Friday, February 3, 2012

Lakehead Wins Ugly Vs Tough Waterloo Squad

The Lakehead Thunderwolves' starting five did not have one of their better games, but luckily for 'Wolves fans a four man bench crew of Adam Johnson (2nd Yr/Baltimore), Matthew Schmidt (4th Yr/TBay), Nate Wainwright (2nd Yr/Kapuskasing) and Joseph Jones (4th Yr/D.C.) saved the day with 52 points and 20 rebounds off the bench to hold off a scrappy Waterloo Warriors squad that would not go away.

Up 13 at the half, Lakehead could not put the Warriors away but counted on the bench to get the W. Adam Johnson led all scorers with 26 points and 9 rebounds, while Nate Wainwright connected on 4-7 from long range for 12 points. Schmidt added 9 points and Joseph Jones made up for some poor shooting (1-6) by collecting 9 rebounds. The only starter for Lakehead in double-figures tonight was Ben Johnson who connected on 3-5 from 3pt land to finish with 11 points. Greg Carter had a nice Vegas line of 7-7-7 and 2 steals in 37 minutes.

For Waterloo Mike Wright had a good scoring night with 19 points while Andrew Melbourne recorded a double-double with 14 and 9 boards. Zach Angelini also hurt LU hitting three straight 3s in the 4th quarter to help him 13 points 6 assists and 5 rebounds.

Coach Morrison on the win:
Our starting five did not come focused to practice Thursday night and that missed opportunity really hurt them tonight. We came out flat on O, settling for quick shots instead of pounding the ball inside where we held a distinct size advantage against this opponent. Thankfully our bench guys really stepped up including Johnson, Schmidt, Wainwright and Jones - who's focus in practice carried over to strong play tonight. Credit to Waterloo - they outworked us on the glass and hit some tough shots to keep the game tight. We are going to have to execute much better tomorrow night to pull-off this sweep.

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