Ottawa Gee-Gees Top Thunderwolves Men in Basketball Action

Lakehead Thunderwolves Men bounce back against Wilfred Laurier this weekend.
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THUNDER BAY – SPORTS – Facing the #1 team basketball team in the country, the Lakehead University Thunderwolves looked unintimidated for stretches, but couldn’t hang with the Ottawa Gee-Gees for 40 minutes, surrendering in an 89-61 loss.

Nick Burke opened the game with a three for Lakehead. Then Ottawa rolled off 13 points in row. The Gee-Gees’ combination of size, experience, and shooting touch that goes strong through their starting lineup and deep into the bench is a formidable force.

Lakehead faced the challenge head-on, getting four first half three’s from Brandon Persad, plus two from Taner Parrington, the first of which banked in. It was the 6’6 forward’s first shot in the regular season after sitting out last weekend with the flu.

After getting some vital stops on defense, Lakehead was rolling, and regained the lead, 34-29 with four minutes remaining in the first half. Those final four minutes would see the Gee-Gees go on a 14-0 run to restore a comfortable lead, much to the chagrin of coach Manny Furtado.

“Our guys battled hard tonight, but we took some plays off, and you can’t do that against the best and expect to beat them.”

Gee-Gee Mike L’Africain looked to be in a class of his own on Friday, going 10-for-15 from the field for 25 points.

Ottawa’s offense seemed effortless, creating open shot after open shot, almost half (33 of 67 FG) of them being three-pointers, with 14 of them swishing through. Ottawa didn’t take a free throw until the fourth quarter with under four minutes to play, after the game was well in hand.

Persad was Lakehead’s leading scorer with 15, while Bacarius Dinkins scored 14 points with 8 rebounds. Alex Robichaud was held scoreless on 0-of-5 shooting, but as usual was the ‘Wolves rock on defense, matching up against Caleb Agada, who went 6-of-17 from the field for 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Lakehead will play against the CIS #2 Carleton Ravens tomorrow night at 8pm.

Webcast will be available via OUA TV. Audio broadcast available via CILU Radio, 102.7 FM

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Hugh Mullally is the Sports Information Director at Lakehead University. Hugh shares, "In the field of athletics, I aspire to continue developing my public profile as a source for sports information with my current employer, with a little bit of entertainment mixed in with my live game commentary and my weekly radio show that features athletes and coaches from Lakehead University".