Tim Rossy continued his strong offensive play dropping 26 and 7 on 8-15 shooting against a variety of Lakehead defenders. Brendan Smith and Wayne Bridge both had 10 and 7 while Luke Kieswetter had a solid game going for 11 points and 4 assists on 5-7 shooting. Waterloo shot 31-65 for the game. Lakehead was a poor 23-72, or in layman's terms... 31%.
The Thunderwolves were led by Jamie Searle who had 18 on 6-17 shooting and Ven Russell who had 16 on 5-12 shooting. Yoosrie Salhia led all players with 13 boards.
Lakehead turned it over 12 times to Waterloo's 6 and only beat Waterloo in one statistical category - offensive rebounding by a total of 16 to 5 (likely aided by 49 missed shots). The other potential positive was the defense of Greg Carter who held Cam McIntyre to 1-9 shooting and 2 points but the Warriors found scoring other places.
"Waterloo out-played us tonight especially in transition. They beat us down the floor for 40 minutes and when we did get back and set on D, we allowed middle penetration like it was going out of style. Credit to the Waterloo guards for pushing the ball consistently and drawing help early in their offense to create good looks for their bigs. We knew Rossy was going to be a very tough match-up, and he was.... We are going to have to come up with a gameplan to contain him as well as find the intensity to do a better job slowing down Waterloo's transition."
The two teams meet again tomorrow night at 8pm.