Saturday, October 9, 2010

Lakehead Escapes with 98-86 Victory over Cape Breton

Strong outside shooting and some timely defensive rebounding helped the Thunderwolves hold onto an early lead and defeat the University of Cape Breton 98-86 in a shoot-out at the Aitken Centre in round two of the Eric Garland tournament.
The Thunderwolves were hot early and jumped out to a 32-18 1st quarter advantage. Cape Breton stepped up their denial defense and attacked the hoop well on the offensive end to get back into the game and trail by only 3 points to begin the 4th quarter. Lakehead's shooting remained consistent and were able to knock down some 4th quarter 3pt shots and produced their best defensive quarter of the game keeping CBU to 15 points.
Cam Hornby again led the Thunderwolves in scoring with 22 points off the bench on 5-10 3pt shooting. Ryan Thomson had 15 and 9 rebounds to earn Lakehead's player of the game honors. Yoosrie Salhia continues to get back into form after off-season knee surgery and had his best game of this campaign with 10 points and 9 boards against a tough Cape Breton front line.
Phil Nkruma led CBU with 22 points and 10 rebounds while Paris Carter added 20 and 6 but shot 4-18. Lakehead was able to hold Cape Breton's back court to 9-32 FG shooting which proved to be a factor down the stretch.
Lakehead will battle St. F.X in the final game of the tournament tomorrow at 11am.

"We were very excited to get a win against a top calibre program like Cape Breton. I was happy with the composure shown by our players during some of the Capers scoring runs and with how we recovered from our own mistakes by focusing on the next play rather than the last. We need another all-around team effort to give the X-Men a run tomorrow."
-Coach Morrison

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