Friday, January 14, 2011

Laurier Beats Up 'Wolves 91-82

The potent Laurier offense dropped 54 second half points including a decisive 27-14 3rd quarter to beat the 'Wolves 91-82 in Thunder Bay. Leading 42-37 at the half, Lakehead's team D fell apart after a strong effort in the first frame. Kale Harrison led all scorers with 25 on 7-22 shooting adding 3 big offensive boards, but the player of the game was easily Max Allin who had a huge second half en route to a 21 point 10 assist and 7 rebound performance with only 1 turnover in 36 minutes of play. He shot 8-12 including two game changing 3's - a shot clock beating fade-a-way in the first possession of the 2nd half and a late game dagger to finish off the 'Wolves.
Matthew Buckley had 15 points and 8 rebounds and Jamar Forde went 7-8 for 16 points off the bench.
Lakehead was led in scoring by Venzal Russell who had 24 and 3 steals. Yoosrie Salhia went 6-16 from the floor (0 FT attempts) for 12 points and 8 rebounds. Jamie Searle, Joseph Jones and Ryan Thomson all had 10 but Lakehead shot below 40% in the second half missing several good looks around the rim.

"I was really upset with our defensive effort to start the 2nd half. Unlike the first quarter we allowed them to move the ball with ease and gave up too much penetration to the middle. We can't give a scorer like Harrison any easy catches in the half-court and we can't allow an athlete like Forde to get 7 right-hand lay-ups in one game. I thought Carter did a decent job on Allin, but that Allin just had a great game, one of the best I have seen against Greg."

"Any team can be good for short periods of time, but only the great teams play consistently well all the time. We want to be great, but we have to start stacking together more consistent performances to take strides in that direction."

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