The Lakehead Thunderwolves men’s basketball team began their John Zanatta Invitational with a 79-54 win over the Algoma Thunderbirds.
The game presented the newest member of the OUA in Algoma University, who will play in the OUA East division. This weekend will give them an opportunity to see what CIS competition is all about, as Lakehead gave them a lesson in the Thunderdome on Thursday evening, jumping out to a 21-8 lead after ten minutes.
The T-Wolves would cruise from there, using the opportunity to get their bevy of new players some court time. Lakehead led 39-22 at the half.
Veteran Dwayne Harvey led all scorers with 17 points to go with 9 rebounds, and showed himself as an emerging floor leader for Lakehead’s new look team. Freshman Henry Tan scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
Lakehead out-rebounded Algoma 48-23.
For the Thunderbirds, A.J. Barber led with 12 points while Jimmy Bilenga scored 9.
Coach Scott Morrison said, “While it wasn’t pretty, it was great to get on the floor competing against a different team. I was pleased with our hustle at times but disappointed in the execution of our game plan. Our young players have to learn that executing a game will give you a chance to win against the tougher teams.”
Algoma will play the Brandon Bobcats tomorrow afternoon at 3pm.
The Lakehead men continue play tomorrow evening at 8:00pm against the Winnipeg Wesmen.