ST. CATHERINES – SPORTS – The Lakehead University Thunderwolves men’s basketball team sought to improve their playoff prospects, winning 78-68 over the Brock Badgers on Friday evening.
The Thunderwolves jumped all over the Badgers in the first half, leading 18-12 after 10 minutes and 35-21 at halftime.
What separated the two teams was their performance on the backboards, as Lakehead grabbed 46 rebounds to Brock’s 20 on the game.
Igor Lebov nearly out-rebounded the Badgers himself, grabbing 17 rebounds of his own to go with 11 points in 26 minutes of work.
What flew in the face of their hustle on the glass was their careless attitude towards ball control, as Lakehead committed 29 turnovers, giving the Badgers a chance to challenge late in the game.
Henry Tan led the Pack with 23 points, backed up by Dwayne Harvey on the scoresheet with 15 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds.
Joey ‘Nitro’ Nitychoruk (Winnipeg, Man.) played a key role coming off the bench to score 14 points and grab 7 rebounds with 2 steals in 11 minutes of work.
Top Badger was Tshing Kasamba with 21 points. Brandon John scored 15 and Dani Elgadi grabbed 12 rebounds.
Coach Matt Erdman stated, “Our overall effort and 2nd chances down the stretch got us the win tonight. Joey gave us a huge lift off the bench. Turnovers have to be cleaned up but credit to Brock for coming back and making us earn the win.”
The two teams will rematch tomorrow evening at 8PM EST.