Lakehead Thunderwolves SportsWINNIPEG, Man. – Sports – The Lakehead Thunderwolves men’s basketball team finished the 46th Wesmen Classic in winning style, 84-67 versus the Winnipeg Wesmen to claim the tournament banner. Coach Scott Morrison stated, postgame, “Overall I was quite pleased with our play this weekend. Winnipeg is a tough team and I thought our guys rose to the challenge for the majority of the game. We met our defensive goals for 10 out of 12 quarters this weekend – something we have to build on for a tough two months of OUA action coming up.”

Both teams fought hard in the first half, with a halftime score of 32-27 for the T-Wolves. Matt Schmidt sparked a key Thunderwoves run in the third quarter, scoring a string of 11 Lakehead points to establish a lead that Winnipeg could not overcome.

Ryan Thomson would continue to hit three’s down the stretch (5-9) to put the game out of reach, and a game-high 22 points with 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Yoosrie Salhia had a solid 12 points and 12 rebounds with 5 assists. Greg Carter had 12 points and 7 assists on 6-8 shooting.

Yoosrie Salhia won the tournament MVP award, while Ryan Thomson was named to the all-star team.

Leading the Wesmen was Benny Iko with 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Steven Wesley had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. Travis Krahn hit some desperation threes down the stretch to finish with 14 points (4-7 from three).

The Thunderwolves out-rebounded the Wesmen 37-28, and shot a blistering 13-25 from 3-points range.  The men will resume OUA league action in 5 days against the Waterloo Warriors for a double header in Waterloo.

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ThunderwolvesWINNIPEG, MB – Sports –  The Lakehead University Thunderwolves men’s basketball team began their campaign at the 46th annual Wesmen Classic with a win over the U of Northern BC Timberwolves, 90-50 on Friday afternoon.  From the tip Lakehead showed defensive and rebounding intensity, limiting the Timberwolves’ looks in the first quarter, leading 27-12 after 10. At the other end, Yoosrie Salhia and Ryan Thomson ran their hi-lo game to pick apart the UNBC defense, combining for 33 of Lakehead’s 46 first-half points and a comfortable 20 point lead.

The third quarter saw much of the same, with Lakehead keeping the foot on the pedal and never looking back. LU went on a 10-1 run to begin the second half and would cruise from there.  [sws_blockquote align="" alignment="alignleft" cite="Coach Morrison" quotestyles="style02"] UNBC has an explosive team and our guys did a good job setting the defensive tone early [/sws_blockquote]

Yoosrie Salhia led the Pack with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks in 21 minutes of play and was named the Player of the Game. Ryan Thomson showed his scoring and his notably adept passing game with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists with no turnovers in 20 minutes of court time.  Sophomore Joey Nitychoruk (Winnipeg, MB) had a homecoming to be proud of with 10 rebounds, 8 points and 3 assists.

In terms of playing time management, it was an ideal way to begin a ‘3 games in 3 days’ tournament, as all 11 dressed players got a chance to get back in the groove following the winter break. Ben Johnson clocked 30 minutes (6 pts, 6 assts), while no other T-Wolves played more than 22 minutes. Currently there are 3 players on the injured list for Lakehead (Anthony McIntosh, Brendan King and Nathan Wainwright).

For UNBC, Joel Rybachuk scored 9 points with 5 rebounds and 2 steals.

As a team the Thunderwolves shot 50% (35-70) from the floor to UNBC’s 27% (16-60) and out-rebounded UNBC 47-36; they also held a 29-10 advantage in assists.

Coach Scott Morrison comments,  “Considering it was the first game back after a long break I was fairly pleased with our defensive effort today. UNBC has an explosive team and our guys did a good job setting the defensive tone early. Our goal will be to improve our execution each day and look to maintain a high level of energy for the entire tournament.”

The men’s next game will be tomorrow at 9:30 pm ET vs. the winner of the Brandon vs. Dikinson St. game played later today (3:00pm ET start)

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ThunderwolvesTHUNDER BAY, ON – Sports – Lakehead Thunderwolves women’s basketball Head Coach Jon Kreiner is pleased to announce the commitments of point guard Abeer Farhat (Ottawa, ON) and post Gillian Lavoie (Thunder Bay, ON).  This will be the third and fourth players to commit to the Lakehead University Women’s Basketball Program in the past 10 days.

ABEER FARHAT

5’3 Point Guard

Program:  Women’s & gender studies with a Minor in Law.
Hometown:  Ottawa, ON
Previous Team:  Algonquin College (ranked 7th in Canada)
STATS:  15.1 PTS per game, 4.3 Rebounds per game, 2.8 assists & 2.8 Steals per game, 44% 3pt, 79.5 FT%

Achievements

Individual:
Team Captain 2011-12, 2012-13
OCAA East division Second team all-star
OCAA East division All-Rookie Team
CCAA Second team all-star

Team:
OCAA East Division Champions 2012
OCAA Gold Medalists
JUEL of Ontario Gold Medalist 2011

Abeer in explaining her choice to attend Lakehead University, “I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Thunderwolf family and play for Lakehead University and Coach Kreiner. I never thought I would find myself in Thunder Bay but I had the opportunity to visit in the Fall and loved everything about it. I instantly got a good vibe from the city, campus life, the girls on the team, and Coach as well. I ultimately chose Lakehead because I know my passion for the game and work ethic is a perfect fit and I can’t wait continue to improve and take the next step to transition from college to CIS basketball.”

Coach Kreiner shared, “Abeer comes in to solidify our point guard position. She has national experience and has been a winner at every level. Abeer is a tremendously smart player and knows how to run an offense. She has been a great scorer for her Algonquin team and she is also a great passer who can set up her teammates. Abeer is basketball, she loves everything about the game and she wants to be the best she can be every game, every practice and every drill. She’ll be asked to help lead our team to a higher level and make her teammates better. She is not afraid to demand a higher standard from her teammates in terms of work and focus. I am looking forward to adding Abeer’s leadership and competitive qualities to our team for the 2013-14 season.”

Abeer’s coach at Algonquin College, John MacInnis, reinforces the type of player Abeer is. “Abeer is a special person and player. I have the utmost confidence she will have an impact at the CIS level with her leadership, determination and tenacity. She has been one of my most talented and hardest working players over the past two seasons and I wish her the best as she heads to Thunder Bay to join the Thunderwolves.”

GILLIAN LAVOIE

6’0 Post

Academic Field of Interested:  Political Science and Business
Hometown:  Thunder Bay, ON
Previous Team:  Hammarskjold High School Trojans
STATS:  11 Points per game, 13 Rebounds per game, 6 Assists per game
Achievements

High School Captain 2012

SSSAA All Star 2011, 2012

Sault College All Star 2012

MVP of St. Matthew Fall Classic 2012

St. Matthew’s Fall Classic Bronze Medalist in Senior Premier Division 2012

2nd Place girls SSSAA 2011 & 2012

1st Place in Lakehead University Tournament 2012

Gillian on why she wants to play for Lakehead University shared, “I have been in the ‘Wolves program for six years and it has been Coach Kreiner who has taught me how to play the game of basketball. After making the Junior Wolves program it has been a dream of mine to play basketball in University and Lakehead is a good fit. I am extremely excited to play for Coach Kreiner so that I can transition from high school to University ball smoothly.”
Coach Kreiner on Gillian’s commitment stated, “Gillian Lavoie is going to be a strong CIS player. She is hard working, determined and is willing to do what it takes to get better. Having coached Gill for six years I can say she has what it takes to be a force. She needs to work hard on a few things but Gill will not back down from anyone and will have an impact with our program in no time.”