Thunderwolves – “Tough Pill to Swallow”
THUNDER BAY – Sports – The men’s basketball team had a forgettable outing on Saturday evening, losing 73-47 to the Western Mustangs. The loss comes as their worst at home against an un-ranked opponent in recent memory.
Following Friday’s 1-point affair, the Mustangs came out with a fury to begin the game, leading 24-7 after the first quarter, in which the Thunderwolves’ offense was hapless against an up tempo Western squad. Lakehead would rebound in the second quarter to stop the bleeding, but could do little in the second half to get back in the game.
Western led 42-26 at halftime.
The ‘Wolves whittled the lead down to 13 in the 3rd quarter, but had their defense let them down routinely whenever a ray of hope appeared on the offensive end.
Josh Bell scored a team-high 11 points with 5 rebounds and 2 assists before leaving the game late with a lower body injury.
Rookie Mitchell Hearn saw the most floor time in his young Thunderwolves career, logging 21 minutes, scoring 5 points with a steal and an assist.
Quinn Henderson led the Mustangs with 21 points.
Coach Matt Erdman said, after the game, “Tonight’s game was a tough pill to swallow, knowing that we weren’t ready to play after yesterday’s result. It’s hard to draw many positives from this game, so we’ll just look forward to next weekend and begin preparing for it.”
The men’s team plays a double header against Brock next weekend in St Catharine’s.