Friday, February 11, 2011

Thunderwolves Crack 20 Win Plateau with Victory over Brock

It was not the prettiest or most well played win of the season, but it still counts the same for the Lakehead Thunderwolves. Lakehead took advantage of some cold Brock shooting to sneak out a 69-57 win after gagging through a 15-8 3rd quarter that saw the Badgers get back in the game for the stretch run.
Brock out-rebounded Lakehead all night including doubling up the Thunderwolves on the O glass by a 16-8 total. 9 Badgers earned 2nd chances on the O glass. Brock also did a great job of ball-pressuring the L.U. guards forcing 17 turnovers to Brock's 9.
The advantage Lakehead was able to use for the win was a better shooting night. LU shot 23-61 overall to Brock's 21-77 and from 3pt land Lakehead was 7-21 to Brock's 7-36.
Mark Gibson had a strong first game back from injury for Brock with 13 and 6 rebounds while Andrew Kraus and Mike Cruikshank had 11 a piece.
Lakehead was led in scoring by Ryan Thomson who had 14 and 4 rebounds getting double-digit performances from Yoosrie Salhia (11 and 8) and Ven Russell (10 and 8). Jamie Searle sat most of the 1st half with 2 quick fouls. Ben Johnson had a great game defensively off the bench but shot a rough 1-12 from the field. That being said, his 1 3pt bucket was a big one with just over 2 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter to put Lakehead up 5.
Brock guard Joel Whitty suffered a likely concussion after taking an inadvertant elbow on a loose ball scrum. The 3rd year Badger was taken to hospital on stretcher with just under 8 minutes remaining. Lakehead was without juniors Brendan King and Joe Jones both still working their way back from injuries.

"To win like that where we get outplayed in many facets of the game is a good thing - but not something we can get accustomed to doing if we hope to contend for the conference championship. Tomorrow we need to handle Brock's pressure and rebound much better to stay in the game. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joel Whitty for a speedy recovery from his injury tonight."

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