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.