THUNDER BAY – Sports – The Thunderwolves men’s basketball team struggled to find their shooting touch against a hard-nosed Windsor defense. The men ended up losing 64-56 on Saturday evening. Thunderwolves Coach Scott Morrison stated, “Windsor played tough tonight. They got exactly what they wanted from their full court pressure in the form of turnovers and indecision from our backcourt”.
“I was pleased with our effort but our execution did not match Friday’s results. It’s all about next week right now and working hard to get one more W.”
Thunderwolves in tough battle
Windsor fought hard from the get go to avenge their loss the previous evening. The Lancers held a 20-18 edge after 10 minutes of play. In the second quarter, the Thunderwolves’ offensive output was severely limited, Lakehead ended up scoring only 8 points to the Lancers 16.
Halftime score was 36-26 Lancers.
In the third, Lakehead got their offense running again. The team had a string of plays including a Ryan Thomson 3, followed by a Yoosria Salhia blocked shot and a Greg Carter transition lay-up to close the gap to 38-33.
That momentum would be snuffed out by the Lancers, but not responded to on the offensive end as Lakehead out-scored the Lancers 10-7 in the 3rd Q.
In the final quarter the Lancers would hit clutch three pointers, courtesy of Enrico Diloreto and Michael Petrella. The second three pointer came with under 2 minutes to play to give the Lancers a 63-56 lead. That effectively terminated any Thunderwolves comeback.
Lakehead was led by Yoosrie Salhia with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Matt Schmidt was next with 14, who shot a perfect 4-4 from downtown and grabbed 7 rebounds. Ryan Thomson added 10 points in the loss.
Top scorer for the Lancers was Diloreto with 22, while Lien Phillip scored 8 points with 11 rebounds.
Prior to the game Lakehead honoured it’s 6 graduating seniors. Ben Johnson, Yoosrie Salhia, Brendan King, Greg Carter, Matt Schmidt and Joseph Jones are graduating. They were all presented with framed jerseys.