By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – For the third time this season the Windsor Lancers men’s basketball squad faced a ranked opponent on the hardwood. For the third time this season the Lancers came out on the short end of the score.
In a road trip to the GTA, Windsor squared off against Ryerson on Friday dropping to the 6th ranked Rams 84-79. The men started strong in the first half, but allowed Ryerson to battle back in the second.
“Honestly not sure what happened to us in that third quarter,” said Windsor head coach Chris Oliver. “Some of it obviously was Ryerson, but we were late defensively in many rotations and we could not score on offense. Clearly we needed to elevate our level to answer Ryerson’s big push in the third quarter and we didn’t.”
Windsor found their legs in the weekend’s second game when they travelled a few blocks west to meet the University of Toronto Varsity Blues. The Lancers were able to put a full 40 minutes together and led from start to finish against Toronto.
“We displayed some of the best ball movement we have had all year in the third quarter where we matched Toronto’s aggressive start with some solid play,” Oliver said. The win also highlighted reasons for greater expectations for the future.
“In both games I thought we displayed some of the best post-perimeter scoring balance. This is one of the reasons despite some of our road losses I am optimistic about our potential for improvement moving forward,” he concluded.
Windsor will now return home for the next two weekends before the exam break in December. They’ll meet Algoma and Laurentian this coming Friday and Saturday, respectively, before a double-header against Lakehead on November 29 and 30 at St Denis.
Tip-off time is 8:00 pm for all games.