T-Wolves Men’s Basketball Handed Loss

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Lakehead Thunderwolves Ryan Thompson passes to Greg Carter in action at the Thunder Dome - Photo by Lynda Henshell
Ryan Thompson passes to Greg Carter in action at the Thunder Dome – Photo by Lynda Henshell

THUNDER BAY – Sports – 

The Lakehead University Thunderwolves men’s basketball team were handed their first loss of the pre-season on Friday evening, 82-78 at the hands of the Winnipeg Wesmen. 

The Wesmen, a team that has dropped a string of games to the T-Wolves in recent years finally got revenge, thanks to a huge game from forward Steven Wesley, who torched the ‘Wolves for 35 points on 14-of-18 shooting.

The Wesmen were on a mission from the hop, leading 24-17 after the first quarter as Lakehead struggled to find its rhythm on the offensive end. Halftime score was 39-32 for the Wesmen.

From there on out the two teams would play even down the stretch, exchanging runs, finally with the ‘Wolves making a late effort and tying the game twice in the final minutes, but Winnipeg having an answer both times.
Andrew Cunningham and Jelane Pryce rounded out the scoring for the Wesmen with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
For the ‘Wolves, Dwayne Harvey had a strong game scoring 27 points with 9 rebounds. Veteran Forward Anthony McIntosh had a career-high 19 points to go with 11 rebounds. Freshman Henry Tan scored 12 points, showing lots of speed in the open court.

Coach Scott Morrison stated, “Despite our goal of improving every night this weekend, I felt we took a step back in terms of our defensive execution tonight. Winnipeg is a very good team that does not let you get away with poor execution. They make you pay for poor rotations and screen defense with outside shots and dribble penetration to the bucket. Despite our performance we were still in the game late thanks to the gritty performance of Dwayne Harvey, but mental errors prevented us from finishing it off.”

The Wesmen play tomorrow at 3:00pm vs Algoma.
Lakehead will conclude their John Zanatta Invitational against the Brandon Bobcats at 8:00pm tomorrow evening.
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