GUELPH, ON, THUNDER BAY – Sports – Lakehead Thunderwolves men’s basketball team took care of business on Friday evening, winning 87-55 over the Guelph Gryphons. The first quarter saw both teams struggle to get going offensively, with a 14-12 Guelph advantage after 10 minutes.
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Lakehead got things going in the 2nd quarter, as Ryan Thomson would hit all of his free throws, including an old-fashioned three-point play, and a trio of free throws following a shooting foul behind the arc on Thomson’s arm by a Guelph defender. Thomson would finish with a game-high 22 points (7-11 shooting, 6-6 FT).
[sws_pullquote_left]Guelph is a tough team that didn’t get some shots to fall tonight – we have to be ready to go Saturday night – Coach Morrison [/sws_pullquote_left] Halftime score was 35-23 Lakehead. The third quarter would spell the end of the Gryphons’ hopes, as the T-Wolves lit up for 35 points in the quarter to the Gryphons’ 10. The fourth quarter was anything but a formality, which saw both benches emptied for the final 10 minutes of play.
Senior point guard Greg Carter was busy picking apart the Guelph defense, scoring 9 points with 7 assists, 2 steals and no turnovers in 24 minutes of play. Yoosrie Salhia controlled the boards, grabbing 11 rebounds (4 offensive) and scored 7 points on 3-of-4 shooting to go with 3 assists.
Matt Schmidt scored 12 points with 4 boards while Ben Johnson added 10 points.
Guelph’s leading scorer was Trevor Thompson with 8 points. Four other players had 7 points.
“I was pleased with our defense the first three quarters, especially in terms of our effort. That said we would be fools to think that tonight’s final score has any bearing whatsoever on tomorrow’s game. We have to regroup, make some adjustments and focus on being better tomorrow. Guelph is a tough team that didn’t get some shots to fall tonight – we have to be ready to go Saturday night,” commented Coach Scott Morrison.
The two teams will rematch tomorrow evening at 8 pm.
No webcast will be available, although live stats can be accessed via Presto Sports