Monday, October 24, 2011

Lakehead vs Regina Highlights (Game 2)

Highlights from Lakehead's 104-79 Win over Regina

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Lakehead 105 Regina 79 (Game 2)

Lakehead outscored Regina 54-28 over the 2nd and 3rd quarters after a slow start in the first quarter saw the 'Wolves up by a slim 1 point margin. Lakehead struggled from the FT line in the first half (4-14) and "recovered" to shoot 11-23 for the game from the charity stripe. The difference happened from beyond the arc where Lakehead shot 16-29 from downtown led by Ryan Thomson who had 32 points on 8-12 shooting. Joe Jones added 10 on 3-5 shooting from long range while Nathan Wainwright was 2-2. Yoosrie Salhia had his best game of the young season battling Regina's "bigs" for a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The sweep of Regina leaves Lakehead with a 6-0 non-conference record vs CIS competition with one more weekend of play in the US before starting the OUA season in Kingston November 11th.

Lakehead 84 Regina 68

The Thunderwolves used a 27-12 opening quarter to hold off the Regina Cougars 84-68 on Friday night in Regina.
The 'Wolves were led by a balanced scoring attack which saw 5 players in double figures and two more with 9 points. Joe Jones' outside shooting and help-side defence (took 3 charges) helped keep the 'Wolves consistent while Yoosrie Salhia had his best game of the young season knocking down 12 points and adding 7 rebounds.
Paul Gareau led the Cougars with 17 and 7 and also put any Lakehead attempts at facial hair to shame with a beard that would make the Zanatta brothers proud.
Lakehead moves to 5-0 on the season with one more pre-season CIS game tonight with the rematch.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Lakehead 72 Brandon 71 (Game 1)

The Thunderwolves squeezed out a close 1 points win in a game that saw the team rally from a 4th quarter deficit for the first time this season. 5th year senior Donavon Gayle was a star for the Bobcats hitting 8-12 shots for 24 points including many tough fade-a-way jumpers and step backs. The Bobcats also took advantage of some sloppy weak side defence and poor Lakehead decision making to take control of the game in the 3rd quarter after a 33-31 half-time lead for Lakehead.

Ven Russell, Brendan King and Ben Johnson managed to knock some big shots down in the 4th quarter to lead the rally. For the game, Lakehead was out-shot by Brandon to the tune of 47.5% to 36.4% and out-rebounded by totals of 37-32 for the game.

"I was not happy with our focus on the game plan tonight as I felt we were sloppy offensively and lazy in our team defence. We were lucky that Brandon missed a couple of easy chances early in the game that could have possibly put us away. Credit to Brandon for beating us on the glass and hitting several tough shots. They were well prepared and it showed. I am looking for our guys to learn from last night and come with more energy, communication and focus tonight in game 2 of the series." - Coach Scott Morrison

Game two is scheduled for 730PM local time in Brandon. Webcast should be found at

Sunday, October 2, 2011

2010-11 Wilson Cup Highlight Reel

(Thanks to Alan Auld)

This is the video that was played on a projection screen in the Thunderdome prior to Friday's night's Tip-Off, when the Wilson Cup and OUA Banner were presented to the home crowd for the first time.

TbayNewswatch Coverage of Winnipeg Series

Courtesy of Leith Dunick

Lakehead Completes Sweep of Winnipeg

LU Men Victorious 92-61 Over Wesmen

October 1st, 2011

Author: Hugh Mullally

The LU men's basketball team did not disappoint the Thunderdome fans on Saturday night, thrashing Winnipeg 92-61. It was a great gift for fans to wrap up Lakehead Athletics Homecoming Weekend with.

From the opening tip, Ben Johnson was taking it to Winnipeg, scoring 12 of LU's 18 opening quarter points. Although LU trailed 19-18 after ten minutes, they would pick it up in the second frame, outscoring the Wesmen 26-8 in the Q to establish a comfortable halftime lead which would not be threatened.

Ben Johnson would finish with 29 points and 5 rebounds on 8 of 14 shooting (7 of 8 free throws). All Lakehead players would score in this affair, including Kapuskasing Ontario's very own Nathan Wainwright, who went 4 of 4 from downtown. As a team the Pack shot 41%, compared to Winnipeg's 32%.

Winnipeg's leaders were Andrew Cunninham with 12 points and 4 assists and Kelvin Smith with 11 points.

Lakehead coach Scott Morrison was pleased with the improvement over Friday night's game:

"I though we did a better all around job tonight. Offensively we were not perfect but used better ball movement resulting in improved looks. Defensively we did a better job in transition to limit their easy buckets. Lots of work left to do but happy to see good games out of some of our bench and new players."

Fan Friendly Note:

Fans also got a gift from Lakehead Thunderwolves sponsor Subway, which was a free 6" sub voucher, given that Lakehead scored over 85 points. The hoop that pushed the point total over was a Nathan Wainwright triple, which sparked an explosion from the crowd and much jubilation. The 'free subs for 85+ points' promotion runs all season long.

Lakehead-Winnipeg Game 1 Highlights

Apologies for the watermark - quality will be fixed up next game.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

'Wolves Tough Out Win Behind Strong 4th Quarter

Lakehead Men Beat Winnipeg 80-68 in Pre-Season Home Opener

September 30th, 2011

Author: Hugh Mullally

Lakehead managed to finish off the game strong on Friday evening, winning 80-68 over the Winnipeg Wesmen.

The pre-game show featured the OUA championship banner presentation, accented by a sincere thank you address by graduate and now assistant coach Jamie Searle. Following that, Winnipeg came storming out of the gate, intent on de-throning the OUA champs with a 21-15 first quarter barrage.
Lakehead managed to bounce back to cut the deficit to 3 at half time, 38-35. After tying the game at 51 going into the fourth quarter, Lakehead showed its true colors knocking down outside shots, compliments of Brendan King, Venzal Russell and Ben Johnson, who rang up the scoreboard and delighted fans. At the other end of the court, Yoosrie Salhia was patrolling the key, blocking 2 shots in the fourth quarter and finishing the game with 9 rebounds. Russell keyed the offense for the Pack, finishing with 30 points, including a 3 pointer at the final buzzer over dejected and deflated Winnipeg defenders.

Winnipeg was led by Travis Krahn with 20 points and Eric Zimmerman with 14. Forward Benny Iko scored 9 to go with 8 boards and 6 assists.

Coach Scott Morrison post game remarks:

"Credit to Winnipeg for really taking it to us off the bounce in the first half. We were fortunate to still be in the game going to the 3rd quarter. 2nd half I was happy with our defensive effort but we need more consistent results tomorrow night on that end of the floor over 40 minutes."

The teams rematch tomorrow beginning at 8 pm. It will be broadcast on SSN Canada:

Also, at half time tomorrow the 2011 Wall of Fame inductees will be presented to the Thunderdome crowd.