Friday, January 7, 2011

Thunderwolves 66 Guelph 55

Down 5 points with just under 5 minutes remaining, the Lakehead Thunderwolves cleaned up their half-court defense and held Guelph to eight 4th quarter points to sneak out a 66-55 win at Guelph on Friday night.
Yoosrie Salhia had a big game for Lakehead and kept the 'Wolves in it through a tough 1st and 3rd quarters that saw Guelph out-score Lakehead 41-25. Luckily the 'Wolves controlled the 2nd and 4th holding Guelph to single digit scoring in those frames. Salhia (3rd Year, Toronto) finished with a season high 25 points and 12 rebounds to go along with 4 blocks from the weak-side.
Jamie Searle (5th year, Belleville) also had a good effort notching 12 points and 7 rebounds. Ryan Thomson (2nd year Oakville) was the only other Wolf in double figures with 10 points.
Guelph was led by George Mason who had 15 on 6-8 shooting and Jerald Greenidge who had 11.

"I have always considered Guelph one of the tougher defensive teams in Ontario since taking this job back in 2003. Tonight proved no different as a short-handed team battled us all night and if it were not for the extra effort on the boards of Salhia and Searle we would have come out on the losing end of this one. We need to make some adjustments and try to maintain our defensive intensity over 4 quarters tomorrow night."

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