Lancers Steal The Thunder

Khalid Abdel-Gabar lays up in the 1st quarter for two of his 14 points. The fourth-year business student would also pick up five steals and six rebounds against Algoma on November 22 at St Denis Centre. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Khalid Abdel-Gabar lays up in the 1st quarter for two of his 14 points. The fourth-year business student would also pick up five steals and six rebounds against Algoma on November 22 at St Denis Centre. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – Algoma is a relative newcomer to the OUA and they still have a way to go before they’re competitive on a nightly basis. Last night at the St Denis Centre was no different as the home-side Lancers put the boots to the Thunderbirds 83-59 that was all but over after the 1st quarter.

On the shoulders of Josh Collins, Windsor led 32-8 going into the second frame. The fifth-year point guard from Toronto led all Lancer shooters with 17 points, including a perfect 7-7 from the free throw line and 2-3 outside the arc. But the 6’ 1” Collins also dominated in the D-zone as he added four steals to his CIS lead.

Windsor slowed down over the next three quarters and allowed Algoma back into the game. The visitors actually out-scored the Lancers by three in the 2nd quarter and by two in the 3rd. Additionally, the home squad failed to drop a single tre in 15 attempts in the 2nd half after shooting at 58% in the first two quarters.

Again, the Windsor bench played a strong role in the win. The subs combined for 87 minutes and 37 points. Brad Parker shone with 10 points and 5 rebounds plus picking up one block and a steal.

Starter Khalid Abdel-Gabar had a strong performance as he dropped 14 points including 3-5 from three-point range. He also pulled in 6 boards and made five steals in a solid defensive effort.

As a team, it should be noted that the Lancers put up 35 points off of turn-overs. They had a total of five blocks and 18 steals on the night.

Despite the minor let-down, head coach Chris Oliver thought his team put in a gritty effort.

“It was a workman performance,” Oliver said. “But Laurentian will be much tougher.”

Speaking of Laurentian, the Lancers will try to extend their modest two-game winning streak as they host the Voyageurs tonight at the St Denis Centre. Tipoff is 8:00 pm.

Algoma's Jonathan Gordon closely watches Windsor point guard John Collins at the top of the key. Collins led all Windsor players with 17 points. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Algoma’s Jonathan Gordon closely watches Windsor point guard John Collins at the top of the key. Collins led all Windsor players with 17 points. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Joseph Tubbs tries to mark Windsor's Lien Phillip. The 6' 8" forward had nine points and 11 rebounds in a 83-59 Lancer victory. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Joseph Tubbs tries to mark Windsor’s Lien Phillip. The 6′ 8″ forward had nine points and 11 rebounds in a 83-59 Lancer victory. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Brad Parker drives past an Algoma player on the way to the basket. Parker was hot off the bench as he scored 10 points and took down five rebounds. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Brad Parker drives past an Algoma player on the way to the basket. Parker was hot off the bench as he scored 10 points and took down five rebounds. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata
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