After playing 8 CIS non-conference games in 15 days, the Lakehead Thunderwolves men's basketball team will get a weekend off from competition and look to re-engergize and re-focus on the upcoming OUA interlock schedule beginning November 5th. The team sits at 4-4 with a very tough road schedule behind them as they faced 5 potential top ten teams, in their own gyms, during the course of their 10 day east coast swing.
The players were given an extra day off this week and some of the 'Wolves have been on the sidelines "licking their wounds" in order to be at full strength for the key month of the first semester. The team will open conference play in the GTA with road games against an always tough Varsity Blues squad from U of Toronto and a very strong and athletic Ryerson Rams team - both out to start their seasons on a high note.
The team stays in game shape with a scrimmage against Vermillion C.C. in Ely, Minnesota on October 31. Vermillion is the alma mater of current Thunderwolf, Venzal Russell.
Coach Morrison on the completion of the CIS Non-Conference portion of the schedule:
"While we would obviously prefer to have had a stronger record out east, the final results of that trip will not be known until we find out just how much we learned from that trip.... If the mistakes we made in losses to Acadia, SMU, or Dalhousie can help us learn how to better have a chance to beat teams in our conference later this month, then it will have been a succesful venture."
Coach Morrison on the next two weeks for the team:
"Like every team the next two weeks represent a chance to get our houses in order before the big games start in November. For us, that entails getting our team defense and rebounding up to the standard we expect this season. We need to be sure we get something out of every drill in practice, maximizing our opportunity for improvement to start the OUA schedule."