THUNDER BAY – Sports – The Lakehead University Thunderwolves men’s basketball season came to a close on Saturday afternoon in Halifax, as they lost 84-75 to the Acadia Axemen. Lakehead played a solid game for three quarters, with all players being rotated in and showing a lot of hustle. Yoosrie Salhia sat out the game with an upper body injury he could not risk aggravating.
The Thunderwolves pulled ahead with a run in the third, but could not overcome the 6’10” center Owen Klassen, who played an outstanding game, no doubt helped by going to the free throw line 19 times. Lakehead shot 20 free throws total (hitting 11). The fourth quarter was all Acadia’s, out-scoring Lakehead 30-14.
Top scorer for Lakehead was Greg Carter with 15 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. Ben Johnson and Joe Jones had 12 points each. Jones kept Lakehead in hte game early, drawing three charges in the first quarter. Rookie Joseph Nitychoruk played huge in his 12 minutes, grabbing 8 rebounds (2 offensive) and blocking a shot.
Acadia’s star post Klassen finished with 27 points and 15 rebounds (6 offensive) and 3 blocks. Anthony Ashe and Anthony Sears had 17 points apiece.
Coach Scott Morrison shared, “I thought we played great for 3 quarters, but really had a let-down in the 4th, in terms of defensive discipline.”
Local television (Thunder Bay) of the semi final game this evening (5 and 7:15 EST) and championship game tomorrow afternoon (3:15 EDT) will be carried by Shaw Cable 10.