By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – On the heels of a successful tournament in Winnipeg, and a tune-up performance in Rochester and Ann Arbor, the University of Windsor men’s basketball squad returned to Ontario to face two top-ranked teams at Ottawa and Carlton to open the OUA season.
The results from the nation’s capital was not desirable, but the Lancers were able to gain some valuable insight into their strengths and weaknesses.
“Two losses is never the plan. Windsor Lancers men’s basketball played two very good teams on the road and were challenged in every way,” said Chris Oliver, Lancers Head Coach. “The process is focused on the day to day improvements so that we can have a chance to get back to the Final Four where we may see one of these teams again.”
Two stand-outs in the 96-85 loss to Ottawa was Enrico Diloreto who netted 29 points for the Lancers, and Josh Collins with 20.
This week the Lancers will finally play at home where they haven’t played since defeating The Citadel during the OUA-NCAA tournament. Oliver is looking forward to returning to play at the St Denis Centre and has confidence in this year’s team.
“I am very excited for the possibilities with our team,” he said. “I have really enjoyed coaching this group. They are by nature more selfless and open-minded. They have approached the pre-season with an intent to learn and improve.”
Oliver continued, “Now it comes down to each of us performing our roles to the best of our abilities and enjoying the process of competing against a really talented OUA league.”
The Lancers open the conference home schedule Friday vs York University and Saturday against Queen’s. Game time is 8:00 pm.