Friday, January 27, 2012

'Wolves Win Shootout in Windsor

The Lakehead Thunderwolves toughed out a close 87-83 win in game 1 of the weekend series in Windsor. The Thunderwolves battled foul trouble for much of the game but received good production from bench "bigs" Matthew Schmidt, Adam Johnson and Anthony McIntosh who combined for 20 points and 5 rebounds.

Lakehead had a good start jumping out to a 19-10 first quarter lead aided by Windsor starting 3-14 from the field. Starting in the second quarter Windsor found the range and brought the game to a 6 point lead at the half.

The third quarter both teams filled the hoop with Lakehead grabbing a 7 point lead to start the 4th quarter. Clutch 3pt shooting and offensive rebounding by the Lancers brought the game within one point but Ben Johnson hit a clutch 3pt shot and two big free throws in the last minute to push the 'Wolves over the top.

Windsor was led by Enrico Diloreto who had 22 on 7-16 shooting. Lien Phillip recorded his third straight double-double against the visitors with 12 and 12.
Playing in front of friends and family for the first time, Venzal Russell scored 20 on 8-18 shooting including 4-7 from downtown. Ben Johnson was 5-10 for 19 and Greg Carter added 13 and 6 assists.

From a team standpoint, Windsor won the battle of the O boards (16-5) and turnovers (21-22) but Lakehead won the 3pt shooting battle going 13-27 to Windsor's 8-21.

Coach Morrison on the win:
It was a great game that could have went either way. Windsor is the biggest team we have faced in some time and do a great job using their size on the defensive end as well as the O glass. We were fortunate to hit some tough shots throughout the game to keep our heads above water. Its hard to count on outside shooting to win games so tomorrow we are going to have to take better care of the ball on offense and increase our rebounding effort on the defensive end.

1 comment:

  1. You guys are Rock Stars....keep up the good work.
    S. Chisholm