THUNDER BAY – LU Sports – The Lakehead University Thunderwolves men’s basketball team ended their John Zanatta invitational on a winning note, 84-69 over the Brandon Bobcats. Very little came easy for the ‘Wolves in the early going. It was clear that the rookie-stacked roster still had some soul searching to do, with the Bobcats leading 21-19 after ten minutes, which included 2 technical fouls being assessed to Brandon players for on-court chicanery.
Lakehead did make up the ground in the 2nd quarter to lead 38-34 at the break.
Brandon’s swift group of athletes were a handful for Lakehead defenders, most notably Kenonte Ramsey, who scored 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting, including some late three’s that made things interesting for the capacity Thunderdome crowd.
After making runs to establish double-digit leads in the 3rd and 4th quarters, Lakehead’s defense broke down repeatedly, which wasn’t helped by costly turnovers in the open court leading to lay-ups and open three-pointers for Brandon. The Bobcats narrowed the T-Wolf lead to 74-69 with two such consecutive plays, only to have Lakehead push back in the final minutes on a 10-0 run of their own to close out the game.
Brandon’s other top scorers were Emerick Ravier with 11 points and 5 rebounds, while Ilarion Bonhomme made 5 assists with 9 points.
For the ‘Wolves, Henry Tan led with 19 points (8-9 FT) and fellow guard Dwayne Harvey scored 15 points with 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Jamar Coke scored 13 points, including some clutch 3-pointers down the stretch.
Lakehead made 23 of 28 free throw attempts, compared to Brandon’s 6 of 12.
“After a disappointing loss yesterday I was pleased with the way our young team bounced back today and made a better effort to execute the game plan. Kudos to Jamar Coke, Henry Tan and Anthony McIntosh for bouncing back after a rough outing Friday. Everyone contributed to a team win today, it was a good way to finish this segment of the pre-season,” stated Coach Morrison.