence To­liver. That said, if the de­cid­ing fac­tor is the per­for­mance of the quar­ter­backs, the smart money still has to be on Hamil­ton’s Jeremiah Ma­soli to out­play ei­ther Travis Lu­lay or Jonathon Jen­nings. With B.C.’s Tyrell Sut­ton ver­sus Hamil­ton’s Alex Green, the run­ning games are es­sen­tially a wash. If de­fences rule the day, the Lions fin­ished ahead of the Ticats in picks, sacks and knock­downs, while the Tab­bies held the edge over B.C. in forced fum­bles and points al­lowed. Odds­mak­ers like the home teams in the play­offs, so the Tab­bies are favoured by three. They should cover.

Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats quar­ter­back Jeremiah Ma­soli

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