Lakehead Thunderwolves Men’s BBall Home Next Weekend
THUNDER BAY – Lakehead University Sports – The Lakehead Thunderwolves men’s basketball team came up against a much improved Waterloo Warriors team on Saturday evening, dropping a 77-71 decision.
It was clear from the tip that Waterloo was playing with renewed purpose, jumping out to lead 19-15 after the first quarter and 38-26 at the half. Waterloo would stretch their lead to 19 early in the 3rd quarter.
Once again Waterloo’s zone defense caused fits for Lakehead’s offense, which struggled to get going until the third quarter, as they scored 20 to narrow Waterloo’s lead to 6 with 10 minutes to play.
With the game on the line late in the fourth quarter Waterloo shooters were on point, led by Jaspreet Gill who scored a game-high 27 points (6-of-10 3FG). By contrast the entire Lakehead roster hit only 5 long range shots on 23 attempts.
Three of those three-pointers came from Jamar Coke, who led the Wolves with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Reserve post Justin Bell had an efficient 11 points while Igor Lebov put in 13 of his own with 7 rebounds.
Three other Warriors hit double figures, including veteran Wayne Bridge with 19 points.
Coach Matt Erdman said “We weren’t ready to play tonight but credit to Waterloo for playing the way they did. Even though we went down 19, we still had a chance to win the game. I know our guys are disappointed with our effort but all we we can do now is learn from this and have a great 4 days of practice.”
The men’s team is at home again next weekend to take on the Western Mustangs.