By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – After an exciting buzzer-beater shot, that lifted the Windsor Lancers men’s basketball team over the visiting Bulldogs from The Citadel, on Monday evening, Tuesday’s rematch was shaping up to be a barn-burner. Those in attendance weren’t disappointed as the home side prevailed through an overtime frame to defeat the South Carolina squad 83-73.
The teams traded alternate quarters with Windsor out-scoring The Citadel 21-10 in the first and finishing tied at 36 at the half. The swapping continued as the Lancers enjoyed a 7-point spread at the close of the third, described by Windsor coach Chris Oliver as, “The longest quarter ever,” alluding to the scrappy play from both sides. However, the two teams settled down in the fourth and entered into the extra time knotted at 70.
The Lancers were led by forward Evan Matthew who logged 35 minutes and a double-double, scoring 12 points and taking down 17 rebounds, in an aggressive display on the hard court.
Windsor guard Enrico Diloreto also help to lift the Lancers past The Citadel with a robust 17 points in the winning effort, while Josh Collins continued his outstanding play by leading all Windsor players with 18 points and dishing off 5 assists.
Windsor lead by as much as 14 points in the second quarter, but allowed the visitors back into the game, and even trailed The Citadel by 4 points, in the second period. During the game the Lancers fired from the floor at a 42% clip, buoyed by almost 46% in overtime. They dug down when it counted and prevented any field goals by The Citadel in OT, whose 3 points came from the foul line.
The Lancers next travel to Leamington to play Loyalist College at the Kinsmen Recreation Complex on September 26. Game time is 7:00 pm.