Lakehead was a step slow all game which led to frustrating and desperate play which only made matters worse as the game went on. Lakehead could not find the range from 3 point land going 5-26 and 18-56 from the field. The horrendez shooting was compounded by careless turnovers and forced shots (Lakehead was credited with a very generous 16 turnovers).
Western's starting 5 was big tonight. IN addition to Wedemire's big game, Marcus Barnett had 13 and 8 boards (shot 10-13 for the weekend), Ryan Barbeau had 12 and Peter Scholtes finished a strong weekend with 13 points on 4-6 shooting and a perfect 5-5 from the line.
Western shot 43 free throws, connecting on 26. Lakehead was 18-28.
Cam Hornby of Winnipeg was the lone Wolf connecting on shots as he hit 4-8 from 3pt land to lead the team with 15 points - the only Thunderwolf in double figures. ASide from Hornby, Lakehead shot 1-18 from outside.
"To say I am disappointed with the results tonight would be an enormous understatement. We started the game unfocused and refused to stick to the gameplan. When things got tough, we chose to play selfish and act like a bunch of spoiled brats rather than to dig down and work together as a team to come back. Our recent success has been built on hustle, execution of gameplan and team play... we have to get back to that formula if we desire a long play-off run."
-Coach Morrison on tonight's game.
The Thunderwolves have a first round bye on Wednesday night and await the lowest surviving seed next Saturday Feb 26th at home (7pm start). Lakehead's potential opponents include Guelph, Westerna and McMaster. Guelph qualified for the play-offs in the final game today on the strength of a 5 point win, with help from Waterloo who hit a buzzer beater to beat McMaster and force a 3 way tie for the last play-off spot which Guelph won. Had Waterloo not won the game, Brock would have advanced based on a 2-way tiebreaker with Guelph. A sign of an exciting couple of weeks ahead for OUA basketball.